Happy family, happy pup......happy endings!
Chica ( Formerly Frida): Adopted! Dec 24, 2019
She was found on the outskirts of town on a remote street. There is a pack of dogs that lives out in the area and we believe Frida joined the pack after being abandoned. We can’t change the past, so we focus on the now & the future. It took time and effort for Hilda to gain her trust so that she could be rescued but that is what amazing people do – take the time and put in the effort. Once she was able to capture Frida, Hilda took her into care as she does with so many dogs in need. After days and weeks, it was apparent that no one was looking for her, so Frida became another foster dog that Hilda would care for until a forever family can be found. Frida is approximately 4 years old and weighs 28 pounds. This lovely dog was nervous when first coming into care (who can blame her), but after a few days she realized that Hilda & her family were there to help. The other dogs in the home also helped Frida to know that her fortune had changed. She does great in the home when her humans are away and celebrates their return each time by running and jumping near the front door. Frida loves to be around her people and enjoys a nice scratch & a good rub. She also does great with all the dogs in her foster home and other calm dogs, but she isn’t a fan of reactive dogs. There aren’t any cats in her foster home, and we don’t think she would be a good match for a home with cats. Frida does well on leash and loves going for walks. When she first arrived, she needed to be fed in a separate room, but she now eats in the same area as the other dogs in the home. Food is still a sensitive thing for Frida, and she isn’t totally trustworthy (not hard to understand why). Hilda just makes sure that human food is put away, so Frida isn’t tempted to try and get to it. She does great with all humans, but we still ask all to be kind and gentle with her. She had a difficult past and we never want her to feel uncomfortable again. Frida is ready to find a forever family of her own. Please help us to make that happen by sharing her album. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting her, you can complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com and/or email Trysha@mexpup.com for more information.
Bert: Adopted! November 30th, 2019
Bert is a very tiny (around 2.8kg) 8-month-old chihuahua/sausage dog mix. He has a chihuahua face, comically long body and adorable little turned out feet like a ballet dancer. Bert was living in squalor on top of a roof, taking shelter during rainy season under a rusty old trampoline with some other little dogs. A wonderful local lady was throwing food up to the roof for them but feared for Bert’s safety as he was extremely skinny. She eventually managed to get Bert and his brother Ernie to safety and asked us to help.
Bert was (understandably) very nervous when he first came into foster, but you’d barely know it now. He LOVES walking in the city, running around off leash at the beach, playing with other dogs, and giving kisses (we think Bert is attempting to break the world record in how many chihuahua kisses can possibly be given). Bert can be nervous when some people (particularly men he doesn’t know) come into his home - he is still not used to having a safe place of his own after all - he sometimes barks and dances just out of reach, but as soon as you sit down and let Bert come to you and give you a kiss then he is your best friend. Bert has met lots of kids and liked them a lot, but he does need a certain level of calm so we would recommend older dog savvy children.
Bert has a very joyful and infectious attitude; you can’t help but smile when you see his adventurous ways and watch him discover new things. He would be fine with cats that are used to dogs but would probably chase cats that bolt. Bert loves car rides and is desperate for a family to call his own. We do not believe that Bert has ever been apart from his brother Ernie, and he lives in foster with 9 other dogs, so we would love for Bert to join a family with at least 1 other dog, so he doesn’t ever feel lonely. Could Bert be a perfect fit for your family? Please fill out an application at Mexpup.com! We have a potential flight to Victoria, BC on November 30 for Bert, but we need either a foster home or a forever home in order to send him up.
Pinky: Adopted! November 15th, 2019
Pinky and Manchas were much loved pets in their previous home, but their owner developed a health condition and could no longer care for their pets. They asked for our help in finding new homes for the pups. Pinky is a pocket-size bundle of joy! This little 5 year old Chihuahua weighs 3 kilos and loves nothing more than to snuggle up to her humans, but if they are busy will quite happily snuggle up on a pillow too. When she is not curling up in your lap, she loves to go on walks. Pinky is very well mannered on leash and is a great walker who doesn't seem phased by cats or traffic although understandably is a little timid around large dogs. She has easily adapted to life in her foster home which has more than 20 dogs of all shapes and sizes. Pinky is quite happy to tell off the boisterous puppies when they are in her personal space. Despite her miniature size, she is a huuuge trooper! With her big adoring eyes and perky bat ears, we know Pinky won't have any issues winning over the hearts of her new furever family! Please help us to find her a home by sharing her album and/or if you or someone you know if interested in adopting Pinky, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Pinto: Adopted! November 10th, 2019
Imagine driving on a long bridge and seeing three male dogs following a female dog in heat, and then watching as one of the dogs is hit by a car. You’re on a bridge with traffic, there is no where to pull off the road, but you want to help. If you’re Claudia, you simply take action. You stop the car, get out, control traffic as best you can while loading up the injured dog (he couldn’t move his leg but had no open wounds) along with the female and another male (the 3rd male ran away and they were unable to track him). Amazingly the dog that had been struck by the car had no broken bones. He was definitely bruised, and it took Pinto a bit of time to recover. Sadly, the female dog had distemper and although great effort was made, that horrible deadly disease took her life. The two males remained in quarantine until we were certain they were clear and then Pinto & Zorro began their new lives. Pinto is about 2.5 years old and weighs 15 kilos. He appears to be an Australian shepherd mix and is very intelligent. Pinto can learn tricks and instructions quickly, and if you tell him to smile, he does smile. He is a little fearful sometimes and will hide, but he remains calmed if you are with him. He is a little afraid of cats, syringes and hides when the alfa dog in the foster pack gets mad (those all seem pretty reasonable to me). Pinto can be a little timid when meeting new dogs, but he loves to play with them once he knows them. When asked, his foster mom described his ideal home: “He would do great with kids, teenagers or an active couple. Another dog to play would be nice, but he would do great by himself as well. He is active and likes sometime in the water but not too much. Hiking adventures are great for him. He loves to run and jump but not all day, as he also enjoys periods of rest.” Please help us find him a forever home by sharing Pinto’s album. If you think you would be a great family for Pinto, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. This awesome pup has a potential flight on November 9th and we need a foster or adoptive home to make that happen!
