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This week's crosspost photo is of Vilma and Vivian, a pair of ten month old, Labrador mix sisters at Tails From Greece Rescue (warning: some of the photos on this site of abandoned dogs and cats in Greece are extremely disturbing).

Vilma, with the white stripe on her forehead, and Vivian are a bonded pair. Can you tell?

It looks to me like Vilma and Vivian are beyond bonded. They might actually share the same thoughts.

They were born in October 2010 and have grown up at KAZ, a shelter for stray animals, in Greece. As you can see from the video, both are very sweet and affectionate.

There are loads more videos of Vivianne and Vilma here. I especially like these two videos of Vivianne and Vilma getting baths because their expressions and body postures remind me of Rocky whenever I used to subject him to a bath.

Vivianne unfortunately lost the sight of her right eye from an accident when she was younger - not that it stops her from enjoying life.

It would be really nice if these two could stay together where ever they may end up. It wouldn't really be like having two dogs, though. It would be like having one dog in two bodies. Double the fun and double the luvin'.

Vivian and Vilma are spayed, fully vaccinated and regularly dewormed and will be microchipped prior to joining their new home. Through Tails from Greece Rescue, their air transport fees will be covered.

4 Comments to “Vilma and Vivian - Tails From Greece Rescue”

  1. deva says:

    They are precious. Are they in Canada already, or still waiting in Greece?

  2. Fred says:

    Hi deva, they are still in Greece at the shelter. From what I understand, the shelter gets potential adopters from Europe as well.

  3. Tails says:

    Fred, you've done an excellent job! Thanks so much!!
    Unfortunately, the KAZ Shelter has not had any luck in finding a home for these two darlings in Europe so now we're hoping someone in Ontario will fall in love with them, even though it will cost the shelter a small fortune to send them here. They deserve a loving home after having grown up at the shelter so it'll be worth it in the end!

  4. Antonia Z says:

    Thrilled to see Tails from Greece landed on your blog, Fred.

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A request

The reason for this blog is to help get specific dogs adopted from TAS but equally important is to try to normalize the idea of shelter dogs being just as good and just as desirable as any other dogs including those which are regularly merchandised by backyard breeders, puppy millers and those few remaining pet store owners who still feel a need to sell live animals. The single greatest stigma shelter animals still face is the belief that shelter animals are substandard animals. Anyone who has had enough experience with shelter animals knows this is untrue but the general public hasn't had the same experiences you've had. They see a nice dog photo in a glossy magazine and too many of them would never think of associating that dog with a dog from a shelter. After all, no one abandons perfectly good dogs, right? Unfortunately, as we all know, perfectly good dogs are abandoned all the time.

The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

So, here's the favour I'm asking. Whenever you see a dog picture on these pages you think is decent enough, I'd like you to consider sharing it on Facebook or any other social media sites you're using (I know many of you do this already and thank you for that). And when you share it, please mention that the dog in the photo is a shelter dog like so many other shelter dogs waiting for a home. If we can get even five percent of the pet buying public to see shelter dogs differently, to see how beautiful they are and how wonderful they are, and to consider shelter dogs as their first choice for a new family member, we can end the suffering of homeless pets in this country.