Glimpses,photos & experiences of a foreigner living in Slovenia, Ljubljana
Since I moved to Slovenia to live together with my dog Tasha and cat Iure, I got to see a bit more of what people think or how they react regarding an adopted stray animal, here in Ljubljana. From the country we come from, which is Romania,I can not say we saw any good reactions. Romania, as a country, in my opinion, has a huge problem ,not regarding stray animals but in the way people take care of their animals.
Living in Ljubljana with a stray dog and cat, showed me how people react such pets. I can say i have meet , a really high % of friendly people towards animals,thing that was very unusual for Tasha at firsts, she was used to be even hit by people,in Romania, that’s why she was very scared. Took lots of smiling faces, that Tasha meet in Kongresni trg , that helped her overpass one of her fears…till the day she felt safe enough to chew a bone and watch happy humans😉
What helps also a lot, is the wonderful nature,that Ljubljana has to offer, everywhere! From squares with lots of old trees till big parks, lots and lots of wild fields and even forests,on hills.. Tasha has also a handicap,at the right leg and hip, that when she got to Ljubljana, was getting her very tired and incapable to walk more then 15 minutes then having to walk really slow and heavy limping. But she discovered the snow,that this year kept till really close to Easter and she played in it a lot , the fields that made her run throw big grass, same as she would swim and exercise her legs , got daily trips up the Castle Hill and enjoyed the sunand even walks by the river side… all this ,visible, improved her walking and resistance, now being confident most of the times on all 4 legs . And more and more nature therapy will come:)
Something else that pleasant surprised me in Ljubljana, are the bowls of water that most places have, for thirsty pets , either at bars, terraces and even public spaces where you leave ur pet while you can fast shop something. What here in Ljubljana is considered a sign of civilization and respect towards animals, in Romania is against the law to offer water to animals, under any form and I still say a Thank you in my head each time we pass such bowl,in Ljubljana, to the ones that don’t forget about the thirsty animals. Most of the places we’ve been to are pet friendly or if the animal can not enter, there is usual, a place to let ur pet tied, but safe and protected from the entry rush, which helped me train a bit Tasha to wait.
Something that I didn’t understood thought why it happens, at least in Ljubljana, is the fact that many people do not clean after their dogs.. at least in the Center area,where we lived for a while,there are garbage containers specially made for pet owners ,with free collecting bags..but you would still have a big chance to step in some lucky poo , that someone, uneducated , didn’t feel like collecting it. Shame:(
Having Iure made me sensitive to cats as well and I notice,here in Ljubljana, a small number of what I would call semi stray cats – cats that belong to a home but they also adventure themselves to the neighbors,maybe even sleep there for a while.. All the cats that “traveled” in front of our window, we re looking very well and were feed..but looking for attention or a place to nap:) Where we live now, I just meet 2 new cats, normal looking that were not interested much in the food I got them but more interested to be caressed. The mixes of cats here is quite big,I couldn’t say I saw just one breed,but a mix and people’s reaction I never saw to be aggressive, which was a usual routine in Romania.
People reaction towards Tasha’s breed and history is something that helps Tasha,also, build confidence in humans, I got asked just few times what breed she is and never laughed at because she isn’t a pure breed but people mostly smile because I tell them she is a happy squirrel:) Her history it impresses and we have meet some other rescued dogs,from either Slovenia or other places .We meet many others, in special young people, that adopted a stray animal or even foster them till they were finding for them a permanent home , which I know takes lots of love and sacrifice:)
Courageous beautiful people that remind me of my closest friends, Andrada and Florentina, from Romania, that with,together for few years, we have rescued, fostered,sheltered and protected many of Romania’s strays. This people are still in Romania, doing a titanic work to rescue and protect as many stray dogs and cats they can and afford and they desperate need any help they can get to save more. Any help ! is welcomed and will make a difference..from donating anything that can help an animal in need till adopting,from those that are prepared to be adopted,with what the law requires. If someone is considering helping or adopting a rescued stray dog or cat from Romania, please contact me, so I can offer you the necessarily details.
I end my blog in hope this would make a difference even for just one animal that someone will have the heart and place to adopt , same as I adopted my dog and cat and Tasha’s story,how she over passed her traumas and how happy she got now, can become the story of another saved stray..