Tina’s story was a lesson for all of us that were involved in her rescue or simply followed her progress. Against all odds, she thrived. Against all odds, she beat every single stereotype about senior dogs, about huge dogs, about adoption, about life.
It wasn’t me who rescued Basu, it was Marcia. She had adopted Sophie a year ago from Save a Greek Stray, and she visited us from Holland this June. While we were driving to the shelter, I took a wrong turn and there he was, next to the highway, wandering alone next to the cars, lost, sick and scared.
I know that there isn’t really much to this video, it’s just another mangy, sick dog taking her therapeutic bath.
But there is something about Alice and the way she responds to the volunteers handling, bathing and caring for her, that makes the whole thing kind of poetic (at least for me). This particular day the shelter’s younger volunteer was there, and she helped us bathe and care for Alice and another dog in similar condition. She is only ten years old, and instead of spending her Sunday somewhere else, she spent it at the shelter, and she had such a great time that she didn’t want to leave.
Alice was found on the streets of Greece, emaciated, mangy and very sick. She was going to be put to sleep, so her rescuer asked Save a Greek Stray to take her in, and they did. She is too weak to endure the treatment for mange, so until she feels better, we are giving her baths that help her feel better.
You can follow Alice’s progress on the Save a Greek Stray Facebook page. Once she recovers, she will be looking for a forever home. You can donate to the shelter via PayPal: email@example.com
Rescue is (or should be) such a genuine act – and feeling. It actually makes you feel like a rock star – no plans, no schedule, no conformity of any kind. One moment you are in your car driving somewhere, where people are waiting, a table has been set or a wedding is about to take place, and the next moment you simply let life take you wherever she (life is a woman) has decided to.
Owner = a person who owns; legal possessor. Dog owner = responsibility, patience, sacrifice, love etc. Dog owner (in this case) = someone take care of my problem. As sad, disgusting, and awful as it sounds, it did not just happen once. In Greece it happens every day, and in this case the “owner” was considerate enough to leave a note.
Litter – I remember the first time I heard the word and it sounded so cruel. In Greek, we don’t use a similar word when referring to puppies or kittens, but maybe we should. We just say “a family of kittens/puppies” etc.
Casper was abandoned in our volunteer’s gate on May 13, 2017. Tied with a brand new leash, matching his brand new collar, he was just left there, with a hasty note that gave us all the unnecessary information, but not really saying anything at all.