Can you offer lovely Lucy a new UK home?

Lucy, a lovely dog rescued by Lesvos Stray Dog and Cat Adoptions, was booked to travel with us to her new home in the UK later this month.

Unfortunately, her new home has fallen through. Lucy won’t be able to join our trip unless she has an alternative new home to go to.

Rebecca from the charity tells us how she found Lucy, and what she’s like.

“I saw her on the streets for some weeks. When I first called her she came running. She jumped into my car as soon as I opened the door, and laid down on the back seat. I took her to my office where she ate and slept for a few hours.

I drove her to stay at a kennels, where she gets on with everyone and all the other dogs. She’s clever and so easy going, she’s allowed in the kennel owner’s house. She gets on with everyone and all the other dogs.

I have lots of cats at the office and she just ignored them all. She’s very obedient — just aristocratic. The kennel owner and I would keep her if we could. For the kennel owner to say that, after seeing so many dogs, really says something. We want a home for her indoors with a family, where she’ll be loved and cared for as a gracious pet.”

If you can offer Lucy a new home, please write to: lesvosstraydogcatadoptions@gmail.com

Lucy in the car

Lucy in the car

Playing with a friend

Playing with a friend

Walking on the lead

Walking on the lead

A very relaxed Lucy

A very relaxed Lucy

Danai from Greece has a new home in the Netherlands; can you help Rita find a new home too?

Do you remember Danai? She was in the care of the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens Central Park since being left there as a puppy with her six litter mates. Danai had a serious eye condition — a dermoid cyst — that needed operating on. But at around €700, the cost was beyond the budget of the shelter. So Kiki, Martha and their colleagues set about raising funds.

Many people were moved by Danai’s story. Alexandros, a friend of the shelter, ran the Athens marathon to help raise money. Others — including followers of this blog — made donations. Everyone’s generosity meant enough money was soon raised and the operation could quickly go ahead. It was a complete success and Danai made a full recovery.

The latest great news about Danai is that she has a new home with Hans and Erica in the Netherlands. Conrad, part of the UK team that supports the shelter, says:

“Hans and Erica are the most special, caring and lovely people, and Danai has a wonderful and much loved life to look forward to. We thank so many different people who were deeply touched by Danai’s story, and helped out generously with her progress since she was first found abandoned and brought to the shelter, through her successful eye surgery and her foster home, to helping out her marathon running sponsors, and by spreading the word far and wide as to what an adorable dog she truly is.”

Danai flew from Athens to Amsterdam to join her forever home

Danai flew from Athens to Amsterdam to join her forever home

Danai, looking beautifully behaved, with Erica

Danai, looking beautifully behaved, with Erica

Hoping to be as lucky as Danai…

We recently heard from Cordelia who is looking for a home for Rita who is currently in the care of Nine Lives Greece. Cordelia describes her as follows.

Rita is a precious little soul, who has all four limbs and both eyes but, for whatever reason, has still not been adopted here. She is so gentle and easygoing and loving, just the easiest kitty.

If you can give Rita a forever home, please contact Nine Lives Greece directly.

Rita

Rita

Rita

Rita

Lost puppy in Spain needs a home

As we mentioned in our blog yesterday, Louise from Pets Paradise in Sabinillas in Spain is temporarily caring for a young puppy who was found on the road.

We think she was deliberately abandoned, as she was first spotted near an old river bed, where she had probably been thrown from a car. So although Louise is trying to trace an owner, she feels that realistically it’s a new home the puppy needs.

The puppy is a very sweet and friendly girl, around 8–10 weeks old, who still trusts in humans despite whatever her recent experiences were.

If you or anyone you know can offer this youngster a home, please email Louise: louisa123ster@gmail.com

Irresistible face!

Irresistible face!

Safe in Louise's temporary care

Safe in Louise’s temporary care

Those puppy dog eyes…

Those puppy dog eyes…

…and cute wrinkled brow

…and cute wrinkled brow

Greek cat Lakme is looking for a loving home

Cordelia from Nine Lives Greece has been in touch to ask if anyone can offer beautiful green-eyed Lakme a forever home. Around eight months old, Lakme was found just before Easter in a park in central Athens, where she had almost certainly been deliberately abandoned.

Her foster-sister, Maja will be travelling with us to the UK this month, but Lakme’s potential home has unfortunately fallen through.

If you think you can help, please take at look at Lakme’s page on the Nine Lives Greece website.

