Takis Shelter

10 Dec

Takis Shelter is a haven for rescue dogs, and this is where John and I travelled to Irapetra in Crete to look for another dog in order to give it a good home.  Although I said I would not have another dog after losing Ben a few years ago, we found that the house seemed empty without him. You people out there who are animal lovers will understand what I mean. For instance, when you come back from shopping or a day out somewhere there is no one to greet you on your return, also we tend to forgo our walks which you have to do when you have a dog. We missed having Ben walking beside us, and many other little things which go with having a dog. So yesterday, Wednesday was the big day for us to go to see Takis ,that’s the owners name, to see if he had any small dogs to choose from.

We met Takis in Ierapetra who took us in his jeep  to his haven for animals, he said we would not get there in our small car. We could see why because we seemed to be travelling way up and up into the mountains. When we got to the bottom of the drive to where we had to go, lo and behold  hundreds of dogs came bounding down to meet us,just like in the film  ” Who Let the dogs Out. ” Then they  folllowed Takis to the top to wait for him. I began to think, am I going to be brave enough to get out of this jeep with all those dogs loose, as there were quite a few big dogs and I mean big dogs, as well as medium and small of course. I braved it very gingerly because Takis said they are fine and are all friendly. He was right, all they wanted to do was play even if the big ones were a bit rough and tended to push me a little.

Happy dogs 2

I have never seen such happy dogs who simply adored Takis because he loved them all, and you could see they were well looked after and obedient when he told them to behave. They have plenty of room because there are acres and acres of land and although there is a main fence around the land the animals are not penned in they are free to roam, and they do have individual kennels. These kennels were made by friends of ours who have a fencing company where they make other garden ornaments for flowers as well as sheds.

Takis & dogs 2

Takis with his dogs

We spent a couple of hours trying to make up our minds which one to take home with us, everyone knows that a dog chooses you, you don’t choose the dog and I was trying to be firm with myself, however we chose a small one who seemed to be a loner, that is to say he was sort of skirting around all the other dogs and we kept coming back to him. eventually this dog came to us very timidly at first, then became more playful.


Takis with two puppies

Takis with two adorable puppies. Following picture is of John and I with the dog we have chosen

Yes ! you’ve guessed it this is the one we chose. We named him Koko , his colour is  black and tan and reminded us of a Shetland Sheep dog. Takis told us that Koko had been with him for only  2 months and was around 2 yrs old and would make a good house dog.  Takis also advised us  to take him  to the Vet for his injections and micro chip and to check his health, re- his heart, liver and lungs etc.Koko was found wondering the streets in the rain searching for food.



John, Me & Koko

John and I with Koko.


Happy Xmas

Couldn’t resist this one.

It was at the Vetinary that I learned about the Creten breed of dog and was astonished to hear that the dog we had chosen was of the ancient breed called Kokoni, and a very important breed.  What a coincidence I had named him Koko.  Koko has a clean bill of health and fantastic brilliant white teeth. We love him already.

You can find  ‘ Takis Shelter ; on Facebook where Takis has many followers.  Below are a couple more photo’s of Koko

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Koko. enjoying a treat.  Look at those lovely white teeth.




Posted by on December 10, 2015 in Dogs


15 responses to “Takis Shelter

  1. Pat

    December 17, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I’m almost certain it was Takis who looked after Sandy for us a couple of times when we went on holiday. We went back to get her the first time, expecting her to run out to see us. No! She was on the guy’s knee, having a cuddle.
    You’re little dog is adorable & is so lucky to have you & John to love & care him.


  2. vallance22

    December 19, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    So adorable! Please remember to send a photo of him to me, Rita!


  3. vallance22

    December 19, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Reblogged this on Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae and commented:
    While this post is NOT about Linear B, it is about a wonderful dog shelter in Crete, and I know you will all love the photos of the puppies and dogs who are so lucky to live there! Rita Roberts has adopted one of them!


    Liked by 1 person

  4. vallance22

    December 19, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I cannot believe that Koko belongs to to an ancient breed of dogs called Kokoni. I wonder where they are from… the name sounfds Egyptian. Please let me know.



  5. Aquileana

    December 23, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Takis Shelter, such a great initiative…
    I love the post and the photographs alongside it, dear Rita.
    Merry Christmas and all my best wishes to you. Aquileana 🎄


  6. ritaroberts

    December 23, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Oh ! Thank you so much Aquileana. for nice comments. Koko has settled nicely with us and seems happy. Wishing you also a very Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.


  7. dorannrule

    December 29, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Takis and the shelter for dogs are so impressive. And how wonderful of you and for you that you have adopted Koko. What a coincidence that Koko is of an ancient breed called Kokoni. “It’s a wonderful life” and I am eagerly awaiting stories of your new life with Koko by your side.


  8. ritaroberts

    December 30, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks Dora, I will certainly be putting some more photo’s of Koko on my blog He was very nervous when we first brought him home but now he is showing us how happy he is, as we are with him.


  9. Steve Creek

    February 1, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for bringing this post to my attention Rita!


    • ritaroberts

      February 2, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks for your nice comment and glad you enjoyed reading all about rescue dogs Steve.


  10. softenbrownsugar

    February 2, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Rita,
    I came over here from Steve Creek’s blog, and I’m glad I did.
    What a wonderful story about Koko and how you chose him (and he chose you!) 🙂
    Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

    • ritaroberts

      February 3, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you so much Cindy ,for visiting my blog Glad you enjoyed Takis Shelter and our rescue dog Koko.


  11. Etienne

    April 30, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Bravo for adopting one of Takis’ dogs! He is becoming quite the internet sensation. So many dogs, such a big heart.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. ritaroberts

    June 5, 2016 at 8:46 am

    You would love Koko Etienne, but we still miss Ben, so thanks to you in the first place for finding him and giving him to us. It was so sad to have to part with him..



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