'My friend has a song that she wrote about Twig. She really just shouts that 'he's handsome and clever and brave' over and over again, and it's kind of deafening, but I'm inclined to agree. He's 100% babe, and is tackling life with full gusto despite his shaky start.
My boyfriend and I had talked about getting a dog since the day we met and I dread to think about the number of hours we wasted talking about what breed would suit us. We knew that the right thing to do would be to re-home a rescue, but everything I had read and heard from friends suggested we wouldn't pass the vetting process. We had resigned ourselves to the fact we would need to buy one if it was ever going to happen, and I continued to be bamboozled about how on earth you choose a breed.
Luckily we stumbled across WAHF who were able to see that we were fit for the job. I saw a picture of Twiggy (was Patch, obviously) and it was instant adoration. His face was to die for, and he seemed to be about the right size and breed for our active lives. The weeks between being accepted and him arriving were the worst bit. You've picked a dog from the internet and it's being delivered to your house, a complete unknown. Terrifying. I kept thinking we'd made a mistake and was close to backing out at times.
He arrived late on a Tuesday night and the smell of him when he arrived is something I will never forget. He was a nervous, jiggling, bundle of love, but he stank as though the world was ending. He had a couple of worrying behaviours to begin with; he wouldn't turn his back to you and would walk backwards especially when in closed-in spaces, he wasn't keen on leaving the house, and he was scared of other dogs.
I wonder if we have been lucky, or if most rescue dogs will thrive if the situation is right for them. I hope it's the latter. His stench was sorted with 2 baths. A wonderfully kind Whippet friend taught him not to be scared of dogs. And with a little TLC he learnt he can walk with his back to you within a few short weeks.
I'd like to say he's the perfect companion, but he has a penchant for eating my favourite plants so he gets points deducted for that. He's also insanely clumsy and so extra points deducted for all the impromptu rescue missions, like making me wade into a local river to get him out after he launched himself off a way-too-high river bank for an evening swim.
He's fearless, and kind, and it breaks my heart to think how different his life could have been if I'd given in to my nerves about rescuing a pup that we'd never met.'
- Trev & Asher