Unwanted, rejected, and desperate for attention and human company – this is what Blue was when I first saw her roaming alone on that beach in August 2016. She spent a summer chasing people, cars, and others dogs, following everyone, trying to fit in, wanting to belong.
The video tells her whole story, from the day I first saw her to her first months in her forever home, so I’ll take the story from there. Since the first day at her new home, her Facebook page was up and I have been following it ever since. And I am so proud. And so happy.
With every new photo and every new video I keep going back to those first days, when I watched her wandering alone. Living in Greece and being an animal rescuer means “playing God” 24/7, choosing which dog to rescue and which one to leave behind. Blue was a healthy, young dog and was not really a priority – that’s why it took me two long, painful days to decide whether I should take her off that beach or not.
January 15th was Blue’s first “test” as a therapy dog. I had known that for months and have been waiting for the day come. And the day did come. And Blue made it. Seeing her in these photos, gently offering her love to people who need it the most made me wanna cry and laugh and shout and dance and…
I know now that what I thought of Blue was not just a crazy idea going on in my mind. She was not asking for help, she was offering it. She was there, on that beach, desperately asking for someone to give her the chance to prove who she really is. A stray treasure, believing in people more than we believe in ourselves was there offering her body and soul to us, and most of us chased her away.
I am so excited writing this post that I know for a fact it will not make sense. But I don’t really care. Blue came to this world with a purpose.
Her purpose was to make me trust my instinct as a rescuer, to introduce me to the world of therapy animals, to have me meet Karin, her amazing mum and Rincewind, her best friend. Her purpose was to help that lady with cva try to talk while touching her soft, velvety fur and make that man lost in his world smile to her.
So I am ending this with a HUGE thank you.
To all the people Blue will be helping in the future, thank you for letting her be there for you – that’s all she ever wanted
To Karin, for… you know, for everything.
To SCARS, for helping Blue find her family.
And to Blue, for insisting that I take her off that beach.
Photo by Stichting Snoezelhond