Happy family, happy pup......happy endings!
Malcolm: Adopted! December 3rd, 2018
He was born in the town of Boca de Tomatlan just south of PV. The mom had a family that loved her very much, but they just hadn’t thought about getting her spayed. The 9 puppies were born in their simple home, and they had few resources to care for them. Karla from Ayudamutt is always working in this town to help animals in need and this time was no exception. Donations were made for food and the puppies were dewormed. The family appreciated the support and promised to spay the mom at the next free spay & neuter clinic. At just 7 weeks old, the symptoms started to appear. Some of the puppies had parvo and those that survived the first illness were then faced with distemper. Although we did all that we could, only one survived. Lovely little Malcolm was clearly a fighter and he battled with all he had. Thankfully, he never showed any neurological symptoms and thus, doesn’t have a neurological tick like many others that beat this deadly disease. At about 8 months old, Malcolm weighed 14. 7 kilos. This very cuddly and affectionate boy loves to lay in bed and get belly rubs. He is a happy and social pup that does great with people and kids. Malcolm is always in a great mood and he is always happy to see you. He is a bit of a boisterous teenager right now and will push his limits, but he is very smart and listens well to correction. Malcolm is an energetic pup that gets along well with other dogs and loves to play. He is very attentive to cats, so would need work to join a family that has one. This survivor has made it against all odds and is now ready for adoption. We are thrilled that Malcolm will have the chance at a life that none of his siblings had.
Raven: Adopted! Nov 4th, 2018
Raven was found alongside her brother and Mother living under a bridge in PV, they were living on a bus route and there were originally 6 or 7 puppies. Another local rescuer with very few resources noticed that the puppies started to disappear (possibly picked up by other rescuers but most likely from accidents) so LADRA rushed over to save the remaining 3 dogs. She was negative on all tests such as Distemper, Parvo but was very anemic with terrible blood values due to starvation. Full of ticks and fleas but no mange. The process of getting Raven healthy began and at around 6 months old her forever home was found!
Oscar: Adopted! Nov 4th, 2018
Emily works at the Volcanes Education Project in Colonia Volcanes. She always leaves out food and water for the numerous free-roaming dogs that live in the area. She noticed a new little black dog hanging around the school back in May. He was doing fine and was neutered at the PEACE clinic in the area at the end of May. Life on the streets isn’t great, but with limited resources, time and the uncertainty of their status (is there a home that just lets them out to walk themselves or are they really alone?), it isn’t easy. We all just try to do the best we can. About 2 weeks ago Emily noticed that he had lost a bit of weight and a bit of fur. Then, after not seeing him for several days, she saw him again and was shocked by how quickly he had deteriorated. He was now very underweight with oozing sores and scabs all over his body. She gave him a NexGard pill and started looking for a solution. Emily was committed to helping this guy and asked for our support. He needed urgent care and we knew there was no time to waste. There wasn’t room in any PV foster home and there’s little money in the bank, but we simply couldn’t say no. Oscar arrived at the vet office yesterday weighing in at 8.75 kilos. We estimate that he is about 2 years old. So far, he has tested negative for the two scariest things (distemper & Leishmaniasis – not a normal test we run but based on his condition it was concern). He did test positive for ehrlichia & anaplasma and certainly has something going wrong with his skin/fur (we currently suspect that it is fungal or bacterial). The great news is that Oscar is now safe at the vet clinic and getting the treatment that he needs. If you are in PV and are able to foster Oscar, please send an email to Patty@mexpup.com. If you are able to donate to Oscar’s boarding or medical care, you can do so from Canada via simple etransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org, from Puerto Vallarta directly with Dr. Manuel at Mascotas vet clinic or with Dr. Paco at Sabuesos vet clinic, or from anywhere else via our paypal link found at www.mexpup.com. We are hopeful that with time, medical treatment and love, Oscar will be happy, healthy and ready for adoption, but we need your help to get him there.
