Wednesday, 29 May 2013
ADOPTED-MARK:AAFA approx 2 yr old mixed breed male, in foster in the UK needing a forever home.
This gorgeous little boy is Mark. Mark had the hardest start to life possible and only his strength of character will have brought him through it. Mark was born on the streets of Romania. It is very likely that his mother was 'owned' but as so often happens, was not spayed. Once she was found to be pregnant she would have been thrown onto the street as is so often the case. And, so, Mark will have been born a stray.
On the streets there is very little shelter and even less food. Marks mother will have scavenged for as much to eat as possible, but if she couldn't get enough her milk would not have been nourishing enough .. and at these times Mark would have gone very hungry himself. It is also a very frightening place to grow up. As there is so little food the bigger dogs will attack the more submissive smaller dogs and even the pups so Mark would have seen, and heard a lot of fighting and a lot of the sounds of dogs in pain, and even dying. He would have also known the pain and fear of being attacked himself.
Mark became safer when he was rescued and taken to the Radauti shelter. But although safe from cars and people life in the shelter is no fun for a small boy like him. The conditions are bad with little shelter from the heat of the sun, or the cold of the Winter months. Food is in short supply in the shelters and he will have yet again been low in the pecking order for filling his stomach, sharing a kennel with many other dogs, most of whom will have been far bigger than him. He would still have had the terror of seeing fights and have spent much of his time cowering out of the way of any trouble.
A short time ago Mark was brought over to the UK and is currently in foster. What is so amazing about this sweet little man is that despite everything he has been through all he has is love .. for people young and old, for cats and for other dogs. If someone new approaches Mark he is straight over to them, looking for fusses and affection .. and wanting to give as many kisses as he can get away with. When Mark is around treats he will sit back and wait to be given his, and he takes it with such gentleness, this despite the fact that he has had to scavange for crumbs all his life .. but that sums him up, he is gentle, sweet and loving which makes it even more sad that he had to suffer so much when he was younger.
He has got a very cheeky side of course. He is making up for the puppy years that he lost and loves to play. But even in his cheekiest times you can see in his eyes just how much he adores everyone and everything around him. He is well behaved on the leader and has good recall.
The only problem with Mark is that he seems to constantly want to find an escape route .. not because he is unhappy or happier as a stray, but because freedom is new to him and he seems to want to 'explore' it fully. He is not a dog who wants to run away from a home .. indeed when he does escape he just goes up to people wanting to say hello.
Of course, what he doesn't realise is that in doing this he is putting himself in danger. BUT, if he is in a secure garden and a member of his 'family' is there with him he is quite happy to play and stay around. It is when he is alone that he decided to try to find a way to go and find new friends.
Mark needs a forever home desperately. He has all the love in the world to give and now needs to be able to give it to those who will return it for the rest of his life. he needs somewhere to settle down and have a place he can truly call 'home'.