Sweet, pretty griffon dumped in Greece: family promised they’d come back, but never did

Love cuddles from my foster mommy Lynda

Cuddles from my foster mommy Lynda

by Hera, with Katerina Lorenzatos Makris ~

UPDATE: Hera has been adopted!  Read more about it!

Imagine your family has to move to another country. They say you can join them after they get settled. You’ll just have to stay behind for a little while. They leave you with a nice lady to look after you. They promise they’ll send for you soon. They promise. But they don’t send for you. Ever.

That’s what happened to me.

My name is Hera, and I was dumped by my own family.

I waited and waited, but they never came back.

I waited and waited, but they never came back.

Happens all the time

I guess I’m not the only one. I hear this happens all the time, not just to me. Still, it hurts when I think about it.

The lady who takes care of me, Lynda, phoned and emailed my parents over and over again, trying to get them to keep their promise, but they never answered.

Why didn’t they want me anymore? I was a good dog, wasn’t I? They had me since I was just a puppy.

I loved my parents. I loved their two little girls, who were six and eight years old. I thought they all loved me too.

Some day…

I’m trying my best not to think about all that. Instead I think about happy things. Like the new family who will some day fall in love with me. I don’t know who they are yet—I guess nobody does. Maybe they don’t even know yet. Maybe some day, somewhere, they will see my picture, totally by accident, and realize that they just can’t go another day without me.

My foster mommy Lynda says she’s sure it will happen. Some day.

‘Friendly and loving with everyone’

Lynda is super nice and really cares about me. She has kept me for more than six months now. Some people told her that she should just put me “to sleep,” but Lynda told them she couldn’t do that. Boy am I glad! I’m only two years old! I still have a lot of playing and cuddling to do!

Lynda even gives me tummy rubs. I ask her for them when she’s cleaning out my kennel. I flop over on my back as a signal to her. I love tummy rubs!

I'm a hugger!

I’m a hugger!

Not to brag, but here’s some great stuff she says about me: “Hera has a lovely temperament. Very friendly and loving with everyone she meets, and loves her cuddles. Very responsive and comes when her name is called.”

Well of course I do! Why miss out on any attention?

“She has such a lot of love in her eyes,” Lynda says (meaning me!). “I feel so sorry for her. I cannot believe that they would want to leave her like that.”

I can’t believe it either.

‘Keen to please’

Lynda hasn’t put me in with other dogs, but I live right next to dogs in the kennels beside mine, and I’m totally polite toward them.

When I go for walks I do pull on the leash a little at first, but that’s because I’m so excited! With some training and patience, I’ll learn how to walk better.

Same thing when Lynda brings my food. I’m so happy that I jump around instead of sitting and waiting. But as Lynda says, I’m “keen to please,” so I can learn, and I can hardly wait to have my very own family to please for my whole life long.

Adopt or foster me?

Size-wise, I’m not too big or too small–only about 14 kilos or so.

Lots of love to give

Lots of love to give

Pawfect size, pawfect personality, and not bad looking either, according to what I’m told.

So what is everybody waiting for? Here I am!

RescueDiva.com has sponsored all my vetting and preparations for travel, so I’ll be totally ready to go.

Won’t you adopt or at least foster me?

To learn more about me, please contact Graeske Hunde, the wonderful group who are trying to find me a new home.

With lots and lots of hugs and cuddles,

Special thanks to Stuart Makris for taking time out of his holiday to get these great photos of Hera and of others pooches in need.

UPDATE: Hera has been adopted!  Read more about it!

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  1. Stuart Makris
    Sep 10, 2015 @ 23:52:04

    Beautiful! It was my pleasure – she was an excellent model! Full of life and character, making every picture a fun and easy one!


    • spicystories
      Sep 11, 2015 @ 11:48:49

      Indeed you took wonderful photos, Stuart. Thanks again for helping with these re-homing efforts! xo


  2. Anonymous
    Sep 13, 2015 @ 05:43:13

    Seeing her story in print had me in tears. I really hope someone falls in love with her and she has a new family soon, she deserves it so much.


    • spicystories
      Sep 13, 2015 @ 07:52:27

      Thanks for caring so much, Anonymous, and for taking the time to read and to leave these very kind comments. xo


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