The dog that no one would adopt – Sofi’s story

I met Sofi for the first time I visited
the Save a Greek Stray shelter. I now feel so bad about it but the first thought
that crossed my mind when I saw was Oh, no. There is another one that will get to spend its entire life here shelter has been doing an amazing job
turning severely injured sick and neglected dogs into totally adaptable
and loving pads but there are always loved ones that you bring in and can’t
help thinking that the shelter will be the only place you’ll ever know as home. These are the old ones the three legged ones the black ones and above all there was was Sofi. It was
probably distemper she had suffered from she was still a puppy that made her walk
this way and besides the fact she was a black mixed breed dog her condition made her even less adoptable. But there was something about her. Sofi would fall and get back up then again fall again and get
back up again and again, as if nothing All the love in the world was in
that huge heart of hers, love for people for dogs love for life, so we give her a chance like we do for all the dogs thinking waited for someone to look beside her color and
her medical issues and among all the loving people who watched it and shared
it and admirered Sofi’s strength and kindness, there was one woman who did something
more. Marcia was Dutch and saw Sofi as the perfect companion for her husband
and their three amazing children and their two rescue dogs Sofi’s video was
shown to the kids as a Christmas present she looks like she’s dancing one of them
said that was it. We started exchanging emails. We would inform her and Sofi’s
condition and everyday life and she’d send us photos of the new life that
was awaiting Sophie 2,500 kilometers away. We would see her playmates would be the members of new family her new home
the brand new bed with your name written on it. Her new life. Alife we had never
imagined was there waiting for a dog like her. And after a month or so Marcia
flew all the way from Holland To Greece to Pick her up. I had the honor of
accompanying her to the shelter. The drive all the way there must have felt like
forever I could tell she couldn’t wait and finally where they’re and finally they
met. I don’t know what was going on inside Sofi’s little head when Irene
took her out but was like she recognized marcia even though she had never met her before
it was as if she knew that she was there for her. We spent the day at the shelter
One of those beautiful sunny winter days of Athens when you feel that no matter
what everything everything’s going to be ok. Sofi would run around and play with
her friends lay down and sunbathe and then run into
Marcia’s arms again for more cuddling She looked so confident. She had that attitude
as if she was telling the rest of the dogs: that woman’s mine, you can enjoy her
all you want to today but she’s coming home with me.It was going to be her
last day at the shelter she enjoyed it as much as she could their flight was scheduled for the next
day but Marcia couldn;t let go. I don’t know how many times we are about to leave but stayed a
little bit longer and a little bit longer marcia would hold Sofi and talk to her. I
don’t understand a word in Dutch and never asked what it was that she was
telling her I only know that there were words of love and promises it she
meant to keep In the afternoon we let Sofi rest. The last time I saw her she was
in her kennel while Marcia was on the other side trying to take as many photos as
possible, photos of Sofi’s life before her And the ay they left and two days later we
started receiving emails with photos and videos of Sofi’s new life. A life she had
never dreamed of, a life so far away from the land that hurt and rejected her and
cast her aside. A life in which sophie has her own handmade bed, a warm corner in
the house where she can sunbathe and a forest nearby where she can run all happy along with her
friends. A life well deserved. This isn’t really a video dedicated to Sofi. It
is a video about her but it is dedicated to all the others that keep waiting in
the shelter kennels waiting for a new life and a chance to be seen as a family
member and a companion and hopefully Sofi’s story will give them a
chance as well and it might convince some amazing people out there that their
beloved future dog might be waiting for them thousands of miles away. It might be black orold, it might have three legs and a past of sorrow and abuse. It might walk funny ornot here well but no matter what it will be a loyal, loving and forever grateful.

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