People were asking me how I can continue, seeing so many animals suffering on the streets?I was born in a country where if you look around, you see dogs. Lots of them. Different colours, sizes, some friendly, some shy, some wild. Some dogs faces remain engraved in my memory, some dogs’ smiles I simply can’t and will never forget.
I often give a hug to a dog that recovers, or bashfully approach a shy or semi-wild one hoping that I will not be misunderstood, that I only mean well and just want to hug her/him at least as many times as others lost such opportunity…
Homer was rescue from the Galati town area. A lady named Maria made an emergency phone call to ROLDA for an injured mix-breed dog to be saved from the streets.
The driver arrived in few minutes to discover a fur ball limping and with a small hole near his right eye.
On the way to shelter, they saw the veterinary surgeon who gave them treatment for the next few days and some vitamins.
We’ve called the furry ball Homer. He is not yet as famous as his ancestral predecessor historian. We’ve noticed that he has a problem hearing and sometimes seeing things, but his smell is still good. The limping will go, with the right treatment.
The most astonishing detail about this dog is that he doesn’t know how to drink from a bowl. Probably he was used to drinking only rain water directly from the ground. When he is thirsty, he starts licking on the floor searching for a source of water, as his sight is not so good anymore.
A day after he came to our shelter, my impression was that this is an old,extremely tired dog that only wants now to relax, to stop worrying that a pack of dogs might come to attack him or to be concerned that he will starve yet another day. I thought this is his end, but at least I thought he is now in a safe and clean place, where he is relaxed.
Homer slept for two days with short breaks when we woke him up to let him drink water from our hand, or to eat soft, wet food and also take his pills.
Homer decided I was wrong about his powers of recovery and after two days of relaxation, he stood up and started barking to be noticed, barking to go out and sniff the grass and enjoy the sun. He doesn’t do much, he acts like a senior who’s “seen and experienced everything”, walking back and forth in the shelter. Sometimes he stops and looks up at the sky.
Exactly like elderly people who go to a home, Homer luckily ended up in our care so we could make his last days or last years – as good as we can. He is not a vagabond anymore, even if the life spent on the streets caused him a lot of pain and it still hurts him if you try to pet him unexpectedly.
While his senses gradually fade, Homer remains tough and lives his life in dignity.
He likes to sit in his soft pillow because his old bones need to rest. The taste of a soft piece of meat brings another happy moment in his life. The fact he has got rid of hundreds of ticks from his fur and has stopped scratching has brought a smile to his face.
The wound right near his eyes reminds him that he is a survivor. He could have been dead many times, but then, how he would find out that he can enjoy some happy moments once in a while?
Tomorrow it will be another day for Homer to walk lazily and stop often to sniff the grass, the objects – to enjoy every breath like the first one.
Homer has a dog retirement vacation, for the rest of his life, because of each ROLDA supporter that helped us to create this Heaven on Earth for the dogs rescued from Romanian streets which is also the best shelter from Eastern Europe. What other reason would have Homer have to look up at the sky today?
Homer - October 2013. What a change!!!
Where would dogs like Homer go if our shelter couldn’t offer an alternative for them?
...who would appreciate the dog that once was greasy and infested with ticks, but whose coat is now starting to gleam...
…who would open his house door for a senior, semi disabled hero that survived on the streets, that had never known how to drink from a bowl …and begged you with his eyes to offer him water from the hollow of your hand and…. help him live?!