‘Britain’s loneliest dog’ still searching for home after owner dies 437 days ago

"Britain's loneliest dog" has spent 437 days at an RSPCA centre since his owner tragically died.

The poor terrier cross named Diefer has spent two Christmases alone at the animal welfare centre.

When Diefer first arrived at the centre in December 2018 he was anxious and needed special attention to help him relax and enjoy himself.

With care and being given things to do like scent work and destruction boxes to play with, he's become much calmer and more confident.

Hayley Crookes, the Animal Care Lead at RSPCA Sheffield Animal Centre, said: ‘"We are heartbroken the lovely Diefer hasn’t found his forever home yet.

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"He has been so close but sadly it has fallen through when someone showed an interest in him.

"He has waited 437 long days since his owner passed away to find a new home.

"We’re not sure why as he is a very friendly dog who deserves a home to call his own."

Nine-year-old Diefer is super-affectionate and loves cuddles and kisses. He loves being out and about and has been trained to wear a muzzle when out for walks.

Hayley added: "We have shown him some fun ways to channel his energy by doing things like scent work.

"We have also helped him tweak his manners, he will now happily swap his toys for another or something equally as fun.

"Once he is comfortable with you, he is an absolute diamond.

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"His favourite people get cuddles and kisses by the bucket load and he really does enjoy human company.

"He has such an affectionate side to him as well as a cheeky side to his personality which we just find very charming."

Diefer would like to live in an adult-only home with no other pets as he is choosy about the dogs he likes to interact with and doesn't like sharing human affection.

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He is trained to wear a muzzle whilst out walking and is very comfortable in it as the staff ensured this was a positive experience for Diefer with yummy treats.

Hayley said: "He would suit experienced owners who have an active lifestyle with lots of time to spend helping Diefer develop his education and training further."

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