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Long-term lodger finds home in time for Christmas

Tails are wagging at Dogs Trust Salisbury as ones of their long-term lodgers who spent four out of six birthdays with the charity has found her forever home just in time for Christmas.

A ‘furry-tail’ ending seemed a long way off for six-year-old Crossbreed Lottie who notched up more than 1,700 days of being cared for by staff at the Rehoming Centre in Newton Tony. But thanks to the wonderful bond she developed with canine carer, Sam Hempenstall who went the extra mile for the loveable hound, she has now happily headed off to the forever home of her dreams.

To make her time at the Rehoming Centre extra special the dedicated team went above and beyond to keep her comfortable including lots of hydrotherapy sessions to help an existing joint condition and even being treated to sleepovers at the mangers’ house where she proved to be the paw-fect house guest!

She has now landed firmly on her paws with Mike Rawlings and Cheryl Gibbens from Melksham, who originally wanted to rehome a small dog, but fell in love with 40kg Lottie the moment they saw her.

Mike said: “We’re so excited to have Lottie in our family. After initially going into the rehoming centre for a tiny Terrier, we fell in love with Lottie the first time we saw her. We chatted to Sam and, after meeting Lottie several more times, we were pleased to be able to finally bring her home. She’s settled in so well and we’re so proud of how she's doing. Her character is coming out more and more each day and she’s such a friendly girl.

“We know that she was on a bespoke training plan at Dogs Trust and her behaviour and progress we’ve seen in the home is testament to the hard work Sam and the team put into her. She’s doing so well and he really has been the best thing to happen to us. We’re looking forward to giving her the best Christmas ever!”

Sam Hempenstall, Lottie’s Canine Carer said: “I love spending time with all of the dogs in our care – but on occasions, there is just one that gets you, and for me, one of them was Lottie. Finding the perfect home for any dog always fills you with a warm feeling. But when some of your longest term dogs find their fortune it really is a special day for everyone and I’m so proud of Lottie for finally finding her forever home just in time for Christmas. I really miss her but I am over the moon that she has found the happy ending she deserves.”

Lottie is just one of the Rehoming Centres 370 dogs to be rehomed so far in 2017, with 50 still waiting to find their forever homes.

Tery Laffin, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Salisbury, said: “However long a dog is with us, whether it’s a week or two or several years, we work with them, focusing on whatever will help them find their perfect home and when that pays off it’s an incredible feeling.

“Lottie needed quite a specific home to suit her needs so thankfully, she has really landed on her paws with her new owners and we couldn’t be happier.”

If you would like to welcome a dog into your home in 2018, please call 0300 303 0292 or visit Dogs Trust Salisbury at 45 Amesbury road, Newton Tony, Salisbury, SP4 0HW.