Happiness For Scotland’s ‘Saddest Dog’

A Staffordshire bull terrier nicknamed “Scotland’s saddest dog” because he spent more than half his life waiting to be adopted, finally found a new home.

Two year-old Scooby spent 15 months in the kennels and care of the Scottish SPCA. Staff at the Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre said Scooby was always passed over for “cute fluffy” dogs and was “dying of depression” because of the situation.

A nationwide appeal was issued last week to find Scooby a permanent home.

Retired police dog handler David Prokipczyn and his wife Anne read about Scooby’s plight in the newspaper. The couple always had dogs in their home, raising two ex-police German shepherds, boxers, a beagle, a Jack Russell terrier, a spaniel and their favorite, a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier named Cassie.

“Looking at Scooby in the newspaper reminded us so much of her,” said David. “We’ve been married 40 years and never been long without a dog. It just seemed like fate to read about Scooby.” The couple’s last dog died two years ago.

David added, “My wife was in tears so we agreed we would love to offer him the home he deserves.”

David, Anne and their grandson Evan drove 220 miles round trip to meet Scooby at the SPCA center. “He was a lovely boy and seemed very cheerful,” said Anne. “He just about licked David to death.”

The couple knew they wanted to adopt Scooby, but because nearly 200 people had responded to the appeal to meet the dog, the family wasn’t allowed to finalize the adoption. Sadly they returned Scooby to his kennel.

“As soon as he was popped back into the kennel, he became very sad and quiet,” said Anne. “He hardly lifted his head and looked miserable.”

On May 8, the Prokipczyn family received the call they hoped to get. They were chosen to be Scooby’s new family. They headed directly to the rescue center to collect the dog.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be getting him home with us,” said Anne.


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Photo Credit: ScottishSPCA

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Ritva J.
Ritva J.2 years ago


Genesis Merano
Genesis Merano2 years ago

May you have a wonderful life Scooby, and thank you very much for adopting him, for looking beyond his breed and giving him the chance that he truly deserves. Hugs to this lovely furbaby.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

a happy ending

Wendy G.
Wendy G.2 years ago

It's great to see that Scooby found a loving home, but like a large number of the articles we are seeing it is outdated. Can you please put up either recent articles, or updated articles.

Effie Ligon
Effie Ligon2 years ago

Reminds me of my dog...she had been returned to the shelter once, and when I decided to adopt her, I had to leave her overnight. She looked devastated as I walked out the door without her; she just had to trust that I would be back. She has been a great friend, companion and teacher for the last 6 years.

isabelle f.
isabelle f.2 years ago

Happy ending story!!Thanks for sharing

Trina Hawkins
Trina Hawkins2 years ago

So HAPPY he got his Forever home ! All dogs deserve a Family to Love them and Care for them ! Adopt or Rescue,NEVER Buy ! I have 3 Rescued dogs,I LOVE them soooo much! They are my Hairy kids,my Family members ! :)

Arlene Morrison
Arlene Morrison2 years ago

I think he is still with the same family!

Val M.
Val M.2 years ago

Lovely story!

Donna Ferguson
Donna F.2 years ago

a story from May 2012, w/no update? Care2, please update