Molly: Adopted! November 9th, 2019
Meet Molly! This beautiful brown eyed girl was found wandering the streets, heavily pregnant and limping on her back leg. Angelica found her and couldn’t bear to let her go on that way, and despite running a cat rescue, took her home to be cared for and birth the litter in a safe and loving environment. Lucky for Molly she was found just in time, as she ended up having to have an emergency Caesarian - can you imagine how the birth would’ve gone if she was still living on the streets? Molly had 3 beaaaautiful puppies, all of whom are being brought up in the cat rescue. We took Molly in to lighten the load on Angelia. Molly is probably 2 years old and weighs 21kg - if you hadn’t heard the above story, you’d probably be surprised she’s had puppies as she’s really just one big puppy herself! Understandably, Molly was a little shy when she moved over to her new foster - who wouldn’t be if you had to meet 20 new dogs all at once?? But after a very short while (we are talking a few hours), she settled in and became best friends with them all. Molly loves to play - she’s the most excited in the morning when everyone has woken up and it’s time to start the day again! This sweetie has the biggest smile and the biggest heart - she has no worries about wriggling into your lap for cuddles and smothering you with kisses. Molly’s leg has been x-rayed and our vets say it is an old injury that likely healed on its own. The bone has fused, and she isn’t in pain, but she does have a slight limp. But don’t worry, Molly won’t let that stop her! She’s able to keep up with our most energetic dogs on the beach, and she absolutely adores walks and needs no encouragement to get out of the house (but may need a bit of encouragement to go back inside afterwards haha!) She’s fantastic on leash and will walk beside you like an absolute star, content to just explore the world with you. Molly has been off leash with our other dogs at the beach and is pretty great, but with some further recall training we believe she will be even better! She also loooooves her food and will sometimes bark because she’s just so excited it’s mealtime (we can relate, Molly!), but apart from that she’s as quiet as a mouse. As you can imagine having lived at a cat rescue, Molly is fantastic with cats and would fit right into a family with some feline members - and of course canine too! She gets excited when she's playing and can be a little rambunctious, so we think kids over 7 would probably be best. Molly is more than ready to find her own forever home, so if you or someone you know is interested in adopting her, please fill out an application found at www.mexpup.com. Alternatively, please share her album to help us find the best family for her. She deserves it!
Oscar (Formerly Jason): Adopted! November 3rd, 2019
They were driving back from a tour to the mountains when they saw a puppy in the middle of a dirt road, trying to eat something that had been crushed. He did not move when the car approached, so he for sure he would have been killed if a different vehicle was coming down the road. Thankfully, it was Claudia and her family, so they stopped. There were some people sitting very close and they did not do anything to save him. Claudia asked them if he was theirs and they said to take him, so they did. He had a bloated tummy full of parasites, full of ticks & fleas, had ehrlichia and was clearly malnourished. The pup had little chance at life until Claudia came to his rescue and that is how Jason became a MexPup. He is now about 10 months old, weighs 19 kilos and is ready for adoption. Jason is a happy, friendly, outgoing pup. He loves to play and does great with all the dogs in his foster home no matter the size. Jason does well with cats and enjoys meeting new people. When asked what the ideal forever home for Jason’s would be, his foster mom replied: “Jason would do great with kids of any age, preferably active teenagers. He loves walking, climbing and jumping. He is not a big fan of water; he enjoys it for a little time, but he prefers land. He would love someone that pampers him and that talks to him as he seems to understand and will reply. He is intelligent and fun. If he has another dog to play with, that would also be great.” Jason is ready for adoption and we would love your help to find his forever home. Please share his album! If you or anyone you know would be a great match for Jason, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. Jason is ready and we’re excited to find a family ready for a new member.
Wally (Formerly Dixie): Adopted! November 2nd, 2019
He is a lucky boy indeed. He used to be a street dog with no one to care for him, but luck struck and a young woman from Puerto Vallarta who was visiting a town in Nayarit saw him and decided (even though she didn’t have a good plan) that he definitely needed help. Gloria smuggled him on the 3-hour bus ride back home (she knew he was too shaggy and dirty to be allowed onboard) and she reached home without incident. Her family all has hearts just as big as hers, and they agreed she did the right thing for little Dixie. They already had 7 (yes, 7) rescue dogs, and live in a small home. They couldn’t afford to keep another one, so they reached out to us and we were happy to help! Dixie stayed in his rescuers home for the first 4 months and then he moved to a new foster home. He weighs 4 kg and is about 1.5 years old. Dixie is super sweet and could possibly be the cuddliest dog you’ll ever meet! His favorite part of the day is bedtime and he loves to cuddle up as close as possible (preferably on your neck) but he is willing to share with others whether they are human or canine. Dixie lives with 13 other dogs of all sizes and breeds and is good with all of them. He can get upset if they’re bothering him and playing too rough, but just barks for a second and then all is forgiven. Dixie is scared of the big cats in his foster home, but we can see he’d love to chase them, except when they look at him and meow. Then he gets scared and shrinks away as they’re way bigger and tougher than he is. Dixie is great on leash and walks well with other dogs. He’s not scared of traffic and loves car rides. Dixie has gone to doggie parks where he was a little shy and stuck close to his humans but did well. He hasn’t met many children yet but isn’t extremely fearful of adults or kids met in the street. He’s interested in other dogs and plays with some, but for sure prefers his humans. We think Dixie would do great in any home really where he would get lots of love, but we don't think he would do well being alone a lot, as he’s very sociable and follows you like a shadow. We believe he would become anxious being left for long periods of time, so we think a family with someone home or a dog friend to play with or even to be allowed to come to work with his human would be ideal. Dixie is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. Please share his album so we can find him a forever family. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting Dixie, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Magna: Adopted! November 1st, 2019
Claudia was walking with her pack when they found 3 puppies in a trash pile. They had recently picked up a different puppy from this same area that looked very similar to the 3. They thought the first puppy was just lost and had been looking for the owner but finding the 3 new puppies changed that idea. They started to ask around to figure out what was happening. A neighbor told them that their very poor owner had thrown all 4 of the puppies onto the street. They were only 2 months old, but they were now abandoned and fending for themselves. Claudia immediately took them in and got them to the vets. They were full of parasites and very hungry, but thankfully tested negative for the real scary stuff. Kira is one of the three females of the litter and looks exactly like Dusk. They were called the twins. She is now about 1 year old and weighs 16 kilos. Kira is a shy pup that is a bit insecure, but once she feels safe, she is playful and loving. She does great with all the dogs in her foster home, whether large or small. Kira also does great with the teenager in her foster home and does fine when meeting children as long as she has time and space to get to know them. Kira seems afraid of cats and although she doesn’t spend much time with them, we think she would fine in a home with cats. When asked what her ideal forever home would be, her foster mom said “Kira is a very agile dog. She would do great with kids of any age or an active couple. She loves walks to the river and enjoys water. She loves hiking adventures, climbing, jumping, and digging. She is very active. Ideally, she would have another dog to play with as she spends most of her time with the other dogs playing, playing, and playing. She is a little reserved with stranger dogs and humans but once she feels safe, she settles and enjoys. She needs a very loving and active family.” Kira is happy, healthy and ready for adoption.
Izzy: Adopted! November 1st, 2019
Izzy is a small adult dog around 2 years old and 4.5kg that just adores people! She came to us from fellow rescuer Amanda, who found her abandoned and running on the highway. Things have certainly changed since that near disastrous day as she is happy, healthy and looking for her furever home! Izzy is a superdog with a superhero mask to match. She walks incredibly on a leash, and when she is on a walk she is on a little mission and nothing gets in her way. Cats, no problem. Dogs, no problem. Kids running and screaming, no problem! She just keeps on walking like the little trooper she is! Only one thing can distract her from her mission and that is irresistible long grass which she rolls around in with a slightly crazed smile. When she is not on walks this little lap dog loves nothing more than to get love from her humans! She is always ready for snuggles no matter the time! In fact, she has perfected her puppy eyes on us and knows exactly how to get our attention! Izzy definitely loves people more than anything else and because of this she can be a quite sad and vocal when left alone. If this wasn't enough to know that Izzy loved you, she also literally jumps in circles when she sees you and her little tail won't stop wagging. You will never be in short supply of affection with this loving little dog around! Izzy may roll over for her humans, but she is no push over when it comes to other dogs! She is a feisty character and even puts our big dominant dogs in their place which they happily listened to! Although content living with our other crazy dogs, Izzy may have lived alone in her previous house as she doesn't really bother playing with them. However, she may now be coming out of her shell as we have caught her playing with some of our dogs but only for a few seconds at a time. This lovely dog would make a perfect companion to someone who has the time for her and is home frequently or has a lifestyle that can accommodate taking Izzy with them often, as she doesn't like to be alone for long. She loves snuggles and attention and she has a big personality for her size. We hope Izzy can find a family who loves her as much as much as she will love them! Please share Izzy’s album to help us find her a forever family. If you think that you could be a match or know someone that is, please fill out an adoption application at www.mexpup.com. We are excited that this little one is ready for the next part of her journey.
