7 September 2013
it's been a long time and I am really sorry for not updating. Things have been hard but it all seems to be more settled now. We have a lot of news regarding our beautiful furiends.
1. Giselle, the baby suffering from mange, has been under the care of specialists in Athens for a month or so now. 'Save a Greek Stray' is a private initiative that helps a lot of dogs all around Greece. Giselle has been one of those lucky to dogs who have the privilege to be under the care of this organisation and we are all really greatful to these people. If you have a facebook account, you can follow Giselle's journey from the day she got to Athens by clicking here-->https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.269545643184663.1073741860.151300185009210&type=3
. Briefly, Giselle has started recovering physically but it seems it will take a lot of time, effort and love for her to trust people. She is a little scared baby. The only thing we ask for her is your positive thoughts.
2. Smiley, Giselle's brother, also very scared, is no longer with us... He went over the rainbow bridge... He had started his treatment and we were pleading for a 15-day foster before he would go to a more permanent one. Unfortunately, there was no interest in fostering him till the evening just before the day he had to be taken to a foster. So, foster was finally found and we were all relieved. No one expected that our baby would be killed by Tigris, the adult male. When the volunteers reached the area, they were shocked to find Mr Smiley's dead body. He was bitten in the neck. One of the guards of the factories said he was present during the fight and had to throw stones to Tigris to leave Smiley alone. Unfortunately, Smiley didn't manage.... We were and still are devastated. We concluded that Tigris is the alpha dog and won't accept other adult males. He is an amazing partner for his 'wife', Maila (the black hound-like dog), he is very people-oriented but he cannot get along with other males.
3. The five first puppies (Tigris and Maila's babies) are now approximately 3 months old and have had their two first vaccinations so far (19/07 & 23/08) and have been fully dewormed and treated egainst external parasites twice. It's only the anti-rabbies vaccine that has yet to be done and is scheduled for 23/09. Unfortunatly, though we have an album on facebook to help with their adoptions, none of them has found a home yet.
4. The five new puppies are now approximately 2 months old (Lisa and Tigris' babies). There are 2 boys and 3 girls. They had their first vaccination, deworming and flea control in 23/08 and there are two more vaccinations to be done. Unfortunately, Maila (the black female) doesn't allow Lisa and her 5 pups to be around. As a result, they have become scared and are hiding. We urgnetly need to find fosters or even better adoptions for the little ones as they are in the most danger.
5. Maila and Lisa (the two females) were vaccinated, dewormed and had a spot-on at 23/08. Anrti-rabbies vaccination is to be done at 23/09. As you probably remember, Maila was spayed a month or so ago. As for Lisa, she was spayed today and at the moment is recovering at the vet's. She will go back to her babies tomorrow. She also had a general blood test (results on Monday) and and erlichea test (negative thankfully!). She weighs only 12,5 kg!
6. Tigris is definitely the strongest dog there. He protects them all and is the leader. However, as mentioned above, he won't accept other adult males. We are hoping that his five sons will be adopted before they become adults.... Otheriwse, he is a very protective, caring and loving dog who is devoted to his love, Maila. The two are just inseparable. Tigris was neutered today and also vaccinated and blood tested (results on Monday). He weighs 25 kg.
So... that was a brief catch-up... Our babies receive vet care but cannot find homes... Please help us pay for their expenses (we currently owe €263 to the vet and also need to raise funds for their next run of vaccinations. Also, we want to find fosters for Lisa and her 5 pups but it seems impossible. We are thus thinking that finding a nice dog hotel would be the best solution.
Oh... I forgot to mention one thing... The administrators/owners of the industries where all 13 dogs live want them to leave and said they would take action...... We immediatelly sent a message to them saying that if something happens to the dogs, we will go the legal way. We do understand that it's not easy to have 13 dogs around but at least they are vetted, spayed/neutered and we are trying hard to find families for them. That's why we only ask for their patience while we do that. We are only volunteers-not an organisation or something. Just people who want to help. All our funds are private and come from us and you. Without the help given from so many people, we wouldn't have managed to get this far.
Please keep supporting the 13 doggies. New photos will be soon uploaded. I am sorry once more for not having updated earlier. Will keep updating regularly now that the circumstances are stable again.