The Inspiring Story Of An Unwanted Stray Who Became A Therapy Dog

Valia Orfanidou, a young woman who lives in Athens, Greece, loves to go on vacations with her dogs. She loves to explore new places and her dogs get the opportunity to spend some quality time surrounded by nature in some of Europe’s most fascinating spots.

But one day, Valia discovered a pup which proved to be quite a pleasant surprise. You won’t believe what happened after Valia approached this little fella!

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#20. Animal Lover

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If you consider yourself a dog lover, then wait until you meet Valia Orfanidou! This young woman does an amazing job rescuing and rehabilitating injured and stray dogs.

Then you are an animal lover living in Greece, you simply get used to lonely stray dogs wandering around everywhere“, Valia said.

#19. Rescuing The Strays

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Greece has a lot of stray dogs on the streets, so knowing that she can’t save them all, she usually chooses to rescue the ones that can’t make it on the streets; in her words, “the sick, emaciated or hurt ones, the newborns, and the pregnant females“.

#18. A Homeless Puppy

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But one day, while she was walking along the beach in one of Greece’s most beautiful islands, Valia saw a homeless dog. She got closer and inspected her to see if she was healthy. The truth was that the dog seemed fine, but she still had a weird feeling about it. Little did she know this would happen…

#17. But This Pup Was Healthy…

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When asked about the puppy, Valia said the following: “There was something about her that made her life as a stray extremely vulnerable“. She had a gut feeling that the dog need help, and she ended up taking the stray with her…

#16. Cuddler

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While most strays are either afraid of humans or aggressive, Valia saw that this stray was very affectionate. In fact, the adorable pooch wouldn’t stop asking for cuddles. But Valia would soon find out more about this dog!

#15. Give Me Rubs!

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When the dog noticed that she had captured Valia’s attention, she rolled over to have her belly rubbed. The dog wanted some love! That’s what made the woman keep an eye on the pup while she continued walking along the beach…

#14. A Pooch With Many Hobbies

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While Valia was still strolling on the beach, she kept looking at the stray. The dog, in turn, crossed paths with other families and started following them too. Following strangers, playing alone in the sand, and chasing cars were her main everyday hobbies. But then, it was time to go…

#13. No Sleep

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Valia couldn’t stop thinking about the stray pup. She said that she “couldn’t sleep for two days, trying to find a way to take her off that beach as soon as possible“. After thinking things through, she decided to go back and help the pup!

#12. Taking Her In

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Valia went back to the beach and took the stray dog to her house. She decided she would live for a while with her. “I named her Blue for the blue sea that kept her company for the first few months of her life”, she said.

#11. Back Home

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When Valia went back to her hometown, she called the Second Chance Rescue Society and asked if they could find a home for Blue. However, this adorable pooch was about to get a great surprise!

#10. Off To The Netherlands

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In another part of the continent, a Dutch family had just lost their beloved dog named Abbaio. Both Abbaio and the family’s second dog, Rincewind, were therapy pets that had been trained to help people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Are you wondering what on Earth Blue has to do with this family? Keep on reading to find out!

#9. A Great Loss

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Not only was the family sad for Abbaio’s loss, but the patients were also in tears. But when the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society posted a photo on Facebook of Blue, Karin Folkerts, the Dutch woman, immediately fell in love!

#8. Meant to Be

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The Dutch family didn’t doubt it for a second: Blue was the pet they were looking for. As Karin said in an interview: “We immediately pushed the contact button, and before we know it, we were called“. Valia was checking to see if the family was good enough for Blue and what happened next surprised everyone!

#7. A Perfect Fit

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It turned out that Blue and the Folkerts were perfect for each other! Thus, transport to The Netherlands had to be organized. Therefore, her rescuer and the volunteers at the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society prepared the pooch for the journey…

#6. An Everlasting Home

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Blue was soon going to get to her forever home. And the pup couldn’t have been luckier! It turns out that a couple was on vacation in Greece and they were supposed to head back home to The Netherlands, so… guess what?

#5. New Mom

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After hearing about Blue’s story, this couple immediately offered to take the dog with them back to The Netherlands. Can you guess how Rincewind, the other dog, reacted when Blue got to her new home? Let’s see what Blue’s new owner, Karin, said about the dog’s first moments in her new home.

#4. Making Friends

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Rincewind … immediately fell in love with her. That was so sweet and she was so welcome. Rincewind and [Blue] are BFFs,’ said Karin. And Blue was now going to become a therapy dog, just like Rincewind was!

#3. Visiting Patients

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Soon after being trained as a therapy dog, which took place quite quickly, Blue started visiting other patients. According to Katrin, “[Blue] doesn’t have problems with people no matter what they are doing“.

#2. It Feels Like Forever

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I realize it is just three months ago that Blue came to live with us. It feels like she was here [forever],” said Karin. From walking aimlessly and searching for people alone in the beach, Blue found a perfect home and received the care and attention she very much needed.

#1. A Good Feeling

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It seems that Valia’s weird feeling about this stray dog paid off. Now Blue offers assistance to people who need it and she gets a ton of love too! This puppy now has a purpose, a loving home and a best friend to play with!

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