Dolce: Adopted! October 29th, 2019
The amazing thing about Dolce is that we didn’t find her - she found us! One day she just appeared, hiding underneath one of our cars. She started following Sam on his afternoon walk and wouldn’t leave his side. She was covered in dirt and her ears full of ticks, but she was super friendly and continued to follow him back to the house which made Sam think maybe she’d lost her way. He asked all the neighbors and they all denied that this little fur ball belonged to them or that they knew from where she’d come but said she had been hanging around for days. You know what happens next…Dolce was taken into care. Whether it was pure luck, or she’d heard word on the doggy streets where to go for help, she’d picked the right car to hang out beneath and the rest is history. She was in safe hands. Dolce is a 4.5kg, about 8 months old and a fluffy lap dog full of love! When she first came to us, she was super sweet but quiet, preferring to sit on our laps and press her nose to ours to show affection. But after being around so many friendly dogs in her foster home, she’s now full of energy, always jumping up for cuddles and kisses. She loves to play with humans as well as dogs and would be great with tiny humans too. Size doesn’t matter - Dolce doesn’t discriminate! She LOVES cuddles, and you’ll find her jumping into your lap and cuddling up immediately when you come home or curling up next to you on the bed at night, or even wrapping her teeny tiny paws around your neck just because. Who can resist that?? It’s guaranteed she won’t leave your side and will follow you from room to room with the biggest smile on her face when you look down at her. Dolce is one smart cookie, and has learnt to sit and stand, as well as dance for treats! She’s also great off leash and has good recall - she really just loves to stay with you! Take her to the beach or on lots of walks - Dolce finds all adventures exciting and you’ll find it hard not to fall in love with her. Dolce will chase chickens (because it's extremely fun) and she doesn't encounter many cats but doesn't seem to mind when she passes them occasionally on the street. We take Dolce to the dog park every Saturday where she hangs out with 30+ off leash dogs and lots of people and children and does great! Dolce is a catch and is ready to find a family to call her own. Please share her album to help make that a reality. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting Dolce, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. This little girl is ready!
Taco (Formerly Tino): Adopted! October 26th, 2019
Hi, I’m Tino and I’m looking for a busy household to join! I would love to have other dogs and/or kids along with a very active lifestyle. You see, I was adopted to a home and was a really great boy, but I was lonely, and some things changed with my family that have made it best for me to find a new home. I came to Canada from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I had been abandoned on the streets there. I had to search for my own food and water (boy, that was hard). Luckily for me, I found some nice people along the way. One really special person took me in and told me they would be my foster family. I wasn’t sure what that meant, but they were awesome! I had a nice home, food (every day!), clean water in a bowl and so much love. They took me to the vets and got me healthy so I could be adopted. My foster home was a special place and I will always remember them. I then got to take a crazy trip in this big machine and I arrived in a wonderful place with all sorts of new smells, places to explore and fun things to do. I really love to have other dog siblings as play time and snuggle time are two of my favorite things. My favorite dream is when I see myself living on a large farm with tons of other animals, a job, and of course dogs! Wouldn’t that be an amazing forever home (they always say dream big), but I would also do well in a home with a nice yard, an active family and other pups to be part of my pack. I love to snuggle my humans on the couch and in bed (they say I’m a great snuggler). I’m the best boy ever, but my foster mom does say I like pillows a bit too much...not sure why because they are so fun to play with and all this white stuff comes out of them. I am great on and off leash, love hiking and swimming, playing fetch, wrestling with any dog I can, and my foster mom says I have great doggy communication. I’m not really sure what that means, but hey, I’ll go with it. I do have a sensitive tummy so need a limited ingredient food (right now I eat GO sensitive salmon. I do love fish:). If you’d love to have me forever, I’d bless you forever with the best hugs and kisses for my lifetime. I’m currently about 2 years old and weigh 25kg. You can find an application at www.mexpup.com. Make sure to fill it out soon as I would really love to meet you and start my life with my new family.
Zoe: Adopted! October 18, 2019
We were contacted about a pup that needed help. The person that had her couldn’t do more for her, but thankfully Amanda was able to step in to assist. She got her sorted at the vets and then found Carol who was able to foster. Even though the pup was too much energy for her and her cat, Carol took care of Zoe until another solution could be found (thank you Carol!). Zoe is an adventurous, happy, bouncy 8 to 9-month-old pup that weighs 19 kilos. She has the whitest teeth you’ve ever seen. She loves people and she loves dogs although her excitement to meet them can come off a bit strong. We continue to work on her introductions, so she learns to put her best paw forward. She has a lot of energy, which she either uses to play with other pups and has even learned to play by herself (she loves toys), but she is also a cuddle bug that loves to be invited into your lap for some scratches and snuggle time. Zoe likes splashing around in water, although she hasn’t expressed much interest in actually swimming yet. She loves to go on walks but can sometimes pull when seeing other dogs. She always seems to get along once they finally each get a sniff (she is improving every day with this and loves making friends, hence the pulling when she sees them). Zoe is very socially adept and makes friends quickly. She has been great in her foster home when people visit or when she meets people out on walks. She sits for her dinner, but if other dogs are eating around her, she needs a bit of direction to stay focused on her bowl. Zoe is healthy, happy and ready for adoption. She so desperately wants to meet her forever family and start her new journey that she tries to convince every person that she meets that they are the ones. We really want to make her dream come true. Please help us to find her new family by sharing her album. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting her, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com
Mulberry: Adopted! October 18th, 2019
Mulberry is a 5kg pocket rocket that is less than 1 year old. We think she is a pug/chihuahua mix because of her unique face and teeny tiny underbite. Like many rescues, Mulberry had a rough start. She was found by some children along with 2 other dogs that had been left down by a riverbank, presumably to die. Mully looked dreadful. She basically had no fur, and instead was covered in extremely painful and itchy scabs. It was clear that she had been in deteriorating health for quite some time and it was really heartbreaking to see. As all rescuers know; there is a constant struggle for space and resources, and a never-ending supply of dogs that need help. Things were tight but 3 people stepped up and agreed to take 1 dog each. Teamwork really does make the dream work! That is how we were lucky enough to meet Mulberry. Mully is basically a superdog. While she can sometimes be shy for the first 10 seconds, she loves people and kids. She adores other dogs and has managed to elicit playful behaviors out of even our grumpiest resident dogs. She has been living with (extremely dog-savvy) cats and has done great, but she has been known to try and chase the occasional unknown cat in the street. Mully is tiny but she has comically long legs and loves to run on a long leash or at the beach. We are working on her recall but so far, she has done pretty good off leash. Mully's likes are: playing with the other dogs, playing with her humans, playing with her toys, peanut butter, cuddling, high fives (she is quite passionate about high fives and will tap you with her spindly legs if she has something she'd like to say), and finding the comfiest spot on the bed. Mully's dislikes are: when her human tells her we still have to walk outside even though it’s raining!!!! Mully is so charming, everybody who meets her falls instantly in love. We would love for Mulberry to have a canine friend! Whoever adopts little Mulberry will be winning the dog-lottery and we are so excited to see where life takes her! Please share her album to help us find Mulberry her forever family. If you or someone you know thinks Mulberry is a match for them, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Manchas: Adopted! September 29th, 2019
Manchas is around 4 years old and 5kg, but despite his small size he biggest snuggle bug you will ever meet! Manchas is also pretty talented at giving the puppies eyes and dancing on his back legs for treats, so if you are anything like us you will find it hard not to fall in love with this adorable little boy. Manchas and Pinky were much loved pets in their previous home, but their owner developed a health condition and could no longer care for their pets. They asked for our help in finding new homes for the pups. Manchas has quickly settled into his foster home with over 20 other dogs of all shapes and sizes. He likes to play with some of our big dogs and knows exactly how to get the most snuggles out of the humans! He is excellent on leash and not fazed by traffic or cats. This sweet guy will take any opportunity for pets/scratches/love from all strangers even children. Manchas is looking for a family that can give him a lot of attention and snuggles, so please help us find him a special family by sharing his album or if you think he might be the doggie for you simply fill out an application form found at www.mexpup.com.
