Nico (formerly Nicholas): Adopted! December 29, 2016
On Christmas day, Laura and Licerine were visiting the cemetery in San Juan. They noticed a dog wandering between the graves searching for food. He was in such a bad condition; extremely skinny and physically and emotionally exhausted. They attempted to approach him but he got scared and ran away. When they left the cemetery, he was there outside and again they tried to approach him. They showed him they were with other dogs and he did not need to be afraid. He decided to trust them and they were able to put a leash around him. He did not want to walk as he had no energy, so he let them carry him the 15 minute walk home. He curled up in a little ball in Licerine's arms and started to relax. He was rescued just in time, another day or so and this would have been a different story. They were thinking of what to call him and it seemed appropriate to call him Nicholas as it was Christmas day. Nicholas is a very sweet boy. This approximately 2 year old pup weighed 10 kilos when rescued. He is nervous but slowly starting to trust. He has obviously lived in a house before as he asks to go outside to the toilet and walks well on the leash. In the morning he likes to stretch his long legs and makes these very cute noises. He is going to be a very handsome boy when he is healthy and will be a very loyal and loving pet. UPDATE: After a few weeks in care Nicholas was out walking with his foster family when he was intentionally struck by a motorcycle (#*%*$#*!!!!). Yes, you read that correctly. He was seriously injured and we weren't sure what the outcome would be. He suffered 2 severely fractured vertebrae, fractured pelvis, one of his rear legs was fractured and the hip of the other rear leg was dislocated. Nicholas proved to be an unbelievable fighter with the spirit of a champion. He has done what no one thought was possible......he is walking. Not only that, he is running and playing and just being a dog. Yes, he has some limitations, but just don't tell him that. He is looking for a forever home in the Puerto Vallarta or if he meets a wonderful family and can fly directly to them, that is also acceptable. We do not want to fly him to another location and go into a foster home. Please share his story and help us to find him the loving home that he so deserves.
Maggie (formerly Margarita): Adopted! July 17, 2016
After school last Friday, Esmeralda and her teacher friends were thinking about going for an after school drink. On their way home, Esme and her son saw a little dog in great need. They were able to pick her up, and this little girl snuggled right in to their loving arms. Instead of drinks, they got a new rescue so named her Margarita. Little Maggie, as she is lovingly called, is about 5 years old and weighs about 5kg. She is just a little girl and won't grow anymore. She is struggling with mange, but with love and medical care we are confident she will be able to recover fully. Maggie is great with kids and other dogs, and as we learn more about her personality we will update her information. For now, all we can say is that this Margarita is sweet!
Chip (formerly Max): Adopted! February 20, 2016
The pup had an owner, but the man had a number of challenges. He wasn’t able to take care of himself and most mornings, found himself regretting the night before. It’s not surprising that he often forgot to even provide for the most basic needs of the pup. As the pup continued to grow in this less than ideal situation, both Maricela and Mayra continued to watch and monitor him. The time finally came where the man abandoned the dog, but his saviors were right there for him. They got him to the vets and into a home so he could get healthy, gain weight, and have a chance at a great life. Max is about 11 months old and now weighs a healthy 24.5 kilos. He is a calm dog with a lovely demeanor. Max might still be a puppy based on his age, but he has a bit of “old soul” about him. He is a bit shy, but friendly and very loving with the people he knows. Max loves taking walks on the beach and can be very playful. This lovely guy has irritable bowel, or colitis and will need a healthy grain free diet in addition to Salmon oil supplements. We think Max would do great with an active family and we would love your help to find them! Please share Max’s album and/or go to www.MexPup.com to complete an adoption application so you can bring him home.
Nico's Adoption Story:
Nicholas met his new family through his foster home (thank you Mar!), they were neighbors. The more they got to know they sweet guy, the more they realized he was the right dog for them. He lives in small town in Mexico where beach visits and walks in the jungle are a regular part of life. Nicholas is home and we couldn't be happier for him and his family!!
Maggie's Adoption Story:
It didn't take long for Esmeralda and her family to realize their little foster, Maggie (Margarita) was already in her forever home. She is a perfect addition to their family! She loves playing with her brothers and they get along great! Maggie is a sweet little girl and is living a great life with her family! Congratulations Maggie!
