Cyprus Association for the
PAWS Dog Shelter
A few of our supporters and friends have been moved to put pen to paper and compose the odd ode or two, the stimuli for some having been a visit to the charity shelter at Acheleia.
Give Me A Home.
Give me a home, where I can be,
Karen Mikellis, Paphos
Don’t Walk On By.
Don’t turn away, can you not see, my sadness, hurt and pain;
Karen Mikellis, Paphos
Poor Old Doggy All Alone.
Poor old doggy all alone,
John W. Hutchinson
Not all souls fall safely, into caring hands,
Could you be the one, to extend a loving hand?
To look into the eyes of those, see clearly to their souls?
For love is all that one can give, and it is everything,
Not all souls fall safely, let yours be caring hands,
Karen Mikellis, Paphos
One Man & His Dog.
MAN: No, I’m not perpendicular,
And that mutt’s not particular,
There goes rug number nine,
He chews them all the time!
Although I feel benevolence,
He’s filled with malevolence,
Can only obliterate -
I’m not able to illiterate
The mess that flea-bag makes!
And so I resolve,
Before he dissolves -
The rest of the house,
To muzzle his wand’ring snout -
And keep the mongrel out!
DOG: O.K. Don’t have hydrostatics,
Or lock me in the attic!
I don’t have delusions -
Although your allusions,
To my lineage may sting....
I’m just an old punter -
Who used to be a hunter,
So when boredom sets in....
Just chuck my ‘prey’ in the bin!
You may pontificate,
But I reiterate... and remain indiscriminate!
Keep that muzzle away!
You want to ruin my day?
Oops - missed me! Out of my way!
There goes that trophy you won...
Now look what you’ve done!
Well, this time YOU broke it!
So put that in your pipe and smoke it!
Karen Mikellis July 2014
Pedro's Great Adventure!
Anyway the 3rd November 2014 started of like any other day. I had a wander around the Sanctuary exploring, wanting to play with the stray cats that I had got to know and of course had my daily tit bits from the kind staff. I sat on my usual spot looking to see who would be visiting….I could see two people in the distance. They didn’t see me at first, but I could see them. I let them have a look around and then when they were on their way out I walked over to them to say hello. One of the woman looked at me in a different way from all the others, it was a look that said we will always be near each other, was this love? I think it must have been because I had a happy feeling in my tummy and I just couldn’t stop my tail from wagging, I jumped into her arms as she snuggled close to me. She talked softly and it felt so nice. She held me for a long time. I didn’t want her to let me go, she was crying, so I decided to lick her tears away, this made her smile. She told me she didn’t want to leave me but she couldn’t take me with her. The other person came over and clapped me and said nice things about me. I didn’t want either of them to go, but they did. I felt a bit alone again as I watched them walk away. However this wasn’t my ending, it was just my beginning………
Wendy & Rhona: Well we decided to visit The Sanctuary of Aphrodite on the 3rd November, it was a beautiful day and we had hired a car so after the trip to the Sanctuary our plan was to visit Limassol. We spent some time at the Sanctuary exploring, Rhona went to see another part of the Sanctuary and while she was away I spotted a small head above a wall. I walked over and realised it was a puppy!!
Where we found Pedro.
Pedro: ”So I was down at my usual dirt track in the Sanctuary as it was midday and too hot for puppies, so I was lying underneath a big rock to keep me cool, I could hear a strange noise coming from the distance, whistling, I heard a woman’s voice calling out, I recognised her voice. She was calling for me, I got myself up and stood at the bottom of the dirt track my eyes were a wee bit dusty, I kept looking and all of a sudden I could see who it was. It was the two women from earlier that day. I knew from that moment my life would change forever because they had come back for me. I barked to let her know I was there and we ran towards each other, she picked me up and we cuddled the three of us held onto each other, this was my new family and they would love me forever, my two mummies”
Wendy & Rhona:
We returned to the Sanctuary and explained to the staff we were back to
find the puppy and take him home with us to Scotland, they were all so
happy as we knew they also wanted a happy ending for the wee one. Rhona
and I searched. Rhona went one way and I went another, we called and
whistled but no response, we were getting despondent. For some reason I
was drawn to an area out with the Sanctuary, again I whistled and there
the puppy stood, wagging the tail, the puppy had remembered me, I knew
this for sure. Running at full speed towards me as we met each other,
cuddling and laughing, Rhona arrived so we had a massive 3 way cuddle.
