Giant Mastiff as big as a baby elephant finds new home in match ‘made in heaven’
A hound as heavy as a baby elephant has been rehomed with a loving family in “a match made in big dog heaven.”
Galahad, a slobbery Mastiff, made headlines after Dogs Trust Canterbury made an appeal to find him a new home in April.
The four-year-old pooch, who weighs 15.7 stone, needed a family with plenty of space.
And, last month, Colin Dimmock and his clan took him in and the canine is loving life at their home in Kent.
Colin, who lives with wife Linda, their 15-year-old son Matthew live and their other dog Odie, said: “He’s fantastic.
“He sits, gives you his paw, he comes up and gives you a kiss, he’s met cyclists, tractors, cars, other dogs, and is brilliant with our son Matthew, who is autistic. He likes everything about Galahad apart from the slobber.”
Photos show big Galahad, named after King Arthur’s knights, in the garden of the home.
Colin added: “He’s just starting to play tug. He’ll chase a football down the garden and once he’s punctured it he’ll bring it back. We haven’t found a toy he can’t destroy yet – typically they last about a day.
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“He loves the hosepipe and has been really enjoying that while the weather has been nice. He has the three-seater sofa in the living room as his bed at night. He snores so loudly we can hear him from our bedroom.
“One thing he does that’s really funny is he walks alongside the sofa, lifts his bum onto it and sits there with his front feet on the floor. He’s got a brilliant character, he’s absolutely great.”
The family have had other large dogs, including Eli who died last year. Eli was just three inches smaller than Galahad.
“It was me who was missing having a big dog – and the slobber and the hair – after we lost our dog, Eli, last year. Galahad is actually about three-inches bigger than he was,” Colin continued.
“He’s the fourth really big dog we’ve had.
“They’re so loveable and loyal.”
The English mastiff is recognised as being the world’s heaviest breed of dog, with the biggest topping the scales at 144kg in 1984.
Dogs Trust Canterbury Rehoming Centre manager, Harriet Blaskett, said: “Galahad was by far the biggest ever dog we’ve had at Canterbury. He’s had several previous homes, so it was really important that we got this right for him.
“We had a huge response to our appeal, and we could not be more thrilled with how well he’s settled in with his big-hearted new owners, they’re a match made in big dog heaven.”