Playful, gentle and fond of cuddles, Daisy the mastiff cross would make a lovely pet for a caring household.
However, the nine-year-old dog, who is currently residing at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, has sadly experienced difficulties finding a loving home; resulting in her being dubbed ‘Britain’s unluckiest rescue dog’.
Sweet Daisy, who reportedly loves carrying her teddies around, first arrived at the shelter as a puppy in 2010 and was snapped up within 15 days.
However, after returning to the shelter at the age of nine, Daisy’s age is appearing to put off potential owners. The beautiful girl has now been at Battersea over 100 days, and nobody appears interested in bringing her home.
Even for an older dog, such a lengthy time at Battersea is regarded as unusual with the average stay lasting around 40 days.
According to a press release, Battersea centre manager Steve Craddock said:
Sadly, large breeds like Daisy don’t have as long life spans as smaller dogs do, living for an average of around 10 to 12 years.
While Daisy is in the twilight years of her life, she still acts like a big baby. She loves to bounce around and play with her favourite people, curl up for cuddles and is always most comfortable carrying around one of her soft toys.
Steve continued to explain the many pluses of bringing home an older dog:
Older dogs, like Daisy, are already house trained and while many still have a lot of get-up-and-go, older dogs need a lot less exercise making them a lot less work for a new owner.
Older dogs are often much more relaxed than younger dogs, and in a lot of cases they would rather just have a cuddle on the sofa and some human affection, than be running around chasing tennis balls all day.
Adorable Daisy has already gained plenty of new supporters since her story went public, praising her ‘beautiful face’ and wishing her luck.
— em (@EmilahP) November 24, 2018
That extra special home is out there somewhere for Daisy.. 🐾💖
— KarenTG 🐾🐴🦄🤞🏻🌈 (@KerTG) November 23, 2018
Send her up to me, I'll have her. I've had a rescue dog in the past & she looks gorgeous 💖💖💖
— Valerie Tester (@valtester59) November 22, 2018
According to Battersea’s description of Daisy, she would prefer to live with adults and to be the only dog in the house:
Daisy may be larger than your average dog, but she is a gentle and sensitive soul, looking for a quiet home where she can find her feet.
Daisy generally walks really nicely on lead, but she really comes to life if you show her a toy, so any new owners must have a plentiful supply of teddies and tennis balls! She loves to carry her favourites toys with her on her walks.
She has really enjoyed plodding around at Battersea park but does have a keen eye for squirrels.
Daisy is looking for owners who have owned large breeds before. She can also be a little unsure around new people at times so will need quiet places for her walks and a household that doesn’t expect too many visitors. Once she has built a bond with you she is incredibly loyal and loving and enjoys having a fuss.
Get Paul O'Grady on the job. He always finds the not so popular ones a home 😚
— Jennyfromtheblock (@JRfromdablock) November 22, 2018
People are generally put off by older dogs because of vets bills and the responsibility but younger dogs also require responsible ownership on many levels. Younger dogs grow old too.
— Sammy J (@canineexpert) November 22, 2018
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.