Mangy, alone, and scared to death, Petri suffered more than any dog should, during the first three months of his life. Born by a stray mum, up on a mountain, near one of the busiest and richest suburbs of Athens, Greece – Glyfada, Petri was rescued by SPAZ on July 6, 2016.
He was a wild, unsocialized dog to begin with
After spending half the day trying to force the ridiculous Greek authorities to care for him, as they were supposed to, Petri was taken to the clinic, where he was examined. He suffered from ehrichia and mange, and spent about a month at the clinic, receiving treatment and recovering.
and remained a wild one even a month after his rescue
Most people would think that being well looked after and recovering from its diseases was all that Petri needed, but it wasn’t. He was a wild, unsocialized dog to begin with, who even bit his rescuers while they were trying to remove him from the mountain, and remained a wild one even a month after his rescue.
Love – in the human sense of the word – could not heal Petri’s behavioral wounds
You see, there is the misconception that all a rescue dog needs is love – and us (rescuers and volunteers) are much to blame for that. Love – in the human sense of the word – could not heal Petri’s behavioral wounds. Kisses could not make him feel better and hugs could not make him trust humans and love life.
you simply could not kiss his mistrust away
In fact, hugs and kisses would have the opposite result, because he is a dog, not a person, so you simply could not kiss his mistrust away. Luckily, Petri spent those first and most crucial weeks of his life in an amazing home, and with strict orders from AMAZING trainer, he became the happy, social dog he is today.
He became who he is today thanks to patience, persistence and proper care
You can see Petri’s progress in the video below. He became who he is today thanks to patience, persistence and proper care. And since I guess most of you are the “I kissed a dog and I liked it” type, like me, don’t worry! Those kisses did come eventually, and they were the wettest and sweetest of all. But they came when the time was right, and when Petri could understand their meaning, not before. (It took me two months to kiss and pet Petra, and trust me, all I wanted to do was hug her, but that was not what she needed).
You masterpiece is awesome Elizabeth! Great work! 🙂
* Petri has been adopted, and you will be seeing him in his forever home soon. If you wish to help SPAZ save more dogs like him, you can donate at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their Facebook page for more!