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 Fever and body full of infections. The bandage on her broken front leg was home made since it was wrapped totally wrong. It made her leg worse.

 Her tail was wagging and she licked the people. We are amazed!

 The smell was horrible. Rotten flesh.

Exhausted but happy, sleeping on Martina and Pios home made bed. Miele is great with all their dogs.
Amazingly, no house accidents, everything outside. What a girl!



On our Earth there are many angels.  

Often, we don’t hear about them or know when we are looking at them.  One band of angles I can see are the animal rescuers and them working behind the scenes to save these souls.  They don’t seek out the limelight. They don’t put out pictures of themselves; for many of us, they can be invisible.

I know them, I see them, I follow them and I call them my animal friends.  I love being around them, watching them work their hearts.

The young woman had finished her human work for the day, and was heading to the coffee place together with her sister.  From the corner of her eye, she saw him.

Her heart stopped when she looked into his big, adorable, chestnut eyes that melted her heart.

“Oh no,” she thought.

The skinny little puppy hesitantly walked up to her, a little shy and resistant since he couldn’t read her eyes clearly.  
He saw that her eyes had mixed emotions.

The young woman felt as lost as he was.  Her heart was immediately taken with him! She bent down and said some few words in Italian to him.  On spindly legs, he walked up to her and felt her gentle, warm arms lifting him up.  He felt safe for the first time in what seemed to him as a very long time.  He was not scared anymore, and not alone.

The lady had so many worries of her own, but she couldn’t leave him on the street.  Not like that, in the cold nights and with a skeleton body.  
Many people don’t know that this is happening every day, sick puppies and sick dogs.  Those who live together with this view day after day, either harden their hearts to it, or their Angel hearts are hurt many times over.  
This lady has an Angel heart.  
Her heart hurts to lose so many beautiful souls to the diseases that are rampant there.  These angles care about the souls, take them in even with the knowledge that they will too soon leave.

She named him Rudolph, “Rudy”.

Back home, her other dogs gathered around him with curious eyes and welcoming tails, and sniffed his weak, little body.  He felt accepted, and felt safe to sleep inside the warm house. The next day the lady and her boyfriend drove to the veterinarian and had him checked and vaccinated.  Rudy sat up making sure the nice lady was with him the whole time.  In the car on the way back home Rudy, sat nicely and calmly in her lap, content to be someone’s love.

 Many people saw his picture and fell madly in love with him.  His soul was so fragile and beautiful, like you could see his soul-colors dancing around him.

But already the next day, his soul started to lose the brightness.  One could almost watch it, minute by minute, changing from being colorful to weak electricity, losing its power like a draining battery.  The lady was terrified again!

She knew about the horrible diseases endemic in the area:  Parvo and Distemper.
She cried!   
She was no stranger to this, she had found dogs that had been very ill before.  She knew the look of their soft eyes searching hers to show their thankfulness before leaving Earth for good.  They know what is coming, even as we humans are oblivious or deny it even to ourselves.

The pain escalated, she couldn’t handle having a loving soul die in her arms again. 
 “Life is unfair!” she screamed inside of her head. 
  But still she loved, comforted and protected Rudy.

She was tired of rescuing, tired of the feeling helpless she swore.  She was tired of so many people’s nonchalance and superficial problems.  So tired of hearing complainants about things that could be fixed so easily — things that paled in comparison to a life like Rudy’s.  

Where were these complainers when you were holding a little life in your arms, one that would soon be gone forever?

For a long 48 hours she cried, beside her, her boyfriend felt helpless to ease her pain.  Both hearts were crying out to the Universe to help Rudy and ease their sorrow and pain.

But the Universe had other plans, and as unfair and cruel as it was, the Universe used this couple to help Rudy in another way. 
Rudy could feel safe for the first time in his short life. Because of their love, he would pass over to the Rainbow Bridge with light steps, with no fear in his heart. 
He would meet the other dogs our Angels have loved and helped, and together they would say, “ We meet the Angels on Earth, too”

Little Rudy wagged his tail, looked down on Martina and Pio and saw the pain in their hearts.  “Oh no!  Please don’t close your hearts.  It is because of Angels like you that we still have hope on Earth.  We send our broken souls to you since we see the glow of your special light.  For you it was a painful 48 hours; for me, it was the a warmest, loving lifetime. I didn’t die on cold, wet concrete alone without feeling loved.”

We can all be Angels.  Please don’t look away!  Our hearts have a special code, the code of Hope!  The code of love!

That’s Amore

(via Mia Mattsson-Mercer)


 The lovely couple Martina and Pio rescued this dog and named him Ettore. Outside their house is a small piece of land, only fenced in dirt. Inside there are  three dogs, locked in.  When I was down working I got the honor to met him, such a big boy, sweet and goofy. 
Yesterday did Pio drive him to Dr Damiani clinic for examination. Ettore was lovely there, only wanted to greet people with his big paw.

Thank you all sponsors and supporters, Your donations are helping the animals in chaos and crisis areas. Without your support we cannot do what we are great at, saving lives. When Ettore is done with his medication and the blood test results are back he will go up North to start a new life.                             That’s Amore.



They were spotted laying in the pouring rain at the end of the road. Two handsome English setters, they looked like father and son. They were curled up together with eyes closed, tired and probably sick. Pio and Martina texted me: “what to do?”

I felt that they must be sick, not many strays lays so vulnerable in a middle of a street if they not are exhausted and beyond even caring if they will be attacked by others.

It was 15 minutes before Lega Pro Clinic would close, I called Dr. Gigi and told him what I knew. Could we bring them in the next morning, and if they were healthy and strong castrate them? If not healthy, could we treat them and they could then rest at the hospice?

Dr Gigi said they were kind of busy, if no problems to catch them, bring them in. I called Martina and told her if she could catch them I would link up with them at Lega the next day.
Pio and Martina took the car and when they drove up to them, the pair curled together even more, no doubt expecting the worst from these humans. But when they heard Martina and Pio’s friendly voice and saw the open car trunk, they jumped right in. They slept in their garage the whole night, very deeply.

The next morning we went to Lega Pro Animale. Greg and Derek were so fantastic, so friendly and humble that all the visitors couldn’t resist petting them. Max, my son, loved them and they didn’t do anything at all.

The examination started and Greg (5-6 years) has arthritis and enlarged lymph nodes, which could be a sign of leishmania. A blood test was conducted, keep your paws crossed that it comes out ok. He went under the knife and is now castrated.

Derek is about 8 months old and his blood platelets were very low. It could be due to erlichia, the tick born disease. Antibiotics for one month and a blood test done on him too. Because he is sick, he couldn’t be castrated so we will wait for that. We are not in a hurry since both will be picked up Saturday and brought back to the Hospice were they can get back their strength and health. They were both dirty and skinny.

These two are so fantastic, so calm and beautiful and they are up for adoption to a “together forever home”

That will be Grande Amore.