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A Saturday at the Farm

Posted on 23 March 2014

A story by doctor Polly Ilieva

It is Saturday morning, I am already at work, all our inhabitants have been examined and liik fine. We smoke up the cigarettes, grab the shovels and begin to clean and feed. As we pass on from cage to cage the sweethearts wander – whether they should be quick to munch down the food or give us a few additional morning kisses 🙂

At about 9,30 a.m. we are ready and take a short brake. The Sun shines on the Farm, everyone has a full belly and feels great, it is seemingly calm, but not completely – something is about to happen any minute and the dogs know it… THEY are coming. THE VOLUNTEERS ARE HERE!

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There are so many people who’ve come for the dog walks and cage one piles up at the door. Today – there will be enough people for everyone to walk and the Farm will be a happy place.

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Everyone is outside – big:

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and small:

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For others – this is a first – and encouragement is needed:

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It is of vital importance to reach the table (under the table), things are not that scary when you look out from underneath it.

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Granddaddy Seal has his own opinion as usual – he must be given a choice of activity:

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Everyone must pass through the cooling spot…

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All are so happy they hardly notice the reconstructions:

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And here is some lovely news – do you remember Max?

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After everything he has been through, and that’s a lot, Max is finally out on his first big walk, full of energy after having spent long months in confinement. He is well now and would like nothing more than to be walked every day, you are welcome to visit him!

And just as I thought there was no way this day could get better…
IT ARRIVED!!!  Our very own mobile clinic!!!

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We thank Head keeper Herr Mitoff and d-r Stankova who went through quite the adventure to bring it:

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Too bad not every day is Saturday!

Greetings from your rehomed girlfriends

Posted on 22 March 2014

Every day we receive lovely letters, containing stories that are even lovelier – photos and notes from the happy lives of the dogs who have found their new families through our work. We can only share a small part of them, because we don’t have the time for everyone, but we feel you need to see these photos too, they will make your days brighter, that is sure:

Linda – adopted by Ventzislav Postolov

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Greetings from Linda! The girl is happy and healthy!

I am sending you a couple of pictures from a morning walk. She has been with us since January and got used to the new home and her new family very quickly. She is incredibly active, curious, energetic and all she wants to do is play, hug and cuddle.

As you can see in the pictures – she already walks without a lead, she is very obedient and playful. When we are outside she will play with anyone – no matter how big or old the dog is.

In the morning, she wouldn’t let us have a coffee before she has properly greeted each and every one of us, giving us all as many kisses as we need to finish up our morning hygiene rituals.

At home she has no troubles – she never enters the “human rooms” without us. She prefers to stay in the doorway, when we call her, she comes, gets her hugs and then goes back to stand at the door.

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She only hasn’t made friends with our cat yet, because he is afraid of her.

She is well and sends you many, many smiles. Good luck, good people!

Arya – adopted by Yordanka Karaivanova

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Hello! I am writing to send you a few photos of the dog we adopted from you – Arya (although her choice of name was Kara).

She is healthy, she is happy, she makes us happy too. I could hardly wish for a better, smarter, more obedient dog.

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The good thing is that there is a big field near our home and she can run free with the other dogs as much as she likes. I will send you a few pictures.

She should be 7 months old today. Looks like she will be a large dog 🙂

Bamby – adopted by Angela Popova

Hello, it is my pleasure to send you some photos of a now grown-up Bamby.

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Here she is about 20 months old. As of 6 months she is enjoying a large yard where she spends her time running, digging holes, chewing sticks and chasing cats 🙂

Mika – adopted by Rumen Gavanozov

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Here is Mika. She got used to her home very quickly, she is healthy, she is very playful, she quickly learnt to communicate with other dogs at ease and she is very happy. Good luck in everything you do!

Alla – adopted by the Christovi family

Regards from Alla! I am that little spotted and dirty dog who had triangular feet. I just want to tell you I am no longer small, nor am I dirty, and it even turned out bathing is one of my favorite activities. I still have my triangular legs, but that has never stopped me from having a great time.