Guinness: Adopted! September 17, 2019
Four puppies were left next to a trash can, near a softball field. They were only about 6-8 weeks old and their chances for survival were slim. Thankfully, a kind woman found them and started giving them food, but she was unable to take them in. Willey saw her plea for help, decide to make a difference and took the plunge! She already had two senior dogs that didn’t like puppies, she was living in a studio apartment and yet, she said yes (where there is a will, there is a way!). She got the pups home on a Sunday and took them to the vet the next day. The puppies were underweight, dirty, and covered in fleas & ticks, but the greatest challenge was that they were positive for parvo. They remained in quarantine with the vets and it was a scary few weeks. Thankfully, they all survived and got to leave the vet clinic for their foster home. The pups were so happy to be in a home (Bella & Chester weren’t so sure about their new house guests). Guinness (male) is the black & white pup of the group and at about 5 months old, weighs 5 kilos. He is very sweet little boy with a bit of a wild streak. Guinness is learning basic commands and wants to please, but he also has lots of energy so can get himself into trouble. Guinness loves to jump up and perch himself on high spots. We once found him sitting on a dog bed that had been stacked up high on chairs while the floors were being cleaned. He hadn’t done anything wrong as it was a dog bed, but it sure did catch us by surprise. Guinness is also a cuddler who loves to spend time on the couch or the bed with his humans. Guinness is doing great on the leash and loves exploring (as long as he has his pack or his humans by his side). This lovely guy is doing great in his foster home and we’re so excited for him to meet his forever family. ADOPTED! After story coming soon…
Pepper: Adopted! September 13th, 2019
A couple of months ago, a local woman alerted us to a litter of puppies who lived out by the bus terminal near the Convention Centre. Since the puppies obviously had no experience with traffic yet, several of the litter unfortunately had been run over by the buses. We couldn’t just leave the puppies to fend for themselves and drove out to look for them. Sadly, we were not able to locate the pups. Luckily, several people followed our example and one day someone notified us that they had found the little puppers! As it turned out, they did have an owner, although one that wasn’t great at keeping the puppies safe. At that point there were about five remaining from the litter. The rescuers were able to negotiate the owner into surrendering two of them and Ladra took those puppies into care. They also sterilized the mom and returned her to the owner. That is how Pepper and her sister Saffron’s rescue story began. Now, a couple of months and a lot of TLC later, Pepper is a gorgeous 6-month-old pup with velvet brown fur. Pepper is a very alert girl, who is playful and energetic. She is quite sweet and loves to play with all the dogs in her foster pack. She absolutely adores kids, teenagers, adults, seniors and all humans alike. Discriminating does not exist in this little girl’s dictionary. Pepper is almost completely house trained and rarely has an accident. On walks, Pepper tends to be a little bit loud sometimes, barking at other dogs that she passes. We are working with her to correction this challenge and she is showing improvement, so we have high hopes for her (but it is a process, so her family will need to continue to work on this behavior). She seems to be scared of cats but does not display aggression towards them. Pepper is now happy, healthy and ready to go to her furever home! We wish you all the best, little girl. Adopted! After story coming soon…
Pepper (Formerly Emma): Adopted! August 29th, 2019
Emma, like her sister Katelyn who we posted earlier this week, came into our lives because of the compassion of strangers! There was a man trying to sell Emma along with her 2 siblings out of a cardboard box at the side of the road when she was just 3 or 4 weeks old. The man was drunk and not very stable, so the puppies kept falling through the bottom of the box onto the street. Several people walking past were horrified. We had 3 separate people emailing us about this man and asking us how to help these poor puppies. We do not pay for dogs in situations like this, if we had given money for Emma and her siblings then this man would have learnt that this type of behavior is a successful way to make a little cash, and we might not have been around to help the next litter of puppies he would try to sell! Megan tried to reason with the man to hand over the puppies, they were too young to even be separated from their mother yet and they needed to go with someone who knew exactly how to care for them. He refused. As time went on, clusters of people on the street were gathering and also asking the man to please hand over the dogs. He continued to refuse for a long time, but eventually the wonderful staff at restaurant El Arrayan were able to convince him to do the right thing and we went straight over to pick them up. We are grateful that at least 4 or 5 groups of people did not passively walk by in this situation, but instead stood up for Emma and her siblings!
Fast forward to now and Emma is a gorgeous and playful, 6 month old puppy, who is fully vaccinated and spayed and ready to find her forever family. She is around 6kg (quite a bit smaller than her sister) and will likely grow only a bit more and we believe will remain a small dog. Emma is being fostered with a variety of different sized and aged dogs right now and does great with everyone although she can sometimes get irritated with other little puppies when they demand all the good cuddles or the best toys. She calms down easily when told to 'play nice' and she loves all the more mature dogs. She likes people and kids. but just like her sister she likes to be approached gently so she can suss out strangers - and who can blame her 😁. When she’s hanging out with people and dogs that she already knows she is so goofy, playful and lovable we can barely stand it! Emma has pretty good recall and sticks close by when she is off leash on a trail or at the beach. She would be fine as an only dog or with doggy siblings, but she doesn't really understand cats and tries to chase them when she passes them on walks.
Emma has the most hilarious markings on her face and looks like a mixture between extremely tired all the time, or a superhero who's mask has started to rub off. We can't wait to see what the future holds for our little Emma! Could you be a part of it? You can fill out an adoption application at www.mexpup.com if you think Emma should join your family.
