Kiara Ijzendoorn knew she was going to make memories while on a family vacation in Crete, Greece, but she had no idea that something completely life-changing was going to happen. During her family vacation, she came across a stray dog that was suffering from a broken spine. The sight of the dog’s deformed back as it struggled to walk, tugged at Ijzendoorn’s heart. Out of curiosity, she followed the dog and discovered that it lived all alone in an abandoned barn.
“His leg was totally paralyzed. He had a big bump on his back that was his broken spine,” Ijzendoorn told The Dodo. “We stopped the car so he could crawl out of the way, but he looked like a heap.”
Ijzendoorn refused to leave the dog behind. She named her new friend Fos, which translates to “shining” in Greek. Each day for the rest of her vacation, she visited with the lonely animal and knew she would have to find a way to take him home with her. Despite his severe injuries, Fos was extremely sweet and lovable.
Ijzendoorn took the dog to a rescue clinic to formally adopt him. The staff was shocked by his injuries and explained that it was obvious he had been abused. They also explained that if she did’t rescue him when she did, Fos would have died from his injuries. Promising him a better life, Ijzendoorn flew back home to Holland with her newest family member.
Fos has made himself at home with his new family. His serious spinal injury is still healing, but Ijzendoorn says he is getting better every day.
“He walks better now and his bump isn’t as big,” Ijzendoorn said. “He is scared of older men and some cats.”
The animal lover will always remember the vacation that brought her four-legged best friend into her life.