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Dogs Seek Owners With a Heart

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Dogs Trust Glasgow thought they might have trouble finding loving new homes for two older dogs with dicky tickers but Max & Ben, who came to the rehoming centre last year, got other hearts pounding after appearing in the local press and have now found the loves of their lives!

Thirteen year-old Ben has a grade four heart murmur (useful: learn more about heart murmurs in dogs) and requires medication for the rest of his life. Although his day-to-day life is relatively unaffected by his condition he needed an owner willing to keep an eye on his medical condition. Seven year old crossbreed Max meanwhile has atrial fibrillation, a condition causing his heart to ‘mis-fire’ and not beat as it should. This combined with an infection around his heart (endocarditis) meant that he needed a very calm home.

Sandra Lawton, Dogs Trust Glasgow Rehoming Centre Manager, says:

“It is usual for it to take longer to find an older dog a new home than a younger one and dogs with medical problems struggle even more, so we are thrilled that Max & Ben have found such wonderful new homes so quickly.

“We’d like to thank the local press for their support as the rehoming features on Max & Ben really helped highlight them to a wider audience and especially to people able to cope with their particular requirements. We wish Max, Ben and their new owners every happiness.”

Mrs Morgan of Pollok, who rehomed Ben, says:

“Ben might be 13 years of age but he is still a feisty little chap. He loves going for walks and keeps our other Jack Russell Chloe, who is six years old, on her paws! He does need medication every day but apart from that you wouldn’t know he had a problem. We are just pleased that we were able to offer him a home for his remaining years, he is a great addition to our family.”

Mrs MacIntosh of Paisley, who rehomed Max (now called Prince), says:

“Prince is so full of life, he loves playing with his toys and going for walks – his condition hardly holds him back at all. He is such a bright dog, and can open all the doors in the house, and he is a real charmer – he’s the only dog I’ve owned that has managed to persuade me to allow them on the couch. Prince has provided me with such companionship, I think we were made for each other!”

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