'Our Wild at Heart Journey began with me and my partner thinking of getting a companion to join our bouncy 2 year old bouncy Springer mix, Poppy! As I was friends with Eve on Facebook I decided to ask her the details of the adoption process, with the hope of looking into it further. I was advised to go on the Wild at Heart Foundation website, and this is where I first saw the beautiful Obi. I was immediately drawn to his gorgeous, loving face. I also looked on the Facebook page for WaHF and it turned out Obi needed an urgent new home. I read the comments and showed my partner his pictures, we then decided we couldn't not help this gentle soul.
After speaking to Eve I came to know that Obi hadn't had the best of starts in life. He was a stray for the first 6 months of his life in Cyprus and he had clearly been through a lot. He had clear damage to his tail, an injury probably obtained on the streets. Obi was taken to a pound in Cyprus where he was later rescued by WaHF. He had his first shot at happiness when he was adopted by a lady from the United Kingdom. He was flown over to England, but sadly it didn't work out and Obi ended up in the same situation again, looking for a forever home.
So 24 hours after looking at Obi's picture for the first time, we were driving down to Peterborough to pick him up. He was a quiet, shy dog at first, he must have been confused after everything he had previously faced for the whole of his short life. All the way home he just wanted cuddles. His struggle was over. We were there to give him the life he deserved, finally!
We introduced him to our other dog Poppy, and they got on straight away, they love play fighting and chasing each other. In the days after his arrival, it was difficult and I wondered if we had bitten off more than we could chew. He was defensive and aggressive towards other dogs on walks, and he didn't respond to many commands. With this being said he was still so loving at home with us and our other dog Poppy. We decided to speak to the behaviourist, Dave, about what we could do to try and curb this behaviour on walks. He advised us about ways in which we could manage this. We watched dog programme after dog programme and read all the dog training books we once read with Poppy! Things slowly seemed to be getting better, and over the coming weeks Obi continued to improve. I think he finally realised that our home was now his too and that he could enjoy being a dog at last.
We have had Obi nearly a year, and we can now take him on walks without even bringing a lead. He's so trustworthy and does everything how he is supposed to. He has turned into such a beautiful and caring boy who loves nothing more than running around with Poppy and receiving cuddles from every person he sees. I cannot thank WaHF enough for what they have done for Obi and our family. He has made such a positive difference to our lives and WaHF are always there for us if we need them, they truly are amazing.
Obi you are safe, happy and loved now, and you can finally enjoy your life with us, we wouldn't want it any other way. We love you. '