When 16-year-old Anita Valkova first laid eyes on Alfeiya in a playground in Bulgaria, the dog was sick and covered in blood—and unimaginably, some of the girl’s schoolmates were throwing rocks at the pup.
“I guess that they thought that she would die anyway, so why not have some fun while their parents aren’t there. I screamed ‘Do you want me to throw stones at you?’ and they ran away,” Anita wrote on Reddit.
Even though Anita was scared of dogs, she knew she couldn’t let Alfeiya die. She bravely put her fears aside and committed herself to helping Alfeiya get her life back. And even when her parents hesitated, Anita didn’t back down. She continued to help the suffering dog.
Although Anita is only 16, she overcame her fear and her parent’s hesitation and did the right thing. What an amazing teen! And now she even has a wonderful dog as a result. Scroll down to read Anita’s brave story of rescuing the lovely dog Alfeiya!
“She was in my school yard when I first saw her. A group of kids were throwing stones at her and when I saw this little pooch all covered in blood, I knew I had to take action.
I called my mom, grandpa, grandma and they all said that we can’t do anything about it and I should just let it go but I couldn’t do it, I had the opportunity to help and I had to do it!”
“I called my father, who I don’t usually talk to, and he said he’d be able to come in two hours. I sat next to her in the cold for over two hours waiting for my father to come. When he did, he handed me a blanket and told me to catch her and bring her to the vet on foot because he wouldn’t let her in his car.
I chased her around for about 5 minutes and we managed to corner her and wrap her in the blanket. A friend of mine helped me carry her to the vet while my dad drove and waited for us there.”
“We got to the vet and they took her, cleaned her wounds and gave her antibiotics. She had demodicosis.
The next day my mom came to see her and I managed to convince her to keep her with the help of the vets.”
“Her treatment was very expensive, we had to borrow money to be able to get her medicine. We’re not very rich, I live in a small apartment with my mom and grandparents, and a cat.”
“We were able to take her home on the 30th of December 2015. I gave her a bath, we were both very scared, she of the water and I of her biting me. After I dried her fur she got her claim on my bed.”
“She’s my dog now. Everyone at home loved her once they met her. It is hard sometimes since she doesn’t have much space to run but I’ll be moving out soon with my mom and possibly in a house so I’m hopeful that she’ll get her space. We’re compensating with long walks and there’s a fenced area where we let her off leash so she can run and play with other doggies.”
“I’ve always been scared of dogs. But I couldn’t leave a creature to suffer when I could help. I hope this story gives you hope and inspiration to be a better person and help with anything you can.”
Isn’t it wonderful that Anita took the initiative to step in an give Alfeiya a second chance in life? Share her story to show your appreciation and so her story reaches more people!
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