Beaker (Formerly Mister): Adopted! September 31st, 2018
Ruth saw him while walking her dogs on the outskirts of town. He looked ok, but she knows how hard life can be and tried to give him some food. He was uncertain and took off quickly. She still left the food hoping that he would return and have a good meal. Occasionally when she returned to the area, she would see him. Each time he gained a bit of confidence and each time she left him food. After a few months, they became friends and he would gladly accept the food from her. She always wanted to do more for him, but he was a big dog and her house was already bursting with so many foster animals in care in addition to her own pets. She hoped that a space would open for him eventually and continued to do what she could for him. One day she went to give him food and he wasn’t interested in eating. She knew something was wrong and that she needed to take action. Ruth is always there to help others and so when she explained the situation, we were glad to be able to help. Mister was pick up the next day and taken to the vets for testing & care. He gladly didn’t have any of the really scary issues, but he certainly needed help. After a few weeks of medical treatment, proper nutrition and care, this handsome boy started to shine. Mister is a lovable, easy going Lab mix who’s about 3-4 years old. He really has that classic, friendly Yellow Lab look to him – gold and lighter gold, short hair coat. This sweet guy can be timid when you first meet him, but he quickly shows his playful, goofy and friendly personality. Mister is very happy to meet and play with dogs of all sizes, however he does not get along with intact males. He has quickly settled into his foster home and seems to really trust his foster parents. Mister has never shown any aggression since he arrived in his foster home although he will posture around intact males dogs, so we simply avoid contact with them (he loves the 3 neutered males in his foster home). He quickly makes friends but will still shy away from people when they first try to pet him and has also reacted to a few situations on walks (always moving away from the concerning object or person and towards his foster parents). We think he knew some less than friendly humans but decided to give the rest of us the benefit of the doubt. We continue to work with him on positive reinforcement and it is going well. Mister is a very sweet and gentle dude. He is great with all the dogs in his foster home, but we don’t know how he will react to cats. Mister would do great with an active family that will give him lots of love, attention and belly rubs. We are excited for him to meet his family and start his new life. He has the chance to fly to BC on August 16th, but we need a foster home for him (or a forever home). If you are able to foster Mister, please contact Sarah@mexpup.com. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting Mister, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. If you don’t fall into either category above, please share his album with the hope that someone will see it and be able to provide the help needed! This loveable guy is ready and now he just needs a bit of help from the MexPup family.
Balthazar: Adopted! August 31, 2018
They saw him while visiting Bucerias and knew he needed help. They had limited time and ability, but that didn’t stop them from doing what they could. They reached out to Brischa and Ted who agreed to receive him. The woman helped to catch him as she knew his old mattress sleeping-place under some trees nearby as she’d gone to feed him while trying to find help. He was nearly hairless, skinny and had a bad limp but what a sweet boy! Not a mean bone in his body. He welcomed the help and it felt like he really knew they were taking him in to save him. Balthazar arrived into care in January and it took a long time, many months, for him to get back to good health. He was about 3 years old and had lived a tough life. His hip had been broken and had fused together so he could walk, but that was the reason for his limp. Thankfully, the vets said that he wasn’t in pain and would just need glucosamine to help as he aged. Balty is such a loving dog (seriously – SO much love) and would fit into a variety of homes. He loves walks and being outside but doesn’t have as much stamina as other dogs his size because of his hip. Balthazar also loves to relax and be cuddled. He loves other dogs and loves people. We are so happy that Balty has found his forever home!
