In this half-light land where compassion struggles to grow among the weeds of apathy and fear, retribution comes as a silent mist down the corridors and alleyways. More dogs have been poisoned at the hospice to teach me a lesson,that I must not rescue any more animals. Another two dogs died in agony watched by the mentally handicapped occupants of the hospice.THEIR dogs had been killed ! THEIR comfort ! THEIR solace ! This is not only about dogs now, this is about people... vulnerable people ! He who killed, not only committed a crime against dogs, he committed a crime against humanity ! And we scream for help from a distant land... but there is silence ! EU, where are you ?
Lisa lived in the yard behind the hospice for mentally handicapped people. She was a loving dog and was befriended by the patients in the hospice. She was one of the few pieces of warmth in their empty, abandoned lives ... and they were her warmth. She came daily for a friendly touch, a small piece of food.... from her friends.
Yesterday Lisa died in grotesque agony after being poisoned with antifreeze. In the hospice some are weeping. In the outside world there are tears also ..... for a country which has lost its soul !
I found Petronel caught in a wire trap which had been set by the villagers for stray dogs.The wire had wrapped around his throat and also cut deeply into his body. It was a race as to whether he would have choked to death or whether he would have been cut in half. I took him home and nursed him but he was having obvious vision problems so yesterday I managed to get a lift and took him to the vet. The verdict was that he had been blinded, caused by a blow to the head. I sat on the clinic steps and wept. Many passed by simply taking a glancing look at me. Through my tears I was a was aware of someone touching my leg. Someone supportive ? Someone understanding ? Compassionate ? When I dried my tears I saw that my comforter was a blind, gentle, abused little creature who through all his misery and pain, reached out to comfort me. The sages of old taught us another way. A way of compassion, empathy and love . Have we really lost this? Have we really lost our way ? Petronel has now been adopted and has a great new home in the United Kingdom.
Sometimes the darkness is overwhelming and feels like it has a textured thickness that is suffused with pain. We have a forest here but it is a forest from hell and this is only because of people !It is full of garbage and dead/sick animals : kittens, cats, puppies, dogs, chickens !!! All alive and trying to survive ! I first saw the mother and the puppies when i went with to collect the strays there. She was newly arrived because I hadn't seen her before. An improvised shelter had been made by a ''good samaritan'' out of corn stalks and dirty rags. This was their 'home' and protection against the coldness of the nights.I noticed one puppy sitting alone and still while the others were busy following the mother and suckling her ! The mother was friendly and nice and she kept coming to lick the little one that could not move. The mother is blind in one eye but she let us touch her and the puppies. The one sitting looked like she had problems with her back legs. Her back legs were splayed apart, she could not use them at all not even to move them.The pups looked nice and well fed, playing happily among garbage, pieces of broken glass, dirty rags. The mother kept walking to the middle of the road, narrowly being avoided by speeding cars which she seemed not to see with her one good eye !!!I had to leave them there but i kept thinking about the puppy with the broken legs !That night when it was dark and the rain started to fall again i knocked on the gate of a neighbor and asked for help.He accepted to drive me, we got our flashlights and went to the forest.My heart was aching not knowing if i will find them or not. It was cold and the rain kept coming and we stopped the car and started to get closer. I did not see them at first but then I got closer and there they were in the little corn stalks shack and the mommy started to wag her tail when she recognized my voice. We picked them up and the mother too and got them to my place.My neighbour collected the little one with the broken legs and his wife took her for Xrays. which showed that both back legs were displaced out of joints and she could not move them at all and it was painful because she kept crying all the time especially when she was moved.We discussed this and Carmen the vet said that the puppy needed urgent surgery. She contacted a friend a vet orthopaedic doctor and they decided to commence surgery ! I was at that time really worried about Penelope and i called Carmen and told her that i trust her judgement and all i could do was to pray for Suki (name of the puppy) to survive the surgery. On that night as a I sat holding Penelope, who was not to live to see the morning, my thoughts were also with the little one who had just undergone surgery, wondering if she too would die.Suki had surgery, she made it and as the vet said : ''on that table it was more surgery than puppy'' ! But she made it !She is still with Carmen for observation than she will be returned to me and her mom !Suki's injuries appear to have been caused by somebody stamping on her back !We urgently need donations to help pay for little Suki's surgery.
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I took this photos on 13th, 14th and 16th february. the snow just kept coming, when it stopped snowing it was freezing, the gloves would stuck to anything made of metal the water in the dog's bowls was frozen after 1/2 hour.
for a few days the village was isolated again, there was no way to get out or to get in unless you walked in deep snow with a strong wind to push you. but still one access road is still under a lot of snow and can not be used. we were lucky in this village the snow did not cover our houses and burried us under tons of snow ! it happened to a lot many other villages were people and animals were trapped inside.
we had one water pump that was still working so i could get fresh water, finally some neighbor took pity on me and cleared the area in front of the gates so i did not have to jump over the fence everytime i wanted to get out.
for the rest i managed somehow and cleared the snow in front of the chicken scoop's door so i could feed them and got them water. the garrage door where the dogs are staying was not covered too much and i could shovel the snow only couple of times per day. the dogs had fun even when it was freezing out and most refused to get inside, they kept playing and running and ended up looking like somebody powdered them, even their whiskers and brows were white with ice but they stayed out !
unfortunately i run out of wood for the central and i had 2 very hard days trying to find wood in this conditions when big trucks can not drive and mostly, with the yard full of snow that would not allow to open the gates to let the truck in. almost half the yard had to be cleaned with just one man that was willing to help and the wood was finally delivered late in the evening. it is not much but it will cover for a week or two. then another problem arised. the snow was thrown near the fence and the dogs found out and after the truck left and i let them out 3 of them went easily over the fence and into the street. i had a real hard time trying to get them and take them inside. the snow bank was really high the dogs were light but i was not and i sunk half way in the snow grabbing one dog and trying to prevent another to go over the fence while the 3rd one was running on the road! so next day the snow had to be removed from near the fence back into the yard again so the dogs will not be able to go again over the fence !
the wood must be cut now and stored in the garrage because it is wet, but at least we will have heat for some time.
still electricity cuts happen, but for short time during the day and during the night.
the dogs are having a great time, the garbage truck did not come for the last 3-4 weeks so there are plenty of garbage bags that can be ripped open and the contents scatered all over the yard !
at least some of us are having fun !!!!!!
now we are getting ready for the floods that will come ! the village is sorrounded by 2 rivers but the worst flood they had here was long time ago and it only came into the yards and in the house, not enough to cause too much damage.
Four little pups abandoned on a garbage heap !
Thrown out as garbage with a large ravenous hungry dog waiting to eat them I took them home and fattened them up. They all now have new homes where they have been adopted in N Europe.
Found on my way home, five young puppies abandoned and left to die among the garbage . They were about to be eaten by a ravenously hungry stray dog. After staying with me for a while they are now healthy, lively little pups looking forward to a new tomorrow in their adoptive homes.
Martin and Martina Maeve