Sunday, February 28, 2010
Athena and my 4 year-old daughter and I took a lovely walk today (again).
Athena received her vaccination and today her rabies injection. Soon, she will be "good to go" to a loving, and understanding family. Will it be you?
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I also want to thank them for going in there this Sunday, cleaning in the puppy section. A video will soon be done.
Jackie and Richard US, also donated money, and brought blankets to Benjamin. Big hearts!
Maria Svegard with husband Richard and daughter Engla and beloved dog Tuss (and Abbi) thank you for your donations every month. Abby is doing great, she is still the sweet heart!
Jerry, for making big plans to Rosella's shelter with donating concrete. And it was Jackie and Richard who brought him out to the shelter, its their friend. Thank you for sharing good quality people :-)
Sabine and Malte von Vultejus, for 2 bags of dog food, and a very nice donation, all the way from Germany
Tracey Klebber your support means the word to me/us...and to both Craig and you, thank you for your generous donations. Breathtaking....
Erica, Bobby o Giove Andersson-- SE --still you are thanking us for Giove and sending us money too, wonderful hearts.
Kenny with Monica-- SE for updating our AWL homepage with a smile on your lips. That's Amore. You also are going to create the Swedish AWL homepage.
Milla o Katie from Himmelska Hundar, and AWL SE, Your support and help means the world to us here in Italy. You are so fantastic to fix things. If a dog is freezing...we get a jacket for him. etc
That is amore team. Thank you all --you are giving me/us energy to keep up our work here.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Remember earlier on the blog I wrote about Athena and her partner.
Well for Athena it hasn't turned out so very well for. I am frustrated since AWL got a problem that we didn't ask for and we made clear in the begining that we only would help with medical bills. Now, I am so sad because this girl Athena doesn't deserve to sit locked in a cage, she had it great with her freedom. She got fed, she had her partner and most important her freedom. But some people didn't like to see her in an abandoned car--with broken glass--with K9 dogs they practise to walk on smashed car window glass and its not dangerous for their paws.
The "rescuers" saw the scars and thought it was from the car but it was actually from dog teeth, and they were old scars. As you read they were in Rita's garage and Athena defended her bone when her partner wanted to take it. That is so very "normal." I wasn't there when it happened, but those involved were upset and Athena was the one to be blamed. She slept outside in a crate as you can see in the video with her partner in the garage. Many times this sort of interaction between animals sounds worse and we get scared, its like hearing two adults arguing in a different language. Because you don't understand what is being said, it sounds worse than it is. We don't know what the dogs are saying, but it sounds bad. But think about it, if they wanted to kill each other it would have happened already, and how could they live together outside in their freedom with no problems?
Rescuing dogs in distress or bad situations is a nobel thing. But like anything, it should be done with cold calculation, not in the moment of high emotion, or solely with your heart. When rescuing, you have to have many different plans. And, unless you are an expert, why not get advice from someone who knows a lot about strays? I have heard people say "I have had dogs my whole life!" But how many of them were strays you rescued? I have been cooking for 30 years but I am not a chef!
AWL is against putting dogs in shelters and here I am with a dog someone rescued and dumped in our lap. No foster homes, no adoptive homes, we can't take her in. She can't go back on the street, especially without her partner. No donations are even given to help defray the costs, only silence from the rescue people who were so happy on Facebook that they had "rescued" dogs. Where are they now? Where is the "follow-through"?
I was visiting her today and walked her, she is wonderful --- so loving and gentle. It is dangerous when someone starts a rumor that destroys the possibilities for a dog's future. Much the same for when people talk bad about another human, and start unfounded rumors. If you are going to play "rescuer", get the facts straight! I have so many stories about people screwing things up for the animals, and I still get many emails from good people who are being dumped on with others' problems.
What is worse, in Cumberlain County (NC, USA) 800 dogs euthanized every month, or the ones roaming free in Campania, Italy?
So thanks to some "bleeding hearts" who thought it was uncomfortable watching this pair in an abandoned car...look at this picture...this is the result of your actions!
I want to thank Rita who is still there for Athena.
Monday, February 22, 2010
We didn't even get a picture of her, we didn't get to whisper her new name in her ear. She never got to sleep in a warm bed. She bade farewell from us too quickly.
Saturday the 13th, we were out working at the shelter. We spotted something laying in the field. Olivia and I took a walk over and nearly tripped over an English Setter! Just skin and bones, her right eye was smashed out and she shook, scared and exhausted. I tried to put a collar on her, but she screamed out of fright. Olivia and I sat and calmed her down and on the second try, she allowed me. We walked back to the shelter and she was such a gentle dog. She didn't eat the sausage from my hand, but took it when I laid it on the ground.
No one could take her that day for numerous reasons. So she stayed at the shelter for a couple of days. Gerry, one of her sponsors, took her to his vet, but returned her to the shelter after the visit.
