'I started following Rudy when he was adopted by the lovely Erica and really felt for her during her anguish at him not settling with her. When I read her heartbreaking decision to find a more suitable home for him I felt that we could offer what Erica felt was missing in a forever home for him, i.e. the company of other dogs.
I contacted her and arranged to visit Rudy. It was love at first sight! This poor little puppy who had been through goodness knows what on the streets of Cyprus and then thrust into this unknown world - I knew that with my love and the help of my two other dogs (both rescues) we could let him feel comfortable and loved.
The first three days or so were awful to say the least! What had I done? I'd put this dog through yet another upheaval which he was struggling with. He didn't eat or drink. He cowered away from any human contact and just glared and growled at my dogs who were so gentle with him, if a little wary. I thought I had made a huge mistake and was so worried about what I was putting Rudy through, physically shaking and startled for most of the time. I spoke to Dave, the fantastic dog trainer who works with WAHF and expressed my concern for Rudy's welfare. Dave encouraged me to not panic and to build on what little trust I had gained so far with lots of rewards with treats.
After about six days Rudy started to show trust in me and my other dogs. He gained confidence in trying to play with the others and slowly, day by day his love for us all became evident. This wonderful personality of a puppy was starting to come out. Rudy began following my other dogs everywhere especially Monty, the cocker spaniel (similar size). He began to join in with feeding time and play time in the garden. Obviously, having picked up traits of stealing whatever he could on the streets of Cyprus he continued to (and still does!) 'borrow' anything. We constantly found socks, leaves, stones that he'd retrieved and saved in his bed for later. He became a little monkey who came alive at dusk and tried to play with everything whilst whizzing around the house and garden!
It's been just over three months now and Rudy is well and truly settled. Don't get me wrong, he still has a long way to go. He really doesn't like going out the front door for a walk and we haven't even tried training him basic commands yet. It doesn't matter though as these things will come in time. What we have now and most importantly to us is that Rudy feels settled, comfortable and loved by us all. He is very much a part of this family.
Do I regret getting him? No not at all. I still feel guilty for putting him through yet another upheaval in his young life but it has all been worth it to know that he is finally where he belongs, in his forever home. He is now a star with his own Instagram account @rudy_boy1 where I update his 1600+ followers of his progress!! Go Rudy!!'
- Mandy Henry