Dogs Trust

Long term rescue dog spends Christmas in a home after two years in kennels

A rescue dog who spent two years being cared for by Dogs Trust Newbury has spent Christmas in a loving home after being adopted by a new family. 

Six-year-old Pickles had been in the care of the Hamstead Marshall-based centre since September 2016. But now after almost 800 days in their care, he got his wish and has enjoyed Christmas Day with Kathryn and Tim Hooper who live in Abingdon. 

Kathryn and Tim had been searching for a dog for a while so took a trip to Dogs Trust Newbury where they were introduced to Pickles by his Canine Carer. Kathryn said: “We took a liking to him straightaway and he seemed to like us – so it was a match made in heaven.” 

During his time at the centre, staff fell in love with Pickles endearing personality, and worked hard to make him feel at home. They discovered how clever he was, and he loved spending time with his favourite Carer Victoria who taught him lots of tricks including a dance routine to the Foxtrot, and she helped prepare him for the day he would eventually find his forever home.  

Dogs Trust Newbury’s Rehoming Centre Manager Nicki Barrow, said:

“Waving goodbye to Pickles was a bittersweet day for everyone. He was so well-loved here so naturally we were sad to see him go. But knowing he was going to a perfect home and got to spend Christmas with his very own family made it all worthwhile for us.  

“We truly believe that a dog is for life and there really is an owner out there for every single dog. We couldn’t have wished for a more perfect home for Pickles and his new owner absolutely adores him, and he does her. Pickles was known to take a while to build bonds with new people but after a number of visits from Kathryn and Tim and the hard work his Canine Carers put in with making him feel comfortable, it really was a match made in heaven and we couldn’t be happier.” 

Kathryn added:

“It took around five weeks of visiting Pickles before everybody felt he was ready to come home with us - but he was worth the wait! We were determined to make the relationship work and so put in lots of time and effort in order to build a strong and trusting bond with him. We’re going to be very happy and I can’t wait to give him a wonderful life.” 

If you think you could provide a ‘paw’fect home for a dog at Dogs Trust Newbury call 0300 303 0292.