This past Saturday, the 20th, Todd and Gerry picked her up. First she was scared of leaving the dark, damp cage; she didn't know what would happen to her, would she be abused again?
Gentlely, they put her in my SUV and drove to LegaProAnimale to have her checked, eye and health wise. The other clinic we use was already closed and we knew we couldn't keep her there since they are not open on Sundays. Todd told me she was so sweet in the car you nearly didn't notice that she was there. Both Todd and Gerry saw a remarkable change in her spirit when they opened the back door to let her out once at LegaProAnimale. She was glowing and happy --- she knew she was saved and safe. In the waiting room, she socialized a bit with another dog and sniffed at some cats in their cages. She was admitted to the clinic, with the expectation of sterilization and treatment of her empty eye-socket on Monday, 22nd.
Today I got the phone call that totally broke me into pieces. Isabelle, the gentle soul, died during the surgery.
Today a couple of hours earlier Todd had found a warm foster home for her, and probably a family for her too. We only met Isabelle for a couple of hours each but our hearts connected to see her young body glow out of hope, hope for kindness and a warm, loving life.
A wonderful animal friend even sponsored her eye surgery, we had everything planned for this little girl, but the Universe took her away from us.
Our Animal friends sent me this: Some poet once said about dogs and the after life “if there is no heaven for thee, then there is no heaven for me”.
Godspeed and God bless you, sweet Isabelle. We are so sad that you left us so soon. We mourn your passing, but know you are in a better place, running in tall green grass, your body strong, and two good eyes seeing only wonderful things. No abuse, no neglect. Perhaps we will see and pet you again, one day, when we cross the Rainbow Bridge.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Treats and talks made a little brightness in his bored days. Jackie tried to find out who owned this dog but got different information every time.
She asked me to go with her, to meet this loving guy. In rain we drove over and to our shock he is now chained to a little horrible "house" on a cold concrete base, with a bucket of water. The chain is a thin one but his collar is a "stackel" and when he pulls the metal nubs go right into his neck.
We talked to a company next to this place and I gave them my card if they would see the owner to tell him we wanted to adopt the dog.
It is cruel to have him chained up in the first place. It is more cruel to chain him with a short chain that restricts his ability to move around much. It is the ulitimate cruelty to put a collar on him that hurts him when he tugs on his short lead. And nobody there to love on him.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
We had some bad luck to begin with. Our tire exploded on the highway and no spare tire (its already on) but fantastic friends helped us. Thank you Ethan for your help with Todd despite that you were sick, and to Jackie and the above guy crew that came and picked up Olivia and I, and all our things. But can you believe it? Five minutes down the road, Jackie gets a flat tire!! I started to giggle, not the right time but it started to get totally hysteric. The guys were behind us, so heroiclly they changed out the flat in 6 minutes. Many hours later than planned, we finally entered the shelter. We were lucky with the weather at least: sunshine.
The shelter was like a war-zone with dogs everywere, so many puppies and sickness and sickness. They had found a little dog that nearly couldn't walk, just skin and bones, his penis hanging out full of blisters, swollen and horrible. Blood in many dogs' stools.
I dragged the veterinarian with me and pointed at dogs everywere: this one, sick; that one is freezing to death. This veterinarian is very sweet and dear but she is too expensive for our foundation, we can not help many dogs at her prices with our resources. This shelter is also well away from our location and our veterinarians . Without our own rehab clinic we have no place to keep the dogs until Monday morning. When we get the clinic we will be able to drive them there on Saturday; treat and safeguard them and keep them warm, then drive them to our vets on Monday.
While at the shelter, I took a walk and nearly tripped over a curled-up English Setter, just skin and bones and with her right eye poked out. She screamed when I put the collar/leash on her. I sat and talked to her for some minutes and Olivia, my mission girl, did a good job comforting her too.
After a while did she follow us to the shelter and we fed her with some hot dogs. What a sweet heart, so gentle and polite and of course no microchip.
Saturday I am returning to pick her up. The shelter is full and I am praying to the Universe and bugging my real estate agent to hurry up and get our clinic as soon as possible. So many dogs are dying and suffering.
Please help us with donations or care packages!
Monday, February 15, 2010
We wrote about these two Mastiff/terrier mixes earlier. Apparently former fighting dogs, that were living in an abandoned car. Rescued and bought to Rita's garage and I made a visit. Steven, a good guy, wanted to adopt them and spent time with them in the garage. He will have his house ready in a week (he's just getting here to Campania).
Initially, everything went well with this married couple--but I had a feeling that they couldn't be adopted together, despite the appearance of them being "together". And yesterday we found out why. They were given a bone each and that caused a fight between them that the female couldn't get past. When I came to the place they are staying, the energies were vibrating high in the air, from both people and dogs.
After a sleepless night for many involved we joined up today to talk about their future. Understandably, Steven was afraid of coming home to find one of them dead, and the female she had strong character. Wonderful without the male....
