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The adorable dogs from Manchester Dogs Trust that are still looking for forever homes

Do you have room in your heart to give one of these dogs a loving home?

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With demand for designer pups on the rise, far too many dogs are living out their days in rescue centres, whether it be because of their past, their breed, or simply their age.

And the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in Denton knows this only too well, with it currently caring for over a hundred dogs all waiting for their forever homes.

The centre – which opened back in 2014 – gives future pet owners the chance to come and meet and mingle with the dogs in person every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, and is desperate to find some of their most beloved residents a loving and caring home.

Here are some of the centre’s finest contenders…

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Lexi, Jack Russell

Nine-year-old Lexi doesn’t show her age with her abundance of energy, and she loves nothing more than running after her tennis ball.

And when she isn’t playing with her toys, Lexi enjoys cuddles on the sofa and, of course, food and regular treats.

Because Lexi can be a bit nervous, Dogs Trust says she would be best suited to a home with access to a garden and no children or other dogs.

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Meg, Crossbreed

Described by Dogs Trust as ‘the sweetest girl you’ll ever meet’, one-year-old Meg is on the lookout for her forever home.

Meg is a playful pup with a love for tennis balls, footballs and trips in the car – she is also extremely affectionate once she gets to know someone, making her an ideal companion for an active adult.

Meg will need exposing to the world slowly and positively, so will suit adopters with no children or pets looking for a project dog.

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Monty and Rufus, Labradors

Monty, seven, and Rufus, five, are looking for someone with enough room in their home and their heart for the two of them.

The dynamic duo are very sociable dogs who love people, other dogs and long walks, though they also appreciate an afternoon snooze in front of the TV.

Becky, a canine carer at Manchester Dogs Trust, described them as ‘daft but clever’, noting that they’d make ‘great office dogs’. They would be best suited for a home with no pets and children over the age of twelve.

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Titan, St. Bernard

Loveable Titan is a three-year-old St. Bernard on the look out for a home where he can snooze on the sofa, eat his favourite hot dog sausages and enjoy cuddles.

While Titan isn’t a fan of long hikes, he enjoys a gentle potter about and walks beautifully on the lead. He also knows all the basic commands.

Titan is dog friendly so can be rehomed with other animals, though he can be a bit weary of new people, so his new owners will need to be mindful when inviting guests over.

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Jonah, Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Jonah has been described as a ‘beautiful, brilliant and playful’ boy by staff at Dogs Trust Manchester, with him loving nothing more than a tug of war with his squeaky toys.

The three-year-old Staffie also loves getting out and about, and will make the perfect companion for someone who enjoys new and exciting adventures.

Jonah will need an adult-only home and a lot of time and patience to settle – but he is certain to make someone’s house a home with his cheery and cheeky nature.

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Ranger, German Shepherd

Four-year-old Ranger is a ‘handsome and clever’ German Shepherd waiting for someone to provide an active and stimulating home.

Ranger will be best suited to an owner who loves to get out and about thanks to his high intelligence and energy. And despite his stamina, Ranger also loves to lay by your feet and enjoy a brush.

Ranger is a friendly boy who could live with children over the age of fourteen, though he can have mixed reactions around dogs, so will need to be kept on a lead while out and about.

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Skye, Collie-Husky cross

Six-year-old Skye is a unique cross between a Collie and a Husky and boasts the best features of both breeds.

Skye is a wonderfully loving dog and enjoys plenty of fuss and attention – she also loves the great outdoors and thrives with plenty of walks and adventures in the car.

Skye will benefit best as the only dog in the home, and will need access to quiet walks in rural areas as she can be quite anxious with loud city noises.

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Baloo, Greyhound

Five-year-old Baloo is a wonderfully laid back pooch who enjoys watching the world go by and long afternoon snoozes on his bed.

Baloo has become one of the most beloved residents at Dogs Trust Manchester, with staff particularly loving his excited ‘tap dance’ performance every morning.

