Latest news from Germany

Here re homing coordinator Sandy brings you all the latest news from our lucky dogs re homed in Germany.

We are very lucky to be working with German charity "Hundeliebe" who over the years have helped us to re home hundreds of our dogs. Here, re homing coordinator Sandy will regularly share with you stories of the lucky dogs who have found wonderful new homes with German families.

Vigo's story.

This story below is from wonderful boy Skip.    In February 2017 he was found on a rubbish disposal tip and was so starving and thirsty that he was collapsed on the floor and could not even raise his head.  Skip was carried quickly to the car and taken to the vet where he spent some days getting intravenous food and hydration.  Thank God he recovered and in September 2017 found his forever home in Germany.

Hello, this is Vigo (was Skip). I am a pointer mix from Cyprus.

It took me a bit longer to report about my new, happy home. My start in the new life after arriving at Hamburg airport was a bit unlucky. The family that wanted to give me a home was probably a bit overwhelmed with me, although I had made every effort to please them and do everything right.
After 3 months they took me to Diana, a foster home of Hundeliebe-Grenzenlos in Hamburg. They gave no reason for wanting to give me up without and asked her to find a new home for me. I was totally confused, scared and did not understand the world and the whole environment anymore and felt totally abandoned, almost like in Cyprus on the dump where I was found.
But ....... while I was completely devastated, my present owner had almost at the same time sent a request to the Association Hundeliebe  and asked for the mediation of a dog.  Her own dog had to died after 14.5 years and now she wanted to give a home to a dog in need.
Since I had become an emergency and urgently needed a loving family, it was agreed that we should get to know each other. Beforehand, Lars  who lives in Hamburg, came to the foster house with his family to make contact.
If I recall correctly he said that I would be a good fit for his mother and would expect a great home there. Above all she would be there for me 24 hours a day to help me get started in the "new life".
On 3 September 2017 it was time. I was allowed to drive with my foster Mum Diana to Winsen / Aller and see my possibly new home.  I was terrified, did not dare to look up, hiding behind and  under Diana and did not want to see the new environment at all. I made it very, very difficult for my new mum to be able to assess me. I was just terrified. After an hour of getting to know me my new Mum Jutta decided that she would like to take over my care and adopt me.
I did not make that decision easy for her. It was almost 6 months before I started trusting her and other people. Again and again there were relapses on my part. My existing fears occurred again and again in spurts and the building joint work had to start all over again.
Today, after 8 months, I can say that we have become a super team.
House, Garden, Car and Jutta BELONG TO ME. I have almost lost my fears. Only when foreign visitors (especially male) come, I still react carefully.
But when the air is clean again (the "disturbing elements" have disappeared), everything goes smoothly.
At the moment we are working on a very important thing: THE RECALL.
It's not working right yet. If someone has a great trick on how to improve it, then get in touch. Jutta would be very happy about that. Of course she has already consulted with experts. But somehow the spark does not want to skip with me.
Contrary to Jutta I do get along well, I escape from her sometimes but always come back voluntarily. Now the recall is practiced only on the towline. Pretty annoying for me.
So, that was a long report from the happy Vigo from the Lüneburg Heath with new Mum  Jutta .

Charley's story.

Busta arrived at the shelter in May 2017.  He was found very close to the motorway and bought to the shelter by one of the staff.  In January 2018 he flew off to his happy forever home in Frankfurt.  Below is a short story as told by Charly himself.  The link leads you to a heart warming video of his life so far.

