"It was just meant to be."
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and Eira
We're an early retired couple who absolutely adore Border collies. We lost our last girl in October and planned all sorts of adventures to take advantage of not having to worry about a dog. We enjoyed all of them, but our house was no longer a home without a collie and Eira became available at exactly the right time. It was just meant to be. She's a silly, crazy puppy, 22 months old now who throws herself headlong into life and lives it at 100 miles an hour.
Why did you decide to adopt?
We've always had rescue dogs, Eira is our 4th together and my 6th. There are just so many dogs out there needing homes, and, in our experience, they are just grateful to be rescued.
How did you find Eira?
I saw her in one of the Border collie Facebook groups I belong to, read her backstory to my husband, who agreed she was what we were looking for.
What have been the highlights of your life with Eira?
The highlights are the love and affection she gives us both along with the fun we have together.
Have you had to face any challenges with regards to living with Eira? If so, how have you overcome or coped with them?
A few challenges, like her fear of everything but as her confidence grows, she's gradually overcoming her fears. We're still working on her hatred of wheels, she's fine now with cars, pushchairs and wheelchairs, thanks to patience and rewarding her when she didn't try to attack them. Bikes are still a problem, but we continue to work on this issue using the same method and we know she'll overcome this, after all she's only been with us 6 weeks. Friends and acquaintances say they can already see the great strides and improvements she's made.
If you had to describe Eira in just three words, what would they be?
Pretty, Affectionate, Hurricane. Not necessarily in that order😊
Do you have any advice for people who are thinking about adopting a rescue pet?
Think carefully, don't do it on a whim. Pick the right dog/breed for you. Remember, they can be hard work and you'll need patience and commitment but the rewards you'll reap are worth it.