Den Einsatz von Feuerwerkskörpern beschränken – den Tieren zuliebe!

Die Verwendung von Feuerwerkskörpern sollte an Silvester auf eine halbe Stunde beschränkt werden!

Alle Tiere; Hunden, Katzen, Vögeln, Kühen, Schweinen, Pferden (die Liste ist lang) leiden unter der Verwendung von Feuerwerkskörpern!

Die lauten Knall- und Lichtblitze lösen Angstreaktionen in Tieren aus.

Die Verwendung von Feuerwerkskörpern ist für die Tiere sehr schädlich und muss auf eine halbe Stunde um den Jahreswechsel zwischen dem 31. Dezember und dem 1. Januar jährlich beschränkt werden. Langfristig soll der Einsatz von Feuerwerkskörpern komplett verboten werden.

Als langjährige praktizierende Tierärztin erlebe ich jedes Jahr, welchen Schaden Feuerwerkskörper an Tieren anrichten.

In vielen Fällen ist es notwendig, den Haustieren starke Beruhigungsmittel zu verabreichen, damit sie Silvester ohne geistige Behinderung überstehen, oder andere Abende des Jahres wo Feuerwerkskörper eingesetzt werden wie z.B auf Hochzeiten und anderen Feiern.

Dies ist keine Möglichkeit für die Tiere, die frei in der Wildnis leben.

Das geschärfte Gehör, das Sehvermögen und der Geruchssinn von Tieren machen die Erfahrung von Feuerwerkskörpern sehr beängstigend. 

Die erzeugte Angst wird mitgetragen, wenn das Feuerwerk vorbei ist.

Feuerwerkskörper können den Tieren daher lebenslang schaden!

Die Fähigkeit der Tiere, Neues zu “bewältigen”, ist begrenzt. Plötzliche scharfe Lichtblitze und laute Geräusche wirken daher extrem angstlösend auf Tiere und verursachen unnötige Schmerzen.

Das Europa der Zukunft behandelt Tiere mit Würde und Respekt.

Wir haben eine Verantwortung für alle Tiere, sowohl für Haustiere als auch für wild lebende Tiere!



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Limit the use of fireworks – for the sake of the animals!

The use of fireworks should be limited to half an hour on New Year’s Eve only!

All animals dogs, cats, birds, cows, pigs, horses (it is along list) suffer from the use of fireworks!

The loud bangs and flashes of lights cause anxiety in their bodies.

The use of fireworks is utterly harmful to animals and the use must be limited to an annual use of half an hour around the turn of the year between December 31 and January 1 . Consequently, the use of fireworks should be completely banned long-term.

As a practising veterinarian of many years, every year I experience the damage that fireworks inflict on animals.

Often, it is necessary to give pets highly sedative medication for them not to be mentally disabled on New Year’s Eve or other evenings of the year, where fireworks are used such as. at weddings, parties, or similar.

To give medication is not an option for all the animals that live freely in the wild.

Animals’ sharpened hearing, sight and sense of smell make the experience of fireworks very frightening. 

The anxiety caused, continues when the fireworks are over.

Fireworks can damage animals for life!

Animals’ ability to cope with new things is limited. Sudden sharp flashes of light and loud noises have an extremely anxiety-provoking effect on animals, causing them unnecessary pain.

The Europe of the future must treat animals with dignity and respect.

We have a responsibility to take good care of all animals, both domestic animals and those living in the wild!

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The dark side of the law for dogs!

Wednesday afternoon a dog had to give up its life because of an owner’s bad judgement.

Pablo 2 years old came to the owner adopted  from a shelter a year ago.

Pablo has always been a sensitive soul. All things were therefore taken into consideration to get Pablo integrated into the family, which also counts another adult dog.

Daily Pablo had been trained around other animals and humans with his owner, and daily there was a little progress. Slowly Pablo gained more and more faith in his surroundings.

Yesterday Pablo went out for a walk. He was in a familiar area, where they rarely met other people, Pablo’s owner had chosen not to keep him on a leash. Pablo met some people, got scared and put his teeth in them.

The police arrived and made an arrest of Pablo’s owner and they both went to the police station.

