English Bull Terrier
Female - neutered
9 years old
Our very own Pipstar!
Don't let her rather unflattering picture dissuade you, this is Pip, a delightful nine-year-old English Bull Terrier, and she is worth her weight in gold.
She came from what can perhaps be described as "testing" circumstances, but she has come through these difficulties with flying colours, and is an exceptionally lovely, little lady. She is very friendly and sociable, loves cuddles and fuss, and gets very excited at the prospect of a nice walk. Talking of walks, there is no cuter sight than seeing this tiny, wee piglet - all bedecked in her snazzy harness - trotting along at your side, with a beaming grin across her face. And that's without mentioning the adorable way in which her bum wiggles as she walks!
Her difficult background also seems to have affected how she interacts with other dogs. Aside from her buddy Blade, it appears as though she hasn't socialised with other pooches too much - and so is rather oblivious to typical canine etiquette when it comes to meeting new dogs, which may lead to conflict. As such, Pip would be best placed as an only dog.
So should you be looking for an English Bull, or maybe just an adorable, loving companion, then this darling could be perfect for you and your family.
Male - neutered
12 years 1 month old
This is a special appeal for a special old fella, 12-year-old Tyson the Akita.
Tyson may have reached a grand, old age for an Akita, but he has certainly had to struggle to get to that point. He came into our centre in a startlingly thin state evidently having not received the requisite care that he should have in his previous home, and we have endeavoured to build him up whilst he has been in our care.
In spite of his troubled upbringing, Tyson is a most wonderfully well natured chap, with a very laid back and placid demeanour (his harsh name doesn't suit him whatsoever). To walk him and spend time with them is an absolute pleasure, he is much loved by everyone at the animal centre – both staff and volunteers. We all take great pleasure in giving this great, big bear a nice, long cuddle.
Poet Robert Browning summed it up exceptionally well: "Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made." And as far as Tyson is concerned, the best is most definitely yet to be. So if you are keen on adopting a dog who may be approaching the Autumn of his life, one who is thankfully free of puppy-like naughtiness or a younger dogs sheer, unadulterated boisterousness, then you may have found your perfect match in handsome Tyson. Yes, he's not the sprightliest of dogs, and he's perhaps not a dog who you can expect to spend many, many years with, but one moment with this gorgeous fellow is more precious and valuable than any gold, and more heart-warming than the most beautiful of poems.
Please give him a home in which he can spend the remainder of his days, he truly deserves this chance. Please.
German Shepherd x
5 years old
She may not be a Simpson or a Thatcher, but our Maggie is just as special...
This is an appeal for one of our longer-term dogs, Maggie. Maggie is a somewhat unique looking specimen, which can be attributed to her being a bit of a mishmash of breeds (part Shepherd, part Collie, and part Terrier), but - as they say - in variety is the spice of life. And it is her unique genetics that make Maggie such a delightful, intriguing, lovable, playful, clever, and beautiful lady.
However, though the breeds in Maggie's make-up are all wonderful in their own right and each contribute to what make Maggie such a wonderful lady, she has inherited a few of their quirks. As part Shepherd she is a quite large and strong girl, who would therefore require a harness or canny collar to be walked, while her intelligent Collie side means that she will require a good deal of stimulation to prevent her becoming bored. So she ideally be placed with a fairly active, strong owner(s) who could manage these 'issues' effectively. A few training classes wouldn't go amiss either.
But please don't let these minor foibles negatively colour your opinion of her, as Maggie is a massively friendly dog who really needs out of her present, kennel environment. She would love to stretch her legs and have some fun. She relishes playtime and adores her rage toys which she likes to sit with in the shade on a warm, sunny day - just enjoying life. She's a sociable girl who will mix with other dogs, though the terrier in her means that she is less suitable with small animals.
So can you give marvellous Maggie a most loving home?