Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Sadeece, Haroshinka: Rehoming Russian-speaking Dogs

Lena and Mishka might be German Shepherds, but it's a different language they're proficient in... These two girls, looking for separate homes from Dogs Trust Snetterton, only understand Russian!

Upon first arrival at the centre, the girls seemed to struggle to settle in, and there were some problems bonding with other dogs. Staff were scratching their heads, until a letter from the previous owners clued them in. Luckily there was help at hand as the husband of one of the receptionists speaks the language fluently and is teaching staff phrases that will help settle Lena and Mishka in.

Kate Brewster, Supporter Relations Officer at Dogs Trust Snetterton, had this to say:
“This is one of the more unusual rehoming appeals that we’ve had at the centre and whilst the staff is adept at using sign language to communicate with dogs with hearing difficulties, this is the first time we’ve had to consider learning a new language. As both dogs are still relatively young we’re hoping that with the right, patient family they will be able to grasp English commands and become bilingual!”  
Four year-old Lena and her daughter Mishka are both looking for separate active homes with experienced German Shepherd owners who can take the time to not only help them settle in but help them master a new language.

If you think you could offer Lena or Mishka or any of their Dogs Trust friends a home please contact Dogs Trust Snetterton on 01953 498 377 or visit the team at North End Road, Snetterton, Norfolk, NR16 2LD.
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