A SEAFORD resident is throwing her weight behind a campaign to change the reputation of Staffordshire bull terriers.
Susan Gimple is a proud Staffie owner and supports Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s ‘Staffies – they’re softer than you think’ campaign, which celebrates the ‘softer’ side of the breed, and hopes to overcome negative perceptions.
Last year Battersea Dogs and Cats Home took in 6,126 stray, unwanted and abandoned dogs and 40 percent were Staffordshire bull terriers.
As a proud owner of ex-Battersea Staffie Dolly, Susan believes that the breed make fantastic pets.
She said: “Dolly is a wonderful dog and she is doing a lot towards changing local people’s views on Staffies, as most people who meet her and spend any time with her just fall in love with her.
“She gets on really well with other dogs, including my boxer, Bruno and our two elderly cats.
“I just wish all people would look at Staffies and give them a chance.”
YouGov research for Battersea found 18 to 24-year-olds are more likely to describe Staffies as guard dogs (27 percent) or illegal dogs (14 percent) than family dogs (11 percent).
Battersea has many Staffies looking for new homes. If you can offer a Staffie a home visit www.battersea.org.uk/staffie.