Coco channels a new home

A DENTON-BASED animal charity is appealing for a family to give a home to a deaf dog.

Coco, a nine-year-old Shar Pei, is without a forever home as the team looking after her is growing concerned, as she has been with them for over a month, that she has not found one because of her condition.

Now Dogs Trust Manchester, which is based on Parkway close to Sainsbury’s supermarket, has issued a plea for someone to come forward.

Coco is now living in Denton and is described as, ‘a clever, beautiful, affectionate girl’.

And Dawn Bishop, Manager at Dogs Trust Manchester admits she is saddened to see her effectively ignored.

She said: “Coco really is a very sweet girl but she isn’t getting a lot of interest from potential adopters, which is such a shame as she will be a lovely family pet.

“As she has been here a few weeks we’ve had the chance to discover that she is very clever, loves to head out on a great walk, enjoys playing with her toys and is a joy to be around. She really deserves to find her special someone sooner rather than later.”

Deaf dogs tend to adapt amazingly well to life without sounds and when it comes to training, the team say it is similar to hearing dogs as hand signals are used.

And Mrs Bishop says Coco certainly responds in the desired way, especially when she receives her favourite treat.

However, she did explain that families with children over 14-years-old would be ideal.

She added: “When we are teaching Coco new tricks, a big thumbs up, a huge smile, a cuddle or a piece of hot dog, her favourite treat, are all ways we are able to show her how well she has done, and it is lovely to see her excited response!

“She is really rewarding to be around and full of fun as well as being very loving.

“She would be a lovely addition to a family and we recommend that she lives with children over the age of 14.

“Understandably she might get startled by the movements of young children or if they approach her without her seeing them first.

“She is adorable and, as her name suggests, very sweet so we really do hope people look beyond her deafness and instead they realise what a wonderful canine companion she would be.”

Coco would like her new home to have a secure garden where she can play to her heart’s content and she would like her family to enjoy a day out as much as she does.

She would like to be the only pet in the home and would like a home that does not have young children visiting.

If you think Coco could be the perfect match for you, you can visit the centre at Dogs Trust Manchester on Parkway, Denton, M34 3SG.

You can also find out more about all the dogs waiting for their forever homes online
www.dogstrust.org.uk or call the centre on 0161 470 1042.

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