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A Second World War veteran and keen artist has painted a portrait of a dog in the care of the RSPCA to help the charity’s bid to find the animal a home.

Bill Gladden, of Haverhill, made the offer to paint one-year-old terrier Cody after hearing of his situation.

Bill said: “I have always loved painting and I particularly enjoy painting animals. I am very lucky that I get asked to paint lots of pets and in return all I ask for is a donation to the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans who this year have taken me and other WWII veterans to both The Netherlands and to Normandy.

Bill Gladden with his portrait of Cody, for whom the RSPCA want to find an adopter. Contributed picture
Bill Gladden with his portrait of Cody, for whom the RSPCA want to find an adopter. Contributed picture

“I was particularly touched by Cody’s story and offered to paint him to see if perhaps I could help to find him a new loving home.”

Donna Rich, the manager of the RSPCA’s Martlesham Centre near Woodbridge, where Cody is currently housed, said: “Cody has been waiting for the right home for almost a year, so we were all delighted when Mr Gladden offered to paint him to try and bring more attention to the plight of this lively little dog.

“Cody has some history of behavioural issues which the training team is working on, so we are looking for experienced adopters who would enjoy continuing his ongoing reward-based training and we hope that this beautiful portrait will help us reach more potential adopters.”

Bill Gladden on one of his visits to Normandy with the Taxi Charity. Contributed picture
Bill Gladden on one of his visits to Normandy with the Taxi Charity. Contributed picture

Donna continued: “Cody absolutely loves his toys and will often greet you with one in his mouth whilst wagging his whole body.

“He is super intelligent and picks up new things quickly and effectively, whilst loving it because of all the tasty treats he gets in return.

“Cody would best suit a quiet, low populated area where there are fewer passing vehicles, people and dogs which will ensure he copes better in the surrounding environment and will help set him up for success in his training.

“Everyone at the RSPCA is really grateful to Mr Gladden and we hope that we will soon be telling him that through his art Cody has a new home.”

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