How did you choose your pet?

Last week we asked you, how did you choose your pet, or did your pet choose you?

We had such a great response!

So great, that we had to split your answers into two separate posts.

Here's part two...

(Tissues at the ready!)

How did you pet choose you?

Emma Bradley - “This is Boris, my lurcher. We got him at six-weeks-old. He's been a monkey of a dog, but he's ours and we love him. Even though he steals my tea!”  

How did you choose your pet?

Janet Humphrey - “Robert was on Four Paws website, and the photo made me smile, he was so inquisitive. We met him and that was it. He had some issues, but having had another cat prior to him, it wasn't a problem. He hid inside our duvet cover, but two and a half years on, and he is king of our home.”

How did you choose your pet?

Pennie Roscoe - “This is Dexter. He's six-months-old now, he came from a breeder. We chose each other.”  

How did you choose your pet?

Gemma Buttery - “All our three are from breeders. Our first was Lola, we spent over a year researching the breed and visiting breeders. Our next was, Neo who was from a different breeder. We travelled over three hours to meet them both and brought him home that day. Tilly is our third, and is Neo's niece. I love them all so much and glad we took the time to research and speak to lots of different, experienced breeders.”

How did you choose your pet?

Geraldine Brooks - “We found our beautiful Emily on the RSPCA website and fell in love with her when we met. My husband wasn't a cat lover but he fell under Emily's spell. She loves tummy tickles, but on her terms, and is a really loved part of our family,”

How did you choose your pet?

Susan Hutchings - “Mac was a rescue, ten-months-old, and a fighter. He had been kicked and belted. He knew no commands, and would drag me across the road to have a fight. Now he's 11 and has a few dog friends, is well behaved, and does recalls, and a lot more. He's very faithful now and is good off the lead. He loves water, his favourite thing to do when we go for a walk round the river is to go and lie down in it!”

How did you choose your pet?

Gaynor Elizabeth Rees - “I got Poppy from a local breeder. I picked her at a few days old and we visited her all the time so she knew us when it was time to bring her home. Poppy is a wonderful dog, my constant companion and is loved by my eight grandchildren. She's five now, and full of fun, but a bit ball mad though!”

How did you choose your pet?

Elizabeth-Louise Dean - “Love at first sight for my Smudge! My partner and I were told that he was female and eight or nine weeks old. Upon buying him from a private seller, when we got home I realised he was a male, and after a lengthy debate with the seller, found out he was only three-and-a-half-weeks old! He was poorly for a couple of weeks but we are definitely inseparable!”

How did you choose your pet?

Sarah Gibson - (R-L) "Nukka my princess was a private rehome. Shadow-Bear in the middle was from a breed rescue called, Siberian Husky Welfare association, and Pan, the baby of the family, was in the local stray pound, having been found wandering with no I.D or chip. They are now my family and sledding team, 'Born to run Rescues'.”

How did you choose your pet?

Naomi Clegg - “I bought Tempest from a breeder and trainer of Border Collies, love at first sight, now three-years-old.”  

How did you choose your pet?

Lucy Crocket - “This is Kari. I found her on Gumtree three-years-ago, when I was looking for a bike! She loved me straight away!”

How did you choose your pet?

Michael Spears - “Here is the famous Layla! I didn't choose her, she chose me. She was sent to me by my last long time companion of 18 years.”

How did you choose your pet?

Lynn Hobbs - “This is Tanner, who we bought from a breeder. We were living in Southern Ireland at the time and we did a lot of research and drove to the UK to get him. We are now living back in East Anglia so he is very well travelled.”

How did you choose your pet?

Serena Giusto - “This is my dog, Fox. He was found almost dead, because last summer, after being abandoned, he was beaten by some robbers, and his front legs had been broken. Some great volunteers rescued him, and he had to have a very difficult operation. I was only supposed to look after him for the time needed to heal, but in the end I adopted him. Now he's well and walks again.”

How did you choose your pet?

Caroline Hooper - “This is Jack, he adopted me. He was about nine-months-old and had been seen in the stable yard, where I have my horse. I saw a terrier cornering what I thought was a rat, but when I investigated, it was a little cat who jumped straight into my arms. All my cats were love at first sight for me, but it seems that I was also love at first sight for Jack, who has now been with our family for a year. He was initially afraid of everyone (bar me) and the other cats. He is now well integrated and an absolute delight!”

How did you choose your pet?

Lucy Smith - “Honey was seized from a truly appalling situation. She endured a lot of abuse and neglect. She was terribly skinny, scared of her own shadow, and her tail was constantly underneath her. Due to her behaviour, and looking the way she does, she didn't attract any attention at all, and in the many months she was in the rescue, not one person enquired about her. My parents fostered her, to give her time away from the kennels, as she just cowered in the back corner, depressed, wouldn't eat, and she was losing more and more weight. She now loves her walks, scoffs her food, and her tail is constantly wagging!”

How did you choose your pet?

Yvonne Campbell - “Lucy (left) we rescued from the Dog Aid Society, in Edinburgh at the age of ten weeks. She is an absolutely fabulous dog. The following year we decided to get a playmate for her, Willow (right). Willow and Lucy are the best of friends and do everything together.”

How did you choose your pet?

Emily Wickham - “My Mum's dog had unplanned puppies. The Mum, Coco got run over, so I convinced my Mum to let me keep one. Cookie has been my best friend ever since.”

How did you choose your pet?

Lucy Fletcher - “Lucy (middle) came from an online advert, stating elderly owner having to rehome, but turned out to be four-year-old ex puppy farm breeder. Stella (right) was given by a friend, who had her for three days. Daisy (left) was adopted from vets aged three weeks, and was about to be put to sleep, as her mum died, and the breeder couldn't be bothered.”

How did you choose your pet?

Tish Baumgardt - “Annie is our pound puppy, and she is the love of our lives! They say you pick them, but she picked my husband. She ignored me and watched him from her cage every time he walked in the room. She has been the sweetest dog for the last seven years. So glad we went back to get her!"

If you're thinking of getting a pet, and need a bit more information, take a look at our Pet Care page!