Bourbon: Adopted! August 29th, 2019
Four puppies were left next to a trash can, near a softball field. They were only about 6-8 weeks old and their chances for survival were slim. Thankfully, a kind woman found them and started giving them food, but she was unable to take them in. Willey saw her plea for help, decide to make a difference and took the plunge! She already had two senior dogs that didn’t like puppies, she was living in a studio apartment and yet, she said yes (where there is a will, there is a way!). She got the pups home on a Sunday and took them to the vet the next day. The puppies were underweight, dirty, and covered in fleas & ticks, but the greatest challenge was that they were positive for parvo. They remained in quarantine with the vets and it was a scary few weeks. Thankfully, they all survived and got to leave the vet clinic for their foster home. The pups were so happy to be in a home (Bella & Chester weren’t so sure about their new house guests). Bourbon (female) is the brindle of the group and at about 5 months old, weighs 5 kilos. She is very sweet loving little girl. Bourbon wants to learn but is a little slower at it than her siblings as she tends to shy away from the action. She is very playful when part of a pack, so would do well having a fur sibling or a family that will work with her through her shyness. She loves to sit on your lap or maybe we should say LOVES! Bourbon was hesitant on walks, but she is doing well on her leash now….the Big World can be a scary place for a shy pup, but when you have your friends & trusty humans, it can be fun! This lovely girl is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. Please share Bourbon’s
album to help us find her a wonderful home. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting her, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Finn (Formerly Stout): Adopted! August 29th, 2019
Four puppies were left next to a trash can, near a softball field. They were only about 6-8 weeks old and their chances for survival were slim. Thankfully, a kind woman found them and started giving them food, but she was unable to take them in. Willey saw her plea for help, decide to make a difference and took the plunge! She already had two senior dogs that didn’t like puppies, she was living in a studio apartment and yet, she said yes (where there is a will, there is a way!). She got the pups home on a Sunday and took them to the vet the next day. The puppies were underweight, dirty, and covered in fleas & ticks, but the greatest challenge was that they were positive for parvo. They remained in quarantine with the vets and it was a scary few weeks. Thankfully, they all survived and got to leave the vet clinic for their foster home. The pups were so happy to be in a home (Bella & Chester weren’t so sure about their new house guests). Stout (male) was the largest of the group (almost double the size of the others) and at about 5 months old, weighs 8 kilos. Here is how his foster mom describes him: “Stouty Pants is a gentle giant, he’s like the awkward older brother that you didn’t acknowledge in school. He is absolutely sweet and loving. He loves to snuggle & be around his people. He loves squeaky toys, walks with his foster pack and laser pointers. He is very smart, was the first one to master “sit” and understands that if he does it without being asked, he will often be rewarded first. He loves going for walks and he is getting more confident on a leash.” Stout did well with the dogs in his foster home and with other dogs he has visited and is shy but curious when passing dogs on walks. He hasn’t been around any cats, but with his shy demeanor, we think he would be fine. Stout is extremely timid around small children, so we think his perfect home could have older children or none. We think Stout would do fine as an only dog with patient parents that are willing to work with his shyness or in a home with another dog to help him gain confidence. Stout is happy, healthy and ready for adoption. Please share his album to help us find him a wonderful home. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting him, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Hazel ( Formerly Samosa): Adopted! August 29th, 2019
Samosa is a 3-year-old, 18kg, absolutely stunning Red Heeler. Samosa was clearly once a family pet. She is one of the most gorgeous dogs we have had in a long time and not the kind of dog that is common here on the street. A kindhearted local noticed that Samosa appeared in her neighborhood close to the airport one day. She stayed roughly in the same spot and seemed to be waiting (possibly this is where her previous owners left her, and she was hoping for their return). She wasn't very adept at scavenging for food and was looking worse for wear as the days passed, so this lovely lady started feeding her. After 2 weeks it was clear that nobody was coming back for Samosa, and the lady has a dog aggressive dog so couldn't take her in personally, but she had become very attached to Samosa and couldn't watch her struggle on the street. She started searching for help and thankfully, there was space in a foster home. When we took an initial blood sample, we were shocked to see how low her platelets and red blood count were, and it took Samosa a few months of TLC and pampering to fully recuperate. She is finally sterilized, fully vaccinated, and completely ready to start her new life.
Samosa has a fairly dominant personality, but she is good with all dogs after a sensible and calm meeting. She coexists with 20 dogs of all shapes and sizes in her foster home and especially loves the younger dogs. Samosa is extremely playful with the puppies but happy to lay around with the more chill older dogs. She can sometimes take playtime too far if playing with a lot of other high energy puppies. Samosa is extremely food motivated and can be protective of her food around other dogs (understandable for any dog who has been unfortunate enough to experience extreme hunger). Samosa walks fantastically on a leash and doesn't react to other dogs passing by whatsoever. We have not tested her off leash, but we think that once she has a bond with her person she would be a great trail dog as she loves to run. Samosa wants to chase cats and has never lived with any as companions so a cat free home would be best.
Samosa's beautiful red fur is so thick and soft like a rabbit! We are sure she will get snapped up fast. Pleases help to make that happen by sharing her album. If you think you are her perfect match, then please fill out an adoption application at mexpup.com
Scrunchie (Formerly Katelyn) : Adopted! August 29th, 2019
Katelyn came into our lives because of the compassion of strangers! There was a man trying to sell Katelyn along with her 2 siblings out of a cardboard box at the side of the road when she was just 3 or 4 weeks old. The man was drunk and not very stable, so the puppies kept falling through the bottom of the box onto the street. Several people walking past were horrified. We had 3 separate people emailing us about this man and asking us how to help these poor puppies. We do not pay for dogs in situations like this, if we had given money for Katelyn and her siblings then this man would have learnt that this type of behavior is a successful way to make a little cash, and we might not have been around to help the next litter of puppies he would try to sell! Megan tried to reason with the man to hand over the puppies, they were too young to even be separated from their mother yet and they needed to go with someone who knew exactly how to care for them. He refused. As time went on, clusters of people on the street were gathering and also asking the man to please hand over the dogs. He continued to refuse for a long time, but eventually the wonderful staff at restaurant El Arrayan were able to convince him to do the right thing and we went straight over to pick them up. We are grateful that at least 4 or 5 groups of people did not passively walk by in this situation, but instead stood up for Katelyn and her siblings!
Fast forward to now and Katelyn is a boisterous, 6 month old, scruffy terrier type puppy who is ready to find her forever family. She is around 8kg and will likely grow only a bit more (a few kilos and maybe a bit taller also). Katelyn is being fostered with a number of dogs and she is great with everyone. This extremely playful pup does sometimes bark at dogs when she is passing them on leash, but with consistent correction and guidance we are confident this behavior will disappear. Whenever she has a proper introduction with new dogs, she loves them straight away. Katelyn loves to chase the chickens that live on her street. She hasn't had a lot of exposure to cats but tries to chase the ones we pass on walks, so a bird and cat free home is probably best. She is great off leash, has good recall and loud noises & traffic don't bother her. Katelyn prefers to be approached gently by strangers. As soon as she has sniffed and investigated them, her adorably chunky butt starts to wiggle. She really loves both adults and children, but a relatively calm household would suit Katelyn best.
Nothing makes Katelyn happier than heading out for a hike or to the beach with her friends, she loves to run around on the sand and is a fantastic swimmer! You can't help but smile when watching Katelyn splash around in the river or the ocean. Please help us find Katelyn a home by sharing her album. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting her, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com to start the process.