The law for dogs (hundeloven)!

Pablo’s owner is fully aware of the consequences of the law (Hundeloven). He knew the next step would be that Pablo is boarded at a shelter, while the case is being processed.

The psyche of Pablo is at a level, where it would break him again to be taken from his familiar surroundings and owner. The result would still be due to the consequences of the law and the unfortunate occurrence, that he is being put to sleep.

The owner of Pablo makes the decision himself, that Pablo is being put to sleep right away. The owner didn’t want a case processed that would lead to fatal consequences for the dog.

They decided to go to Artemis, where Pablo would feel at home. He should end his life in a safe environment, especially with the stressful situation in mind.


Pablo came into the examination room, ate a tray of liver pate and feel to a final sleep with a very miserable owner by his side. Two police officers were on the other side of the door. Nobody was comfortable about the situation.

The owner of Pablo went with the police, and Pablo was being prepared for cremation. Later in the afternoon I got a text, that the owner of Pablo was back home, and he would like for the other dog in the family to get to say goodbye to Pablo.

Pablo had to be taken out of the freezer so his good buddy could sniff a goodbye. A very touching moment that will late be forgotten.

The responsibility!

Fact is that Pablo is gone. He is gone because the owner didn’t take the right precautions. The owner of Pablo should had been more careful about his dog. Pablo should never had been placed in a situation with the opportunity to biting. Pablo should had been on a leash and it’s the full responsibility of the owner. The owner of Pablo is fully aware of it.

The law is not justifying – because it is the people who are the problem – not the dogs. The dogs are the losers in this game.

Do I feel upset about Pablo dying? Yes, but I feel even worse about that we have some laws that make the animals the guilty one due to human failure.

Let us have another look at the law. There gotta be other answers to the challenges than just taking the lives of the animals.

Read the Danish version here! 


HELP!   My dog got stung by a wasp!

 Are you also afraid that your dog may get stung by a wasp?

Read along – get advice and learn what to do in case it happens.

What are we up against?

If we should stand a chance to win over the flying fighters, then it’s important to know the enemy.

Here are some useful facts since it is easy to get confused about the many little bugs buzzing in the air.

In Denmark, we often encounter wasps and bees.

A wasp and a bee are NOT the same. A bee is hairy and wooly, whereas a wasp is smooth and skinny; a little bizarre.






A bee is usually not aggressive.  It stings only if it feels threatened, or if you step on it.  After a bee has stung you, it  loses the stinger and dies.

The wasp is a bit more advanced. At the end of the summer there isn’t much food left for the wasps.

A bee lives on nectar, a wasp eats meat as well.

That explains why the wasp is attracted to the table on the porch, which frustrates people enjoying their family dinner. We flail our arms and legs, the wasp feels threatened, and defends itself by stinging us.

A wasp can sting several times.  They lose their patience, but NOT their stinger.

If a dog meets a wasp, it will often respond to the little flying bug. It might even try to catch it. The wasp won’t like that, and it will sting the dog in defense.

The bee pulsates more venom into its prey than a wasp. If a dog gets stung by a bee, it’s important that you remove the stinger, which has a venom sac attached. If both the stinger and the sac are not removed, then it will keep pulsating venom into the body of the dog. A wasp sting doesn’t give as large an amount of venom as a bee, and doesn’t leave its stinger.

Although the venom from the two insects are not alike, the reaction to the sting is the same.

What are the symptoms of a sting?

Typically, the dog will have a sudden change of behavior due to discomfort.

The reaction depends on where it got stung.

If it’s on the snout, then the dog will rub its muzzle against the ground.

If it’s on the body, then it will try to scratch where the stung is. If it has stepped on a bee, it will raise its paw and perhaps not walk on that paw.

What can I do?

