Archive for July, 2007

Yet another night on the ferry

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007


For the umpteenth time, Barbara spent a night on the ferry taking dogs to Santorini, from where they flew to Germany with escorts. These trips last 24 hours and are everything but leisurely… 6 dogs were able to leave this time, e.g. the “Watermelon-Puppies”, the shy puppy from the garage and Mirca from Ambelas.

Many Events, Days too short!

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

15.7.: The assistant of J.P. from the Art School calls about a female Pointer-Mix that had shown up at her house in Ambelas on June 30th. As her mother will come (who is allergic to dogs), the dog needs to go. Barbara gets Mirca there. Mirca will leave Paros on the 29th, castrated by PAWS, and is now already with her foster family in Germany. Furthermore, a shy puppy was found in a Garage. It is brought to BarBigs for rehoming.

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16.7.: A German animal-lover who lives on the island can finally help a year-old female dog from Marpissa, that had been kept there under worst conditions since it was a puppy. J.S. has asked the owner to give her the dog and he agreed. Only recently, during the heatwave in July, the second chain-dog there, a Boxer, had died because of lacking shelter from the sun and deprivation of water. Ebony, the beautiful female, was more lucky and is now at BarBigs waiting for rehoming.


17.7.: 3 Puppies were abandonned at the old camping in Livadia and brought to BarBigs. As of now, one has found a home with a German family who owns a holiday house near Naoussa and the other 2 are already in Germany, one with its family and the other with a foster family.


19.7.: Phone calls from Parasporos. Bonnie and Clyde, two very shy dogs that are about a year old and originally showed up there with the other shy dog (see entry June 20) are bothering some of the Greek tenants and BarBigs are asked almost daily to “collect” them. As if we were obliged… and dogs as shy as those 2 cannot be simply collected. And the worst of all things happens: Clyde, after he was worn a collar and put on a lead, panicked, dragging the lead behind him. He ran away with and from the lead, dragging it, running like mad… A few minutes later he was seen already 2 kilometers away. Nobody knows, when and where he stopped. Would he ever stop, would he get tangled in some bushes and die of thirst? We had to worry for three days, then he showed up at the original place, without collar or lead. Such a relief for us!!! After visiting the dogs twice daily, talking to them softly, feeding them from the hand, Biggie was finally able to sedate them on July 26th and to bring them to the kennel. They have made a lot of progress since.

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25.7.: On her way out for dinner with two visiting friends from Germany, Barbara finds a bag in the middle of her dirt road, where it joins the main road. It contains 4 very young puppies with their eyes closed. 2 of them died, the other 2 are being fed every 2-3 hours with the bottle.

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Better than a parking lot!

Friday, July 13th, 2007


Remember the puppies from the parking lot (Daily Events, June 5th)? The first photos from the little one in the middle with his new family have reached us today.

Yet Another Puppy

Thursday, July 12th, 2007


This little puppy was left on a balcony of Hotel Calypso in Naoussa, covered with the usual amount of ticks and fleas – hundreds…. He is about 5 weeks old and is happily mingling with the other pups at BarBigs.


Thursday, July 12th, 2007

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Fiona, a dog that had been thrown into a private kennel (see entry June 7) was among the lucky ones that travelled on Monday and has arrived in her temporary home, where she is being taken care of until she finds a family where she can stay for good.

Manula, a cat from the seafront

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Manula, a cat from the seafront“Manula” is a young black and white stray cat who found a cosy but controversial location to store her two new born kittens; she chose the storage room of one of the seafront eateries. The owners were understandably concerned about a potential loss of business and fine if customers or inspectors heard about their boarders!
A sympathetic employee persuaded them not to throw out the little family until the kittens had reached 5 weeks old. At this time the kittens were popped into a box which was placed unceremoniously on the rocks at the sea’s edge. Poor Manula climbed into the box and was trying to suckle them in full view of the paralia hubbub.
The employee fetched an ex Paws board member and together they started to transport the little family to some quieter waste ground.
On the way a young man exclaimed that he wanted some kittens and promptly adopted the two tabby males. Manula soon recovered from her abrupt loss of off-spring and as is nature’s way began “courting” again.
Paws stepped in and with the generous help of two regular visitors to the island who housed her while she recovered from the aneasthetic, got her safely sterilised.
She recovered well and her kittens have settled into their new home.
If you are able to supervise a female cat for 24 hours after the operation please contact PAWS. A large cage can be provided.

By Lornie


Sunday, July 8th, 2007

9 dogs and 2 Parasporos kittens left today for their new homes in Germany and Switzerland. Biggie is flying with some of them, others have found Flugpaten. In the meantime, Barbara and her mother will be taking care of the remainig dogs. It would be very nice if we could find some volunteers to help with the transports.

A puppy in Lefkes

Thursday, July 5th, 2007


A large puppy showed up at a Greek couple’s house in Lefkes. They could not / would not keep it, it ended up at BarBigs after a short expedition to Kalami.

One step forward, two steps backward

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

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9 dogs left, new ones came in already. 2 were picked by the ‘Flugpaten’ while they were staying here (pictures to follow), one found by the former President of PAWS near her home. One was brought in today by an animal lover not really connected to PAWS, had been found on the main street. The dog was wellfed, wearing a collar and maybe somebody is looking for him? More animals are on the waiting list and hope to come here soon. See the picture of the dogs found in Paros.

Flying Dogs

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Sunday night 5 grown dogs and 4 puppies (2 of them see June 16th…) left for Santorini with BarBig. Monday they flew to Germany. Some of them already rehomed (2 of them with the couple in the photograph who came to Paros for a few days to pick them up), others off to a temporary family.