Bud, a seven-year-old Greyhound/Collie cross, has finally been adopted after spending over 1,000 days at the Old Windsor branch of the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home – with a little help from Paul O’Grady.
Bud’s former owners surrendered him in Battersea’s care due to a change in circumstances in 2014, and while Battersea rehomed over 5,500 dogs since – most of them staying only about a month on average – Bud was continuously overlooked, which gained him the title of Battersea’s unluckiest dog. That, however, changed when when he starred in Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, which aired on 6 October.
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.”
Once the episode aired, requests to adopt Bud began to pour in. Bud was snatched up by the Corns family, and has happily settled in his new home in the West Midlands.
Ian Corn said, “When I saw Bud on the Battersea programme I couldn’t stop looking at him. His character shone through and he reminded me so much of our old Collie-cross Rune. We called Battersea Old Windsor and they arranged for us to come and meet him. Now we’ve got Bud we can’t believe he’s been looking for a home for so long. He fits in so well already. He loves being involved in whatever the family is doing and we’ve all fallen in love with him.”
Paul O’Grady was delighted to know Bud has been adopted.
“I can’t think of a better way to end the series than with knowing Bud has found a family,” he said. “It broke my heart to think that he might spend a fourth Christmas without a home, so I’m over-the-moon to hear he’ll be surrounded by love this festive season. Bud is such an amazing dog and he deserves to have a happy ending to his story.”
Images by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.