  • Remove the fur where the sting is, so you can see the area around the sting site.
  • Typically, you will see a swelling in the area that turns hot and red.
  • If a stinger is left behind, then you must remove the stinger. You can use a tweezer; or you can buy a venom remover at the pharmacy, which has to be used immediately to be effective.
  • There is no miracle remedy that cures a sting right away, but you can help your dog to be more comfortable.
  • Apply a cold compress on the area. The cold will relieve the pain immediately and bring down the swelling.
  • Rub the area with some ointment to calm the skin. You can use baby zinc ointment, or aloe vera – Kovaline – or Eight-hour-creme.
  • If you don’t have any ointment or creme, you can use honey. Honey gives a calming effect on the skin.
  • If you have any “Post mosquito crème,” then it can be used on the dog as well.
  • Make sure the dog doesn’t lick the sting. If the dog starts licking the snout, then a small injury can enlarge due to the licking.
  • Distract the dog with a walk or a chewing bone so the distress will minimize without further damage.
  • If the sting is in the paw, you can wash the paw in soap water and put a sock on the paw.
  • In case the dog swallows a wasp or bee, often nothing will happen. The insect will die on the way down to the stomach, and therefore won’t be able to actively pass on its venom. 

What if an allergic reaction happens?

In some cases, the dog may get a definite allergic reaction as a result of the sting. This is the most feared scenario for most dog owners. If the sting is in the head or mouth, then you have to monitor your dog.

If the skin of the dog starts to swell up with severe itching, then you must immediately see your vet. Severe swelling can block the airway. You can give the dog an antihistamine for humans. Still, it won’t save you a trip to your vet if your dog gets or has had a reaction to a sting in the past. You can get medicine so you are prepared for the next time.

Usually there is no need to see your vet with a sting on the body since the discomfort disappears quickly. When in doubt, ALWAYS contact your vet.

Calm down!

There is no reason to worry about bees and wasps, just use your common sense.

Don’t let the dog put its snout into fruit which has fallen on the ground, which typically attracts wasps.

If the dog finds it exciting to watch the flying insects and tries to catch them, then distract the dog and get the dog interested in something else.

Wasps and bees call out for their friends if one is threatened. Then the dog can get a real knock out and the insects get the “last word”!

“Be careful” but do not panic in case the dog gets an insect sting.

Hopefully my words here have answered most of your concerns so the summer can be enjoyed without needless worry.

Læs den danske version her!

Quick guide to understanding your dog.

Learn the language of your dog 

A dog communicates through body language. The most important signals are the calming signals They tell us, if a dog feels pressed, stressed, or uncomfortable. These signals include:

  • licking their mouths
  • a smacking sound
  • winking their eyes
  • turning the head to one side
  • pulling the ears back
  • wagging with the tail lowered

If you observe your dog giving any of these signals, consider what is going on in that moment and act accordingly.

For many dogs there is too much going on in their daily lives. A grown dog should sleep around 14 hours a day. A puppy needs about 16-18 hours of daily sleep!

Read more about puppies and exercise here!

Stimulating the body and mind

The stimulation of a dog will to be different according to its  race and age. It can therefore be hard to observe general rules here. Certain activities are, however, more stressful than beneficial.

When you throw something to fetch, it increases the pulse and stresses the dog.

Do not:

  • throw a stick
  • throw a ball
  • play any kind of wild tug of war games

Certain kinds of toys also stress the dog. Dogs have a hearing ability thats is up to 4,5 times what humans do; so a little “squeak” can be really loud for them.

Watch a movie about why fetching should be avoided!

Stop playing with squeaky toys or remove the part of the toy that makes the sound.

The sniffing walk

Always use a harness and a loose leash.

Collars apply unnecessary discomfort and can lead to damage in the neck and throat. The harness should allow the dog free movement in the shoulders and front leg.

This harness is sitting in a correct maner.

If your dog pulls on the leash the constant pressure from the collar will stress the dog even more, which worsens the situation. If you need to have a tight connection with your dog, a harness provides you with a safer grip.

The dog needs a loose leash for it to choose where it wants to sniff. Flex lines are not allowed. By using a flex line your dog feels a constant pressure from a tight leash and it feels restricted throughout the whole walk. Flex lines feel like steel wire and often cause damage to both dogs and humans.

The daily exercise has to be on the dog’s terms. We humans tend to rush and let the dog follow us. Slow down, walk slowly. Give your dog choices. Let it decide, where it wants to sniffle and for how long.

