Record breaking athlete Laura Muir 'runs' into some canine friends at Dogs Trust
Canine residents at Dogs Trust Glasgow recently received a sporting visit from European Indoor and Diamond League champion runner, Laura Muir. Laura, who recently broke the 31-year-old British record for the indoor mile, can now really say her support for Dogs Trust has gone the distance, having taken part in a student veterinary placement at the charity’s Darlington rehoming centre in 2016 whilst she completed her studies in Veterinary Medicine at Glasgow University.
During the visit, Laura got to find out all about the canine residents currently at the Glasgow rehoming centre, as well as the charity’s other initiatives, including Dog School – the charity’s nationwide network of training schools – which was launched in 2017.
Also on her visit, Laura also got to meet some of the residents at Dogs Trust, including Mike, the six-month-old Saluki who has now found his forever home.
“Mike is a lovely puppy who is going to make his new family very happy. Being a Lurcher type, it’s safe to say he definitely gave me a run for my money when out for a walk.
“It was fascinating to learn more about the diverse work that goes on out with the rehoming efforts of Dogs Trust, as this extends beyond the point of getting a dog and includes a great deal of aftercare such as helping dog owners understand their pet’s behaviour.
“Walking along the rehoming centre corridors all I could think about is how much I’d love to give every single dog a forever home. I would definitely advocate anyone thinking of getting a dog should adopt a rescue dog as Dogs Trust have so many who are ready to meet their forever families.”
Sandra Lawton, rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust Glasgow, said:
“Laura was greeted with lots of waggy tails at the rehoming centre on her visit. We are so glad she could come in and show her on-going support for the work we do.
“Supporting dog owners once they have adopted from us is a vital aspect of our work because, as well as finding rescue dogs new families, we want nothing more than for them to remain as part of happy homes for the rest of their lives.
“Our specialised training and behaviour team are always on hand to offer advice to owners who have adopted from us; and Dog School is also a great initiative which was launched to help teach dog owners how to instil positive behaviour in their pets early on. We really want to stop any problem behaviours before they start, to avoid any behavioural issues further down the line which could result in more dogs being abandoned due to their behaviour.”
If you are interested in finding out more about Dog School, please visit www.dogstrustdogschool.org.uk for more information and to locate your nearest class.
If you are interested in adopting a rescue dog then please get in touch with the team at Dogs Trust Glasgow on 0141 465 0839.