|Posted on March 18, 2013 at 8:55 PM|
Last night we had a phone call from Gary who transports the dogs, asking us if we could help a little dog that had been dumped at the Bulgaria/Greece checkpoint a month ago. She hadn't moved as if she was waiting for someone to come back for her. On the way out of Rudozem we spotted a pup near the road that we had tried to catch before. It is one of a litter of older pups who are all terrified of people and won't even come near us for food. We stopped and tried to feed the pup and a man and lady told us that one of its brothers or sisters was hit by a car yesterday. The pup managed to drag itself down near the riverbank but they thought it's back was broken and phoned for the vet. The vet never turned up so we went to look for the pup. Sadly we found him/her dead near some bushes. The only consolation was that someone ( probably the lady who told us about it) had covered the pup with a blanket and old coat and put bread near it before it died.
An hour later we arrived at the checkpoint and saw the little dog. she wanted to be friends but was still timid. she froze when we went to pick her up but made no attempt to bite. We decided to leave her on the back seat of the car next to kerry instead of putting her in the cage. It wasn't long before she was snuggled up next to Kerry, sleeping. Her coat is terribly matted and she is covered in ticks. We named her flossy on the journey home. Whilst we were at the checkpoint, the guards asked us if we could take a mother dog and her pup that had also been dumped. Sadly the mum was too scared to let us get her. The guards assured us that her pup was safe in a little church and they would continue to feed them and try and get mum more used to people and let us know when they are able to get her so that we can take mum and pup together.
On the way back we stopped suddenly after seeing a German Shepherd in the road. She was watching the car and wagging her tail. Tony was first to get out and she was all over him, jumping up and happy to see him. He quickly shouted for us to help him as she had pups that were wandering towards the road. There was a little nearby and an elderley couple came out. they said the mum and pups had been dumped by someone and they had been feeding them. They asked if we could take them and the lady insisted on giving us a loaf of bread for them.
Tomorrow we have to take Shiva to the vets to be spayed so we thought it best to take Flossy who we picked up today. As it is, she is in a large cage in the staffroom so she may aswell be spayed and recover whilst she is in with us. Usually we would give her more time to settle but although she shows no signs of being pregnant, we can't take the chance of more pups as we are struggling for space. the vet will also clip or shave her as her coat is terribly matted with the knots going right down to her skin.,