Hello everyone – The Don here again! I was told that it has been far too long since I did an interview for Hope for Romanian Strays so here I am again – back by popular demand woot woot! It was of course very hard to decide who to interview as there are so many dogs who want to share their story. Some of them, like our dear old friend Larry, are still stuck, miserable, in the shelter in Romania and are still desperately looking for homes. Others like Fanny are mega excited to have found forever homes and would love to share their happy story.
It was a tough call but in the end I decided that I wanted to talk to Lorry. Little Lorry is a young short-legged lady who my mum was particularly worried about. She was recently caught by the dog catchers and brought to shelter, like so many other dogs. However unlike so many other dogs, Lorry is partially blind and this meant that potentially she would be euthanized. We have previously written about how the shelter is now more than 300 dogs over-capacity so any dog that has a disability of any sorts is likely to be added to the “euth” list. But let me stop yabbering on and let us talk to Lorri and let her tell her story.
The Don Hello Lorry – great to talk to you.
Lorry oh wow how Don! Oh I’ve heard so much about you – it’s an honour to talk to a mega superstar like and famous blogger like you!
The Don Oh my cat – I’m flattered but I’m really not that famous or anything!
Lorry Oh but you are in the shelter Don – we’ve all heard about you and your Romanian sister Ninja
The Don – wow – well that really is awesome! But enough about me – we want to hear your story Lorry!
Lorry Well it’s quite a story but it’s not yet over …
The Don Before I ask you why that is perhaps you can tell us a bit about yourself. How is it that you ended up in the shelter and how did you survive for all these years with your disability?
Lorri Well I wasn’t born partially blind but living on the streets in Romania is so dangerous that I was injured and lost an eye. I was lucky really – there is a horrific story of a very evil Romanian lady who took scissors and gouged out a stray dogs eyes … just like that … for no reason!
The Don Are you serious?!!
Lorri Yes. It really is unbelievable that someone would do that to a friendly stray dog just because they are a stray, through no fault of their own, but also that people just stand by and do nothing. I don’t know what happened to that dog but I pray that someone helped it.
The Don That really is so terrible and so horribly sad and shocking.
Lorri Yes. So like I said I was lucky. I only lost one eye and I managed to survive on the streets okay until finally the dreaded, evil dog catchers caught me and brought me to the shelter.
The Don Ah yes …. The dreaded dog catchers. We’ve heard horror stories about them too and how they kill dogs cruelly as part of their “job”. They really are just a bunch of sadistic, mentally challenged thugs if I may say so.
Lorry Yes, sadly you are right Don.
The Don But in the end the fact that they caught you and brought you to the Bucov shelter turned out to be a good thing, am I right?
Lorry Yes! So I was at the shelter and really really scared and when I saw Aniela I was yelling and yelling, saying “get me out”!!! I didn’t think I would ever leave – well not alive anyway – I mean who would be interested in a short-legged one-eyed ugly duckling like me? But then a miracle happened and there was a spare space on one of the rescue trucks to Germany and next thing I knew I was being got ready for travel! I was neutered, chipped and vaccinated and then sent off – out of Romania, the land of death, pain and despair, to Germany a land of hope and life!
The Don Oh wow – that is so fantastic to hear! So you have found a forever family of your own then?
Lorry No sadly not yet. A great foster family took me in and gave me a place to stay until I find a forever home. So I am safe but my story has not ended yet – I still need to find my forever home. But who will want to adopt a partially sighted girl like me?!
The Don Oh no I am sure someone will fall in love with you and take pity on you! You are a lovely looking lady and you have the most fantastic personality and character, and get on with people and dogs, and most of all you deserve a happy forever family after all you’ve been through.
Lorry Thank you Don. I do hope you are right, not least because if I can find a forever home my foster spot will be freed up for another Romanian shelter dog meaning one more life could saved. I do hope someone wants to give me a home …
The Don I am sure they will and I will keep my paws crossed for you. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and I really think you are a fantastic lady
Lorry Thank you Don – you’re a great guy too!
Once Lorry has been found a home her foster place can go to another stray from the shelter and there are hundreds of dogs waiting to be saved. If you are interested in giving Lorry, or any other stray from the shelter, a home please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.