Chip's Adoption Story:
“Chip lives with mom Susan, dad Dave, Salsa his new fur siblings, and 14 horses, chickens, goats, sheep and a barn cat. Chip fit right in with other dog Salsa, great at the barn and with all animals and kids, super at home, great in the woods, off leash on horseback rides, bike rides and hikes, you name it Chip is just great! Chip is so sleepy once in house- can barely keep his eyes open LOVES his bed. I can see why he loves his bed, so comfy, soft and warm. Favourite toy? anything Salsa is into- the toy bin gets rooted through every evening and all the toys come out. Chip sure loves his toys, and he wants to display them for all to see. Lol Chip sleeps on his bed in living room near fire. We are so in love with Chip. The description said he was an old soul. I think that is true. He has the kindest, deepest eyes. He is noble, playful, goofy and so lovable! He goes everywhere with us- he is rarely alone and of course that means he is constantly learning and growing. Chip and Salsa play a lot, and then cuddle. This weekend will be Chips 1st camping trip- I know he will enjoy it. Thanks to all who helped get this lovely dog to us-we love our Mex Pup!” Thank you for loving this amazing boy. He is truly a great pup and we are so happy he gets a life and family to love and be loved.
Coco: Adopted! February 19, 2016
Victoria and David saw a man carrying around days old puppies in a messenger bag. The pups had no business being out and the way they were being handled was dangerous. Victoria and David did some investigation and they found out the man was homeless, he had 3 adult dogs in addition to the 7 puppies. What would you do in this situation? What Victoria and David did was put out an SOS and get various people involved so that all the dogs could get the attention they needed. The 2 adult dogs were provided medical attention and then were adopted by Victoria & David to new families where they would get the love and care they deserved. MexPup worked together with Ted & Brischa so the momma & her puppies had their own clean, safe, large kennel at LADRA (http://www.lasanimasdogrescue.com/). Daisy was a wonderful mom and did a great job with all seven of her puppies. When the pups were ready to leave their mom, Coco and her sister went to live with a wonderful family.
Olivia: Adopted! February 19, 2016
Victoria and David saw a man carrying around days old puppies in a messenger bag. The pups had no business being out and the way they were being handled was dangerous. Victoria and David did some investigation and they found out the man was homeless, he had 3 adult dogs in addition to the 7 puppies. What would you do in this situation? What Victoria and David did was put out an SOS and get various people involved so that all the dogs could get the attention they needed. The 2 adult dogs were provided medical attention and then were adopted by Victoria & David to new families where they would get the love and care they deserved. MexPup worked together with Ted & Brischa so the momma & her puppies had their own clean, safe, large kennel at LADRA (http://www.lasanimasdogrescue.com/). Daisy was a wonderful mom and did a great job with all seven of her puppies. When the pups were ready to leave their mom, Olivia and her sister went to live with a wonderful family.
Layla: Adopted! February 16, 2016
They were out for some pizza when they saw a dog running around the streets. It was easy to see she was scared, uncertain, and in danger of being hit by a car. They were able to make friends and get a leash around her. At that point, her poor physical state was more noticeable – very skinny, dirty, full of ticks & fleas. There wasn’t much question that they were taking this girl home and getting her help. It’s what you do if you’re Ted, Brischa and the crew at LADRA. Layla is about 1 year old and now weighs a healthy 13.5 kilos. She is timid with new things, new people, and new situations, but just needs time and support to get her confidence. Layla did great with all the dogs in her foster home and she did well with the cats also. She is leash trained and crate trained. Layla gets excited when people come to visit and we know that with time her confidence in the home will help her have more confidence outside also. She is one lucky pup and we are so excited for her to meet her new family.
Laika (formerly Dayna): Adopted! February 15, 2016
She is a smart dog. She knew these people were nice and liked animals, so she kept following them. They would return her to the neighborhood where they assumed she had a home, but that didn’t deter her. She kept following them up to the ranch, and after numerous attempts to find her home (they never did even though they asked everyone) and numerous times driving her back down the mountain, they realized that she had decided that they were her chance for a future. The crew at LADRA took her into care and she never looked back. Dayna is about 1.5 years old and weighs 12 kilos. She is a happy pup that does well with dogs and cats…in addition to the chicken, ducks, and goat that lived at her foster home. Dayna does well on a leash and is crate trained. We are excited that she will soon have a family to call her own.
Tulo: (formerly Basil): Adopted February 6, 2016
Basil was rescued in Colombia as a young puppy. His foster family brought him home to an already full house as they just couldn't leave him in Colombia on the harsh streets and fending for himself. Basil did great in care, and loves his family, but his family knew that Basil needed a home that could work one on one with him. This is how Basil became a Mexpup. We help where we are needed and we are honored to be able to help. Basil is 1 year old fully house trained, vaccinated, neutered, and is ready for his forever home. He's a bit shy with new people and dogs but warms up quickly. This energetic lab/collie cross would love a home that can take him on adventures. Basil is very smart and will excel in any training environment. Is he meant to be with you? Please contact our adoptions coordinator email@example.com for more information regarding Basil.
Inca: Adopted! February 5, 2016
UPDATE December 31st, 2015: Inca is a wonderful family member, and has blossomed in her foster home. She is great with other dogs, cats and kids. Inca is a funny, active, loyal dog who enjoys activity as much as she enjoys cuddling on the couch. Inca is hoping to find her forever family in the new year. Could it be yours?
