A dog dubbed 'Britain's loneliest' has found a home, after more than a 1000 days in a shelter.
In a rare example of news story in which nothing negative can be gleaned whatsoever, 'Bud' - a 7-year-old greyhound-collie cross - had lived at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home since November 2013 before new owner Ian Corns, from Dudley adopted him.
Animals at the centre have an average stay of a little over a month, but staff believed Bud's size was putting people off him.
Manager Kaye Mughal told the Metro: "Since Bud arrived at Battersea the charity has re-homed more than 5,500 dogs – yet Bud was constantly being overlooked.
"He's such a wonderful dog with a great personality. When we spoke to Ian and his family everything seemed to click into place – they're a great match for him."
And if you believe dogs are sentient enough to detect periods of nation human sentimentality - which we certainly do - it's probably worth pointing out for added 'ahh' factor that Bud's happy ending has occurred just in time for Christmas.