Salisbury rescue dog going strong at 21!

Salisbury rescue dog going strong at 21!

Published at 11:44am 7th February 2020. (Updated at 11:45am 7th February 2020)

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Queenie was adopted from the local branch of the Dogs Trust in 2018 after spending eight years in the centre.

The pooch arrived at the Newton Toney based centre in 2010 from another of the charity's centres after originally been found as stray.

One of the staff at Dogs Trust Salisbury, Bridget Pike, developed a close bond with Queenie but couldn't immediately offer her the home environment she needed.

Bridget's circumstances changed and in 2018 she adopted Queenie.

Staff now think Queenie might be one of the oldest dogs in the  UK!


Queenie shares her home with two other golden oldies, also from Dogs Trust Salisbury,  Bridget’s other rescue Terriers, ten-year-old Bonnie and 12-year-old Bo. 

Despite a collective age of 43, they all enjoy a potter around in the garden and a walk in the forest. 

Other than being on some medication for her joints, Queenie is happy and healthy and certainly has a zest for life, she even fought off a severe tooth infection and an inner ear problem last year which temporarily left her with a head tilt. 

Queenie with doggie siblings Bonnie and Bo
Queenie with mum Bridget and  her doggy siblings!

Bridget, who is now the centre's interim Assitant Manager says:

"Queenie is one tough cookie. Despite the fact she can’t run around like she used to, she loves to be out and about in the fresh air. I got her a doggy pushchair that I can put her in when she’s had enough of walking but still wants to be outdoors. 

"She’s almost completely blind but there’s nothing wrong with her sense of smell - she knows if I haven’t topped her dog food with cooked chicken and stands there looking up at me until I add it to her food!” 

When Bridget adopted her, Queenie spent the first two weeks hiding in the dining room. But she soon came out of her shell and gradually ventured into other areas of the home. 

She has now well and truly landed on her paws and Bridget say’s she’s an ‘amazing dog’ who enjoys her food, getting an early night and the occasional ‘mad five minutes’ doing zoomies around the living room.


Bridget is keen to encourage people to not overlook the golden oldies in rescue centres who are looking for a second chance. 

"I feel so privileged to have been able to offer Queenie a happy home in her later life – I just wish I could have done it sooner. She does have some anxieties and worries but she’s actually the easiest dog I have ever owned! She brings so much joy to my life, I couldn’t imagine my life without her. She has so much character and it just goes to show that you shouldn’t overlook older dogs, there’s often still plenty of life and love left in them!"

Dogs Trust Salisbury has a number of older dogs in its care at the moment and are keen to encourage people to consider the advantages of owning an older dog, which include:

  • They need less exercise but are still just as fun!
  • They are used to living in a home so come house-trained and are not as destructive as a puppy.
  • Their personality is already shaped so new owners can really understand and appreciate the dog they are welcoming into their family. 
Keno is one of centre's older dogs looking for a home!

If you can offer a dog the warm, loving home it deserves, please call 0203 879 0536 for more information.

There's lots of information and support available for anyone thinking of adopting an older dog on here:


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