After mange dogs recover, especially if they have been left untreated for so long that their skin has “turned to stone”, always make you go “wow!”.
I am sorry to spoil this for you, but goodbyes and hellos are not for dogs. We are humans, and we do need to say “goodbye”, “I’ll miss you”, “I’ll be back”, “I’m back”, I’ve missed you” etc, but dogs don’t. In fact, the more you insist on getting a goodbye and a hello out of them, the more confused they will be.
For thousands of years, we have been “making” dogs just as we want them to be, in order to serve us. Whether for hunting, guarding and protecting, retrieving, rescuing, finding bombs, drugs and lost people or even just keeping our laps warm, dogs were initially domesticated – I guess- to serve a purpose.
When I first met Pela, I already had two dogs and absolutely no intention of adopting a third one, because it would make fostering too difficult. The moment I laid eyes on her, I fell in love, madly in love.
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 is nothing more awesome for a child, than being raised with pets. I didn’t have that growing up, and I missed it so much (and look where I am now!). The tons of videos with kids and dogs sleeping together and cuddling and eating off each other’s plates are cute, but they have caused too many misunderstandings and practical problems in animal welfare.
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.
What is it about shelter dogs that makes them special, have you ever wondered? What makes the ones that ended up behind a kennel’s bars, looking at the world from the inside different?
The rescue story you would not watch is the one that will not have a shocking thumbnail that will make you go “wow”. It will not have a dramatic title, in capital letters and exclamation marks. It will not contain shocking words like “mange”, “neglect” and “starved”.
Very big dogs are probably the most underestimated and misunderstood of all dogs – at least here in Greece. The common perception about them is that they need “space”.