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Greetings from Figge Fulvio

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Many ask whats the best part of rescuing animals?

I think the biggest joy is when we find a homeless dog his/her forever home, and receiving greetings and updates from the new family.

I can tell you, our smiles are big.

Suddenly, we have filled our minds and hearts with positive energy again.

Fulvio –now Figge was rescued in southern Italy. He really had some bad luck the first year, and his foster mom loved him dearly, but couldn’t keep him. Then, we found a wonderful family up in Sweden. Figge finally got his “own” family. He gets great love, exercise, and loves to window-shopping.

AWL was able to drive him the whole way up–

That’s Amore!

Look! Here I am

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This is Fulvio and he has waited for a forever home for six months now. We still cannot understand why no one would like to adopt him!

He had a rough start in his life, born on the streets of Neapels in Italy. At an age of 4 months, he got caught by the dogcatchers. They brought him to a very stressful veterinarian clinic where they spay and neuter strays.

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There are No emotions! It’s like a fabric. The sound from hundreds of dogs with anxiety hurts both heart and ears.

Fulvio didn’t have any owner that was waiting for him.

After getting castrated the dog catchers drove him out to the streets and dumped him into a pack of other stray dogs.

Fulvio got severed attacked by a group of strays that protected their territories.

Luckily an Animal Volunteer came passing by and got me out from the dog’s teeth. She drove me to a nice veterinarian and they stitched me up and gave me medicine.

Despite all this is Fulvio a wonderful sweet and funny dog, that love play with other dogs. He is gentle and sweet towards people. This makes us suprised why no one want to adopt him.

Now I am 10 months old and cannot stay any longer at the place he was brought to.

Fulvio’s biggest wish is to feel loved and secured.

To the best family, he can travel. He got his pet passport, up to date shots, dewormed, flea free, newly washed and smells like a puppy: fresh.

Please, give me a second chance. Contact our CEO Mia Mattsson-Mercer

awlrescueteam@gmail.com

 

Nico is Searching for a Family

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Nico Is Looking For A Family!

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Do you remember our special boy Nico? The dog whose American family could not take him back to the States because he was so sick he couldn’t get a health stamp in his passport? Let me remind you and bring you up-to-date on his story…

Three years ago, Nico was adopted (not from AWL, but from another rescue organization in Spain) by an American family in Southern Germany. He was loved from the minute they brought him home. But it was not an easy adoption. The family discovered that he had problems with his back legs. He had surgery on one back knee and later the other. They worked very hard helping him to walk again. He hated water and refused to swim, so his therapy consisted of tiny walks, making him a little stronger each day.

After a few weeks, Nico started showing signs of depression. Two different veterinary clinics said it could be an allergy. His appearance started to change drastically. He became pale and lost a lot of weight. He looked like a dog ready to die. And he was ready to die.

When the American vet on the military base saw him, he did a leishmania test and it came out positive. Nico would be denied permission to travel.

In December 2017, only two weeks before departing for the US, the family began a search for a foster family for Nico. A family that could take care of him until he would be healthy enough to make the trip to the US. AWL answered the call as I had worked with several leishmania cases in Southern Italy and I knew it is possible to get great results.

When I saw Nico the first time he was very, very sick. And it has been a lot of hard work getting him back to health. At the beginning he slept many hours a day. He ate small portions of food 5 times a day. I took him to the German veterinarian and we did more blood tests to assess his situation so we could begin his medication.

During the next 30 days, I had to inject him with glucantime twice a day. He was a great dog letting me do my job. He also took 300 mg of Allopurinol every day and he got extra protein orally, along with his special food. And let’s not forget the love and tenderness that he needed to feel comfortable and heal.

To our delight, Nico started to gain weight. And strength. He started to run wild outside, barking at everything like he was discovering the world for the first time. He was curious and wobbly like a puppy since he needed to rebuild the muscles in his back legs. He has the run of a big garden so he can do as he pleases and recovers at his own pace.

