Valentine’s Day call for the home of a Collie ‘couple’ who met at a dog shelter

Dogs Trust has launched a Valentine’s Day appeal for a home for a Collie cross ‘couple’ who arrived separately at their dog shelter but quickly became ‘the best of friends’.

The animal charity said Finn, two, and Willow, one, are affectionately referred to as “Fillow” by staff and have collectively spent 35 months in their care.

Despite the charity’s best efforts to get the duo noticed on social media with their “adorable antics”, he said the pair remained ignored.

“Willow and Finn have both overcome so much in their short lives. They are scared, but together they bring out the best in each other,” said Ciara Murran, communications manager at Dogs Trust Ireland.

“They are what we call ‘UnderDogs’, dogs that will need extra time, love and care to settle into a home. Our Valentine’s wish is that someone has the heart big enough to love and adopt these two very special dogs.

Two-year-old Finn and one-year-old Willow are affectionately nicknamed “Fillow” by the staff. Photo: Fran Veale

Two-year-old Finn and one-year-old Willow are affectionately nicknamed “Fillow” by the staff. Photo: Fran Veale

Both dogs had difficult beginnings in life. At just two weeks old, Willow and her siblings were abandoned in a bucket, but a kind passerby took them to Dogs Trust where they were hand raised by staff.

Willow can be very worried about noises and strangers, the charity says, but Finn is helping give her the confidence she needs to be “a happy, confident woman”.

Likewise for Finn, he is a “sensitive soul” who finds solace in his “girlfriend” Willow, their bond helping them overcome their fears.

Sandra Ruddell, Deputy Director of Operations at Dogs Trust, said: “We are seeing more and more dogs who are afraid of what we would consider normal, everyday things.

“Certain noises can disturb Finn and Willow, which is why we are looking for a quiet home for them. A home with few visitors and a secure garden would be perfect for this pair.

“They are such loving dogs who just need time and space to get comfortable before showering you with gratitude and love.

Two-year-old Finn and one-year-old Willow are affectionately nicknamed “Fillow” by the staff. Photo: Fran Veale

“We have a lot of UnderDogs, just like Finn and Willow, who are also looking for their perfect home. It can be difficult at times, but so rewarding to see a dog that was once scared overcome their fear and begin to let their personality shine through.

“If you think you might be able to provide a long-term home for a dog, please get in touch.”

Dogs Trust considers dogs in their care to be UnderDogs if they have spent six months or more looking for their forever home. To visit www.DogsTrust.ie/UnderDogs for more information.