Lexi: Adopted! July 21, 2018
Keely saw them running loose in the streets. 2 puppies darting through the traffic – not what you want to see while driving along. It took Keely a bit of time to get back to them and when she arrived there was only 1 remaining. She got out of the car and called to the pup. The little girl ran straight into her arms and that is how her new life began. Lexi was about 4-5 months old when rescued. She was well underweight but tested negative for all the really scary stuff. Lexi thrived in foster care. Here is how her foster mom describes her, “she is still a puppy and is basically a floppy, clumsy ball of love. She listens very well and is easily trained in the right environment.” Lexi has been in foster care with both dogs and cats, doing well with all of them. This puppy is incredibly loving and loyal. She is strong, yet gentle and really likes to please. We are so excited for her to meet her new family!
Kyrise (Formerly Parise): Adopted! June 24th, 2018
She was a gift. A small, furry, 2-month-old gift that the family knew wasn’t a good match, as a husky shouldn’t live in the heat & humidity of Puerto Vallarta. They took some time and found a family with a ranch in the mountains that would give her space and a better climate in which to live. A few months passed and then they got the call. Parise wasn’t a good match for the ranch as they had chickens and Parise liked the chickens just a bit too much. She was returned to the original family and they needed help urgently as they were in a small apartment with limited space, time and ability to care for a 9-month-old husky that had energy to spare and was suffering in the heat. Parise moved into a foster home with a swimming pool and that has helped this lovely girl to cope with the heat while waiting to find a family. She is now almost 10 months old and weighs 21 kilos. Parise is a happy, friendly, active, energetic, playful and wickedly smart dog. She is having a blast playing with Paloma who is also in the same foster home and does well with the older dogs that don’t have as much energy, but certainly desire and receive respect from the new kid on the block. Parise loves going on walks and would be a willing running partner. She can be a puller (to go faster, to greet others – humans and dogs), so continued training on her leash manners will be important. She did fine coexisting with cats in the past but hasn’t lived with them for many months. We think her predatory instincts are a bit stronger now, so we aren’t certain they would be a good match. Parise grew up around small children and loves them. She is very playful and has done well interacting with children outside her new foster home. This girl LOVES the water and has become quite the swimmer. She enters the pool on her own, does a few laps, gets out, comes back in and doesn’t miss a beat. It’s a great way for her to deal with the climate. Parise would do great in an active home getting lots of exercise and joining in on all the family activities. This beauty is ready for a family to call her own. If you or anyone you know could be a match, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com or simply share her album to help her find her family. We really want Parise out of the crazy Vallarta heat before we get too far into summer, so we need all the help we can get. If you are willing to foster her in B.C., Canada, we could also use your help! (please email Sarah@mexpup.com).
Paloma: Adopted! June 24, 2018
UPDATE: April 23 - Paloma has made it!!! We knew she was doing better, but the test results prove it. She is now officially distemper negative. WooHoo!!! Now we just need to get the rest of her medical done and then it will be time to find her a family. Thank you for all the help and support! ORIGINAL POST: There was a dog in the neighborhood that Ruth noticed as her eyes appeared to have an infection. Ruth made friends with her, put some drops in her eyes and hoped she would get some relief. She saw her again and she looked worse, so into the car and off to the vets they went. Ruth got the worst news possible. Paloma was positive for distemper. It is a difficult and deadly disease, but she wanted to give this lovely girl a chance. She contacted MexPup asking for advice and help. Ruth is always there for MexPup, so there was no question we would be there for Ruth. Paloma started treatment that day and thankfully Shenny & Yaris had a place where they could foster Paloma and keep her in quarantine to make sure the illness doesn’t spread. We hoped for the best but are very concerned as Paloma isn’t doing great. Please send any positive thoughts, prayers and energy you can to this lovely girl. We will continue to help her fight as long as there is a chance. If you can help by making a donation to her medical care, it would be greatly appreciated. From Canada, you can do a simple etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com. From the other locations, you can use our paypal link found at www.mexpup.com, and from Puerto Vallarta, you can make a donation with Dr. Manuel at Mascotas vet clinic or with Dr. Paco at Sabuesos vet clinic.
