He ain’t nothing but a hound dog but lucky pup Corky has certainly landed on his feet.
Corky, a two-year-old Jura hound cross, was abandoned on a doorstep in Cyprus when he was just six weeks old.
Rescued by a UK charity – and a student from Mirfield – Corky has now been found a new home – with the family of football ace Jamie Redknapp and pop star wife Louise.
Corky was rescued by former Mirfield student Eve Moore, 21, who is re-homing manager for London-based charity the Wild at Heart Foundation.
Eve has helped re-home almost 300 dogs from countries including Cyprus, Greece, Bosnia and Romania.
Most have found new lives in the UK but others have been placed with families across Europe.
Corky, though, struck gold when his picture on social media captured the heart of Louise Redknapp – and the happy hound is now looking forward to a new life with the celebrity couple and their family.
Eve, a former student at Mirfield Free Grammar School, said: “Corky has hit the jackpot!”
Keen photographer Eve, whose mum Donna lives in Mirfield, told how Louise was friends with charity founder and florist Nikki Tribbles.
Nikki made the introduction to the charity and, out of the blue, Eve received a text saying Louise was interested in a rescue dog.
“Louise fell in love with a picture of Corky and the next thing I knew I was on a plane at Gatwick Airport,” said Eve.
“Corky had been left on a doorstep in Cyprus and was an incredibly nervous dog. When I first met him I wasn’t able to touch him and feared the worst.
“But people then stopped walking on egg shells around him and he became a different dog.
“When I collected him he had never seen grass before. When you adopt a dog from abroad you forget things like that are alien to them.”
Corky met the Redknapp family in Majorca and Eve said: “I have spoken to Louise since and she is so proud to home a rescue dog. They just love him to bits.”
Eve, who is in her final year at university in Sheffield, got involved with the charity as a volunteer and was given a job when the foundation became registered last year.
She posts pictures and descriptions of dogs on Instagram and quickly finds new homes.
“We don’t pick and choose the dogs we re-home,” said Eve. “The biggest number we took at one time was 48 when a pound closed down.”
All applicants are vetted and the cost of the dog depends on various factors including its age and where it’s come from.
For more details see www.wildatheartfoundation.org