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Byline: LORNA HUGHES ECHO Reporter lorna.hughes@trinitymirror.com lorna_hughes @

LIVERPOOL rescue dogs have inspired the first ever dog emoji keyboard launched by a canine welfare charity.

Each of the 23 characters on the Dogs Trust keyboard has been based on a real dog searching for their paw-fect match in one of its rehoming centres across the UK.

Arran the greyhound and Beau, a Jack Russell terrier at Dogs Trust Merseyside in Huyton, are the dogs behind two emojis.

Although the existing emoji keyboard used on mobile phones was updated in April, there are only a handful of dogs - and Dogs Trust has launched its own fun emojis in a bid to celebrate dog diversity in the digital world.

The list is based on the most popular dog breeds in the country, using a combination of Dogs Trust data and Pet Food Manufacturers Association population estimates. Georgina Lowery, manager of Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre Merseyside, said: "We are delighted that Arran and Beau are the inspirations behind the greyhound and Jack Russell terrier Dogs Trust emoji."

Staff at Dogs Trust Merseyside describe Arran as a very happy dog who "loves everything and everyone", and needs an owner who is around most of the day.

He needs to be the only pet in his new home, and can live with children over the age of 14.

Beau is a lively dog with a loving nature, who is full of life, and loves going for walks to explore the undergrowth.

Like Arran, he needs to be the only dog in an adult home. He loves one-on-one interaction but his new owners will have to be patient to help him settle in.

For more information on Arran and Beau call 0151 480 0660 or visit the centre on Whiston Lane in Huyton. Dogs Trust emojis are available to download for free on Apple iOS and Google Android.

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MAKE THEM | |BY GIVING THEM A HOME: Beau, top left, and Arran, right, with their very own emojis

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Date:Sep 20, 2015
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