Maggie the Staffie takes a mud bath.
August 30, 2014
The new 'adoptive parents' wait with their noses pressed against the glass at 'Arrivals', waiting until all the regular passengers have disappeared. Then a youthful lady walks towards the window with a small, perky dog on a lead (as happy as if he had never been an outcast or had never been in a shelter in Spain.) In their wake come two heavy cages, which should contain 'Snow', a white Shepherd/Labrador mix and 'Virginie' (now Virgie) a 'failed' Boxer. Once out of their cages we are greeted by incredibly elated dogs, as if the flight and their time in the shelter (in Virgie's case two years living in a cage without much chance of individual attention) had been forgotten the moment they arrived.
Yes, they are going to have a wonderful future. Virgie has now been with us for three days. She is housebroken, listens to her name, runs loose in the (enclosed) heather with
other dogs and if they could laugh, she laughs especially from ear to ear. With her sweet Boxer head she seems to say "So, this new guesthouse is beautiful, it suits me down to the ground. I think they will be very happy with me for I am unique!!! And YES, she is.
Simona and Max
Do you recognise me?
She was found on the street and handed in to us. She had a chip and that is how we know her story. She was much loved but eight years ago, when she was only a year old, she was stolen from her garden. No one knows what happened next, not exactly, but it's clear she was used and misused for breeding.
She's just a little thing. A small chihuahua. Although she has a chip the owners have moved away and cannot be reached either on the phone number or at the address on the chip. We managed to go there though and spoke to the neighbours. It seems that little Cisuca was much loved; her owners were distraught when she was taken from their garden. They searched and searched for her.
We don't know if they think she is dead or that far too long has passed to ever hope of finding her again. But she is here now. With us. If you can do anything at all to help find them, please do what you can. She is not up for adoption at the moment as we so want to find her owners.
I have put a link to Fabienne's Diary on Twitter together with Cisuca's name, hoping maybe someone among all those people out there might recognise it. Already it's been retweeted to more than 60,000 people and more are joining in every few hours. If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, it would be great if you could do the same. It would be such a joy for everyone if we were to find her owners, especially for them and for this little dog.
In Memoriam Modena
It wasn''t that long ago. I'm sure most people remember the story of Dalo and Modena, two beautiful dogs who suffered from conditions that meant they could not fly. And how a wonderful woman drove all the way to Spain from Holland to fetch them. She hadn't meant to adopt Modena, but she fell in love and gave beautiful Modena a wonderful life.
This is their story.
The Airport and El Refugio on 28th August.
Miguel & Anna with two lucky dogs - about to fly away home.
Miguel and one of our lovely students.
Hot. Hot. Hot.
Chapy - all better now and ready for his new life.
On the left, poor Chapy when he arrived. On the right, recovering with us.
Fabienne and our lovely student.
The only thing you can do in this weather ...
... park yourself in the pool.
August 25, 2014
Blimpie when he was with us.
Little Blimpie is now called Liseli and he's doing really well. It's a miracle he's still with us. It's a miracle the lady happened to be walking by and that she was kind. As she stood by the roadside a car drove by. A box flew out of the window. She watched it fall and to her amazement the box moved - and cried piteously. It was Blimpie. She was badly hurt. The kind lady ran to the animal clinic and it was touch and go for a while.
It turned out that little puppy Blimpie was blind. She also suffered from uncontrollable movements. It is not clear whether that happened because she was thrown from the car, but it was probably the reason she was discarded. She proved to be a very intelligent and very brave little dog. A hapy and grateful litle dog. We so wanted her to find happiness.
Our wish was granted. Now she's in the loving care of Kristel, who tells us she's doing very well.
"She is very active and plays with the other dogs, with people and indeed with everything she can find. She gets around without too many problems- they think she can just see enough to walk around but she also jumps about too! She eats and drinks well. She looks happy, which is the most important. She's such an energetic puppy that sometimes I have to put her down to sleep and then she will obey and go to sleep. She is a lovely dog who is enjoying life enormously, despite her handicap.
Thank you for fostering her, this has given her the chance to make something of her life, despite the terrible start. We will take great care of her and here, with us, she can enjoy freedom and security.