'When we first saw Ronnie's little face (was Nancy) on the Wild at Heart Foundation's website, we fell in love. We were desperate to give her a cuddle after seeing her sad little face. That's when we gave the charity a call and let them know we were interested. We knew it could be a potential risk adopting a dog that we've never met, but having spoke to both Alicia at the WAHF and Anca, the vet who rescued and looked after Ronnie, it seemed she would be a perfect fit as our first rescue dog.
Ronnie arrived on a very cold snowy day in January, which must have been such a difficult journey for not only her, but also for Dana (Tails4Travel) delivering tens of dogs all around Europe in these conditions. Ronnie was terrified of her new home to begin with. Tail between her legs and trembling...but after some nice treats and a few cuddles she finally fell asleep next to me. The next couple of weeks were tough as she was frightened of everybody and every single sound. Anybody other than myself and my partner who entered the house got snarled at and snapped at (she never actually bit anybody though). So we made an effort to introduce her to as many people as possible, slowly and in a quiet environment so that she would get accustomed to others and realise that nobody wants to hurt her.
It's been almost 6 months now and we are on our first holiday together, in Cornwall. She's not too sure of the beach but she loves to run around fields and admire coastal views from afar! She's such a loyal dog and loves lazing in bed. Sometimes she doesnt even want to go for a walk because she wants to stay at home, where she knows it's safe and warm. It's become evident that she favours women over men, so we're not sure what may have happened in her past but we're slowly but surely working towards getting that relationship back.
We're amazed at how well behaved she is! She knew from the very first day that the garden was her toilet, and she's never chewed anything other than her own toys (of which she has many!). She's so clever too...learning new tricks and wanting to please us constantly. It's safe to say that she's settled in perfectly, and we couldn't imagine life without her. We can't thanks WAHF and Tails4Travel enough for bringing us our gorgeous pooch!'
- Sabina Ghetau