Wanted, a loving den for the lion dog

Last updated at 22:21 03 January 2008

Behind his lion-like mane and baleful stare, Errol the crossbred collie is just a great big pussycat.

It's an image the owners of the rescue kennels where he has been a resident for the past ten years are anxious to promote.

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They have been trying to find him a home for more than a year since his brother William - abandoned with him in the summer of 1997 - died, leaving Errol alone in the world.

Families were not keen to take on two dogs and Gemini Kennels in Wickford, Essex, refused to split the brothers up.

Owner Michael Knight, 51, said: "Some people don't want to take on two, but now William has gone and Errol is a bit older, we feel it's time for him to move on. There is nothing like a home environment for a dog to live out its final years."

Mr Knight has been on the lookout for more than 12 months and agrees that Errol's inner attractions may need some promoting.

"He is a very happy dog and just a big ball of fluff," he said. "He is fit and healthy - he just has a few teeth missing. Errol is not aggressive at all and he is still full of life.

"Dogs these days can live until they are 17, so he could have a long and happy retirement.

"We are looking for someone who will love him, preferably a family with teenagers or an elderly couple. He loves long walks."

Sadly, competition for homes has increased as usual over Christmas. Mr Knight had to rescue three unwanted presents - Holly the Staffordshire bull terrier, Tinsel the shihtzu-pug cross and Violet the collie.

"Every rescue centre says the same, it's getting worse, not better," he said.

If you think Errol is for you, phone the Gemini kennels on 01268 725825.