Binky from Kenilworth (West Midlands)
I'd just bought my first house and wasn't exactly looking forward to living alone for the very first time. When I was growing up we'd had a variety of working police dogs and pet dogs and I really do believe a house just isn't a home without a dog. So my mom and I took a trip to Dogs Trust in Kenilworth to find me a four-legged housemate.
Despite going in intending to find some sort of cross breed, I was eventually introduced to Binky, a 2 year old border collie. I know everyone says it, but I knew straight away she was the dog for me.
Like a lot of rescue dogs, Binky wasn't without her issues and it was a difficult few weeks to begin with. She was extremely nervous having been mistreated as a puppy and particularly frightened of men; she would cry and bark uncontrollably if a new man came into the house. It was obvious she'd never been walked on a lead before and had no recall training whatsoever. She was also very scared of sudden movements and noises.
But we bonded straight away and true to her breed she was a very quick learner. Within a few weeks she became very relaxed and found her confidence. Although she will still go out of her way to avoid contact with most other dogs, she took a real shine to my parents' German Shepherd/Labrador cross Bimah. Her favourite game is chasing Bimah whilst Bimah chases his ball and the two of them will do anything to find water and have a good swim together.
If you ask my boyfriend he'd tell you I spoil Binky and I probably do. But the truth is she deserves it. Despite her bad start to life she is now the most affectionate and loyal companion I could have asked for and without her I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to cope with living on my own. She's always so excited to see me when I get home, gives me a cuddle when I'm down and puts a smile on my face every day. I owe her so much - I hope I can give her the happiest life possible in return!