A lonely pup found wandering in the largest of London’s four Royal Parks has found his forever home in time for Christmas.
The three-month-old Rottweiler appears to have been abandoned in Hyde Park because he was blind.
He has been named Oliver Twist by staff at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home because of his adorable habit of bringing his food bowl over demanding “more" after meals.
The animal rehoming charity fears it could have been the reason he was abandoned in the iconic central London park.
Battersea centre manager Steve Craddock said he thought it was likely that Oliver was abandoned by a breeder because of his blindness.
"We'll never know the real reason why young Oliver was abandoned," he said, "but it may have been because being blind would make it harder for a breeder to sell him to new owners.
"Dogs are amazing animals, and blind dogs are often very misunderstood.
"Although they may not be able to see, they can enjoy the world in different ways and will use their sense of smell to explore the world around them.
"Blind dogs are also very quick to map new environments and so can easily adjust to a home setting.”
And Oliver rapidly made himself at home with new owner Suzanne and her other pup Izzy despite his rocky start to life.
He has already worked out how to navigate his way around her home in south east London and even carries his bowl over for more food when he's feeling particularly peckish.
Suzanne said: "Although Oliver is blind, he's such a confident boy.
"He's now fully settled, and with the help of his new big sister, Izzy, it took him no time at all to happily find his way around his new home."
"He's really bonded with Izzy, and the two now spend all of their time together; they love to go on country walks together and then have a snuggle in the evening. They're the best of friends.”
"He's such a big character and he really goes to show that while rescue dogs aren't always perfect, they are definitely worth it.”
Battersea is urging owners who can't care for their pets to bring them into the rescue centre, especially over the hectic Christmas period.
Mr Craddock added: "We'd always urge anyone with a puppy that they can no longer look after to bring them into a rescue centre like Battersea.
"This way, they'll be safe and will have the best chance of finding the perfect home, just like Oliver has done with Suzanne.
"There's never any excuse for abandoning a helpless animal - rescues are here to help."