Shot in the face – this was Morgan’s “reward” for approaching one of us “humans” for affection, on February 6, 2015, in Elefsina, in the outskirts of Athens, Greece.
Morgan was wandering for 20 whole days, bleeding, blinded, with a hole on his face. The local volunteers finally managed to catch him – had they not caught him, he would have died a slow and painful death, like so many others like him, who were never rescued on time.
There were witnesses of the crime, eyewitnesses. None of them was willing to testify, the man was never found. He went unpunished, and I guess he is still roaming free among the people of the area, who know very well who he is and what he is capable of, and yet allow him to be one of them.
I already had two dogs when I saw Morgan on Facebook. I am not a hoarder – although I have been accused of it, I am not even a volunteer. Today, Morgan is an amazing dog, like the rest of my adopted strays. I am proud when I walk beside him. For all the pain and the misery you have caused him, he got double the love from us”.
That’s what his mum, Tonia wrote about him, on the anniversary of his rescue. He weighed 15 kilos when she first saw him, and today he weighs 34. He was a nobody, a trash that someone could shoot and go unpunished, and today he is somebody. He has a name, a family, a home. He is loved and spoilt and happy.
The Penny Marathon stood by Morgan’s ordeal, and last Sunday, Morgan could finally “repay” them. In the annual event organized by the charity, where animal lovers, volunteers and dogs get to run a marathon and become the voice of the voiceless, Morgan ran the last couple of kilometers with his dad. All eyes were on him, as he was the last to cross the finish line, and mark the end of this year’s marathon.
His mum was beside me, crying happy tears. Many of us cried. It was a mixture of joy and tenacity. The kind of tenacity that overwhelms you and makes you want to keep fighting for dogs like him. It makes you want to keep doing your best to watch them thrive, while imagining the abusers carrying on with their petty little lives, trying to escape karma.
Morgan has lost one eye, and the injury left him almost completely blind. But he gained more than he lost. He has a family that adores him, and his whole life ahead to forget. And he is famous! How awesome is that? 🙂