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Unwanted Greek Stray Becomes A Therapy Dog After Her Adoption

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.

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Photo by Stichting Snoezelhond

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.

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Photo by Stichting Snoezelhond

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…

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Blue and her best friend Rincewind “at work”/ Photo by Stichting Snoezelhond

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.

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Photo by Stichting Snoezelhond

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.

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Photo by Stichting Snoezelhond

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.

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Photo by Stichting Snoezelhond

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.

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Photo by Stichting Snoezelhond

For more about Stichting Snoezelhond therapy animals, you can follow the organization’s Facebook page or website.



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11 thoughts on “Unwanted Greek Stray Becomes A Therapy Dog After Her Adoption”

  1. Damn, I am crying again!!
    I work with elderly people and have seen what dementia does. What a stroke does. Or pure loneliness, because relatives don’t exist or plainly put just don’t care anymore.
    It is more and more common here in Germany that the elderly may move in with their dogs (or cats. Or birds) in facilities offering assisted living. Thank God for that. Very common are visits from kindergarten groups, they sing and dance for the elderly. Pure joy on the faces of both generations. More of it could possibly diminish the need for more and more pills, who knows?
    Dear Blue, what an amazing gift you are offering. I thank you very much for being what you are: a pure soul showing us what is important in life. Unconditional love, the kind that only a dog can offen.
    Laura

    1. Here in Greece therapy animals are still something..weird and unheard of. It is so sad because the help people very much. Blue helped a lady who hasn;t spoken for ages mumble some words for the first time after years.

      1. Dogs seem to be, due to their ability to love unconditionally, a “natural” remedy. It is clinically proven that stress levels decline while petting a dog. The sheer task of caring for a dog like feeding, playing, providing a home can give a person much needed purpose in life. What you give comes back and even more than that. There is nothing comparable to the love you get from a dog, simple and pure. I guess that is why they make excellent “therapists”: as a person you get immediate positive reactions like snuggling or affectionate licking. Basic needs fulfilled. I remember growing up and turning to our dog whenever I felt sorrow or was mad at my parents. She was an English Collie named Lady and she always “listened” and seemed to fully unterstand my plight, even seeming to be sympathetic. You know what? It helped everytime, she was my safe harbour.
        I guess more dogs would be trained to be therapists, but there is the great lobby for the pharmaceutical industry. No one buys any more pills if not needed. It’s a shame.
        I will visit a shelter in Oropos in April and if I get lucky, I can welcome a new dog in our family:)

          1. SGS! I support rescuers in Karditsa and Kavala, Evi and Kostas, and virtually adopted two dogs that are too wild for a family. They live in the woods. Anyway, I fell in love with Petra and we (my husband and I) will visit her in April. We are already parents to Pebbles and want to give a rescue a real home!

  2. Yes, it is your Petra! She is beautiful and we want to give her a forever home. I know that your bond is very special and hope that it is okay for you to have her adopted. We will visit her on the first weekend in April and hope that she will like us. She seems to be a very proud dog, judging on the videos and pictures. It’s like you wrote on your blog: not everybody is worthy of her! I will write you more about us if you like? Her new home, if she chooses us, will be a nice house with a big garden, a forest and small lake nearby, with me, my husband, my son and our dog Pebbles as part of her new family 😃

    1. Oh! OOOH!! Of course it’s ok that she is adopted, our main purpose is to find them homes. I adore her too much to prefer having her at the shelter, simply because I want to see her. I will see you in April when you get here! you can email me if you like (support@theorpahnpet.com). I am not in charge of her adoption, the shelter is ( I just volunteer there).

      1. Dear Valia,
        I have just finished an Email to you and hope that everything will work out! We are looking forward to our visit, have already booked flights, hotel and rental car. Know whe just keep our fingers crossed that she wants us, too 🐕 It’s great that we can meet you, too!

  3. I really hope Laura will adopt Petra now. Please let us know asap. I fell in love with her and Blue, but until we move, I must postpone getting rescue dogs. If we do, I might have the money to pay for their flight and it would be nice to adopt two friends. I would also like two female dogs. Greek rescue dogs seem to be very good natured and charming. Here in the UK, we have less problems and few strays that are just abandoned, but many dogs end up in rescue centres looking for new homes.

    All your dogs touch my heart, but those two seem to have extra wonderful and deep souls.

    Thank goodness there are a few wonderful people everywhere to who help these poor creatures.

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