Dogs like Lela are such a common thing here, that unfortunately for most of us, she looks like just another one “of these”. “These” are the uncountable dogs suffering from mange on the streets of Greece, and every time (every day) we see yet another one, we just…ehmm… we just go numb.
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.
Eri was rescued from the streets of Greece in 2016 by Save a Greek Stray. She was found wandering alone and scared, in the middle of a busy avenue and would have probably been hit by a car a few minutes later. She suffered from mange, ehrlichia and leishmaniasis – all three diseases quite typical for a stray in Greece.
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.
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.
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
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.
Stray dogs have to talk eventually. I mean, they need to! They deserve a syndicate or a party of their own, that represents them in Parliament. Ok, some of us serve as their voice, but if THEY could be the ones doing the talking, it would be… ah… priceless.
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.