A three-legged Staffordshire bull terrier who starred in ITV’s Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs at Christmas, has finally found a home in Kent after 79 days at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

A three-legged Staffordshire bull terrier who starred in ITV’s Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs at Christmas, has finally found a home in Kent after 79 days at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

The charity was inundated with offers for Buddy after viewers fell in love with him on the one-hour Christmas Day special.

Eight-year-old Buddy was brought to the charity in October (2013) after his owner was made homeless, and instantly won the hearts of staff and volunteers at the home.  

The Saluk family from Erith in Kent spotted Buddy happily hopping around the Battersea site on the festive episode and they immediately knew they wanted him.

Beverley and Steve Saluk were one of dozens who contacted the home about Buddy and, as previous Staffie owners based in rural Kent, they were a perfect match for a three-legged dog with plenty of zest for life.

Steve, who works in security, said: “We’re just over the moon with Buddy and feel so privileged to be looking after him – he’s such a special Staffie. My wife was in tears watching the show and we knew straight away he was the dog for us.

“We’re so grateful to Battersea’s foster carers who looked after him while he was waiting for a home to go to. He’s really affectionate and loves nothing more than jumping on the sofa for cuddles with us.”

Carly Perry, rehoming coordinator at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, added: “It’s fantastic to see Buddy go to a wonderful home as a direct result of our Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs Christmas special. We knew once someone saw his soft and cuddly side it wouldn’t matter about his missing leg. He doesn’t let it hinder him in the slightest.”
 

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