Puppy Bought As An Unwanted Christmas Gift Last Year Finds His Forever Home
Sprout was just a few months old when he was given away to a rescue centre after being bought as a present last winter, for someone who didn't want him.
But this year, the cute canine, one, will be spending Christmas with a loving family for the first time, after Joan Kenny fell for the pooch at her local Dogs Trust rescue centre in November last year.
The 64-year-old grandmother had originally planned on finding a female puppy to replace her last dog, Bow Wow, who died three years ago, but it was love at first sight when she met Sprout.
Joan said: "My last dog, Bow Wow, died three years ago and my family had tried a couple of times at Christmas to get me another dog.
"I said 'no, I will know when the time is right'. I just wanted a little four-legged companion. Last November they suggested we went down to the rescue centre and initially I said no.
"But I went anyway. I was wanting a bitch but when I was there they said they had a puppy, but it was male. As soon as I heard the word 'puppy' I wanted to meet him."
The lollipop lady explained that Sprout was staying with a foster family due to his young age when she first met him at the shelter.
Joan returned again in December last year to visit, and brought him home to Summerston, Glasgow in January.
Joan said: "I was just dying to bring him home. I was very lucky to get a Shih Tzu, and I've heard all the jokes.
"When you think of the prices people pay for these dogs, Sprout was £130 including all injections and being chipped and neutered."
Sandra Lawton, rehoming centre manager at the Dogs Trust, said: "Sprout had been purchased as a surprise gift for someone during the festive season, however the individual he was intended for couldn't cope with the demands of a new puppy.
"Thankfully they made the responsible decision to bring him to us and we are over the moon that he will be celebrating his first Christmas with his new family as the first dog we rehomed in 2019."
If you're thinking of adopting a dog this Christmas, visit Dogs' Trust here to find out more.
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