I am in my hometown, a small village by the sea, with aspirations of becoming a holiday resort during the summer. It’s where I found my sweet Blue two years ago, roaming alone on the beach.
Puppies like these are so common in Greece. Abandoned as trash, born in the wrong place at the wrong time, unwanted and alone, they are usually ignored by everyone, left to die a horrible death, as if they deserved to come into this world just to suffer.
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.
Disaster brings out our inner rescuer, it’s just the way it is. This year’s fires in Athens were a tragedy, and the number of homes burned and lives lost was unprecedented.
I got a comment in my latest video yesterday saying something like “An island full of strays and you only rescued one???”. I answered abruptly and maybe with a hint of sarcasm, and I was accused of not being caring enough. Sigh…
The Penny Marathon runs is more and more cities around the world every year.
This is Max and he is dead. And this is Max’s story, who was orphaned five months ago. The events leading up to max’s death will probably leave you staring at your pets, like I did, wishing that they don’t outlive you.
The Penny Marathon started as an idea of two Greek-Australians. They were not runners, and had certainly never thought to run a marathon before, but they felt compelled to do something to bring attention to the plight of stray, abandoned, neglected and abused companion animals.
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.
Anything I say about this part of Athens will not be enough. Anything you read about it is not enough. Even if you visit once, like I did one morning in January 2018, you won’t get the whole picture of what’s going on there.