Britain’s oldest rescue dog has found a new home – at the age of 20.
Snowy the West Highland Terrier was put up for adoption after his owner became ill and could no longer care for her.
He was taken on by Dogs Trust and, despite being the equivalent of a 140-year-old human, has managed to cope with the life change.
And while many people are put off by older dogs in rescue centres, the pint-sized pooch quickly found a new home with Margaret Millar.
Margaret, from Wigan, said: “He is lovely and is doing really well. He is partially sighted but has soon found his feet and knows his way around.
“Most of the time he just likes to potter about but he definitely livens up when it’s time for food.
His age hasn’t affected his appetite and he’s quick off the mark when the bowls go down which is great.
“Before Snowy arrived my oldest dog was my 16-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, Ben,” she said.
“They get on very well and Snowy has fitted in wonderfully. It is like a retirement home for dogs. We all enjoy a cosy afternoon nap.”
Snowy is five times the average age of a dog at Dogs Trust – and when he was born England were preparing for a World Cup with a teenage Michael Owen the rising star of the game.
Tony Blair had been Prime Minister for less than one year and Oasis was were the biggest name in music.
And while Owen has retired from football, Blair has left frontline politics and Oasis have long since split, Snowy is still going strong.
Georgina Lowery, Dogs Trust Merseyside rehoming centre manager, said: “Snowy is a lovely boy and we were really eager to find him a new forever home as soon as possible so he could enjoy his home comforts again.
“Luckily Margaret fell in love with him and once we knew he got along with his new doggie pals, off he went.
“We know he’ll be very, very happy with Margaret who will make sure he has everything he could hope for in his twilight years.”