Ava ( Formerly Gorda): Adopted! August 22nd, 2019
Update August 5, 2019: Gorda is thriving! She got back into a routine and is feeling like her old self again (thanks to Trysha and her pack for fostering). Gorda is great with dogs, cats, kids. She's a little shy at first but warms up quickly. Gorda is not leash reactive at all. She's fully kennel trained but would prefer to sleep with her human and is fully potty trained. She can resource guard bones but she's shown huge improvements in the last couple days with sharing. She loves swimming, being active and we believe she would do best with another dog (preferably male) in the home who's confident and won't allow her to push him around. Gorda is happy to let you brush her coat, brush her teeth and even trim her nails. This lovely girl is looking to join a family. Please help us by sharing her album! If you are interested in adopting Gorda, you can start the process by completing the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Original Post: Claudia was walking with her pack when they found 3 puppies in a trash pile. They had recently picked up a different puppy from this same area that looked very similar to the 3. They thought the first puppy was just lost and had been looking for the owner but finding the 3 new puppies changed that idea. They started to ask around to figure out what was happening. A neighbor told them that their very poor owner had thrown all 4 of the puppies onto the street. They were only 2 months old, but they were now abandoned and fending for themselves. Claudia immediately took them in and got them to the vets. They were full of parasites and very hungry, but thankfully tested negative for the real scary stuff. Gorda is one of the 3 females of the litter and she is the largest of the group, thus her name. She is now about 9 months old and weighs 16 kilos. Gorda is a sweet girl that did great in her foster home in PV. She was good with all the dogs whether large or small, and did great with the teenagers in her foster home. Gorda did well as a young pup with the cats and even the 2 hens & 1 rooster but wasn’t living among them when she got older. She loved to swim, go for walks, play with the other pup and simply enjoy life. Since arriving in BC, she has become more timid and is uncertain of the dog in her foster home. We believe that she needs a strong owner to help her gain confidence and find the sparkly personality she had when growing up in PV. We are URGENTLY looking for a new foster home or a forever home for this lovely girl. She was abandoned once and we certainly won’t let that happen again. We just need to help her get back on the right track so she can become the great adult dog we know she can be. Please share her album so we can find a match (foster or adopter) for this sweet girl. If you or someone you know could be the right one for Gorda, please complete an adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. Gorda is grateful for your help!
Bob: Adopted! August 20th, 2019
Bob is probably somewhere between 18 months and 2 years old and is fully grown at just under 7kg. A lovely lady found Bob frantically running on the highway. She was leaving PV that night and didn't want to leave him behind on the street so as a desperate attempt to save him she put a sign around his neck that read 'help me' and walked him up and down the Malecón. Luckily one of our volunteers happened to be walking past.
We think that Bob was once a family pet because the first time he saw us pick up a leash he got so excited; it definitely wasn't his first rodeo! Bob has great leash manners and is totally non-reactive to other dogs on walks. He utterly adores people and kids and is a complete pro at the 'pet me, please' nudge. He is a little scared of cats but totally ignores the dozens of loose chickens that live on our street. He's great with all dogs he meets and is generally a very chill little dude.
Bob would be a great companion for almost any kind of family. Please help us find Bob a home by sharing his album. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting Bob, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Harley: Adopted! August 18th, 2019
Amanda saw a post on a local animal group in Puerto Vallarta. It was an image she couldn't shake, so she had to go see if she could find the pup. He was alone and looked to be in so much pain. She called a friend and the next day they went for him. When they arrived, there were glad to see he was still there and surprised to find he had a friend with him. As they pulled up, it was as if he knew they were there for him and as he jumped in the car he looked back like “See you NEVER!” Off they went to the vets for much needed medical care. When they arrived, he was so calm and simply looked as if he would finally get some rest and the treatment for his mange that he so clearly needed. He stayed at the vets for 2 weeks and when it was time for Amanda to take him to his foster home, he was super playful which was a surprise for everyone! He was so happy and just wanted to be around people. He LOVES going for walks and sniffing around. Harley is a great pup who is approximately 1.5 years old and now weighs 24kg (and he could gain a few more). He is in love with life! This boy is great with dogs of all sizes and with people too. He LOVES kids and is very curious about cats although afraid of those that stare him down (i.e. doing ok with dog savvy cats and a bit too interested with those that might run, but easy to correct – a work in progress). He loves going for runs on the beach, relaxing with his humans, playing ball, sniffing all he can find and then searching for more. This boy wants to experience all life has to offer him. Harley has energy to burn, so needs an active family with preferably another dog his size to romp and play with in the yard, or a human who wants an adventure partner to take for runs, hikes and more. He is very smart and knows that he is in a good place. Now, we just need to find him his forever family. If you think Harley is a match for you or for someone you know, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com OR please share his album so that his new family can find him
Maverick: Adopted! August 17th, 2019
He was found in front of a hospital where he spent his days hiding under cars and protecting his friend, Harley. Harley is the one that had been seen living there. Amanda & Suzanna knew of the dog at the hospital, made a plan, and set off on the mission to rescue him. Imagine their surprise when they found Maverick there as well. Harley had many obvious issues (weight & skin), and they noticed that Maverick had an injured leg and was unable to walk. They knew two big dogs was a big job to take on, but they couldn’t leave him knowing he was hurt, so they loaded the 2 dogs up in the car and that was just the chance these two pups needed. Maverick was taken to the vet where they ran tests and thankfully, he was negative for all really scary diseases. He did test positive for erhlichia (caused from ticks), but that can be treated with 30 days of doxi. The vet examined his leg and determined it was just a sprain (sigh of relief). They believe he may have been run over or struck, but there were no fractures and the sprain would heal with time. After getting to know Maverick, it was easy to see that he is ok with cars passing by, but he is very scared of motorcycles. Could it have possibly been a motorcycle that hit him? We will never know, but whatever it was will never hurt him again. He received all the medical treatment he needed along with proper nutrition & rest. Maverick was feeling better in no time. He went into Tibet Canino, a great boarding/training facility for a few months until a foster home was found. Now Maverick is healthy and ready to find his forever family. This awesome guy is around 2 ½ years old and weighs 26 kilos. He is a calm dog who enjoys walks and playtime, but he also loves to snuggle. He is great with adults and kids. He is currently in a foster with 2 children. He does well with most other dogs, but does needs a proper introduction when meeting a new dog. He isn’t a fan of cats and likes to chase them. His foster mom says he is a great dog in every way!
Adoption pending…please check back.
Vicente: Adopted! August 17, 2019
Many of you already know the story of Shakira, a Xoloitzcuintle who once had a home but after eating a chicken she was beaten and cast out and left to fend for herself in the mountains near Mismaloya. Shakira was out there in the wild for a few years, and had a few litters, how many survived we don't know. Juan and Ofelia made it their mission to try and catch Shakira so she could be fixed, the painful cycle of pregnancy after pregnancy could end, and she could finally know 'retirement' from always being afraid and having to be vigilant, and just relax in a loving home. We agreed that we would take on pregnant Shakira and however many puppies she had if they were ever lucky enough to manage to catch her (she was extremely wary of people, and rightly so)! And one day last December, our greatest hope came true. Shakira was taken to the vet after she had already started giving birth, and she and her babies were finally safe. Even though all the pups were basically born into care and have only ever known love and a very stable life, almost the entire litter has anxious and fearful tendencies. We believe that because Shakira lived in constant fear during the pregnancy that perhaps it had some kind of effect on the babies, coupled with the fact that the Xoloitzcuintle is an extremely sensitive primitive breed, and on top of that the litter was abnormally large - 12 puppies in 1 litter meaning some of the puppies were less developed.
