'We adopted our little Cypriot poodle-cross almost nine-months ago now, and it’s already hard to imagine what life was like pre- Chloé!
We had ummed and ahhed about getting a dog for a long time – we were very keen but knew it had to be the right fit, for us and the dog. We also knew that we didn’t want to buy a puppy from a breeder, but we had trouble finding a dog to adopt from our local animal shelter in Geneva that didn’t potentially require the extra special care it deserved, but that we just wouldn’t have the time and resources to provide.
So when we came across an article about the Wild at Heart Foundation, we knew immediately that we had found the answer. We had no real preference about breed, though because we live in an urban setting we were keen on a smaller dog that was still hardy and energetic enough to enjoy long walks by the lake and mountains in Switzerland. Only a short time later we received an email from the Foundation’s wonderful rehoming manager Eve, with three photos of “Cleo”, the sweetest little pup we’d ever seen. It was love at first sight!
It took four month old Chloé a little longer to warm up to us though! She was understandably timid and scared when I met her in Paris, but was such a trooper as she bravely faced the plane ride to her new home in Geneva. The most precious piece of hand luggage I’ve ever had!
For the first week she was scared to go outside, was terrified of traffic noise and being left alone and was very afraid of other dogs. Despite all this, we could already see that she was a smart, sweet-natured dog, full of affection and playfulness. Though she did ruin a rug by using it as her own personal toilet…
After some helpful advice from WaHF’s David Drew, we did our best to train her and give her constant reassurance, and very soon she was a completely different dog. It’s been incredible watching her confidence and happiness grow each day as she’s become the most loving dog we could have ever hoped for.
Now, wild horses couldn’t keep her from playing with other dogs, she has bounds of energy and we can bring her just about anywhere with us. After a long walk of course!
She seems to love life in Geneva, especially running around in the mountains, exploring the woods and – when the sun shines – swimming in the lake. But she’s not the only one who’s benefitted from her adoption. She’s helped us to be more active, particularly during the dreary winter months and brought our stress levels way down (who could be stressed when on the receiving end of one of her “lick attacks”!). As anyone who has ever rescued a dog will tell you, it’s not just them who is saved – it’s us too.
Of course, she can be a little rascal at times, but she’s become the happiest little dog we could ever have hoped for. From sleeping on our shoes when one of us leaves the house to following us around the apartment like a little lamb, she’s an adorable creature with a heart bursting full of love.
Chloé has brought us immeasurable joy already, and we can’t thank Eve and the Wild at Heart Foundation enough for the vital work they’re doing to save these little angels.'
- Shannon Chainey