'My partner Paul had been wanting us to have a dog for years, and after moving from a houseboat in London to a bungalow with a big garden in Dorset we started looking at adopting one. I heard about Wild at Heart through a Facebook share, so we had a look and then we saw the urgent plea for help in rescuing the 40+ dogs in Cyprus. Paul saw the pictures of Daniel and we both said that he was the one for us, so I emailed Eve to offer Daniel a home and things moved very quickly from there.
The day he flew from Cyprus was very exciting for us, and we were updated throughout the day with photos and videos of each step of his long journey, which was really nice. He was pretty terrified when he arrived, and it took us a while to coax him into the car, and then into our house, and he was very scared of sudden noises and movements. We re-named him Ollie and he grew attached to me and Paul very quickly, but was nervous of new people, especially men. We soon discovered that he is the sweetest, most gentle dog, and all he wants to do is play and be stroked. He has unlimited amounts of energy (he can run alongside us on our mountain bikes all day and still not be tired!) and he is very, very soppy (he likes to spend his evenings with his head in my lap, licking my hands).
The only issue we have now really is that he's too clingy, but I guess this is because he was abandoned by his previous owners. We both work from home, and he follows us around the house all day, doesn't like not being in the same room, and really doesn't like it when one of us isn't there (especially if Paul isn't around!). He whimpers when he's anxious, and shakes when he's really upset (strangely, heavy rain seems to set this off) but he only barks when you're not playing properly! He absolutely loves meeting other dogs, and chasing rabbits, squirrels, cats, deer.... He's still scared of a lot of things (the hoover, my hairdryer, caterpillars(!), the rain) but he's grown so much in confidence, he's a different dog now. People are always saying what a lovely dog he is (though everyone thinks he's a she to start with!) and he has the waggiest tail and wiggliest bum I've ever seen on a dog! To be honest, I was never a particularly doggie person, and probably wouldn't have thought of having a dog at all if it hadn't been for Paul, but Ollie is a big part of our little family and I wouldn't be without him at all. I expect we'll get dog number 2 in time, and when we do we'll definitely be contacting Eve!'