The 10-year-old German shepherd that played Padfoot is named Shadowberry — Berry for short — and he is now homeless. His former guardian, Paul Thompson, a stuntman and animal trainer contacted German Shepherd Dog Rescue (GSDR) when he realized his now extended work hours away from home were not allowing Berry and his canine sibling Porridge enough time for proper care. Even with the help of friends and family, they were not able to get all the walks and brushings they required.
“I found myself spending a lot of time away from home,” Thompson said in The Sunday Express. “The dogs needed more attention than I could give. It was a difficult decision to make but one I had to accept was best for the dogs.”
Both Berry and Porridge — a German shepherd mix — are currently in a wonderful foster home with a loving foster mom and dad who are adorning them with attention. They also have two foster canine siblings and a cat to play with.
Berry wrote a first person, err… first dog account of his situation that is posted on the GSDR website. It is quite charming; you will enjoy reading it!
There is a challenge with Berry being adopted. He must be adopted together with his “best mate” Porridge. Porridge has lived 13 years on earth and all 10 of Berry’s years have been with Porridge.
“Berry would probably be fine going into a home with other dogs as company but poor Porridge would be devastated to lose Berry,” Lizzy Brown, Area Co-Coordinator for GSDR told me in an email. “His role is being Berry’s carer and protector.”
Photo credit: Brian Hewitt used with permission of GSDR
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