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Sad-looking dog finds home despite facial expression

A sad-looking stray dog which was thought to be putting potential adopters off with her hangdog expression has finally found a home.

Former stray dog Bless has a permanently sad expression. Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

The dog, called Bless, was the most long-term resident at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London, with staff believing the lack of interest was down to the doleful dog's permanently sad expression.

She's fantastic, I can't fault her. She's got that sort of face that never gives much away - but as soon as you put your coat on and it's time to take her out, then she positively bounces!

– New owner Sylvia Shoesmith

But Geoff and Sylvia Shoesmith, of Chelmsford, Essex, jumped at the chance to take the six-year-old in. Amid a publicity drive, the couple were drawn in by her loving personality and calm, kindly temperament.