Puppy life is supposed to be all about “aww” moments, playing around, being cute, and making the world a more beautiful place. Fluffy, juicy, silly little sweethearts, bouncing around on the grass, sleeping in theirs warm, colorful blankets, being spoilt and spoilt and spoilt.
There are puppies out there whose life does not start surrounded by cuteness and love. They are puppies who struggle to stay alive, who try to survive on their own on the streets, who never know who to trust, so they trust everyone.
Puppies that within only a few months of life have gotten old and tired of living. Who walk around like old souls, having seen too much already, having survived everything there is to survive. Puppies that are born to struggle and fight, not to be cute for the camera.
Puppies like Ozzy, who was rescued on June 14 in Trikala, Greece. He was found in the town’s train station, as he was trying to seek asylum in the booking office, trying to find a place where he could hide from the world – this ugly, dirty world we built and we no longer deserve to live in.
What appeared to be wound on the left side of his tiny, tiny body were actually chemical burns, caused by an unknown chemical substance. Someone just decided to pour acid on him, and now this someone is walking around among us, having his coffee in the same cafe as we do, maybe even going to school with our kids – because it’s very possible that this someone is a child, you never know.
Ozzy was rescued by the local charity. He is eight weeks old. A few days ago, he was probably still breastfeeding, and now he is in a vet clinic, recovering from life. Ozzy is the kind of puppy that never made a sound, while he was being treated and cleaned and examined. He just stood there, silent.
Stray dogs learn how to be silent. They are silent in joy, and in pain and even in death. As if they know that they are the odd ones out, in a world that segregates them because there are simply too many of them.
He is on painkillers and antibiotics, and he keeps going. He made it through another day, and he will make it through another and another. The people who rescued him say that “he is a fighter” – he has no other choice but to fight anyway, he simply hasn’t.
If you wish to follow his progress, you can visit the charity’s Facebook page. If you wish to donate, you can do so via PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a bank transfer (Piraeus bank: 5611-070568-311 / ΙΒΑΝ GR52 0172 6110 0056 1107 0568 311). If you feel like screaming and shouting, don’t. It’s pointless. The only way you can actually help, is by realizing that adoption is the only solution. Buying and breeding directly deprives Ozzy and all the puppies like him of the life they deserve, it’s as simple as that.