He's our no-so-little heartbreaker, people-pleaser, sock stealer, goofball, frisbee catcher and all round love bug. It's been just over 6 months since Percy arrived from Bosnia and we can't imagine life without him.
When our old terrier passed away last year we were heartbroken and couldn't bear the quiet in the house. We knew that at some point we'd get another hound and always knew he'd be a rescue.
My sister quietly nudged me in the direction of Wild At Heart Foundation and I spent days 'pawing' over pictures of wonderful dogs – wanting to give a home to all of them. As Christmas was just over a month away we knew that it would be a perfect time to welcome a new dog to our home as we were going to be off work for a month.
Someone else has likened choosing a rescue as extreme on-line dating and that's exactly how we describe it. Tanja in Bosnia sent us a stream of pictures and videos of Percy (nee Pax) and we were smitten but anxious at the same time. At four months old Percy was heartbreakingly gorgeous but what would he grow into? How big would he get? What would his temperament be like? Would he like us?
After a very efficient and thorough process of home checks and constant communication with WAHF the wheels were set in motion and Eve moved heaven and earth to get Percy to us before Christmas. Three weeks later we were waiting at Cobham services for the hand-over. As soon as we clapped eyes on our pup it was love at first sight. We all cried! He settled into his new home immediately, and even more incredibly he house-trained in 2 days and slept downstairs in his own bed without incident or crying from night one. He was (and still is) healthy and happy and loves a trip to the vets – despite his neutering! He was a little whiffy after his long overland journey from Bosnia – but this was totally expected and nothing that a warm bath couldn't sort out.
He loves other dogs – no matter what shape or size – and has a number of doggy best friends who he greets with yelps of joy. I'm not sure whether this is because his first few months were spent surrounded by other dogs or not, but he's sociable and respectful of other hounds. He's a hit at the village pub which welcomes dogs of all shapes and sizes. He loves car journeys and has ventured to Wales and Cornwall and is looking forward to his Scottish holiday in the autumn.
Six months in and Percy is now almost fully grown – the small, timid creature who arrived at Christmas has become a confident, loving and life-affirming addition to our home. At some point in the next few years we will add to our pack and can't imagine doing it any other way than through WAHF.
Percy was one of a litter of 10 pups in the shelter in Mostar and all of his siblings and his Mum have found their forever homes….if that's not a success story then I don't know what is.'
- Annie Rigg