Norman: Adopted! May 29, 2018
Update April 29, 2018: He did it!!! Norman fought hard and won. He is now negative for distemper and ready to take on the world...or maybe just play with a stuffie. We are so excited for him and his future. Thanks to everyone that helped to make this possible. We appreciate all the love, energy and donations that were sent. Now he just needs to get his regular medical stuff in order so he can be ready for adoption. If you are looking for a little love bug with a huge heart and playful spirit, he might be just the match for you.
Paola and her mom had seen a small, skinny dog in their neighborhood. They noticed it had a blanket outside a home, so they started to give him food to help him gain weight. A few days passed, and they realized he wasn’t improving. They were also concerned that the home was on a busy street which put him at great risk of being hit by a vehicle. Paola approached the woman from the home and was advised that the pup wasn’t hers. He had been abandoned by his owners because he wasn’t a pug (insert angry & unkind language here). The woman was doing what she could to help him but warned that he would likely be poisoned as it had happened to other animals on her street before. Paola & her mom immediately decided to take him to the vets to try and help him. Norman seemed to be doing well and was loving life in a foster home, but he developed a cough & seemed off one day. Another trip to the vets and we got the worst news. Although he had tested negative for distemper when first taken into care, he was now positive. Distemper does have an incubation period and it seems that he must have been exposed to the disease just before rescue and that was the reason he originally tested negative. We immediately ordered the special serum that helps fight the disease and got him into quarantine. We are certainly hopeful that Norman will pull through, but he needs our help. Please send all the positive energy and prayers you can for this guy. He needs them. We are again asking for help with all the bills and special care he will need in these critical weeks. The good news for Norman is that he was already doing much better before getting sick and that will help him fight. He also got into vet care quickly and was started on the various supplements, medications and the serum to help him fight. The people that sold him as a pug let him down, the family that abandoned him because he wasn’t a pure-bred pug let him down, and all those that saw him on the street & did nothing let him down. We will do all we can to help Norman fight and we will not let him down. From Canada, you can donate via etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com. From Puerto Vallarta, you can donate directly at Sabuesos Vet Clinic with Dr. Paco or at Mascotas Vet Clinis with Dr. Manuel. From anywhere else, you can donate via our paypal link found at www.mexpup.com. Thank you for helping us to help Norman.
Nico & Rico: Adopted! May 28th & May 25th, 2018
Nico & Rico (through no fault of their own) are looking for a forever home together. This is one of those times where life throws a curve ball and all you can do is prepare. The family loves these guys, but knows that now is the time to find them a new home...while there is time and it isn't a crisis situation. There was no desire to rehome these boys, but time was running out and soon their previous loving mom would be gone. Nico (Tan Chihuahua) is approx 10 years old and was adopted from Mexpup in 2011. He was rescued from the acopio when it was a high kill shelter. Rico (Black and White Chihuahua) is approx 9 years old. They are a very bonded pair and to find the best possible home for both, we can separate them if needed, but the new forever home needs to have another dog in the home. These happy, friendly boys love each other deeply and one is never too far from the other. A calm home would be best as that is the environment from which they came. Nico is a bit more vocal than Rico and will bark if someone comes in the house or knocks on the door. Other than that he is a pretty quiet little guy. They are both always happy to have visitors and make new friends. They will cuddle up on you to have a nap - total lap dogs. They love to sleep with their human if they can, but both are crate trained and love snuggling in blankets to stay warm. Nico is fine with jackets, but Rico prefers his own fur coat, thank you very much. Rico had hip surgery a few years back (femoral head removed), but it hasn't slowed him down. Small dogs are well suited for this surgery. Nico, the older one, still has plenty of life and love left in him. They are both playful and sweet, The boys are neutered and current with vaccines, with freshly cleaned teeth. They are both on CALM food that can be purchased at any vet office. The adopter must be willing to send updates so that we can pass them on to the previous owner. Please consider adopting these two beautiful souls...simply complete an application at www.mexpup.com or send an email to Trysha@mexpup.com.
