Poppy and Lola, two seven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terriers, need extra ‘TLC’ due to their lack of fur and even have to wear sun cream on warmer days
Image: Staffie and Stray Rescue)
A pair of hairless Staffordshire Bull Terriers are looking for a forever home after their owner passed away.
Poppy and Lola need to wear knitted woolly jumpers most of the year – and even sun cream during the summer.
The Staffy sisters are both real ‘head turners’, according to Bournemouth based Staffie and Stray Rescue, who are currently looking after the girls.
Their lack of fur is a result of a genetic skin condition, and means they need regular medicated baths and extra TLC.
But the white pied Staffies still love nothing more than a good tummy rub.
Staffie and Stray Rescue welfare operations manager, Sophie Vye, said: “We see all sorts of reasons why dogs come into rescue but circumstances like this are really sad because it’s no-one’s fault.
“The family did what they could to help, but with other pets in the family, the only way was to surrender them to rescue.
“They’re really lovely natured dogs and are bonded, so they will be needing a home together.
Staffie and Stray Rescue)
“Poppy and Lola have settled quickly in their foster home, and love sleeping on the bed and cuddling on the sofa like typical Staffies.”
When Poppy and Lola were first introduced to the Staffie and Stray Rescue Facebook followers, their post was seen by over two million people – yet two weeks later, they’d received zero applications.
But there has been more interest in the hairless hounds in recent weeks, as well as floods of people offering to knit them woolly jumpers.
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Sophie added: “As the temperatures continue to drop as we push into winter season, we are looking for knitting experts who could knit a jumper for our girls. As they are hairless, they will need to be kept as warm as possible – and we’d love a red jumper for Poppy, and pink for Lola, to help us tell them apart!
“We’ve had a few people offer to make some jumpers for them, and it’s likely they’ll have a whole wardrobe soon.”
The seven-year-old dogs are currently in a foster home, and are looking to live in an adult-only home with no other dogs, cats or children.
Sophie added: “Lola loves cuddles and giving lots of kisses. She is a very loving girl but can be nervous around children and other animals. She gets anxious outside of the home environment and will be looking for a home who can help build her confidence and give her further training.
“Poppy loves having her belly tickled and she loves to curl up on your lap to sleep – she also likes to snore loudly when she sleeps.
“She prefers shorter walks but walks really well on the lead.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.