Two German Shepherds at Dogs Trust in Snetterton in need of new home - and new language

Staff at a Norfolk re-homing centre were left bewildered when two new dogs failed to bond with others and had difficulty settle in.

A letter from their previous owner however surprised staff with the reason, revealing the German shepherds could only understand Russian.

The Dogs Trust at Snetterton, between Norwich and Thetford, now has a challenge on its hands to re-home the pair, which are gradually learning English.

Supporter relations officer at the Dogs Trust Snetterton, Kate Brewster, said: 'This is one of the more unusual rehoming appeals that we've had at the centre and while the staff is adept at using sign language to communicate with dogs with hearing difficulties, this is the first time we've had to consider learning a new language.

'As both dogs are still relatively young we're hoping that with the right, patient family they will be able to grasp English commands and become bilingual.'

Four year-old Lena and her daughter Mishka are both looking for separate, active homes with experienced German Shepherd owners who can take the time to not only help them settle in but master a new language.

In the week since the pair have been at the centre the staff has already mastered the Russian for simple commands such as sit and paw and both have won over the team.

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The husband of one of the centre's receptionists is also on hand as a fluent Russian speaker, and has taught staff basic phrases to make the dogs feel at home.

To offer Lena or Mishka a home contact Dogs Trust Snetterton on 01953 498 377 or visit the team at North End Road, Snetterton, Norfolk, NR16 2LD.