The story of a Ukrainian woman who fled the country carrying her elderly dog on her shoulders over 10 miles to cross the border has gone viral around the world, and it’s all because of her compassion and strength. so as not to abandon your 4-legged companion.
In a first-person account to The Guardian newspaper, Alisa detailed her harrowing journey with her family and dogs.
The woman was very affected, because on February 23 she unexpectedly lost her father, and the next day bomb attacks broke out in major Ukrainian cities.
“We lost a lot of things. We lost my father. I left my husband at the border. My heart is broken because I have never been without him. It’s a part of me, the biggest part of me, and now it’s not with me. There are no men with us.»
Woman carries her elderly dog over 10 miles
The woman says there were a lot of cars near the border with Poland and she and her family couldn’t stay in the car for the next three or five days, so they decided to walk for 10 miles by minus seven degrees.
During this difficult journey, the 12.5-year-old German Shepherd struggled to stand and walk, but he fell every mile and couldn’t get up. Alisa tried to ask the people next to her for help, but they refused and told her to leave the dogs behind.
“My dog has experienced all the happy and sad moments with us. Mom’s dog is all she has left of her old life. So my husband sometimes carried our dog on his shoulders.”
For this woman and her family, this was the most difficult experience they had to face. It was difficult to leave Ukraine, she had to continue without her husband; everything remained in kyiv, his life, house and acquaintances.