UPDATE September 13, 2015: Inca has settled in and adapted very well to her foster home. She has lots of fur sisters to play with, lots of toys that she has fun with for hours, and lots of love. Inca is great with kids and other dogs. She is always up for fun if something is going on, but is generally calm and happy to cuddle on the couch. She is a determined girl with a mind of her own, so does need consistent limits, but wants most to please her humans, and responds well to training. Inca is still looking for a permanent home. Do you have room in your home and heart for this sweet girl?
In front of the building where Sandra lives, there were two female dogs. One was pregnant and one was in heat. Sandra knew they needed help, and took action. Both dogs were taken into care, and their new beginning began. Medical tests were done on the pregnant female and it was determined that she was very sick. A cesarean was performed and 12 puppies were delivered. Because of mama’s poor health, 5 of the puppies were stillborn, and 3 more died within the first couple of days. We were able to enjoy a few days with the remaining 4 puppies, and the vets did everything they could to keep the babies alive, but they all died due to poor health. Although it was sad to lose the puppies, it made us even more determined to help the mom, now named Inca, recover. She is currently in a foster home with several other dogs and is doing very well. She is learning what it is like to only have to worry about being a dog. She is learning how to play, she is learning that she won’t be alone ever again, and she is learning that life is very good. This sweet girl is about 15kg and approximately 3-4 years old. We can’t resist her wonderful smile. Please share her story to help find her forever family.
Ripley (formerly Rocky): Adopted! February 2, 2016
He was found on the streets. They thought he was lost, so they looked for the family…and they kept looking. 5 months had passed and even with all their efforts, no family claimed him. They knew it was time to start looking for another option. When they contacted MexPup, they had already done all the heavy lifting and were willing to do so, until a forever family could be found. It is easy to help when those asking have already done so much. Rocky is about 2.5 years old and weighs 6.7 kilos. He is an easy going, happy guy that has done great in his foster home. Rocky gets along with everyone…dogs, cats, children, etc. He is house trained and leash trained. We are excited for this guy to join a family and begin his new life.
Bonito: Adopted! February 2, 2016
Bonito was found living on the beach with his best friend Masbonito. Both were very respectful and made a living from begging for food from tourists. Colette has a lovely restaurant on the beach at Los Muertos and saw them hanging around. She knew they didn’t have a home and as soon as she had space (when other fosters departed for new homes), she took them into care. Thankfully, they were negative for all the scary illnesses and just need basic care to get healthy. Bonito is about 8 months old and weighs 16.8 kilos. He is very loving and is a sweet, gentle boy. Bonito adores rolling around playing with other dogs. Although he is larger than everyone in his foster pack, he is not dominant and reads the other dogs very well. Bonito backs off when another animals tells him to and is very respectful of both dogs and people. He is very happy and friendly, never showing aggressive or possessive behaviors to anything; people, food or otherwise. When he first arrived in his foster home, if someone came too fast at his head, he was shy for a moment not knowing if he was going to be hit, but got over that very quickly and now is very confident and knows that he is safe. Bonito is very gentle, loving, and playful, and would make a great family pet.
Sandy: Adopted! February 2, 2016
Amy was in Bucerias (just north of PV) on holiday when she found a sweet dog in need on the beach. The restaurant owner said she had been hanging around for a number of days and they hadn’t seen an owner. She asked around the area and no one claimed her. She got her to the vets where they provided some basic care and estimated she had been on her own for at least 1 month. They started searching for her owner online and throughout town, but came up empty. Amy only had a few more days before returning to the US and she needed solutions so Sandy wouldn’t end up back on the street. One set of neighbors were able to foster for one week, and boarding at the vets along with her spay operations bought a bit more time. Another friend was able to start fostering after that, but their time in Mexico was also coming to an end. Amy reached out to MexPup, explained the situation, and asked for help. So many had already participated in helping this girl get another chance and we were happy to be able to be a part of it. Sandy is about 1 year old and weighs 13.5 kilos. She does well with both dogs and cats. Sandy is a playful girl that enjoys taking walks and exploring. She will bark when people arrive at her foster home, but corrects quickly and enjoys meeting visitors. Sandy is a very loving and affectionate dog that does well with children. We think she would do great in most any home.
