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Rescue dog with three legs celebrates third birthday at Dogs Trust

A rescue dog who was found by local authorities straying in February 2018, has celebrated his third birthday in the care of Dogs Trust Darlington.

Greyhound Rowland who only has three legs, was spoiled rotten by his canine carers, who has become a firm favourite at the Sadberge centre after not having the best start in life.

Not only was Rowland left to fend for himself at the age of just six months old, he also had to recover from surgery to his rear left leg. Sadly, this required a full limb amputation which he had at the start of 2020 and has made a great recovery from. Rowland has adapted well to life with three legs and it certainly didn’t slow him down when presented with presents and tasty treats on his birthday.

Sue Embleton, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Darlington, said:

"After everything he has been through, it is great to see Rowland so happy. As part of his birthday celebration he received lots of squeaky toys and a dog-friendly birthday cake; with his canine carers holding a little socially distanced party for him in our outside training area.

"He definitely prefers human companionship to other dogs and Rowland is very well behaved. He is just happy to lie on his cosy bed with his toys and have a lazy day.  Rowland loves his toys and the soft, squeaky ones are his favourite; he’s very gentle and takes really good care of them.

"Everyone at the centre has their fingers and paws crossed that three might actually be the magic number for Rowland and get another chance at a forever home this year."

From a potential new home, Rowland would benefit from having someone around most of the day to keep him company and he would prefer to be the only family pet. He has a weakness for lots of soft, squeaky toys and would also like a secure garden to explore and play in.

Dogs Trust rehoming centres are currently not open for public browsing but you can still make an appointment to adopt or bring a dog to us. The charity has set up new processes which include social distancing measures to help keep staff and our visitors safe.

For more information on Rowland or any of the other lovely dogs we have at the centre, please contact the team on 01325 638143, visit the website or email us at [email protected]