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Snow is the solution to allergic dog's problem

Dogs Trust Grass allergy dog finally gets to run on snow covered grass

Snow may be causing havoc across much of the country but one special homeless hound has been desperately waiting for the fist flake of snow to fall all winter. Eight –year-old Labrador cross Buster, a four legged resident at Dogs Trust Darlington was diagnosed with a grass allergy two years ago which means he is unable to set foot on grass but luckily the snow provides a layer of protection for Buster’s paws so he is able to bound around in the snow to his heart’s content. Despite making the most of his time frolicking  in the snowy  winter wilderness, what this playful pooch really wants is to find an adult home near the beach with owners who loves going for long coastal walks as much as he does.


Julie Keenan, Dogs Trust Darlington Assistant Manager, explains:

“Buster is an affectionate, fun loving lad who would make the perfect family pet in the right home. He is a super dog who adores playtime and is always on the move so will need an energetic owner to keep him entertained. This gentle boy would be best suited to an adult home with children over 14 and would need to be the only pet in the home so he can enjoy all the attention. Buster is a polite pooch who is housetrained and happy to be left on his own during the day. He is on part foster which means the cost of treatment for his allergies will be covered by Dogs Trust.”


Dogs Trust Veterinary Director, Paula Boyden comments: "Buster's condition is atopy which can be likened to hayfever in humans; whereas humans with grass allergies sneeze, atopy manifests itself as a skin condition in dogs. This can range from mild irritation to intense itching. The severity of Buster's condition is unusual as he cannot walk on grass without medication but fortunately the snow provides a protective layer. In addition to being on medication, Buster will need careful managing to try and prevent his condition flaring up."



Dogs Trust Darlington cares for around 120 abandoned and unwanted dogs at any one time. If you would like to give Buster a home or are interested in rehoming another rescue dog call the Rehoming Centre directly on 01325 333 114 or visit at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co Durham, DL2 1SL.



Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 16,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year through its network of 17 Rehoming Centres nationwide.

For more information about the charity’s work please visit



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