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Paul O'Grady appeals for a home for Battersea's unluckiest dog

Poor Bud has been looking for a home for over 1000 days. The seven year old Greyhound/Collie cross has spent over two-and-a-half years in the care of Battersea's Old Windsor centre and is now facing his third Christmas alone.

Since he arrived the charity has rehomed 5500 dogs, but Bud has been constantly overlooked through no fault of his own. Staff at the centre are hoping his luck will change tomorrow night (Thursday 6 October) when he appears on ITV's Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs.

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Paul O'Grady pictured with Bud and Battersea Animal Welfare Assistant Robert Bays

Paul O’Grady said, "I fell in love with Bud while I was filming with him. He’s such an affectionate and lovely natured dog and I can’t believe he’s still looking for a home after all this time. I’m really hoping his luck is about to change and someone watching the show will fall in love with him and give him the home he deserves. Bud has already spent two Christmases at Battersea and I’m appealing to dog-lovers out there to think about giving this lovely boy a home, so he doesn’t have to spend a third festive season looking for a family."

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Paul O'Grady and Bud

Bud’s former owners brought him into the Old Windsor branch of the charity, because their circumstances changed and they were no longer able to take care of him.

Battersea Old Windsor’s Rehoming and Welfare Manager Sean Welland said, "As far as we know, Bud is the longest-stay dog in Battersea’s history and we’re at a loss to explain why, when he’s got a wonderful personality. Bud loves cuddles and likes to be tucked in at night under a fleece blanket before he goes to sleep. He’s great with people and other dogs and could easily live with a family who have older children, but he’s not a fan of cats. He’s looking for a home with people who have some experience of Greyhounds or Lurchers. Everyone at the charity is in love with Bud and we all want to see him find a home before he hits a third year at Battersea."

Bud is currently out on foster but a few weeks ago he came back to the Battersea’s Old Windsor centre for a surprise party with some of his human and canine friends, to cheer him up as he hit the 1000-day mark without a home.

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Bud's 1000 days at Battersea party: Battersea Rehomer Sarah Richardson; Bud; German Shepherd Roxy; Battersea Animal Welfare Assistant Kirsten Brades

Battersea’s at a loss as to why it’s taken Bud so long to find a home, but Sean adds, "It might be because he’s a bigger dog or because he’s that little bit older, but who knows? It’s really not Bud’s fault he’s been so unlucky and we’re really hoping with Paul O’Grady’s support we can finally turn things around for this super boy."

If you would like to rehome Bud or any of the dogs at Battersea’s Old Windsor centre, contact 01784 494 443 or email bow.rehomers@battersea.org.uk.

Find out more about Bud’s story by watching Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs on Thursday 6 October at 8:30pm on ITV.

Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home