Hello Hallooo !!!!
It's me - the Charly. But you still know me as Busta. But That's not my name since January 16th 2018 when I came to Germany.
I am now living in Frankfurt am Main with my new human mom and my human dad and I can tell you, it's just great !!
There is so much to discover here! My new mom touched me with "kid gloves" at the beginning and did not go directly to the big street outside the front door with me, but after one day she finally realized that I'm a very brave and  nothing scares me. Only men who are dressed darkly I do not like. I always have to bark and growl at them. How so? That remains my secret.
If something is not so nice to me then I always send my mom or dad first. Could it be that the bauble bites or lurking in the pond a sea monster! But then I notice very quickly that nothing can happen to me when my people are there.
My people always say my description on your side about me would be absolutely correct. Because there was directly as headline "Funny little dog" and I am too. So far, I've always had people around me, whether acquaintances or strangers, and my mom always has to listen to everyone that  a handsome, great guy and how good I am. But I think my mom knows that, too.
It was love at first sight with her she has told me. She just knew that I am the best dog in the world and that I belong to her. Papa was quickly convinced also. Dad always says I suffer from "Schlabberietis" because I always have to bitch everything and everyone. But no one has taken care of that and that everybody gets their daily drool kisses!
Mom stayed home for the first three weeks so I can get used to everything. Actually, I should get used to my dog ​​aunt ‘’Fine’’ at this time. He belongs to my new human grandpa where I should stay during the day while mom and dad are working. But Fine did not want to share her people with me and I still could not convince her of what a great guy I am. But I will!Giving up is not in my bag! Mom was very sad then as it was clear that I can not go to Grandpa during the day, because Fine did not like me. Mom then made a lot of phone calls to find a place in a dog daycare until we found another solution, because she did not want to give me away (I'm just a great dog!).
Then uncle Jurgen has finally contacted and said that I can have a place in his Huta (dog daycare). It was a great day for Mom and I was happy too. I did not want to leave! After the third day at Huta, I was able to convince Mom and Dad that I would like to stay here permanently during the day while they  were at work. I Have found here  many great friends and we spend the whole day together. But then I'm really happy when Mama comes to pick me up again. It took me a few days to understand that she always comes back and does not leave me behind.
On Saturdays I go now always to a good  dog school. Since I am already after just 1 1/2 months in the advanced group ! Mom and I are doing canicross now and I really enjoy it. I have already found so many new friends here! Mom goes with me always in the woods and on the dog meadow, so I can flit around and dig holes. Mama always lets me run without a leash. I would not run away anyway. Unless there is a conspecific around the corner, then I can barely restrain my joy and must always say "hello" quickly and play a round.
Otherwise, I'm allowed to go anywhere and I think that's great! Whether train riding, restaurant visits or even the hardware store. I want to discover everything with my people! In May we were also in Italy by the sea. It was so exciting and exciting! I Have enjoyed my daily sunbathing there too. I just do not want to go swimming. Until then where I can stand everything is fine, but for the next step, I need something else. Maybe it will work in the next vacation. Because we are exploring Slovenia! That's going to be great!
But do you know what's the best part of my new life? I get a lot of love (and food !!!!!) and pats and of whom I can not get enough!
My mom helped me make a little video with pictures so you can see how great I am and how good I am now. Pictures say more than words.  This is the link..
Thanks to all who made this new life possible for me

Leni's story.

Two years ago, we brought little Hope from you from Cyprus to Munich (Freising). Now we wanted to send you a little update. We still enjoy our sweet Leni (formerly Hope) every day :).
The little mouse has so much fun in her life and makes us smile every day. She loves to hunt across the fields with her dog friends, to cuddle up with her cat friend on the couch or to go on a long ride with her horse friend.

I we have attached some photos to show what Leni is doing all day and how splendidly the little one has developed.
Many thanks also to you for the incredibly great dog and the smooth mediation at that time. We hope your dogs are doing great and you can still give many dogs the opportunity to live a happy life.

Photo's Leni on her trip to the Chiemsee (Herreninsel), Leni and her cat friend "Buffy" and Leni with her horse friend.

Olive's story.

Today I would like to give you a feedback on our OLIVE, which already is half a year with us. Olive has settled in very quickly. Everything we have offered her, the dog basket on the hall, the dog place in the kitchen, the toy she accepted immediately. Olive is a really great dog, we have them all locked in the heart. She is very cuddly, brings always their pats off.
I visit a dog school with her, she is very adaptive, it's fun to work with her. During the day, when I am working, she is with my mother. This works great. Opposite mine
Mom lives my daughter with her dog Skyla. Olive and Skyla are often together and best of all.

Lucy's story.

A few years ago a very frightened and very underweight young  cross breed dog was literally thrown over the Argos fence and abandonedThis young dog, who we named Lucy was very lucky to quickly find a wonderful home in Germany Over two years later and her story is one to warm your heart . In the words of new owner Anja,  Lucy tells us her story.

