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As she traveled along a country road in Greece, Valia Orfanidou observed a small black-and-white stray dog emerge from the bushes and begin to trot after her vehicle.
She stopped her vehicle and glanced at him in shock in the rearview mirror. Valia, a Greek animal rescuer, has a blog titled The Orphan Pet in which she details each surgery and rescue she performs.
Oh my, not another one, I thought. There are 3 to 5 million stray dogs in Greece. There is no other choice for anyone who no longer wants their dog; the streets here are like an open admittance shelter.
The driver stopped her vehicle and approached the small dog in an attempt to convince him to board. She spent little over 10 minutes attempting to approach her and gain her confidence.
As I halted, he hid beneath the car’s wheels. Whenever he approached me, he would flee and hide. When he retreated, he would emerge from concealment and growl at me as like he had something to say.
The dog appeared quite satisfied and was happily wagging his tail when the woman was able to finally take him up and place him in her vehicle. Valia quickly rushed to a veterinarian, where she was relieved to learn that despite living on the streets, the tiny youngster was in perfect health.
The child, who is now known as Bandit, resides in an Athens foster home. He is an exceptionally intelligent and active child who thrives in a joyful environment and matures rapidly.
He possesses a strong will and is independent. Nonetheless, extremely dedicated and eager to learn.
Bandit is now undergoing numerous new experiences. He enjoys nice, plush beds, nutritious food, the unwavering adoration of his caretakers, and pleasant walks where he may run himself to exhaustion.
With the support of the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society, Bandit will soon find a home that will provide him with the love and care he needs.