'James and I had been thinking about getting a dog for a while and knew that we wanted a rescue as that's what James had grown up with. We visited some local UK centres but no doggie there was really suitable. Then as chance would have it, one night I was reading ES magazine and I read a piece with Sophie Dahl and she talked about how she had rescued her dog with a charity called Wild at Heart Foundation, so I googled them.
It broke our hearts when we saw all the dogs on the website in need of a home and knew this could be the perfect place for us to find our doggie.
I started following their Instagram account so I could keep an eye on which dogs became available for adoption and one day spotted Yvie (then Merry). She was a gorgeous medium size collie cross and I fell in love straight away. James had had a collie a childhood pet so also had fond memories so we decided she was the one for us. I emailed the charity straight away and they sent me some forms to fill in and then we did a FaceTime call so they could see our home and make sure it was suitable and also talk us through any questions we might have. After a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, where the charity sent us some videos and photos of Yvie so we could see her mannerisms and ensure she was the right fit, six weeks later we found ourselves stood at a service station off the M1 waiting to meet Yvie.
Straight away we could tell she was a very good natured dog. I'd been advised by my cousin, who is a vet, to expect Yvie to be over friendly and very docile in the first few weeks due to her wanting to please and being unsure of a new environment. And this was exactly what she was. It was the honeymoon period so we were a bit nervous about what was to come but needless to say, we had completely lucked out and there were no big changes. She managed to be house trained in just a few days and then after a week or so we slowly started introducing her to the idea of being left alone in the flat and now she's fully accustomed to it. The only real issue we've had with her is a bit of separation anxiety where she has refused to be walked by anyone other than myself or James if she is at home. When she's away from home (James parents have looked after her for us before) she'll happily be walked by them - but then again they do live in a beautiful area of Surrey with lots of woods, so she'd be crazy not to! She's also not great at being left in new environments alone but this is something I'm sure she'll grow out of in time when she gets more comfortable in her own skin.
She is just the sweetest of dogs and everyone who meets her just loves her. She loves playing with other dogs, will happily walk on and off lead and is so patient with children (I have four year old triplet nieces who love to play with her and she puts up with their constant attention!!). She is also a massive flirt and will do anything for a belly rub or a cuddle.
Our only real issue at the moment is where we live (in a flat with no garden) which in retrospect is something I would probably think harder about if I did it all again, as there is a massive commitment to getting up every day and last thing before bed to take Yvie out for a toilet break, but other than that I wouldn't change a thing. It's lovely to wake up in the morning and come down the stairs to find her greeting us with that always waggy tail and boundless amounts of love she gives us.'