Animals Without Limits

American Swedish non profit organisation

Category Archives: Cassandra

A LONG JOURNEY BUT MARIA ALWAYS WAIT.

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The friendship between Maria us goes back some number of years. I remember Maria contacting us, wanting to adopt a very sick Pit Bull that was close to dying in the shelter. We got Bonita out and into a wonderful foster home (thanks David and Lynn.)  Maria was amazing to show her love and patience. Can you believe she had to wait one year before she could get Bonita in her arms? Bonita had been terribly sick in the shelter, isolated in a cage since they said she didn’t get along with other dogs. Back then, you needed to make a blood test after 3 months to see if the antibodies had developed from the rabies shot. She failed twice. But Maria is amazing, over and over she said ‘I will wait for her.” I flew Bonita in to Malmo, Sweden and Maria drove down, and with her she had another sweetheart that she had adopted from Ireland. Maria cried happy tears when she could finally hold Bonita,  and we hugged. Bonita was old and she died  after xx months, but she had gotten to live the dream life with Maria and Quincy. Sleeping in bed, eating all kinds of goodies and she was the sweetest with the other dog. Never growled.
After two years Maria was ready for adopting again, and gave me the mission to find one for her. I knew what she liked and found Cassandra from an Italian shelter. Cassandra was so much love and life and had been behind bars for nearly 3 years. Maria said yes and named her Kera!
I drove down and picked Kera and several other dogs up, drove up to Southern Germany. The next morning, Maria came with two other friends, they had been driving non-stop for 20 hours. Maria and her friends were so wonderful to bring with them 2 other dogs to Southern Sweden where their new owners would pick them up.
Maria has the biggest heart and the best attitude among all the people I have ever met. There is never a problem that cannot be solved and she always shows bravery in her thinking and actions.
With her she brought a big bag of salt liquorish for me, and even Swedish candy for my children. She had a bundle of Swedish Magazines, too.
Maria had dog food, treats, collars and leashes with her for me to bring down the next time I would drive to Italy.
Every week I get wonderful pictures of Kera and her new life. Maria, you are a wonderful spirit so full of life and joy.
And she is such a responsible dog owner. Kera had the worst teeth, and many were lost. She has already spent so many hundreds of Euro to have her teeth fixed and made right.
Thank you so much for everything you do. 
That’s Amore.

MY ITALIAN JOURNEY PART 3

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The days went by so fast, and still it was simply amazing to be down there at the hospice and among our volunteers. The weather was awful, though.  Cold and rainy, so all our summer clothes were left in the suitcases. I had to borrow Pio’s boots and Martina’s jackets. But the missions continued, who cares about the weather anyway!

We were bagging at the NEX on the NAVY Support Base and it was very fulfilling for mind and donation boxes. They are such wonderful, generous people, and loving to chat with us. I got to meet so many lovely people; it was a great, busy day.
Amy Gardner put together the schedule and organized the effort; and we got help from Chloe-Rose and Lia  Jolenee stepped in and helped show me how to pack properly and how the Americans wanted their purchased items put in the bag.
We collected the amount of $612 that day, tired but happy  — and pleased.
Olivia was standing, handing out our AWL fliers, so sweet and charming to the adults. Thank you to all the volunteers who participated,  you made a fantastic result.
Thank you the  Naples U.S. Navy Community, for helping us to make it just a little better for the strays in the Campania region.

Amy Gardner gave me two very interesting and lovely books.  After reading them, I highly recommend them.  I read them with my children, and they enjoyed them very much as well.  They are about dog and cats going to heaven. Simply beautiful and comforting; and educating for both children and adults. Thank you Amy.

The next day the sun came out, totally lovely. We bathed the puppies and a group of wonderful children came and helped by washing all our crates. 

The Mercer and Funk children had so much fun helping us. Later on we washed Cassandra and Leona that later on in the week would go with me up to Germany were the next AWL team would pick them up for the final leg of their journeys to new forever homes.

We were very sad, however, to discover that a big dog had been tied to our hospice fence. Someone had just stopped and brought him out and tied him up along the fence. A local British Lady, Lynn, had stopped and given him food and water until our volunteer Pio showed up. We couldn’t have him at the hospice and had to drive him to a lady that would look after him in her big garden. We had to pay her and we were not happy for this, a problem being handed over to us. We had enough of our own problems and didn’t want people to start leaving dogs by the fence, or worse throwing them over the fence into the hospice’s yard!
But before dropping him off at the lady’s house we drove him to Dr. Fransesco for castration and a health test. Henry was wonderful. He wants to be around people.

We are desperately seeking a home for him since he loves people and big gardens.

 Henry is such a sweet, big, goof. Do you know of a home for him?

TWO NEW DOGS GOING TO SWEDEN

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 This little Angel was taken together with 30 other dogs to a 300 dogs shelter. Pippa was before locked inside cages with the other dogs, living a horrible life. When I saw the picture I knew I could find a home for her. A sweet animal friend Maya in Sweden will adopt her, and her new name is Leona.

Cassandra have been in this shelter for three years. My other animal friend saw the picture and just feel in love with her. My friend Mia is very used to strong breeds.

Hopefully we can get them home late April.

That’s Amore!