World number one does rescue dog a special service
A homeless hound from Dogs Trust has found her happy home thanks to her special new friendship with World number one Tennis star Novak Djokovic.
The former Wimbledon champion and his girlfriend Jelena Ristic alongside their Poodle, Pierre, took a short break from the courts last week to meet one year old Honey from rescue charity, Dogs Trust and help her in her quest to find a new home.
Huge dog lovers, Novak and Jelena, renamed the Goldendoodle Bella, meaning white in their native Serbian and began a heart-felt international appeal to their millions of Facebook and Twitter followers to help find the playful pooch the loving home she deserves. The charity was soon inundated with offers from dog lovers hoping to rehome Bella and within just a few days she found her perfect match with a local tennis mad family.
The Causer family including mum Sharon and her three children Ryan, Adam and Daniel met with Bella at the Rehoming Centre and quickly fell in love with the adorable pooch. Bella will soon be going home with her new family who intend to entertain the fetch fanatic with endless games of chase as well as cuddles on the sofa where Bella can cheer on her new Hero in his remaining Wimbledon matches.
Sharon, Bella’s new owner, explains “We are lifelong tennis fans so we were really excited to hear of Bella’s famous friend. As soon as we met her we knew she was the dog for us, she is such a sweet natured, fun girl and we are sure she will fit in really well with our active lifestyle. We have been told she is pretty keen on chasing a tennis ball so as a family of tennis players we will certainly be making use of her skills as a ball girl – but she may have to get used to the drop in standards compared to her previous tennis encounters!”
Harriet Cardwell, Dogs Trust Canterbury Rehoming Centre Assistant Manager comments “We were really touched and very grateful to Novak and Jelena for all their help in finding Bella her forever home, especially during such a busy time for them. Not only did the appeal help find her a home, but it has also encouraged plenty of people to visit their local Dogs Trust rehoming centre in search of their perfect pooch. We have hundreds of rescue dogs of all shapes and sizes at our 18 rehoming centres across the UK, all equally as beautiful and deserving as Bella in their own way.”