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It turned out that in the short time I have been in my home I managed to become a darling favorite of the whole neighborhood, even the weirdest and grumpiest of people don’t mind me stealing a snack from their bags.

The days pass in games with dogs and people, lots of walks and tasty treats. I have to say that snacks are the best time of the day – my favorite. I am sending you some photos and hope you will excuse me that they are not that good – the trouble is – I cannot stand still for a moment.

I must say goodbye now, because I have a new toy that needs my attention. My Mom and Dad have recently began to monitor how many minutes it will take for me to destroy my new toys, I work hard. Regards to all my two- and four-legged friends at the shelter!

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The musketeers – dispatched to lovely homes!

Posted on 18 March 2014

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It was another amazing Adoption weekend at the PETS&U store. All three babies found their new families, it was as always – very fun, very noisy and full of life!

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Plamen Spasov came for Porthos – he had recognized his passed and dearly loved dog in the little puppy. In 25 years Plamen has had 3 dogs and cannot picture his life without a faithful companion. It was a sad life for him without his friend, Porthos will be a fresh breeze for him. We thank Plamen for the good choice he made and for the lovely life he has given our boy.

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Aramis was the Chosen for Bozhidara Kаtsarova and her mother. Bozhidara is a 21-year old lady who is feeling ready for the responsibilities of owning a dog. She came to us not just to get a dog for the family, but her own special friend. Bozhidara and her mom have come to the store the weekends before, they even came to the Farm, but her boy was nowhere to be found. Until this weekend when Bozhidara finally found the dog she had been looking for – Aramis the perky, Aramis the joyful, Aramis the clever guy, who will make her smile every day of their life together.

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Nikolay Stefanov and his girlfriend took Atos home. This tiny baby impressed us with an amazing character – so calm, so balanced, nothing seemed to worry him. He spent the weekend sleeping on the stairs to the yard, not paying any attention to the holiday atmosphere. Kremi was even surprised the couple noticed him at all, he was so carefully camouflaged. Thus, our little black boy is now living with the three-legged cat his owners rescued from a horrible end in the street some while ago.

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The musketeers’ brothers – famous Laf and Gaf from the TV show “Lords of the broadcast” are still waiting for their special people to find them. Contact us if you would like to adopt one of the boys!

This weekend at PETS&U we have a lovely lady crew waiting for love – it is the two tiny ladies Lizzie and Bambie and Snow-White the puppy. We hope they are just as lucky as the musketeers!

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Bambie, Snow-white and Lizzie will be expecting their adopters this weekend at PETS&U

Posted on 17 March 2014

Three lovely ladies will be praying for love this weekend at PETS&U! They are two little black doggies at about 1 year of age and a snow-white puppy who is just 2 months old. All three of them come from foster homes with other dogs and cats, all are absolutely lovely, sweet and lovable. This week they will be fighting for your attention and hopefully – for the love of adoptive families on 22-23.03!

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Lizzie is a small pet, she is about 1 year old. Clean, well-mannered and very loving, the little lady couldn’t have given her owners a reason to dump her – everything conserving her is pure joy. The little one walks excellent on a lead, keeps her home clean, loves to cuddle and is a great beauty. A true angel!

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Lizzie is neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed and healthy, with a microchip and an EU passport.

Bambie

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Bambie too is a tiny little black girl, about 1 year old. She too has been picked up in the street. Bambie is a handful of tenderness and love, she is an exceptionally loyal and loving dog, true gold. Just like Lizzie, Bambie is a pet dog that was left in the street to fend for herself. Bambie has had a more difficult life than her sisters in arms. She is still a bit shy with strangers, but quickly loosens up, opening up her huge heart!

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Bambie is neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed and healthy, with a microchip and an EU passport.