Bernie: Adopted! January 26, 2016
Ryan was on his way to volunteer at the acopio (local dog pound) when he saw this pup on the street near a garbage pile. He looked so horrible that Ryan changed his plans and started following him around. He was able to get a rope from someone living nearby, got him leashed up and then it was time to get him into his jeep. Ryan thought it might be a challenge, but Bernie jumped right in on his own. He loved riding in the jeep on the way to the vet, where he'll be for 15 days before going into foster care in Ryan’s home. The great news is that Bernie tested negative for all the really scary stuff, but his skin certainly has issues that will need time, love and care to heal. Bernie is about 3 years old and seems to do very well with other dogs. As we learn more about him, we will let you know that info, but for now we can tell you that this sweet boy is getting the attention that he needs. If you are able to help donate to Bernie’s care, it would be greatly appreciated [from Canada you can do an etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com, from anywhere you can visitwww.mexpup.com and click on the paypal link, and from PV you can make a donation at Mascotas Vet Clinic (Dr. Peña) or Sabuesos (Dr. Aguilar)]. Thank you for helping us to help dogs like Bernie.
Han Solo: Adopted! January 24, 2016
He was in the small town of Boca de Tomatlan, just south of Puerto Vallarta. He had been on the streets, but then he found a nice family. They couldn’t keep him, but they wanted to help him. They took him in and contacted Karla. She is the “One” when talking animal rescue in Boca. Karla did what Karla does. She reaches to find help and solutions. MexPup was able to take the pup in with the help of LADRA and that is how Han Solo’s new life began. This wonderful guy is 1 year old and weighs about 23 kilos. Han Solo is a very friendly pup, who is always up for a game of tug-of-war and/or playing with other dogs. Han Solo even does great with puppies. He wants to please, is very trainable, and is still learning how to use those growing legs of his. Han Solo loves to walk, and he likes to grab the leash and walk himself…silly pup. He is a lovely, growing boy that will make a wonderful family member.
Joey (formerly Thor): Adopted! January 24, 2016
He was near the pier. He was skinny, dirty, covered in fleas & ticks, along with having lots of small cuts and callouses. He was exhausted, dehydrated and barely conscious. Jana knew she had to do something. It seemed this guy had been on his own for a while and he was clearly in trouble. She got him to the vets and the recovery/healing process began. Thor struggled at first having issues with both his blood levels and his digestion, but with time and patience he began to improve. Thor is about 9 months old and weighs 17 kilos. He is a lovely, calm, teddy bear. Thor loves to play with other dogs, loves to be outside and does great with kids. He is an active dog that is still a puppy, so will need time, attention, and training to become the best dog he can be. Thor is ready to join a family and we are so excited for him to start his new life
Spartan (formerly Sam Shepherd): Adopted! January 24, 2016
Update 10/11/2015: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! And indeed, we have a lot to be thankful for. Today, Sam was able to leave the clinic and go to a foster home! He is eating and drinking on his own, and is now enjoying life in a home, surrounded by other dogs, kind humans, and so much love.
Update 10/9/2015: Sam is doing what Sam does. He continues to fight. He stood up today on his own - yes! He continues to drink water and he tries to eat his food (what he does not eat on his own, we help him). The great news is that Sam continues to fight and that brings us joy and hope.
Update 10/5/2015: Sam has now been in care 72 hours and he has made some progress. He isn't having diarrhea which is a very positive step. He also complained a bit today when we were cleaning one of his wounds which is also great. He isn't alert often, but he does have moments where he connects with us. He is still on IV and in critical care, but each day that passes and each small improvement gives us great hope that he will make it.
Update 10/4/2015: Sam has now been in care 48 hours and he continues to fight. He has made some small improvements over the past 24hours. He is now somewhat alert and lifts his head when he hears people moving around. These are small steps and his road to recovery will be long, but we are grateful for any and all positive news.
Claudia’s cleaning lady was out on the morning walk with Claudia’s dogs. She noticed a woman and 2 kids throw something out of the window of their truck. As they passed by her, the woman said “I left you a little present” and drove away. As she got closer, her worst fears were realized. There lie a puppy, only a few months old and clearly in bad shape. He wouldn’t move, so she went back to the house, called Claudia and together they went to get the dog and urgently took him to the vets. Sam Shepherd is about 3 months old. He arrived at the vets in grave shape. He was totally dehydrated, anemic, has giardia and hundreds of other parasites. He was immediately put on an IV and received a blood transfusion. It has now been 24 hours and Sam is still fighting. Our biggest concerns right now are that he has diarrhea and is struggling to keep his body temperature regulated (it was very low this morning, but it is now back to normal with the help of a heating pad). He was responsive to a soft touch and a gentle voice. We told him to keep fighting, that there was a whole community that would soon be sending him their love and that he would never, ever be alone again. We need your help. The MexPup bank account was empty, but we couldn’t say no to taking in Sam and doing all we can for him. If you could please help us by making a donation of any size to help Sam and all the other dogs that we have in care. In Canada you can make an etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com, in Mexico you can make a cash donation at either Mascotas Vet Clinic (Dr. Manuel Pena) or at Sabuesos (Dr. Paco Aguilar), or go to www.mexpup.com where you will find a link to our paypal account. Thank you for allowing us to do all we can for Sam.
