Georgie – from Georgia
In 2014 Georgie lived as a stray dog with her puppies in the streets of Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. Volunteers of D.O.G. (Dog Organization Georgia) delivered her and the puppies to the D.O.G. shelter in Tbilisi, where she was medical treated, sterilized and vaccinated.
Hence Georgie suffers from leishmaniasis, it was not possible to release her to the streets of Tbilisi again. Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease that is found in parts of the tropics, subtropics, and southern Europe and is caused by infection with Leishmania parasites, which are spread by the bite of phlebotomine sand flies. There are several different forms of leishmaniasis in animals and people. The most common forms are cutaneous leishmaniasis, which causes skin sores, and visceral leishmaniasis, which affects several internal organs (usually spleen, liver, and bone marrow).
Affected dogs need a life-long medical treatment. This treatment allows them to live a normal life without any limitations.
When I worked and lived in Tbilisi from 2009 to 2013, I cared about the stray dogs on the area of our office building. Via a German colleague I had contact to D.O.G.
In summer 2015 D.O.G. looked for a permanent new home for Georgie. Hence it is almost impossible to find such a home in Georgia, we decided to take Georgie to our home in Germany.
The same German colleague who established my contact to D.O.G., escorted Georgie in July 2015 on her flight from Tbilisi to Frankfurt, where Georgie was picked up by my wife and my daughter.
The photo shows Georgie in our house today, just after she returned from playing with her dog friend Tom.
Technical details of the photo: Canon EOS 6D with Canon Zoom Lens EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM, aperture: f/9, ISO: 1600, shutter speed: 1/5, focal length: 24/1. The photo was developed and processed with Adobe Lightroom CC.