Wilf Crowned Southampton's Perfect Pet By Linden Homes
15 Jan 2020

A rescued crossbreed Alsatian named Wilf has been crowned the winner of Linden Homes’ Boorley Park and Limewood Grange ‘Star of the Show Home Competition’.

The competition called on dog and cat owners across Hampshire to submit a photo and short bio of their beloved pet to be in with the chance of being the furry face of promotional materials, such as adverts and leaflets, for Linden Homes’ Boorley Park and Limewood Grange developments. As the winner Wilf was invited to star in a photo shoot in the show home at Boorley Park in Botley to illustrate how pets are an integral part of what makes a house a home.

In the same animal loving spirit, Linden Homes has also donated £250 to the Southampton Blue Cross, to help towards caring for animals currently awaiting their forever home.

Wilf was a stray rescued from the streets of Cyprus by his loving owners Charlotte and Ben. Charlotte said: “We rescued Wilf from Cyprus earlier this year, from PAWS Dog Shelter, which is run by a team of extraordinary volunteers who work tirelessly to feed, provide veterinary care and show love to the forgotten dogs that find themselves at their gates.

Wilf was found by a British couple who were living in Cyprus, who welcomed him into their home temporarily until there was a space for him at the Shelter. PAWS took him in once there was a space and appealed for a home for him, as they do for all of their residents on their Facebook page. Wilf caught our eye by chance and we knew then that he would be coming to the UK to live with us. Once he had been given his vaccinations and he had passed his ‘fit to fly’ test, he travelled via plane to Gatwick Airport where we met him for the first time. He settled in almost immediately, like he had been living with us for years.

Wilf is now enjoying life with us here in Southampton. He’s such a friendly boy & loves attention (he even has his own Instagram account @i.am.wilfy). He’s truly made our house our home.”

“It’s absolutely wonderful that Wilf was chosen as the winner of the competition, we are so pleased!”

Jo Dixon, marketing manager for Linden Homes South, commented: “Wilf is a beautiful and well natured dog – he was a pleasure to welcome to our show home and has a wonderful temperament considering his life earlier this year was very different. He’ll certainly make our new advertising campaigns for Boorley Park and Limewood Grange stand out.

“We’d like to thank everyone from the local area who took the time to enter the competition. Animal lovers are passionate about their pets as they really do make a house a home, and that really came across. With so many beautiful cats and dogs entered we certainly had our work cut out choosing a winner!”

Boorley Park consists of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes and is set to become more than just a housing development. With a thriving new community, it will also feature a primary school, as well as a local centre including a community centre, allotments and lots of open space for all to enjoy. Call 02380 082 894 for further information.

Limewood Grange has a selection of three- and four-bedroom houses. Once all the homes are built, an attractive area of green open space with play areas for children and a small nature reserve will be created. The housebuilder has also agreed to make some significant improvements to the local church, St Swithun Wells, and will be resurfacing the car park. Call 02380 084 066 for further information.

To find out more about the competition or the homes available, call or go online to www.lindenhomes.co.uk.


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