BRITAIN'S unluckiest dog has been given the best Christmas gift of all – a new forever home.
Sad-eyed Daisy's festive wishes have come all at once after her tragic story of boomeranging back to a famous dogs home sparked a nationwide plea. Express.co.uk told last month how Daisy the nine year old black mastiff cross had returned to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home when her owners could no longer care for her after eight years. When Daisy originally arrived at Battersea it took only 15 days for her to be rescued but the spectre of facing Christmas unwanted was becoming increasingly likely until her story touched the Daily family’s hearts.
Battersea’s urgent appeal that Daisy had been dubbed the UK’s unluckiest dog after spending months waiting for a new owner was read online by Louise Daily who took her home this week after 124 days in care.
Explaining how Daisy ticked all the boxes as a new family pet at her Hertfordshire home, Louise said today: “We first saw Daisy in an article about her being the unluckiest dog in the UK and couldn’t resist getting in touch with Battersea about her. We were looking for an older dog to adopt and love larger breeds, so she sounded perfect for us.
“We’re so happy to have found her and to be able to welcome her into our family before Christmas. Daisy is a lovely, calm and affectionate girl and settled in straight away. We’re looking forward to our first Christmas with her.”
UK's unluckiest dog Daisy rolling with joy as she gets new home (Image: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)
Sad-eyed Daisy who spent 124 days in care before getting new hone (Image: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)
Daisy’s predicament as a “boomerang dog” – one that has been returned to a rescue centre – highlights the predicament faced by elderly pets coming through Battersea’s gates, with many having to wait far longer to be re-homed than their younger counterparts.
Over the past three years, more than 900 dogs aged seven or over have been found new homes by Battersea, with the average stay before being resettled 40 days. For dogs under seven, the wait is an average 31 days.
For dogs like Daisy the wait can be far longer. This has been the second time she found herself looking for a family at the famous animal home, which has been rescuing pets since 1860 and last year helped 7,000 dogs and cats. At any given time, it is looking after 300 dogs and 200 cats across its three centres.
Daisy was originally re-homed by Battersea eight years ago, taking just two weeks to be selected by her eventual owners. Sadly, a recent change in circumstances meant they could no longer look after a big pet and she found herself back at the home, leaving staff to describe her as their “unluckiest rescue dog”.
Festive joy for Daisy as she is taken home by the Daily family (Image: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)
Smiles better for Daisy as she finds new home for Christmas (Image: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)
Battersea’s centre manager Steve Craddock today celebrated Daisy’s seasonal cheer, saying: “We’re all over the moon that Daisy has found a home in time for Christmas and will be able to enjoy the festive season with her new family enjoying endless cuddles and tummy tickles.
“It can be so difficult to find homes for older dogs. All too often we see people that come to Battersea looking for young dogs, but it is easy to forget how much work a young dog can be and how much time, work and energy they require.
“Older dogs, like Daisy, make incredible pets and have a lifetime of love to give. We’d love to see more of our old dogs find the perfect retirement home.”
If you’d like to give an older dog a home, please visit www.battersea.org.uk .