Could this dog be your new best friend?
- Arusa Qureshi
- 27 February 2019
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home look for a forever home for the 'UK's unluckiest dog'
Here at List HQ, we're big fans of dogs (and really, all animals). We're also huge fans of a happy ending. So when we heard about Star, dubbed 'the UK's unluckiest dog', we knew that we had to get involved to try and help this little guy get his own happy ending.
Seven-and-a-half-year-old staffie Star has spent more than 1,800 days – around five years – at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, and despite being crowned the nation's favourite breed and capturing the heart of a celebrity, he's struggled to find his forever home. According to EDCH, his residency is more than three times longer than that of a dog recently touted as 'Britain's loneliest dog', who has been at a shelter for 500 days.
Star didn't have the best start in life, having been admitted to Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home in July 2013, when he was found by police officers, tied up behind a derelict building. As well as showing signs of neglect, he was hugely underweight and had nails so long that they curled underneath the pad of his paw. He was clearly lucky to be alive and so the staff at EDCH named him their 'lucky' Star.
Having worked closely with Star to help him recover from his physical wounds, it wasn't as easy for the staff at EDCH to fix all the mental scars that he endured and as a result, he displayed nervous behaviour when he was out and about. Fast forward five years and Star has progressed in many ways, learning to walk politely on a harness and lead, to play fetch, sit on command and maintain eye contact when given the 'watch-me' instruction.