Coco's Adoption Story:
At first, they were going to be fostered, but it didn't take long for the family to realize that Coco was home forever. Coco is very loved by her humans, including two wonderful kids, she gets to live forever with one of her sisters, and even has a kitten to play with. Hooray Coco!
Olivia Adoption Story:
At first, they were going to be fostered, but it didn't take long for the family to realize that Olivia was home forever. Olivia is very loved by her humans, including two wonderful kids, she gets to live forever with one of her sisters, and even has a kitten to play with. Congratulations, Olivia!
Layla's Adoption Story:
“Layla lives with mom Annie, dad, George, and her new fur sibling a flat coat retriever Lucky! She did great right away, very comfortable and well adjusted. She still doesn't love the rain but loves her walks in her rain coat nonetheless! She loves her new brother and tries to cuddle him every chance she gets. She whines a bit when I leave her, but soon settles back down, all in all couldn't have hoped for better pup. Layla likes to chew everything especially corners of couch pillows, but definitely responds to coaching right away and is very gentle. She is the best greeter, goes crazy when we come home, leaps and pounces on her front paws. I think she can see when there are dogs on TV! Favourite toy? She loves all chew toys, gathers them on her bed from the toy basket one by one and eventually ends up with all of them. I included a photo · Layla sleeps under the covers glued to my side, crawls up to the top when it gets too warm. Layla is extremely sweet, cuddly, adorable, smart, funny and endlessly lovable.” Thank you for loving this sweet girl. We are so happy she has you for her family. Happy pup, happy life
Laika's Adoption Story:
“Laika lives with dad, Irvin, and mom Hallie. We also have a tenant who lives upstairs. His girlfriend and her doggie Charlie come over fairly often too. Laika has settled into her new home as if she's always been here. From the moment she got off the plane she seemed to say 'I'm yours and you're mine.' She comes to work with me a couple of times a week and everyone at the office loves having her, too. Many people have come to tell me that having her here makes their day - they love playing with her and petting her. If you have a treat, she will automatically start cycling through all the tricks she knows, one of which is 'baile' - the Spanish word for 'dance'! She doesn't like the rain! When we first took her for a walk in the rain she would try to hide under parked cars :( She doesn't do that anymore but we can tell she's not too thrilled about being out in it. She loves getting towel dried after though - so it's not all bad. Gator - a stuffed alligator squeaky toy. She has a crate with a super comfy shredded memory foam bed. She loves it, when I open the crate in the early morning she usually prefers to sleep for a few more minutes :) Laika is sweet, cuddly, loving, goofy, smart, adaptable, adventurous, trusting, easy-going, adventurous!
I set up an instagram account for Laika too... kind of weird but fun! You can check it out here if you want more photos. https://www.instagram.com/leftcoastlaika/ ” thank you for loving her and knowing shes the perfect fit for you!!! Happy pup, Happy life.
Tulo's Adoption Story:
“Tulo the Wonder Dog lives with Ann and Wayne, who have not had a dog for ten years now. They are retired and have all day (and all night for that matter) to provide the best home possible for this wonderful boy. Tulo bonded with Ann during the two-hour drive home from Victoria - they cuddled in the back seat together while Wayne drove. Tulo and Wayne have bonded during their daily long and interesting hikes in Nanoose Bay. Tulo made himself at home pretty quickly and is a big fan of the outdoors. He likes to be with his people, and when one is downstairs and one is upstairs his lies at the top of the stairs, half way in between. He loves his bed and will sleep anywhere the bed is placed. At night he sleeps by Ann’s side of the bed. He is very gentle with his toys (with his retriever mouth). His favourite is the squeaky innards of a toy his pal Yukon destroyed over Christmas, and left behind when he went home. It is by far the cheapest toy in the house...Tulo is curious but cautious in new environments, and checks out new people and other dogs very carefully before extending a paw in friendship. Once you make friends with him though he is your buddy forever!”
Inca's Adoption Story:
“Inca now lives with Steve and Elaine, she is the only pet. She has adapted wonderfully to her new home and surroundings. She has made herself quite at home and is always keen for a car ride adventure to the dog park, beach or a visit, and enjoys walking the trails. She is quick to curl up on the couch or her bed after going on an outing and at night sleeps on our bed. Inca is a very sweet, loving and funny girl that keeps us entertained. She is a very affectionate girl and loves playing with her toys. She also races around the house and yard every time she returns home aka her zoomie dance. She loves the room of food and has learned to sit without prompting in expectation of a treat or two coming her way. She is great off leash preferring to keep her humans in close range. We feel very fortunate that we now call her our new family member......love her to bits and feel like she was just meant to be ours.” Thank you Steve and Elaine for loving Inca as much as all her Mexpup family does. Shes a special soul and so happy she has you both to share her life and laughter with.
