A ten-year-old dog who wouldn’t be separated from a slipper after his owner passed away has sniffed out a new forever home, for himself and the unwashed slipper. 

Digger, a Yorkshire Terrier Cross, arrived at Dogs Trust Shrewsbury after his owner sadly died. He could always be found playing with or snuggling up to the slipper while he waited to find a new family.

Elderly dog finds new home, but won't be parted from precious slipper
Digger likes to have the slipper by his side at all times

“When dogs are handed over to us, they often arrive with their bed, toys or their favourite blanket, and gorgeous Digger came with the slipper, which it soon became clear he didn’t want to be parted from. Our dogs have had to leave behind virtually everything they’ve ever known – their home, the people they have lived with, their usual walks and routine. It’s a lot for them to adjust to so having something familiar can bring them comfort, and that was definitely the case for Digger and his slipper.” 

Sue Bromley, Assistant Manager at Dogs Trust Shrewsbury 

Digger hadn’t been waiting long before dog lover Elizabeth Stone from Shrewsbury spotted him and was found to be a perfect match for the Older Age Pooch (OAP). 

“I had been looking to adopt another dog for some time and then I saw Digger’s photo on the website,” Elizabeth, who has adopted two Border Collie rescue dogs previously, said. “He looked gorgeous and when I read about the type of home he was looking for, I hoped that the team agreed I could give him what he needed.” 

“When I went to meet him, they told me about the slipper and so there was no doubt that it was coming home with him. Whatever makes him happy!” 

Elizabeth says Digger has settled in really quickly, likes to head out on walks to the park and snuggles up with her, and the slipper, in the evening. 

“Given everything he has been through, he has adjusted well and seems really happy. He likes his routine, so he has his breakfast as soon as he gets up and then later in the day we head out for a nice walk. He was obviously a much-loved dog and I’m so pleased that I’ve been able to give him, and the slipper, another loving home,” she added.

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