I am Valia and I am from Athens, Greece. In April 2014 I uploaded a video about my first rescue dog, Apollo. I had picked him from the street the year before and he turned out to be such an amazing companion, that I just wanted to share that with the world. Continue reading I am Valia
Today I died. I was not in any pain, don’t worry. I was just alone. But I was so used to being alone, that dying without having anyone near me was familiar and warm. Continue reading Dear Mum, Today I Died
Before I begin, I should probably say that it all sounded a lot better in my head – I was one of those students who kept failing every single composition test anyway – but I’ll give it a try. Just this morning, I was answering some recent comments in my latest rescue video in Youtube and happened to notice that one of the suggested videos on the side was titled “Things to know before getting a puppy”, or something like that. It was a vlog and I realized that I know the girl – millions of people do. She is one of the youngest and most successful bloggers ever and her Youtube channel has more than ten million subscribers. For this article I’m gonna call her ” Abby”. Continue reading Youtube Vloggers – How Can Dog Adoption Go Mainstream?
It was the first time I joined the Penny Marathon this year, but it definitely won’t be the last. I didn’t run, but next time I will. I didn’t have my Penny Marathon T-shirt on, but next time I will. I won’t be wasting your time trying to describe what the experience is like and what running for the animals feels like– the video covers all five hours of our journey, from the first meeting point to the finish line. I will just try to answer briefly any questions you might have. Continue reading Animal Lovers Run A Marathon To Raise Awareness
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. Once a year, instead of hiding behind heartbreaking Facebook posts and cries for help through online fundraising campaigns, we run a Marathon, wearing our Penny Marathon T-shirts, hoping to get the attention of people who might never had heard of what rescuing is actually about and might never had come across an animal welfare Facebook page or website. The Penny Marathon barely makes it to the eight o’clock news – but at least we make it to the streets, and that’s awesome. Continue reading Penny Marathon – From Australia To Greece
Fostering dogs has become a part of my life. About a year ago, March 24 2015, I came back from the airport crying. Crying a mixture of happy and ego tears. I have fostered many dogs, and loved them all as if they were mine, but if I had to choose the one that had the biggest impact on me, that would be Billy – and that day I said my goodbyes at the airport, and let him go. It was my hardest farewell so far – not that any goodbye has ever been easy. Continue reading Fostering Dogs – Why We Have To Let Go