Ripley's Adoption Story:
“Ripley (formerly Rocky) lives with mom, Diane. Ripley made himself at home right away and stayed pretty close to me. He is shy at first but warms up to people very quickly. He has a very active lifestyle. He has already done a 20km hike on the East Sooke Coastal trail and was amazing and nothing daunted him. He is great off-leash and respond very well to his name. He has lots of cousins and plays with them often and has been babysat and loved playing with his cousin, Emmie. He is very comfortable wherever he goes. He is a bit timid when he approaches a new situation but accommodates very well. Ripley is a character and once he's done his walk he heads straight to my bed and snuggles in. Even if I'm at home he goes right to the bed (I think it's his 'safe place'). He knows his walk route very well and seems to have a fantastic memory! His favorite toy is a little squeaky toy. I had to teach him that he was supposed to run and fetch it but he just takes it back to the bed and snuggles with it. The first time he squeaked it himself he scared himself, but now squeaks it often. Looks like he didn't play with a lot of toys. As mentioned Ripley loves my bed, but he also love his own bed which is front of the fireplace. Ripley is very laid back, friendly, loving and extremely affectionate and loves dogs and people alike.” Thank you Diane for loving this amazing boyJ Happy pup, Happy life.
Bonito's Adoption Story:
“Besides Matthew and Myself, Bonito resides with two guinea pigs named Bruce and Petey. He loves his brothers very much! Bonito has adapted really well to living with us in his new surroundings. There are many dogs, cats and other animals around so he has made plenty of friends! He is friendly with every dog he meets and automatically wants to play! It's the cutest! Within about two days of having him, he was already indicating to us when he needed to go outside, which I wasn't expecting. He was also siting on command a day or so after that. When he wants attention, he sits down and rolls back onto his hips. He'll then lift a paw and either rests it on you (if he wants pets) or he'll swat at you if he wants to play! He's so goofy! We call him our Goofy Goober. Such a playful little guy! His favourite toy is this little stuffed fox we bought him and took when we first picked him up from his foster mama, Maria. For the most part though, his favourite toy is Matthew LOL they love to chase each other and wrestle. He is excellent with sleeping in his own bed. We get up to go for daily walks at 430am daily so by 8pm, he's already trying to coax me to bed. The odd time he will cuddle with us in our bed but for the most part, he sleeps in his bed with his pillow. Ten words or less to describe Bonito: Happy-go-lucky, energized sweetheart.” Thank you both for loving this sweet, sweet pup and giving him a lifetime of adventures and love. Happy pup, Happy life.
Sandy's Adoption Story:
“Sandy lives with quite the full house. She has mom, Dana, and her human brother, Connor, who is 10 years old. We also have two exchange students and a roommate living with us. On the pet front, we have a cat (rarely seen) and three guinea pigs. Our house is quite large (5 bedrooms), as well as a large one bedroom in-law suite where my mom lives. Sandy has done extremely well! She barked a lot in the first few days, but as she has gotten used to the noises in our home, she is barking less. She is well mannered and has only gotten into the wood burning fireplace once (ha ha) to play with the leftover black fire wood. She looked funny afterwards, the living room, not so funny J She has a dog bed in the living room and my bedroom and she has a dog blanket on the couch. She is very obedient about only staying on her blanket on the couch… she is easy to train and learns very quickly what is OK and what isn’t. She loves to shred paper, so I give her paper egg cartons to destroy. It makes a huge mess, but she looks so happy doing it. We call her the paper shredder, and my son will certainly be able to use the excuse of “my dog ate my homework” one day, and it will be true. She’s very good at de-fluffing her toys, removing the stuffing out with precision, without really damaging the toy. So, we have a couple of very deflated dog toys. And she also loves to chase her tail! She can go in both directions, and catch her tail. She stops when she catches it, gives it a nibble, drops it, and starts again. Sometimes, she will do this for a long time when she’s in an excitable mood. It’s quite funny. I guess because she was a stray, she is very focused on garbage, and will eat pretty much anything. I’ve given her apple, cucumber, carrots…. She eats them all. She likes to de-fluff her toys, but I’m not really sure that she has a favourite. She has two currently but doesn’t play with them much. Her favourite activity seems to be to kill a towel or blanket. She grabs it, and whips it around extremely fast…. Then she chews it for a bit and does it again. The longer it is and more awkward, the better it seems. She makes little growling noises as she’s killing it. She’s usually in my room, on a dog bed on the ground. Occasionally, she has slept in my roommate’s bed, as he likes to cuddle with her. Sandy is sweet, playful, friendly, loving, cuddly… best dog from Mexico!” Happy pup, Happy life.
