Britain’s ‘loneliest dog’ is looking for a home after being rejected 200 times

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Bob, a three-year-old Presa Canario cross, first arrived at the charity’s kennels in 2019 after being found injured and straying. He has since been overlooked by well over 200 potential new owners, spending 775 days with the RSPCA.

Every effort has been made by staff, volunteers and behaviourists at the RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Centre to prepare Bob for a new home.

So far, the pooch has faced no luck, with 221 potential adopters passing on the opportunity to have him.

Jake Cowing, who has been taking care of Bob, said: “We spent an extended period of time working with Bob behaviourally and helping prepare him for a new home.

“And then, of course, lockdown hit and delayed us being able to find him a new home.

“He’s such a fabulous lad with a great character and I hope we can find him the right family.”

However, Mr Cowing said Bob does need a special home to suit his needs.

He added: “Bob finds being restrained and walking on a lead incredibly difficult and has found kennels really challenging.

“While he may look like a big tough lad he’s actually a really sensitive soul.

“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.

“But as we got to know him we discovered that he is an absolute sweetheart. He’s very friendly and loves to play. Once he trusts you, he is the most loyal companion and friend you’ll ever find.”

After months of patient and careful positive reinforcement training, the RSPCA confirmed that Bob was able to go on walks again.

Bob enjoys carrying a tennis ball around in his mouth so that he can chew on it when he gets stressed.

Staff would like Bob to go to an experienced adult-only home where he would be the only pet.

He loves routine, familiarity and spending time with his canine friends.

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Mr Cowing added: “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.”

Anybody wanting to find out more about Bob can do so on the RSPCA’s website or by emailing [email protected]

Additional reporting by Erin Santillo and Jack Evans.

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