'April 2016 was a month which we will always remember, for that was when Roland joined our family.
I read about the Wild at Heart Foundation on social media, so decided to make some enquiries. It soon became apparent that this charity not only had a wonderful choice of dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds, but also that it was an extremely ethical charity who put the needs of its dogs first.
I got in touch with Eve, the re-homing manager, and told her the sort of dog we wanted. We discounted a couple of dogs, (my husband is asthmatic) but within a couple of days Eve suggested a small black poodle cross-breed puppy, just a few months old, who had been found as a stray & was was about to be put down until the charity stepped in to save him. I fell in love with him instantly, so that was it. Our fates were sealed. His and ours.
He was delivered to us a couple of months later, once all of his vaccinations had been done and his pet passport prepared. WAHF also had him microchipped. We will never forget picking Roland up in the carpark of an anonymous hotel somewhere on the outskirts of Cheltenham. He was instantly such a friendly boy, he jumped up to greet us, couldn't wait to get into the car and he was ours, and we were his.
We have been very lucky with him. He settled very quickly and has always slept through the night. There was a few toilet accidents, but that's only to be expected. He had some stomach issues when we first got him but after a few weeks/months his tummy settled down. He is an absolute joy. He's funny, loving & crazy. He is still on the timid side with other dogs, especially those larger than him, but that isn't really too much of an issue. They say that rescue dogs are more loving than a puppy from a breeder, and I think it must be true. Our neighbours got a labradoodle puppy a few months after we got Roland and she tells me that her dog doesn't like cuddles ! Our boy loves them, and so do we.
I can wholeheartedly recommend WAHF; they are caring, and most of all, ethical. Adopt don't shop.'
- Lesley Hutcheson