'We adopted our beautiful, Poodle mix boy Baxter in January 2017 and we couldn't imagine our lives without him. We had been looking for a rescue dog for a few months and stumbled upon WAHF on Instagram after following a blogger who had rescued a dog from them. The moment Eve sent us a photo and details about Baxter, we knew immediately that he was the dog for us.
He was shy and nervous at the start, but we've seen his personality develop over the months to the funny, energetic and loving dog that he is now. He was quick to pick up basic commands and we were able to walk him off the lead within a month. As we both work, we have a dog walker during the week days, who he has bonded with well. She walks him with other dogs so it's great for socialisation.
Although we're so proud of how far he has come, it's not all perfect. As much as he loves us, he's still nervous and protective when visitors come to the house and he's scared of children. As we don't know much about his background or what he may have experienced, we have to be patient and work with him gradually to help him overcome his fears. We've picked up some useful tips from a dog trainer.
We can't thank Eve, Faith and WAHF enough for bringing Baxter into our lives. Eve is always on hand to answer our questions and the WAHF Facebook group with fellow adopters is a great source for help and advice and to share photos and stories.
Choosing to adopt a rescue dog isn't necessarily an easy option, but for us, the rewards far outweigh any negatives. From taking Baxter for long walks in parks to seeing him excitedly greet us when we get home, to lots of cuddles on the sofa, Baxter is a part of our family and we feel so lucky to have him.'
- Maria Dixon