|Vincie was a shelter dog--a pup who stared at me quietly while the others barked--he lived with us for 17 years.|
|Vito, basking in attention from his new friends|
This is the story of Vito, one dog who was saved thanks mostly to Fiona, a woman we met on the internet who adopted a stray herself a couple years ago and who asked us for help this time. Our assignment was to find him where she last remembered he hung out (she had to leave the area since she lives in the U.S.) and to deliver him to a shelter in Lamezia Terme from where a Dutch woman would take him to Holland with her. We accepted, although we wondered whether we could find him and find the shelter. It sounded like a good thing to do for dogs. Vincie (our good old dog) would have wanted us to try since we found him at a shelter in America where at that time and place he would have either gotten adopted or gotten killed.
Vito meets Francesca, who runs the shelter where he'll live before he flies to Holland
Vito was reported by Fiona to be hanging out in the hilltown of Guardia Piemontese--at the cemetery. We were supposed to meet Mario and his partner there. They are with an animal protection group in Cosenza helping with strays. Mario and his friend would help us search and then direct us to the shelter. We worked together and managed to find him nearby at a panificio (bakery) where he begged for food. He was more handsome than the photo Fiona sent. Some of us just aren't that photogenic.
|The shelter, called Rifugio Fata is very nice-- handles up to 150 dogs.|
We and Vito had a very long ride to Lamezia, but he was welcomed by many new dog friends. He was very clean and obviously used to people, although he might have bad dreams of being dumped in Guardia Piemontese.
Meanwhile, at home in Santa Domenica, we feed Raggedy A**, a friend we met in the parking lot. We wish we could take her in, but we promised ourselves that we wouldn't own a dog in SDT again. We know there will always be strays who befriend us, we wish there was a better answer for them all. She is lucky. A person unknown to us had her spayed so she will not add to the feral dog population. That person, and we, feed her and keep her alive. We're adding a collar this week which is the local way of saying "this dog should not be taken in a roundup."
|Vito looks out of the back of our car on the way to meet Francesca. Good luck in your new life!|