Due to previous guarding issues, however, Baloo will need a child-free home with restricted access to the kitchen (he’s a real foodie).

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Brian, Dobermann cross

Brian is a beautiful three-year-old Dobermann cross with an abundance of energy and love to give.

This pooch enjoys keeping his brain engaged and already knows lots of tricks which he is happy to perform, especially if there is a tasty treat involved.

Because of his high energy, Brian will be best suited for a home with garden access and owners who are willing to take him on lots of walks and adventures.

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Cookie, Trailhound

Sweet Cookie is on the look out for a caring and patient home to help grow her confidence.

The three-year-old pup can be a bit shy at first but, like any Hound, can be won over with tasty treats and plenty of adventures with new and exciting smells.

Cookie is a sensitive boy who hasn’t had a typical start to life, so will take some time settling into a home environment with patient and loving adopters.


M&S is doing a Christmas piña colada cocktail and it’s on shelves now

This sounds pretty delicious!

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M&S shoppers are raving over a festive cocktail that is a Christmas twist on a delicious summer classic, and it’s already on shelves.

Shoppers are going mad for the new festive ‘must have’ with one bargain hunter spotting it already stocked in her local Marks’, which she posted to social media.

The savvy shopper shared a snap of the luxurious gold and red bottle with an Art Deco logo, which quickly went viral with the post racking up over 1,000 likes.

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The photo also shows the M&S Christmas Colada is on sale for £5.50 a bottle.

A festive twist on the classic piña colada, it’s flavoured with ‘pineapple juice, coconut milk, and warming spices with two measures of white rum’, and is sure to go down a treat this winter season.

The Christmas bargain was shared to the Snack News & Reviews Facebook page where users rushed to social media to share their excitement for the product, calling it a ‘must have’ as they also praised the price.

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A great gift to bring along to Christmas dinner parties, shoppers say it is perfect for something to sip on throughout the season’s festivities.

One person wrote: “Defo getting this wee number for Christmas Day!” Another said: “Wow, two measures. I’ll have three bottles. What is everyone else drinking?”

While a third put: “Ooohhh yes. I can feel a few pre-Xmas party drinks at mine coming on.” And a fourth typed: “M&S pulling it out the bag again with their Christmas drinks!!”

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Other users wondered whether M&S’ popular drinks ‘Let it Sloe’ and ‘Slow Fizz’ are back in stock again for the upcoming Christmas season.

It comes after one shopper urged people to head to their nearest M&S immediately as she was able to bag around £100 worth of shopping for just £16.

Victoria Evangeline posted a video on her TikTok saying: “M&S prices are a joke. They are ridiculous at the moment, you’ve got to see this.”

She went on to say M&S are getting rid of all their summer stock to make way for its Christmas range and that’s why some of its prices are so low – so best get down there asap!

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Doner kebab lovers ‘scared’ after finding out what goes into their favourite takeaway

Do you dare to know what’s inside them?

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People have been put off eating kebabs after finding out the truth of what really goes into their favourite takeaway.

As a weekend treat or just something to soak up the booze after a bender, many Brits flock to kebab shops for a tasty doner topped with chilli sauce, garlic and jalapeños.

Whatever it’s made of, it looks delicious and smells amazing as the juicy meat rotates around while you wait for your order.

But have you ever wondered what exactly makes up the doner meat? And do you even dare to find out?

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Well, Jimmy Doherty decided to do just that for Food Unwrapped and he got down to the bare bones of what’s inside this British staple.

He collected nine different doner kebabs from as many establishments and took them to a lab for testing analysis, where scientist Paul Hancock put them under the microscope to find out what lurks within them.

Most of us take for granted that a lamb doner is exactly that and is therefore made up of 100% lamb meat. But Hancock put the takeaway treats to the test.

He searched for other meat sources including chicken, pork and beef, as well as horse, goat and donkey meat.

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Low and behold, only one of the nine kebabs brought back to the lab came back as being made up of 100% lamb DNA – though we’re not sure which parts of the lamb specifically.

