Dogs Trust

Charles Dickens puppies ready for their happily-ever-after

A litter of puppies born at Dogs Trust’s Rehoming Centre in Canterbury, named after the famous literary works of Charles Dickens, are now old enough to go home; having spent eight weeks in the care of the charity. The eight Terrier puppies, named after famous storybook characters from the works of Charles Dickens, will be leaving the Rehoming Centre in time for the anniversary of Dickens birthday [7th February].

The first puppy, Chuzzlewit, was named after Martin Chuzzlewit, considered by many to be one of the cutest dogs in Canterbury. Two were named after ‘Oliver Twist’ characters, Oliver and Dodger, however Dodger isn’t like the naughty pickpocket Artful Dodger; he is very sweet, and he wags his tail all the time.

Another of the puppies was named after Esther Summerson, a character in ‘Bleak House’. Esther is the greediest of the litter as she just loves her food. Esther Summerson is described as an affectionate character, very much like Esther the puppy.

One of the puppies is named Nell, after the young female character Nell Trent from ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’. Nell is a confident girl, just like her character.

Pip was named after orphan Pip from ‘Great Expectations’. Pip is the biggest in the litter and has one blue and one brown eye. Sydney is named after Sydney Carton, who is a central character in the novel ‘A Tale of Two Cities’.

Finally, the last puppy is named after Dickens’ eighth novel: David Copperfield; with Copper being the smallest of the litter.

Harriet Blaskett, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Canterbury, said:

“We knew the puppies would be ready to go home around the time of Dickens birthday, which is why we chose his storybook character names for them. Not only is it an inventive way of coming up with new names for our cherished canine companions; but it is also great for reminding us of the litter they came from later in life, if their owners want to update us on their progress in the family home.

“It is such a great feeling when dogs, whether they are older or younger, go on to find loving permanent homes. We will definitely miss our Dickens puppies, especially our Canine Carer Kelly, who has spent a lot of time nurturing them over the last eight weeks.”

The Dickens puppies have already found loving new homes, however there is no shortage of dogs looking for their storybook ending at Dogs Trust Canterbury. If you would like to find out more about them, please get in touch with the team on 0300 303 0292