Snow-White

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Snow-White is a very cheerful baby, 2 months old! She is white, she is good, she is smart, she is fun, she is playful – she is just adorable! De-wormed and vaccinated once, the little angel cannot wait to be adopted and begin her life anew. Only this time, she wants to be a princess, not a dumped skinny puppy!

Little Snow-Wite will be given to her adopters with a foster contract until she is fully vaccinated and neutered.

Pets&U

This amazing pet shop has been doing wanders ever since it opened. They host our Adoption weekends and also have a 5% donation campaign for any brand or package of pet food, going for the animals at the Farm.

Please, if you are able to do so –  buy your pet’s food at PETS&U. This way you will also be feeding our animals when you are feeding yours!

Pets&U is located in Lozenetz, on the side of the Hemus hotel. The store is open every day from 10a.m. to 8p.m.

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The people on staff all love and own animals, the sales-people are both veterinarians. All pets are welcome at the facility!

Find them on FACEBOOK

Brownie – the little engine that could

Posted on 16 March 2014

A story by Vessy

I have started writing these lines as an adoption profile, but a day later we understood he was going abroad, so this became simply my own story with Brownie – the little dog with a crippling spinal injury who persevered.

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As it was very accurately noted by Mr Petrov one day: Browny is my type – a blond, and with an issue – a spinal injury in his case. I would add that he is the biggest codger, the most stubborn, the funniest, the most loving, most special dog. Who spent one whole day trying to bury a bagel under his blanket while lying on said blanket, probably wondering why it was so hard to pull it away. But just like the little engine from the children’s book, Browny has a motto: “I think I can…”

Well, he thought he could cross the street when a car hit him and broke his spine, but what the heck; none of us makes the right decisions all the time.  For Browny`s luck, he was found by People with the same attitude to life – I think I can… help a dog in need. And he met a vet, who would tell himself – I think I can… help Browny walk again.

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For 2 whole years this stubborn optimist worked his way into the hearts of the shelter staff, volunteers and into mine. Proving that he was an expert in some mysterious martial art, since I never saw how he won the place of my favorite dog in the shelter.

Maybe he achieved it because he is the dog who wanted to run when he could not even stand straight. Who used to break his crate with his teeth to get out. Who stood on his own for the first time after his surgery, relying only on his will and neck muscles.  Who, led by his motto, learned not only how to walk again, but also how to run – well, sometimes more dragging than running, but still, these are unimportant details. Browny, who we used to help  to get to  the second floor until one day he climbed the stairs on his own to claim his breakfast.

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And surely there were a few of his skills helping him on his way to my heart. Like his ability to shoot through the door out of the office where he lived and go down the stairs faster than any person – especially 5 minutes to five o’clock.

Or the sight of  him jumping on all four  when we chased around the office /only when no one was around to see us, of course, we are both so dignified and responsible/. Or him “talking” to me every time he wanted to go outside, to play or to simply get attention. And of course there is the wisdom-filled look in his eyes while he stays with his head on my knees, his tail slowly wagging.

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But even if we overlooked all the other things, his firm refusal to be put in someone else’s idea of what is possible or not, turned Browny into my constant source of patience, inspiration and yes, a lot of laughter.

Well, my sweet and special Browny has already won a place in his foster mom’s heart in far away Holland. His new name is Matias and he most probably does not remember Bulgaria. He has swimming therapy, acupuncture and he is happy.

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As for me, all that’s left to say to him is: Browny, I also think you can….everything you could think of.

 

Happiness for Barry and Sachi

Posted on 11 March 2014

Vanya and Vasil Zaharievi adopted a very frightened and a little crazy 7-month-old boy from us. Little Barry comes from a litter of 3 wild, very timid and reactive puppies that were dumped on us a few months ago. The wildest of the litter – a girl – is in Vessy’s home for rehabilitation. With little results so far.

So, when Vanya and Vasil liked him – we even tried to discourage them. We explained that he is a wildling, that he is not ready, that we don’t know when he will be ready, that he is not an easy dog… That seemed to bring absolutely no worry to the family! They came for him, Barry kept looking at them with suspicion, pulling away, behaving as the idiot he can be. But they liked him so much and were so persistent, we had to realize he was really their dog.

