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​Britain's Loneliest Dog Has Spent 500 Days In A Dog Home

​Britain's Loneliest Dog Has Spent 500 Days In A Dog Home

Can you help this anxious little dog find his forever home?

Lauren Bell

Lauren Bell

It can be difficult for any dog to find their perfect home, but this sweet pup's anxiety is stopping him from putting himself out there when potential adopters come to see him.

And we know there are plenty of people who would be able to relate to being shy in front of new faces, or feeling worried to put themselves out there. You're not alone Archie.

But because of it, Archie, a Terrier, has been left in care 14 times longer than the average dog, with it coming up to his 500 day milestone.

He is currently the charity's longest staying resident, and the mere thought has left us tearing up at this sad lonely dog.

Archie has made a friend in Paul O'Grady who is trying to help him find a home. (
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home)

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home says the Terrier is a lively happy chap, but because of the separation from his family, who brought him in when they could no longer look after him, as well as a change in routine, it has led to insecurities and nervousness.

Combined with the added stress of finding himself in a strange new home, nine-year-old Archie's behaviour unfortunately took a step back. To be fair on Archie, moving house and losing your family members sounds like two of the most stressful things a dog can go through.

Beth Stevenson, Battersea's Canine Behaviour and Training Advisor said: "It's a real shame Archie has been with us for so long as he's such a lovely dog.

"He is quite anxious and gets worried easily, especially if people loom over him. This can obviously cause a problem in kennels, with visitors peering in over the bars, and he can sometimes get a bit vocal."

But Paul O'Grady is coming to the rescue, featuring Archie in tomorrow night's episode of Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs to help find him a home.

Paul O'Grady has built Archie a staircase so that he has control over how much interaction he has with visitors, which hopefully will give him more security. (
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home)

Keen to show off his best qualities, Paul and Beth built Archie his very own staircase, to allow Archie his own space, when people are towering above him. It gives him the choice of how much interaction he has with visitors who come to his home.

Beth explains: "Archie seems to be a lot calmer when he's up high.

"All it took was a bit of positive association training to get him used to the staircase, and now he loves sitting on top of his little throne and looking down on his kingdom. He's definitely much more relaxed."

Beth continued: "Archie's been staying in a temporary foster home and has proved himself to be a wonderful little dog."

"Archie is on the lookout for very understanding owners who are willing to take the time to make him as comfortable and confident as possible."

"They will be rewarded with a great companion who gives back so much."

Come on guys, this dog needs his forever home.

If you think that you may be the right person to give Archie the home that he needs and deserves, please visit Battersea Dogs & Cats Home website.

Paul O'Grady: For The Love of Dogs will feature Archie on Wednesday 23rd October at 8pm on ITV.

Featured Image Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Topics: Life News, Real Life, Animals