King - Heading home with Mark Riddell and Colette Cox
Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, has launched a series of mini-films celebrating rescue dog ownership to encourage people wanting to welcome a dog into their life to adopt not shop and share their stories with the hashtag # MyDogisForLife.

The summer months are often one of the busiest times of the year for the charity with almost 33,000 calls being received in July and August over the last two years, from people wanting to give a dog its forever home.

King was born at Dogs Trust Leeds at Christmas, just days after his mum was found wandering the streets alone.

Last year the charity marked 40 years of its slogan ‘A Dog is For Life, Not Just for Christmas’, and over the course of the year they asked owners who have chosen to give a rescue dog a second chance, to catch their favourite moments on camera to show the lifelong bond they now share – with joyful results. From Dachshund puppy Tiny Tim who had a tough start in life after being illegally imported into the country, to American Bulldog Debo, who was found as a stray but is now enjoying lots of adventures at sea with his owners – each video captures a very special bond.

Richard Littledale, Baptist Minister at Newbury Baptist church, gave Ginny, a two-year-old Lurcher, a home in January 2018 after his wife of 30 years, Fiona, died.

Ginny has helped her owner Richard cope with the grief of losing his wife

Richard said:

“When Fiona died, I plunged into grief I had never known. When I found Ginny at Dogs Trust in a way it felt like we were both on a journey together. I was helping her to trust me and enjoy new experiences and she was helping me to embrace life again. It’s been a wonderful hobby to take photos of all the simple ways we spend time together through the seasons. I think in many ways she has rescued me!”

Debo has enjoyed lots of adventures on land – and sea!

Speaking about the interest in rehoming a dog in the summer months, Adam Clowes, Dogs Trust’s Operations Director, said:

“As a dog owner myself, I know that when the days are warm and the evenings long, looking after our dogs is a lot easier than in the dark days of winter. Therefore, it’s understandable that as people take time off work and the children are off school, getting a dog is something many people consider.

“We want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has adopted a Dogs Trust dog, and as we approach the busy summer months we also want to encourage people who would like a dog to be part of their family, to do lots of research in advance. That will help give owners the best chance of being able to share many happy years together with their four-legged friend. Our dogs will always be part of the Dogs Trust family so it’s wonderful to see them in their forever homes, living the lives they deserve to live, with owners who adore them.

Dachshund Tiny Tim, who was illegally imported into the country, is happily settled in his forever home.

“We always do our best to make sure families find a dog that will suit their daily lives, so if you have a Tim, Debo or Ginny-shaped hole in your life, we hope you choose to give a rescue dog a second chance at happiness.”

To see all of the stories visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/mydogisforlife Dogs Trust is encouraging dog lovers and owners to use the hashtag #MyDogIsFor Life to share their rescue dog stories, tagging @dogstrust.