Bentley from Shrewsbury (Shropshire)
We have had our gorgeous boy Bentley for just over a year now. We feel so lucky to have him.
When we first saw Bentley he had been reserved by another family, there were other reservations on him so it was very unlikely that he would be able to be ours. I was heart broken as when I saw him, I just felt that he was exactly the type of dog we were looking for. He was very sweet, gazing up at us from his kennel... he got us good!
We returned to the centre a few weeks later and I saw his name was still on his kennel, but he wasn’t there. I went into reception and and asked if they had any other spaniels in and then told me Bentley was still available! We got to meet him that day and we fell totally in love! We picked him up the following week and the rest, as they say, is history!
Now we have Bentley we could never be without him, but the first few weeks were very hard helping him settle in. No matter how prepared you think you are to welcome a new dog into your home, there are always challenging moments. He had separation anxiety and cried whenever he was alone which was heart breaking. He wouldn’t eat much for the first few weeks or so, he barked at everything, didn’t interact with us at all, didn’t want to be petted and he was totally manic on the lead. There were definitely moments were we thought.... what have we done?! Looking back on it, I don’t think we realised how scary the change of a new home can be for a dog. Despite our worries, and a few tears, we carried on doing the best for him and trying to get him into a routine so he was settled and feeling happier.
With a little time and patience he got there! We now have him off the lead (unless there is something to chase! - typical spaniel!), take him to cafes, leave him for short periods with no issues, he is a fantastic traveller, he loves a cuddle, loves learning new tricks, walks to heel (after an initial run!) and is the most amazing loving dog.
Bentley has brought so much happiness and laughter with his daft ways. He is so affectionate and focuses on us. We love taking him to the beach, partially due to the absence of squirrels (his major weakness) but also to just see him run and be so happy. He is sat next to me curled up sleeping away after his run into the woods today, without a care in the world. It’s lovely to feel that we have made his life so much better, and in return he has made our amazing!