UK’s unluckiest dog found next to dead owner searching for new home again

A dog described as Britain’s 'unluckiest' canine is on the hunt for a new home – two years after being found protectively laying alongside his dead owner.

Gorgeous Dillon loves walks, cuddles and attention. Now he just needs to find the perfect owner who can give him all three.

However, the search to find the nine-year-old lurcher a new home has been far from straightforward.

Statistically speaking, black dogs and cats are harder to rehome – and lurchers are even more difficult due to quirks of the breed's personality. As a black lurcher, it’s safe to say that the odds are stacked against poor Dillon.

There was a glimmer of hope earlier this week, when a prospective adoptive family expressed an interest in him – before deciding they didn’t want a lurcher.

Speaking about Dillon’s quest to find his forever home, the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) home in Hayle, Cornwall said in a statement: "Poor Dillon can not believe it. His reserve has fallen through yet again. We are absolutely devastated.

"Through no fault of his own, the customer decided they would wait for a Labrador as they don’t usually own lurchers and one that could play with family dogs that visit. Dillon wouldn’t want to share his toys and play with little dogs so it just wasn’t going to work.”

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Dillon has been patiently waiting to find a new home for two years. Having never lived with another dog, or with children, Dillon is a bit of a lone wolf.

Describing him as deeply loving and affectionate, Amy Hall, Fundraising and Supporter Relations Officer for NAWT, says that Dillion is a ‘lovely big puppy at heart’.

She says: "He was found lying with his owner who had passed away, and was obviously protecting him right up until he couldn't anymore – which was very sad. He came to us about two years ago from that situation, which is exactly what Dillon wanted and needed, but we've been trying to find the right one for him, the right home and family.''

At nine years of age, Dillon is still energetic, which has deterred previous prospective owners.

"The thing with his age is he attracts people looking for more of a dog that sits with you, whereas Dillon in his heart is still a bit of a puppy," says Ms Hall. "He will settle down with you and relax too, but he likes to go out in the fields and have a nice walk – after which he likes to just chill.”

Dillon was recently sent to a foster home with other dogs – but didn’t like sharing the owner with the other mutts.

"He's a bit like Joey from friends – Joey doesn't share,” says Ms Hall.

To find out more about adopting Dillon, visit the National Animal Welfare Trust Cornwall website.

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