Britian’s loneliest dog is a lovable greyhound who was found as a stray and is still waiting for his forever home more than seven years later.
Stevie has been a resident at the Dogs Trust in Shrewsbury since April 2013 as staff have been left scratching their heads over why he hasn’t found a loving home.
He was found wandering the streets as a puppy and has spent most of his life at the Dogs Trust.
Stevie is like most greyhounds and described as a “40mph couch potato” where he has quick, short bursts of energy before enjoying a long snooze in bed.
Louise Campbell, the manager at the Dogs Trust, said Stevie requires a particular home with no children or other dogs, where it’s quiet and he can follow a routine.
Louise told The Sun Online: “He is quite sociable with people, he just needs that initial introduction and once he is comfortable with you he loves you.
“He loves going in the the car, seeing new things and doing new things. When he is at home he just loves to snooze on his bed.
“He is what we call 40mph couch potatoes. He does have a medical condition where he cannot go in the heat. There is no medical treatment with that and he has a specific cool coat he wears in the summer.”
Stevie is seven years old with little grey hairs sprouting around this snout.
Louise says Stevie does get asked about but she believes that because he has been them for so long it raises questions, despite the Dogs Trust being able to successfully re-home nearly 100 greyhounds in the time he’s been in their care.
She said: “In theory he shouldn’t be a difficult dog to re-home but since he has been with us for so long it raises a few suspicions.
“He would need someone who has had lurcher and greyhounds before because they tend to be loyal as in once they have one they tend to stick to that breed.”
Stevie loves gnawing on a good bone when it comes to celebrating Christmas and his birthday.
However Stevie isn’t the Shrewsbury shelter’s only pooch who has been unlucky in love.
A gentle giant named Lilly has been a resident at the Dogs Trust since June 2013.
The Rottweiler was dumped at the shelter after the family she came from suffered a breakdown in marriage, leaving her anxious about trusting new people.
Louise said Lilly requires a similar home to Stevie but it could take weeks of introductions and further behavioural training before she could be successfully re-homed.
She said: “You need to spend quite an extensive amount of time with her. She is really worried about new people and once she finds one person then that’s it.
“She needs a strict adult-only home and behaviour training and she is a dog who was initially worried about everything.”
Lilly also suffers from age-related arthritis and needs help getting into vehicles, but loves going on car rides and can go for group walks with other dogs.
She has managed to develop a close bond with one of the volunteers at the Dogs Trust, proving she can learn to trust humans again.
Louise added: “She is very suspicious and it would require a prolonged introduction.
“Its hard to say how long it would take but it would take multiple weeks. It is a matter of trying to create this situation for Lilly where she associates new people with positive things.
“Somewhere down the line the emotional trust left her sometime ago.
“People are breedist and she is a big, powerful dog and because we say she can’t have contact with children and she has specific needs combined that with her breed it would go against her.
“She isn’t some demon dog but we are hopeful we’ve managed to capture her personality and she’s been through a lot in her life.
“She was the emotional collateral damage in the stress and breakdown that leads to a divorce.”
Louise and the volunteers at the Shrewsbury Dogs Trust have not given up on finding a home for Stevie and Lilly, but they don’t recommend adopting a dog for Christmas.
She added: “We should be able to transfer that relationship that we have established in the centre to a home.
“We never put down a healthy dog and we have never given up on them.
“It ties in with the message the dog is for life and not for Christmas and because they are looking for a peculiar environment it makes it tricky and difficult sometimes.”
Both loving dogs are available for adoption now.