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After they had seen a good, compassionate vet they were transferred to a dog shelter near Athens where I was volunteering at the time. I had never seen such damaged animals before and it was truly heart-breaking to see how terrified these two were of humans. If anyone tried to get anywhere near them they would literally scream and continuously run and jump at the walls of the shelter trying to escape. Very soon after arriving at the shelter, Trixie started having fits. She was given a sedative to try and calm her and then taken to the vets for further investigation where she sadly died. Dixie deteriorated without her and I watched him become more and more depressed and desperate.
Unfortunately the shelter where Dixie was living was having to close, and we needed to find somewhere for him to go, but because of the overwhelming amount of trauma he had already been through we didn’t feel he would cope with a long journey to the UK, so a home was sought for him in Greece.
After the shelter closed and I returned to the UK it was almost four years before my friend called me to say he had news of Dixie which I would hate to hear but he knew I would want to know; the homes he had gone to were not good. The people in the first home he went to starved him. The woman claimed he was ill and was making money from the funds donated which should have been spent on treatment for him. He then went to second home to a woman who said she would help him but was found out to be keeping him day and night on a chain. After this we felt we had no choice but to bring him to the UK where we could monitor his progress, so a home was found and I drove out to Greece to collect him. I was very sad to see he was still afraid of humans and must admit at that time I did question whether we were doing the right thing for him. But we had to try something for this dog who had been through so much.
Dixie was born in Greece in 2000, although we can’t be exactly sure when. Dixie was a Doberman, but we often joke that he was crossed with an African elephant due to his enormous ears. He was found on the streets along with his sister, Trixie. Due to their breed we assume they were bought as guard dogs, but by the time they were found as strays they had obviously been subjected to all manner of horrors as they were both found on the streets in a terrible state; both physically and emotionally. Fortunately, they were found by a wonderful, compassionate lady named Mairh, who didn’t walk past them, kick them aside or beat them as so many would have done.
This is the first recorded photo of Dixie and Trixie.
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Saving Greek Animals is the slogon of Caring for the Animals Trust, registered charity number 1091152