how I trusted a perfect stranger

3 Feb

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,









11 Responses to “how I trusted a perfect stranger”

  1. ramblingsfromamum February 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    This is what I was waiting for 🙂 The story of Benny coming into your life. I am so pleased he has. What a truly unselfish thing you have done, so save an animal in need, to love him and bring him into your family. For this woman to stay with Benny until handing him to you 9 hours later. She knew you were the right person to adopt him. Her gut told her that this was is new home, you were his new mum. He is not a stray any longer thanks to your love and commitment. You are special T and I thank you on behalf of Benny for adopting him. xxxx J

    • wonderlandbytatu February 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

      oh… always have your ways with me….you hit my emotional nerve or something 😉 adopting a stray is a win win situation for all (unless you are a pedigree dog kind of person)…I am more than glad we have taken him in, although at times I realise I now have three ‘kids’ to take care of 🙂

  2. littlemisswordy February 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Beautiful story! So glad you have Benny!

  3. expatsincebirth February 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Congratulations! This is an amazing story! It’s so important to trust our guts sometimes, and I bet Benny is very grateful you did, right? I wish you a great start with your Benny! xxxx

    • wonderlandbytatu February 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

      Thank you so much Ute! Yes, the first week is officially over and we are glad to have him with us, at least the kids and myself 😉

  4. nothingbythebook February 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Love. 🙂

    • wonderlandbytatu February 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

      a dog’s love is unconditional…I had forgotten about that…

  5. meditatingmummy February 4, 2013 at 5:42 am #

    Tatu, so glad I found you. Mumsy, whom I adore told me about you and here I am checking out your blog. Have just started following you. Added to that you live in one if my favorite destinations, ever 🙂
    We were in Athens last March, it was short but so so wonderful. My oldest and I love mythology, I studied it when I was younger – I will never forget her face as she climbed up to the Parthenon.
    You melted my heart with your adoption story. How lucky you are to have found Benny and how lucky is he to have found your family…

    • wonderlandbytatu February 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

      thank you for your very kind words!! Yes, indeed we are extremely lucky with him, I keep telling my husband that. He is not that convinced yet but he will get there eventually (I hope).xxx

  6. Anka February 4, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    I’m so glad you had blind faith and trusted a complete stranger. Sometimes you have to go with your gut. Imagine if you didn’t, you wouldn’t have Benny. He is such a big part of your family now! 🙂

    • wonderlandbytatu February 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      yes, go with your gut! It usually turns out to be the wisest choice of all!

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