Lovely Lakme

Lovely Lakme

lakme2

An update on Julia from Corfu

Mick and Brenda rescued and adopted Julia, a Setter, when they were on holiday in Corfu last year.

Julia was looked after by The Ark until she could travel with Animalcouriers to the UK in November.

Brenda wrote to us with an update:

“Remember the lovely Julia from Corfu? She is in love with teddy and lovingly carries him everywhere, which just depicts her personality — a real softy. A big gentle girl.”

What a wonderful change from her old life!

What a wonderful change from her old life!

Romero is waiting at home for Litsa

Litsa from Athens has a lovely new home waiting for her in the UK, with a ready-made brother called Romero. Owner Alex tells us:

“We have always had rescue dogs and last year we adopted a Greek hound called Romero via Friends of the Strays of Greece. Romero is a brilliant dog — so friendly and loving (he does like stealing socks, but we can cope with that!).

He loves other dogs so we thought it would be nice to get him a friend. We looked around the various rescues and saw Litsa on the Desperate Greekies website, who work with the shelter in Greece. There was something special about her so we knew she was the one and we can’t wait to meet her!”

Litsa

Litsa

Asproula has a lovely life to look forward to

Asproula from Athens is going to live with Mary, who told us how she came to adopt Asproula and all the lovely activities she has lined up for her:

“I lost my last dog Moby (a Collie cross) August last year to cancer. He was eight when I got him and sadly I only had him three and half years but those years were very happy and good for us both.

Earlier this year I decided I would love to give another dog a home and have the companionship. I searched online for several weeks and contacted/visited local shelters. I started to think I would never find the dog I wanted — a Collie cross, not too young or old — and then suddenly I saw a picture of Asproula and knew she was just the one.

Loula, as I will call her, had been found as a puppy and did have a home for about 18 months with a couple, but I understand that they returned her ‘because she was boring’, and has been at the shelter in Athens ever since. How can a dog be boring??

Thanks to the love and care given to her by all concerned she is a lovely, kind and affectionate dog who deserves another chance, and I cannot wait to have her at home with me next week. There were a lot of tears when she left Athens but we will have a great time together going for country walks, trips out in the car visiting friends, and holidays in Devon. Possibly, if we ever get a summer, we may call in to the pub for a drink and sit in the garden.

Joanne and Martha who have been helping as volunteers at the shelter have been giving me information and updates all through the process and I am truly thankful to them, as I am to everyone else involved, especially Conrad for his caring and ensuring the dogs get here safely, and Titch, the local volunteer, who has also been with me all the way and will be coming with me to collect Loula.

I am so happy and cannot wait to finally meet Loula after her journey next week. Hope the weather which is not too good in Italy and the Alps will not delay everyone too much. Wish them all a safe journey.”

Darling Loula as she will be known

Darling Loula, as she will be known

Charlie is waiting to welcome Elpida

We heard from Heather, who has adopted Elpida from Greece, and is following her journey on our blog. Heather says:

“I have just seen an amazing piece of news that Electra who is also arriving from Greece will be living fairly close to us.

My 14-year-old Collie cross, Charlie, and I have been looking for a new friend after Charlie lost three friends in 12 months. Our search took us to ‘Friends of the Strays of Greece’ where we found the sweetest, most adorable Elpida. Very often older dogs are overlooked but Elpida looked an ideal companion for Charlie (and me of course).

We can’t wait for Monday and do so hope the weather does not delay the arrival. I think Electra and Elpida will need their raincoats if they are to walk together in the good old English weather!

Thank you so much for arranging their safe journey to the UK.”

Not long now, Elpida

Not long now, Elpida

A warm welcome awaits Elpida; but parting is such sweet sorrow

Heather has adopted Elpida, one of the dogs from the Filozoikos Shelter who’s on our trip from Greece. Conrad from the UK organisation that supports the shelter and rehomes the rescued dogs, shared with us an email he received from Heather:

“I have just shed a few tears looking at the wonderful picture of Elpida leaving her beloved carers. I understand how they must feel parting from these dear dogs but I can only assure them that there is heaps and heaps of love awaiting Elpida here in my home.

My heart goes out to all the people who have cared for Elpida and all the other dogs and they must believe that I shall do my very best to make her remaining years the happiest she has ever known. I am sure Elpida will be happy to send lots of news and pictures once she arrives in her forever home. I can’t thank you all enough for agreeing to allow me to adopt such an adorable dog.”

Elpida

Elpida

Electra’s story by Stathis

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!”

Electra

Electra