'When our previous dog, Lottie, passed away in March 2016, she left a Border Collie shaped hole in our lives. The house was so quiet without her; I would sit in the living room and expect her to trot in with her collar jingling, but she wouldn't come.
After a few months it became clear that we all wanted another dog, and Mum's Instagram browsing came across Wild at Heart Foundation, and the puppies that were available for adoption. We were already familiar with the charity as Eve is the daughter of my former piano teacher, so I had seen her talk about it on various social media sites.
On Wild at Heart Foundation's Instagram account, my parents came across a photo of Phil, a black and white Pointer puppy, and fell in love instantly. The process of bringing him home to us was very easy. Following a Skype chat to ensure the house was suitable for a puppy, we were given a date. Phil, along with some other dogs, would be flown from Cyprus to Paris, and then driven up to various parts of England.
It was a tense day as we waited, but finally Phil was home with us, but under a new name – Bertie. He was bigger than he had been in the photos we first saw of him, and now he was very lanky, with feet and ears too big for his body. He was also very nervous; he would shake a lot and cry profusely whenever my mum left the room for a few minutes.
However, after a few days he had calmed down, and although he still hated being parted from my mum, he loved running around the garden and curling up on the sofa.
Bertie has been with us for nearly a year now, and it has been wonderful. We have never known a more loving or affectionate dog, and though he has the occasional grumble when he's parted from my mum or dad, he is nothing like the scared little puppy that arrived at our house in July 2016. He does have a tendency to run off when we are on walks, and it can often take him a while to come back again, but he always does in the end. Overall he is just a sweet, happy, loving puppy. Bertie has made us realise that dogs, just like humans, have completely different personalities. While Lottie was more independent and liked to lie in her basket at the end of the day, Bertie loves to clamber up onto the sofa and snuggle up with whoever is there.
Bertie has made us all so happy, we don't know what we would do without him. Thank you to WAHF for bringing him into our lives.'