Pirate aka Pirata: Adopted! May 6, 2018
We were contacted about a dog in great need and although the person wasn’t able to foster him, she was able to provide all the financial support needed so that we could stretch ourselves a bit too thin (once again) and help a desperate case. Monkey was a well-known beach dog in Punta de Mita. He had people that cared for him as they could, but some of the basics simply couldn’t be managed. The day that Monkey was rescued, Grace also noticed another dog in really bad shape. So not only did we help Monkey, but we also took in his friend Pirata. They were both on the brink and we are grateful that we got to them when we did. Pirata was much younger than Monkey. He was about 5 years old and he had a family. His family loved him, but they didn’t have the resources to provide the basics for him. Love, there was lots of love, but it isn’t always enough. Over the course of weeks that Pirata was fighting for his life and then the months that he was recovering his health, we remained in contact with his family. After a few months of consulting with the vets and speaking with the family, a decision was made that Pirata should be put up for adoption. His body simply wasn’t strong enough to live as a beach dog and the odds of him surviving in his old lifestyle were slim. The day that Pirata came into care, he needed a blood transfusion. The doctors were actually surprised he was alive as this blood work was so terribly bad. We have seen bad blood work before (and you have read some of the stories), but this guys results were even worse. During his first month in care, Pirata spent most of his time sleeping. We had to work hard to get him to eat searching for new combinations and new special treats to interest him in food. All the other dogs in his foster pack were very happy that the new guy was always getting something special since they always got to share in the delicious additions. After 1.5 months in care, Pirata’s bloodwork was finally starting to look like a normal sick dog’s results. We would celebrate each victory and then laugh that we were happy with what normally would be bad results…you have to keep perspective! As the months passed, Pirata’s personality started to shine through. He is a mellow guy who loves a nice scratch and a leisurely walk. He will explore when there is something of interest but doesn’t stray too far from his people. He will do a happy dance when greeting his friends, but also enjoys his time on a soft bed. This guy certainly stole the hearts of his foster family and it wasn’t easy for them to say good-bye but as their close friends adopted him they get to visit him in his new wonderful home. We are so happy for all of them.
Murphie (formerly MIG): Adopted! January 20, 2018
They were born on the streets of a small puebla in Oaxaca. Life on the streets isn’t easy but thankfully, the mom & her 7 puppies were befriended by Amy. She already had 3 dogs (2 of them very large) in a small home, so taking them home wasn’t an option. She would feed them every day while looking for a solution to help this family in need. One-day tragedy struck. When she went to feed the family, she found the lifeless bodies of the mom and 3 of the puppies. They had been poisoned. She had no space, but immediately took in the remaining 4 puppies to keep them safe. She broadened her search for help and when MexPup agreed, she took the 16-hour drive one way to bring the pups to their foster home. Talk about dedication – Amy has it in spades. The puppies joined a foster home that already had a foster named Bene Buttons and thus, the puppies were named Falcon, MIG, Boeing and Cessna. Bene and the Jets were a big hit! MIG was one of the 3 males and in the middle of the pack based on size. He has a beautiful brindle coat and an epic beard (as a few people have pointed out when we walk him on the Malecon). At about 6 months old, he weighs 14.5 kilos and we expect him to grow into a solid, medium sized dog. MIG loves going for walks and does pretty well. He still pulls and really wants to follow his nose, so he will need a bit more work in that area. He does great with all the dogs in his foster home, but can be uncertain around new larger dogs. MIG needs time and patience with a proper introduction so he can gain confidence with larger dogs. He normally does great with dogs that are a similar size to him or smaller. MIG is very interested in cats and will chase. We don’t think he wants to hurt them, but would recommend a home without cats unless the new family is comfortable with the process of training to stop this behavior. MIG is a very happy guy who enjoys meeting new people when out and about. He can be a bit protective at home and tends to bark at visitors until he is assured that all is ok. MIG loves to cuddle, but does well sleeping in his crate at night. We think he would do great with a family that will include him on lots of adventures while continuing to work with him so he becomes a great adult dog. If you or someone you know is a match for this pup, please complete an adoption application which can be found at www.mexpup.com. We are excited for him to start the next part of his journey.
