After waiting more than six years, Monty finds love during lockdown and spends first christmas in new home
An eight-year-old rescue dog is looking forward to spending his first Christmas in his new home after waiting
more than six years for someone to fall in love with him.
This time last year Patterdale Terrier, Monty, was getting ready to spend yet another Christmas at Dogs Trust
Kenilworth, but 2020 was to be the year he found his forever home when Paul Bennett and Dianne Malsbury welcomed him into their life.
“We had had a cat for 18 years who passed away and both myself and Dianne had volunteered at Dogs Trust
Kenilworth, so we knew about Monty and that a couple of homes hadn’t worked out for him. He is a sensitive soul and we understood
the type of home he needed, so Dianne suggested we had a chat to the team about whether we could potentially be the ones to give
him his forever home.
“That was just before the first lockdown so we had to wait until restrictions were eased before we could
meet him several times at the centre and do lots of different things with him to prepare him for coming home. He had a few
overnight stays with us too, until finally he was ready. Now he’s here we have become such good pals. He melts your heart.”
Monty is one of around 600 lucky dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes at Dogs Trust Kenilworth who have found
loving homes this year, but he was one of the centre’s longest-term residents.
Emma-Jane Thomas, Manager at Dogs Trust Kenilworth, says:
“It’s fantastic that we were able to change the tale for Monty. He was an anxious dog; fearful of
strangers and many dogs and he is also very noise sensitive, so he needed a very special home.
“Our specialist behaviour team had done a lot of work with him and he had become really affectionate with
people he knew and quite playful, so when Paul and Dianne expressed an interest in giving him the chance to finally find his forever
home, we were so pleased.”
When lockdown restrictions eased in the summer, Paul and Dianne visited Monty two or three times every week,
working alongside the behaviour team to get Monty ready to go home. As well as playing with him outside, they spent time together
inside with Paul and Dianne carrying out everyday tasks such as washing up, making a cup of tea, or just sitting down and reading.
Paul, of Balsall Common, says:
“It was so important to start with the basics and build a bond with him and it’s great that things are
working out. He has gone from being a dog that didn’t like going out for walks because he got anxious, to skipping around like a
puppy when he knows it’s time to go out. He has a room of his own where he can go to chill out if he chooses, but we spend a lot
of time together.
“He has proved to be great company in this unusual year. Monty Moo, as we often affectionately call him,
is a cheeky, happy boy and I am delighted we are going to be spending the first of many Christmases together.”
Dogs Trust fears that nationally up to 40,000 more dogs could be at risk of finding themselves without a home
as a result of the fallout from the coronavirus crisis. (1)
“To think that Monty will be spending Christmas in a loving home is just great. Seeing our dogs go to
their new homes is why we do the job we do, and we are all absolutely delighted for Monty.
“But sadly, we do expect to see more dogs finding themselves homeless in the coming months because of the
pandemic. We will be here to help. We will do everything we can to change the tale for them, making sure they all find a new
forever family however long it takes, just like Monty.”
As dogs and their owners face hardships that could break them apart, Dogs Trust wants to be there to protect
their bond and to make people aware of how the charity can help before their situation becomes desperate. Dogs Trust wants to change
the tale for thousands of dogs who otherwise would have nowhere to turn and want to remind people that they are there to help wherever
possible, so if anyone is struggling and needs to give up their dog, to contact Dogs Trust on 0300 303 2188.
Alternatively, please give what you can to help Dogs Trust change the tale for dogs like Monty, by visiting
(1) Calculations based on our 2019 Stray Dog Survey found that 46% of the 69,621 stray dogs in Local Authority kennels
were not reunited with their owners, or left unclaimed. After the last recession, there was a 25.6% increase in stray dogs [from
2009 to 2010]. If we apply that increase to last year’s stray dog figures , we could see 87,444 instances of stray dogs, and our
estimations are that 46% of those dogs [40,224] could be permanently unwanted.