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Ok guys this is a big one.
First let me introduce you to this guy. This is Lokah, he is a stray dog that turned up at the door of my hut in India 8 months ago.
It was monsoon time, he was wet, he was cold but more concerningly he was really emaciated.
Whilst beautiful, the Farming country around Mysore where I was is a harsh environment for a stray especially one as young and soft as Lokah. There is little to no available food and the local people are understandably afraid of strange dogs (given that India is the rabies capital of the world).
Many will beat or kill strays and I personally saw Lokah being beaten with stones and chased before he turned up at my door.
Anyway attempting to streamline a very long story here, I let him in and that was that.
Meanwhile a coalition of students from the yoga course where I was staying namely Halo Jones Thea Amanda Skött and Lova Molin had begun laying plans to adopt Lokah and relocate him to Europe where he could live a dogs life and be free from the daily battle for survival he was facing in India.
We managed to get Lokah as far as Mysore the nearest city, we had him vaccinated and micro chipped and headed back to our hostel to work out how we were going to get him out of India. That's were the trouble started...
The first issue was that nowhere will let you stay with a dog...and I mean nowhere. Even staying in the hostel owned by a friend things were difficult and we knew we could not stay there for long.
With the help of our friends in India we found the Woofwagon a wonderful boarding kennels in the countryside near Mysore, where Lokah has now been living for 7 months. But he really can't stay here, the original agreement was 6 weeks...
Why? Money...and paperwork but mainly money...
Exporting a dog from India is a potentially dangerous and highly stressful experience for the dog in question and therefore must be done absolutely right to minimise this.
There is also the need to quarantine the animal on arrival* for 4 months which is not cheap.
We originally tried to avoid quarantine by getting Lokah vaccinated for rabies and trying to organising blood tests and certification but this proved to be far more complex than we had anticipated as India has no authorised labs and the nearest one was in Dubai!
So the plan!
I am going to fly out to India, collect Lokah and travel with him back to the EU where he will spend his quarantine at a local approved kennels where I can visit him everyday. After which he can either stay with me or go to the best home I can find for him.
As it stands Dan and I are happy to spend every penny we have, bank, credit cards overdrafts, but we have run the numbers and it's still not enough, the cost of flying him, his board and quarantine fees are going to cost an estimated £5000, Dan having already spent almost £2000 up to this point.
So we need help, I don't like asking for it, but we do.
If we don't get this sorted now he may no longer be able to stay at the kennels he is currently in and may be released or worse...
In Mysore there is a hill, Chamundi Hill, a special hill with 1008 steps.
I am going to go to this hill and climb it step by step.
On each step I shall perform one round of sun salutations (if you are unsure of what this is please google it).
This may take several days but it will be done.
It will be filmed and uploaded here and on youtube.
THAT'S 1008 SUN SALUTATIONS
If I survive I will then proceed back to Europe with Lokah, I shan't be leaving without him.
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Feb 10, 2019
Good luck mate, bring that doggie home :) Mike & Nic
Feb 8, 2019
Good luck Rory, could be your new travelling partner
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