ABR INTERNATIONAL STORIES
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!!!