'I hope tomorrow will be a new start' - Adorable rescue dog Rugby hoping for Six Nations luck
Staff at an animal shelter have issued a plea to find a new owner for a dog discovered tied up outside a shopping centre seven months ago.
Ireland kick off their Six Nations campaign against Scotland in Murrayfield on Saturday and Dublin SPCA are hoping this will be a good omen for the four-year-old male Lurcher named Rugby.
In an adorable post on Facebook, written from Rugby's point-of-view, DSCPA write: "It all kicks off for the Irish rugby team tomorrow... I hope tomorrow will be a new start for me too."
The post continues: "The DSPCA are doing a special appeal for me because I am the longest dog here at the shelter. I have been here nearly seven months and I hope that this cry out for a loving family will help me find a home.
"Each week I watch my friends head off on adoption day about to start their new lives. It makes me feel terribly sad that no one picked me to be their best friend.
"When I first arrived I was afraid of other dogs and I didn’t know how to play but now I am the life and soul of the play groups. I am toilet trained and walk well on the lead.
"My bags are packed and I’m ready to go so please, if you think you can offer me a loving home then visit the DSPCA."
The shelter is holding an open day in Rathfarnham tomorrow and every day from 11am - 4.30pm.
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But if you are considering adopting Rugby he adds that he can’t live with cats "they are too much fun to chase".