Lurcher has never had a viewing in 219 days and hopes to find a home for Christmas


Skyler is a seven-year-old crossbreed who arrived at Cheshire Dogs Home in May this year, but had come from another kennels having been found as a stray

Skyler is Cheshire Dogs Home's longest term resident
Skyler is Cheshire Dogs Home’s longest term resident

A dog who has spent more than 200 days in kennels without a single viewing is desperately hoping to find a forever home.

Skyler – a seven-year-old crossbreed – arrived at Cheshire Dogs Home in May this year, and has seen other dogs come and go, but would like a sofa and family to call her own.

The 20kg dog is already the rescue centre’s longest term resident, but has been homeless for much longer than the 219 days she’s lived with them, having come in from another centre after she was found as a stray.

Manager Anna Stansfield said potential owners have never taken an interest in the black and white dog, as she’s received absolutely no viewings or applications since she arrived.

Anna said: “Skyler was originally a stray from another kennels. I think she gets overlooked because she will need further training, she is seven years old and we find black dogs generally are overlooked.”

Statistically speaking, black dogs are harder to rehome – and lurchers are even more difficult due to quirks of the breed’s personality, which means that the odds really are stacked against poor Skyler .

The bouncy dog is well-known at the kennels for her ‘bat-like’ ears, with volunteers wondering when she’ll start to fly.

Anna said: “Skyler is a very intelligent girl who loves nothing more than playing with her toys and cuddles.

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“She is absolutely full of character and would suit a home where she can be the house clown, her style of play involves slapping with her front paws and bouncing around with her toys.

“She would be ideally suited to an active home with people looking for exciting walks on top of lots of other forms of stimulation to keep her happy and healthy. Generally, she has a lot to say and can be very vocal when she is excited or wanting attention, she will be needing a home where noise is not an issue.”

Skyler – described as ‘sweet and affectionate’ by rescue staff – is in need of an experienced adult only home with no other pets, with owners willing to continue her training on walks.

Anna added: “Out on walks she can be quite difficult to handle, generally, without any distractions she walks quite nicely, happy to explore the world with her nose however around distractions such as squirrels, birds or other dogs she can be very strong and difficult to calm down.

Skyler is hoping someone will fall in love with her bat ears and unique personality


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“Skyler can be unsettled around other dogs but has done exceptionally well with her ongoing training and can now walk with multiple dogs with no problems. She is in need of continued training in this area and would not be suited to a first time owner.

“We know not every home has what Skyler needs but whoever is willing to give her the time she needs will have an amazing friend and wonderful memories ahead in return.”

If you are interested in adopting a dog from Cheshire Dogs Home or would like more information on Skyler, please contact them on 0300 102 1212 or email reception on [email protected] for an application form.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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