Giant dogs suffer more discrimination that any other. “They need space”, “my house is not big enough”, “they need too much exercise”, “they feel oppressed in an apartment” are some of the erroneous beliefs and stereotypes that follow them, preventing many amazing giants from enjoying the life they deserve.
Three months old, that how old Cindy was when she was ran over by a car on purpose and left on the side of the road to suffer. She was one of the thousands, maybe millions of puppies in Greece that are born on the streets, or end up there once their mother’s owner is fed up and wants to get rid of them.
It wasn’t me who rescued Basu, it was Marcia. She had adopted Sophie a year ago from Save a Greek Stray, and she visited us from Holland this June. While we were driving to the shelter, I took a wrong turn and there he was, next to the highway, wandering alone next to the cars, lost, sick and scared.
Greek ridiculousness has no limits. When the corruption reaches the levels of a sub-Saharan African country (no offense), and when every government official can do whatever he wants to, simply because…he can, the innocent pay the price and the frustration reaches unprecedented levels.
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.
SPAZ, the local charity of Glyfada, a suburb of Athens, Greece, had been informed about a Bulgarian beggar, who was exploiting a mother dog, while begging on the streets for money. He kept her tied and according to witnesses, he was constantly abusing her.
I know that there isn’t really much to this video, it’s just another mangy, sick dog taking her therapeutic bath.
But there is something about Alice and the way she responds to the volunteers handling, bathing and caring for her, that makes the whole thing kind of poetic (at least for me). This particular day the shelter’s younger volunteer was there, and she helped us bathe and care for Alice and another dog in similar condition. She is only ten years old, and instead of spending her Sunday somewhere else, she spent it at the shelter, and she had such a great time that she didn’t want to leave.
Alice was found on the streets of Greece, emaciated, mangy and very sick. She was going to be put to sleep, so her rescuer asked Save a Greek Stray to take her in, and they did. She is too weak to endure the treatment for mange, so until she feels better, we are giving her baths that help her feel better.
You can follow Alice’s progress on the Save a Greek Stray Facebook page. Once she recovers, she will be looking for a forever home. You can donate to the shelter via PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stray dogs in Greece – and all around the world I guess – become familiar with the worst of humanity, and some of them, if they are lucky, with its best. Joker is one of those dogs who have experienced both.
Dimis weighs only 5-6 kilos. Instead of being spoilt in a home of his own, he was simply one of the unlucky ones and was born on the streets. He was hit by a car in a village of central Greece and was just left there, on the side of the road, to die a slow, painful death.