'Although we had always loved the idea of getting a dog, we hadn’t actually sat down and made the decision that the time was right. I’d been following the Wild At Heart Foundation social media pages for some time when suddenly one afternoon up popped Fergus! I was instantly drawn to his expressive amber eyes and his happy little face and THEN I read his story....
Fergus and his brother were rescued by Eve's family from the side of the road in Cyprus as tiny puppies. They’d always been together and had both been overlooked by adopters time and time again despite their friendly, loyal and loving natures. Now at 9 months old, his brother had found his forever home and was about to leave for the UK and Fergus was going to be left behind. I read his story to my fiancé out loud and we both said simultaneously ‘we have to have him!’ - we just knew he was the dog for us. You could say it was love at first sight I suppose.
I quickly messaged Eve to see if Fergus was still available for adoption and we were thrilled to find out that he was! We passed our home check with the lovely Faith which was an extremely positive and helpful experience. Faith spent time answering all of our questions and gave us lots of really helpful advice. Faith told us that his brother was flying to the UK in just three weeks time and asked if we’d be ready for Fergus by then. We really wanted them to travel together so said ‘YES!’
We’ve had Fergus for two months now and he is coming up to a year old. He’s a bundle of energy and excitement but is the most loving and loyal little thing. I say ‘little’ - he’s actually pretty big now! We think Fergus is a black lab crossed with a large dog like a Shepherd or Husky so he needs lots of exercise. We’ve found a wonderful dog walker who takes him for a really good run around with a group of dogs on days when we’re both working - Fergus has made lots of doggy friends through these walks but his very best friend is a black lab called Billy. We love taking Fergus for long walks and have discovered beautiful parts of countryside nearby which I never even knew existed! This is definitely one of the many benefits of having a dog.
We’ve just started training classes with Fergus which have really helped us, especially as first time dog owners - luckily Fergus LOVES his food and is very eager to please so this makes training a bit easier. He’s also just learning to play Fetch! We can’t wait until we can play fetch with him in the park.
Adopting Fergus hasn’t come without its challenges but as we’re getting to know Fergus we’re learning how to deal with these. He absolutely loves affection and belly rubs, but on his terms. We’ve learnt that it’s best to let Fergus come to you, especially with different people, otherwise he can get a little anxious. Once he’s decided he trusts you though he can’t get enough belly rubs and you’ll receive lots of dog kisses in return!
Fergus is still learning good manners on the lead. He’ll be walking along nicely on the lead when suddenly he’ll spot his nemesis.... a squirrel! If I don’t spot it first then that’s me being taken for a quick dash by Fergus! I almost ended up half way up a tree once. Nice lead walking takes a lot of persistence but we can definitely notice progress and that motivates us to stick with it.
Fergus is a lot fun and has brought so much joy to our lives. There’s nothing better than coming home from a day at work to be greeted by such a loving happy dog. You can’t help but smile - he just makes us feel so loved! And of course we love him so much in return.
We’ll never forget the moment that we picked Fergus up from the service station. We told the guys that we were collecting Fergus and they smiled and replied “Ah Fergus... he’s the timid one. We’ve had to carry him everywhere!” It’s been an absolute joy to watch him grow in confidence since that evening and we get to see a little more of his wonderful personality every day. We still have a long way to go and lots more training to do but we are absolutely loving the journey.
If you’re thinking of getting a dog, I would absolutely recommend adopting from WAHF. We’ve felt so supported every step of the way. There are so many wonderful dogs out there like Fergus who would love nothing more than a forever home and humans to love them. Adopting Fergus is quite simply the best thing we’ve ever done. Thank you to the WAHF team - we will forever be grateful for everything that you’ve done for us all.'
- Kimberly Groves