'After much consideration and discussion over a period of around 6 to 8 months we had decided as a family to add another dog to our unit. We had become aware of Wild at Heart Foundation via a friend and spent some time looking online at the dogs available for adoption. Given we already had two Jack Russell Terriers aged nine and seven we wanted another dog that would benefit from their companionship and also compliment them.
Barney's profile ticked all the boxes.
We filled out the online application and went through the process and were delighted when we were informed that we would be a suitable forever home for Barney! Barney was described as a collie cross and had been rescued from the Praca dog shelter in Bosnia by Eve and Alicia at WAHF.
We finally collected Barney in mid September 2017 from kennels in Lincolnshire. We were a little apprehensive on collecting him as we had been advised that morning by the kennel staff that he was very agitated and somewhat distressed. He was so scared that he was showing signs of fear aggression. However, we were committed to this young dog and loaded him into the car in a suitable cage and brought him back home.
He was fine on the journey and just looked petrified. We had to drop a blanket over his cage to lift him from the car into the garden as he was unhappy at the prospect of being moved. When we let him out and he headed straight for a bush in the garden and stayed put for the first 30 minutes! Eventually he came out and a couple of hours later we were able to get near enough to release his harness.
We gave him plenty of space and time over the first 48 hours and he soon settled. Baby steps were then taking in terms of introducing a collar and lead and small walks. Then some recall work and basic commands as well as trying to establish some sort of routine. 10 weeks on and he is a different dog. His personality is shining through and he is becoming more confident daily.
Barney is fantastic on a lead and also great off it. He enjoys his daily walks and new adventures - albeit he is still very apprehensive of strangers (he seems to have an oddball radar!!) and unsure in the odd ‘busy’ situation he has encountered. He is a wonderful companion and has a fantastic nature. He is beautiful, gentle dog who is coming on slowly but surely and we would not be without him.
It has been fantastic seeing him happy and content and observing his personality grow. He Loves digging the odd hole or twelve in the garden and even managed to eat a Law book the other day that I left in my laptop bag - I think he is torn between being a landscape gardener and a solicitor when he grows up! Dinky our eldest Jack Russel (10 now) used to tell him off constantly at first but she has now succumbed to his charm and boyish good looks and they will happily play for long periods of time.
We think the work done by the Foundation is fantastic and would certainly recommend them to anyone thinking of adopting a dog.'
- Gavin Clarke