She is such a sweet dog, we love her to pieces.
We asked Vladislava Provotorva, the woman in Russia who rescued Stetson (formerly Tony) and many other dogs from the streets of Sochi, was asked if she would provide some information on Stetson’s rescue. This is the incredible story she sent us:
“With Tony (now Stetson) we have a different story altogether, or rather the story of his salvation. We found him on January 6, as the 7th was the first “cleaning” (shooting of the dogs) at our train station in Sochi, where supposedly there would be large crowds of people for the Winter Olympics.
We in the evening after work with volunteers, went to catch the dogs, who were at the station. Tony was one of the first ones we took. He was asleep under a palm tree curled up in a ball. I went straight and picked up the sleeping dog, Tony, and carried, as some had reported, as it is not easy, and left in the car. The same evening we found a few dogs, two unfortunately we could not catch.
We spent about two hours, but all attempts were unsuccessful to pick them up. Those dogs were small enough to pick up them, but we could not, since they flatly refused to go. The next day the dogs (who were not able to be caught) died (were “exterminated”) and Tony was one of the lucky ones who allowed himself to be picked up.
But our story is not over. Because the shelter we built is not close, we took Tony and other dogs to a temporary foster home. When we got there, it was night and was just very cold and the road and I was frozen. I was driving in my car and couldn't make it up the hill. I swerved and nearly went into the fence. Some men helped and I left the car at the bottom of the hill. Me, one volunteer and one man carried the dogs up this icy hill. On the way we slipped and fell on the icy river along the road, but in the end we got the dogs up. So Tony had to find a good home, you know how many difficulties we had to overcome. He was very lucky!”
Thank you, Vlada, for furnishing this information! Stetson's story is so amazing and I am very grateful to you and all of the rescue volunteers in Russia for helping him and so many other dogs there. I work with a wonderful group of volunteers (All Border Collie Rescue) here in Texas where we rescue Border Collies. Through our continued efforts locally, we can understand some of what you all go through, but we can't even imagine the horrors of the mass dog exterminations that have happened there in Russia. I love my sweet Stetson and his companionship here at my Texas ranch. He will always be loved and have a home with me. - Carol
— with Carol Davis.