Cars Were Zooming Over Him: “I Had to Save This Puppy!”


When Yvette finished her day at a university in Bulgaria, she was weary from her studies but looking forward to spending the remainder of her day with friends. On the walk home, she was daydreaming about her plans when a car stopped at the side of the highway. This is never a good thing, and sure enough, the door opened and the driver threw a puppy into the road.

The car sped off and other cars approached and began passing right over the top of this tiny ball of black fur, wimpering in the road. It would be only a matter of seconds until tragedy struck. There simply wasn’t time to think, only to react.

“I felt instant fear,” Yvette said. “I had to stop the cars.”

Yvette quickly made her way onto the road, holding out her arms to stop the cars coming toward her.  Drivers looked at her quizzically as they screeched to a stop. She knelt down just long enough to scoop up the puppy and then hurried back to the roadside with her heart pounding, and the puppy’s little heart doing the same.

The Bond Was Instant

“His little eyes were looking at me with such love as if he understood that I was his only hope in that crucial moment,” Yvette explained.

This is Yvette, the university student who saved sweet Nero.

Yvette named her little bundle Nero and carried him home in her arms. But the minute Yvette came through the door craddling the puppy, her mother insisited that the puppy couldn’t stay as the family was still grieving over the recent death of their pet. A hard message to swallow, but thankfully Yvette chose to follow her own internal compass and find a way.

Without a place to keep Nero, Yvette wasn’t sure what to do. It was a long shot, but Yvette had heard of a rescue group named Colonel Angels Bulgarian Street Dogs and she phoned them straight away. Though the rescue is actually some 120 miles away, Yvette had to try and she almost couldn’t believe her ears when the voice on the other end of the phone said, “Yes, we will help.”

She was absolutely breathless with gratitude at this incredible offer. After all, the state of animal welfare in Bulgaria is still in its infancy and finding a rescue team to help is truly against all odds.

The Journey is Just Beginning

Yvette was asked to take Nero to a good local vet where his health was checked and kept for a few days until a foster home could be found. And though she was in tears when she said goodbye to Nero, Yvette knew that his life course had been dramatically altered and that she had truly saved his life.

Now, Nero has joined the Colonel Angel’s rescue program. This morning when I got in touch with the group’s co-founder Candy Sasse, she truly sounded weary.

“Our doorbell dogs are forever being dumped and abandoned,” Candy explained. “I had to take three in last week alone. We also have four puppies to rehome in Smolyan and have been asked to take another four from a neighboring village.”

Safe at the vet office.

Candy told me that Nero is actually guaranteed a new home in Holland and will make the journey once sufficient funds have been raised to send him on his way. It costs about $300 to cover his veterinary care, temporary housing and to send him to his new home.

I told Candy to hold on while I send her funds. After all, Colonel Angel’s is one of the core partners of the Harmony Fund and we look after our own. Outstanding costs for the care of all the dogs currently in hand is near $6,000 and the Harmony Fund is aiming to deliver at least half of that through it’s “World’s Biggest Baby Shower for Animals” and more than a few prayers have been whispered to find a way to pay the rest.

Visit us here to see more of the work of Colonel Angel’s Bulgarian Street Dogs or to help.


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W. C
W. C2 months ago

Thank you.

William C
William C2 months ago


Patty L.
Patty L11 months ago

wonderful save! thank you, Yvette!

Nan Towle
Nan Towle2 years ago

Yvette, you are an angel. We want to send you our heartfelt thanks to you for saving the life of sweet, innocent, defenseless, Nero. After all, our beloved canines, live to love us, and they are just babies of another mother who need love and looking out for. You were very, very compassionate and brave. We send you and little Nero our blessings each, for safe, and happy lives, surrounded with loving families and friends.

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga2 years ago

thank you

Mary Cromley
.2 years ago

Nice story.

Tanya Selth
Tanya Selth3 years ago

Well done Yvette.

Aleksandra Popovic

So well done Yvette.. thank you.

Luis Antonio Bravo L?pez

Good example of courage and good will, I hope she and Nero are ok

Michelle G.
Michelle Goebel3 years ago

Bless you Yvette. :)