Rescue does not always result in a happy ending. I used to think that, because I had been so lucky since now. Watching dogs come back from the dead made me believe that anything is possible. I lived in that pink bubble for some years, until 2016 gave me a slap on the face and forced me into an “adulthood” I wasn’t ready for.
No words can describe what it feels like losing a dog you rescued, so I won’t even try. This is just a tribute to some of the greatest losses of 2016, all rescued in Greece, all rescued too late.
Elliot, rescued by Save a Greek Stray. He was found emaciated. To satisfy his hunger, he had eaten some pieces of plastic and a hard fabric that tore his intestines apart. He survived the surgery but died a few hours later.
Spirit was rescued by SPAZ. His owners abandoned him before leaving for summer holidays, emaciated, partially blind and severely sick. He suffered from leishmaniasis left untreated for too long, which destroyed his kidneys.
Charlie was rescued by Save a Greek Stray. Like Spirit, leishmaniasis killed him. After struggling for months, his fragile organism succumbed to inevitable kidney failure.
Peri was a kind, loving giant. He was found on the streets, begging for some love from people who would chase him away and was rescued by a friend of mine. I was fostering this adorable big baby when he first started limping. What we thought was just arthritis turned out to be incurable bone cancer. He was in constant pain and was put to sleep.
Mahi (Greek for “battle”) was rescued by Save a Greek Stray, suffering with leishmaniasis, ehrichia and mange. She only survived a few days under the shelter’s care, before she passed away peacefully in her sleep.
Emily was rescued by Save a Greek Stray. Her entire body was a huge tick nest and she only weighed 9 kilos. The ticks had drained her to the point that her blood was light pink. She was given a blood transfusion, but did not make it.
Lefteris (Greek for “free”) was rescued by SPAZ. His owner kept him tied for years. While trying to break free, the chain embedded to his leg, reaching the bone. He died hours after the surgery, due to sepsis.
I guess the positive side to all these stories, is that all the above dogs died after being loved and cared for, even for a few days. They had a name, they were important, and their memories will never be forgotten. Never.