Bernie's Adoption Story:
“Bernie lives with mom, Kelsey and dad, Greg. Bernie has adapted amazingly well. He has bonded with both of us and it didn’t take him long at all to feel comfortable in his new space. He loves going for walks in our neighbourhood and already has some favourite routes and trails. He also loves the beaches here in Victoria, and we have a favourite beach that he loves to go. He’s met some other canine friends and has been on some doggie play dates where he had a great time! Overall, he seems very comfortable here and very happy. He’s still getting used to the colder weather here and takes some coaxing to go out in the back yard in the rain, especially when it’s dark outside! He loves catching a sunbeam coming in through a window and sleeping in the warm sun :) Favourite toy? Kong or any kind of toys that he can get treats out of. Bernie has multiple beds in different spots around the house, his favourite place is on the foot of our bed (despite the fact that he has his own bed in our bedroom). Bernie is a champion snoozer and LOVES to cuddle. We love to cuddle him too :) Bernie is an easygoing, sweet, loving and friendly pup who is so happy to have a family that loves him. He seems to be loving his new life.” And we at Mexpup love you for loving Bernie. He is a special boy and we look forward to updates throughout his life. Happy pup, Happy life.
Hans Adoption Story:
“Hans (formerly Han Solo) has been a terrific addition to our family. From the moment he landed in Victoria, he has overwhelmed us with love and affection, along with a strong desire to learn. Without hesitation, he became very comfortable at home with us, his new surroundings and his new lifestyle. Despite arriving in Victoria amid a rainy January, he is always eager to get outside and play in the cool, wet weather. Even though he is nearly 50 pounds, he still thinks himself to be a lapdog, and he makes no effort to sneak his way onto our laps because he knows that where he gets the most love and attention. Hans has some pretty funny quirks – he enjoys leaping upstairs four or five at a time like a deer; and he also seems to find humour in relieving himself smack dab in the middle of crosswalks. He makes us laugh, he makes us happy and he makes us so proud to call him our own. We are so thankful and grateful to have Hans in our lives, and we look forward to our life with him. Thanks so much! Kyle and Jessi” Thank you Kyle and Jessi for loving this handsome and amazing boy.
Joey's Adoption Story:
Joey lives with mom, dad and two adult siblings. Joey has settled in unbelievably well. He had one restless night and since then has settled in. He loves to explore and go to the beach and loves Mt. Douglas Park and hiking all over it. Joey has the cutest face, he wrinkles when he is perplexed or pondering something new. Joey hasn’t found a favorite toy just yet, but its mostly other dogs, and he makes this whining sound when hes all playful and its very cute oh and he is wiggly! He wiggles his bum and hes just so darn cute. Joey sleeps on a pillow in our walk in closet or at the top of the stairs near the living room. We would descrive Joey as a goofball who has stolen our hearts.
Spartan's Adoption Story:
“Spartan lives with mom Sarah, dad, Dave, fur siblings Havana, fellow Mexpup Hope, and 2 feline siblings Tiva and Lucy. Spartan is adapting very well to his new home and siblings and fits right in with the family. He's not too sure about the felines however and vice versa but they will learn cohabitation in time I'm sure. He and his sisters are doing very well with their training classes. He's a really lovable little guy and loves to hang out with his papa and grandbaby Finnley. He likes to collect all of the toys and create stash piles in different areas of the house and play in mud puddles in the back yard. He also grabs the corner of the blanket sometimes and tries to cover himself in bed. Favourite toy? Peanut Butter flavoured teething bones and anything else the other dogs have at the time. Spartan sleeps all cuddled up with us and his siblings at our feet on the bed. Spartan is an amazing little warrior proud to have as my companion.” Thank you Dave and Sarah for opening your heart and homes to another Mexpup. Spartan is a special pup and we all love him so much.
Ollie (formerly Iris): Adopted! January 17, 2016
She was walking alone on the streets when Colette first saw her. She wasn’t in really bad shape, but the streets are no place for a small pup. Colette took her home and went about trying to find her family, thinking that maybe she was lost. When no family turned up, it was time to move forward and Colette asked MexPup for some help finding her a home. Iris is about 11 months old and weighs 2 kilos. She is just an itty, bitty, sweet, happy girl. Iris is a very calm, quiet dog, who loves to cuddle with her foster mom. She doesn’t like to be approached quickly by strange dogs, and she might growl to keep them away, but once she gets to know them, she is fine with them. Iris is very loving and enjoys getting lots of attention. If you are looking for a little lap dog to share your time, she might be the perfect fit for you. We don’t think Iris would do great in a home with small children as she is a bit cautious (if you were that little, you would probably be cautious too). Iris is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. If you are ready to make Iris a member of your family, please complete an adoption application which you can find atwww.mexpup.com.
