Archive for December, 2008

The Canine Condition

Monday, December 29th, 2008
Following the infamous circular  of vice-minister Kyltidis, this photo has been going around in the Internet

I am a stray dog in Greece

Following the infamous circular of vice-minister Kiltidis, this photo has been going around in the Internet

I am a stray dog in Greece

I do not have rights for:
– health treatment
– food and water in public places
– to be adopted abroad and become part of a family

I have the right to:
– die in the streets of Greece
– to be poisoned in Greece
– to suffer till death tied to some chain

Thank you Mr. Kiltidis* for protecting me and providing me with those rights!

* Mr Kiltidis is the vice-minister of Agricultural development, (oddly) in charge as well of pets and strays.
Not only the ministry has been usually ignoring the issue of stray and abused animals, but it looks like it wants now to restrict rehoming unwanted dogs from Greece in other countries of Europe, with the (surrealistic) justification that it is protecting them from a possible trafficking. So much ignorance is just astounding!.

Reincarnation

Sunday, December 28th, 2008
The washing machine does not make a great house

The washing machine does not make a great house

Do you believe in reincarnation? Better pray for not ever being reincarnated as a dog in Paros belonging to somebody. You might end up at the end of a one-meter-chain with the frame of an old washing machine as a shelter. As a little chain-dog without any shelter at all, only a bush, which in summer works against the sun, but not really in winter against the rain. Or as a so-called hunting dog, which is being kept underweight so as to be a better hunter. These cases were visited today by PAWS and we will try to persuade their owners to  improve the situation of their dogs. Any dogs in your neighbourhood without any shelter now in winter? Talk to the owners in a polite way and offer your help! Go back to see whether the situation has improved. By shouting, very often we do not really improve the long-term situation of a dog. Diplomacy helps change things.

No shelter at all
No shelter at all
The owner said the dog would hunt better if hungry
The owner said the dog would hunt better if hungry

Thank you!! (Wishful Thinking)

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Would that not sound good:  Dear PAWS, especially dear Barbara and Biggie! We thank you for taking such wonderful loving care of all our unwanted dogs, for keeping our streets free of stray dogs and for finding wonderful homes for them. We are really glad that we do not have to worry about this big problem (an average of about 150 dogs per year…) and that we do not need to find terrible ways to get rid of the street dogs as it was customary 20 years ago. We thank you and will happily support you in every way we can.

The people of Paros, the Mayor, the Council etc…

I must have been dreaming. But then again, is it asking too much to get a thank you and support for this immense project?????

Strays in Paros

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

stray-in-paros-24122008-11-56-521Strays in Paroikia? Not many. Can be counted on one hand in the past years. Has not always been like that. One of the old ones, fat, sterilized, is this one. Different people call her differnt names, but many know her by a name. Everybody knows her. She hangs out around the Atlantik on the Seafront. I saw her devour a pigeon today….  do believe me! Happy Holidays from Lula, Chronia Polla!

Christmas Surprise – Wilder than Wild West

Friday, December 26th, 2008

img_2837Where are we? We have learned to deal with throwaway live animals. What a surprise to find a dead sheep disposed next to the garbage on Christmas Day. Is there really no other way to dispose of animals that for some reason have ceased to be of USE? Too much work I guess.

A nice little present for Barbara

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

img_2828A nice little present was delivered to Barbara on the 24th. Two litte female puppies had been abandonned in Piso Livadi, in a cardboard box on the beach. The couple who found them took them home but was not able to keep them. Barbara was reluctant to take them because of the risk of getting them exposed to a Virus that had recently threatened her puppies. But there was no chance of finding a foster home on the 24th of December. So now let’s all hope and keep our fingers crossed that they are lucky and do not get it!

Merry X-Mas from Biggie

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

big1Biggie has escaped with Zippo for a holiday, seems relaxed and happy and wishes everybody a Merry Christmas!!

Teenage Retrievers found

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

bianca-ginger-10122008-16-21-34bianca-vanilla-11122008-11-13-35Three 6 month old retrievers have been found recently. Barbara suspects they are from some kind of breeder who has not been able to sell the pups in time.img_28071

First class throw away dog

Monday, December 8th, 2008

If you are a unwanted dog, let’s hope you are a first class unwanted dog. In that case you will be left tied at a very busy junction, with a blanket and a little bowl. Barbara picked the male up and he is staying at Biggies.

Your Neighbours' Dog, one Week afer your Intervention

Monday, December 8th, 2008
One week later

One week later

See what can happen in one weeks time! Keep your eyes open, watch your neighbour’s dog and react if necessary!