'When me and my family decided we were ready to have a dog, a friend of mine started advocating for us getting a rescue dog. I was a little bit sceptical at first, for the same reasons most people are, 'are we good enough to take care of a dog that might have gone through hardship' etc. Then she tagged me on Wild at Heart Foundation's Instagram, for a dog that just seemed too good to be true. Good natured, calm, good with kids. We fell in love already with the picture of Scout.
And not to sound too sentimental, but we’ve fallen in love with her every day since she arrived. WaHF definitely didn’t 'oversell' her. She is the calmest, sweetest dog I’ve ever met. It’s silly how easy she adapted to her new life in our shouty family in a busy East London area. And she’s a therapy dog as well! One of my daughters friends used to be terrified of dogs, but after meeting Scout she’s not anymore.
After two years with Scout we decided to get another one, along came Bo, also from Cyprus and through Wild at Heart Foundation. The adoption process went very smoothly, just as with Scout. Almost the same day Bo arrived, Scout got really ill and had to spend a few days in hospital. Turns out she had leishmania, which she might have caught when we took her on our holiday to Tuscany, Italy, in the summer, or maybe even back in Cyprus. However, with the right medication she’s absolutely fine now and as bright as ever.
Having a new little dog-sister probably helped her heal; although the little one might annoy her sometimes it’s lovely to watch them play and cuddle up together to sleep. It’s a little bit more work having two dogs, but it’s also double the love. Anyone hesitant about taking in a rescue dog should stop worrying; Wild at Heart provides information about 'your' dog that is definitely true, I’ve heard this from other adopters too. And the support you get should any problem occur is amazing. Scout wasn’t my first dog, but surely first-time-dog-owners could adopt, too.
More and more of the dogs we meet in the parks around are rescue dogs. My experience, actually backed up by our vet, is that it is the pure breeds that come across most health problems. A lot of the puppies in the UK comes from so called ”puppy factories”, where they are taken from their mum too early and might have severe problems with their temperament and/or health.
I’m so happy we got to adopt Scout and Bo. Couldn’t recommend Wild at Heart Foundation, Eve, and the rest of the lovely people working there, more!'
- Rebecka Ahlund