Wednesday, January 07, 2015

FROM the land of the pharaohs to Leighlinbridge, one dog has had an epic trip to find a good home.

Pharaoh, an Egyptian street dog, has been fostered by a Ballinaboley family since September after making the long trip from north Africa.

It caps a remarkable story that started in June when an Egyptian woman, Heba Shabaan, came across Pharaoh and another dog, Cairo, in very poor condition in Alexandria. Heba got the dogs care and then scoured the internet for a long-term solution.

It resulted in her contacting the Laois-based Cara Rescue Dogs. In September, the animals came to Ireland and Pharaoh was put into the care of Cara Rescue Dogs fosterer Sinead Kearney in Ballinaboley near Leighlinbridge. It’s a remarkable story but all the more remarkable at how well Pharaoh has adapted to his new surrounds.

“There’s not a bother on him,” said Sinead, who has been fostering dogs for more than 18 months. “He is flying around. He is a lovely dog.”

Egypt dog

Sinead said street dogs like Pharaoh were the “lowest of the low” in Egypt and were frequently kicked and beaten, along with being knocked down. Pharaoh can be anxious around men. One of his legs has been broken repeatedly, resulting in one of his femurs being two inches shorter than the other.

The one-year-old dog has proven equally lovable and popular in the Kearney household, with Sinead’s daughter Laura vying to adopt him.

“He is absolutely amazing with children; he’s big but he is so gentle,” said Karla Mitchell from Cara Rescue Dogs. Karla is currently looking after Cairo, who had serious injuries when she came to Ireland.

Pharaoh is available to a good home and Karla said an ideal home would be with another dog that Pharaoh could play with.

Heba funded the considerable expense of the two dogs travelling to Ireland but it was necessary for them to have a chance at a better life.

Karla explained: “There are absolutely no homes in Egypt for Egyptian street dogs. It’s unheard of for them to be adopted by an Egyptian family. They’re treated like cockroaches really.”

Anyone who is interested in adopting Pharaoh or wants more information can contact Cara Rescue Dogs through their email or the group’s Facebook page. They can also phone Karla on 086 8408041.

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By Michael Tracey
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