With the demand for designer pups on the rise, far too many dogs are finding themselves abandoned, homeless, and winding up in rescue centres, whether it be because of their past, their breed, or simply their age.
Yet while many excited owners will willingly fork out thousands for pure bred puppies, there’s somewhat of a stigma surrounding taking in rescue dogs, despite the abundance of love they have to give.
Because of this, Manchester Dogs Trust has a whole array of beautiful dogs looking for their forever homes. Here are some of their finest contenders…
Bob – Collie cross
Sweet-natured Bob is on the look out for a loving family to take him in. Described as ‘super cuddly’, this thirteen-year-old Collie cross breed absolutely loves human attention, and will happily sit on the sofa with you for a nice long snooze.
According to the rescue centre, Bob’s idea of a perfect day would be a nice gentle walk, a nice dinner, maybe even a few treats and then a nap in front of the fire.
Bob is the perfect dog for those wanting a calm, friendly older boy that loves people and other dogs.
Riley – German Shepherd
Handsome Riley, aged six, is on the look out for a patient and understanding family to give him a home.
As Riley loves being with and around people, he can struggle when left on his own, so will need someone at home all day initially before leaving hours can be gradually built up – the perfect companion for those still working remotely!
Riley will be going to a home on a foster care basis to begin with pending veterinary investigations.
Bronson and Richie – Chihuahua and Jack Russel
This cheeky pair are in need of a family with enough love for the both of them – seven year old Bronson (Chihuahua) and one year old Richie (Jack Russell) love spending time with each other, with other dogs and, of course, with people.
Richie is very active and constantly wants to be on the go – Bronson, on the other hand, isn’t so energetic and although he enjoys having a potter about with his friend, the dogs would benefit from different walks and exercises to suit both their needs.
They would prefer a home without any other dogs.
Cooper – German Shepherd
Do you have room in your heart and home for seven-year-old Cooper?
This ‘goofy’ boy is a real adventurer at heart – he loves nothing more than going for long walks in new, unexplored places. Despite his age, he’s also very playful and will never turn down a game of tug of war on his favourite rope.
Because of his anxiety around other dogs, Cooper will need to be the only dog in the home.
Fisher – Greyhound
Fisher is a very sweet and gentle natured two year old Greyhound looking for a home to settle his paws into – he’s an incredibly friendly chap who enjoys the company of people and being out and about on long walks.
For obvious reasons, Fisher will need a medium-large sized garden and, having not being socialised with them, will need to remain on the lead when around other dogs.
Herbie – Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Who could say no to that face?
Aged ten, Herbie is your typical loving Staffie, and loves nothing more than to be around people and providing some great companionship – because of this, he would ideally need a home where someone will be around throughout the day.
Because of his age, he prefers shorter walks and more cuddles and naps on the sofa.
Teddy – Labrador cross
True to his name, gorgeous Teddy, aged five, really is just a giant teddy bear – once he gets to know you, he loves nothing more than to be fussed and cuddled to his heart’s content.
Teddy is a massive foodie, loves nice gentle strolls and long snoozes on the sofa in front of the TV.
Teddy would like his new home to be situated in a quiet area with access to quiet walks as loud noises can overwhelm him – he will also need access to a secure and quiet garden.
Winters – Lurcher
Beautiful Winters is on the lookout for a patient forever home that can help him settle and feel comfortable.
He can be a little shy with new people, but once you’ve fed him plenty of treats and played with his favourite tennis ball, he’ll be all yours.
Due to Winters’ worry of men, he will need a home with at least one female owner and any men in the home should be aware that it will take some time for him to feel fully comfortable – past experience with the breed is also preferred.
Rocky – Crossbreed
Ten-year-old Rocky is on the look out for his perfect retirement home. Ideal for those wanting a calmer dog, Rocky loves nothing more than to relax in the garden on a warm afternoon.
He can be a little wary when meeting new people and whilst he likes being around others, he can be shy of handling, so a home looking for a quiet companion would be perfect.
He would also benefit from being the only dog in the house.
Toby – Dutch Shepherd
Three-year-old Toby is looking for an active family to keep him on his toes – he loves nothing more than going on long walks and playing with his favourite tennis ball.
A family with experience and/or knowledge on his breed is preferred, and will need to be the only dog in the home because, while he is friendly with other dogs, he isn’t yet socialised enough to share his home with one.
For more information and to see the whole list of dogs looking for their forever home, visit the Dogs Trust Website here.
Elizabeths can ride for free at East Lancashire Railway to celebrate Queen’s Jubilee
Those who share a name with the monarch will get to explore some of the best hidden gems along the Irwell Valley for free
All Elizabeths, Lizs and Lizzies will soon have the chance to enjoy a free ride along a vintage rail route in aid of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
To mark Queen Elizabeth’s seventieth year on the throne, East Lancashire Railway is offering a free ride on one of its heritage steam locomotives for all those who share the same name as her Majesty.
The train will embark upon a twelve-mile vintage rail route between Heywood in Greater Manchester and Rawtenstall, Lancashire.
