Rescue dogs who fell in love and are now inseparable need a new home together

When TJ the nine-year-old saluki arrived at Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, he was very nervous of the new environment.

To help him, staff decided to take him to be temporarily fostered alongside another pooch called Coral, a seven-year-old greyhound.

Coral was staying with the Berkshire Rescue centre’s manager Kaye Mughal because she also found kennels stressful.

She had arrived in January when her elderly owner could no longer look after her, then a few weeks later, TJ was given to the charity following a change in his family’s circumstances.

It was love at first sight for the pair, thanks to their mutual love of running laps of the garden, scenic walks, and long afternoon naps together.

Now, the pair have such a deep connection, staff want them to go to a forever home together.

Kaye said: ‘At Battersea we see plenty of the dogs in our care make friends with one another while out on walks or during play dates but rarely, if ever, have we seen such a strong bond develop between two of our residents.

‘It has been so special watching both dogs grow in confidence in each other’s company, particularly TJ who has really come out of his shell since Coral came into his life.

‘They are an incredibly sweet pair and deserve to live happily ever after, together, in a loving home.

‘Although they come as a pair, TJ and Coral do have their own personalities and unique quirks – despite her laid-back nature Coral certainly wears the trousers in the relationship, with the more timid TJ preferring to take his companion’s lead until he feels comfortable in his surroundings.

‘Their different characters complement one another perfectly though and we have no doubt that both will make fantastic additions to the right home.’

Ideally, the pair would go to owners who have already cared for a nervous dog and have experience of owning a sighthound.

They need somewhere nice and quiet, with a decent sized garden where they can spend their days chasing one another before curling up in bed together.

Ms Mughal added: ‘Taking on any new pet is a big responsibility, so adding two to your family at the same time is a huge commitment and understandably not suitable for everyone.

‘However, we’re confident the right new owners are out there. We’re encouraging anyone with experience of caring for sighthounds, and the time to dedicate to our dynamic duo, to register with our rehoming team.

‘Until then, I’m more than happy for the lovebirds to continue staying with me – watching their love blossom has been a truly wonderful thing to witness.’

At 144 and 104 days respectively, both Coral and TJ have long since passed the average length of a 34 days stay for a Battersea dog.

However, the charity has no time limit on an animal’s stay and they will remain in their care until the right home can be found for them.

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