Dog who 'always melts hearts' with his smile hopes to find a loving family

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Nigel's tail is always wagging at Dogs Trust (Image: Dogs Trust)

A happy dog with a permanent smile on his face is looking for a forever home to wag his tail. Nigel the three-year-old Patterdale cross is currently living at Dogs Trust Harefield in West London while he searches for a loving family.

The sweet pooch loves to be busy and would suit a home with people who want to head out to explore new places just as much as he does. Manager Richard Moore told the Mirror : "Nigel can always melt a frosty heart with his wagging tail and happy smile. He is full of energy, love and would make a wonderful addition to an active home."

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If you love to be on the go, then Nigel could be the dog for you. The more he's outdoors the better as far as this lively boy is concerned.

He can live with children aged over 13 but he can get quite stressed around other dogs so he would like to be the only pet in the home.

He'd like to live in a home where he won't meet too many dogs when he's out and about. He would love a secure garden to play in too.

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He likes to take his time to get to know people so would benefit from meeting his new owners several times at the rehoming centre before saying a final farewell to the team.

Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, cares for around 14,000 dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes every year at its 22 rehoming centres.

But this year has been an exceptional year with the charity receiving a record number of calls from people having to face the heart-breaking decision to hand over their dog.

The charity is urging people to remember that 'A dog is for life, not just for Christmas' and is hoping that if people are considering welcoming a dog into their lives, they choose to adopt a homeless hound.

Operations director Adam Clowes says: "We will make sure that every dog in our care has a wonderful Christmas but unfortunately due to the increasing costs of everyday living, many dog owners are currently having to make very difficult decisions when it comes to caring for their dog.

"Our kennels are at capacity and we are concerned that as fewer people can afford to welcome a dog into their life, we will face a housing crisis for dogs in the coming months, which is a tragedy for both dogs and owners.

"We understand the pressures people are facing but we would encourage anyone that is looking for a four-legged friend to share their life with, to consider adopting one of our gorgeous dogs and give a dog in need another chance to be happy at the heart of a loving home."

If you think you could give Nigel a new home this New Year, visit his rehoming page on Dogs Trust's website.

Nia Dalton

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