and it totally paid off!
This is the (long overdue) story of Benny.
While I was working very hard on convincing N. to make my miracle happen I saw a picture of a stray dog on the fb page (remind me never to talk ill again of this social network) of an animal shelter in Crete. Next to the picture was a short description of the dog and a contact phone number. I decided to make the call. The dog I was inquiring about was wounded and in recovery and not really fit for the ferry ride to the mainland. She asked me what I was looking for and I told her I didn’t have too many expectations of the dog I wanted to adopt. It needed to be a dog in need and kid friendly. She said she had the PERFECT dog for me. I looked him up and that was it. I fell in love.
The next few weeks seemed to me endless. I was in daily contact with her, trying to sort everything out. The adoption papers, the blood exams, the transportation from Crete to Piraeus. What she said I believed. And if you know me, I don’t really trust someone easily. Let alone a complete stranger. N. who is over cautious with those kind of things tried to talk me out of it and even my best friend was wondering if I had lost my mind in adopting a dog I had never really met in person. I decided go against all odds and listen to my instinct. It proved to be one of the best decisions I ever took.
After a few attempts to find someone else to bring Benny to the mainland she decided to bring him herself. She took the ferry at 22:00 pm on one of the worst nights weather wise and sat patiently on the sheltered deck for 9 hours enduring the wind, the cold and the occasional rain, only to make sure Benny was handed safely over to me. This is the MOST selfless act anyone has done for me in a long time.
I trusted her and she trusted me. Both complete strangers to each other. I will forever be grateful to her as she has given me a priceless gift: my Benny.
Until next time,