'We'd been looking for Pinky for a while when her photo appeared on my Instagram feed. I have to honest - I'd followed most of the dog themed Instagram accounts partly to fulfil a 'cuteness quota' needed to get me through the day - I never thought we'd find our dog on there. I never thought we'd be that lucky.
But there she was - in all her scruffy, thoughtful, puppy loveliness, a black German wire haired Pointer cross who had been left at the shelter in Cyprus with her brother, Perky (now Ludo.) After a flurry of emails, she was reserved - for us.
As a family we'd been in circles discussing all the practicalities of getting a dog, but with Marc & I working long hours and 2 busy children - a couple of days later I got cold feet. I kept looking at the Instagram picture of her and seeing other people interested in Pinky. While seeing the word 'reserved' made me so happy, it also made me nervous that we might not be the best family for Pinky and she could go to a home where they had more time and space to devote to her. At 6am one morning I emailed Eve to say I didn't think we could adopt her and I cried all the way to work.
By 9am I had emailed to say I hope Eve hadn't read my other email - and that we did want to adopt Pinky and proceeded to list all my worries (some, when I look back at them seem ridiculous now - we have time for Pinky, and we have bags of space, especially for someone that likes to be close to us anyway!)
Eve came back to me with a really understanding and patient response, answering all my concerns, and we went on to arrange a home check for a few days later.
After a successful home check - we finally told the boys about our girl - I don't think we could have made 2 people more happy than we did at that moment.
After, what seemed like an eternity, Pinky arrived in Edinburgh just before Christmas 2015, having flown to Paris, followed by a long drive to Scotland. Sometimes now, when I think about this time, I am still amazed - she was so brave, so open and adaptable to her experience. Pinky arrived in our lives like she was meant to be there, and I really think she is.
In the first few weeks we were all super excited, Pinky included - she would bound in from every walk like she hadn't seen us for weeks - all muddy paws, and cuddles.
Housetraining took about a month, she'd pee everywhere and it took her tummy a while to settle into her Scottish diet of Haggis & Irn Bru, (aka kibble) and we lost a couple of rugs to that time, as well as some shoes as she chewed her way through the house.
During her first few weeks with us she also developed kennel cough and colitis and we discovered that being a new dog owner was very like becoming a new parent - feeling completely clueless and constantly scared by Google searches. A visit to the vet reassured us that both conditions were common, and she recovered quickly from both.
In the January we started a course of puppy classes which was brilliant for socialising with other dogs and bonding with us, and it really helped to make us more confident with her training and dog behaviour in general.
This was especially helpful as Pinky is not a shy dog and, although she's not aggressive, if another dog shows any sort of aggression towards her, she doesn't back down - the classes really helped me to understand what was Pinky's vocal play wrestling and when and how to step in if I felt uncomfortable with any interaction with other dogs.
Through the classes we found her dog walker, Andras, who also walks wee Luce (another WAHF rescue dog.) I remember him coming round to meet Pinky for the first time and how amazed he was that she was so calm after hearing her story and how far she had travelled. Pinky loves her adventures with Andras & the pack and she has learnt some excellent manners, with dogs and humans, from her time with them.
When we're out, I'm so proud of her - Pinky is loveable, brave, loyal, sociable (with dogs and humans) and definitely has a cheeky streak - which only adds to her charm. When I think of her (and the other WAHF dogs we meet) I can't imagine I would ever consider buying a dog from a breeder.
Pinky has definitely been a bit of a poster girl for WAHF in Edinburgh, meeting her was the inspiration for Luce, Stan & Elroy, and Amber's owners to approach WAHF when they were looking for their dogs, and I know they're all so glad they did.
We love this girl to the moon and back and can't imagine life without her. She's made our lives better in so many ways, we have to go outside (even when it's raining - which is a lot in Scotland), we spend more time talking to each other (no phones on walks), we argue less, and we've met new people and been on adventures that we wouldn't have without her.
I love that saying - 'Be the person your dog thinks you are' and I'm so glad I sent that 2nd email.
Thank you WAHF & especially Eve for getting her to us.'
- Becky Robertson