Mercy, compassion and empathy are some of our most special and delicate human values. So I have absolutely no intention of demeaning them in this post. But it is a fact that I have seen some huge mistakes take place throughout my short “career” in Animal Welfare, and I just need to make some things clear. Continue reading Mercy Adoption – Why Animal Lovers Are Not Always The Best Dog Owners
Abandonment is one of the cruelest things that can happen to a dog. Imagine living a life of comfort, in your home, with the people you know, love and respect and suddenly, one day take a trip with them, exit the car while you’re on a mountain you have never been before, turn around and realize that the car, you family and all you ever knew are gone. You are left in the middle of nowhere, with no food, no water, and no one to turn to. Continue reading Abandonment – A Dog’s Rescue In Reverse
I admit I made the video when angry, but I always like to think positive, and after publishing it and watching it again and again, I felt like I needed to be clear about what “just a dog” has done for me so far. Because it’s not just about the big things, but also about the little things. I never met a guide dog or a water rescuer, I never fostered a dog that can sense my blood sugar levels or lead a search party for a missing person. I have only adopted, fostered and met simple pet dogs, and they can do a lot. So here’s what “just a dog” has done for me: Continue reading Just A Dog And What It Can Just Do
If you had the option of sharing the two photos in the header image separately, which one would you choose? 99% of the people, including me, would choose the one on the left, Petra. Now how is that a problem in dog rescue and what is this article about? Well, here’s the thing: about a month ago, Petra’s rescue story was shared by an Australian media page, and as usual, I read all 576 comments below. Among all the “God bless you” and the “I can’t believe it’s the same dog” there was one comment that has been on my mind since then, and for which I did not have a quick answer – in a way I still don’t. Continue reading Dog Rescue And Best Selling Stories – How Awesome Can Average Be?
I’m just too tired – we all are – of having to explain over and over again, to people who come up with all sorts of ridiculous reasons, why they should keep their dogs indoors, that I simply can’t waste any more time and energy having the same conversation. And keep in mind that in Greece, a lot of people in the cities live in apartments and keep their dogs in the balcony 24/7. Continue reading Keep Your Dog Indoors – This Is Why
I know there are places in the world where dogs are not allowed on beaches, like Spain, for example. I am lucky enough to live in a country, where according to the law, dogs on beaches are allowed, as long as they are on a lead etc etc. Signs prohibiting them from stepping foot there are simply illegal, and you are free to ignore them, laugh about them or even take a selfie of you and your four legged friend in front of them and post it publicly to social media so that you and fellow dog lovers laugh about it. Continue reading Dogs On Beaches – Should They Be Allowed?
Shelter dogs for sale? – What if you actually had to pay for one? Money adds value to anything I guess, and even though value is subjective, going around bragging about spending three thousand dollars for an English Bulldog puppy is probably something like wearing Prada or driving a Porsche. It makes you feel important. Don’t misunderstand me. I was one of those who came very close to buying a Bulldog. Continue reading Shelter Dogs For Sale? – What If You Had To Buy Them?
March 21 is the international day for the elimination of racism. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely do not want to take advantage of that just to make a point, but this is a pet blog, and racism is very much present when it comes to breeds, adoptions and rescues. All of us who volunteer and have dedicated our lives in rescuing and rehoming have to face it every day, and do our best to fight it anyway we can. Continue reading Racism And Dogs – Stereotypes We Fight Against