We visited the Löytökoiralauantai rescue dog event in Alppila, Helsinki with Una today (http://loytokoiralauantai.yhdistysavain.fi/). It was amazing! As many different kinds of fabulous dogs you can imagine, and even more people who clearly love dogs, whatever size, shape or background! I don’t think if I have ever visited an event with such an intense, positive atmosphere 😀
It was a demanding day for Una. She is still apprehensive about strange places, noises and dogs. I decided that we will go there, and leave straight away if it is too much for her. We run into Evgenia and some other people from Elämä Koirille ry at the parking lot already 🙂 When we got to the event site, we found a quiet spot next to a wall outside, and stayed there so Una could get her bearings, feeling safe. At first, she couldn’t even eat her treats, which is a sign of considerable stress. We did our exercises as soon as Una could concentrate on them, since these alter her mood. She was very calm when she learned the exercises, and now she relaxes whenever she does them – clever, huh?! It took a while, but she did start to calm down after a while, and I decided it would be okay to stay.
I had nice discussions with several people about their dogs, and my Una. The amount of love the people have for their rescue dogs was palpable in every sentence and gesture. And everyone was admiring all the different dogs, Una included. And yes, she got a “few” comments about her expressive ears, as Anna so nicely put it some time ago 😉
We also met the person who helped Una with her first swim in Onnenkoira, and we have met her a few times after that. Una gave her an excited, happy greeting 🙂 She was attending the event with one of her rescue dogs, a sweet little thing.
It was very nice to talk to the people from Elämä Koirille ry. And especially nice to meet someone who knew Una while she was in St Petersburg, Anna’s friend Darya! She is the vet who sterilized Una last January. Darya had two dogs with her, Krendel and April, both looking for a home. I can’t say much about the 7 month old Krendel, he was sound asleep the whole time I saw him 😉
April, a 1-year old girl, was absolutely gorgeous, I would give her a full 10 for temperament! She was very calm, lying on the floor if no-one was admiring her. And when someone came to meet her, she sat to be petted, gave her paw to ask for more, and delivered discreet kisses. I could recommend April to anyone, based on what I saw 🙂 I hope she finds the best possible home there is! Here are the adverts for April and Krendel:
Una has slept the whole evening, digesting her busy day 🙂
I am so happy to have my little rescue girl with me. Grateful. That fate had a life together in store for us ❤