Greece, April 30th, 2018. 21rst century (supposedly), and this is what a rescuer can come across. Why? Oh well, why not? This is the way we do things here. Because it’s convenient, because we don’t care and because impunity here can reach unprecedented levels.
“Fall seven times, stand up eight” – this is what rescue is. Every time you stand up, every time you feel strong enough, every time you see hope in the end of the tunnel, something like this comes along and knocks you down again.
I never met Roulis. I just followed his story through his rescuer’s facebook posts. I fell in love with him since the moment I saw that first photo of him and I knew that if anything even happened to my dogs (knock on wood, that was a terrifying “if”), I would do everything I could to make Roulis mine. I don’t know why this particular dog’s story touched me so much, it just did. And since I didn’t end up adopting him, as I thought I would, I owe him a post here.
Authorities…(sigh). Let me tell you about what “authorities” means in Greece, or what it doesn’t mean. Authorities in Greece DOESN’T mean that someone who is good at math, works in logistics, or that someone who loves animals works in a committee that handles animal issues. NO SIR.
Who knows what Bella’s true story is. Was she an abandoned pet? Was she feral to begin with, born on the streets? Was she a sheepdog, working in the fields until she got sick and dumped? With dogs like her you never know, and usually, you simply don’t care.
“These are the situations we come across every day… What kind of life is this? A tiny baby, weighting less than ten kilos, slowly fading away, helpless. He could barely keep his eyes open, being touched was nothing but painful, not one hair left on his body, and a horrible odor following him for meters.
Animals in Greece this week started as a crazy idea, and now I am addicted. With more and more stories piling up every week, the situation is so ridiculous that irony and sarcasm seem the only way to deal with all that.
I came across this yesterday and I just had to share it. Animal abuse cases in Greece are an everyday thing, and today I had to choose among a female stray that was set on fire, a puppy thrown down a 10 meter deep well and a number of stray dogs rescued on the brink of death.
I could go on and on talking about my dogs for entire days, or weeks or years. If I decided to include everything I have to say about them in a video it would be simply impossible.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much Jasmine meant to all of us. She was always there, in the front patio of the shelter, always free and allowed to do whatever she wanted.