Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Puppy Finds New Home

Postmen and dogs may not always be considered the best of partnerships but that certainly isn’t the case at Dogs Trust West Calder, where the local postman has become best friends with a very special four-legged resident. Royal Mail postie William Hunter was on his daily round delivering post to the Rehoming Centre when he first met the adventurous little bundle of fun and soon became so smitten that he 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 he 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 fund the successful operation and the vets passed him to the Rehoming Centre to find him a loving new home. During his rehabilitation, when Jock was just eight weeks old, he met Mr Hunter. The bouncy pup greeted him as he delivered the post and it was love at first sight on both sides. Though William wasn’t looking for a dog, he knew he had to have Jock.

Postman, William Hunter explains, “Meeting Jock was certainly one of the warmest welcomes from a dog I have ever had when on my rounds. Seeing him really brightened up my mornings and after a few days of being greeted by this happy, waggy little character it soon became clear I had to make the arrangement more permanent. I wasn’t really looking for a dog but Jock has settled in really well, my wife and I absolutely adore him and can’t imagine life without him. I now get to be greeted by him every time I open the door.”

Susan Tonner, Dogs Trust West Calder Rehoming Centre Manager said, “Jock is a tenacious little character who adores people, he often rushes to the door to meet them and was always particularly excited when Mr Hunter called. We are delighted that he met someone as smitten with him as he is with people, we just didn’t expect it to be the postman! After Jock’s difficult start in life it’s heart-warming 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 a call on 01506 873459 or visit the centre at Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre West Calder, 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

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

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