Some dogs are highly sensitive. Even smaller inputs can feel very disturbing. That’s why not all dogs thrive in an environment of much activity and noise.

Not all dogs are happy greeting other dogs.

Read more about meeting other dogs here!

Calm and relaxing activities

Relaxing activities are important for the well-being of your dog.

Intensive sniffling reduces the level of stress. The dog uses its nose; let it feel free to do that as much as possible.

Let your dog search for treats during the walk: throw a fistful of treats over a large area and let your dog calmly search for them. It lowers the pulse and feels good. Searching for treats can also be done at home and is a meaningful and calming way to end the walk.

Calm chewing on a bone or a “kong” is another relaxing and joyous activity for everyone!

Watch a movie about good activities to enjoy with your dog!

The dog’s space 

Give the dog the opportunity to withdraw when you are at home. When it rests, leave it alone and do not disturb it. Family and guests should respect that the dog is not up for endless cuddling and talking to, just because WE want to pet our dog. We also need to teach our children to respect the dog’s withdrawal and its need to be free from social contact.

Little tools for communicating

Our body language says more than a thousand words. If the dog does something you disapprove of, ignore the action and keep QUIET.

The behaviour we want we reward, the behaviour we disapprove of, we ignore.

Obtain a good connection with your dog with a simple tool: use a smacking sound. When the dog looks in your direction, reward it with a treat within three seconds. Right then you give the dog a treat, you reward the correct behaviour.

Learn the hand signal: turn the palm of your hand towards the dog. That is the signal for “it’s okay”. This signal can be used in many situations, when you wish to tell your dog not to worry:

  • When you pass people, dogs and things, that seem to upset it.
  • When the doorbell rings and the dog runs towards the door.
  • When the dog begs or tries to jump up and down.

“Get in the way”: If e.g. a situation of conflict is about to occur, physically move in between your dog and the challenge. Lead your dog away from the situation.


Walking in a curve / curving:   When dogs meet in nature, they walk in a curve toward each other.

If meeting other dogs is a challenge for your dog, practice to walk in a curve. You can also cross to the other side of the street.

If contact with other dogs should be practiced, walk in parallels. I.e. you and your dog walk in a parallel with another dog and human. Keep a good distance and practice moving closer gradually.

If you learn to implement these practices/habits in your daily lives, you are offering optimal conditions for your dog’s well-being.

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Yesterday the vet clinic  got a phone call. Once again it was time. A little dog called Mille, was to be sent on her final journey.

I had known the owner, Mrs Green, for many years, but she had not been at the clinic for quite some time.

She lived a little distanced away in a small apartment. Outside the apartment was a small terrace, where the dog had been let out for some time as there lately had not been energy to do more – neither for Mille nor Mrs Green. Mrs Green herself was very old.

Little Mille was lying on the sofa on a skye blue blanket with twinkeling stars on it. She slept heavily, when I came in.

I talked to Mrs Green about the fact that Mille, considering her illness, looked surprisingly healthy. She has had a good, long life.

Mrs Green told me, that she felt she could no longer care for Mille, as she herself was very ill.

Like Mille, Mrs Green looked quite healthy to me, but looks can be deceiving.

Mille got a wee injection for her to fall asleep. Mrs Green and I held hands as the dog dozed off. When Mille slept heavily, I gave her the medication to stop her heart from beating, and heaven received yet another little, shining star.

“Can I please have some of that as well?” Mrs Green asked.

For Mrs. Green there was nothing left to live for, now Mille wasn’t there any more.

At that moment I really wished I could do something for Mrs Green. The way she held my hand and the look in her eyes told me that when Mille was gone, Mrs. Green has not much left to live for.

The contrast between what we can do for our beloved animals, and what we cannot do for a beloved person, when life is at its end, seems huge.

Knowing that I cannot give Mrs Green the same medicine as Mille, maybe I can do something else?

Maybe the void after Milles passing can be filled with happy memories of her? Maybe talking about what the dog meant and the happiness, she represented right to the very end would make life more bearable for Mrs. Green?