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Now Barry lives in his own hose with a garden in Pasarel, he has begun to relax a little, there are even plans for him to become a fisherman. Vasil is a very devoted fisher and he believes that as a man – Barry will learn to love this activity. What an unexpected and awesome turn of events!

Good lucky to the kind people with the silly dog! And let’s hope he also brings luck to his crazy siblings as well.

 

A home was found also for Sachi the dachshund! True, she was somewhat heart-broken that no one came to ask for her and so many were there for Stinky the pug, but she is not a small-minded person, she tries to put all the bad behind. More so since the very next day she got a visit from just as astounded Violeta Kuimjieva who was actually the person for her!

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Sachi is now in her new home, don’t worry about her – she is very, very happy and hopefully just as good and obedient as she ever was, that is what we hear and we are glad. As we have it here in Bulgaria – a dachshund is a grand personality and Sachi is a grand dachshund! We thank Violeta for opening her heart up to Sachi, we are sure she will not regret it and be very happy in her wonderful company!

Joey (as in One-Eyed Joe)

Posted on 11 March 2014

We share with you a lovely letter that arrived in our mailbox from Annie – the adopter of Joey (fromerky known as Pauli) – a gray cat from the bus stop in the city center. First you will find a few words from herself, and then on is a letter from Joe himself:

Joey is an amazing cat with a unique character! He is incredibly social and loves human company. He is very playful even though he is now 5 years old. He loves to cuddle, but can bite a lot too if you try it in the wrong moment. It’s a thin line, but we have learnt to respect it and all is well. This is the only cat that came to greet me at the door every day – not to get some food, but to get a hug from me! Thank you so much for the opportunity to have this lovely guy at home!

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“Hello!

It’s been more than 7 cat years since I adopted my new people. This time they are cool: there is always food and water laid out for me; they let me claw everything in the house; they say nothing when I occasionally bite them, they know I do it for love! The only issue is that they leave the house every day for about 8-10 hours and are not there to constantly cuddle me. They say it is “work” which is supposed to make “money” that is needed to buy “food” – and food I like! So, when they come home I punish them with an obligatory 10-minute cuddle. There is no “I can’t”, “won’t”, “just let me use the WC first” or “I’m in a hurry” business – nope! I get in their lap and that means – it’s cuddle time! (a note by Ani: He learnt that when I make a sign he should climb on my leg up to the shoulder and not just cuddle like a regular cat, but sit on my shoulder and purr off. I thought cats couldn’t be trained, but he amazed me with quick learning.)

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Did I tell you about the watchtower? I have a very cool view in the window, also a nail-scratchier. But my bestest of toys is a ball made of foil – such a party! It’s also very fun to jump on my people in the middle of the night whilst they are sleeping, but when I am finished playing I prefer to lie on their heads. Not that there isn’t space available on the bed – I have my own corner. But it’s totally different to lie on a pillow, people are not stupid, you know.

Also, I like to sit with them on the table, although I prefer when there is a chair available to have my own seat. Their food tastes horrible; I totally dislike it, but I so like to be in good company. There are only two things I ever taste from their “food”, but I only do it not to offend them – it’s fish – but only fresh-caught, not from the shops; and also veal – but only when it hasn’t been seasoned. The rest is disgusting.

One time they took me to see some other people – in white robes. It was very scary! Not the people in robes, but the road, leading to them. Horror! I screamed as loudly as I could, but no one helped me. In the end I lay down in my humans lap, she claimed it was no way to drive, but I didn’t care. When we got there, the people in ropes took long looks at me, said I was fat (only 6 kilos!) and sent me back on the awful road.

But this was a long time ago anyway, I am now home. And actually… it’s nap time!