Ollie's Adoption Story:
Ollie lives with her mom and dad and is the only pup in the home. She wouldn’t have it any other way as she LOVES being the center of attention. Ollie has adapted to her surroundings in many ways- one way is that when we first got her she wasn't super fond of grass and would always do her business on cement. Now she poos and pees on grass like a champ! She's still adjusting to the weather, and when it rain we put her little rain jacket on her. Some funny little habits that Ollie has is that she loves to chase her tail- and even growls at it! She also loves to be held like a baby, and when she falls asleep she snores. Her favourite toys are her rubber pig that "oinks" and her stuffed owl. She also loves her baby Kong that we put treats in. Ollie sleeps right in between mom and dad at night! She's a cuddle bug and we just love it. I would describe Ollie as a fearless, sassy little girl who loves to play and especially loves to cuddle. We just love her so much!! She has such a big personality for such a little dog, and we love every bit of it!” Thank you for loving this sweet girl. Match made in heaven.
Susie (formerly Barbie): Adopted! January 6, 2016
Susie's Adoption Story:
Barbie was loved and had a home, but then the home got too busy for her. They thought that as they loved her so much, they would keep her safe by crating her for the majority of her life. They fed her, let her out to pee, and put her back in her crate. Barbie was not socialized, she was not walked, and she was not really loved in a caring way. She wasn’t provided medical attention when needed, so she is blind in her right eye from to an untreated infection. The day finally came and the family decided they no longer wanted her. Thankfully, Candace was able to help and Barbie's life truly began. Barbie is a 4 year old bundle of love. At 9 kg's she is now becoming the princess she was meant to be. Barbie has thrived outside of her caged life. She has love, and the freedom to run which is all new to her. She met other dogs, and she is in absolute love with life. She is shy at first, but once she knows you're okay, she is the most loveable little gal anyone could ask for. Barbie has some quirks from being caged her whole life. She is a needy girl who loves to be with her humans. With love and patience Barbie will be a great addition to a family. Barbie's ideal home would include lots of walks and outdoor adventures, a quiet home, no kids, lots of love, food (Barbie is very food motivated), a lap to snuggle on, to never be caged again, and to have a new family that is home all the time. Are you Barbie’s new family? If you would like to add her to your family, please submit an application found at www.mexpup.com and or email our adoptions coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Susie Q began her life with us as Barbie but we’re not Barbie people and, we soon noticed, Susie Q was definitely not a Barbie dog. Barbies don’t act as if they’re possessed by demons. They don’t jump straight up and down like manic yo-yos. And they don’t eat like the house is on fire and they have to get out quick – but not before they’ve finished eating. So, right off, we decided she needed a name change. The simplest was to call her what we kept on calling her by mistake, and that was Susie Q. We don’t know why, but that’s the name that came to us, and that’s the name she quickly responded to. It has already been over a month since Suzie arrived in our lives. We loved her on first sight. First, she’s beautiful to look at– even with one blind eye that, as a passer-by said, “seems to glow like a spiritual beacon”. And then there’s her great attitude. This dog has had a mean life in the streets of Mexico and yet she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. And then, best of all, there’s the fact that she seems to adore us (and I mean all five of us) as much as we adore her. We have to admit it was a rough start. I would honestly say that, for the first three weeks, my husband and I would look at each other at least once a day and mutter, “What the heck have we done?!” But we sought advice from everyone we knew who currently had a dog or who ever had had a dog at any time in their life. Everyone said, hey, she’s a rescue dog. Give her a couple of years. Back then, that seemed like a very, very long time to wait. But we had made a commitment to take her in, and we owed her at least a chance to up her game. Well, it’s been a little over a month and, truthfully, she’s perfection. She loves to please, so training has been a piece of cake. I mean thanks to her, we look brilliant as dog trainers! She waits for her food, never jumps up on us or the furniture without permission, comes to the “come” command, sits, stays, lays down, and even (this is the honest truth) goes to the bathroom on command. This is a seriously smart dog. The weirdest thing is how she recognizes those we love. She’s still a nervous dog and so, in general, holds back when a stranger appears and jerks scarily if a hand is thrust out. But when our son came home for the first time, she immediately trusted him. And then when our daughter came home, again, she immediately loved her. And then when our daughter’s partner came home, she jumped into his lap as if he was an old friend. I think she picks up on our love and instinctively knows that, if these are the people we love, then they’re safe for her. Funniest thing ever that she did? When my friend Anna came over to visit, she brought one of those big bone-shaped treats for her as a friendship offering. Never having had one before, Susie took it gently and then walked away. I assumed she was going to eat it in a safe place. But after Anna had left and I went to check on Susie, she was trying to dig through the carpet to bury her “bone”. She tried to bury it under the shoes, under the brick of the fireplace, and under the couch before she finally gave up and ate it, hours later! We love Susie Q. We are so lucky to have her in our lives. She makes us laugh, she helps us feel loved, and she makes strangers smile. What more could you ask for? Heidi and Doug Pringle, along with Duncan, Kim and Jesse”