Dear Dog Lovers,
This year in January, my dog Bushpig and me were torn apart by her sudden death.
I am sure many of you have been there. The pain was overwhelming.
After weeks of tears and more tears, I discovered that there was something immortal that I was left with apart from the pain of losing and the wonderful memories of twelve years. It was the love in my heart which she left me with, resulting in the wish to give a home to a new dog. Going through a labyrinth of coincidences, I happened to spot these pictures of Rosi and Lupi at Dharamsala Animal Rescue. Both were victims of car accidents and at that time being on their way to being mended in the care of DAR.
My heart was beating so fast when I saw them. I decided to email DAR and find out whether these pups were looking for a home and if I could possibly adopt them. It seemed crazy, but it felt just so right.
As the answer was “yes,” I jumped at the chance with great joy and enthusiasm. People asked me: “Why two dogs? Why from so far away?”
Well, because I knew they were my dogs. How did I know they were my dogs? It is as it is written in the sky. I wake up and they are my first thought in the morning. Every where I walk, I imagine how it would be to take them along … how they could have fun, how they would be welcome, what they might enjoy, how they would run and play, how I could cuddle them.
Meanwhile DAR did everything they could to help my dogs fully recover, which was like a miracle especially for Lupi having two hind legs broken.
However, that’s when the problems started. The European Union regulations do not been make things easy. A rabies antibodies test is required for each dog and costs $895 for the two dogs (including the charges to send the samples to an accredited EU lab). I was ready to pay, but then dogs’ tests failed two times!
Every time it was like a shock to me, I could not understand why we had such bad luck. But the sight of my dogs who faced such much bigger difficulties in their young lives, encouraged me to go on. I was going to keep testing until we had a positive. With the help of Airpets, who generously offered to cover one of the tests for free, and DAR keeping the pups healthy and safe, I marched on.
Just a few days ago, I received the most amazing news. Finally, on the third test, Rosi and Lupi both passed! Now, I can get them home in December of 2017. What a journey this has been. I cannot wait to get them into my home and arms.
Unfortunately, now, since I had to pay for multiple rabies antibody tests, I need some help to cover the costs of getting them to me. I have spent over $2000 on the tests and still need $3000 to get them to Germany,
Deb, the DAR Founder, encouraged me to tell you our story and to ask you to help us with your donations if possible. We are about to take the last step and Rosi and Lupi have grown up to young teenage ladies who are ready to discover the world, and a real home. I am sure both of them will be so grateful if you enable them to go home by supporting this last and decisive step with your donation.
Please DONATE HERE, if you can help get my two girls home.
We will all be forever grateful,
Good luck – you didn’t mention the amazing story of how you saw the article in your German newspaper with the photo of Cricket and your phone call to me/AAIDD about her – Deb also helped with Cricket from Peepal farm journey to Delhi; which led to our talk about desi dog adoption. So glad that you have found a way to offer a home to these marvelous dogs. Keep in touch about your adoption journey. I love how all these circles in live link together.
Hi Barbara, I will make sure Maria sees this comment. However, DAR did not help with Cricket. We were maybe going to see if we had a dog going at the same time but we did not : (
Yes,Barbara is so right, the labyrinth of coincidences was really a story in itself and also these very deep and wonderful conversations Barbara and me shared and how she encouraged me to follow my intuition and to trust in dreams having a message to give for us, to keep on following traces that seemed to lead me to my dogs… through a labyrinth of coincidences with very special people crossing my way, like Barbara…
Maria, I don’t know where you did get your tests done, but it shouldn’t have been this much! I paid 50€ and 40€ for the courier. And even the transfer from Nepal (which is more expensive) was only 750€ on the most expensive quote… So I’m a little confused about the costs you are giving…
Hi. Thanks for the response. It is for 2 dogs not just one! I think that is why. Also, India is expensive. Since, Maria is not traveling with the dog, we have to use a service to book the passage. We did get discounts after the first one failed. Thanks. Sounds like you have a lucky puppy from Nepal. : )
Ok but 90€ multiplied by two is still not 895$?
I’m also confused and wouldn’t that much money be better donated to an Indian animal charity?
Hi, Dharamsala Animal Rescue is an Indian Animal Charity, however, we are not a sanctuary. If we rescue dogs that cannot live on the street but are perfectly happy and healthy we have to find them homes. It is nearly impossible to get a healthy Indian dog adopted locally, therefore, if the dog has any disability, or if it is female, we try to find an international adopter. This clears up space for us to rescue more animals. So without people like Marilou, we would become completely overrun. I hope that makes sense! Deb
This is really confusing…! I was also shocked about these prices for the courriers and found it hard to believe. I wanted to find a private traveller but for some time there was nobody who could have taken the blood to Europe. Thank you for the information!! Did you travel together with your dog or who organized it?