When AWL accepted Nico as a foster, we agreed that when he was healthy enough, he would be transferred from Frankfurt, Germany to Texas, USA. And last month his blood tests showed that his organs were improving. Not yet 100% as his immune system is still week, but he is getting close.

I started worrying about Nico’s journey. Remembering that Leishmania could be exacerbated by stress, I wondered how his body would tolerate the trip that could end up taking 24 hours, especially if there were delays. After lying in his crate for 2 hours, it takes Nico a couple of steps to unfold himself. How would he do with extended periods of confinement. Although I have had dogs with Leishmania travel around Europe, I was still worried. Like a human patient living with HIV turning into AIDS, the immune system is fragile and suddenly the condition can go downhill rapidly.

After coming back from the brink of death, would a trip to the US take him there again?

So this weekend I talked to the family and explained Nico’s situation. And they shared my concerns. I asked if they would consider adoption in Europe where we could drive him to his new home? And the said yes! They thought long and hard about jeopardizing his health again and decided to do what would be best for him.

So….here we are. We need to find Nico a forever home with a family here in Europe. He is now full of life. He’s only three years old. He’s crate trained. He loves to play with my other 9 dogs. He would love to have a big garden. He loves walks (although his is full of enthusiasm and does tend to pull a bit). He is used to children.

Nico is castrated (neutered). His shots are up-to-date. And he has his pet passport.

Please help us to give Nico what he is dreaming about. A family that will appreciate his amazing story. His energy. And his cheeky personality.

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Merry Christmas Happy Holidays

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‘TIS THE SEASON
NO MATTER WHAT HOLIDAY YOU
CELEBRATE, AWL WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON WITH A PEACEFUL AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!
Our Rescue Horse Miracle, together with all adopted dogs, we the AWL team want to thank you all for your support during 2017.Sanne Tove Greta Elsa
PS My promise is, the blog will be updated frequently. That’s Amore!

Another load of dog food​

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Our beautiful freelance volunteer Nicky picked up the food donation today and delivered it to Rossella Shelter. (southern Italy)

80 dogs were greeting her with a lot of wagging tails.

 

That’s Amore!

 

In Spite of Life-Threatening Experiences, Still she Wags her Tail

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Text: Mia Mattsson-Mercer

Photo: Shutterstock, Private

I immediately saw her.  With her big black eyes she sat in a small cage looking curious at me. It felt like she chose me. I asked the American Animal Organization to adopt the little cute dog Shiloh. They told me that Shiloh’s mother and siblings had  previous week been gassed to death by the state’s dog patrol.

The veterinarian found out that Shiloh had a kennel cough and had to sit isolated for a while. Back home she quickly grew into my family, along with three other dogs. We moved from the US to new adventures in southern Italy.

The dogs took the long trip better than us nervous dog owners.

One evening, we walked with Shiloh along the wide Italian street. Suddenly a car arrived at high speed and drove over her!! Severely injured, she was taken to the emergency room. Nobody thought she would survive.

I prayed day and night for her.

“She’s a miracle dog,” the veterinarians told me when I finally brought her home.

The following year, Shiloh got serious problems with her kidneys. She peed blood.

I was told about a great man, Michael, who could cure animals but who had no veterinary license. Michael was also a good homeopath. No other veterinarian had previously been able to cure Shiloh’s kidney problems. Instead, they thought we should euthanize her. Michael examined her and asked several questions. Suddenly, he took hold of Shiloh’s side and with his palm he hit her kidneys. Shiloh shouted out.

I thought he was crazy!

We left, and with us we got some medicine ampoules.

A couple of weeks later she was healthy!

I told our veterinarian.

“She is a miracle dog,” he said again.

Once again it was time to move to new adventures and this time to southern Germany. Again, Shiloh moved with us but this time with 16 other happy dogs.

Today she is 14 years old. A beautiful limping  greymuzzle Senior, but still the same positive attitued as the first time I saw her there in the small cage.

She’s really a miracle dog.

I believe, we have a lot to learn from the animals.

We are what we think. Never give up!

That’s Amore!

My Column at Tidningen Nära