Paying it forward gives us an opportunity to give back that which we have received. An adopted dog in Greece did just that.
Aragon and his owner Valia Orfanidou went out on one of their walks through the mountain area of Immitos, a town near Athens, Greece. Valia noticed Aragon was acting strangely on this particular walk. He seemed anxious and was determined to guide his owner to the side of the road.
Orfanidou obeyed her dog’s instincts and followed him as he led her to an abandoned cardboard box that was sitting under some trees. Aragon was pacing in front of the box, sniffing it. At first, Valia was afraid to open the box, concerned it might contain toxic, harmful chemicals. But Aragon was insistent. So his owner carefully opened the box and to her surprise, she found four kittens inside.
She examined the four kittens, and they seemed to be okay. She picked up the box, and she and Aragon walked them back to their home. Valia placed the tiny kittens in a plastic tray. Aragon immediately took over the role of caretaker.
The kittens wanted to get out of the tray and explore their new surroundings. Aragon kept watching over them, gently guiding them back into the plastic tray. The dog would sit by the tray for hours. He would walk around the house with them, and was always very gentle with them.
Valia was so inspired by her dog’s mountain rescue, that she decided to name the kittens after mountaintops in the Himalayas. She named the kittens Manaslou, Lhotse, Makalou, and Cho.
Aragon is himself a rescue dog. Valia has been involved with the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society in Greece. Unfortunately, Greece has a high population of stray dogs roaming the streets. The organization, along with the Greek government, work to provide services for these dogs, so they are healthy, and hopefully, find permanent homes.
Credits: The Orphan Pet on YouTube