Dog lovers looking for a new best friend will be happy to learn there are potential pals looking to spend their special twilight years with a special home.

Golden oldies at Darlington's Dog Trust are appealing for caring individuals to provide them with a forever home this October.

We have compiled a list of five loving canines hoping to bring some light into their new owner's lives.

Rover - Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross

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Ravishing Rover is a 12-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross.

Described as a sweet fellow with a zest for life, Rover's biggest joy comes from toys – particularly squeaky balls.

After a day spent frolicking and strolling, he relishes settling into a cosy spot for some relaxation.

Known to enjoy his grub, Rover will readily offer a polite 'sit' for a treat.

Sam - Patterdale Terrier cross

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Next up is Sam, a Patterdale terrier cross, who treasures his collection of tennis balls second only to food and treats.

Despite his life-limiting condition, his undying spirit keeps him active, well-fed and ever-ready for a cuddle on the couch.

This pooch currently resides with a foster carer, can live with children over 14 and handles being home alone for a few hours perfectly.

Digger - Terrier cross

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Joining the golden oldies is the bubbly Digger, an 11-year-old Terrier cross with a heart full of affection.

Digger is a sensitive chap who needs a peaceful environment due to his noise intolerance.

Although he prefers solitude, he enjoys social walks with other dogs after a proper introduction.

Owners eager to adopt Digger need to be prepared for multiple visits to bond and establish a connection with the canine.

Bagel - Crossbreed

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Bagel, the only old lady in the group, is a darling crossbreed with a heart of gold, though she is quite shy.

This lovely lady has her reservations about new situations but can overcome those fears with the magic of food.

New owners must show the utmost patience to help her get used to domestic life, socialisation, and training.

Tessa - Jack Russell Terrier

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Lastly, Tessa, a 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier, seeks a tranquil environment.

Enjoying both company and solitary time, she is suitable for a home with older children.

An epitome of serenity, Tessa savours mild walks and luxurious naps.

She has Cushing’s disease, which means she requires regular blood tests and a caring, informed family.

Those in search of a loyal companion should consider visiting Darlington’s Dog Trust for a chance to help these canine golden oldies’ twilight years their best yet.

Every dog deserves a loving home, no more so than those who’ve given their all and only seek comforting companionship in return.

Anyone interested in adopting these dogs can find out more here.