Despite being voted Britain’s top dog this year, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is still one of the most common breeds to find in rescue.
Dogs Trust Manchester has found itself looking after more older Staffies than ever before due to owners’ ill health or sadly passing away, and staff are encouraging potential adopted to consider one of these Older Age Pooches.
The Denton-based centre currently has ten super Staffies awaiting their special someone and the team cannot remember looking after so many older Staffies at once, since the centre opened in October 2014.
Deputy Manager at Dogs Trust Manchester, Carol Margieson, said, “Older dogs do sometimes stay with us a little longer than their younger canine companions, but it’s definitely true that age is just a number with these gorgeous boys and girls.
“They are all full of fun and love heading out on interesting walks but they also love a fuss and a cuddle. They can all live with children and some are happy to share their home with another dog – so what more could anyone ask?!”
The oldest of the ten is 11-year-old Bridie, who loves snuggling up to her two-legged friends after getting back from a nice walk. Affectionate Bailey, who is ten, loves to be busy. He’s clever too and recently passed his Dogs Trust Dog School training classes with flying colours! Max loves being with people and is thoroughly enjoying his time staying with one of our volunteer foster carers who he accompanies to work. When the working day is over he loves to play in the garden, before having a cuddle and a snooze.
Carol continues, “Staffies were recently voted the UK’s number one dog and we’re not surprised. They have all got so much to offer! They are loyal, loving, fun and intelligent.
“Despite their advancing years, all of the Staffies that we are looking after have a spring in their step and greet every day with a wagging tail. Each one will make a wonderful companion, so if anyone has a Staffie-shaped hole in their life, we’d encourage them to come and visit us.”
To find out more about any of the dogs waiting for their forever homes at Dogs Trust Manchester you can visit the centre on Parkway, Denton, M34 3SG. You can also visit www.dogstrust.org.uk or call the centre on 0300 303 0292.