Janet and Kenneth Whitehead with Wiggles, their new Jack Russell pet terrier at his new Isle of Wight home.
THE wait is finally over for Wiggles the Jack Russell terrier, who has found a new home in Sandown after spending more than 270 days at Battersea Dogs and Cats Homes.
The three year old took a two-hour trip by car and ferry to his new home, with owners Janet and Kenneth Whitehead.
Wiggles — who spent almost eight times the average 35 days a dog stays at Battersea — was moved from a Welsh rescue centre to Old Windsor last November, with a chronic skin condition.
And after months of treatment, he was ready to start his new life with Janet and Kenneth.
Janet said: "We saw Wiggles on the Battersea website and he was exactly what we were looking for.
"Our Patterdale Terrier, Madge, who we had for 14 years, passed away earlier this year. We knew we could never replace her but we missed having a dog.
"We drove to Battersea and instantly fell in love. Wiggles was perfect for us."
She added: "He was as good as gold on his journey home and has already settled in.
"We are so grateful to the staff and volunteers at Battersea who have taken wonderful care of him and turned him into the loveable, cheeky dog he is today."
Battersea is always appealing for fosterers to provide a home environment for dogs and cats, who might not cope well with the stress of being in kennels.
Vicky Snook, Battersea’s senior rehomer, said: "Wiggles is a very lucky boy to have found such lovely owners at last and it sounds like he is going to have the happy life he deserves with long walks on the beach and lots of love and attention."