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Sweet Jed came to a Dogs Trust centre in Darlington as a puppy in 2007, and since then he was overlooked by more than 14,000 potential owners.

The 7-year-old dog has now found his forever home with a lovely couple in County Durham after going through several failed attempts with other families in the past.

Ian Woodcock and Elizabeth Marsh learned about Jed after seeing an appeal on the BBC website and after a visit to the centre to meet him they immediately decided they would love to give him a home.

“Jed is settling in really well and we absolutely adore him, he is always by my side and we already can’t imagine life without him,” said Woodcock.

“If dogs can have a sense of humour then Jed certainly has one, he is already very attached to my wife and I, and he likes to be with us all of the time.

“His new favourite trick involves moving his duvet in front of the door and falling asleep so that we can’t leave the room.

“We are really looking forward to the future with Jed. After so long without a home we can’t wait to make 2015 as special as possible for him.”

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“We are so delighted that Jed had finally found such a fantastic home after searching for so many years,” said the centre Assistant Manager, Beverly Watson.

“He is such a character and we all became so attached to him in all the time he was with us, so it really is the best New Year present we could ask for to see how happy he is with Ian and Elizabeth.

“I’ve worked in animal welfare for 10 years and to see Jed get rehomed is undoubtedly one of the highlights.

“It just goes to show there is a happy home out there for every dog in our care and as Dogs Trust never puts a healthy dog down we will make sure they find it however long it takes.”

Dogs Trust opened their doors to 15,239 dogs last year throughout the country and were able to rehome 14,895.

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