Original article from Kent Live
An 100kg mastiff named Galahad has finally been adopted after months of appeals from Canterbury Dogs Trust
Weighing in at around 10kg heavier than the average wolf, and about the same as a baby elephant, the huge dog is only four years old but has struggled to find a forever home until now.
But a family has now been found in Colin and Lindy Dimmock, as well as their 15-year-old son Matthew and other dog Odie.
The family are used to big dogs, with their previous pet Eli, who was about three inches smaller than Galahad, passing away last year.
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A spokesman from Canterbury Dogs Trust said Galahad was a "friendly four-year-old-boy [and] has had a lot of change in his life, so it was very important to find him the perfect home."
Colin said: “It was me who was missing having a big dog – and the slobber and the hair – after we lost our dog, Eli, last year.
“He’s the fourth really big dog we’ve had, they’re so loveable and loyal.
“He’s fantastic – he sits, gives you his paw, he comes up and gives you a kiss, he’s met cyclists, tractors, cars, other dogs, and is brilliant with our son Matthew, who is autistic.
"He likes everything about Galahad apart from the slobber."
Galahad had spent a while at Canterbury Dogs Trust., with the first public appeal to find a permanent home for him launching in late April this year.
He had lived in a couple of foster homes with prospective new owners, but none of them worked out due to Galahad's size and struggles with living around other dogs.
However – he seems to have settled in just fine with the Dimmocks.
Colin added: “He’s just starting to play tug. He’ll chase a football down the garden and once he’s punctured it he’ll bring it back.
"We haven’t found a toy he can’t destroy yet, typically they last about a day.
“He loves the hosepipe and has been really enjoying that while the weather has been nice.
“He has the three-seater sofa in the living room as his bed at night – he snores so loudly we can hear him from our bedroom!
“One thing he does that’s really funny is he walks alongside the sofa, lifts his bum onto it and sits there with his front feet on the floor.
“He’s got a brilliant character, he’s absolutely great.”
Colin also sang the praises of Dogs Trust, adding: “Dogs Trust were a pleasure to deal with from the first moment we got in contact and all throughout the rehoming process.
"The staff there clearly had a fantastic bond with Galahad and were sad to see him go but pleased that he had found his forever home.
"I would urge anyone who is passionate about dog welfare to support this wonderful charity.”
Dogs Trust Canterbury manager, Harriet Blaskett, said: “Galahad was by far the biggest ever dog we’ve had at Canterbury.
“He’s had several previous homes, so it was really important that we got this right for him.
“We had a huge response to our appeal, and we could not be more thrilled with how well he’s settled in with his big-hearted new owners, they’re a match made in big dog heaven.”
If you think you could give a dog the forever home they are looking for, please go to www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming to start the virtual adoption process.
If you are struggling to cope with looking after your dog, for whatever reason, contact Dogs Trust on 0300 303 2188.
Alternatively, please give what you can to help Dogs Trust change the tale for dogs like Galahad who haven’t yet found their forever home, by visiting www.dogstrust.org.uk/changethetale