Zeus is an elderly staffie boy, around 12-13 years of age, and was unceremoniously dumped by his previous owners. They simply tied him up to a lamp post, walked away, and abandoned him to his fate. No dog deserves this, but for a bewildered senior dog it's simply unimaginable how people can be so heartless.
Zeus has settled into the routine of kennel life at Newport City Dogs Home. He loves his walks and seems friendly around his fellow residents, but sometimes, when it's quiet, when all the visitors have left, Zeus can be heard whimpering piteously for his owners. Staffies are the most loving and faithful family dogs. They are clever, funny and they have a built-in genetic imperative to smother their owners (or strangers) with kisses. If you've never been kissed by a staffie, you've never really been kissed!
Shake on that Zeus!
Zeus is still sprightly and definitely isn't ready to hang up his lead yet! But kennels is no place for this lovely fella, and the staff and volunteers have promised him that his life isn't over; that he will find someone to love with all his staffie heart once more.
If you'd like to meet Zeus pop in to Newport City Dogs Home, or contact the staff on 01633 290902. between 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm, on weekdays, 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 3.30pm on Saturday. Please note: the home is CLOSED on Sundays.
Adoption fees are from £120 depending on the age/breed of the dog, and include 1st vaccination, flea & worm treatment and neutering.
I walked the gorgeous Zeus today and he definitely doesn't act like he is a senior staffie! Despite the heat, he wanted to get out and stretch those legs with me, we had a lovely walk and if it wasn't for the heat, he definitely could have walked for much longer which I thought was fab considering his age. I took one of the volunteers' children with me out on the walk and he was quite happy to give her attention as well and he wasn't phased at all by this. It was really hot and Zeus and I decided to take a little rest in the shade to cool down and he started to show his character by rolling around and wanting his tummy tickled!
He is clearly missing his family as he is obviously a very loyal and affectionate dog who really deserves to have an amazing and dedicated retirement home. However, he certainly doesn't act like an OAP and he is full of cheerful and happy energy
Zeus has been a little choosy about the company he likes to keep. As an older Staffie gent he knows what he likes and what he doesn't like. It really would be down to the chemistry between him and another dog but it's quite likely he'd prefer to spend his retirement as the only dog living in a home.