Vicente was one of Shakira's (now Gypsy) puppies. He was born right in the middle of her huge litter and was a healthy weight from day 1. Vicente was always in the middle of the heating pad and puppy pile and with the exception of Santana he was the hungriest and chubbiest hairless puppy. Now that he is almost fully grown at nearly 9 months, he is 20kg and is almost the heaviest of the litter. We are not surprised at all! Vicente is very wary of strangers and he needs to warm up to people before he allows them to handle him, but once he knows who somebody is, he is the most devoted dog on the planet. He adores water and will even swim out into the ocean to be with his best dog and human friends if they are swimming. He recently discovered the pool floatie and he is so happy on it that he cries until his human lets him sit on it so that he can sunbathe and watch the world go by. He adores other dogs, both tiny and huge, and going to the dog park when it is busy is his absolute favorite thing to do.... besides eat! Vicente loves fruit and vegetables and his foster mum has convinced him that apples, carrots and cauliflower are the highest value treats ever! Although he will eat pretty much anything he can get his mouth on given the chance (peanut butter, sweet potatoes, coconut oil, pizza crusts, flip flops 😉). At his core, Vicente is a ridiculously intelligent yet extremely goofy puppy, he makes us laugh every day, and has the best excited dance when he sees an ice cube (ice cubes are the world’s best dog toy according to Vicente).
Vicente is good walking in crowds, good on the beach, great as a running partner, and his recall is fantastic, but he gets spooked when there are few stimuli. For example, on a fairly busy beach he would be totally at ease and focused on his human, but a totally empty hiking trail with one single person appearing in the distance and heading towards him he could become distressed. Vicente needs calm and confident leadership otherwise he starts to get very anxious. He needs to know he is safe, his human has it totally covered, and he doesn't need to worry. Vicente almost certainly needs to continue working with a trainer as he has been doing in PV to combat his fear of strangers, and is probably not a good match for somebody wanting their first ever dog, but he will be the most incredibly rewarding new addition to a family provided they are willing to put the work in... because Vicente truly loves with his whole entire heart and is one of the most charming dogs we have had the privilege of knowing.
Adopted!! After story coming soon…
Jose (Formerly Frank) : Adopted! August 16, 2019
Anybody who has met Frank for even a moment struggles to fathom how he came into our care. Frank is less than 1 year old, maybe 10 months, and about 6kg. The easiest way to describe Frank is to say that he is a total ray of sunshine. Mischievous but so pure and full of joy that you can't help but laugh - really laugh - from your belly every time he does anything. That's why it's so surprising that Frank was abandoned by his previous owner, they even went as far as to tie him to a tree with a rope so he couldn't follow them home. A lovely person noticed that Frank was tied to a tree and figured that maybe his owner had popped into the store and would be collecting him very quickly. She kept a close eye on Frank to check he wasn't in the blazing sun etc., and as the hours passed by her heart began to sink. Nobody was coming back for Frank. Luckily for Frank (and for us, and for whoever Frank gets adopted by) she came to his rescue and, not having the resources or time to safely foster him herself, she contacted us and we took him straight to the vet. Frank settled into the good life very quickly. He loves other dogs and will play all day long and he doesn't care how big or small the dogs are. He also loves humans of any age, size or shape. Anyone who can offer a tickle, or a cuddle gets an A+ according to Frank. He barks at cats but could coexist with dog savvy cats (provided you don't mind the barking... that is one persistent little boy)!
Ultimately Frank is a water baby and we think he may have been a tadpole in a previous life as he absolutely loves to swim and if there is nobody to play with in the water he will swim in circles very happily until you tell him it's time to go. If there is no pool, river, or ocean he will settle for the bathtub. His recall is fantastic and even though he is tiny he is also mighty and loves to go for hikes! Frank is super food motivated and if he sees you holding anything edible he will sit back on his hind legs like a meerkat in the hope that he looks so cute you will reward him with the treat (it works 100% of the time). Frank is a normal hyper and excited puppy, but he also adores having quiet time to bond with his person. He will curl up like a baby deer either on your lap or right next to you and is so clearly appreciative of all the love he is now getting. Frank is so excited about investigating every smell this world has to offer, so he gets a bit jealous when you leave the house without him and he barks in protest for a few minutes until he settles. Frank is honestly such a GOOD dog, we can't imagine tying this little baby to a tree and then walking away, and we are just happy that Frank never has to go through something so horrible ever again. Application received, please check back…
Wilson: Adopted! August 16th, 2019
Wilson is a gorgeous Bassett Hound that is estimated to be 3 to 4 years old and now weighs about 20 kilos. We don’t know a whole lot about his history, other than he was unceremoniously dumped at the beginning of June and left to fend for himself dangerously close to a highway! Lucky for Wilson (and for whoever adopts this beautiful boy) a lovely young man in the neighborhood noticed that Wilson had been abandoned and reached out to our partners & friends LADRA for help.
Wilson (like most rescue dogs) repeatedly shows us the meaning of grace and forgiveness: he loves every single human he meets even though he was abandoned by one of us! He is very food motivated and after he watched the other dogs play with toys for a few weeks and figured out what they were, there was no stopping him and now he loves toys! Wilson lives peacefully with 9 other dogs in foster care right now (well, 9 dogs isn't that peaceful but you know what we mean), and is great with other dogs provided he meets them calmly. Wilson is good at greeting/passing dogs he doesn’t know while on walks or hanging out at the beach, but when we have been in a dog park type setting (I.e. many unknown dogs running around and lots of high energy playing) he found it difficult to contain his excitement and was being way too rough (total fun police), so we would say that if you are a huge fan of dog parks, he is likely not the dog for you unless you are committed to training him how to remain calm and play gently while there are a lot of unknown dogs causing havoc 😁. Wilson is not enjoying the extreme heat and humidity of a Puerto Vallarta summer and would love an opportunity to come north and start his next chapter! We have a potential flight to Vancouver for Wilson on August 16th, please share his album so we can find this guy a great home. If you or someone you know if interested in adopting him or fostering him in BC, please complete the application found at www.mexpup.com. Wilson and all of us thank you for your help in this search!
Larry : Adopted! August 16th, 2019
Larry is around 6 years old and 8kg, he is loyal, brave, happy, a great dancer, and an all round hilarious guy. He is also blind. Or at least has massively reduced vision (sometimes it seems that he can see shadows and shapes... other times he walks straight into a wall).