We tested them outside, both on leashes. Out of sight from each other, they were attentive to the human in control of them, and clearly affectionate toward Steven. But once within eyesight of each other, she was growling and he was whining. In the car on the way to the Veterinary Clinic, she was in a crate, and was quiet. He was all over the crate, not agressive, but wanting to be with her. He even squeezed himself in between the top of the crate and the roof of the car.
Steven will keep the male, they bonded right a way and he feels comfortable around him, and that is the most important to be honest so that we can solve for future of the female. It was heartbreaking, I will admit, because we feel like our human intervention is causing this aggression where once they lived together. Apart, they (really she is the "problem" in this situation) are fine and should be loving companions. But together, they will always be a ticking time-bomb at best. On discussion, we all felt that it had to be like this. She would never survive on the street, that breed will be killed right away.
At the Veterinary Clinic, we took first the male in for his examination, and he was such a good boy. 31 kg, full of fighting scars and not many teeth. Around 4 years-old. He didn't blink when they gave him the shots. Absolutely amazing his trust in we people, after what he has probably lived through. Dr. Lorenzo did a great job with this brute of a dog.
Next, we brought the female in. She's also wonderful, young, probably the same age. Again, not many teeth, and her hind quarter was full of scars (yet not many around her head, and her ears are completely without marks). She was also very good in the clinic. And once again, Dr. Lorenzo handled this dog with authority but compassion... neutralizing any instinct the dog may have had to attack or nip at any of us. Dr. Lorenzo's a tough, but caring guy... perfect in this situation.
The female is up for adoption. She is very dominant to other dogs. She gives warm kisses but needs a strong, secure hand. She probably shouldn't be in a home with children. She can be wonderful with children --- we just don't know, but we wouldn't want to take that risk. This is not a dog for "beginners", she needs somebody used to dogs, and preferably used to the stronger dog breeds. Like Dr.Lorenzo said about fighting dogs, they are good around humans but get triggered by other dogs [or cats, there was one brave cat that was peeking through the window getting them both worked up].
Is there anyone out there with tough-love inclinations that want to take on this rescured girl? Steve named her Athena, and we think the name fits. She will be a great companion, but will need a firm hand along with the open heart.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Thank you so much for your generous donations, Ulla L (SE) Bella A (SE) Tracey N (USA) your support means so much to us.!
Naples Friends of Animals (NFOA) donated many, many colorful leashes for walking our furry friends. Thank you!
Leena S. from SE, sent a big box -- care package --- with a lot of collars, leashes, blankets, shampoo and treats. That will absolutely come in handy. Thanks so much!
Organisation Chanse, thank you so much for your support in our spay and neuter campaign. Thank you again for the generous donation.Sweden AWL for your donation and support to us here in Italy.
So much amore! It takes our breath away!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Giove was rescued from a terrible shelter, (Giove is on the video with two ropes around his neck) put in another shelter, then in a kennel, and then in my house for a couple of weeks so his new family could come down and get him. He went through so many different tests. And he solved everything under our observation with big verve and great heart. I even took the magazine with me today when visiting the dog catchers they were the one providing us with Giove's Passport.
In this article you can read about Giove, that we called Mini Mandela --how he survived and fooled death many times. Even up to the end here in Italy, some of the veterinarians warned us about him....He never did anyone any harm, not even growled. He has never made any accidents inside their apartment, and with children he has been wonderful. He moved in with Erika and husband Bobby and their two woderful dogs, you can follow Giove's own blog.
Also in the article you can read the message my daughter delivered from Erica's dad, who is on the other side, that gave us "positive" goose bumps.
You can contact the Magazine; 0046-40 (Malmo) 29 20 02
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Dr Damiani told AWL it was a very big procedure, they had to dig it out!
Our AWL Benjamin is back in the Mattsson-Mercer home recovering, and is happy and playful. He got a new blue collar that goes so well to his grey coat. Our AWL Benji, what a guy!
Friday, February 5, 2010
You can become a member or for more info please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 08/7837720 (for abroad 0046(0)8...)
Picture above from the left, me, Monica, Katie, Ulla, and Milla
I am so thankful to have such a great experienced team, and they have sponsored us in Italy many times (upcoming blog).
Ulla helped us getting a fresh AWL hairline, --its tested on humans-- AWL loves this and we already had tried the shampoo on some rescue dogs here in Campania.
You can buy these products at Himmelska Hundar.
AWL is looking forward to work with postive people, straight forward animal lovers who are not afraid. Money for our clinic is already promised, but as always, if you have a special wish were your donations should end, please earmark them.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
We recieved an e mail from Allan asking us to post this emergency request;
"There has been a recent rescue of 30+ Arabian horses in Ottawa County, Ohio.
Several horses dead at the owner's farm, the living are walking skeletons. If
anyone has a couple of bucks to spare, please donate to the Ottawa County Humane
Society or www.arabianrescuemission.org. Please put in donation box "FOR OHIO
ARABIAN RESCUE HORSES"