We had been looking a dog for about a year before we found Kevin. We didn’t want to rush as we knew the right dog was out their waiting for us. We are first time dog owners so it was all a bit daunting. Jasmin (age 13) was constantly looking at all the rehoming websites when she spotted Kevin. At this time my husband still wasn’t too keen on the idea but agreed to visit him at his foster home in Lancing. We were all excited but I was keeping an open mind.
When we met Kevin the first person he went to was my husband and it was love at first sight! Kevin was 5 months old and had been with the foster home for a few weeks. We all fell in love as he seemed such a sweet puppy with a great nature. I suggested to the family that we go off and see my Dad for a cup of tea and a think about it. I knew really that our minds were already made up! We all LOVED him and knew he was our forever dog. We rang the foster ‘mum’ and said we would really like to rehome him and as we had already had a home check she said we could take him then and there! It was the day of the terrible Shoreham Air Show crash so we took a long detour home and poor Kevin didn’t travel well.
I borrowed a crate and we had our old large cat’s bed and bowls and we had his food from the foster home and reality sunk in. One of our ‘rules’ about getting a dog was that we would invest time and money into training so I rang up my dog trainer who gave me some tips to settle him down. Our trainer spent 2 hours on two consecutive days with us. It was the family that needed training not so much Kevin. He showed us everything we needed to do, how to correct him, feed him, walk him and train him. It was wonderful and we learnt so much. From there we all followed the training and it works wonderfully. We have had ups and down but we persevered and we couldn’t imagine life without Kevin.
We have had Kevin for 9 months now and he recently ‘celebrated’ his first birthday. We have found some wonderful walks in the beautiful countryside which is a welcome break from busy family/work life. We get complemented on him and his good behaviour all the time 🙂 People assume because he is a Jack Russell he will be snappy and bark but I believe that is down to training.
Sussex Pet rescue made the whole process very easy and helped us all the way. They are a fantastic charity and do such great work.
Many thanks Tanith, Wai Hing, Mackenzie, Jasmin & Kevin