Britain’s loneliest dog Bess has spent 10 years at a rescue centre — can you give her a home? – The Sun

THE country’s loneliest dog hopes one kind-hearted Sun reader will offer her a home after spending more than TEN YEARS in a rescue centre.

Bess the border collie arrived at Last Chance Animal Rescue in Edenbridge, Kent, when she was a puppy. She is yet to steal the heart of a potential owner.

Rebecca Barker, deputy manager of the centre, says: “Bess came to us more than ten years ago when she was about 16 months old.

“A young couple owned her but I think they found her a bit of a handful when she was younger. Collies can be quite frantic.

“She had also been involved in an accident. She was hit by a car and needed pins in her neck.

“After that she became very wary of anyone touching or stroking her.

“Sadly, this meant she could be quite nervous and she would sometimes growl when people came to look at her, so it has been hard to find her a home.”

Anyone interested in finding a home for Bess would need to visit her a few times first, Rebecca says, letting the cute collie start to feel comfortable around them.

She adds: “Most people come in and want to find the perfect dog straight away.

“Bess isn’t super-friendly at first but once she gets to know you she can be very affectionate. It takes her a while to trust people.

A smart, lively celebrity fave

  • BORDER collies were originally bred to gather sheep in Scotland and are extremely clever.
  • The breed has a huge amount of stamina and energy. These dogs excel when set tasks.
  • The dogs are record breakers. Collies hold Guinness titles for skateboarding, recognising objects and balancing a can on their head.
  • Queen Victoria was a big fan.  The breed are a hit with modern celebrities too. Rocker Jon Bon Jovi, actors Ethan Hawke and Anna Paquin and golf ace Tiger Woods have all owned one.

“She loves her food and she is a little chubby. She would definitely benefit from a lovely home with a garden and regular walks. She adores going outside.

“Bess would not be right in a home with children and, ideally, she would be the only pet.

“An older couple who live alone and want some company would be perfect. She loves to lie near people. She also loves the volunteers we have here at the centre and can be very affectionate with them.

“It takes her a while to build a bond with someone but it’s handy to have some treats to win her over. She’s actually a very easy dog to look after. All she needs is a nice, soft, comfy bed and short walks throughout the day.

“She is house-trained and not destructive. She would make a lovely pet and if you have the patience to get to know her, she could become a loving addition to your home.”

Rebecca believes many rescue centres would have put down Bess by now. But the team at Last Chance are still hopeful of finding her a happy home in which to see out her twilight years.

Rebecca says: “Bess is around ten and a half but collies can live until they are 13 or 14. We are sure the right companion is out there for her. Hopefully The Sun can help us find them.”

Neediest breeds

THE most common dog breeds in UK rescue centres are:

  1. Staffordshire bull terrier
  2. Akita
  3. Greyhound
  4. Jack Russell terrier
  5. German shepherd
  6. Rottweiler
  7. Bulldog
  8. Labrador
  9. English setter
  10. Beagle

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