After five years in an animal shelter, the unluckiest dog in Scotland – a seven-year-old Staffie named Star – found a home. Star has spent most of his life at the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. A few years ago, police officers discovered the dog neglected and tied up behind a rundown building. At the time, he was underweight and his nails were so long they curled underneath the pad of his paw. Since then, the staff at the shelter worked hard to help Star recover from his mental and physical scars. On social media, appeals to help find Star a home seized the hearts and minds of millions.
Fortunately, Graeme Webb from Hawick in the Borders has adopted the dog. Mr. Webb, a professional photographer, said: “After seeing Star was still available after thousands and thousands of social media views, I thought to myself, ‘why is no one taking him? So I decided I’d go and see him for myself. When I saw how happy and friendly he was, I decided he was the one for me”. Several visits between Webb and Star showcased their compatibility.
In his new home
Mr. Webb described Star’s response to his new home: “When he arrived home he was a bit stressed, so that first night I slept on the sofa and Star slept on his bed next to the sofa. Since then I’ve slept in my own bed and Star has claimed the sofa as his. He settled in quite quickly really. After a few days, he was more relaxed, but he is still reactive to other dogs, so we’ve been avoiding them as much as possible.”
“The only real issue I had was in my gallery where I have floor-to-ceiling windows. Star would react to dogs walking past and wouldn’t settle, so I bought some opaque window film and put it along the bottom of the windows. That instantly settled him down as he feels there is now a barrier between him and the other dogs.’ Graeme complained that Staffies have a bad reputation and argued any animal can misbehave when mistreated. “Star is such a friendly, happy, loving dog who wants company and cuddles all the time,” added Graeme.
Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine, from Star’s old shelter, said staff “couldn’t be happier that Star has finally found his forever family. To see the way he looks at his new dad with such trust and love makes the long search for Star worth it.” I think we can all be happy Star found a home.