I chose PPTF because they were willing to test the dog I had chosen with cats before I paid for him and all charities I had attempted to adopt through in the UK said they were not able to or wouldn’t test the dog with cats before adoption. As I have a cat, knowing the dog I chose would be okay with my cat was essential to me.

Arrival day was very exciting for me and also a slight nightmare. I was at work when Champ was due to arrive, but PPTF did everything they could to help me as I couldn’t get out of work. In the end, a friend of mine came to my house to let him in and she put him in his crate until I came home. When I arrived home and met Champ he clicked with me instantly. I let him out and played with him for a little while then he went back in so I could let my other dog out for a wee. I followed the PPTF advice on introductions and i was pleased that when I introduced them, their tails went crazy and they were happy to see each other. I’m happy to report they have become best friends and have seen inseparable ever since. We also did careful introductions to the cat. 

The main challenges i faced with Champ were toilet training, bonding with the cat, and his fear of new people. To overcome these, I took my time with the cat and Champ. He’s never showed aggression, he just chases him around and tries to play with him. In the beginning, this scared the cat, but over time, it has settled, and now they are fine. He still chases and tries to play, but now, the cat tries to play back. 

The main challenges i faced with Champ were toilet training, bonding with the cat, and his fear of new people. To overcome these, I took my time with the cat and Champ. He’s never showed aggression, he just chases him around and tries to play with him. In the beginning, this scared the cat, but over time, it has settled, and now they are fine. He still chases and tries to play, but now, the cat tries to play back. 

Toilet training didn’t take long as he copied my resident dog so after a couple of weeks, he learned to do business outside and now he just has the odd accident in the house and is improving every day. 

Meeting new people is an issue with him as he’s very scared, especially men but I tell all new people coming into my house to just sit on the sofa and let him come to them in his own time, and eventually, curiosity gets the better of him and he goes to say hi.

PPTF supported me a lot during the settling process as I got very upset because to start with my cat wouldn’t come downstairs because Champ was here and I started to worry that he wasn’t eating or drinking. I spoke to my admin about it and she was very supportive and still shows an active interest in Champ and his progress six months after he arrived. Also, when I was looking to adopt, I told the admin what I was looking for and she was very helpful with suggesting dogs that suited my needs. I know that any issues I have I can still contact her and she will always help if she can. My advice to someone considering adopting through PPTF would be if you are sure you want a dog then go for it. They are by far the most helpful charity I have adopted a pet from and the admins are very helpful and supportive throughout the whole process. They also have the biggest and best variety of dogs to choose from. I have already recommended PPTF to a couple of friends and if in the future I want another dog, I will be using PPTF again.


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