'We adopted Sam in October 2016. 2 years previously our beloved first dog Reggie sadly passed away. I had been searching for rescue dogs and came across Wild at Heart Foundation online. I liked their page on Facebook and one day Sam’s picture popped up on my timeline and his beautiful face with his big brown puppy dog eyes got my attention. I sent his picture to my husband, Henry and he replied yes!
The adoption process was quick, well organised and very easy. The professionalism throughout the process reassured my husbands anxiety of the unknown. Eve regularly sent us pictures and updates of Sam, we could not wait to meet him.
Henry collected Sam in the middle of the night, I sat up waiting nervously not having a clue what Sam was going to be like when he arrived. Henry walked in carrying this adorable quivering puppy who just wanted to be cuddled. Any fears of him being unhealthy soon evaporated seeing his beautiful coat and healthy body. It took Sam a few days to stop quivering and to gain confidence around the house, after that it was like he had always been a member of our family. He settled amazingly quickly but even to this day he is my shadow, he follows me around the house and does not like being left in a room on his own.
Sam (a pointer/lab cross) is the most loyal, affectionate and sociable dog. Sam’s brother (Dexter) was also adopted and arrived at the same time. We kept in touch with the couple that adopted Dexter and the brothers have been reunited and enjoyed a lovely walk/play together. We love the lifestyle Sam has given us as a family, he has inspired us to go for long walks every day and taken us places we haven’t been before. He is absolutely wonderful with our 3 young children and is equally well loved by them! They love nothing more than running along the beach together and chasing birds!
Before Sam arrived we discussed that a ‘No dog on the sofa rule was a must’ but that soon when out of the window when we discovered he will only settle in the evening on the sofa cuddled up to us!! One challenge we are still trying to overcome is Sam’s digging obsession. He thinks of himself as a keen gardener and loves a good dig! This is the only issue we have and one which I know we will overcome.
I have shared our adoption process with all my friends and family and one of my friends has since adopted a gorgeous dog called Gunner from Cyprus through WAHF.
Thank you so much WAHF! Eve has been so lovely and the whole WAHF community is so supportive. We could not imagine life without Sam now!'
- Louise Mills