'Back in February this year my husband saw a picture of Chester and sent it to me from the WAHF Facebook page. He knew I loved Collies and although we already had a dog (a crazy Irish terrier) we had discussed maybe getting another dog. Chester looked just adorable!! Chester was already in the UK but hadn't settled into his first home. We arranged to go and visit him the following Sunday.
We took our dog Piper to introduce them and they bonded instantly! We took Chester home that very day! He seemed so happy to be with us right from the start. He got straight in the car and sat licking and playing with Piper the whole way home. We bought a new bed (BIG) for them to share & they did this happily from the start.
Chester was quite reserved with humans when he first came to us. Didn't play with toys or even try to join in with Piper in spite of ours & Piper's coaxing. When he finally ran after a ball it was like we had just won the lottery!! Then came the new soft toys. He ignored them at first, but Piper didn't give up and a tug of war ensued. The mess was easy to overlook because at last Chester was playing!! A sure sign he was settled for sure.
We have had very little problems with him at all. Only one incident of a chewed bench! But it's hard to know if it was him or Piper and they're letting the other take the blame. Also one bite on Piper's ear and face. Stupidly left them alone with a pigs trotter each while I popped out! Obviously Piper tried to get two! Never again, so lesson learned.
Chester has learned to sit and wait with Piper before he is given the command to eat his dinner in the evening. A HUGE achievement as he would wolf his and then try to get Piper's when he first came. He also now jumps up at us when we come home, where he used to just slightly wag his tail and look up pleadingly like he was hoping with all of his heart that we'd notice him and give him love. He had also recently found his bark! He didn't do this for about 3 months, but now runs to the back garden gate to let anyone who wishes to listen know it's his territory.
He is brilliant with any children that visit (unlike Piper, who is so clumsy and boisterous he knocks them over if they're small). He has the most gentle and loving nature. He just craves attention & love. He has made not just us, but our little mad Piper so happy since he came home. It is like he has been one of the family for much longer than 4 months. He is definitely a part of our family forever.'
- Elaine Pettit