Britain’s loneliest dog is still searching for a new home after over two years in the care of the RSPCA and being rejected by potential new owners more than 200 times.
Bob is a three-year-old Presa Canaria cross who first arrived at the charity’s kennels after being found injured and straying in 2019.
He has since spent 775 days in the care of the RSPCA in Birmingham watching as other dogs are chosen by people and taken to their new homes.
Jake Cowing at the RSPCA, who has been looking after the dog, said: “Time never seems to be on Bob’s side.
“He’d only just become available for rehoming when lockdown hit and we had to close to the public.
“Since Bob has been with us he’s seen 221 of our dogs go off to their new homes, but he’s still here waiting.”
He added: “He’s such a fabulous lad with a great character and I hope we can find him the right family.
“While he may look like a big tough lad he’s actually a really sensitive soul.”
Mr Cowling said when they first found Bob he didn’t like being restrained, walking on a lead or staying in kennels.
“We believe, in the past, some well-meaning but misinformed techniques have been used to help Bob walk on a lead so we’ve had to try to unpick these problems and start from scratch,” he said.
“But as we got to know him we discovered that he is an absolute sweetheart.”
Staff, volunteers and behaviourists at the RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Centre spent around 18 months working with Bob to help prepare him for a permanent home.
The charity say Bob was finally able to go for walks again following months of positive reinforcement training.
Bob enjoys carrying a tennis ball around like a dummy so he can chew it if he becomes stressed.
“He’s very friendly and loves to play”, said Mr Cowling. “Once he trusts you, he is the most loyal companion and friend you’ll ever find.”
The RSPCA is looking for an adult-only home with experienced dog-owners and a large garden or private land where Bob can exercise without a lead, at least until he has bonded with a new family.
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The charity said Bob thrives with routine, familiarity and seeing friends. The RSPCA would provide support and guidance for new owners.
Mr Cowing said: “Two years is a long, long time – and Bob has spent more than two thirds of his life in kennels.
“While we’ve done the best for him, we desperately want to see him in a home of his own with someone who can give him the life he deserves.
“He has overcome a tough past and is our champion, a survivor and our friend. He’s a big, silly clown who will change the life of his adopters. And anyone who takes him on will certainly change his.”