An animal charity in Loughborough is hoping to cheer people up on 'Blue Monday' with a heart-warming tale of two puppies.

Monday (21 January) has been dubbed ‘Blue Monday’, the most depressing day of the year.

With Christmas well and truly over, the dark nights continuing and small cold weather in the air and small bank balances, it's easy to see why that could be true.

The Dogs Trust in Loughborough is hoping to help banish the blues with a little help from four month old Bernese Mountain brothers Marco and Ainsley.

The Dogs Trust Loughborough said: "The pups were illegally imported from Poland, travelling over a thousand miles in poor conditions.

"Having been intercepted at the border, they have been cared for at Dogs Trust in Loughborough for the last few weeks and are now heading off to their new homes."

Credit: Dogs Trust

Celine Di Crocco, Dogs Trust Loughborough, said:

Marco and Ainsley are absolutely beautiful and bring a smile to our faces every day of the week with their antics. We all know dogs can have a huge impact on how we feel and these two are definitely no exception. We challenge anyone to watch them playing and not smile. Blue Monday doesn’t stand a chance against these balls of fluff and we really hope they help cheer everyone up!

Celine Di Crocco, Dogs Trust