You know, the Greek streets are filled with treasures like Eri. Most of them are rarely given a chance to thrive, because there are simply too many of them, and unless they get sick enough, they are left there. Eri is the perfect example of how easy and how amazing it can be make the perfect pet dog out of a stray.
Eri was rescued from the streets of Greece more than a year ago. She was basically still a big puppy, just a year old maybe, and mange had already started eating away her beauty. Her gorgeous hair was gone, and the wounds on her body and her face almost made her look old.
She was spotted by a member of Save a Greek Stray, running terrified among the cars on a busy road, and she was rescued moments before she got hit by one. Within the first year of her life, she had already experienced pain, fear, loneliness, hunger and desperation; such an unfair life for a beautiful soul like hers.
Eri was one of the sweetest and most easygoing dogs at the shelter. She accepted everything with patience, and never stopped wagging her tail, not even when she was receiving her treatment.
Within a few months, her gorgeous calico fur started growing back. She left the shelter’s infirmary and became one of the shelter’s dogs. For one year, her life, her routine and her whole world was the shelter. The kennel she shared with some of them, the “playground”, the morning exercise, the walks around the property and the volunteers was all she knew.
Dogs that come from shelters like the ones we have here in Greece, only know some things about the world, just some. Most of them have lived their lives on the street, so they know very little about everything else. If you force them to enjoy life in a home, you will simply lose the battle. If you take it slow and let them come out of their shell in time, while you discreetly guide them through all the things that might terrify them, they will thrive.
And Eri thrived. She was lucky enough to be fostered by an amazing couple in the UK, that gave her the time and the space she needed. They introduced her to the outside world slowly, and waited for every new information to settle down, until they moved on to the next thing she was supposed to learn.
So Eri spent the first couple of days in her crate, in that protective nest that made her feel safe, watching those new humans she had never met before. It took her five days to step foot in the garden and about a week to take her first walk around the block.
And today Eri is a happy, sweet social dog, who loves to take walks, and play with her dog friends, and be lazy in her bed, and chew her toys, and have her nails clipped while she sleeps and be as functional and as happy as a dog can be. She is ready for her forever home and she more than deserves it. If you wish to adopt her, you can contact Greek Animal Rescue at: email@example.com or message their Facebook page.
- Jo, you know I can’t thank you enough, but well, you know… THANKS!