Happily Ever After Stories..... To come...
Raven: Happily Ever After !
Raven joined our family near the end of 2018 and Willow in early 2020. They both have brought us immense joy! Raven was very shy but quickly decided I was her best friend in the world and everywhere I go she is right there with me. Willow is more outgoing and thinks every person in the family is wonderful. Willow and Raven adore each other and find great happiness in playing chase, tug of war and digging endless holes in our backyard. The cat does not find them quite so amusing:)
Micha (formerly Lucky): Adopted January 14, 2018
She was left in the trash. Thankfully Daniela saw the man leave her and knew she needed to help. She was only 3-4 months old and her chances to survive on her own were slim. Daniela took her home and got her started with care, shelter, food, water…and a dash of love. The big problem was that Daniela was leaving town for 3 months and needed help. She reached out to MexPup and we sent them to the vet for testing, so we could start the process of finding a foster home. The great news was that she had been in care for over a week and was already getting stronger, the bad news was that she tested positive for parvo. This is a deadly disease and even with the best care a positive result isn’t guaranteed. Daniela decided to change her travel plans (her flight wasn’t changeable and yet she did it anyway) and stayed to help Lucky fight. Clearly this little girl had an Angel by her side when she was dumped in a place where Daniela would find her. After a couple of weeks, Daniela could no longer delay her trip and Lucky was continuing to do well. Although she had tested positive for parvo, she thankfully never displayed any symptoms and she recovered well. Claudia agreed to take her into care, so the little pup moved into her second foster home with more people committed to helping her. Her name certainly fit her life experience from the day she was rescued! At about 8 months old Lucky weighed 14 kilos. She is a happy, friendly pup that does great with kids and people. She isn’t great with cats. Lucky loves to jump and we’re told she can really catch some air! She will even use chairs or other items to get higher than she can on her own (are you thinking Frisbee dog as it’s the first thought that entered my mind when hearing this). Lucky may have loads of energy, but she also loves to sleep. We are so happy that this sweet pup now has a family to call her own!
Lola (Formerly Prisma): Adopted! January 7th, 2018
A quick "dog free" trip to Hidalgo to visit the Prismas Basalticos was the plan. Well, as we all know sometimes life has other plans. When Michelle and Andres were walking to visit the prisms they saw a dog under a car. She came out to see them, but was very unsure of people. They tried to get her attention, but she wouldn't come close. On the way back from the prisms, they saw the same dog, this time with a little friend who was also very much in need. Staying at a hotel with no dog supplies, Michelle and Andres needed to think quickly to make a rescue plan. The first step was to speak with the owner of the hotel. Luckily she was more than happy to help, gave them supplies and said the dogs could stay the night at the hotel. With some food and a lot of patience, Prisma was finally rescued and safe. Her weight overall was ok, but she was just going into heat so it was excellent timing to get her off the street. Her medical exam went well and she didn't have any scary illnesses. She is missing a toe on her back foot, and the vet believes she was trapped in a coyote trap. When she pulled free, she pulled out a toe. It has already healed and doesn't bother her a bit. The only noticeable thing is that she walks with a wiggle and limps a little if she is very tired. Once settled into her foster home, Prisma learned how wonderful life off the streets can be. She adapted well to a pack of six other dogs and is very friendly and loving towards everyone. She loves other dogs. She loves kids. She loves adults. Prisma is playful and energetic, and is learning that cuddles are pretty wonderful too. She is a year old and weighs 12kg. Prisma will be a wonderful addition to any family. If you are looking for love and cuteness on four legs, then Prisma is your girl!