Poetry-loving pooch is 'bard to the bone'

With Burns Night almost upon us, staff at Dogs Trust Glasgow are taking the opportunity to help a shy pooch prepare for life in a loving home by reading her some of Robert Burns’ classic poetry.

Ten-year-old Collie Maddie has been at the Rehoming Centre for almost a year and whilst she is a lovely, happy girl who adores making new friends, she can get worried by new situations and often finds it hard to trust people. Staff feel this may be holding her back in her quest for the perfect home and so have started to read to her every day to help her relax, build her confidence and get her used to being around new people.

Since starting the reading scheme, Maddie, who particularly enjoys listening to staff recite some of Robert Burns’ much-loved poems including A Winter Night and Ode to Spring, has come on leaps and bounds. Staff hope that all this extra time spent with her will help her get the furrytale ending she deserves and that her next Burns Night will be spent in a loving new home.

Sandra Lawton, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Glasgow comments,

“Maddie is a lovely girl who has become a firm favourite with staff and we all want to see her find happiness in a new home. Reading to dogs can be really beneficial for their socialisation and we hope that by reciting Maddie’s favourite poems to her, we can get her used to new voices and better prepare her for when the time comes to embark on the journey to her forever home.”

“This brown-eyed lassie gets on well with other dogs and has wonderful doggy manners. She is a quick learner who loves to show you a trick in return for a tasty treat. She is best suited to a home with a secure garden where she can potter about before settling down for a bedtime story. Although her heart is in the Highlands, we know she will happily settle into a new home anywhere with a cosy sofa and a good book.”