Christmas is when dog owners get to dress up their pets and have them pose next to the Christmas tree, sending wishes to friends and family. I did that too, but basically I mainly did it so that I wouldn’t be called the grumpy one who tends to ruin everyone’s Christmas spirit.
But Christmas for a dog rescuer is not what it is to most people. I guess since it’s an emotional time of the year, everyone gets to let their own issues surface, and a rescuers issue are the animals.
Christmas for a dog rescuer is not what it is to most people
So for every photo of a dog in front of a Christmas tree posted on social media, a lonely stray comes to mind. For every Christmas feast we are invited to, the idea of a hungry stray keeps ruining it all. The colder it gets, the more anxious we are. The more it snows, the more depressed we get.
The more it snows, the more depressed we get
In the end you end up loathing people who wish for a white Christmas, and you only have one question for friends who spent holidays up on a ski center: “where there lots of strays there?”.
Some of us don’t even leave the city, because we know that what we will “see” in the winter resorts will not be the local restaurants and the warm cafes where tourists enjoy a hot chocolate next to the fireplace, but the strays waiting outside them, looking in, trying to catch a bit of warmth and begging for some leftovers.
For every photo of a dog in front of a Christmas tree posted on social media, a lonely stray comes to mind
At least this is how I spent a long weekend a couple of years ago, in Pelion, one of Greece’s most popular winter destinations. The ones in need were so many that after spending three days wondering which one should I take home with me, I left empty handed because it was too difficult to decide.
When spring comes warming us up and soothing our souls, I might start being more optimistic
Every Christmas, especially if it’s a white one, like this year, I only think of those dogs, and all other like them out there. And the more I think about them, the more I wish for this time of the year to end. Winter sucks, snowing sucks, life sucks. When spring comes warming us up and soothing our souls, I might start being more optimistic.
*If you are considering adoption, why not pick of these eyes looking at you thought the glass door of a cafe in a winter resort? Don’t come back to the city and start looking for a friend in the shelters. Pick one of these who are still out on the streets, freezing to death.