Joey”

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Friends,
we are still struggling to create a convenient database of our animals online – that’s why you cannot see many of our dogs and cats on the website yet.
Besides the many dogs at the shelter, we also have many cats in foster homes – all patiently waiting for adoption families to approach.
If you would like to adopt a cat – send us a message at cats@arsofia.com – we will introduce you.

Stinky went home

Posted on 10 March 2014

A permanent address in the city of Botevgrad – this is what Stinky the Pug found after another loud and cheerful Adoption weekend at PETS&U! As expected – Mr.Pug had a whole line of people who wanted him and choosing among them was rather difficult. In the end – the little hooligan chose to go home with the Panteleevi family – sent by their children to adopt Stinky or never return.

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Stinky is now in his forever home where he is enjoying the company of sweet Sara – a cocker spaniel who is 2 years old and has the most kind temperament. We talked about it for quite a while and the Panteleevi family now know that neutering your dog in time saves a lot of pain and trouble. So, Sarah would soon have a short unpleasant experience with great results to follow. Congratulations to both lucky doggies in this family – there aren’t many animals that are so pampered and so loved!

And Sachi? How is it that Sachi was not wanted by any of the people who came for Stinky? The kind, the smart, the brilliant Sachi? It is simple! She had to wait another day or two, so that her true friend makes the decision for real. You just cross your fingers and you will see Sachi quickly going home!

Pets&U

This amazing pet shop has been doing wanders ever since it opened. They host our Adoption weekends and also have a 5% donation campaign for any brand or package of pet food, going for the animals at the Farm.

Please, if you are able to do so –  buy your pet’s food at PETS&U. This way you will also be feeding our animals when you are feeding yours!

Pets&U is located in Lozenetz, on the side of the Hemus hotel. The store is open every day from 10a.m. to 8p.m.

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The people on staff all love and own animals, the sales-people are both veterinarians. All pets are welcome at the facility!

Find them on FACEBOOK

Ruby’s chance

Posted on 09 March 2014

There were 8 of them – the puppies of the skinny, toothless, skin-diseased, but very devoted mom Granny Pitty (formerly known as Momma Pitty). Eight fat little mice and a walking skeleton that would not stop feeding, washing and warming them. Such was their family 3 years ago.

As 8 drops of water Pitty’s babies grew up in the shelter – shiny, good-looking yellow dogs with a royal profile. Almost all of them found love and happiness in the very beginning of their lives. We remained with the now healthy, but still unwanted Granny Pitty and her only shy baby – the quiet, worried Ruby.

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She must know something more than the other dogs do – without ever coming across a bad human in her life she knew up-start she couldn’t trust us. The very stubborn volunteers needed 2 years of work to be able to say that the dog has become somewhat social, but just as far as that. Ruby agreed to trust her closest friends, but how to be noticed by new people – by prospective adopters? How would anyone want her when in the shelter racket she becomes completely transparent and invisible, when she is one who doesn’t want to be seen?

To tell you straight – there is no way. In the three years that Ruby was offered to different people and partner organizations, with so many people-friendly animals looking for homes, she couldn’t catch anyone’s attention. Three years is a long time to be unwanted. Sooner or later you will learn that you are the unwanted homeless dog you always felt you were. Ruby never had much confidence, and in time she decided to let go of it completely.

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Bogrov was shut down, we moved to the Farm with 250 dogs. Among them – all sorts of different souls, but all of them – dogs that have long remained in our care. It so happened that among the 500 dogs at Bogrov, there were about 200 dogs who always changed, came and went away to start better lives. The rest were somehow subscribed to our care permanently, a life that was supposed to be temporary became a life sentence. There is no happiness in a cage – whatever we or the hard-working volunteers might do – happiness looks, tastes and feels differently – there is no lying to the dogs. This is not a real home. And the unwanted dogs like Ruby know it just as well as the wanted ones.

We are happy that we can tell you more than good news about Ruby – our girl is now making her first steps to happiness in a wonderful home far from here. Thanks to our amazing friends at Blind Dog Rescue UK, Ruby is now in her new home in Britain with Mo Neil and her new brother – Stormy!

