'We had thought about getting a dog for many years and came across Wild At Heart Foundation and the @cyprusdogs page on Instagram through mutual contacts. We initially enquired about a puppy but in having a discussion with the wonderful Eve she suggested an older dog would be more suitable for us and sent us details of 'Annabel'. Making a decision to get a dog on the basis of a picture was not something I ever expected to do, but my instincts told me it was right.
We drove off in the middle of the night to meet the amazing couriers at a petrol station - we were somewhat daunted by meeting two men in a white van and then they brought out the most beautiful ball of white fluff and passed her to me - it was love at first sight for both of us!
Bea settled with us very quickly making herself at home, and despite the advice to not take her out for a few days we went out the next day and it was clear that she loved being out in the countryside, although I'm sure wet and cold Devon is a bit of a change from warm Cyprus.
We have been very lucky in that Bea was clearly trained in her former life as she required no house training and took to walking on a lead and being let off very quickly. She is a very bright girl who knows exactly what to do to get her own way (and she usually does as she's so pretty!) and she has developed from being absolutely desperate for any bit of food when she first arrived to being much calmer knowing there is another meal on its way. She never likes being left alone, but I'm not sure many dogs do, but we've had little destruction or complaints from the neighbours.
Having Bea has changed our lives more than we ever thought it would, I cannot imagine the house without her in it now and our lives have become more active and less selfish as we have 'someone' else to consider.
I would wholeheartedly recommend adopting from WAHF, the advice we received from Eve meant that we now have the perfect dog for us. I have also found the Facebook group incredibly supportive.'
- Margaret Campbell