Whilst I am writing this I am taken back to only 7 month ago, when we were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Eros; after he’d taken a stop over night in Paris (What a lucky boy, haha!). I remember the nerves, but the sheer joy of welcoming this dog into our family. The anticipation of what he’d be like and the whole process of getting to know him. The unknowing fear of how he’d take to my energetic 4-year-old daughter. Once he had arrived and we got adjusted to the sheer size of him, which was a shock to us all. I spent the night downstairs with him to bond and help him settle in, truth be told he didn’t take long. He sniffed around and chose a spot on the sofa which has been his ever since.
We had been looking at wild at heart for a year prior to applying for Eros, we put a lot of thought into getting a dog. Thinking about all the possibilities and the intense care the dog may need, following them on social media reading equally sometimes heart-breaking and heart-warming of the rescue dogs journeys with wild at heart. Absolutely in awe of the amazing work they do. We were just about to put the form in to state that we were interested in adopting a dog but didn’t have a preference to which.
This is when we came across Eros’ story on the site and instantly felt a love towards him. We then eagerly applied for him and waited with everything crossed to hear back, whilst trying not to get our hopes up too much just in case (which failed miserably). With the home check, the responses and the further into the process we got it didn’t feel real that we were getting him, even when he was making his way to us. It’s still all such an amazing whirlwind.
Fast forward to now, were getting to see Eros’ real personality and how much he is fitting into our family. It hasn’t been all plain sailing, but it never can be with a rescue dog, he developed obsessive licking at first but with a lot of comforters bought, cuddles and love he has got over his anxiety and is getting to be more himself every-day. He still needs a bit of training, but we swear he knows what we’re asking but just chooses not to listen, which is his cheeky personality to a T.
We couldn’t ask for a better dog in terms of his bond with my now 5-year-old daughter, he is the most loving boy towards her. They are forever getting one another into a bit of trouble though. Whether this is Eros pushing him out towards the back door to play in the garden at bed time, to her getting him excited to play in the mud when it’s raining; to playing tag in the garden where he nudges her and when she chases him back and finally catches up to him he chases her back (this can go on for hours).
They bring out the best in one another and I love watching their bond develop. His favourite thing to do at the minute is cuddle on the sofa, with me and my mum he literally sits on our knees which is a bit much seen as he’s a lab husky cross. Yet with my daughter he lays his head on her lap whilst nudging her hands for a stroke. He is finally getting the hang of toys, after stealing a few of my daughters and seeing that he has his own. Which brings for more fun when he hides one of my daughters and then sits as if he has done nothing whilst she looks for it.
If you’re starting your journey into adopting, make sure you have put a lot of thought into this process as these dogs are for life. Yes, they can bring joy and so much love, but they can come with problems and anxieties that you need to be prepared for. Yet the positives always out weight the minor negatives.
I cannot thank you enough Wild at Heart Foundation for bringing Eros into our lives and the work you do each day, you are brilliant and we’re forever grateful!
- Rachael Campey