For those who do not know me I flew to my new life in Germany on 19.07.2015 and found my greatest happiness here! I have the best food (I was clearly underweight at 9 kg), my own cuddly bed, lots of space, long walks through fields, meadows and forests and the most important, a family that loves me more than anything!
I would like to tell you about our latest experience -

My owner has always liked to run (Of course, I was always there, because except when working and shopping we spend every moment together). She always looks on the internet for new things and opportunities to do sports with me.  She was completely engrossed in an article about the train dog sport, Canicross.
What is that?
Well  Canicross is a cross-country race where my mistress is connected to me by a flexible leash. I wear a nice orange harness, which you probably know from dog sledding, and my mistress a harness. And then it can start. We run on tracks and across fields overcoming obstacles together  -my greatest joy is when we walk through the water - I love to splash!
It's great fun and afterwards there is always a "racing soup" - really delicious.
The most beautiful thing about this sport is that anyone can do it, young or old.  It is also great fun to be on the road with our human partners and to master the obstacles together - You grow together
From there we wanted more sport
My soulmate was on the Internet again and found something called  "Strong Dog". She came to my basket and told me we needed to work out.  We were registered for "Strong Dog" under the motto "wild and dirty" and it would take place in October in Salzhausen.  This would be the playground for a whole weekend for me and over 300 other 4-legged colleagues.
At 9:30 a.m. the event was to start and  we had the honorable task to open the "Strong Dog - wild and dirty north". Oh, we were so excited when it finally started.
Already after the first few meters we were greeted by a straw pyramid - Up, to the top, a short wave back and off we went on the 5 km long route. We had to deal with very high obstacles and  I was really scared of some but,  through good persuasion, we mastered them all  I loved the moats – even though my mistress was up to her knees and it was very muddy (I should mention at this point, it was only 7 degrees , the sky was dark grey and a storm was approaching).
But we were through it together- both with a big grin.
After over 20 obstacles, we finished in  37.21 minutes. .Many people cheered and dogs barked – it was wonderful!
My mum's tears fell and I got  my soup ,a big cuddle  and a warm coat. We have known for some time that we are made for each other, but we now know that we take every hurdle together, always with blind trust in eachother. That's a great feeling !!!

Olli's story (formerly known as Oliver).

We have just received this from lovely boy Oliver who now lives in Germany. Oliver is one of 6 puppies which rescue dog Destiny gave birth to at the shelter last Christmas. Thank fully all puppies are now in loving homes and Destiny wings her way to UK very soon. ............

It's me, Olli ex Oliver, and I've been living in Germany since 24.05.17, or rather in Newenkirchen.
In the beginning I was shy and I was a bit afraid, but now I am an open and playful dog.
I love my basket and am almost synonymous.
I'm probably a bit proud of that.

My new family I love very much and I am happy about every person who caresses me.
However, I am also a small lazy sock and sleep very gladly, especially if it is very warm.

On Wednesday I go to the dog school for the first time.  I am already looking forward to meeting other dogs and hope that I will learn a lot there. "Seat" but I can already, hehe .
I would like to thank all the people who have helped me to find a new home, I am glad to be here.
I greet my brothers and sisters and hope they are doing as well as I do.

Your Olli

Filou's story (formerly known as Muffin).

Muffin arrived at the shelter in November 2016.  Just one of many small 6 week old puppies that has been abandoned outside the shelter over the years.
Muffin was one of the lucky ones, he was seen by a lovely couple in Germany and flew off to join them in January 2017.  Read his story below.

My name is Filou (muffin), I landed on the 29.01.17 in Hamburg . Although the flight was long, I still had a three-hour drive in front of me, which I mastered with flying colours.

After I had arrived in my new home, I had to eat properly, I had a bear appetite! Then I played with my totally tired master which was super. Afterwards we went to bed, or rather I into the new basket.

My new master thought after 5 times sending me off the bed ‘’Ok you have won’’ and lo and behold I could sleep with my head on the pillow! Where I still sleep today of course!

In the meantime, I've got a really good feeling of happiness and although my master and mistress are very tired, they still teach me a lot. After two days, I decided I was going to do my business just outside, because my boss gave me all the time to do this it was so annoying that I'm now back at the front door and she's already leaving the house. Oh, what a great guy I am!

