05:13PM, Thursday 22 October 2015
A lonely greyhound ended his 405 day stay at Old Windsor’s Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in style as he travelled to his new home in a private plane.
Patch, four, passed his one-year anniversary in kennels in August.
But Jersey couple Malcolm and Gail Hickmott took a shine to the greyhound and chartered their own flight to collect him from the Priest Hill kennels last week.
Although Patch didn’t used to like going outside, he took the journey to the Channel Islands in his stride and even settled down for a nap.
He has now joined Malcolm and Gail and their 15 other greyhounds. The retired couple’s love affair with greyhounds began in 1995 when they rescued their first one, Chappie, from a closed down racing track.
Malcolm said: "Things are going really well and we can't understand why no one wanted Patch as he's such a wonderful dog.
“He’s melted into home life straight away and now loves nothing more than a walk with my wife and his new greyhound friends by the sea.”
Hannah Gee, who works to re-home animals at the centre in Old Windsor, added: "Patch was very much overdue his forever home and he has really landed on his paws with his home in Jersey.
"He's the first dog that I have seen go home on an airplane. We're so pleased for Patch and wish him and his new family all the best."
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