The rest came back as containing DNA of other animals, as Hancock said: “There’s only one doner kebab that is actually doing the real thing, is the real deal.

“Most of them contain chicken. We’ve also got a couple that contain beef. Fortunately we found no goat, no donkey and no horse in any of the products.”

When Doherty asked the scientist what he thought the outcome would be with a larger sample size, saying: “If I gave you 900 doner kebabs, who knows what kind of results we’d have found?”

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Hancock replied: “I would expect to see around a 60% failure rate. That would probably be typical.”

The small scale investigation into what’s inside a doner kebab took a few people by surprise with one fan of the food saying they found it ‘scary’ to know.

One social media user posted in the comments section of the Food Unwrapped Youtube channel: “Even if I could overlook the rubbish mixed in with the meat, the fact that these meats are heated and cooled many times bothers me.”

Another said: “Scary! What is really sad is that only one store out of the nine used lamb. If they can get away with it and it costs them nothing they will do it!”

While someone else added: “This is important to know often these kebab shops people tell people it’s lamb but in reality contains beef and pork too. We might not care what its made of but still should be able to make informed decisions and they should punish these people who just add random stuff.”

Yet some weren’t as put off as you’d think, as one person wrote: “I don’t care what it is made of – as long  as the ingredients are honestly listed so I can make an informed choice.”

Someone else typed: “I hope my kebabs are up to scratch but after 18 pints of lager I tend not to question the ingredients…!” and another joked (hopefully): “As long as they taste like they do I’d still eat them even if it had humans in it.”

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Strong chance of snow on Christmas Day, according to experts

Snowfall would be like the icing in the cake

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Experts have predicted there will be a strong chance of snow falling on Christmas Day this year.

Just a few months remain until the big day, which means the countdown is officially on.

In an early outlook, bookmaker William Hill’s betting odds suggest there’s a pretty strong chance we could perhaps be more than dreaming of a white Christmas this year, with Manchester at 4/1.

Snow is looking good for parts of Scotland as the betting firm have made it just 2/1 in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and 3/1 in Leeds. Winter is definitely coming and the North could be covered in a blanket of snow.

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Liverpool and Newcastle can bet on odds of snow falling in their Northern cities at 20/1.

And anyone betting on a snowy winter wonderland this Christmas in the capital can take 11/1, while Gatwick is at 20/1.

Lee Phelps, a spokesperson for William Hill, said: “Before you know it the supermarkets are stacked high with mince pies and everyone is wondering whether we’ll have a White Christmas. 

“The early betting makes Edinburgh and Glasgow the leading spots to see snow this year at just 2/1, while anyone who fancies a White Christmas in the capital, London, can take 11/1.

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“Of all the markets relating to Christmas released today, the most hotly tipped one has to be King Charles III to reign supreme on Christmas Day, with the royal broadcast looking nailed-on at 1/6 to draw in the day’s highest peak viewership.”

With Christmas inescapably in your face now – as supermarkets have already started stacking their shelves for those who like to shop early and those who may need reminding before it creeps upon you – William Hill also has a list of other Christmas specials.

These include LadBaby to record another festive chart topper at even money and King Charles III’s speech to be the most watched programme on Christmas day, at 1/6.

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William Hill odds for snow on Christmas Day 2023:

Edinburgh (Airport) 2/1

Glasgow (Airport) 2/1

Leeds (Leeds-Bradford airport) 3/1

Belfast (Airport) 7/2

New York (JFK International airport) 4/1

Manchester (Airport) 4/1

Birmingham (Airport) 6/1

Cardiff (Airport) 10/1

London (City Airport) 11/1

Bristol (Airport) 20/1

Dublin (Airport) 20/1

Paris (Charles de Gaulle International airport) 20/1

Aberdeen (Airport) 20/1

Liverpool (Airport) 20/1

Newcastle (Airport) 20/1 

Gatwick (Airport) 20/1

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