(Battersea Dogs Home Press Release) He became known as Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s unluckiest dog- but Greyhound cross Bud’s story has finally had a fairy-tale ending thanks to Paul O’Grady.
Bud had been looking for a home for nearly three years, but his luck finally changed for the better when he was rehomed by the Corns family, who spotted him on Battersea’s ITV series Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs.
Ian Corns and his family, who live in Kingswinford in the West Midlands, answered Paul’s personal appeal on the programme for a home for Bud, who is Battersea’s longest-stay dog.
Whenever a Battersea dog has appeared on the programme still needing a home, the show’s millions of UK viewers have always responded in their droves.
Ian 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.”
The series finale of Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs is on this Thursday at 8:30pm and the show’s famous host said he is thrilled to hear Bud had been rehomed.
Paul O’Grady said: “I can’t think of a better way to end the series then with knowing Bud has found a family. 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.”
Bud came into Battersea in November 2013, because his owners’ circumstances changed and they were no longer able to take care of him.
He spent years in kennels before going out on foster with two of Battersea’s volunteers, to give him some stability while he waited for his forever-home.
Battersea Old Windsor Centre Manager Kaye Mughal said: “Since Bud arrived at Battersea the charity has rehomed over 5500 dogs, yet Bud was constantly being overlooked and we were at a loss to understand why. He’s such a wonderful dog with a great personality.
“But as soon as Bud appeared in Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs the phone started ringing off the hook. When we spoke to Ian and his family everything seemed to click into place- they’re a great match for him.”
Fans of Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs will be able to see more of Bud’s rehoming story on the show’s Christmas special on ITV.