In one of the thousands of shares that my Petra’s story has received around the world (“The dog that turned to stone”), there was one in an Australian page where a woman’s comment is still haunting me after one year.
“It’s funny how people spare no expenses to save such a sick dog, but the average rescue gets put down after a week or two in the pound”, she wrote. Back then I only replied that in Greece, no dogs are put to sleep and we do pay the same amount of attention to all our rescues, viral or not. But the thing is that she was so right, and I really hope that whoever she is, this video reaches her one day.
“It’s funny how people spare no expenses to save such a sick dog, but the average rescue gets put down after a week or two in the pound”,
For years I felt like one of those reporters, with the camera all charged and ready, waiting for a call that would say “you need to come to the clinic now”, so that I could film a rescue dog or cat at its worst. Because this is what I knew people would want to see. How weird is that?
It’s as if all of us, the animal lovers, want to see a dog suffer, before it gets better.
Of all the rescue dogs and cats that have found their forever homes through my channel, my biggest success was Bee, who was never in any of my videos. Her mum had seen Blue’s story, that went viral, and what she did after that was take a look at the charity that had rescued Blue, and at the dogs they had for adoption. And she found Bee.
The rescue stories we all love and share will keep coming of course, because there will always be dogs whose recovery will make you go “wow”.
But for all the above reasons and for everything said in the video, lately I am trying to avoid the gruesome thumbnails and the most graphic of footage. I am not sure it will help, but it makes me feel better and in a way, I think it pictures a dog’s rescue with a bit more respect – seeing an animals at it’s worst, with close ups to open wounds and horrific injuries is not something I am a fan of.
All dogs in the video (apart from 2 that were never picked from the street) were rescued in Greece by the following rescue groups:
SCARS, SPAZ, Save a Greek Stray, ZEIL & Linda’s Greekies.
To adopt Candy and Evo please contact SCARS at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To adopt Brigitte and Claire please email SPAZ at: email@example.com
To adopt Daya, Daphne, Pirate and Elias please email Save a Greek Stray at: firstname.lastname@example.org