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.
American in UK says people in the US would be SHOCKED by full English breakfasts
‘They would absolutely flip out’
An American woman living in the UK has revealed how those on the other side of the pond really regard our cuisine.
While most Brits believe the humble fry-up reigns supreme when it comes to global breakfast offerings, Americans apparently beg to differ.
Lisa Dollan – known as the Yorkshire Peach on TikTok – moved to Leeds from her hometown of Georgia back in 2014, and has since grown a vast internet following with her videos comparing the cultures and customs of the two countries.
And in one of her latest videos, Lisa described ‘things that would freak the Americans out about the UK’, adding that one of them is ‘what y’all eat for breakfast’.
She said: ““O.M.G. If they [Americans] saw the mushrooms, the tomatoes, the baked beans, all of this, the full English, they would absolutely flip out.”
And responding to a viewer asking why exactly Americans would ‘flip out’ over the cooked breakfast, Lisa explained: “Right so stewed tomatoes are only used for cooking sauces never ever eaten any other way. Beans-only eaten with BBQ.”
Lisa added that other things Americans would find shocking in the UK is the long queues at McDonald’s – which apparently Americans just wouldn’t wait for – and the lengths Brits have to go to to pass their driving tests.
She said: “No chance. What you guys have to do to legally drive here is amazing. You guys are all like NASCAR drivers.”
She then added: “Seriously, I took my test in a parking lot.”
People were rightly very amused in the comments, with one viewer writing: “I’ve always been super freaked out watching American TV where they eat doughnuts and cake for breakfast?? idk [sic] if thats real or not but it’s crazy”.
Another noted: “But Americans literally have donuts for breakfast” with a series of crying face emojis.
In other videos, Lisa also points out other cultural differences between the countries including foods she can’t get in the UK and general complaints about the British weather… which we can’t really argue with.
Marcus Rashford among top 10 favourite celebrities to be Prime Minister
Rashord joined the likes of Martin Lewis, David Attenborough and Gary Neville on the list…
Marcus Rashford is among the top ten celebrities Brits would like to see run for Prime Minister.
According to a Channel 4 poll, 44% of people would happily vote for a celebrity to run the country, with the Man United star ranking among some of the highest in seventh place.
Rashford has been widely praised for his charitableness in recent years, with him last year receiving nation-wide praise for challenging the government’s decision to provide free meals for underprivileged children during the summer school holidays.
Additionally, the footballer also became the youngest person to ever top the Sunday Times’ Giving List, with him having given away a massive 125% of his net worth to charity.
Also on the list for PM popularity is Money Saving Expert founder Martin Lewis, BBC presenter David Attenborough, ITV’s Alison Hammond and comedian Ricky Gervais.
The top traits people would like to see in the leader of the country are honesty and trustworthiness – but they should also be down to earth and have a sense of humour.
A third of people also think the Prime Minister should be compassionate, as well as unbiased and hardworking.
The survey came ahead of the launch of Channel 4’s new show Make Me Prime Minister, which sees celebrities battle it out in a series of political challenges.
Reacting to the results of the poll, Alastair Campbell, who presents the new show, said: “The contestants in the show are not the only ones who think politics is in a mess and that they could do the job better than Boris Johnson or Liz Truss – but I think they learned that the job is a lot harder than it looks.
“Some of them, without doubt, have real political talent and I hope they go into politics. They will also be pleased by the poll findings that people want our Prime Minister to have integrity, and be trustworthy and honest.
“So should we all.”
The most popular celebrities for PM:
- Martin Lewi
- David Attenborough
- Stephen Fry
- Alison Hammond
- Richard Osman
- Dame Judi Dench
- Marcus Rashford
- Ricky Gervais
- Dame Helen Mirren
- Eddie Izzard
- Jo Brand
- Emma Watson
- Miriam Margolyes
- Gareth Southgate
- Lenny Henry
- Paul O’Grady
- Gary Neville
- Mick Lynch
- Steven Bartlett
- Hugh Grant
- Mel & Sue
- Emily Blunt
- Daisy May Cooper
- Russell Brand
- Jameela Jamil
- Bimini Bon Boulash
- Maya Jama
- Munya Chawawa
Hurricane Ian to bring gale force winds and heavy downpours to Greater Manchester
The Met Office expects ‘minor impacts’ such as surface water flooding or wind damage
Greater Manchester is set to experience gale force winds and heavy downpours today as a result of Hurricane Ian.
The fallout from the hurricane, which is currently wreaking havoc on Florida’s southwest coast, will be felt across the region today and tomorrow as it brings an ‘area of low pressure’ across the UK.
According to the Met Office, this morning will be mostly dry with the heavy rain and wind set to hit from around lunchtime.
The heavy rainfall is then forecast until at least 7pm this evening.
Forecasters expect this evening to be marginally drier, though more showers are set to fall in the early hours of Saturday and into the late morning.
The Met Office says this rain should have cleared by Saturday afternoon, with the weather staying mostly dry into Sunday (October 2nd).
Other parts of the UK will also experience the affects of Hurricane Ian, with strong winds and heavy rain on the forecast.
Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office Chris Almond said: “This will bring a much wetter and windier spell than we’ve seen so far this autumn, but nothing that is unusual for the time of year.
“The fast-moving system will bring strong gale force winds, locally in excess of 60mph, and heavy rain into the northwest before pushing quickly southeast through the day.
“We could see some minor impacts such as surface water flooding or minor wind damage, as well as some short-lived impacts on ferry crossings, especially in exposed areas of western Scotland and eastern areas of Northern Ireland.
“Later in the day, parts of southeast England could experience winds of around 55mph, which may impact the English Channel too.”
At least ten people have died in what has been called Florida’s ‘deadliest hurricane in history’. Hurricane Ian is now moving inland and heading towards North and South Carolina.