VAN LEEUWEN HECTOR

Hector

My husband Robert and I have always owned wire haired Fox Terrier and have trained them ourselves to be social animals with both people and other dogs/animals.

Having both retired from the Police service, in mid 2010 we diced that the time was right for us to own another Fox Terrier. We were very close to getting one when our world was turned upside down when Robert suffered a severe spinal trauma in November 2010, which hospitalised him for 7 months. This left him paralysed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. We both decided in early 2013 that we would like to have another terrier in our lives, but felt that a Wire Fox Terrier would be too small for Robert to see when he was manoeuvering his wheelchair both inside and outside the home. We decided that an Irish Terrier would be a more preferable size and I began in internet search of the breed to see what was available.

I emailed Jean and outlines fully our circumstances and said that the pup was defintely something we were interested in, but I was worried that our circumstances would preclude us from owning one. A couple of days later I received an email from Jean asking me to ring him as he wanted more information and to discuss our situation further. Following that call, we made arrangements to travel down to Jeans kennel in Kent to see the puppy, the set up and to meet Jean and Debby. At the same time we were to be interviewed by Jean and Debby to assess our suitability for their puppy and also so that they could view our interation with the dog in question.

After our visit, Jean rang us to advise that Mr Hector was suitable for us and that we were suitable for him. He then asked what training we wished Hector to undertake. We gave him a long list that inclided the following:

  1. Being able to travel in a vehicle in a safety harness whilst on a car seat.
  2. Not to be phased by everyday distractions (TV, telephone, washing machine, doorbell etc).
  3. Be happy and safe with a wheelchair.
  4. Come to a whistle.
  5. Stop, stay, sit etc.
  6. To be fully toilet trained.
  7. Be happy walking on a lead in and around traffic etc.
  8. To be fully socialised with other dogs and people and used to social situations.

All of the above was done for us, plus more!

Mr Hector is the most gentle, laid back and loving dog that we know and that it has ever been our goof fortune to share our lives with.