This time last year, elderly dog Jack was facing the prospect of spending Christmas sad and all alone in kennels after his beloved family were left with no other option but to give him up.
The poor boy had only ever known the same owners for all of his 12 years and, quite understandably, struggled to cope without them when he found himself in the care of the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Thirsk, north Yorkshire.
While he spent his days being showered with love and attention in the reception area, Jack cried long into the night once everyone went home, hating every aspect of kennel life.
In his twilight years and missing his old life desperately, Jack was quite simply heartbroken – just as his devastated owners must have been – and our worried team put out an urgent appeal on social media to find him a home.
Thankfully, Laura and Terry Lloyd were looking for a dog at the same time and saw the photo of Jack’s sad, grey-muzzled face pop up on their screen.
Laura said: “We saw him on Facebook by pure chance. I’ve been a Blue Cross supporter for years, but it was a friend that lives across the road that also rescues animals who shared his photo and I just happened to see it.
“And there he was, with his sad little face and big brown eyes. The post said that because he was so old he was being overlooked as nobody wanted to take on an older dog, and he had to be the only dog in the home.”