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A sweet rescue story
I first saw Stanley’s sweet, sad face in late April, on the Facebook page of Diasozo Animal Rescue in Greece. There was nothing to him, just a skeleton with the saddest dog eyes I had ever seen.
When Diasozo found him, he was just a baby, alone and abandoned in a junkyard using two old car seats placed on top of each other as a shelter. He smelled of rotting skin and disease and couldn’t be touched because he was in so much pain.
Without hesitation, we contacted the shelter and asked if we could adopt him. It took four months of loving care from the Diasozo angels before Stanley was finally ready for his big journey to us in Canada.
Luckily my sister traveled to Greece on holidays and offered to bring Stanley back. However, there was a huge hurdle as temperatures in Greece were unrelentingly high and on most days pets were not allowed to fly.
I confess I spent most my time on weather apps monitoring the soaring temperatures. But, the stars were aligned on the morning of the flight. We had a half degree Celsius to spare, and on that day Stanley was allowed to fly!
We welcomed “our boy” at the Vancouver Airport on August 14, 2018 (Aliki, please provide the date), where he joined us and his big brother Nelson at his forever home.
Aliki S. , Vancouver, BC
A pack of 11 amazing dogs
My story is a little different as I love eleven dogs. My husband and I rescue the ones that are older or ill and are unlikely to find homes. We have one Dachshund that is paralyzed, another couple of “Wieners" who were returned to the shelter more than once and another older “Dachsie” that came from a hoarding case and fear-bites when distressed.
We also have two “ancient” Pomeranians plus two middle aged Springer Spaniels full of zest and energy. Every one of the eleven dogs is precious, they fill our retirement with purpose and we can make them feel loved and healthier at the end of their lives.
When the whole pack gets in bed with us to take a nap, my heart overflows with peace and love I see on their little faces.
Chaya was my saving grace...
I rescued Chaya on Valentines Day 8 years ago, and shortly after, my beloved three-legged older dog Oz died of pancreatic cancer. Chaya was with me at the vet when Oz passed, and it seemed like she knew that her new job was to take care of me.
Despite being a pup, she was the most intuitive and compassionate dog I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. At the time I was in a relationship with an alcoholic who was physically and verbally abusive and Chaya was my saving grace.
When I cried, she climbed onto my chest and wiped away my tears with fervent licking. Chaya went everywhere with me. We learned to stand up paddle board on whitewater together; we road-tripped across the US where she bounded through snow banks in Colorado. Because of her support, I was able to leave the relationship, and she helped me choose a wonderful husband who also adores her.
At our wedding, as if on cue, when we were pronounced husband and wife, she stood between us, happily looking back and forth, and then walked between us down the aisle. She is now more playful and relaxed because I have someone else looking out for me. I never need a leash for Chaya because she is never more than an arm's length away, always looking at me, always focused on me. She has such an incredible capacity for love.
I met my dog “Monkey” at the Maui Humane Society shelter.
I met my dog “Monkey” at the Maui Humane Society shelter. He was admitted together with five other dogs who were rescued from a house fire. The owners simply could not look after them after losing their home and he was obviously traumatized by losing his home and his family.
The first time I saw Monkey was in the “adoption kennel” where I volunteered as a dog walker. Every kennel had a sign to mark if a dog was walked or not. When I first saw Monkey, he was so cute, sitting in the kennel and I remember being disappointed that someone had already walked him. I went on walking other dogs, but when I returned, I went to say hi, and he licked my face all over.
Originally, I thought I would adopt a chocolate lab but when I saw Monkey that was it. Yes, it is true that he peed on the dining table leg when we got home, but since then, he has been an absolute angel! In fact, he is the gentlest and best behaved dog I have ever known.
It feels like he is a part of me, It feels like I have known Monkey all my life. As you can see from the picture, he also loves his “dad.”
My Maddee is 15 years old. She’s a chihuahua/manchester terrier mix. When she has about one year old she was given to me by a friend who could not keep her. She was newly adopted from a rescue of over 50 dogs (animal hoarding).
Maddee was emaciated and had such bad heart worm that she was dying. Rather than treat her the hoarders simply placed her on an ant pile so that when she died the ants would eat her carcass. She was rescued from the ant pile and put on the news. Eventually, she found her way to me two months later. She was scared and she was shy. I waited months for her to come around and she finally did.
