Electra, who is travelling with us from Athens to the UK, has been adopted by Stathis and his family, who are very excited about her imminent arrival. Stathis tells us:
“We have been looking for a dog for the past two years. We didn’t want a designer puppy, we’d rather give a stray dog a second chance, and always liked mongrels: they are mellow, loyal and more often than not, full of surprises. So one day the internet search led us to the ‘friends of the strays of Greece’ website — and when we looked at the dogs featured, we really liked them! Add to this the fact that I am of Greek origin, so I figured that we could give one of them a ‘home from home’ and I could talk to them in their mother tongue so to speak!
So we got in touch, and after a home check we were ready for the next phase.
In February, we and our boys went to Greece for a short break. We had been given the address and phone number of Filozoikos — so we could go and have a look at the dogs we had shortlisted. The rest, as they say, was history — Kiki showed us around, we saw Electra and I think the whole family felt that we had found what we were looking for.
We took her for a stroll and she was such a calm, sweet girl. I still don’t know if we picked her or she picked us; we left the shelter saying to Kiki that we would have a think about it, but I reckon we all knew that she was the one.
So here we are, six weeks later, and Electra is now on her journey to the UK. We are all very excited, can’t wait until Monday!
As an interesting aside — we noticed that one of the other dogs from Filozoikos, Elpida (also travelling to the UK with Animalcouriers), has been adopted by a family who lives less than a mile away from us, the other side of the valley. What a coincidence! Maybe Electra and Elpida will be meeting each other on the common in the evenings, reminiscing about the old country and having a good old moan about the British weather and the rain!”