A blind dog, now named “Christmas,” spent at least a month down a deep, narrow well in Bosnia before rescuers found him. People believe that the hungry stray was wandering through the desolate field in search of food when he toppled down a deep trench that was 26 feet deep. Sadly, it’s also possible that the pooch was purposely dumped by a former owner.
Christmas would never have survived his ordeal if not for the kindness of local children who visited him regularly and tossed scraps of food down to the dog. They were drawn to the location by the sound of panicked barking, but the children weren’t sure exactly how long Christmas had been there before help finally arrived.
When animal rescuers Fahrudin Caki Bravo and Ratko Koblar heard about the dog, they rushed to the scene equipped with climbing gear. Bravo was lowered into the cramped cavity until he was able to secure the rope and an orange rescue vest around Christmas. Fellow rescuers then brought the two back to the surface.
Upon seeing Christmas in the light of day, it was apparent that he was quite old and blind due to a pre-existing condition. Despite the terror of his month long ordeal, Bravo and Koblar described the dog’s disposition as “sweet” and “forgiving.”
Christmas is now in foster care sponsored by The Harmony Fund, an organization that works to rescue animals all over the globe, including war-torn countries. Founder Laura Simpson first heard about the dog when she saw a video of Bravo giving Christmas his first belly rub. She was instantly charmed! Simpson is confident that Christmas find a forever home soon and given the love and respect he deserves for the remainder of his life.
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