The neighbors of my master are all in love with me. Just today came such a large man and fell to his knees before me stroking me like crazy and gave me his poodle toy to play with, super or?

Even with the dogs in the neighborhood it is getting  better, although some are stupid because they bark. Then I go to my owners,  into their arms, which then takes care that no one is doing me anything. I think bosses and mistresses are very happy that they have me, because I am also.

My master has told many people of Hundeliebe Grenzenlos  and we hope that there are more people who give the furry noses a chance. Because we dogs from Cyprus are very special!

The owner and mistress had 9 years ago already a female from Cyprus, she had an extraordinary being and was beautiful. She was popular everywhere and very easy to care for. Unfortunately, she went much too early over the rainbow bridge.  But now I am here now and will comfort them and love them just as they already love me.
All the fur noses in Cyprus good luck that they will soon find a nice home! -
Your Filou (muffin)

Frodo's story (formerly known as Mitch).

Puppy Mitch arrived at the shelter in June with his Mum Bonnie and his 2 siblings Clyde and Bunny.  They had been abandoned under a tree and had spent a few days there, being fed by someone, until Argos was alerted.  When they arrived at the shelter the puppies were a little nervous but Mitch was the biggest and bravest and it was not long before his lovely trusting character came to the surface.  Very quickly he was snapped up for a new home in Germany and appears very happy indeed.  A message below from his new home....

Hello Sandy,

Greetings from little Mitch He arrived here in Lilienthal near Bremen on Monday. We are a little family with 2 Teenage-girls (Louisa 14 years, Emily 16 years) and a 10 years old dog, a cat and two Guinea pigs.
We call Mitch now Frodo. He is absolutely cute and very friendly and we love him so much.
I send you some fotos....
Greetings from Sabine and Matthias und Kids....

Nele's story (formerly known as Chario).

Hi All
7 months ago this delightful little dog called Chario (now Nele) flew off to a new life in Germany with Peter and Helga Ort.
Chario was rescued by Argos from Ormedhia pound and certain death,  along with 4 other dogs and 2 puppies (all of which are happily in homes now). 
Please read the news below from Chario’s new owners and of course a small note from Chario.
What a fabulous life this doggy has.

Dear Sandy,
do you remember Nele (ex Chario)?
I would write to you much earlier, but day by day und week by week is gone and I haven't done it. I am so sorry!
Now its more than 7 month ago since we waited at the Airport Frankfurt to took Nele with us in her new home (21. November 2016).
Nele is such a lovely dog, everything is easy. We are a perfect team and every day with her is a lucky day. It was only a short time she needed until she has known that here by us its her new home where she still can stay forever and will be loved. She is given her love back to us every day. Everybody around us loves her. She is very intelligent and learns rapid. During the walks around she runs without line and loves her life. When we call her, just very quiet, she comes running to us with a smile in her face, always makes us happy. Everyday we go over the fields or in the forest. She likes it very much to walk in the forest, many little ways there with interesting things to sniff - the mouses, birds, so many traces. She is good with everybody, all other dogs we meet, humans and so on. In May we where in spain for holiday, of course with Nele. First we thought, how will it be, the long drive from germany to spain, the foreign surroundings, a foreign holidayhouse... but no problem for Nele, because she was with us - her pack. Everything was good and she also enjoyed the holiday, just like us.
On the fotos you can see
Nele in winter, taking my cap from the walk back home - she loved it.
Nele during the holiday in spain at the beach, going for a walk with her "daddy", sitting at "mommys" womb at the terrace from the holidayhouse - she loves to cuddle, me and my husband - the glad owners from Nele.
Nele during a walk with some doggyfriends
Nele at home in her doggybasket - taking socks and "daddys" homeshoes..... she loves to steal some socks or shoes....
So we can tell you Nele is a happy dog, loving her life!
Dear Sandy, you've told us you've lived in germany (Soest) for a time. Maybe you come back to germany anytime. Then please contact us and come for a visit and see your happily Nele.
Thank you for looking for Nele at Zypern and all the other poor dogs and cats, rescue them and trying finding a new good home!
Lovely greetings from Germany (Höchberg/Würzburg)
Helga and Peter.

