Roundtrip to Bari for one day
We would like to welcome you on board of the Air Berlin flight from Munich to Bari
I’ve never thought that I would go back to Italy so fast, because my trip to Manduria together with Anke and Roland happened just 2 weeks ago. And I still had a large lump in my throat.
During my first trip to Italy, we visited the Canile of Manduria. There, we met Tommy.
Even on the flight back, we all agreed that we have to find a nice home for him, together with Luigia and Stefano. We would have never survived very long in the Canile because of his injuries.
We found a new home for him within just a few days. Thanks to Luigias great work in advance, we soon could free him from the camp.
Today his great trip finally will start – his journey into a lucky future.
At 10am, my boyfriend Chris and I headed to the airport of Dusseldorf. In our luggage space we transported a huge dog crate. But actually we just got it in our car with a lot of squeezing and pushing.
Before my flight, we headed to the animal hospital Lesia in Dusseldorf. They wanted to support us in the upcoming examinations of Tommy. We clarified, when we would arrive with Tommy during the night that they could prepare everything for his arrival.
When we arrived at the airport, we first registered the dog crate as oversized baggage. Of course we were accompanied by curious looks of people, who thought that there already would be a boarhound of 2 x 2 meters in it. The nice lady at the counter asked: “You fly back this evening? Will you just fetch the dog and then you fly back home again?” I answered: “Yes, I will” and said good-bye to my boyfriend. He wanted to collect me and Tommy this evening at the airport of Cologne.
The start was fine and when we reached the clouds, the sky went brighter and brighter. The sun was comfortable warm on my face. I just thought: “If this wasn’t a good sign.”…
When I arrived in Munich, I had about 1 and a half hour time until my connecting flight to Bari should start. Bit by bit I realized that my nervousness rose. Just two weeks ago, we left Italy with an incredible feeling of shock and now I go back, back to the people fight for the survival of the dogs and fight until their limits day by day.
I knew how deep Stefano took Tommy into his heart and I was afraid of the moment when both had to say good-bye to each other.
When you fly upon the clouds und leave all the agony beneath you, you more have to think about so many thinks, why animal protection is actually just necessary. Why there are people, who have to starve day by day, why there are animals, which are agonized and mistreated by us humans. Here, above the clouds, the world seems to be very peaceful.
Lost in my thought, I did not realize that we landed and suddenly we reached Bari.
Short time later, I waited for Stefano in the arrival area. And a great surprise waited for me: Luigia, her family and Andrea came too to pass the short time together with me.
I recognized Stefano, even he had been far away. And I mentioned how sad and pale he was. Short time later, Luigia, her husband, her children and Andrea arrived and together, we went to Stefanos car, where Tommy already waited.
This small bloke is really a dream of a dog, a small and large teddy bear. Patently he lied in the car and enjoyed being cuddled and stroked.
For sure he knew that today should happen something special, something, which will change his life. But he wasn’t nervous at all.
We passed the following three hours with cuddling Tommy. And we had a lot of conversations about current emergency cases in Italy, for example the mare Luna, which should be brought to the butcher by its owners. And there is Gioa, which Stefano found on its feeding lot one day ago – poisoned.
Short time ago, I again had this feeling of helplessness, which I already knew from our first trip to Italy. For me it’s impossible to tell with words how much I admire the people standing on the dark parking area of the airport building.
This evening, we took a lot of pictures to document the handover and take-over of Tommy. Unfortunately in Italy, a lot of people think, that the animals will land in laboratories in Germany and Austria.
The time for my return flight came along and so the moment, when Stefano and Tommy had to say good-bye to each other. Stefano knows, that Tommy will have a good home in Germany and that there is no other choice because of his state of health. In Germany, he will receive the appropriate medical care. But of course he worried a lot about “his Tommy”.
At 8pm, we headed towards the check-in counter and everyone said good-bye to the cute teddy bear. In the dog crate, we all had built a comfortable bed. We all cried.
Finally it was time to go for me because I was the lucky one who was allowed, to accompany this wonderful dog to his new home.
Short time later, I already sat in the airplane and did my studied ritual. I soon asked the stewardess how I can find out whether my dog is really on board. This is something I do since my first time as flight sponsor. After she nodded, I could enjoy the flight.
For me, the return flight was terrible. All my thoughts were with Tommy all the time and with every small turbulence, I felt more uncomfortable. “What might he think now, how might he feel….?” So the time until the landing got longer and longer and I counted the minutes until Tommy again had earth under his feet.
After exact 105 minutes and 33 seconds, we finally landed in Cologne and I hurried to reach the luggage hall, where Tommy appeared after just a few minutes, together with an employee of the airport. I bent forward to him and held my fingers though the lattice and mentioned his warm tongue licking my fingers. As he finally started to nibble my fingers, I realized how hungry he must be and hurried, to leave the airport area.
Chris already waited for me and he was really glad to see me. We and “Tommy in the box” headed to our car where we finally could let him out of the dog crate. Well assured snuffled a bit on the grass and then found the water bowl. He was very thirsty!
After a drive of about half an hour, during which Tommy and I sat cuddling on the comfortable back seat, we finally reached the Lesia hospital. They already waited for us.
Tommy had been well examined by the doctor on duty. The dressing had been changed and the passport controlled, the temperature had been taken. He got an infusion to stabilize his circulation. All other things should be done during the next days.
Then we brought him to a comfortable “single room”, one floor higher. After an anew eating binge, he curled up and soon felt asleep.
We crept out because we didn’t want to wake him up. At 2 am we went home, glad that Tommy passed this journey so well and that he will receive help and medical care in Germany.
Dear Tommy, today, on Wednesday, after a few days of your stay in the hospital, you finally could move to your new home and settle in. I wish you all the best and I hope to see you again soon.
I would like to thank Sinja for the adoption and the Lesia hospital for your always uncomplicated and generous support!
My summary for this heart-touching day:
Could there be something more satisfying than using a rainy and dull Sunday afternoon, to accompany a dog to his new home?
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A report by Julia Plugge