In April 2015, a woman found a stray dog from a distance outside Athens, Greece, whose face was completely hardened. The woman took a photo and published it on Facebook, in hope that good people would see it and show for help.
The 5-year-old mixed breed dog was so sick, scared and had no idea that her suffering would come to an end!
Petra, Greek for “stone”, had seemingly had never interacted with people before. Getting close to her was something close to impossible, because she would run away out of fear of them. That’s why rescuing her was extremely difficult, but everyone refused to give up on her.
After they finally managed to capture her, they brought her to the Save a Greek Stray shelter in Oropos, Greece. Valia Orfanidou, who has helped rehabilitate many dogs, found Petra and realized she had to help her.
“I think she’s always been a stray because she looked like she had never been around people,” Orfanidou told The Dodo. “Even dogs in that condition, if they’ve been around people are more friendly. Petra looked like she had never been touched.”
Petra was in extremely poor condition and was treated for virtually everything, from mange, a skin infection causing painful scabs and lesions to leishamiasis, an infection spread by bugs that can be deadly if not treated.
Actually, the severe mange diagnosis was the culprit behind Petra’s stoned appearance. But even the treatment for her health issues began, her rescuers could see she was struggling.
“The problem is she still didn’t trust anybody,” Orfanidou said. “She never wanted to leave her cage; she would hide every time she was approached and growl at the other dogs at the shelter.”
“The second time it took us one whole hour to walk just a few meters from her cage,” Orfanidou said. “She would make three or four steps, and then stop. I’d pull her slightly and then a few more steps.”
As time goes on, Petra gets a little braver!
“She started wagging her tail and looked willing to play with us, her toys and the other dogs,” Orfanidou said. Petra, the dog who wanted nothing to do with anybody, was now more than ready to be loved.
If you would like to offer her a home, you can check out Adopt-a-pet.com and don’t forget to share with your family and friends!