Note from Nele.

Hello dear Sandy,
I have a very bad conscience, because I have not reported so long.  Mr. and Mrs. (Peter and Helga) are great. They take great care of me and take me wherever it goes, so I'm hardly alone.
I feel 100% probably with the two and am happy the most when it goes into the forest to the Gassi. There I often meet my friends. There is so much to sniff at in the forest and at every corner there is something new to discover. The best part was our holiday in Spain. It was very warm, but the two of them made it fun even in the heat. I loved the sea, where I was courageous and did my first swings with my master.
At home, mistresses and gentlemen gave me the nickname "Sockenklau", because I steal everything that is not niet- and nagelfest, and play with it. This is a lot of fun. I prefer socks or gentlemen's slippers.
As you can see, I have found my great happiness. And mistresses and gentlemen also show me every day how happy they are with me.
I think it's great that you took care of me so well in Cyprus - for that I would like to thank you! I hope that many other poor dogs and cats can find such a beautiful home and be happy by your help and those of the other people in Cyprus.
Many greetings to you, dear Sandy and all who may remember and know me.
Your NELE.

Nelson's story (formerly known as Arthur).

Arthur, now  Nelson, was rescued on the 27/04/2016  from the village of Liopetri  which is in the Famagusta area, not so far from the shelter by  a young woman who is known to rescue animals in difficult situations.  Arthurs age on arrival  was 4 months old  - A big happy puppy, friendly, sociable and playful dog which he has remained to this day.   A total clown who has everyone smiling. Now at the age of 18 months and decidedly bigger, he finally got to say goodbye to the Sanctuary and jetted off to new beginnings in Germany.  This is what the new owners have to say about this gentle, funny giant...


Hello Sandy,

My name is Céline. Stefan, my boyfriend, and I adopted Arthur.
Now his name is Nelson.
He is a very gorgeous boy. At first he was a bit frightened out of the house, but after a time he melted.
In our garden he can run around and play.  He also found new dog-friends, the Jack Russel Terrier in the picture is Ronja my other dog.
She lives at my parents´ home, the poodle puppy is the dog of the aunt of Stefan.
We have one cat. Her name is Kitty. She is the boss at home.  At the first meeting Kitty was very frightened and Nelson very interested in her. But now they sleep side by side. I think in the future they will be friends and sleep in one basket.

Regards  Céline , Stefan and Nelson

Skip's story.

Skip arrived at Argos a few months ago in a bad state with wounds and so very skinny.
He found his way to the track which leads to the shelter.  Perhaps the sound of barking dogs gave him hope of help, food and water.  We are extremely proud of Skip as he flourished into a beautiful boy with much love for humans despite his past treatment.  He is full of life and has the sweetest nature.  Just a typical pointer really.  Not a bad bone in his body and with a gentle soul.  We are very pleased to say someone in Germany saw this too and he has now found himself a loving and patient home in Germany with Nicola Satori.  It is obvious from the photos he is much loved already and Skip feels the same also.  Happy days ahead for Skip and his new family.


Sammy's story.  (formerly known as Blue)

Sammy (Blue) was found abandoned nearby and taken in to Argos shelter 3 months ago. He is a young dog and seemed to settle quickly . A charming boy who everyone loves. 
Sammy (Blue) was always sociable and easy to handle indicating that he was once owned by someone. Sadly when dogs lose the puppy appeal then the owners no longer want them.  It happens often unfortunately.  Well their loss was our gain and certainly the gain of the lovely family in Germany who adopted him.  Here is what they have to say....

On Sunday Blue arrived in Düsseldorf and we picked him up at the airport.
With the start in a new life, we gave him a new name. We call him "Sammy" now. We are so glad about our new family member.
From day to day he seems be happier. I think he feels very comfortable.

Since Sunday we have made a few trips to the forest and a small river. He really loves the water.
We took him to the horse stable. At first he was a little bit scared of the big creatures but now he has a lot of new friends to play with.
He is such a good dog. He is so friendly, gentle and thankful. I am sure he misses you.
Thank you for taking care of our little friend.

We will send you an update soon.

Best wishes

Anja, Lisa and Anna

News from Germany 2016