Joanna lives in West Sussex and adopted her Street Heart, Merlin, from us in November 2020.
"I was immediately taken with Merlin! When I visited the Street Hearts BG website, read about their work and saw the love and care given to every dog they rescue, I knew that any dog I was matched with would've been given the best start in life after living on the streets. I wanted to carry on their care and give one of their dogs the permanent loving home they deserved. Luckily, I was matched with Merlin".
"I was drawn to Merlin because of his speckled paws and quirky ears! Plus, Merlin looked to be a shy and endearing puppy who simply needed the right home environment, love, and attention to make him flourish. Behind his timid eyes, I could see a gentle-natured dog with bags of character and confidence just waiting to develop. As a mongrel, he is unique in appearance and looked to be the best of everything".
"Once the time was right, adopting my own dog was a simple decision. Along with my life being in the right place to give a dog the time, attention, and love that they deserve, my trigger to adopt was being told I needed to have a full hysterectomy.
I never had children of my own and while a dog is by no means a surrogate child, Merlin is the only being in my life that is completely mine, who loves me unconditionally, and has filled a gap in my life that only I felt. Arriving home on day one, he was afraid of everything, but has since grown into a confident, curious, and very happy dog. I'm so proud of him! He is a loving, loyal, obedient boy who is also wonderfully mischievous and quirky! His tail is constantly wagging and a 'play bow' is his go-to pose to for any dog or anyone that he meets! Merlin is full of fun and energy, has made my house a home, and made my life complete".