RANT [swipe]: I saw this post yesterday and it reignited the disgust I felt after reading a recent post on @nextdoor A woman made a post about a dog being bitten and went on to make inflammatory and factually inaccurate statements that lead to more people spewing their ignorance about “pit bulls”. These dogs are killed by the thousands in shelters, abused and thrown away at shocking rates but that doesn’t make the mainstream news. For every bite story (which 9/10 was a humans fault or out of fear not “killer instinct”), I’ll show you hundreds of others that show dogs with broken jaws, burned flesh, missing limbs, and necks cut so deep they’re nearly decapitated. All at the hands of humans. This poor dog was physically and SEXUALLY abused and left for dead. This is not a one off and is unfortunately all too common. Wake up.
Praying that all our Greek brothers and sisters managed to flee the fires. There are so many strays, and too many who live out their lives at the end of a chain.
If the country can’t get it together for the dogs under normal conditions, then what hope is there when people are fleeing for their lives?
And while we’re on the subject of pups around Athens, what happened to the Olympic dogs all those years ago? Google that and you’ll get a brief insight into what these pups are up against.
There are over a million stray dogs in Greece. Heaven knows how many cats. Thank you to those who help. 💙
Our buddies @laizaargos are okay, as they’re not near the fires. But if you do happen to be reading this and can spare a few bob, they can’t. 😚
Swipe for some of their sweeties that they rescued from the streets and are now looking for homes.
So on Friday we went to Deventer to the vet. It’s not exactly round the corner, but this is the vet who helped last year when Doms knew something was wrong with me, and no one would listen.
(In total Doms took me to 3 specialists, 3 conventional vets and 2 holistic vets.)
Everyone meet Linda. She’s a conventional and holistic vet, and she’s the ONLY ONE out of all those people who helped. (Most of the others dismissed my limping as arthritis.)
She sent us to Utrecht University (you need a referral to go there), and they immediately saw I needed surgery for elbow dysplasia. And it was when they double checked my elbow CT scan, that they spotted the cancer in my thyroid.
So, to cut a long story short-ish, this lady helped save my life.
(I like to pause here to fully take this in.)
Anyway, Doms thought it was time to have some blood work done, and to have the amigos checked over, so we decided to go there. Plus it was high time to go and thank this special lady and give her the biggest hug, so dad took the morning off and drove us (Doms was too chicken).
I got titers as I’m a silver fox and Doms doesn’t want me to have any more vaccinations. And I got a geriatric blood profile, which is probably something about how handsome I am.
Of course Linda knows I’m the Dude Of All Dudes* and she was very excited to meet the dudes in training: Mad Max and Barmy Parmy. Max kept giving her his paw, and Parm, well he just gave her his eyes (swipe). Naturally the hugest hugs were all mine.
Usually our mum’s know when something’s not right. They just need to listen to their voice, so they can be ours. And they need people like Linda who take the time to care, and to give space for those voices to be heard. Xxx
* Quotation from fellow dude @chocolatelabsimba 🙌😎💙
Posted this yesterday but apparently I don’t have rights to the Elvis song I used lol. Here’s the silent version of Bella’s birthday/3rd Gotcha Day. She’s about 4-5 yrs old. (I made a video because IG only allows 10 photos per post)