Guide dogs are a new thing in Greece. Functional blind people, able to move around and live a normal life are also a new thing, since Greece is a country where being disabled basically means staying at home.
The Greek cities are full of death traps for most people with disabilities and there aren’t even ramps for disabled people in most public buildings or schools. In all this mess, the Lara guide dog school, founded by Ioanna is like an ocean in the desert.
And as if the situation in not embarrassing enough for these people, humiliation and rejection comes knocking on their doors every other day. Last year, Ioanna, who is blind, and her guide were thrown out of a public bus because the bus driver simply wouldn’t have them there.
Today, one of the school’s guide dogs, Diamond, was poisoned in her own home. Who cares is she was a guide dog? Who cares if she was her blind owner’s eyes for two years? Dogs are not safe here, not even in their own homes, not even if they are certified guide dogs.
In Greece, poisoning is the typical way of dealing with unwanted strays or even the neighbor’s dog. Just a few pieces of broken glass or rat poison placed in some juicy snack, and thrown for the animal to consume and die a horrible, painful death.
Diamond was a certified guide dog, trained by the school with a lot of love, and had changed her blind owner’s life. The two of them has received a three week training on how to work together back in 2014, and after that, Diamond moved with her owner to Chios island, where he lives and works.
And today, some “human” went to the store, bought some rat poison, put it in a burger, passed by Diamond’s home, threw the poisoned food in her garden and killed her. Just like that. Just because. Why not?
Going through the school’s facebook page, looking for photos of Diamond, I felt so angry that today is one of the days that I officially hate humans. You can see her training photo album here and her training with Takis, her blind owner here. And pray for us, if you believe in God, because we are doomed.