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Can you give 'loyal' Duke his forever home?

Can you give Duke his forever home?

Duke came into the care of the Rainbow Rehoming Centre in Londonderry as an unwanted pet almost two years ago and since then he has seen around 700 dogs come and go through their gates since his August 2015 arrival.

And now the rehoming centre think it's time their "special boy Duke" found his new beginning.

When he first arrived he was petrified and found kennel life stressful.

But eventually staff gained his trust and today is their "dearest friend".

The centre said: "He is a loyal and intelligent dog who has also captured the hearts of some of our more experienced volunteer dog walkers. Although he is an affectionate and loving dog around those he knows and trusts, initially with strangers he is extremely unsure. For now, Duke has found peace in his daily routines.

"We recently acquired the services of Robert Duddy at Drumagore Dog Training to ensure that we were doing everything possible to make Duke's Centre life as stress free as possible. It’s been a real team effort with Duke, the staff and volunteers working extremely hard. We hope that this is the first steps to finding Duke his forever home."

Potential adopters will need to visit multiple times, the centre said, so that Duke can gain trust.

It said: "These visits will enable him to get to know you. In doing this you will eventually see the same beautiful dog that we all know and love. Quite often rescue animals true personality cannot be seen until they are settled in a loving home and in Duke’s case this is very true. Leaving his pen to go on his daily adventures his rescue life is forgotten for a short time and Duke’s true personality and spirit can be seen.

"He adores his walks and sitting on the village garden seat watching the world pass him by with one of his favourite dog walkers. He is always seeking that next new adventure to fulfil that endless energy and thirst for life that all Collies have."

Duke requires an experienced owner, who will be committed to gaining his trust. He would be most suited to someone who has an active lifestyle and a home with no children or other dogs.

If interested in offering Duke a home please contact or visit the centre during opening hours 12-4pm Tuesday  - Sunday  028 71812882

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