“Petra” is the Greek word for stone, and it’s an appropriate name for a dog who was found on the streets outside of Athens, Greece. She had a case of mange that was so severe, it made her face look like a stony statue. She was terrified of humans, but one person passing by took a picture of her and posted it to Facebook, hoping that someone out there might be able to help.
Rescuers who saw the photo answered the call, and set out to capture the poor pup so she could get the medical attention she needed. Petra’s extreme fear of people made it difficult to even approach her. But the rescuers didn’t give up, and eventually they took her in and brought her to the Save A Greek Stray shelter. She was immediately treated for a number of health issues, including a skin infections that caused scabs, leishamiasis–an infection spread through insects that can be fatal, and of course the mange that left her face looking so stone-like.
As Petra’s health problems faded, she had an even bigger struggle to deal with–her extreme distrust of humans. Shelter workers remained patient, starting with short walks and interactions, then moving to longer walks as the days went by. Eventually, Petra tolerated their presence, and finally she was wagging her tail whenever the workers came by. She’s a completely different dog now, and is ready to live in a forever home. Petra’s transformation is absolutely incredible, and a truly inspiring reminder of how far some attention and care can go, and it shows dogs’ incredible ability to love again, even after being through such hard times.
Does Petra’s story inspire you? Would you try to help if you saw a dog like Petra on the streets? Let us know in the comments below!