Day four at Funduela..
Wow four days goes so quick... Lisa and I cannot
believe where the time is going.
Today we did the usual getting in bins to remove the cardboard! Then were off to the shelter..
It's only us and the little security guard man who is paid every night to wait with the dogs
to make sure no one comes to poison them or run them down, as it's early.
The lovely Denise Evans who saw our pics and spotted him and fell in love and
messaged Lisa and that was Bruno saved. Photos to follow, she had arranged a
lovely lady Cristina from magic land shelter 7 hours plus drive away to come and
collect Bruno so he can stay in their private shelter until he can travel. He
was so scared that it took a while to get him on the lead but he wouldn't walk
to we lifted him and he was so scared he tried to bite and then he chewed
through the lead as he was so scared and he was free, it was a hectic moment of
oh shit! These people have made a special trip to help this dog get free but it
was a nice sight as he rolled in the grass and was so happy to be free but
Christine was so sweet and said they will leave Bucharest today at 4pm so we had
some time to catch him. Mission Bruno was on..Lisa was brilliant, she didn't
chase him or hassle him but bribed him all day to love her and it worked, at 2pm
Bruno was in a kennel waiting for his ride and then he was ready to go to his
new place.....See photos later!
So we started medicating and cleaning and whilst jen was doing that Lisa was worming and treating dogs for ticks and fleas, today she managed 40 dogs which is massive considering the effort involved, yesterday 25, tomorrow some more.
Today was quite a chilled day at the shelter, the police came to inform us that the previous owner had made an allegation that all her dogs were stolen.. So we gave our passports and told them she was stupid and asked them to take a look at what this wonderful owner who now gives a shit had left. So we spent our day trying to make friends with the doggies. We sat in each pen, bribed them with treats, gave them a brush and some new cardboard and puppy food brought from England. We were
bestie's with most by the end.. I have two doggie fans, Hopesey and Shadow.
Hopesey was the first dog I treated, she had so much green snot and blood from
her nose and diarrhoea and would not eat, two days later after her medicine she
is free to roam, follows me, let's me touch her and you can see in her eyes she
trusts me. Shadow roamed free but never came close to anyone but today I
made it my mission to touch her. It didn't take long with a can of dog food and
she ate and let me brush her. Her eyes said it all, one minute fearful then a
drastic change of, oh, actually your ok you are and so she proceeded to follow
we everywhere, even in the hell hole kennels, that's love! So even after I said
no more dogs for me. I reckon I will bring both back and keep one and find a
forever home for the other, I will send some photos after.
Lisa has also fallen in love, with nearly all, the difference in these dogs in a few days is
unbelievable.. Not all.. There are still some who hide their faces and you can
see them thinking, if I hide they won't see me and il be ok but we will keep
trying until we leave.
Two guys arrived at the shelter and Vlad translated that they had their pet dog at their place of work and the dog catchers came and took him, they heard he was here and want to see if he was. I am always suspicious of random people turning up wanting dogs but we went to see if he was there and in the second pen from the beginning on the left I saw the mans face light up, In there was one of my faves, a white and spotted old boy who had been howling so sorrowfully all day for love and affection, it was him. I think
it was florin they called and one man starting crying, they were so happy to
find him and I knew right then if it was suspicious they would not have picked
this dog, he was asleep in the corner, old and bad hips. I knew this was
genuine, so so happy to see the dog walk with his master to the car and hop in
so happy. Now only approx 115 dogs left.
We spent the afternoon with our music on. The dogs like our UK taste in tunes! We brushed and loved them, medicated and cleaned and it was a good day.
My poorly brindle boy who had such bad diarrhoea and urine full of blood is finally feeling better, first solid poo since I've arrived. He still doesn't eat but tomorrow sure he
will. I will get photos tomorrow...
This is just the beginning of the journey and I ask you all to please look the photos we send and see the eyes of these beasts, they are so desperate for love, freedom and safety it's heartbreaking. I ask you to share with every person you know, meet walking your
dogs, put up signs and educate others. We will vaccinate all the dogs before we leave and Rudi will make the passports, we really can save all these dogs but without adopters who can pay the costs of transport (approx £200 per dog) and spreading the word they will remain here so thanks again for all your support and have a think on what difference you can make. X