“We told you we were your new mummies and that we’re taking you home to
Scotland. You were our puppy, and we would love you forever”. From that
moment all our life’s changed and Mission 1 had been accomplished.
Wendy & Rhona: Pedro was brilliant when we went into the vets, although he became all macho in an attempt at what could only be described as a growl howl! It made us laugh; he clearly wanted to protect us from the other doggy in the surgery but at that point hadn’t quite mastered the art of growling. He was given a worm tablet and some flea repellent and that was him good to go! Mission 3 now ticked off the list. We got back in the car and headed towards Paws Shelter to meet our new friend Matt. We met Matt outside a Tavern (can’t recall the name of the place) and after all our introductions we followed him to the Shelter. What happened next could only be described as heart rending. The first thing that hit us was the sound like a barking choir, a chorus of dogs. Right away Matt reassured Rhona and me that he and his wife Jane would foster Pedro until he could fly to Scotland, within 10 minutes he had secured a flight for Pedro, unbelievable. Matt gave us a tour of the amazing Paws Shelter; he knew every single dog by name. As we wandered around our hearts were breaking as Matt described the purpose of the Shelter, the difficulty with the amount of dogs they had to support and the lack of space, but do you know despite all of this Paws Shelter is by far the best place for dogs we had ever seen. It was super clean and the dogs were all really happy, as was the occasional cats wandering through! The animals had found refuge in a safe secure environment with Matt and his team of volunteers who clearly loved the animals they are caring for. Every single dog stood out for us and if we could have taken them all home we would have. It was an honour and a privilege to be let into Matt’s world just for that moment.
Pedro: I met my new foster daddy Matt; he was cool and he knew how to handle me really well. I wagged my tail for him so that shows how safe he made me feel but to be honest I didn’t quite know what was going on. My Mummies and Matt were chatting lots, then I was put into a big cage as my they went to see these other hairy creatures that could make much more noise than me. I held my paw up in the cage hoping that I would melt their hearts and they wouldn’t leave me alone, but they did! It was fine though as they came back soon after. I was so happy to see them I could have burst (well I did a little bit as I had an accident on Mummy Rhona)! I don’t know what happened next but mummy Wendy was crying AGAIN! I was in Matt's arms as my they walked away and left me with Matt, didn’t they want me, what about the adventure, the beach walks, and the hills we would climb……..this time they didn’t look back.
Wendy & Rhona: We spent the rest of our holiday talking about Pedro, checking in with Matt and Jane, thanking them over and over for what they had done for us, we could never repay their generosity in looking after our wee boy. Jane has kept me up to speed since we returned to Scotland through every part of Pedro’s time with them, video clips, photos, and messages via Facebook. Pedro has not only found a forever home with Rhona and I but also 2 foster parents who will see him grow up to be a handsome boy …and all because of the power of social media. Rhona and I have made that solemn promise to Jane and Matt. Who knows what the future holds, after all Pedro does have his own passport now so one day he may want to holiday in Cyprus to go back and see the Mummy and Daddy who loved him so much during his adventure. Pedro arrives in a cold, frosty and sunny Edinburgh today the 8th December 2014. This is where his adventure will continue. For Rhona and me it will be the start of an exciting chapter in our life and one which we will embrace full on. Pedro, the boy who stole our hearts, but we believe the last words should go to Pedro………
Pedro: I needed to be loved, and I found people who loved me, I needed to be cared for, I found people who did just that. I’m one lucky puppy who was taken out of the dark space I could have ended up in. There are others like me who need a forever home. Please help other doggies and donate to Paws Shelter. If it wasn’t for places like this, dogs like me would never find a forever home.