A former stray dog now in the care of Dogs Trust enjoyed a day to remember on his ‘official birthday’ with a trip to Irvine beach.

Lurcher Jax arrived at Dogs Trust Glasgow nearly two years ago in June 2021 with little known about his past life.

As with all dogs with unknown backgrounds, the charity’s vets estimated his age by looking at his teeth, and staff chose May as his birthday month so he could enjoy a joint birthday with his favourite canine carer Fionnuala McArdle. 

And where better to celebrate than Irvine Beach Park?

Irvine Times: Jax with FionnualaJax with Fionnuala (Image: Dogs Trust)

Jax sauntered on the sand dunes sniffing the sea air, enjoyed a doggie paddle and sipped on a puppuccino.

As no birthday is complete without cake, when Jax returned to Dogs Trust Glasgow rehoming centre, he tucked into a home-made peanut butter cake made by Fionnuala’s fair hands, before eagerly opening his presents.   

And the Dogs Trust believe that if Jax could find a new home near the beach, he'd absolutely love it.

Irvine Times: Jax loved his birthday cakeJax loved his birthday cake (Image: Dogs Trust)

The team hope this will be his last birthday in their care and are now on the lookout for a new home for him.

He is one of Dog Trust’s underdogs, the title given to some of the dogs who have spent more than six months in the charity’s care and are overlooked.

Lurchers were the third most popular breed rehomed by Dogs Trust last year, with 527 finding loving new homes. 

Claire Cairney, assistant manager of administration at Dogs Trust Glasgow, said: “Fionnuala wanted to ensure Jax had a special day on his birthday as he is so deserving of being spoiled in every way.

"He had the best time with presents, cake and his day trip to the beach which could all have been new experiences for him.

"He was such a good boy and enjoyed every moment of his day at the seaside. It was such a lovely thing for Fionnuala to do to spend her birthday with Jax. 

Irvine Times: Happy Birthday Jax

“Jax is a very special boy who we all love at Glasgow but sadly he has been overlooked for nearly two years. Jax can find life a little overwhelming at times so he might not show himself in the best light in kennels but once the bond is made, you have a besotted best friend for life. 

“We are looking for committed owners who he can meet a number of times to build a strong bond before leaving the centre.

"He is a smart dog who enjoys learning new tricks and will proudly show off his super skills when he masters something new. He enjoys agility and exploring which was confirmed with his trip to Irvine beach.

"Our birthday wish for Jax is he very soon gets to enjoy many more beach trips with new owners.” 

You can apply to rehome Jax by going:  https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming/dogs/lurcher/1247310