She has a full and loving life now. She’s taught me what love really is. To have this completely trusting animal depend on me and look to me for comfort, care, play and love totally changed who I am as a person. I never knew how to really love unselfishly until my Maddee. She is turning 16 in April and because of raw food, supplements and good probiotics (GutSense!) She seems much younger than her years and is in excellent health.
Maggie Bear has filled a hole in my life that I thought would be there forever.
Four years ago I lost a rescue dog who my family had taken in 3 years prior. Her name was Mika and she was a magnificent Alaskan Malamute. Her owners had abandoned her and I loved her so much. She was gentle, loving, intelligent, cunning and beautiful.
She saved the life of my uncle and also stopped a toddler from disappearing from his mother. She would always walk on the side closest to the road and put herself between me and anything she considered dangerous.
Mika passed away when I wasn’t there. I came home from a holiday with my husband only to learn that she’d crossed the rainbow bridge the night before. My parents didn't have the heart to tell me before I was about to get on a plane. I was broken. I laid next to her grave and wept for her. I felt as though I’d failed her. She was sick, and I didn’t know.
Later on, my husband and I bought a house together and moved in. But the house didn’t feel like home, and we both knew why. I just couldn’t bring myself to "betray" my big Meeky-moo by replacing her with another dog.
As time went on, we decided to expand our family, but I still felt guilty at the very thought. I also didn’t want to go through the pain of losing another dog, which is why I researched dog breeds that have a long lifespan. Eventually, we found Maggie, a big, black and tan, fluffy, Tibetan Mastiff.
Maggie couldn’t look more different from Mika, but otherwise, she reminds me of Mika so much. She looks at me the same way as if she thought she was more than just a dog. She is smart, she can be cheeky and plays just like Mika used to.
But the biggest thing the two dogs have in common is that they have in common is that they both filled my life with so much love and joy.
Austyn Saved My Life
My beautiful Boston Terrier Austyn was diagnosed with stomach cancer in August and within two weeks he was gone. I spent those two weeks sharing his last adventures using the hashtag #mydyingdogslastadventures. Sharing my boy's last adventures with all of my friends and family has been very therapeutic for me during the last few weeks.
Austyn the Boston saved my life. I had to do everything that I could to save his and that's exactly what I did. I rest easy knowing that I made the right choice. Austyn came to me at a time in my life where I had no hope for the future. I was a week shy of my 18th birthday and after trying to adapt to my new life as a quadriplegic for a year already - I really didn't want to do it anymore. My friends had all gone off to college and I was alone and feeling very hopeless. Then I found my boy. My whole entire world changed.
Even on my hardest days when I wanted to give up, I had my boy beside me licking my tears. He became my strength. He has been my strength many times over the years when I needed a little push to get through tough times. He laid in bed with me and kept me sane through each of my three miserable pregnancies. He became the best big brother to his three little humans. They lovingly dubbed him "Puppa". He was the most gentle, patient and sweet pup to those boys. Even in his last days when he was uncomfortable, he was still so loving towards them. Austyn, you are already missed beyond measure.
The house is eerily empty without the sound of your paws on the hardwood, the sound of you barking at the neighbour dogs in the yard or even just the sound of your snoring at night. I know that you will forever walk beside me, reminding me of my strength in times of doubt. Thank you, my love! Thank you for showing me how vital dogs are in my life. We just got a new little guy and I'm determined to give him the best holistic lifestyle possible!
Dragon & Pandora
I was at a low point with my health and depression following a traumatic event. I didn’t know what to do to heal and meanwhile I couldn’t force myself out of bed many days and was so resigned to the depression that I often couldn’t even muster brushing my teeth.
When I got my dogs, Dragon and Pandora, I fell in love. I needed them and they needed me to be their provider. It was what I needed to motivate me and eventually learn how to take care of myself.
Even today, my health improves because I am motivated to do the right thing for my dogs. One of them needs a great deal of exercise outdoors, so that means I get to take them to the local dog park for socializing and fun every day.
Dragon and Pandora continue to inspire me and help make my transition back to being productive every day. They are the light of my life. I am so grateful to have them and I appreciate something new about each of them every single day.
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Dr. Peter Dobias has 28 years of experience as a veterinarian. His love of dogs and passion for natural healing and nutrition led him to writing, teaching and helping people create health naturally without drugs, chemicals and processed food. Through his work and the all-natural supplement line, he helps dog lovers get the gift of extra time with their dogs. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.