When I first saw the Instagram (@cyprusdogs) post about 40+ dogs on a death row in Cyprus I immediately started to think how to help...It was clear that those dogs needed to get out of there asap so I contacted Eve and asked her about Spot, a Pointer cross that looked like a smaller version of our English Pointer Monty.
Spot was already reserved for someone else which then fell through and Eve asked me if I was still interested in taking him...
I was really worried about how things would go after Spot arrives as he never lived in a house before and our lovely but spoilt Monty never lived with another dog!
When we picked Spot up he was (understandably) very scared, tail between legs and any sudden noise or movement made things worse. Amazingly, his tail started to wag as soon as we got home and he met Monty. Monty, our gentle giant, did wonders for Spot. He made him feel safe and basically did all the hard work for us as Spot just followed his lead.
Like many other dogs from Cyprus Spot was, and still sometimes is, scared of men. That meant that he got attached to me so much that any time I had to leave him at home (with Monty) the separation anxiety kicked in. He destroyed books, cushions and then eventually the whole sofa! This should by no means put anyone off getting a shelter dog - it's just a warning that house rules and discipline come before affection - something I ignored. I showered Spot with too much affection and then had to deal with the consequences. It took some time but he now understands that we always come back home so he doesn't panic when we leave.
Spot has been with us for over a year now and we never looked back. It was amazing to see him getting more confident day by day, his coat is now beautiful and shiny and he loves nothing more than running in the fields and having his belly stroked. We originally took Spot as a foster but of course we never allowed Eve to advertise him to be adopted by someone else. We knew straight away that this would be his forever home. Adopting him was one of the best decision we ever made and when the time is right we will be contacting Eve again.
A big thank you to the Wild at Heart Foundation team and of course to all the people back in Cyprus who looked after Spot (and many others). You are all amazing!!