'We adopted Lowie a year ago with the help of Eve and Faith at WAHF. We were determined to have a puppy and fell in love with Lowie the moment we saw her posted on the ‘Animals We Care’ site in Bosnia. The previous year had been a difficult one for our family, and our 7-year-old daughter was crying out for a playmate.
Taking in a puppy in early December was not the best idea we’d ever had! The first few months in freezing, muddy conditions were a strain - as Lowie grew and grew and grew and chewed and nipped and tore up a few carpets, shoes, spectacles and gloves…
One year on - she is best ‘little sister’ in the world. She knows when it’s time for school pick up and never tires of little girls wanting to play, dress her up or chase her around the house. In fact, she whines and simpers if she’s left out of a game. Lowie is soppily affectionate and the gentlest of pets. Although I still struggle on occasion with being the main care giver to an extremely active and stubborn dog – our family feels complete and we feel a profound sense of joy that our daughter has the confidante and companion she was yearning for.
My only caution would be that we didn’t do enough research on the Barak breed – a breed virtually unknown here. Lowie is a dog that needs to run and run and sniff and sniff. Fiercely intelligent - easy to train in manners and tricks and disciplines but, she has an iron will and remains difficult to leash train. A Barak hound will sniff and pull – it’s their nature and can be hard work at times. Although I would never trade her – I would recommend that adopters think carefully about the characteristics of a breed and don’t just fall for a photo. Also, talk seriously about how involved each family member will be. My husband was very keen on having a medium to large dog but he’s out at work in the week and the two ‘big’ park walks a day are pretty much down to me. In hindsight – those would be my two tips to pass on!
In terms of the bigger picture - we feel so privileged that we were able to adopt such a loving dog through WAH. Their passion and commitment to rehoming these gorgeous creatures is awe inspiring and much appreciated.'
- Gina Bellman