ABR INTERNATIONAL STORIES
Horus from spain, now named Luigi has been with us 6 months on Thanksgiving! He’s a devoted, energetic Velcro-buddy. We visit a WV DNR Nature Area called Forks of Coal (Little & Big Coal Rivers). When he’s off lead, he dives in and out of tall meadow grass like a porpoise. He’s naturally high energy, but he’s so gentle & anxious to please at home. Leash walks are vastly improved, but there’s still some work to do on that front. Squirrel’s are a major distraction. For our family, he’s a touchdown. AND, he’s a big fan of WVU football! I send a picture to prove it.
Luigi is about to graduate from Doggie College with his obedience diploma. Sit, sit-stay, down, down-stay, whoa, here, place and heel in two weeks! We've adopted the Brittany version of Nokola Tesia!
J K and Patricia
Cece is doing well and we love her very much. She's settled into our house of many legs: three kids, two adults, two cats, plus Cece, along with occasionally visiting relatives or friends of the kids. She's especially devoted to me and to Colin and spends nearly all her time with us. She even walks with Colin several days a week to his office in the Mission district in SF. He works at a co-working space called Impact Hub, so we like to call her Impact Dog :) Even more, she loves to run free at Ocean Beach, to sniff everything in sight in Golden Gate Park, and to explore the Presidio. Fort Funston is a favorite too. When she's happy and running, her ears fly like little pumpkin-colored ponytails. She is at her absolute happiest in motion. When she initially arrived she was very scared of men and tall boy teens. She would shake and hide. Now she's stopped her shaking and is very friendly to most all people. However she has picked up barking, especially at the doorbell and at my teenager son, Hadley. We're working with her to try to stop this and Hadley is being patient. She's completely comfortable with the cats and the cats with her. They hang out to together on the couch, eat dinner right next to one another and regularly vie for my attention.
She's very trim and fit and most everyone she encounters seems to think she's a puppy. We took her to adult dog manners class and she learned "sit" and "down." This was very exciting to all of us. The "sit" part took a while, but now she's got it.
Because everyone deserves a birthday...
One year ago today, Mina arrived in Boston after a long flight from Serbia. We drove her to New York that night with the intention of fostering her. At 2 years old, we figured she would be adopted quickly and our happy/sad hearts could feel good about our first fostering gig. But her first vet visit came with the bad news that Mina was heartworm positive. I cried. In those few short days, Mina was already wiggling her way into my heart. Terrified but without any debate, we agreed to foster Mina through her treatment. Mina was a champ, kicked the Heartworm, and of course we adopted her this past summer. We don't know much about her history as she was found as a stray in Serbia, but we do know that a year ago today upon landing in Boston, thanks to #ABR, Mina started a new chapter-- a meal never missed, regular vet visits, days filled with snuggles and kindness and so much love, a whole box of toys to choose from, a safe yard to run in, a human brother and a fur brother and two parents who adore her to pieces.
So, in honor of the first day of Mina's new chapter, we have declared today Mina's birthday. We will spoil her (as usual), grateful for all the gifts she has brought to our family and everything we've learned from her-- she is resilient, confident, carefree and has the happiest spirit for whatever she has been through! She makes us laugh every day. Best of all, she has brought our other ABR Brittany Henry out of his shell and taught him how to be playful and brave. There is so much to celebrate today.
-- The DiLello Family, November 14, 2018
Bruno renamed Fletcher
Fletcher is a wonderful dog who came from Spain to Atlanta earlier this year. He was very skittish at first, and we joked that our house was like the movie “A Quiet Place,” because the slightest noise upset Fletcher. Now, he is much less afraid and, instead of running to hide, comes looking for one of us for comfort if he gets scared. He gets along great with Betsie, our 12-year-old American Brittany, who is his partner in crime. They are a mischievous pair and no food is safe if they can reach it. They love to thunder up and down the stairs together.
Fletcher loves his doggie bed, walkies, duckie treats and, most of all, snuggles. His fur has become beautiful; he has gorgeous liver roan markings and funny tufts of orange fur on his haunches. In the walks around our neighborhood – long ones twice a day and shorter ones three times a day – he has come to adore all of the little dogs, although the bigger ones still intimidate him a bit. When we first got him, he was very afraid of other people but, in recent weeks, that has changed. It takes him awhile, but he eventually comes out to greet all guests and enjoys the attention. My favorite thing now, is that when we walk or snuggle, he looks up with those deep brown eyes and opens his mouth in a grin. We are so excited to see his true doggie personality come out as he gets used to his forever home. Thanks so much for letting us adopt him.
Brenda Mooney and Marc Komisarow
We adopted Max in August of this year. (We also have an 11 year old pomeranian, Bruno). He’s now living in San Lorenzo, CA. We’re about 20 miles south of San Francisco. We walk him a lot along the shoreline of the Bay. He sure enjoys his walks!! His nose is always working and searching for squirrels. We/I walk him about 2-3 miles a day and it’s really hard to wear this dog out. He just loves being outside, as so do we. He’s been a great walking companion.
In the house, he’s a complete gentleman. He waits patiently for his meals, although he often helps himself to whatever is laying on the counter when you leave the kitchen! He likes his toys and tug of war. He even has old Bruno playing tug of war with him. He always lets Bruno win! He even caught a mouse in the house, however, I think he’s the one that brought it in.
My husband belongs to a pheasant hunting club, so there may be some hunting training in the next month or so for Max. He surely has the drive and nose for it. I’ll let ya know how that goes.
Thanks ABR International for bringing this fun and lovable dog home! You’re doing incredible work!!!
Woof, Stephanie, Steve and Jared
Mika has been enjoying her life in Seattle with her fur sister Nola. They love each other so much and bonded very quickly, spending much of their day chasing each other around their back yard, wrestling in the house and playing tug of war with their favorite toys. . She loves to run! Mika is still working on not counter surfing and not destroying shoes when her family is at work, and Christmas presents were a particularly tough treat to ignore. Since we adopted her in June, we she has gotten to go to Colorado where she loved running the mountain trails and getting dirty, hiking near Snoqualmie pass where she ran forever in the snow (she looooooves the snow - our white Christmas in Seattle made her life complete), meeting her niece and nephews, and lots of off leash romps at our local beach where her and Nola see who can collect the most sand - Mika usually wins. We celebrated her first birthday in November with puppy ice cream and reminiscing about her time on the streets of Greece (she prefers snuggling her humans in their big bed). She has been an energetic and awesome addition to our house.
Last December Larry and I headed out on a road trip to Santa Rosa from Southern California to see about adopting “Lady”, a French Brittany that had come from Santorini, Greece. We found her to be beautiful with classic orange and white markings and a tail that doesn’t stop wagging. We were smitten with her right away, but of course she had to pass the test with Gracie, our ABR Brittany that we had adopted from Texas seven years ago. All went well and the two dogs got along like they had known each other forever. We decided that Lady should have a name that represented her homeland, so renamed her “Cleo” (for Cleopatra) because of her dramatic black eyeliner and cute black spotted nose.
Once home, Cleo carefully watched everything going on around her then quickly settled into our daily routine. She did great at her obedience class and loves everyone and all dogs that she meets. Her favorite thing is eating. After that comes going for walks, rides in the car and demolishing squeeky toys. Gracie has taught Cleo about chasing birds, lizards and squirrels and those are now some of her favorite activities too.
Cleo is the sweetest dog. She just wants to reach out and touch everyone and has become a favorite wherever she goes. Cleo is such a joy to have in our lives and we are thankful that ABR has such a wonderful adoption program, especially now with the international adoption program.
Wilbert, now Hudson, came from the Santorini Animal Welfare Association in Greece with his sister Wanda (now Lexi) in April 2017. His family sent us this update, “In our time with Hudson AKA Huddy, he has matured both physically and mentally. When we first got him, he was skittish around most people but now he gets excited to see those who he knows well. While he still is wary of new people, he warms up to them quickly. He loves to play around with his many toys (especially ones that squeak) and he is always up to go for a jog. He has grown noticeably and, based on our own measurements, he has gained approximately 15 lbs. since we got him. He is the sweetest dog I've ever had.
I want to thank you so much for rescuing him. He is so wonderful, and I am as attached to him as he is to me.
Maia came to the US from
Greece in April 2017 and according to her new family, she is a perfect
addition. Maia is full of energy and love. She loves to cuddle with her Mom on
the couch and even on the bed when her Mom sleeps during the day after a night
shift. She also loves playing with the kids, who are six and eight years
old. The kids can be a bit physical and love getting close to Maia but
she has never growled and is very patient and caring. Maia’s new family
has another rescue dog, Freckles, an eight-pound terrier/chihuahua mix who is
about eight years old. Maia and Freckles get along very well. Maia
has a lot of energy and loves running in her spacious backyard. She is
very conscious of the pool and does not go in although her family has taught
her where the steps are just in case. Maia loves to play with a puppy who
moved in next door, an 8-month-old Boxer named Tully. Maia is the perfect
playmate for Tully. Freckles is a bit old and grumpy to engage in play,
but he and Maia are pals! Maia loves to eat the ice out of the water
bowl, which is added on hot summer days. Maia also loves shoes! If
the family is not careful where they leave their shoes, they become Maia’s play
toys and she manages to pull the sole out! She has chew toys which she
loves to chew and cattle femur bones to chew on also. Maia is very
friendly to all she meets. When she goes outside in the front of the
house (with supervision) she roams the front yard which is in a cul-de-sac.
Maia shows off her athletic ability by chasing the neighbor birds through
neighboring yards. She is very fast! Maia seems to really enjoy her
new home and her family says, “we are lucky to have her”.
When Marco first arrived he had some quirks, like being afraid of the broom, hating the rain, and an extreme fear of being in a kennel. He was easily startled by loud noises back then too, which made car rides and the Fourth of July a little scary for him. Potty training was a challenge, and he scarfed up ever morsel of food he could find, but his sweetness was always there. Looking back it feels like he blossomed quickly. He now LOVES the car, no longer runs from the broom, is much calmer and more comfortable in general, doesn't really startle at all, and can even leave food in his bowl if he's not hungry! We still don't kennel him because he still doesn't like to be shut in, but he actually loves his kennel now, to the point that his kennel is his favorite place to sleep. The door is always open for him to go in and out as he pleases, but he even prefers to sleep in his little "cave kingdom" (as we call it) over sleeping on the bed with us now! He still hates the rain, though. As an example, we have a dog door, and when it was raining recently he thought he figured out a way to go potty outside without getting wet. He stuck his head out so that the flap still covered him and then proceeded to go. Unfortunately, he did not realize that his back half was still inside! it was hilarious. Despite his hatred of rain, he loves to swim. We recently got a little kiddie pool for him to wade in on hot summer days, and we frequently go on hiking trips where he will have an opportunity to get in the water.
He's taken so well to training too. He enjoys learning new things and he's a pro at sit, stay, and recalls now! Turns out his favorite summer treat is watermelon and his face lights up whenever he sees me cutting up slices! Of course he always gets a piece.
One of the most wonderful things about Marco joining our family though has been how much he and his brother Murphy have bonded. We got Murphy as a puppy and in part decided to get Marco so Murphy could have a buddy. We didn't realize how much joy it would bring them both. Marco is definitely the little brother. He follows Murphy everywhere, has to sniff everything Murphy sniffs. He likes to cuddle with Murphy when they nap, and is just generally more comfortable and confident with Murphy is around.
I could go on for ages about how wonderful it is to have Marco in our lives. He's just so incredibly sweet, such a good playmate and buddy for his brother. He really more than doubles the joy of having one Brittany. We couldn't imagine our lives without either of our boys, and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to everyone involved in the ABR international program: from the kind people who cared for Marco at the shelter in Spain, to the ABR volunteers who traveled to bring him here, to his foster mom, Yuki, our coordinator Andrea, and everyone else who helped bring him into our lives. Thank you!
From two happy dog parents,
Olivia and Cole Reichenbacker
came from the Santorini Animal Welfare Association on the island of
Santorini, Greece. We don’t how she ended up at this shelter, but we
thank SAWA for keeping her safe until ABR could bring her to the U.S
Buttercup, now Brandy, has found her forever home in Northern California. Her Mom & Dad are a retired couple who are home much of the time, so she always has someone to hang out with. Brandy has a large backyard with a swimming pool and loves to explore the outside smells and watch for wild turkeys and other critters that might wander by. Her family recently purchased a large motorhome, so Brandy can travel with them when they go camping. Her new family adores her and says they don’t know what they would do without her.
Το Buttercup, τώρα Brandy, την βρήκε για πάντα στη Βόρεια Καλιφόρνια. Η μαμά και ο μπαμπάς της είναι ένα συνταξιούχο ζευγάρι που είναι κατ 'οίκον πολλές φορές, οπότε έχει πάντα κάποιον να συναντήσει. Το Brandy έχει μια μεγάλη αυλή με πισίνα και αγαπά να εξερευνήσει τις εξωτερικές μυρωδιές και να προσέχει για άγριες γαλοπούλες και άλλα ζώα που μπορεί να περιπλανηθούν. Η οικογένειά της αγόρασε πρόσφατα ένα μεγάλο αυτοκίνητο, οπότε και η Brandy μπορεί να ταξιδέψει μαζί τους όταν πηγαίνουν κάμπινγκ. Η νέα της οικογένεια την λατρεύει και λέει ότι δεν ξέρουν τι θα έκαναν χωρίς αυτήν.
Wanda came from the island of Santorini, Greece with her brother Wilbert. She is now a year old and you can see what a Daddy's girl she is. She was renamed Lexi in honor of her Greek roots.
Lexi is a doll, and everyone loves her. She's a bit shy with new people but is getting better. She is great with other dogs and can play, play, play all day with her new sibling, a 2-year-old male. She loves her chew toys, treats and sleeping on her Dad. Her family can't imagine life without her.
Hope is one of the first three dogs ABR brought to the US from Greece. Hopes family said she's doing great with her (practically identical!!) French Brittany sister and she's now named Luna.
Luna taught herself how to jump up on the bed and relax and is enjoying her new life in the US.
foster Mom and Dad knew he would become part of their permanent family
the moment he curled up on Mom’s lap on the drive home from Dulles
Airport. He heaved a great big sigh and settled in, with his chin
resting in the crook of her elbow, all the way back home to the Eastern
Shore. He is a happy and spirited boy, so they renamed him Opa, an
expression the Greek people use to indicate joy and symbolizes the
celebration of his wonderful new life in the USA. His family says he
jumps up and does an adorable little shimmy thing when of his humans
walk into the room.
was obvious that Opa had never lived in a house before because he
cringed at various sounds, such as the hand-mixer. But Opa is smart and
he learned very quickly that the hand-mixer was not such a bad thing
after he was offered a sample of the mashed potatoes his Mom was
preparing. At first, he didn’t realize that his family’s bed was more
comfy than the floor, so they bought him a dog cushion and allowed him
to discover this in his own time. Sure enough, one morning they woke up
and there he was, snoozing and snuggling with his two fur siblings. Now
when he hears, “it’s bedtime”, he sprints upstairs and jumps on the bed
to secure his favorite spot.
adores his fur-siblings. He energizes his nine-year old Brittany
sister, chasing her in the backyard and nosing the tennis ball toward
her. He has also developed an endearing habit of propping his front legs
across her back while they are waiting for a treat. She loves that!
Opa plays tug ‘o war with his brother, a feisty Maltese, always
remaining ultra-gentle and sometimes allowing the little guy to win.
family is proud to report that he has graduated obedience school and
will continue to ‘higher education’ in a few weeks. Opa loves being
part of the family’s routine in everything from attending dog-related
fundraisers to beach walks to camping trips in their motor home. His
family says, “We love our sweet boy and we are grateful to ABR for
allowing us to adopt him.”
Cinnamon was found in the woods on the mainland of Greece. Her rescuer was on a mini-vacation with her husband and another couple. While walking through the forest this little dog ran up to her, begging to be saved. The people she was with would not let her take Cinnamon in their car so she had to leave her. She could not get this starving little sweet creature out of her mind. She woke her husband in the middle of the night and said, "We have to go back to get that dog." They did go back and Cinnamon ran up to her again. Her rescuer found a vet in the area that would board her while they were there and then took her back to their home in Athens where she received her full vet care. The rescuer reached out for help and connected with ABR. Cinnamon was brought to the U.S. in early 2017 as part of ABR’s first rescue trip to Greece.
Cinnamon has found her forever home and her new family has named her Lucy because she's a red head just like Lucile Ball in the show I Love Lucy and she’s a little goofy like her too! Her family says she is doing well. Lucy adores their yard and they were learning the balance of them training her vs. her training them (she's very sneaky and has figured out exactly what to do to earn treats when she desires them!!) Lucy also enjoys sitting on their outdoor swing with them and at times insists that they sit there with her while she watches over the yard!! It sounds like Lucy is doing well at training her family!!!