Helpers at a Scots dog home are reciting classic Burns Poems in a bid to build a shy pooch’s confidence around people.
Ten-year-old Collie Maddie has been at a rehoming centre for nearly a year and can get worried by being in unfamiliar settings and meeting new faces.
The dog finds it hard to trust people, but staff at the Dogs Trust in Glasgow are getting her used to human interaction by reading the Bard’s most popular poems.
Helpers revealed Maddie particularly enjoys listening to the Burns classics ‘A Winter Night’ and ‘Ode to Spring’.
Sandra Lawton, rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust Glasgow, said: “Maddie is a lovely girl who has become a firm favourite with staff and we all want to see her find happiness in a new home.
“Reading to dogs can be really beneficial for their socialisation and we hope that by reciting Maddie’s favourite poems to her, we can get her used to new voices and better prepare her for when the time comes to embark on the journey to her forever home.”
“This brown-eyed lassie gets on well with other dogs and has wonderful doggy manners.”
“She is a quick learner who loves to show you a trick in return for a tasty treat.
“She is best suited to a home with a secure garden where she can potter about before settling down for a bedtime story.
“Although her heart is in the Highlands, we know she will happily settle into a new home anywhere with a cosy sofa and a good book.”