Chuckles has been here before. He knows the ropes about featuring in this column. You get your photo taken and wait.

For the whole of the past 21 months, he’s been waiting, since I last wrote about him in 2014 .

Other animals featured are now happy in their new homes but he’s not been chosen.

During that time, he’s been lovingly cared for by the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) but it’s not the same as having the freedom of your own home.

During the past months, I’ve occasionally spent some time sitting in Chuckle’s kennel with him. Last week, I went to sit with him, after not having seen him for a while and he welcomed me with open arms.

He’s one of the longest staying dogs at NAWT and he’s got one of the largest kennels.

Spending time with him, in his kennel, gives just a tiny insight into his world – he’s watching to see when the handyman’s going to come and do some repairs in the workshop next door, he’s listening to see who’s coming down the yard and he’s welcoming visitors who come to view him.

When I was sitting with him, a lady came to look at him – (and me), but she wanted a younger dog and quickly moved on. Chuckles is about nine.

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Advantages to older dogs

The manager of the rehoming centre, Jackie De Friez, said age is the predominant reason dogs don’t get homed.

But there are advantages to homing an older dog. Older dogs are often calmer and more relaxing to be around and, contrary to popular opinion, you can teach an old dog new tricks. They can also still have several years ahead of them.

During my visit, Chuckles couldn’t wait to play ball. He adores playing in water.

He loves company but does need to be the only dog in the home. If you could home this Staffie-cross, pay him a visit at NAWT, Tylers Way, Watford by pass. He’ll be listening for you.

In order to continue the celebrations for the Queen’s ninetieth birthday, NAWT are inviting us to hold our own Royal Tea Party in aid of the animals in their care.

They have a fantastic fundraising pack to help us which includes invitations, party games etc – all available from the above address or the NAWT website .

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