It takes a particular ‘dog-heart’ to understand what kind of loneliness that strikes, when you say goodbye to your little shadow. Not all people have the privilege to be surrounded by friends and family when they need them.

Can we start up a network that can make a difference to some of our elders who lose their pet? You help by making a phone call, go on a visit, talk to them.

An action that can help keeping the memory of the animal. Other people may not understand how your fury friend has made life so much more fulfilling – and now that it is gone – nothing can replace it.

Within the framework of this story, Artemis’ Volunteer Visitor Service has been created. Read more here!

Read the Danish of the story here!


Follow up on Mrs Green

At last I got in touch with Mrs Green. The first three times I called her up after we had said goodbye to Mille, she didn’t pick up her phone. Finally she answered.

It took her a minute to find out, who I was. She told me that she normally didn’t pick up her phone. You never know who is calling. I had to agree; I usually didn’t pick up my phone either, so that was quite all right.

She told me, that she was sad, and that she had no heart for anything, since Mille passed on. Now she had no reason to open the door to the terrace. No little muzzle woke her up in the morning anymore. No little shadow who followed her around, just an empty mirror.

We discussed this. She would really like to have company, but these days she wasn’t in the mood for visitors. A call would be better. We arranged that I should call her back in a couple of weeks. I told her, I had not given up hope to come and see her.

The challenge is big, but not an impossible one. The people, who need to have you call on them, are also the ones who don’t have the energy for it. 

Nobody wants their loneliness exposed. How is it possible to resolve the matter with dignity? For Mrs Green to feel that we are here for her because grief is universal for us all, when we love our pets? Both the ones we have, and the ones we have lost?

An effort has to be made to share the knowledge of this project. So that you know throughout the dog’s life, that when the time comes and you have to say goodbye, it will be followed up by a little visit and thereby the acknowledgement of your sorrow.

As powerlessness is not rational, people grieving their pet’s illness or passing can be very unreasonable. It can easily lead to the surroundings withdrawing or getting upset.

Cluck – the hen

Last weekend a message popped up, which made me rush to the vet clinic faster than the speed of sound. The sweetest hen, Cluck was  in trouble. A fox had been so cheeky to catch it, but thanks to a observant owner, the fox was caught in the moment of the crime and the poor hen was safe for now.

The hen was a highly valued member of the family along with its 3 comrades, so if the hen was not too seriously injured, then it should have the chance – assuming it should not undergo unnecessary suffering.

The hen was safely brought to the clinic in a large cardboard box, where we started by taking a glance at the damages.

A hen is undeniably covered with feathers. If we were to inspect the hen probably, some of the feathers had to go. A significant amount had fallen in the heat of the battle, but blood made it difficult to assess the severity of the damage.

The feathers were gently removed and the blood wiped off.

The grim jaws of the fox had been around the neck of the hen and had left several open wounds. Fortunately, they were not particularly deep into the muscles. The hen proudly kept her beak up and had great movement of the neck and head.

We assessed for now that the hen would make it.

Everyone was concerned that the great ravages of the fox had been so severe that we had to kill the hen right away.


Some of the wounds were so deep, they had to be closed with a few stitches. Little local anesthetic was laid and with the owner’s safe hand as loving support for the hen, the bird was sewn together in 3 places and groomed for recovery at home.

The next few days Cluck must have peace, tranquility and warmth. She must have medications that are given with a small pipette in the mouth. In the event of loss of appetite, which is naturally taken into account, she must be fed with “Powerfood” with a small syringe.

No one can predict the outcome. But for now we are cheering on Cluck and believe she is gonna make it.

 The bigger picture!

If we look at the whole situation from above:  Most of us associate chickens with the chicken fillets from the refrigerated counter. More families today, however, keep hens in the garden for the enjoyment of all. The hens live as members of the family a lovely free life with space, care and good food.

Unfortunately, such a life is not the reality of the country’s many slaughter chickens that end their lives for human consumption.

There is no doubt that the hen is not given enough credit for being a living creature with intelligence and emotion. Cluck was clearly conscious throughout the séance. Feelings like fear, pain and security are part of the hen’s reality.