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Although it is hard for her, only a week in her new environment Ruby has already shown a great improvement! Taking small steps in the right direction – the scared, unsure Ruby is slowly becoming the curious, loving young lady who could not show her quality bound by a shelter existence. Taking long walks in the green of her new Farm, with the help of the calm presence of her new brother Stormy, with every day passed that the calmness and kindness of her new owners comfort her broken heart – Ruby is slowly beginning to feel that joy she was missing out on: life is great and nothing is scary when you are with your people!

Ruby and Mo have a long way to go until she too becomes a happy, calm creature. But the change has already started; she only needs to stay on her path. And every next step she makes will be more confident than the latter.

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Congratulations, Ruby!

Stinky the pug and Sachi the dachshund waiting for their adopters at PETS&U this weekend

Posted on 04 March 2014

You know that the Farm doesn’t take on new cases until it becomes a real shelter and receives all the conditions and permits necessary to allow us to take on a large flow of sick animals again. With 200 dogs on the spot – all of them admitted whilst we were in the Bogrov shelter and to whom we owe homes before all else – we do not take on new animals and fight to find good places abroad, which – unfortunately – is a slow, difficult and expensive task.

When it comes to small dogs though, things are different. We only have a few smaller doggies at the shelter and the ones who are ready to go home already have people interested in them. Meanwhile people have been contacting us looking for smaller dogs which we no longer have. So, since they are not taking the place of anyone else already admitted there are a few new tiny heroes that quickly run through the legs of their larger buddies to appear up front in our waiting line, hoping to get that happiness they have dreamed of for so long – love and shelter in the homes of good families.

Today we introduce you to Sachi and Stinky – two doggies who were once pets, but probably wish they weren’t .  Both were found in horrible condition, both come from fosters, both were brought to the limit of their existence by the human animal. Today the little heroes are on the right track – they become happier and more beautiful with every day passed and they only need to find their people for the happiness would be complete. Meet the heroes who will be waiting for their adopters this weekend (08-09.03) at PETS&U:

Stinky the pug

We introduce you to Stinky – the Gypsy pug. We can only guess how this noble boy has reached the ghetto. We know him thanks to Elza from Pitbull-bg.org – the organization that helps pitbulls in need in Bulgaria. She took on the little boy after he was abandoned in a municipal shelter with an immunity brake-down and a horrible case of demodecosis – a skin illness.

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It is clear what would have happened to the little cheerful Stinky if he weren’t picked up immediately from his outside enclosure at the pound. It is also clear that after a whole month in a Sofia veterinary clinic Stinkey is no longer the same stinky dwarf with horrible skin and a ruined immunity – with every day passed he is looking better and better and beginning to look more like the sunny, kind creature hiding in his tortured body.

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Stinkey will need a few more months to recover completely, but spending them in a cage would slow his recovery. He is now finishing up his last antibiotic treatment and would not benefit anything more than to be adopted and continue healing in a clean, quiet, cozy home where food and love would work miracles every doctor wishes for.

Yes, Stinky hasn’t become his best self yet, he does need to swallow some more pills and he even smells (although certainly not as much as when he earned his name) a little.

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But Stinky is also non-contagious – there are many demodex ticks on your skin at any moment, but it is the broken-down immunity that makes you sick with demodecosis – you or your animals would need to have at least been starved like this little hero to get it. He is also incredibly sweet, kind and charming, plus – he is a pug, so we can only hope he spreads his charm from the few rather ugly photos we have of him and find his people.

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Stinky is only 1 year old, he is neutered, dewormed, wonderful and soon – completely healthy! He will be waiting for love to find him at PETS&U this weekend!

