Inseparable pair of rescue dogs looking for a home to stay together forever
MOVE on Romeo and Juliet, move Bey and Jay aside, make way for Harry and Meghan, a new love story is unfolding now. Meet TJ and Coral, a pair of rescue dogs who first crossed paths when they were both brought to the Old Windsor Center in Battersea earlier this year, where they fell in love.
The striking couple have become so inseparable that staff at the leading rescue charity are now looking for a loving home to go together.
Greyhound, Coral, seven, arrived at the Berkshire rescue in January when her elderly owner could no longer care for her. Coral had been to Battersea several years earlier and found it stressful to return to the kennel, so the centre’s director, Kaye Mughal, offered her a foster family. A few weeks later, nine-year-old Saluki, TJ, was returned to the association following a change in his family’s circumstances. As a very nervous gentleman, the staff decided to see if having their own emotional support dog would help build their confidence. So he was sent to Kaye and Coral.
It fell in love with the couple, thanks to their mutual love of fitness (running in the garden and scenic walks) and mindfulness (long afternoon naps together).
“In Battersea we see a lot of the dogs in our care befriending each other on walks or at play, but rarely, if ever, have we seen such a strong bond develop between two of our residents. It has been so special to watch the two dogs gain confidence in their company, especially TJ, who has truly come out of his shell since Coral came into his life. They are an incredibly sweet couple and deserve to live happily ever after, together, in a loving home.
Although they come in pairs, TJ and Coral have their own personalities and quirks – despite her laid-back nature, Coral certainly wears the pants in the relationship, with the more shy TJ preferring to take the lead of her mate until then. make them feel comfortable around them. Their different characters complement each other perfectly, however, and we have no doubts that both will make fantastic additions to the right house.
Rescue staff ideally search for potential owners who have taken care of a nervous dog before, as TJ will always be a sensitive soul and know what to expect from owning a greyhound (or two). The canine couple’s dream house would be a nice, quiet place, with a decent-sized garden where they could spend their days hunting each other before curling up together.
“Welcoming a new pet is a big responsibility, so adding two to your family at the same time is a huge commitment and naturally not for everyone. However, we are convinced that the right new owners are here. We encourage anyone with experience in greyhound care and the time to devote to our dynamic duo to register with our rehoming team. Until then, I’m more than happy that the lovebirds continue to stay with me – watching their love blossom has been a truly wonderful thing to see.
At 144 and 104 days respectively at the charity’s Old Windsor Center, Coral and TJ have long surpassed the average length of a 34-day stay for a Battersea dog. However, the charity has no time limit on an animal’s stay and the animal will remain in its care until the right home can be found for it. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for greyhounds like this “pair” to wait longer than most breeds to find a new home.
To learn more about Coral and TJ and other love-seeking rescue dogs, please visit: www.battersea.org.uk/dogs.