A sought-after rescue pup has finally found a home after an excited family-of-four were paired with the mastiff-cross.
Ten-week-old Ronnie became the first unwanted Christmas present at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home when he was handed to the charity on January 2.
The previous owner had become homeless and could no longer care for the pet.
But after making an appeal, the charity was inundated with potential new owners asking if he was available.
And he is now settling in with mum-of-two Joanne Taylor, 27, her partner Daniel, 29, and their two sons Alfie, eight, and Archie, five, who live in Orpington, South East London.
Ms Taylor told Mail Online: “The first couple of nights he was crying and a bit all over the place, but he’s settled in nicely now.
“He likes exploring every room – he’s really close with my eldest son. He sleeps in his bed; he knows when it’s bedtime.
“Alfie is the one who trains him, tells him right from wrong, and feeds him.
“Archie is more ‘let’s go and play’. Ronnie knows that if Alfie’s around, he’s got to abide by the rules, but with Archie he knows it’s play time.”
Ronnie only had his injections on Monday so he has not yet been out on a proper walk, although the family have taken him to a field near their house.
Ms Taylor said she initially saw pictures of Ronnie on Facebook. It gave her the idea to rescue a dog from Battersea so they popped over to inquire about taking home a pup.
Only later were they told Ronnie was a “100 per cent match”.
Ms Taylor said: “We didn’t realise until we’d got to London that it was the dog on Facebook that we saw.”
Two weeks ago, a spokesman confirmed to Mirror Online that Ronnie was facing a matching process to find the most suitable owner.
As the old saying goes, “a dog is for life, not just for Christmas”, but unfortunately Battersea expects more unwanted pets through its doors in the coming weeks.
Intake Manager Steven Craddock said: “Ronnie is just one of many thousands of dogs who will be bought off an unregulated website in the coming months and end up in a home where the owner is unprepared and unable to take proper care of them.
“It’s so easy to sell a dog online and this is one of the biggest challenges that Battersea faces today.
“I’d encourage anyone thinking of welcoming a new pet into their lives to consider rescue over shopping online.”
To find out more about the dogs and cats waiting for a new home at Battersea, please get in touch by calling 0843 509 4444 or