Postmen and dogs may not always be considered the best of partnerships but thatÂ certainly isn’t the case at Dogs Trust West Calder, where the local postman hasÂ become best friends with a very special four-legged resident. Royal Mail postieÂ William Hunter was on his daily round delivering post to the Rehoming Centre when heÂ first met the adventurous little bundle of fun and soon became so smitten that heÂ decided to take the puppy home and make him part of his family.
Twelve week old Jack Russell, Jock, had a tough start to his short life after heÂ faced being put to sleep when his owner was unable to pay for an operation when he swallowed a baby’s dummy. Fortunately Dogs Trust were able to fundÂ the successful operation and the vets passed him to the Rehoming Centre to find himÂ a loving new home. During his rehabilitation, when Jock was just eight weeksÂ old, he met Mr Hunter. The bouncy pup greeted him as he delivered the post andÂ it was love at first sight on both sides. Though William wasn’t looking for a dog,Â he knew he had to have Jock.
Postman, William Hunter explains, “Meeting Jock was certainly one of the warmestÂ welcomes from a dog I have ever had when on my rounds. Seeing him really brightenedÂ up my mornings and after a few days of being greeted by this happy, waggy littleÂ character it soon became clear I had to make the arrangement more permanent. IÂ wasn’t really looking for a dog but Jock has settled in really well, my wife and IÂ absolutely adore him and can’t imagine life without him. I now get to be greeted byÂ him every time I open the door.”
Susan Tonner, Dogs Trust West Calder Rehoming Centre Manager said,Â “Jock is aÂ tenacious little character who adores people, he often rushes to the door to meetÂ them and was always particularly excited when Mr Hunter called. We are delightedÂ that he met someone as smitten with him as he is with people, we just didn’tÂ expect it to be the postman! After Jock’s difficult start in life it’s heart-warmingÂ to see him find the loving home he deserves.
If you think you can offer a rescue dog a home please give Dogs Trust West Calder aÂ call on 01506 873459 or visit the centre at Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre West Calder,Â Bentyhead, West Calder, EH55 8LE. Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and has a network of 19 Rehoming Centres in the UK and one in Dublin. The charity cares for over 17,000 stray, unwanted and abandoned dogs each year. For more information please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk