ABR INTERNATIONAL STORIES


Boz

Wow, what can I say about Boz.  We got him in July this year when he was about 10 months old, and he has been an absolute joy.  It was love at first sight for Carol and me and has only gotten better.  He is incredibly smart and well behaved.  He has never met a stranger either two or four legged he didn't like, and greets everyone with a wagging rear end( not much of a tail).  His favorite pastime is playing ball which he would continue all day long if we would let him.  When we go outside, he is a natural hunting instincts take over and he loves watching the deer we have in the area.  We could not ask for a more loving, attentive companion and he is the consummate lap dog.  As soon as one of us hits a recliner, he's there.  Everyone that meets him is crazy about him.  We have been approached by friends and relatives expressing their feelings about him and saying they would gladly take him if something happens to us.  I cannot express to you how much we have come to love this little guy who came from Spain.  He is truly special!!! 

  
The Bulleits, Georgia

 

 



Rosie

Our little "Adele" was renamed by her Foster Mom & since she responded to that, we kept it. Her name is now Rosie! 

We were a little hesitant about adopting a dog from overseas at first but all we had to do was meet her & it was love at first sight! 

She won us over with her sweet, gentle, almost shy & humble demeanor. Rosie came right up to us & seemed so grateful for anything given her. She was a cuddler right from the start. We brought our 4 yr. old American Britt, Rudy with to meet her & they hit it off right away. When we brought her home he gave her a day or two to acclimate then it was Rosie who initiated play time! They chase each other around the yard, play hide & seek around the bushes or inside, around the kitchen island. The wrestling is loud but very evenly matched and when one of them says "enough" the other one respects that. 

She is extremely healthy, which was our biggest worry. We brought her into the vet with all her paperwork, passport,etc.& after a thorough exam, agreed with the original vet who examined her when she first came to the US. She received excellent medical care from the start; spayed, microchipped and shots all updated. The only challenging part really was because the passport & vet records from Greece were in Greek, our vet had trouble figuring out what she actually had as far as meds. and vaccines. But Google translate helped so it really wasn't too bad.

Rose loves long walks; she walks very well on leash. We go to the park every day to meet up with other doggie friends and we have taught her basic commands. The only "negative" if you want to call it that, is her fear of rain. Not usually a problem for us in Northern California, but rainy season is upon us so we've just experienced her distaste for getting wet! I bought her a raincoat recently & have worked with food rewards to encourage her to come out to do her business. So far, she's doing better and not hiding behind the chair when I ask if anyone has to go out. Hard not to just melt with that face she gives you!! 

We are thinking of doing therapy work with her. She is so gentle & loves to be pet that visiting those in the hospitals or retirement homes might be good. We have a local group that works with kids struggling to read so the kids read to the dogs as they pet them to gain confidence with a nonjudgmental audience. One of our new neighbors has a son who is terrified of dogs & just yesterday, he actually pet Rosie.

Everyone at ABR was terrific to work with. They made it as easy as possible. Same as adopting from anywhere in US.

Thanks for all the good work you do at ABR! We love our Rosie!

Monica and Bob Collins, California


Pico

Piccolino, now Pico is a beautiful 28 pound Brittany. I adopted this Greece import and what a lucky time in my life. He’s gentle-loving - smart - and becoming my best friend. He cuddles with me while watching tv and in bed. He also loves my 9 year old lab. They’re best friends. I’ve also fostered two  Brittainy and have  given these beautiful dogs to their new forever homes. Hard to give them up. American Brittany Rescue does a  great  job making sure these wonderful dogs get an opportunity to have a good life. They’re special and deserve to have a great forever family. I love my Pico and Ryan. 


Bob Baldus, Iowa 



Pete


I've now had "Pete" aka Kobe since Aug. 2017. He came from Spain. He is a beautiful and gentle male. He is my constant companion.  

We live in coastal Delaware and Pete and I take anywhere from 1 - 5  walks every day.  A favorite spot for him is a beautiful little park with a 1/2 mile path around an ocean lake and wildlife preserve by the ocean called Lake Gerar. 

We travel regionally a lot. Up to New England and New York, Southern Maryland, DC and Virginia. He loves to visit my brother's mini-farm near Annapolis, MD and play with their lab and race around the grounds. 

He is a power digger and likes to bury my shoes in his yard at home! My son and i built him a large area with a dog door, so ge runs in and out all day at home too. He helps me with gardening and likes to transplant my azaleas and rhododendrons to his own holes!  

By the way, he seems to have mastered the English language perfectly. He's an incredibly fast learner. I've had dogs my whole life and always females. His personality is so sweet and gentle. He does love to pounce on me in the morning to get me up for some food and to go out!  Next fall we are planning a road trip to New England for foliage season and some hikes in the Berkshires (mountains) and some seafood in Boston with more family!  He loves to ride in the car (fortunately).  

Andrea, Delaware

 

 


  



Kosmo

Kosmo from Greece has been the best dog in the world and literally changed my life.  We walk on average about 7-8 miles a day and I’ve lost 25 pounds.  He’s a nut and loves to climb, rocks, cliffs, mountains, beaches.  And Kosmo’s personality is so infectious that he is a bit of a celebrity, everyone loves him and remembers him!   

 


Mark Markunas, S.F.



Bonnie Lass

We welcomed Bonnie into our family 1.5 years ago.   She is a true love for all of us and we couldn't imagine being without her.  Thanks to all the rescue work you are doing in Greece and internationally, we feel so blessed to have out little Bonnie Lass by our side.  She was very shy and cautious when she first came to us, but through personalized training with professionals she quickly became a wonderful well behaved companion.  She is very smart and responsive and is often told she is the BEST DOG EVER!   

We are a very active family and so she loves to go on walks or runs with us in our neighborhood, on the beach, in the woods, and is a great traveler on long or short road trips.  She has gone camping with us and stayed in a fancy downtown Portland Hotel, where she was a perfect guest and made many human friends.  We now know she is not fond of glass elevators and army crawls to get out of them as fast as possible... or refuses to move on her own.  We even took her on a road trip to have a reunion in Spokane with Leo, now Theo.  He was her best bud from the Greek shelter.  They remembered each other immediately and had the best time playing in his yard together.   We are fortunate to have a strong relationship with her foster Mom in Seattle and love to visit with her "furbabies".  Bonnie also loves playing with other dogs at various dog parks or at doggy day care centers. We sometimes take her to daycare when we are on a vacation during the day to keep up her socialization skills, and allow us to do some non dog-friendly activities.  She loves her puppy vacations too, and is a playful spunky girl who is always asked to come back to visit.   

Bonnie is obviously Daddy's little furry girl.  She gives him the most rapid tail wags and sweet kisses I have ever seen!   Our 2 children have also gained so many important skills in understanding and responding appropriately to dog behaviors, as well as being very active in helping to care for them, that we can have no doubts that they will be great adult pet owners and rescuers in the future.  I can never tell who loves each other more the kids or the dogs! 

WE are all so fortunate to have a very happy go lucky relationship and will be forever grateful to ABR for bringing her into our lives.   

Claudine and Doug, Seattle



Ron

 

Well Ron is doing great, he fits into our house like he’s always been there.  It is hard to believe it has only been 6 months since he came from Spain.  Ron has been adjusting well and his personality is starting to show.  His favorite things are going for a walk, running around in the back yard and going to bed.  He has worked his way into letting him sleep with us and at night he dances around waiting for us to pull out the bench so he can jump up on the bed (it is a high bed).  And on occasion, he gets impatient and jumps up there on his own.  I have enclosed some pictures, one with his obnoxious younger sister Ellie, he is very patient to put up with her bossiness.  She likes to grab him by the neck and drag him about.  Don’t worry Ron will give her a growl if she gets to be too much.  My husband was so worried about getting a rescue off the streets and was thinking the dog would be difficult.  Well he is cruise control and our younger dog is the bad dog, nobody should have concerns about rescuing a dog internationally.   This summer we all enjoyed a trip to our favorite beach, Ocracoke Island NC and Ron enjoyed walking all around and taking in the new sites.   He also got a few trips on our boat this summer, he is definitely more a boater than a swimmer, he didn’t want any parts of going in the water.  He also was a regular at our local farmer’s market and enjoyed getting lots of attention.  This weekend we are looking forward to our local Pet and Kid Christmas parade, will try to get a good picture for you all.

 

The Walkers, Virginia 




Sophie

Sophie is doing just fine. Learning many new things including the language as she came from S. Korea and that her kitties are not to be picked up like stuffed toys. Her back legs are getting stronger by the day and she runs and sometimes jumps up. She cannot yet “counter surf” like our other Brittany does. So that is a blessing. Her lungs which are scared from her pneumonia don’t seem to slow her down and our vet has given her a medication to ease her cough plus percussion of her chest. She has a little pleural fluid that needs to be resorbed, but with good care and food she should have a wonderful life. Her adopted sister, AnnieE, was also adopted about eight years ago from ABR when we lost our previous Brittany. They have bonded and are inseparable.   We love her and would never part with her. This is her “forever home”.  

 

 

 

The Kinley-Wood family, Palmdale, CA



Bridget

 

 

Bridget was named Luna and came to us from Spain on 5.11/18  She has fit right into our family since the beginning. She loves her older sister, Matilda an ABR,  that has been with us since 2/2011.  Bridget has learned to sit, shake, down, turnover, twirl, jump into her car crate and sit pretty. We have also started agility class and it seems as if she has done it all before.  We had our first play day at an arena and she was awesome! The language barrier has never been a problem. She is so anxious to please and her tail is in motion always. She has 2x daily walks, snuggles in bed while we have coffee and since we are stay at home parents there is plenty of interaction. She would prefer that there was NO WET GRASS, but we are getting the potty issue under control, paws are crossed. 

 

 

The Johnsons, Washington state

 

 

 

 



Vida

 

Thank you for asking about our adoptee from Spain. We love talking about her and sharing pics.

FYI, we did change her name from Debbie to Vida. She joined our family (my husband, me and our 6yo Brittany rescue Zoie) mid-May and is such a welcomed addition. Vida and Zoie are inseparable best buds and play constantly. Vida adores Zoie and pretty much follows her lead. In the evening, after the dogs have worn themselves out in the back yard, Vida will usually sit on the couch with me, her head on my lap. And when it’s time for bed, she’s decided it’s much nicer to sleep in the human’s bed than on her pillow. 

My husband and I frequently say that she is the sweetest dog we’ve ever had. Her spirit is entirely a loving one and love is what we give back in return. We adore her.

 

The Druckers, Oregon

 

 



Bonita

Bonita, formerly Betty from Spain, is doing great!  She has an adventurous spirit. It took a few weeks to allow her off leash. She has adopted me and my two other adoptions, Abbey ½ Brit & ½ Border Collie who is almost 16, Rubey a prior Brittany Rescue now 7. 

Bonita has put on just the right amount of weight, her coat is glossy and soft. We take a two mile hike from our home every day. I’m surrounded by hundreds of acres of public land.  Bonita does much more mileage racing up and down the mountainside looking for rodents, squirrels and chipmunks. Throughout the day I let her and Rubey outside to burn up some of their energy. She has come pretty close to some elk and deer that frequent our yard and learning not to chase them. 

As soon as there is enough snow she will xc ski with Rubey and I.  Abbey the eldest has had a good 15 years of backcountry action and ready for relaxing days.  Bonita loves to run errands in the vehicle perching herself on the console when I allow her to.  I’ve learned that she must stay busy most of the time so leaving out my knitting can evolve into chewed knitting needles and scattered yarn when left unattended. She snuggles next to me in bed every night and delights in wrestling a bit before getting up. She’s now 2 years old and definitely still a puppy. 

I’m so blessed to have this bundle of enthusiasm to love and set free into the beautiful environment I call home here in Montana. She returns to me with a giant smile, wiggling her stubby tail, not letting me out of her site for long.  Her personality and devotion transforms every moment into joy even when she’s mischievous. She’s so cute its impossible not to smile at whatever she’s up to. 

Thank you for your commitment to the  International Rescue and choosing me to care for these beautiful Britt’s. Bonita is the orange one with freckles in the photos. 

 

Cathy Locatelli

Darby, MT



Mini

 

Mini, formerly Perla was from Spain.  She is doing great and is very sweet.  When we first got her she was very shy but she's coming out of her shell.  She's taken a beginner obedience class and was an A pupil.  We think she'd be great at agility and may try that.  She loves to go for boat rides and long walks.  She visits an assisted living facility a couple times of month and everyone loves her!  We adopted a kitten and they are best of friends.  They chase each other and snuggle together.  I've attached some photos.


Alison and Andy, New Jersey

 

 



Theo and Izzy

Dan and Carla Ferguson have generously adopted not one but two of our international dogs.  First adoption was Beti, now Izzy from Spain and next they took in Theo, formerly Leo, from Greece.  Both dogs are thriving in their new home in Washington state.

Here's a recent note from Dan:     the two critters are doing great! Living in the lap of luxury. We have a little foster gal now too. Josie is really warming up to them.  

Note:  Josie is also an international rescue, this little girl with the big ears is from Spain and was named Renee.



Cooper

Cooper from Spain is doing great! He has separation anxiety that we are working on but other than that he is doing great. He is a great dog. He has playmates he sees once a week on the weekends and loves to ride in the car! It would have been a shame to have him put down. Anyone looking to adopt should use a rescue!

 


The Johnsons, New Jersey    


Romeo

Overall, Romeo is doing really good.  He was very skinny when we first got him, from Spain, but now his ribs don’t show and he’s very healthy.  He’s still gets a little weird with my husband-he’ll bark at him when he enters the room, but will sleep next to him on the bed.  He likes my husband when he’s horizontal, such as laying or sitting on couch or bed.  Seems like someone took a switch or something to him.  He definitely was not treated well before we got him.  

We take him on a walk daily, along with our other rescue, a lab mix.  He’s not as active as I thought he would be, they talk about Brittany’s being so high energy, but Romy is a pretty mellow little guy.  Our other dog is way more high energy, lol!  

We also did agility training with him, but he was just too skittish.  Our trainer recommended that we give him more time with us and try again later.

We’ve taken him hiking and on beach vacations and does great.  As long as he’s with us, he is a happy boy! 

The Austins, California



Rusty

Rusty, formerly Joe from Spain, is the sweetest dog ever! All he wants are belly rubs, milkbones, and going to the dog park. He got house trained almost immediately. He gets along well with our Setter and all dogs. He’s nervous around strangers though. The big issue is that he will use any opportunity to just run, even if that means running away.  We invested in an electric (ecollar)collar and training just in case he gets away. Last month, he squeezed through an open gate (we had it fixed since then) and ran towards the street. I hit the button on the transmitter and said “Rusty Come!” and he stopped and walked back to me.  This past summer, we introduced him to lake swimming, on a 25 foot leash. He loved it! 

Ken Grossman
New Jersey  


Luigi

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

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.


Mina

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



Max

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

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.

 

 



Cleo

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.


Crystal Maes      



Wilbert


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

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”.


 



Marco

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



Buttercup

 Buttercup 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


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

 

 

 

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. 

 

 



Muffin

Muffin’s 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.

 

It 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.

 

Opa 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.

 

Opa’s 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

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!!!