Scottish rugby star visits VIPs (Very Important Pooches) 'rucking' for a new home

Scottish international rugby player and Glasgow Warrior, Jonny Gray, took some time out of his hectic schedule to pay a visit to Dogs Trust’s Rehoming Centre in Glasgow. The star, who was in good spirits after Scotland’s recent win against France in the Six Nations Championship, brought his own dog, Bessie the Bulldog, along for the visit; after rehoming her last year from Dogs Trust Glasgow.

As well as hearing from staff about the work they do at the Rehoming Centre, Jonny spent some time with canine residents currently looking for new homes, including Dottie, a speedy one-year-old deaf Bulldog who could give him a run for his money on the pitch.

Jonny said:

“The team at Dogs Trust Glasgow are always keen to stay in touch with families of the dogs they rehome, so I wanted to stop by with Bessie and let them see how she is doing. I couldn’t imagine life without her now and it would be great to add another canine companion to our home somewhere down the line.

“When I noticed Dottie in her kennel and I was desperate to meet her because she was full of energy and has bags of personality. I’ve also got a soft spot for Bulldogs as you can probably tell, given that Bessie is one too.”

Sandra Lawton, Rehoming Centre Manager for Dogs Trust Glasgow, said:

“It was great to see Jonny and Bessie back at the Rehoming Centre; and it was clear from the moment they came through the door how much they dote on each other. When Bessie first became a Dogs Trust resident, she was underweight and very nervous but she has settled in so well to her new home and has become a very happy, healthy, dog – which is wonderful to see, she has come out her shell and is much healthier and happier.

“Dottie is still currently looking for a family and would benefit from a new home with other smaller dogs that will help build her confidence. She is a gorgeous girl with lots of energy, so we would love to rehome her to a family with experience of caring for bull breeds.”

Sandra continued:

“Sometimes potential owners can be put off by dogs with hearing impairments but they shouldn’t be. When training deaf dogs, we use the same hand signals used to guide hearing dogs.

“The main difference is we have to be a bit more inventive when it comes to gaining their attention but by using rewards based methods, it is perfectly possible to train a deaf dog to respond to numerous commands.

“The team at Dogs Trust wish Jonny and the rest of the Scottish team all the best in the rest of the Six Nations Championship and hope Dottie has brought him some good luck during his visit.”

As Dottie is still very young, she will need further training and can live with children over the age of 16.

If you believe a dog is for life and think Dottie could be the one for you, please get in touch with the team at Dogs Trust Glasgow on 0300 303 0292.