A regular visitor to Corfu, Wizzy met Tyche at the harbour of Kassiopi, where she was roaming around. Wizzy told us what happened next:

“A stray dog started following us and asking for food. We kept a few scraps from our meals and sometimes bought her dog food as well. When it was stormy, she was terrified of the the thunder and lightning and would always find us and hide near us.

I found out that she had been thrown from a car a few weeks before we arrived, and was obviously domestic. Being a pretty dog she was fairly successful at begging, but as the tourists started thinning out it became harder for her to find food. Fortunately, an Englishwoman living locally had started to feed her once a day in her shop.

I then heard that in Corfu they round up the strays, put them in cages near Aharavi in the hills, and shoot them every December. So I started worrying about her. I have never done this with the strays here before, but she seemed different. Very sweet and gentle and not very hardy on the street.

My friend Fred who lives on Corfu helped me catch her, which was actually very easy: she let me put the collar and lead on her, then jumped into his car with the promise of a dog treat. She spent the night at Fred’s house, asked to be let out when she needed a pee, and got on well with his dogs. Fred then drove us to The Ark where they took her in.

She is affectionate and very bright and The Ark judged her to be around 7–8 months old. I think she is a Vizsla Hungarian Pointer crossed with something else, as she is small for a pointer. I named her Tyche (pronounced Tie-key) who is the Greek goddess of luck. Tiki is also ‘luck’ in modern Greek).

I already have two rescue cats and a rescue dog so I had to find a home for her. She is to live with a neighbour of mine and her eight children. They are beside themselves with excitement at giving this dog a loving home, and with eight kids there will be a lot of love and dog walking!”

Tyche with Wizzy

Tyche and Arapina with other dogs at Louisa’s house