Takis Shelter ~ Amazing Dog Shelter in Crete, Greece

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‘Gentleman’ isn’t used much now. It’s a word that’s gone out of fashion unless someone’s being terribly polite. One definition in the Cambridge dictionary is: [approving] a man who is polite and behaves well towards other peopleespecially women. What about behaving well towards animals? The creatures we spend our lives with, or at the very least, rely on in one way or another? Takis is one such gentleman. He runs The Takis Shelter in Lerapetra, Crete.

The former DJ had, after twenty years, had enough of the night life and wasn’t sure what to do next. One day he went to the local rubbish dump and discovered abandoned and starving dogs there. Each day he would visit to feed them.

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Photo below: an abandoned puppy at Lerapetra’s rubbish dump.

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The town had nowhere for these lost animals to go to. Callous people left them chained to trees, or by the side of the road, or took them to the mountains… Left to die a slow, excruciatingly painful death. In the strong Crete heat they’d only last a day or two. Yes, Greece was facing a recession of its own, but did that justify simply abandoning the-four-legged-friend? Of course not. Something had to be done. This big-hearted man, with money from the sale of his nightclub, soon bought olive-treed land nearby to build his dog shelter.

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Photo below: Like the Pied Piper of Hamilton (but much nicer!), Takis is seen walking at the Takis Shelter with a line of happy dogs following him.

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Video below: a lighthearted humorous short film on Booby.

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Video below: a shocking story about a little dog called Hope – with a happy ending.

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Unfortunately, after three years of caring, medicating, feeding, and adopting out formerly ill now healthy dogs, the Takis Shelter ran out of money. Takis’ own private money was depleted. He had spent every cent of his own money on this worthy cause. He had no choice but to look for another person to buy the shelter. Then, something good happened…

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Video below: The story of the Takis Shelter.

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A news media ran the Takis Shelter story and suddenly the dog refuge became internationally known – people around the world began donating to save the Takis Shelter.

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The Takis Shelter still relies on generous people to fund the good work Takis and his volunteers do. Even if you have just one dollar, one euro, one pound – every donation, no matter how small helps.

victorianchristmas___17     To make a paypal donation direct: takisshelter33@gmail.com

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You can also support by subscribing to the Takis Shelter official YouTube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkrkMMAyxC9vGNa6ZJYyscg/videos

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Don’t forget to thumbs-up the videos, leave positive comments and let all the ads run. Takis earns a little extra when you let the ads run.

I haven’t been able to work for over a decade because of chronic poor health and disability and even I managed to donate something today. If that means missing a meal or two I’m very happy to do so.

Finally, if you think you’d like to adopt one of the dogs, you can contact Takis direct via his Facebook page. Dogs are adopted out to the right homes, worldwide. Visits to the actual sanction need to be planned 2 or 3 days prior, by contacting Takis.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Takis-Shelter-non-profit-organisation-591844890918840/about/?ref=page_internal

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Takis Shelter ~ the official youtube channel

Copyright of videos and pictures belongs to Takis. I took some screenshots from the Takis Shelter videos and edited them for your perusal. I hope Takis himself approves of my blog post 🙂

* written by Faith McCord, July 2019

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Pictures ~ May to June 2019

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I hope you enjoy them too. Photos from the garden centre, John’s birthday at the comic shop, my own baking and seedlings.

Be Kind to You.

Love, Faith xox

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There is still beauty (writing)

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THERE IS STILL BEAUTY

There is still beauty.

I just need a moment to get back there.

~ Faith 2019

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Your ugliness (writing)

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I think it’s absurd that a mirror can reflect your ugliness inside of me.

copyright Faith 2019

 

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It’s hard to look in the mirror (writing)

 

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IT’S HARD TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR

Not because I’m not 20 anymore

With youth and good looks

Not because some days you see it

That I’m really ill

No, not because of those things

It’s because those who should have loved me

Left me feeling broken inside

Ugly INSIDE

That’s why it’s hard to look in the mirror

 

copyright Faith 2019

 

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Strumpshaw Steam Rally

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It’s that time of year again for the Strumpshaw Steam Rally. Held near Norwich, Norfolk (England). These photos were taken by me back in 2009. I remember that because my dad was still alive and I had to get about with my walking stick – I didn’t have the mobility scooter in those days. (We were still thinking that my mobility was going to SOON get better).

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As a toddler in the mid 70s Mum and Dad would bring me along to these various steam rallies. Petrol (gas) was cheap back then. There’d be colourful, whirring fairground rides and cheap hotdogs, and that fairground organ music and hundreds of men fawning over hundreds of steam engines. I never wanted to leave the carousal horses and the stench of steam fumes is forever secreted in my memories. I love steam trains. My wish is to travel on a proper big one. So far, I only remember the beautiful bijou one at Wroxham (Norfolk, England).

Videos below of when John and I visited the Wroxham steam train in 2016.

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As for Strumpshaw, although I would like to go I don’t think my mobility scooter can handle all that expanse of bumpy grass. Still, I have those distant memories.

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http://strumpshawsteammuseum.co.uk/strumpshaw-steam-rally

Steam Train Trip – 27th May 2016

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When? (Re-Blog from hellonwheelslifeonehanded)

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The trials and tribulations of navigating a scooter in the city…

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