Sachi the dachshund

As we say it here in Bulgaria – “the dachshund is a great person!” And  Sachi must be one of the greatest dachshunds ever. She is one of the smartest, most intelligent dogs that have ever passed through our hands. But let’s start at the beginning – when Sachi was a little skeleton, dumped in the street with a badly fallen-out vagina, on her way to becoming a silent wet spot on the pavement:

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This is how she looked and felt, the poor thing, when she met compassion for the first time in her life. Dumped for at least a while – she was as thin as a little stick, unwanted and disgusting to people, but still – lucky to have been found by a similarly kind Violeta D. and from there – be fostered with us. Now Sachi is a shiny, well-fed dog with a bright look that is much more suited to her lively character and generous heart.

Friends, there will be no exaggeration if we say that Sachi is an amazing creature. She is smart, she is loyal, she is nosy, she is playful, she is fun, she loves everyone, she is full of life and enthusiasm, she brings joy wherever she walks and is ready to do anything, really anything to make her people happy and get a hug.

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Besides that Sachi is also neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, good in a car, clean at home, living with dogs, cats and kids, walking on lead fine and even running free like a good girl when she is walked. She is small, young, beautiful, remarkably smart and witty, all in all – Sachi is a dog that happiness tags along with.

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Our little sausage made with love – Sachi will be expecting her adopters at PETS&U this Saturday!

Pets&U

This amazing pet shop has been doing wanders ever since it opened. They host our Adoption weekends and also have a 5% donation campaign for any brand or package of pet food, going for the animals at the Farm. Please, if you are able to do so – chose to buy your pet’s food at PETS&U. This way you will also be feeding our animals when you are feeding yours!

Pets&U is located in Lozenetz, on the side of the Hemus hotel. The store is open every day from 10a.m. to 8p.m.

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The people on staff all love and own animals, the sales-people are both veterinarians. All pets are welcome at the facility!

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One window and countless stars!

Posted on 03 March 2014

Huge thanks to the manufacturers of aluminum and PVC window frames FENSTERNORM and personally to the wonderful Lina and Martin! They donated a wonderful new window which makes working in our all dark warehouse possible. The window was especially made for us, it is not a left-over and we are very grateful for it!

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Whilst we reconstruct the other buildings we – the humans of the Farm – will be using a small part of the warehouse for our medical and administrative documentation. This was not possible in the darkness and we are not the kind of folk who like to use donations for human comforts.

Today a little bird also brought internet to the Farm, it’s been a couple of weeks since we took in an all-favorite chemical toilet, so things are becoming more normal working and volunteering at the Farm. We hope from now on everything will be easier and faster – all this construction business is a horror for us, we cannot wait to get back to our own dog work!

Sanitizing the Farm 1

Posted on 02 March 2014

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This Saturday’s match Volunteers VS The Garbage has been decisively won by the volunteers with a 5:1 final result. Armed only with nylon bags and enthusiasm, the people who replied to our cry for a spring cleaning made a huge step towards the Farm becoming a place of our own, sending to hell (or in this case – to recycling) a huge part of the trash that is scattered all around.

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Inside our own yard there really is a whole load of piled up junk people just cannot handle – no matter how cool they are. We planned to leave it for the end – to have a bulldozer pick it up all together, but it turns out we were wrong to live alongside this mess all the time – after a few heavy, stubborn hours the yard got a whole new look which makes it easier and safer to walk our bare-footed friends.

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But the worst part was (and still is, although much better now) definitely the meadows between our fence and the big road we are at, especially where the run-down houses are – they have been used extensively by nomad Roma families. There are tens of bags to be filled with plastic bottles and wrappers that must have rained on this spot – there are so many. The Saturday working crew did miracles there and the difference is huge, but there is still work to be done.

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The weather should be dog-walker-friendly from now on, so hopefully – we will be able to carry on at least another day of cleaning about the shelter grounds. If you decide to pitch in – just ask for some gloves and bags when you are coming, meanwhile we will use our free moments to pick up whatever we can as well.

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We thank Kremi and all the lovely volunteers who spent their Saturday in such an unusual voluntary work!!! The visitors on Sunday were amazed and kept asking if we had repainted the fence. We were almost ashamed to tell them that the only difference is that there is far less trash around – thanks to you!

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