I know that there isn’t really much to this video, it’s just another mangy, sick dog taking her therapeutic bath.
But there is something about Alice and the way she responds to the volunteers handling, bathing and caring for her, that makes the whole thing kind of poetic (at least for me). This particular day the shelter’s younger volunteer was there, and she helped us bathe and care for Alice and another dog in similar condition. She is only ten years old, and instead of spending her Sunday somewhere else, she spent it at the shelter, and she had such a great time that she didn’t want to leave.
Alice was found on the streets of Greece, emaciated, mangy and very sick. She was going to be put to sleep, so her rescuer asked Save a Greek Stray to take her in, and they did. She is too weak to endure the treatment for mange, so until she feels better, we are giving her baths that help her feel better.
You can follow Alice’s progress on the Save a Greek Stray Facebook page. Once she recovers, she will be looking for a forever home. You can donate to the shelter via PayPal: email@example.com
Stray dogs in Greece – and all around the world I guess – become familiar with the worst of humanity, and some of them, if they are lucky, with its best. Joker is one of those dogs who have experienced both.
Dimis weighs only 5-6 kilos. Instead of being spoilt in a home of his own, he was simply one of the unlucky ones and was born on the streets. He was hit by a car in a village of central Greece and was just left there, on the side of the road, to die a slow, painful death.
In one of the thousands of shares that my Petra’s story has received around the world (“The dog that turned to stone”), there was one in an Australian page where a woman’s comment is still haunting me after one year.
Rescue actually means being familiar with all “faces” of society. When it comes to politics, economy, social issues, immigration, courts, police work, you name it, rescuers – whether they like it or not, are obliged to know the basics, because they needs it (well, animals need it, so we need it too).
Lara appears to be a Pit Bull mix, and like most of these dogs, she ended up in the hands of the wrong people. No one knows who her owner was, but there must be hundreds of thousands of people so far that have wished the worst for him.
I could say that the Penny Marathon is just another animal welfare non-profit organization, but it’s a lot more. The Penny Marathon is a chance for all of us to go out there once a year, among the public, and speak for all companion animals that keep waiting in shelter kennels or out on the streets – waiting for a chance.