"This is Teddy, formally known as Arti. A mix between a poodle and a kokoni spaniel cross from Cyprus.
We are a family who absolutely adores dogs and have always had dogs growing up. Last February our beautiful springer spaniel Dizzy who was nearly 18 years old was put down, which left our labrador Archie all on his own. It was hard to know when the right time was to get another dog but I had been trying and trying to persuade my parents to adopt our next one from Wild at Heart Foundation. Archie surprisingly didn’t seem that bothered about being on his own but I really believe that having two dogs is so important when that is what you have been used to growing up.
We contacted Wild at Heart Foundation and filled out all the forms and completed all the checks, it was a really easy process and everyone we spoke to were great. Eve was so amazing at organising everything and helping us find the right dog. We didn’t really have much of an idea as to what type of dog we wanted, but we knew we wanted a puppy and a cross breed.
When the day finally arrived and Teddy was handed to us from the van we were so excited, he on the other hand was pretty terrified. He was much smaller than we had expected him to be and was wearing an adorable red hooded jumper to keep him warm. The first few days were very scary for Teddy he was extremely cautious of other people and very nervous when you made any loud noises or quick movements. He did however form a very quick bond with Archie and they very quickly became the best of friends, well that’s what Teddy thought anyway.
With a bit of time and care from all of us and giving Teddy lots of cuddles and kisses he soon grew in confidence. It is amazing what a little bit of love and affection can do to a rescue dog and why we feel it is so important to adopt. Teddy is still a bit nervous around new people, especially if they are loud, but that nervousness doesn't last long. It is amazing how different he has become in the few months that we have had him. He has such a character and follows Archie everywhere. He has got into the habit of trying to snatch Archie’s toys that he has from his mouth and thinks it is a really fun game to play but as he is so small he always loses and Archie soon gets bored and tells him off.
When Teddy is in the garden he is totally bonkers, running about everywhere and trying to chase Archie and bite his legs; quite the annoying puppy sometimes! He is very well behaved and we believe that's because Archie is such a well-trained labrador and so Teddy is learning everything from his big brother. He is very good on the lead and when we let him off he comes back very promptly. He is totally obsessed with food which is surprising for such a small dog and has learnt that whenever we let him outside the back of the house to go for a wee he knows that when he comes back he is rewarded with a small treat. He is an intelligent little chap. He is such a funny character and we couldn’t love him more. I know that he is going to be a very important part of our household. Even though he much smaller than we thought he would be we love his little stumpy legs and his funny personality. Mum says that around 9pm every evening he goes to pick up his red hoodie that he arrived in that is normally hidden in his bed and has a mad 10 minutes throwing it around the kitchen, and then after that he falls asleep.
Thank you so much to WAHF, Eve and everyone else that was involved in helping us find Teddy. I am so happy and proud to have adopted a dog from WAHF and we can’t imagine our lives without him.
- Fay Murray