Starving, alone, wild, very sick and surviving on her own, feeding off corpses somewhere in the outskirts of Athens, Greece, Shadow’s rescue was not an easy task – nor is fostering her.
She was rescued days before Christmas, on December 2016, and remained at the clinic for a couple of weeks. Fearful, aggressive and upset, she appears to be one of those dogs who have never been in contact with a human in the past.
Most dogs who are rescued when that sick are not easy to handle at first, and nobody can blame them. As they get sicker and sicker, they are more and more rejected, driven away, chased with stones, sticks, you name it. The more gruesome they are to look at the more people are disgusted, and their only “solution” to the problem of having such a dog begging for food outside their doorstep is to do everything they can so that the animal is just out of sight.
In case like these, fostering is more than necessary -it is the only way to prevent an animal like her from remaining the fearful, lonely soul she is. Finding a foster home for a dog like her is not easy, but Shadow was lucky. She is being fostered in one of the best homes ever, and is taking baby steps towards trusting again.
She spends her days between the crate and her bed, is being fed mainly by hand, and for now she only takes small walks around the house and out in the balcony on a leash, being lured with food. She will not be petted and she doesn’t seem to appreciate you being next to her really.
Yesterday she looked at her foster mum for the first time in the eye, approached her at her own will and sat in front of her. She follows the cats around the house, stares out the window and appears to be constantly questioning everything she sees, and everything that is going on around her.
You might find it weird, but in a way, she is beautiful. She is a confident, proud dog, and the way she sits proudly on her bed, crossing her feet and looking around her makes her seem as someone very important. And she is important. She might have spent her entire life as an outcast, but since December 22 she is someone, she has a name and people who will do everything they can to make her be the dog she can be.