Dogs Trust ‘Changes the Tale’ for elderly terrier who lost his owner to coronavirus

Dogs Trust ‘Changes the Tale’ for elderly terrier who lost his owner to coronavirus

A 12-year-old terrier called Dylan is settling into his new home after coming into Dogs Trust as a result of the pandemic. Sadly Dylan’s owner passed away from coronavirus and he found himself in the care of Shoreham Rehoming Centre in West Sussex.

Dogs Trust Shoreham Rehoming Centre Manager Adel Burnett said:

“Dylan was very shut down when he arrived, after such a big change in circumstances, his life as he knew it had been shattered and despite our best efforts to make him feel as comfortable as possible kennel life just wasn’t for him.

“Luckily we had just recruited a new foster carer to our Home from Home scheme called Andrea who was now working remotely and found herself in a position to be able to provide temporary care for our dogs.

“Dylan was Andrea’s first foster dog and he seemed to feel better almost as soon as he stepped his paws through the door – gobbling up his meals and playing with his toys.

“Once Dylan’s confident, cheeky and loving side started to show it took hardly any time at all for us to find a great new home for him.

“A foster home can really make a difference and we’re so grateful to each and every one of our carers. If you’d like to become a foster carer please get in touch.”

Just 25 days after he came into Dogs Trust Shoreham Rehoming Centre, he was adopted by Alison and her husband Leslie Gibbons who have renamed him Bob Dylan. Alison said:

“He’s now been living with us for a month and he’s settled really well. He’s a lovely dog.

“We had an elderly Jack Russell before who we adopted from Dogs Trust back in 2013 when he was also 12 years old. Cedric died two years ago and we missed him so much that we decided we wanted a bit of a gap to honour his memory.

“It’s lovely going out for long walks with Bob Dylan. He still has so much energy! We go four miles and he’s still go, go, go. He’s a really sharp little chap and knows where his home is.

“He’s very wilful and has a lot of spirit and strength of character, loves his food and being with you, preferably sitting on your knee!”

Dogs Trust Shoreham Manager Adel added: 

“It is so wonderful to know that Bob Dylan has found his forever home, along with many other dogs that we have been able to ‘Change the Tale’ for, thanks to people like the Gibbons family choosing to adopt.

“We know that the pandemic, and its economic repercussions, is having devastating effects on some people’s lives and their ability to care for their pets.

“Unfortunately, we believe the worst is yet to come and we will do all we can to help those dogs and owners in need of our support.”

Dogs Trust provides a range of services to help keep dogs and their owners together where that’s possible, such as support for dog owners without a home and a unique fostering service for dog owners experiencing domestic abuse. Dogs Trust Dog School is also providing easy to follow online videos helping dog owners tackle behaviours they are seeing as a result of lockdown that could eventually result in dogs having to be given up, such as separation anxiety. The charity also offers the Canine Care Card, which guarantees that if an owner should pass away or become very unwell, their dog will be cared for by Dogs Trust.

Together with the support of the public, Dogs Trust is working to ‘Change the Tale’ for dogs in need. If you are struggling and need advice or support to give up your dog, would like to know more about how Dogs Trust is helping keep dogs and owners together or if you would like to donate to Dogs Trust, please visit If you would like to volunteer to become a foster carer please email