'Bruce is a Labrador–German Shepherd cross – a huge, bouncy bear of a dog with almost unlimited energy. He arrived – fairly unexpectedly – at a time when my husband and I were working hard as entrepreneurs and reminds us daily to get outside and play! He loves to chase and jump high in the air after a ball (though he won’t relinquish it until you give him another), to splash around in water (although refuses to swim unless we do too!), riding in the car with his head sticking out the window, inventing games only he knows the rules to and running around with his cousins – my parents’ three rescue dogs.
When I talk to people considering getting a dog, they often mention the commitment of daily walks. To me, this has been a huge gift. Every morning Bruce and I have a mini adventure around the countryside, and he’s inspired us to explore so many new places. He's also incredible company, especially when my husband goes away for work. I just couldn’t imagine life without him, or without his signature morning wake up call – pinning you to the bed with his colossal weight and licking your face!
Caring for Bruce hasn’t been without his challenges. Soon after he arrived it became clear that he had separation anxiety and a mistrust of people, particularly men. He also had an overly strong protective instinct. Discovering his triggers and learning how to work with him to overcome them took patience, consistent effort, support and lots of YouTube videos! But it really paid off. He's relaxed significantly and has become much more confident, which has let his naturally goofy and loving personality shine through. People have always commented on Bruce’s handsomeness – now they compliment his good behaviour too, which is amazing. Knowing Bruce’s less-than-fortunate beginnings makes watching him thrive and become a true family dog an extra-special delight.
I am overflowing with gratitude to the Wild At Heart Foundation and all the little miracles that brought Bruce into our lives. He has transformed us as much as we have transformed him and we could not love him more. '