'My husband George and I have had dogs our whole lives. As soon as we moved into a house with a garden, a dog was the top of our agenda! I discovered Wild at Heart Foundation via Instagram; both of us fell head over heels with Jay (Dexter's former name) as soon as we saw him. We couldn't believe our luck when we received the email to say he was still available!
From that moment until we welcomed him home, the team at Wild at Heart Foundation were wonderful. Always available to offer advice and calm our nerves when we had the usual queries. A home check to check your suitability is completed via Facetime and that's a great opportunity to ask as many questions as you have (we had many!).
Dexter is from Cyprus, he was abandoned in a pound as a young pup with his brother Sam. He was 4 months old when we collected him at 1am on a chilly October night. We had been waiting for him for about 6 weeks after our homecheck (we had to wait for him to have all his vaccinations). He was tiny when he arrived, I couldn't believe how calm he was after his long journey! We'd taken an evening nap as we had expected that he would keep us awake all night but as soon as we got him home he fell asleep!
It took him a few days to settle in, all new sights and sounds made him unsure and shakey. We crate trained him and that was the best advice we had, it became his "safety zone".
From the moment he arrived he has been the most loving, sociable and loyal pup. I have never had a dog as affectionate as Dexter. We have had our fair share of challenges (most notably the digging and the chewing!) but that's what you'd expect with any pup. He is nervous still in new environments, especially when he meets new men for the first time and recall has been a challenge; a Cypriot hound, when he is mid-hunt no recall or treat will distract him. That said, he is improving and WAHF's dog trainer David has been brilliant and is always at the end of the phone with advice.
We are in touch with the family who adopted Dex's brother Sam, it's been a huge support sharing stories. We met up with them recently and it was such a joy watching the brothers play together again! The whole Wild at Heart Foundation community are fantastic, everyone shares stories in the adopter's Facebook group - it's good to know you are not alone when you have a challening day!
Before Dexter arrived I read somewhere that it's like rescue dogs know they have been saved by you. I couldn't agree with this more. Dexter has brought so much happiness to our lives. He gets us out of the house on country walks at weekends and everyone asks about him all the time, he is such a character and so loved! It's a big lifestyle change getting any dog; for a rescue you need to be prepared to have plenty of patience. The rewards in return are worth it and if you are reading this unsure whether to adopt or not, DO IT! We cannot image life without Dexter now.'
- Lyndsay Morgan