The railway is also offering free rides across all its other services, giving all Elizabeths the chance to explore some of the best hidden gems along the Irwell Valley including pubs, restaurants and more.
From June 3rd – 5th, each station along the line will be celebrating the era of the Queen’s coronation with food, vintage stalls and music from the likes of the Washboard Resonators, the Rum and Cola Girls, and Kitty LaMare.
Guests have also been encouraged to get involved with the festivities and dress like the decade.
They will also get the chance to see once-in-a-lifetime flyovers from classic Spitfire and Hurricanes, as well as a special speech commemorating the Jubilee by Sharman Birtles MBE JP DL, Vice Lord-Lieutenant.
East Lancashire Railway chairman Mike Kelly said of the occasion: “This is going to be a truly unforgettable and magical weekend in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“We have a jam packed schedule across the entire weekend from food and drinks from the era to vintage fashion, people will be celebrating all across the country and we’re proud to be bringing the celebrations along the railway from Rawtenstall, through Bury and onto Heywood.
“Naturally, we’re delighted to be able to celebrate with Her Majesty The Queen and all those who share the royal name, so we hope this gives old and new visitors the chance to enjoy an unforgettable and unique experience of travelling on the East Lancashire Railway.”
Elizabeths will be able to claim the offer from May 27th until June 2nd, ahead of the railway’s Jubilee bash, which takes place from June 3rd to June 5th.
Click here to buy tickets for the Jubilee event, or for more information, contact East Lancashire Railway on 0333 320 2830.
Ed Sheeran and wife Cherry Seaborn quietly welcome second daughter
Fans of the singer didn’t even know he and his wife were expecting a second child
Ed Sheeran surprised fans this week by announcing that he and his wife Cherry Seaborn had welcomed their second daughter.
In a heartwarming Instagram post, the ‘Shape of You’ singer revealed that he and Cherry are ‘over the moon’ to be a family of four, adding that they are ‘so in love’ with their new daughter.
In a similar manner to the announcement of their first daughter, Ed posted a photo of a pair of baby socks, writing: “Want to let you all know we’ve had another beautiful baby girl.
“We are both so in love with her, and over the moon to be a family of 4.”
Ed didn’t reveal what they have named their daughter, or when the little girl was born.
A spokesperson for the singer later told The Sun: “Ed and Cherry recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl and are on cloud nine.
“They’re so excited for Lyra to have a little sister and the four of them are currently enjoying some precious family time before Ed heads back on tour.
“We are delighted for them, and we hope that you can respect their privacy at this special time.”
Ed and Cherry welcomed their first daughter Lyra back in September 2020, with the couple sharing a photo of baby socks alongside the caption: “Ello! A quick message from me as I have some personal news that I wanted to share with you.
“Last week, with the help of an amazing delivery team, Cherry gave birth to our beautiful and healthy daughter – Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.
“We are completely in love with her. Both mum and baby are doing amazing and we are on cloud nine over here.
“We hope that you can respect our privacy at this time. Lots of love and I’ll see you when it’s time to come back, Ed.”
Woman ‘attacked by dog’ close to where toddler was mauled to death in Rochdale
The woman claims the dog was ‘hanging’ on her arms
A woman has spoken of her experience of being attacked by a dog just yards away from where a toddler was killed in Rochdale.
Three-year-old Daniel John Twigg died in hospital on Sunday May 15th following a ‘devastating’ dog attack in Milnrow, Rochdale.
Officers were called out to a property near Carr Lane at around 1:15pm, where the youngster was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.
There, he was sadly pronounced dead.
In the wake of Daniel’s death, a young woman has claimed that she too was mauled by a dog while walking on a footpath just yards from where the fatal attack happened.
The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, told the Manchester Evening News that she was bitten by a Cane Corso – the breed that was confirmed as being involved in Daniel’s death – less than 100 yards from the scene.
She said: “The dog wasn’t on a lead. It was hanging off my arms and tugging at me. It bit me on my side.”
The woman says she was left with horrific injuries to her arms and ribs, and has been left with life-long scars to her arms.
She reported the incident to the police, but was told that officers would not be visiting the farm if there were ‘dangerous dogs on the loose’.
The woman believes the attack was captured on CCTV, but claims police said there was no evidence of what she was alleging.
She said: “They said there was no proof. I don’t think they ever went up there. They just wouldn’t do anything.
“I asked them if they were going to wait until someone was dead to do something.”
As part of a complex investigation, detectives say they are reviewing ‘other incidents of note’.
In an emotional statement released by GMP, Daniel’s family said he ‘was a happy, kind and caring little boy who was loved by all who knew him’.
The statement read: “He loved Paw Patrol and playing with his brother and sister, he also loved being around animals – especially his pony, Splash. He brought us many laughs and was a comical character. He was brave, intelligent and full of many characteristics.
“Daniel loved being with his whole family and will be missed by all. On behalf of our family, we ask people to respect our privacy.”
Anyone with information is asked to share it with police via 0161 856 7386 quoting Operation Guernsey or https://mipp.police.uk/operation/06GMP22P28-PO1.
Information can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity – Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.