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Long-term lodger finds love at last

Last year, nine-year-old rescue dog Dan was at Dogs Trust Evesham spending his fifth Valentine’s Day in kennels.

But, fast-forward 12 months, the former stray is being lavished with love by his new owners, Ben and Abi Thompson at his new home in Longbridge, who say it was love at first sight when they spotted him on the website and now couldn’t imagine life without him. 

Abi, Dan’s new owner said: 

“Dan is just amazing and has definitely filled our hearts with so much joy. 

“We’re both dog mad and had been used to family dogs, but hadn’t had one of our own. We had been looking for a Dogs Trust dog for a while but when Ben spotted Dan on the website, I was smitten! We called up to enquire and the team took us through his background. Because Dan does have some anxieties around strangers, they explained that the adoption process would take a little longer than usual to make sure he felt comfortable around us. 

“We knew we didn’t want a puppy and had decided that the main thing for us was to give a dog a home that didn’t have one. Even though we knew adopting Dan could take time and have its challenges, we were prepared to take a chance on him. We spent a month visiting him at the rehoming centre getting to know him, until eventually he came home with us and we haven’t looked back! 

“The ongoing post-adoption support we receive is brilliant and it’s great to know that even though Dan is no longer at Dogs Trust, help, advice and training support is just a phone call away.” 

Ben added:

“Dan has settled right in. It’s been so nice to see him relax in his new home and claim his favourite spot on the sofa! His favourite things are walks, playing with his favourite toys and being affectionate with us – he’s never far from our side. We really appreciated everything the team at Dogs Trust Evesham did to help him feel at ease with us and make sure we were the right family for Dan – it certainly paid off! We fell in love with him at our first meeting and it’s safe to say he’s here to stay!”

Dedicated staff worked with Dan on a daily basis to help him feel comfortable around the things that worry him, providing bespoke training and behaviour sessions to help him thrive in the right forever home.

Amy Healey, Training and Behaviour Advisor at Dogs Trust Evesham says:

“Dan was with us for so long, but we are so happy we were able to change the tale for him and help him find his happy ending. It was fantastic to finally wave a fond if slightly teary farewell to him! But we know he has finally landed on his paws with Ben and Abi and we’re delighted that he will be getting all the love and affection he deserves. Seeing our dogs go to their new homes is why we do the job we do, and we are all absolutely delighted for Dan.”

If you could change the tale for a rescue hound like Dan, please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/changethetale