by Katerina Lorenzatos Makris / Rescue Diva ~
In 2011 I traveled to my family’s home island Kefalonia in Greece to try to repair our crumbling old house in a little village. The plan was for me to be there for only a month, while The Saint (my hubsy) soldiered on at home in California, caring for our plentiful pack o’ pooches.
But for many reasons, all of them furry, my stay in Greece extended… well… umm… a little longer.
Puppy on a chain
Ipomoni was one of those reasons. She was a puppy on a chain. I tried to walk away. I really did. I wanted to go home. I needed to go home.
But at only ten weeks old, Ipomoni had already been fastened to a heavy chain, unable to play or run as puppies should, spending all her days on the hard concrete of a builders’ supply store parking lot, with not even toys or treats, and precious little in the way of love.
It was impossible to leave her there.
Her name means “patience” in Greek—the patience that The Saint granted me during the two years I stayed on the island for the sake of Ipomoni and others, the patience that animals must possess to endure suffering, and also the patience that is required of all who care about animals, witness their suffering, get emotionally slammed by it, yet have to just keep on working toward brighter days.
Anniversary of freedom
Two years ago today, little Ipomoni escaped her life on a chain. Freeing her required negotiation and quite a bit of patience. (You can read more articles about how it happened via the links below.)
A couple of months after rescue, Ipomoni hitched a ride to the Netherlands with our other rescued girl Jorja (now named Granger). Our sponsored kitty Mavro from Animal Rescue Kefalonia (ARK) tagged along too.
The girls became Dutch princesses, and Mavro took his place as a Dutch prince, thanks to Anneloes Wagenaar Hummelinck, to Ellemieke Wagenaar Hummelinck, to wonderful re-homing group Stichting AAI, to flight escort Lia Theodoridis, to Athens Pet Taxi, to Granger’s forever mom Alinda, to Ipomoni’s foster mom Emmy, and last but not least, to her forever parents Irma and Arjan.
Recent months haven’t been the easiest for me, dealing with family health issues and challenging new rescues, but Ipomoni’s mom Irma just sent me the gorgeous new photo above. It gives me brighter days indeed. And it proves yet again that patience… ipomoni… delivers priceless rewards.
Hang in there, everybody.
And happy rescue anniversary to my beautiful baby Ipomoni. Love you forever, sweet angel.
P.S. Meanwhile, the house is still crumbling hahaha!
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Katerina Lorenzatos Makris is a career journalist, author, and editor. Her fiction includes 17 novels for Simon and Schuster, E.P. Dutton, Avon, and other major publishers (under the name Kathryn Makris), as well as a teleplay for CBS-TV, and a short story for The Bark magazine. She has written hundreds of articles for regional wire services and for outlets such as National Geographic Traveler, The San Francisco Chronicle, Travelers’ Tales, NBC’s Petside.com, Animal Issues Reporter.com, and Examiner.com (Animal Policy Examiner).
Together with coauthor Shelley Frost, Katerina wrote a step-by-step guide for hands-on, in-the-trenches dog rescue, Your Adopted Dog: Everything You Need to Know About Rescuing and Caring for a Best Friend in Need (The Lyons Press).