This is a woman that had me in awe the first time I visited her, about a year and a half ago, when I was asked to photograph some of her dogs for adoption. I have been wanting to make a video on her for so long, and finally I get to show some of her work – actually presenting what she really does would make a two hour documentary.
I have known Thalia for year, she is a family friend and has been rescuing dogs for more than 20 years. She never considered herself a rescuer and never demanded any help from anyone. All she does, she does it on her own. The fact that I am able to help her rehome some of her rescues makes me very happy, and I am grateful that she can trust me to do it.
When Eri was rescued from the streets of Greece, she suffered form mange, ehrlichia and leishmania. She received treatment and responded very well. For two years now, she has been a happy, healthy dog.
I’ve tried and tried to get Daya adopted. The reason she is still at the shelter is probably that she is too average looking- to most people anyway. She is not too big not too small not to hairy not too white not too black…
I came across this text a few years ago. I was half way through when I started crying uncontrollably. I have read it and reread it over the years, and I am always unable to hold back the tears.
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.
When do you know it’s too late for a dog? Oh well, there is no simple answer to this question. Sometimes you do, and sometimes you don’t, but usually, if you are a foster parent, it is a mother’s instinct that makes you see things nobody else can see.
This is not the first time this issue is presented here. There was also a blog post about it, but I express myself better through videos. This is the situation in Greece. No public pounds where you can go in, surrender your dog and walk away, no kill shelters, no problem supposedly.
The thing with loose ends, is that they never go away, they don’t fade away, they don’t disappear, you don’t just wake up one day and realize that they are not there anymore. In fact, they have the exact opposite effect. Loose ends grow bigger and bigger as time goes by. They grow, and they start eating you up from the inside slowly, like a cancer.
Beauty was found abandoned as a puppy in Mani, Greece. She was taken in by the local charity, and spent the first nine years of her life in the shelter.