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£560raised of £2,000 target by 18 supporters

    Weʼve raised £560 to help to save Jo Socks from a life of being a stray dog in Iraq and to rehome her in the Netherlands with a new loving family.

    Funded on Friday, 31st August 2018

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    THE STORY OF JO SOCKS BY HER POTENTIAL ADOPTER

    Whilst working in Iraq I’ve come across many stray dogs living around our facilities. Most of them keep their distance, and only a very few show trust in some of the people.

    This is where my/our story starts.

    a bit more than 2 years ago, one of the stray dogs gave birth on one of our oilfield locations, actually, it was straight under my office. the puppies were raised in and around this Oil Processing Facility. one of these puppies, we call her “Jo Socks” (because of her white front paws) and her sister, kept hanging around and, as stray dogs do ,they came and went as they pleased. At that time, in their puberty, they were very shy, but over time Jo Socks somehow gained more trust in a few people and eventually some of the operators and myself were able to pet her. Her sister came close, but always kept her distance. Slowly but surely it became a long term “relationship”, although shy as she was, she started to show up with her sis more regularly and at the end almost every morning. When I arrived in the morning she was there for a little fondling, petting etc. It was a beautiful start of the day, I’ve never fed her, she just enjoyed the attention. Very often, she “took me by the hand” carefully with her snout and walked with me up to the gate, keeping a careful eye on by-passers, some people she just doesn’t like.

    Because she has such a lovely character quite a few of the operators working on the shifts liked her, she is/was a frequent visitor at nightshift, slept at the location, and was fed by most of the teams.

    In 2017 she became pregnant, in the hardest part of the year she had her first litter of puppies, I’ve never seen them, she must have hidden them well but probably she lost them all. At that time, she didn’t show up a lot, but after a while she came the old her again, she was in a bad condition. She showed up every night, morning and more than 75% of the time in the afternoon, she was waiting for me at the truck, just for friendship, no food involved.

    At the end of 2017 she became pregnant again, nobody had any clue where she would keep her puppies, but surprisingly she gave birth to 8 lovely puppies under the security cabin on the facility! They were beautiful and in great condition, but Jo Socks…. she was completely worn out, most of the time she didn’t want to eat, we tried to take care of her, she was skin and bones.

    This was the moment (February 2018) where some of the Ops team members came up with the plan and wanted to start an initiative to rescue this lovely creature. But where to start how do you rescue a dog from this area? They asked me if I wanted to adopt her and they pointed me to the War Paws organization they might be able to Help. Knowing that the summer season would be wearing her out again and she probably would be pregnant again, there was not a moment of doubt, she is a lovely dog, still a free spirit and probably needs a lot of attention to get her domesticated, but guess what, anybody who has met her, and understands the unconditional love of a dog, would recognize her beautiful character, she is the one worth all the effort and attention, because it will only pay back!

    Time was pressing and it was time to take action, I contacted the local representative of the War Paws organization and immediately the plan started to come together. Our location is quite remote, and resources are limited. We had to improvise, but managed to convert an old wheelie bin into a transport crate for Jo Socks. transport by truck and crossing security gates needed to be organized but, with the help of many friends, within 4 days we were able to hand her over to the War Paws Organization.

    Jo Socks is now in the caring hands of this organization, it will take up to 4-5 months before she will be in her “new home”.

    without this organization we would never be able to think about saving a dog, War Paws made it a fact, it is ongoing as we speak!

    I’d like to keep you posted about the progress in saving “Jo Socks” the Oilfield dog that broke many hearts and deserves a peaceful life.

    That’s why I like to put your attention to this organization that could make this happen:

    War Paws is a non-profit registered British animal rescue organization: Registration number 1168239

    Their aim is to alleviate pain and suffering of animals in hostile environments and civil conflict, including the Oil fields in Southern Iraq. There are lots of ways you can help them to give the rescued animals a helping hand. They foster these animals in their home, cage free, until they can find them permanent, loving families.

    for more information please visit their website: http://www.warpaws.org/

    It is our intent to raise funds to help Rob, Jo's rescuer, to pay for her treatments, quarantine and eventual move to Netherlands, where she will have a loving home and a new family to care for her and socialise her. This is not Rob's idea, but the whole teams. He is just the kind soul that will take her in and pay for half of the cost incurred.

    We are not asking for all your money, but every little bit will help towards our goal.

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    • Oisin Lawrie7 months ago
      Oisin Lawrie

      Oisin Lawrie

      7 months ago

      March 7th - A lovely picture of Jo Socks in her halfway house in Erbil being cared for by charity WarPaws. What a difference to her already, no longer just skin and bones. She has taken to being collared and on a leash with little protest and is being socialised well. Jo is currently being quarantined, but if we can't raise the funds to fininsh this and to get her to her new home in the Netherlands, it will all be for nothing. Please help us to #savejosocks

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    • Oisin Lawrie7 months ago
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      Oisin Lawrie

      7 months ago

      March 2018 - after being absent for a while after her puppies were removed, Jo returned to us and started eating again. After gaining some weight Rob managed to put on her collar and she accepted it with no issue.

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    • Oisin Lawrie7 months ago
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      7 months ago

      Jo with some of her puppies in January 2018 - sadly her puppies were removed from site by pest control a few weeks later and were likely euthanised.

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    18

    • Elaine Murdoch

      Elaine Murdoch

      May 31, 2018

      Hope all went well x

      £20.00

    • Oisin Lawrie

      Oisin Lawrie

      May 31, 2018

      On behalf of Lorna Anderson and Dogs-In-Tour.

      £40.00

    • Oisin Lawrie

      Oisin Lawrie

      May 31, 2018

      On behalf of Neil Miller. Cheers

      £20.00

    • Sam Murdoch

      Sam Murdoch

      May 30, 2018

      £10.00

    • Lynn Fraser Lawrie

      Lynn Fraser Lawrie

      May 29, 2018

      A little donation to keep you going through the night xx

      £50.00

    • Danny Robertson

      Danny Robertson

      May 29, 2018

      All the best Ms Socks. X

      £20.00

    • MRS X

      MRS X

      May 29, 2018

      £25.00

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