VANCOUVER – It all started on the streets of Romania and now Arctic, the three-legged, four-month-old puppy, is enjoying his new home in Enderby, B.C.
Laura Meechan said she fell in love with Arctic when she saw photos of him shortly after he lost his leg when he was hit by a train.
He had been left on the streets to die, but when a relative of Meechan’s went to Romania to adopt a dog himself, Arctic was often seen posing in the background of his photos.
“I just fell in love with this dog,” said Meechan.
But it was not easy to get Arctic home to B.C.
“All the people that got him here free of charge,” said Meechan, “it was amazing.”
A vet in Romania fixed Arctic up, neutered him, gave him all his shots and got his travel documents together. Then a friend of hers, who is a pilot for KLM, took Arctic to Holland for two weeks and then another friend brought him to Toronto, and that is where Meechan picked him up.
“All these changes came together for one dog,” said Meechan.
It is estimated that there are about three million stray dogs in Romania and while an animal protection law was passed in 2008, meaning no healthy dogs could be put to sleep, that changed when a four-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pack of dogs in 2013.
That led to a law being passed enabling the state to put dogs to sleep if they are not claimed in two weeks after being brought to a shelter.
So Arctic is really lucky he escaped that fate and now he is adjusting to life in his new home.
“He’s not too sturdy on his feet yet,” laughed Meechan. “But he’s doing pretty good.”
She said he has quite a personality and loves to play with her other three dogs.
“What a life he’s had so far,” said Meechan.
You can follow Arctic’s progress via his Facebook group.
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