Category: Weird Articles
Published on Friday, 20 November 2015 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Some people are just meant to be together, or in this case, some dogs and humans are just meant for each other, and nothing will be able to tear them apart. Canines love their human owners unconditionally come what may, and this tale of a female mongrel who journeyed 300km to return to the fosterer who mended her broken body is perfect proof that dogs have the biggest hearts.
26-year-old Nina Baranovska, from Rostov, Russia says that she will never forget the day she first laid eyes on her dog, Shavi. Shavi was brought to her on a cold January night by a couple of kindhearted animal lovers who had found her lying in landfill on the outskirts of Rostov notorious as a dump site for unwanted pets. Two of her legs were broken, she was almost frozen and all she could do was whine in pain. Her rescuers had noticed a collar trace around her neck, a sign that she had probably been hit by a car and her owners, unwilling to go through the trouble of mending her wounds, simply dumped her at the local landfill to die.
They gently picked up the wounded black mongrel, put her in their car where they gave her warm water and wrapped her in a blanket. They drove for hours seeking the help of veterinarians in Rostov, but no one was willing to treat her for free. Finally, they found a vet who offered to give them a discount. She had many bruises, lacerations and both her hind legs were broken. The doctor who operated on her inserted metal screws into her legs and said that she might one day walk again.
The rescuers then took to the internet to find someone who was willing to care for the mongrel at least until she fully recovers from the surgery. Nina was the only one who responded to the plea. She was living with her mother and daughter, and already had three cats and two adopted stray dogs, but she couldn't resist helping an animal in need. The animal was dropped off right after the operation, and Nina remembers that after washing away the mud, she thought the dog looked a lot like a black fox.
They made a special connection the moment the dog recovered from the anesthesia. “After the anesthesia, when she saw me, she raised her weary eyes and timidly licked my hand,” Nina told Komsomolskaya Pravda. (http://www.rostov.kp.ru/daily/26456/3327144/
Nina named the dog Shavi, which basically means “black” in Georgian. Shavi was a very well behaved dog despite her injuries, and on the first day in Nina's care, instead of doing her business on the bed sheet that Nina laid out for her, Shavi painstakingly crawled outside. The pain must have been excruciating considering the fact that Shavi was recovering from having metal screws inserted in her legs. Nina found Shavi lying exhausted on the front doorstep. She put some baby diapers on the dog and carried her back to her resting place.
Shavi's condition improved with each passing day, and she was soon able to start walking again. She proved a sweet, gentle dog, who loved playing with Nina’s daughter Maya and the other animals in the house. Teaching her basic commands proved an easy task, as Baranovska says she was really smart and eager to learn. The only things she had trouble with were strangers and cars. While the first just seemed to make her uneasy, moving vehicles seemed to terrify her. It is not surprising that Shavi developed a trauma to cars since she was ran over by one.
After six months in Nina's care, Nina started looking for owners willing to give her a permanent, loving home. Nina admitted that she had become attached to the sweet dog, but feeding and tending to her own pets and daughter put a strain on her small salary. She was only managing to scrape by with the new addition to the family. She found a couple of friends who were interested in adopting Shavi, but they lived in the Voronezh region, around 290km from Rostov.
Nina tearfully bade Shavi farewell. It was tough, but the more Nina thought about it, the more she agreed that the dog would be better off in the countryside with plenty of room to run around, fresh air, and a family who genuinely wanted her.
However, just a few days later, Nina received a phone call from Shavi's adopters who told her that they had come back from work to find Shavi's enclosure empty. She had apparently dug a tunnel under the fence and crawled through. Her adopters had scoured the whole village, calling out her name, but no one had seen her. Saddened by the news, Nina could only feverishly hope that the dog would somehow find her way back to her friends' house, while avoiding dog catchers and other perils.
Unbeknownst to everyone, Shavi was on a dedicated quest. Two weeks after receiving news that Shavi had disappeared, Nina came home one day and felt something wet on her leg. She looked down to see Shavi licking her and ferociously wagging her tail. Shavi was in bad condition – she was frighteningly thin and battered, but Nina could only see happiness reflecting back in the dog's eyes. As Nina bent down, Shavi jumped into her arms, and they both started to weep. “Most people don’t notice that dogs can laugh and cry too,” she said. “Or maybe they don’t want to see.”
It was apparent that after covering 290km on feet in two weeks, Shavi was almost dying from exhaustion and starvation. For several days, she did nothing but eat, drink and sleep, but Nina patiently mended her back to health once again. Whenever she got ready to go to work, Shavi would try to stop her, unwilling to part with her beloved master again, but the woman did everything to convince her that this time she was there to stay.
It is a mystery and a miracle how the smart dog managed to find her way back to her fosterer's house, especially since Nina had moved into a bigger home about five stations away from the one in which she initially cared for Shavi, but Shavi turned up at the new house.
“I’ve heard amazing stories about dogs’ loyalty, but I never imagined this sort of thing would ever happen to me,” Nina said. “Even now, I can hardly believe this dog traveled such a long distance to find us, and most importantly track us down to a new location.”
“Of course, now she has remained with us for good, I would never give this kind of friend away again. Animals are the most loyal and loving creatures in the world. For every drop of human love, they are willing to give all of theirs in return, and I know that from personal experience. Shavi is like a child to me now.”
After it was published in the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, Nina and Shavi’s story melted the hearts of animal lovers all over Russia, many of which declared themselves willing to help Nina with financial issues or anything else she might need. However, the Rostov native had this to say: “I am really very touched, thank you all from the bottom of my heart! But I don’t need money, I didn’t do this for monetary gains. If you really want to help, I beg you, don’t ignore animals that need your help. I never grow tired of repeating this – animals are the most devoted and loving creatures. They need our love and care.”