"We made the decision late in the summer of 2017 that we would get another dog to join our home along with our beloved Tilly who we adopted some four years before. We've always had two dogs and the timing seemed just right, so after much research we found GaDaH - for us having adopted a dog already from Greece it was a no-brainer to adopt another pup from a country that is over-run with strays and loving humans desperately trying to help as many furbabies as possible. We kept an eye on the website and it wasn't long before we noticed our Izzy (previously known as Isla) from Romania. She had already stolen our heart and we hadn't even met her! We went through a nice straight-forward pre-adoption process with Lynne - after a home visit and a rather wonderful chat we were collecting our new furbaby in a matter of weeks!
Now the excitement really began! Collection of Izzy was easy, made all the easier by being there with the every supportive Jackie (GaDaH team member), the drive home was a breeze with Jackie! She met our Tilly (our Greek adopted girl), the meeting was deliberately short and sweet, just enough for a quick greeting before settling down to sleep for the night.
The fun began the very next day..... the first few weeks and months were a wonderful experience, my daughter, my mum and I have had great fun teaching Izzy basic commands, recall, housetraining and have now moved firmly onto more complex training like search and find (humans, objects, treats etc.). It hasn't all been plain sailing, Izz went through a couple of "disobedient" phases - the first was a refusal to actually walk went we took her out for walks! But with patience we overcame that one! It also took Tilly a little while to get used to the interloper that had joined us - so lots of reassurance was needed for her and now we have two dogs that completely love each other are are firm friends! Izzy has absolutely no vices whatsoever, she's amazing! She is now estimated to be over a year old and is such a fun-loving and balanced girl.
Izzy is affectionately known as "Izzy-Whizzy" in our house - she loves running, jumping, tumbling about the garden and on walks - she is a complete delight - her little tail never stops wagging (no exaggeration there!) and I'm pretty sure she has a permanent smile on her face! She has filled our lives with such joy! I have no hesitation in recommending adopting a dog from a "foreign" country/ Dogs are dogs - it doesn't matter what language we speak - however I will always think that dogs that come to the U.K from abroad are extra special. "