Wild At Heart

It was about this time of year that I fell in love.

I fell for a chap I’d never even met, I saw his picture on Instagram and that familiar thunder bolt hit me. Love at first sight.

Huge brown eyes peering through the bars of his prison, sentenced to death and awaiting his fate.

How could he know that half way across the world, a world he knew nothing of, he had touched a girl’s heart and changed each of their lives forever. His most of all!

His name was Teddy.

A long time fan of Wild At Heart flower shops, I discovered Wild At Heart Foundation.

An international dog rescue charity founded by WAH’s owner, Nikki Tibbles.

They travel all over the world rescuing pups from fates worse than death. Places without laws in place to protect animals, places where finding a puppy in your trash is far from unusual.

If you follow along with any of my social channels, you know all about them already!

Friends and family have all adopted wonderful dogs from the foundation, and Teddy is our very own success story.

A fluffy little ragamuffin from Bosnia.

He was in a miserable, filthy pound that was being closed down, all the dogs sentenced to death, when the WAH team went in and put out a call for help on Instagram. (You can follow them here.)

We took Teddy and together with some other amazing Instagrammers, we found the other 60 dogs homes too.

All that good, just from a few pictures!

I took care of the adoption fees and put together his adoption papers as a Christmas/birthday gift for Mum.

He arrived in January and now lives a life of luxury and adventure in Somerset.

But more than that, he’s brought a new light into all of our lives.

He’s a cuddle monster who loves nothing more than curling up and going to sleep on your knee – which is nice because he feels like a cashmere hot water bottle!

He’s got invisible springs in his feet so bounces everywhere like Tigger.

Tough as a tank, he whipped the bigger dogs into shape in no time.

By far the sharpest pencil in the box, he learns fast and goes everywhere with mum – and likes it when she puts the heated seat on for him in the car!

You couldn’t dream up a better dog.

It makes my heart ache to think of him alone in that cage for so long, deprived of the cuddles he loves so much.

Finally free, he can live out his dream of becoming a professional squirrel hunter.

Not that he’s had much success so far.

But the thrill’s in the chase, right Ted?

So why am I telling you all this now?

Well, he’s not a one off.

There are hundreds of thousands of Teddys out there, longing for cuddles and a home to call their own.

And there are so many ways you can help.

Maybe you have room for one and can adopt one of your very own? Visit here.

Perhaps you could foster? Visit here.

If not don’t despair, a dog is a huge commitment and not something everyone can manage, but you can still make a huge difference. Buy one of the Wild At Heart jumpers, donate to the cause, or even just follow along on Instagram and show your support by liking and commenting.

I’m so pleased that a dog isn’t just for Christmas, but fur life!

I couldn’t imagine ours without him.

 

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  • I’m very glad you’re promoting the adoption of doggies instead of the buying of specifically bred puppies. I think it’s so so sad that people deliberately breed their dogs over and over again when there is already such a surplus of dogs which have been abandoned and left in pounds.

    My family has always adopted our dogs from the Dogs Trust , where you can get to know your dog before taking them home 🙂 (And they have become lifelong companions of our family!)

    Glad to see Teddy is enjoying those Autumn leaves so much!

    KatieJane | Soup&Champagne

  • Peppermint Dolly

    A fantastic thing you’ve done Rosie, these photos are a dream and I’m so pleased for Teddy and the other 60 dogs that were saved. My Husband and I have always said when we have a “patch of grass” to call our own, we’ll be adopting a pooch. In our opinion, there are just too many little souls out there who need saving to be spending huge £££ on one. We’ll be sure to look into the Wild At Heart Foundation when the time comes, thank you for bringing this fantastic organisation to our attention.

    Rebecca
    xx
    http://www.peppermintdolly.com

  • So many stunning fall photos! Love this post. X
    http://www.thoughtsinstyle.com/

  • Love these pics so much!
    Miki

    https://littletasteofbeauty.blogspot.it/

  • Oh my god Teddy!!!!! I need to check this Charity out <3

    x
    Shloka
    http://www.thesilksneaker.com

  • Awww, Teddy is such a sweetheart! In my family, we love adopting dogs from shelters. Our 3 dogs were on the brink of euthanasia at the shelter for being there so long, so the shelter were going to euthanize them to clear up some space. We’re so glad to have given them a better life. After 10 – 12 years, unfortunately we lost 2 of them due to old age and down to just 1 dog now, but we’d love to adopt another (or two) in the future 🙂
    JaMeka https://www.gotthetravelbugtoo.com/

  • Ah Rosie, you are bloody amazing for doing this. Using a platform to make lives better and bring joy – we haven’t yet got the lifestyle down for owning a dog (soon, I hope!) But when we do, WAH will me the first place I look. Teddy is SO so adorable <3 Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

  • meghan

    Love the leaves. Wish that trees looked that pretty where I live.
    xo, Meghan | http://tanlinesanddaisies.com/

  • Jet

    What a lovely thing for you to promote – and great that the little ‘ragamuffin’ has found his forever home (fantastic word isn’t it hahaha)

    Hope lots more get rehomed from this,

    http://www.jettravels.co.uk
    J.E.T
    X

  • Karen F

    Bless you Rosie for giving this pup a forever home.He looks so happy and content.I just returned from a trip to Bali and It was so heartbreaking to me to see all the homeless starving dogs and cats.They really need to implement a spay neuter program over there.

  • What a beautiful story and love that Teddy has a new lease of life thanks to you! He looks so so happy! I was looking to get a new playmate for my fur baby and now you have bought my attention to the wonderful work that Wild At Heart Foundation, I am totally convinced that I need to adopt and do some more good. I have been reading all about the amazing work they do and am in total awe. Thanks Rosie for this heart felt post …. this dog lover over here is a tad teary! I do know now I shall help in whatever I can – Kelly xx

    http://www.KELLiLASH.com

  • Beautiful !!

    The Lisa’s World

  • Oh my god. This is so precious. Such a wonderful foundation!

    Hannah | Wild At Heart