I thought it would be nice to share our story with you all and tell you the tale of Zoe.
We were on holiday in Zakynthos (Zante) and as our hotel was in the middle of nowhere we had a car hired for the whole week. (as this is piston heads it was a 1.2 Nissan Micra 5 door)
On our second day into the holiday we were on the way back from a day out in Keri driving in the middle of nowhere and a little lost. So we pulled over at the side of the road to grab the map and a bottle of water out of the boot and noticed a cardboard box making some rustling noises, not knowing what to find we initially threw a stone at it, then poked it with a stick, and eventually opened the box to find a tiny (and I mean tiny) 5 day old puppy in there on a old tshirt. It was whimpering and the smell wasn’t too good. She was so young that her eyes were not even open yet and she couldn’t walk or stand.
We were in the middle of nowhere basically on a dirt-track road, no one in sight and no houses as far as the eye could see. We scooped the puppy up and put some water in the palm of my hand, this wasn’t ideal but the puppy absolutely lapped it up, it must have been so thirsty.
Mrs Sidekickdmr had it on her lap as we drove to the nearest village. We were only on holiday and had nowhere to keep the puppy in the hotel so the initial plan was to find a local with a dog and ask them to take it in. This didn’t go to plan and they didn’t even seem surprised at what we found, not interested at all.
So as it was late and no vets would be open we picked up some cows milk from a local shop (not ideal I know but it was an emergency) and headed back to the hotel. Over the night the dog would wake every couple of hours and start wimpering for some more milk, again just from the palm of our hands and this wasn’t ideal but needs must.
These are the pics we took that night:
First thing the next morning we went on the hunt for a vets, hoping to just give the puppy over and ask them to look after it and rehome it. The first vets we found insisted that as it was so young it would die without its mother and we should put it down there and then. We obviously had come to adore this little puppy so declined and thought we would try another vets, this one seemed more helpful but didn’t speak a word of English, so we just brought some puppy milk and a bottle and headed to a bar with WiFi to have a look for someone that can help.
By doing a little googling we found somewhere based in the UK called Holbrook animal rescue that according to their website do a lot of work with animals in Greece so I dropped them an email asking if they could help and we headed back to the hotel. This night at 3.00 in the morning whilst feeding her from the bottle I caught a reflection off her face, while in out hands being fed she opened her tiny eyes for the first time ever, it was so amazing to know that we were the first thing she ever saw.
No reply that night but the next morning they gave me the details of Sue, someone that is based in Zakynthos and assists them in rescuing dogs from there. We called her and she was brilliant, very helpful and gave us the number of the only “decent” vet on the island, we headed straight there and as soon as we got there we could tell we were in good hands, they had a look over the puppy and confirmed that she was indeed a she, 6 days old by this point and told us she may survive if we keep up what we were doing as she was very strong. she was flea and worm infested so they treated this for free too. (we left a good donation). We brought a carrier and some more puppy milk and headed home to discuss the plan.
We decided that we had become so attached to the lilt mite that we didn’t want to loose her and we would like to bring her back to the UK, so we called sue and amazingly she confirmed that she would look after Zoe until she was old enough to have her jabs/chips and fly to the UK. So we dropped her off at Sue’s and had a long chat about what she does (she was looking after 8 cats, 6 dogs, a parrot, a horse and Zoe by this point, all from her own home with no funding as there is no “charity” status available over there). We were then able to enjoy the rest of our holiday but it did feel empty without Little Zoe.
The day before we were due to fly home we popped back to say goodbye to Zoe and thank Sue again, this is where we took these pics.
Since we have been back Sue has been in touch sending pictures and sorting out the Jabs/passport etc and we are expecting to pick her up from Gatwick on the 18th September.
I cant wait!!!!