Britain's oldest ever rescue dog has finally found a new forever home.
Ty, a 22-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier Dalmatian cross, has been without a home since August.
He was handed to the team at Dogs Trust Bridgend after his previous owners experienced family issues and were forced to give him up, the Daily Mirror reports.
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And after several urgent pleas to find the pooch a home, he is now being loved by Bruno de Brito and Lee Szopa from Penarth – as well as the two dogs they already have.
Calling him a “terrific older gentleman”, Bruno said: “We have two other dogs, six-year-old Gizmo, a Chihuahua cross, and our beautiful 15-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Fizz, who we adopted 10 years ago.
“Lee has been concerned that Fizz is getting on in years and one day his mum sent us the information on Ty from Dogs Trust's website to reassure him that Fizz could have many, many more years to enjoy life.
“That had unintended consequences – as soon as we read about Ty we knew we wanted to go and see him and find out if we could give him the new home he deserved.”
The couple met Ty a few days later, and the trio instantly hit it off.
And he also made instant friends with Fizz, with the pair now sleeping next to each other.
Bruno added: “We all go out on walks together and Ty is like a puppy. We didn't expect him to be as lively as he is, but he is full of life and it's fantastic.”
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Although Ty was “anxious” at first, he is now loving live and very happy with his new family – although he can be a “little stubborn” when it comes to picking the direction for walks.
Melissa Cook, assistant manager at Dogs Trust Bridgend, said: “It is always fantastic when our dogs find their perfect family, but when it's an older dog it's very special.
“Given Ty's age, how we felt to see him head off with Bruno and Lee and his new doggie family is beyond words.
“Ty is a gorgeous dog, full of fun and full of love and we are so pleased he is back at the heart of a family who adore him.”
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