When I think about the conditions which the chickens are living under , it hurts all the way into my soul.

The meeting with Cluck at the clinic gives the reflection: When we recognise the soul and consciousness of animals, we must do better for the animals all the way around!

Tuesday the 20th. February!

This afternoon, a long-awaited message came:

The announcement that Cluck is doing well!

Our hen has overcome the brutal attack of the fox!

The large open wounds that were sewn together a Saturday morning, heals!

Cluck thrives!

It’s a nice reminder: Yes, it’s good to fight for life!

Some may have thought it would have ended with another chicken filet?

I’m glad we followed our intuition and gave Cluck a chance.

Check list for your ’pet pharmacy’ at home

Most pet owners do once in a while experience that their animal gets unwell or hurt. Naturally you should ALWAYS see your veterinarian if you suspect illness.

Some things are good to have ready in your ‘pet pharmacy’. It is good to be prepared, in case the damage is done and you can take immediate action – preferably after consulting the veterinarian.

Check list for your ’pet pharmacy’ at home

  • Thermometer for checking your pet’s temperature. The temperature is taken in the pet’s behind
  • Cotton sock to e.g. protect a paw that has had a cut. Use sport tape to keep the sock in place
  • Salt water solution from the pharmacy to rinse eyes. The same kind that you would use for your own eyes
  • Ear rinse for cleaning the ears. Do a daily smell check of your pet’s ears. Do they smell – or are they dirty? Clean with ear rinse on a cotton pad or a soft gauze tampon
  • Mild soap to clean paws and scars
  • A cone to prevent the snout from coming in touch with the body. This way you can prevent your pet from worsening the injury. You can buy a so-called ‘swim ring’ or a funnel shaped plastic collar
  • Psyllium seed  can be bought in most supermarkets. A little ‘seed’ in the food can help your pet if it has a light diarrhoea
  • Frozen light fish, canned cod roe, and rice can provide your pet with a special diet in case of vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Special diet you can buy at the veterinarian’s office – as dry or wet food
  • Disposable syringe to spurt a little food mixed with water in your pet’s mouth, if it does not want to eat
  • Active coal if a poisoning is suspected
  • Zinc ointment for smaller cuts and irritated skin
  • Chlorhexidine wound cleansing for cleansing small wounds
  • Chlorhexidine powder for smaller cuts
  • Canned asparagus is given to the pet if it has swallowed a pointed object such as a bone or a shard of glass. The asparagus wraps itself around the object and helps it out through the alimentary canal
  • Bag put in the freezer can be used as a cold compress (skal der noget I posen?)
  • Tick remover to safely remove ticks from the animal
  • Small scissors with blunt ends for cutting fur safely
  • Prokolin/Zoolac/Diapaste can be bought over the counter and at the veterinarian’s office. A paste with lactic acid bacteria, which help overcoming stomach trouble
  • Fluid nutritious food you can buy at the veterinarian’s office, useful if your pet has a small appetite
  • Common sense when in doubt: bring your pet to the veterinarian. Common sense cannot be required online but is a result of real thoughts and objectivity. If you daily look and feel your animal you will know when it’s not well and if are not sure? Ask the vet, not google!


If you have one or more of these items at home, you are well prepared, if an accident occurs!

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Raising for Rada!

This is a joyous day despite a little sadness because Rada has left. She has gone to the most loving, best family that from now on will provide her with a good home.

This afternoon Rada was handed over after a long introduction to her physical needs and a talk about her nature.

The life on three legs calls for a lot of love, care, and a special attention to her needs.

Rada is a radiant light in sharp contrast to the dark shadows of the Russian shelter. She got out and has enriched everybody she has met in so many ways.

Taking her past into consideration she has more guts than most… I will definitely follow her closely in the future! I can say the same for Thomas Rathsack.

Rada will in the future be the symbol for the raising money for the shelter in Russia.

“Raising for Rada” will monthly support the shelter in Russia where Rada came from.



From Russia to Denmark!

Through the organisation “Fra snude til snude”, three-legged Rada has moved to Denmark!

“Snude til snude i a charity project, read more here!

