There is this misconception that shelter dogs might need extra care, extra training, an experienced owner who can deal with all their issues. This is partly true, but it does not apply to all shelter dogs.
There are people out there who will call a shelter and ask for the whitest, fluffiest, youngest dog – those people are a lot. And then there are people like Gina, who will go for the not so fluffy, cute ones – in fact, they will go for the least adoptable of all. Not out of pity, but out of …ehmm… I don’t know how to call it.
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.
Giant dogs suffer more discrimination that any other. “They need space”, “my house is not big enough”, “they need too much exercise”, “they feel oppressed in an apartment” are some of the erroneous beliefs and stereotypes that follow them, preventing many amazing giants from enjoying the life they deserve.
Three months old, that how old Cindy was when she was ran over by a car on purpose and left on the side of the road to suffer. She was one of the thousands, maybe millions of puppies in Greece that are born on the streets, or end up there once their mother’s owner is fed up and wants to get rid of them.
You know, the Greek streets are filled with treasures like Eri. Most of them are rarely given a chance to thrive, because there are simply too many of them, and unless they get sick enough, they are left there. Eri is the perfect example of how easy and how amazing it can be make the perfect pet dog out of a stray.
Stray dogs in Greece – and all around the world I guess – become familiar with the worst of humanity, and some of them, if they are lucky, with its best. Joker is one of those dogs who have experienced both.
Sam was hit by a car on Valentine’s day, 2017, in one of the busiest avenues of Athens, Greece. A girl saw him crawling and screaming from the pain, minutes after he had been ran over and abandoned, and SPAZ, the local charity, took him in.
Rescue cats can range from quite feral (at least at the beginning) to unbelievably affectionate and human centered. Powder was the latter. In fact, in my mind, Powder was always a person. He appeared to have the wisdom, the depth of emotions and the social intelligence of a human.