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Going miles for a Westie

Westie dog Charlie at his first walk

charlie goes for his first walk

As you might have realised by now, we are huge lovers of the West Highland Terrier. After our Westie, Sammy, passed away at the grand old age of 15, we always knew that we’d eventually get another one but needed to seriously consider the commitment and whether our lifestyle suited introducing another dog into our family. Four years on, we made the decision to look for a new Westie. We particularly wanted an older, rescue dog and trailed through several websites until we found ‘Westie’s in Need‘, a fantastic re-homing organisation. We went through a rigorous application process to ensure that we were matched with the right dog. Part of the process involved a volunteer from the organisation visiting us where they made an assessment of our home and had a chat to us about why we were interested in rescuing a Westie.



In love with Charlie

After passing the application process, we began browsing through the foster section where we found pictures and descriptions about the dogs. We thought how lovely it was that the dogs are first seen in a foster home to make it easier for them to find the right family. On 24th November, we saw a picture of Charlie and fell totally in love with him. We immediately contacted Mo Morris, the founder of ‘Westies in Need’ and arranged to meet Charlie in Yorkshire.


What an adventure

We booked the B&B that Mo had recommended and headed up North. The dog friendly ‘Shoulder of Mutton’, B&B and pub, is located in the tiny little village of Richmond.  We were warmly welcomed by the owners, Kirsty and Matt, who had only recently taken over the place. We had a fantastic evening chatting to the locals, other guests and the owners and they were all very excited by our Westie mission.


The beautiful Yorkshire Dales

The following day, we drove through the stunning Yorkshire countryside to Charlie’s foster home. We were really impressed by how unspoilt this region was as well as the friendliness of the locals, who helped us navigate our way through the country lanes.  After driving for several miles, we eventually found the unmade road where we were picked up by a 4×4 to take us the rest of the way.



It was a perfect match – on both sides!

On entering the house, we were not only welcomed by Mo and Ian, but we also received a very enthusiastic doggy welcome from the five dogs, including Charlie. It seemed it was just meant to be; the chemistry clicked and we fell in love with Charlie from the very first moment – we even had the impression that it was the same for Charlie! Even though it wasn’t easy taking him away from his friends and his lovely foster parents, we knew we would give him a lovely new home and lots of love.


Charlie has settled in so well

Charlie walked into our house like he’d never lived anywhere else! He immediately made himself comfortable in front of the fire and he certainly seems to enjoy our company. We are now happy dog owners again and are looking forward to enjoying new adventures with Charlie and showing him his other home in Germany next year!


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