We have raised money for a shelter in Russia. Through the shelter we have adopted a three-legged dog Rada to Denmark!

Monday January 15th 9 pm!

How does it feel to sleep on a soft blanket in a warm room for the first time, after having slept on the hard floor of a shed for years? 

What do you think when your food is served nicely diced in a bowl, when you used to eat old meat directly from the pot? 

What feelings flow through your body when loving strokes in endless amounts replace the fight for attention in the pack?

 Whether three-legged Rada has those kinds of thoughts, we have no idea.


Arrival in Denmark!

Hopefully she feels the care and love she was met with when she arrived in Denmark from the cold shelter in Russia late last night. Chelina came in, rolling Rada in her pet carrie. Chelina’s lovely family, Thomas and I stood there in exited anticipation.


The trip from Russia to Denmark is undeniably a stressful journey for a dog.

That is why it is so important that the first period in this new country is as calm as possible. The impressions as seen from the snout are overwhelming as it is.

To begin with she was stressed.

In the car home from the airport, Rada sat at the backseat – i.e. she sat in the lap of Lise as she would rather sit with her muzzle resting on a shoulder.

She had been barking from the moment she landed and that continued throughout the ride.

At the arrival at Artemis, she was let out at the parking lot. She lifted her head, and then she wanted to go for a little walk.

On three legs!

Rada I challenged by her lack of one foreleg, which complicates her sniffing. In that way she is different from most dogs. Her leg was wounded in an accident and got amputated below her shoulder.

In the beginning we therefore decided to spare her from dealing with stairs.

It was the plan that she should have a thorough check-up by the veterinarian, when she arrived in Denmark. We need to know her psyche and overall state of health to provide her with the optimal settings for her to have a good life.

Rada stayed at Artemis for the night. She should not be moved more than necessary.

After a short walk we returned to the clinic where a bed was made for Rada.

She was shown the soft blankets, and when Thomas Rathsack sat down with her, she finally relaxed. She slept right there all through the night. She had to do without Thomas as I took over the watch.


That’s how Rada and I spend the night in the consulting room. Snout to snout.

She definitely slept more than me. More than once I stroked her to make sure she didn’t feel lonely or sad!


What’s next?

Today we have run a series of tests on her. She takes some short walks and relaxes in between.

Rada’s stress and alertness needs to be removed. Up till now it has worked well.

The right home for Rada is one with an endless, loving warmth. And there are the challenges with her motor skills to take into consideration.

A dog can live a fulfilling life on three legs, but it needs the family to pay attention to its special needs.

To adopt dogs from abroad is not just a simple matter.

Rada is one of many dogs from the Russian shelter, Rada has had  the chance of a new life.

It makes a difference to help one dog – also even though you cannot save them all!

Our donation has created a local awareness.

Chelina has been on local TV, which has put focus on the shelter, and now more people have adopted dogs and cats.

Respect for life!

Rada is – apart form being a lovely dog – also a symbol for the fact that it makes a difference when we help. The respect for life, no matter the circumstances and challenges, is important. The respect also entails choosing the alternative, when that is the best for the animal.

Seen from the outside some people may think “Three legs? Is that a life worth living?”

YES, it is. If you pay attention and provide the proper care, life on three legs isn’t bad at all.

To put it bluntly – for the perspective: A lot of dogs suffer from severe osteoarthritis – sometimes in only one leg. It can end up being so debilitating that the dog puts all weight on the other leg to ease the pain.

Just as when you only have one leg, your body needs to compensate for the balance that is no longer working. These dogs live good lives, provided with proper care – until the day life no longer is a good life for the dog.

Rada’s handicap is obvious. A lot of dogs suffer from conditions not apparently visible for us.

No matter what happens, what is best for Rada is what sets the course.

We don’t yet know exactly what the coordinates are, but we are on our way to find them.

Tonight Thomas watches over Rada. Or is it the other way round? In any way she could not be in better hands.

When Tuesday arrives we will see what the day brings. Until then we just need Rada to feel good and get used to her new life.

Everyone surrounding Rada is again reminded that a dog is not “just a dog”, but just about the most trusting and life affirming presence, you will meet.