'I kept going back to WAHF website, as I was somehow sure that WAHF was going to have the little dog I was looking for…. I knew I was on to a good place anyway as a friend had recently adopted a beautiful little dog from them (from Cyprus). It was going to be my first dog and I’m nearly 60!
Still working full-time, I had a very specific list of requirements and wrote to Alicia and Eve apologising and told them to send me packing with a flea in my ear if they thought I was being unreasonable. To me it was a case of being responsible about the sort of little dog I knew I could manage – small, calm, good with cats, good with baby grandson, able to be left on her own for part of the day, not a barker, and so on. And one that would accept a very untried ‘hooman’! But, instead of a flea in the ear, they said ‘give us a few days and we’ll find one for you!’ Three days later, Eve came back with the suggestion of the most adorable little bundle of fluff in Bosnia! Described as a little dog with a huge heart and that they could not understand why she’d been abandoned, as she was no trouble at all and loved everyone and all the other dogs.
I showed photos of her to my two grown up children separately and they both said ‘oh! She looks like a teddy bear’! So with a feeling like…I was getting married…or announcing a pregnancy…!!... I emailed Eve and said ….’YES, PLEASE’!! And promptly burst into tears!
A few weeks later, on Feb 11th this year, I went up to Cobham Services with my son driving, to be delivered of this beautiful little dog, who I decided to call Tink. Even the others waiting for theirs, cried ‘Ohhh! She’s gorgeous’ when they saw her! She was shaking like a leaf, but I sat her on my lap, strapped into the car, in a chenille blanket and held her tight and spoke to her gently and reassuringly. She stopped shaking after about ten minutes and started licking my face! So completely sweet ….even if a little smelly!! Who’d blame her after two days on the road and two days in kennels, and also on heat, bless her! So with messages to Eve, when we got her home - and she seemed to be taking it all into her stride - we gave her a bath and she melted our hearts!
Tink is gentle and loving towards my baby grandson although I keep a very close eye because the baby’s only 13months old and doesn’t understand either and I’d hate for him to hurt her or vice versa. She’s just keen to lick him…he’s not so keen! But they’re learning fetch together and they see each other regularly and I think it’s wonderful for my baby grandson too. I took time to introduce her to my two cats and now her favourite buddy is our boy cat, Tipsy - the older one is more cautious! They sleep in difference rooms but we’re at the stage of leaving the door open between all the time now, and the cats can come and go through the flap. Tink slept downstairs from her first night, without a whimper or cry…although she escaped the canvas crate I tried her in, and was looking very pleased with herself on the sofa next morning – that’s it then! She did mess on the floor for a few weeks, but now holds on until we go for walks…four times a day…good for me too! I spoke to Dave, WAHF dog behaviourist, about a few things I wasn’t sure of and he was very good and reassuring and suggested tips.
We live in a leafy part of a small town and she enjoys lots of walks around home, with all the possibilities of chasing pigeons and squirrels and at weekends we take her off to the countryside round and about and I’ve started to let her off the extendable lead, where she is safe and in view. She’s as good as gold and everyone we meet offers to take her home…nope..minez!! She loves saying hello to everyone and all the dogs we meet, which needs care so we stand and wait until we know if the other person wants to or not. We started some dog classes but the other dogs are much bigger and it’s a strain for me to keep bending down to give her training snacks...although I’m reviewing this shortly! May do a few one-to-ones. She’s eager to please, if a little wayward sometimes – youthful enthusiasm!
Tink has been spayed now and has recovered very well, although a little heart breaking for me the first day or two as she was so confused. She’s lost a lot of her baby fluff and is now neatly clipped for summer, but still has her wonderful fluffy tail and floppy ears and curls behind them. She comes to the office with me and my doggy colleague reckons she’s the sweetest natured dog she’s ever met!! She’s quite convinced she could be a film star too!
I am absolutely thrilled with Tink - she’s the most wonderful little companion. Huge thank you to all at WAHF – as mentioned by others, you certainly know your dogs and are fantastic at matching! Wonderful work you do everywhere!'
- Tahira Martin