When we see abandoned puppies desperately clinging to the only shelter they could find, our hearts shatter into a million pieces. In reality, however, things are not as they appear, and they are frequently abandoned for reasons beyond their owners’ control.
Every nation encounters realities that are frequently unforgettably etched in the minds and hearts of its citizens.
One of those stories that, despite having occurred three years ago, has stood the test of time because of what it represented at the time.
It all began in July 2018 when a ferocious forest fire engulfed the Greek village of Mati, resulting in 87 fatalities and 170 injuries in addition to significant property damage.
The coastal community was completely obliterated, leaving its inhabitants in unbearable agony.
Since then, many tales have been told, some of which go beyond fantasy, while others are indisputable so true that they serve to remind us of the misery that the local populace and animals endured.
Lua is a lovable little dog who has won the hearts of everyone after overcoming his fear of fire and seeking refuge in the most unlikely places.
Before embarking on a boat and leaving the area, the dog’s family made every effort to locate her.
Before losing hope, they conducted an exhaustive search for her.
After several days of searching, the dog was discovered clinging to a solid rock, which provided the best protection and solace for the traumatized animal.
A rescue team stationed along the coast spotted her and sprang into action immediately to save her. After being rescued alone, filthy, and terrified, she was transferred to a veterinary hospital.
Mati, the family and friend vacation destination, was destroyed.
A relative of the dog reported that Lua was terrified by the flames and ran fearlessly to find her owners.
It is believed that the dog swam as far as her strength would allow to a nearby rock in an effort to escape the fire. The image was captured by a local photographer and quickly became popular.
She sought refuge and solace in a rock while terrified and huddled. The frantic efforts of the relatives to locate the dog were unsuccessful.
It wasn’t until environmentalists and animal lovers published the photographs on social media that a reunion with those who feared she was gone for good became possible.
StreetDogs in Volos-Greece, the organization tasked with reuniting Lua with her owners, wished to clarify the situation after numerous individuals condemned the family for leaving without her. And they emphasized:
“She was discovered by her people!” Her name is Lua! Her family did not allow her to pass away; they love her. In the midst of the chaos, they were at a loss for what to do.”
Lua never gave up hope that she would return to embrace the people she loves most.
The story of Lua emerged as a beacon of hope during those difficult times. Today is a reminder that even when we believe we have nothing left to lose and are completely alone, a savior and new opportunities will appear.
We delight in Lua’s breathtaking conclusion. She endured many hardships while living on the streets, but she deserved to return to her home.