'We got Rambo on the 7th of May 2015 having spoken to Eve, we told her would like a small dog, young but not a puppy and Eve found us Rambo. He made his way from Cyprus to the UK and when we finally met him and he seemed so small and thin (which we had been prepared for, as Rambo had had to share his pen in the pound).
When we got him home he just ran, round and round with happiness and excitement to his new found freedom. It was so lovely to watch his happiness. We also had another older dog and Eve told us to let them meet as if on a walk, which is what we did straight away. So off we went to the fields to let them meet with no problems at all they got on straight. We kept Rambo on the lead at all times.
Rambo took to house training straight away, with only a few accidents (mainly marking his territory). As far as food was concerned he couldn't get enough! He was always starving, but with the advice from our local vet we put him on a sensitivity diet as he wouldn't be use to the rich foods here in England (Eve advised us to take Rambo to see the vet soon after arrival just get him checked over and microchip registered).
The first night Rambo slept in my room in his own bed, as I felt he would be unsure and scared, this worked really well with him sleeping all night. He now sleeps there every night!!!
At first Rambo didn't know how to play with toys, hated the grass, water and the rain, but soon he learnt to love toys and to this day just plays and plays, loves grass, but still hates water and the rain.
Once Rambo gained his confidence we began to see a change. In fact he actually began to turn aggressive and would not let anyone he hadn't first met upon his arrival into the house. He also was very aggressive to people (most often men) on walks. Then shortly after this he then became aggressive towards my children whenever he found a place he didn't want to be moved from, such as my bed, the sofa, his bed. It became so bad at one point that even to walk past his bed would involve a 15ft wide berth in case he lashed out. He did end up biting my daughter a few times, so as you can imagine numerous people were advising me to have him put to sleep (however, Eve had said their policy at WAHF is never to let this happen and that I would have to return him).
I knew I couldn't let Rambo go, so I got a behaviourist in for help and we worked together to help Rambo through all his fears and anxieties. Slowly he regained his confidence, he learnt to trust and soon began realise that not everyone was bad and the more love he got the more he relaxed. With all of us now he is as soft as butter the sweetest boy and as more time goes on the softer he gets, it just takes time and patience.
We have just worked our lives in a way that works for him. When new people come to the house they just ignore him and he ignores them and once he gets to know them he lets them stroke and play with him. He no longer barks on walks and is happy to walk on by. We did get another rescue and I think watching how he is has helped Rambo a lot (as my previous older dog had since passed away). I would definitely not have my world without Rambo, he has taught me that love does conquer all.'
- Sarah Beaumont