In the run up to Christmas last year, Archie waited patiently for someone to take him home. The team at our Lewknor rehoming centre even took him to visit Santa, in a bid to give the lovable lurcher faith that his yuletide dream would come true.
But as the festivities drew closer hope began to fade for this poor boy, who on December 25 last year, had spent a heartbreaking 194 days in our care.
And while our team showered him with plenty of affection, his kennel just wasn’t the same as a real home filled with love, joy and festive cheer.
Although disheartened and finding it increasingly hard to cope with kennel life, sprightly Archie remained upbeat, and his wish eventually came true – albeit a little late – on January 15 this year.
Since going home with Amanda Farmer, her partner Jim and her daughter Isobel, he knows that he’ll never have to spend another Christmas alone in a kennel again.
As the two-year-old curls up beside them on the sofa this festive season, it will be a fitting end to what has been an incredible year for Archie – and his new family.
Amanda said: “We’re really looking forward to spending our first Christmas with Archie.
“I expect he’ll be spoilt rotten, he’ll get lots of new toys and a couple of new jumpers – as he really feels the cold!
“We’ll be having a family Christmas which includes the other dogs in the family. My mother-in-law and brother-in-law have Labradors and Archie adores them, so they’ll have a nice time playing together.
“We had quite a sad Christmas last year as it was just after we had to have our last dog put to sleep. It was quite soon after that that we decided to get another dog and that’s when we found Archie.”
Some snaps from Archie's holiday album...
The sprightly lurcher had grown up in a loving home before coming to Blue Cross but his high energy levels became too much for his owners to handle and they made the heartbreaking decision to rehome him.
But the team at our Lewknor rehoming centre made huge progress in building on Archie’s training which has continued in his new home.
One of the things he was most nervous of was getting into a car, but he’s now overcome this fear and has even enjoyed a variety of holidays over the course of the year.
“My partner and I have a campervan so he had a summer of adventures with us touring around the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and then another two weeks in Norfolk," said Amanda.