Dogs Trust Merseyside is celebrating after finding the oldest dog the national charity – set up in 1891 – has ever looked after his forever home.

Snowy, a 20-year-old West Highland Terrier, arrived at the Huyton-based rehoming centre after his owner sadly became ill and could no longer care for the much-loved dog.

Now, at the grand old age of 140 in dog years, Snowy has defied the odds to move in to a new loving home.

Oldest Ever Dogs Trust Rescue Dog Finds Loving New Home

Snowy has coped well with the change in his life and is happily settled in his new home with his owner, Margaret Millar.

“He is lovely and is doing really well. He is partially sighted but has soon found his feet and knows his way around,” Margaret said. “Most of the time he just likes to potter about but he definitely livens up when it’s time for food. His age hasn’t affected his appetite and he’s quick off the mark when the bowls go down which is great!”

Oldest Ever Dogs Trust Rescue Dog Finds Loving New Home

Snowy has quickly made friends with his new owners’ other dogs. Margaret continued, “Before Snowy arrived my oldest dog was my 16-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, Ben. They get on very well and Snowy has fitted in wonderfully. It is like a retirement home for dogs. We all enjoy a cosy afternoon nap!”

The average age of the 970 dogs currently being looked after by Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is just four. But more than 150 of the homeless hounds waiting to find their special someone are over the age of eight.

The charity finds that Older Age Pooches (OAPs) often get overlooked, but staff are delighted Snowy has firmly landed on his paws.

Click here to find out more about dogs waiting for their forever homes.


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