Sadly Larry's story is only too familiar. Once a family pet, he started developing the kind of eye problems that brachycephalic breeds are very prone to, such as corneal ulcers (ulcers on his eyeballs) so he was cast out and dumped. Our vet thinks that Larry's ulcers were left untreated for a long time before he was abandoned and he was in a lot of pain. As soon as we got a call about Larry from a concerned local, we rushed over and he has not known fear or unhappiness ever since! Larry's eyes no longer cause him pain after a course of medicated eye drops, so he can focus on the good stuff now - like rotisserie chicken! Adopting a blind (or almost blind) pug might seem like a challenge, but Larry is truly the most content little creature and does not need a lot of work. He navigates the stairs at our house perfectly, jumps up on the bed fearlessly, and courageously faces the world head on. Traffic doesn't phase him, he loves the beach, and adores being fussed and admired by anybody he meets, especially kids. He lives among all our other dogs perfectly, but can get grumpy with high energy puppies - this consists of him barking and then going and sitting moodily in another room until the kids have tired themselves out. He doesn't really understand cats and hasn't had a lot of exposure to them, but I think he would be fine with a particularly old and lazy cat, or one that is used to dogs.
Larry loves car rides, being fed, cuddling in bed, and does the most incredible victory dance after he pees - seriously, he dances for at least a full minute after doing his business. He is a treasure and whoever is lucky enough to be Larry's forever home is in for a treat! Please help us to find Larry a home by sharing his album. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting Larry, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com.
Ares (Formerly Nestor): Adopted! July 27th, 2019
Post from our friends and rescue partners LADRA: Working in rescue is rewarding, fulfilling, and it undeniably brings a lot of joy. It can also be overwhelming, draining, and sometimes downright traumatic. We hope that the story we are about to share with you can eventually be an inspiring one, and we apologize for the slightly graphic story and images.
We'd like to introduce you to Nestor. Nestor was a homeless Belgian Shepherd that had been scavenging for food around an hour north of Puerto Vallarta. Unfortunately the story so far is not an uncommon one, but what makes Nestor’s a little bit different is that due to a horrific injury, he only has 3 legs. We don't know exactly what happened to Nestor; it could have been a car accident, it could have been an animal trap, or human abuse of some kind, sadly the possibilities are almost endless. What we do know is that this is a fairly recent injury because the wound on Nestors' stump is still completely open, exposing his bone pipe and clearly making him uncomfortable. Not only is Nestor up against possible infection in the wound on his stump, but since he is a pretty big dog and is trying to adjust to this recent injury, as we watch him hobble and hop around we can see that a lot of strain is being put on his back, hips, and other legs. Nestor has an absolutely beautiful temperament! He is respectful of our other dogs and extremely loving and cuddly with our humans. He knows that he is safe and that we have his best interests at heart so he lets us administer his medications and clean his wounds twice a day with no complaints whatsoever. He is truly a testament to doggy resilience - his spirits are up despite being in pain and probably very confused about how to orient himself with respect to his new limitations. He wants to run and play but with the immense strain on his back and hips of hobbling around he frequently falls or just plain lays down from exhaustion. It is heartbreaking. We rushed Nestor straight to the vet after picking him up, and we all agree that he is a great candidate for a prosthetic limb. We would absolutely love to be able to help him get the prosthetic he desperately needs, but while caring for many many other dogs the costs are simply too high for our non profit dog rescue! When we heard about Nestor we knew we couldn't tackle this project alone, so we are once again teaming up with our wonderful friends and fellow non profit dog rescue MexPup
We need your help to raise money towards the cost of:
*Visits and consultations with doctors and prosthetic specialists Est. cost $400-$600usd
*Prosthetic Est. Cost- $1600- $2400usd
Every penny helps, and if you are not in a position to donate, we would very much appreciate you helping us spread the word so that we can vastly improve Nestor's quality of life and eventually find his forever family.
-The LADRA PayPal is: firstname.lastname@example.org
-MexPup Canada Animal Rescue Society www.mexpup.com with a link to their PayPal
-E-transfer to email@example.com
-Donation in Puerto Vallarta directly with Dr. Paco at Sabuesos Vet Clinic
Hopefully, before too long, Nestor will be ready for adoption. If you or someone you know would be the right match for this special boy, please complete the adoption application which can be found at www.mexpup.com. We know there is a wonderful family out there that would be be lucky to have him join their pack. As always, thank you so much for your support!
Bruno: Adopted! July 27th, 2019
He was lying on the street unable to use his back legs. He had been hit by a car and the damage to his back end was significant. He was less than a year old, weighed only 2.5 kilos, and was fighting for his life. His family decided to surrender him to the acopio as they were not able to help him. Everyone knew he needed more than the underfunded shelter could provide, but thankfully there are wonderful people that do all they can to bridge that gap. Lydia took it upon herself to raise money for the surgery and Angelica offered to foster him. They are his saviors. He couldn’t use his back legs, but he could move by using his front legs and dragging the rest. He needed extensive surgery to repair what they could and give him the best chance at as normal a life as possible. It took time, money and patience, but Bruno began to recover and was back on four legs. His pelvis is a bit crooked and he has a bit of a swagger when he walks, but that just gives this adorable Chihuahua a bit more character. We know that Bruno will likely need joint supplements and a bit of extra care as the years pass (don’t we all), but at 3 kilos, he isn’t a challenge to carry around. Bruno is about 1 year old and is a happy pup. He has thrived in his foster home where he loves to play with the other dogs and even the cat. Bruno enjoys his walks and does well on leash. He is a big fan of cuddle time and thinks he should sleep in bed with his humans. He may have had a rough start to life, but he has left the past behind and is embracing each new day. Bruno likes meeting new people – adults and children alike. He can occasionally play shy, but is mostly a friendly, happy, outgoing, social, slightly crooked chihuahua mix who would love to join a family. Bruno is in a Victoria foster home and is ready for adoption. If you or someone you know is the perfect match for Bruno, please complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com and/or share his album to help him find his forever home.
Stella (formerly Lucy): Adopted! July 27, 2019
There is a town about 2 hours south of Puerto Vallarta called Villa del Mar, it's close to Tehuamixtle. It's a very, very small town without much tourism. In this town lives a wonderful lady who choose to retire there. She started helping out local strays around 10 years ago and developed a bit of a reputation as an animal helper. She has now about 25 cats and maybe upwards of 15 dogs. She doesn't have a phone and doesn't drive, so whenever she wants to get into contact with us, she walks to an internet cafe to send an email. Since she often tries to help out local families with their pets and has been looking after and getting strays sterilized for years, people have started dropping off abandoned puppies/kittens/birds etc. at her house. This past year she had a stroke and it has changed what she is able to do. Luckily, she is still able to look after her animals, but is no longer able to help all the others as before. She reached out to us earlier in the year because people keep dumping or dropping off animals. She doesn’t have many resources or much money and now that she isn't at her previous full capabilities, she was feeling overwhelmed. Our primary goal is not only to help animals, but also to help PEOPLE help animals, and in order for this lovely lady to continue the great work she is already doing she needed some support from us! So now we try and help her where we can. We have never met but we keep in touch via email. She emailed us about Lucy when she was only around 8 weeks old. Someone had dumped her in a box in front of her house. She had a friend that was driving to PV the following day, so she asked her to take little Lucy with her and drop her at our vet. Lucy was very skinny and had some fleas and ticks of course, but nothing out of the ordinary and certainly not the worst we have seen by a long shot. She did test positive for parvo but she wasn’t displaying many (if any) symptoms. We put her in quarantine, and she got every vitamin and supplement available along with being given electrolytes every 3 or 4 hours via syringe to try and boost her immune system in order to make sure that her parvo did not become symptomatic. Thankfully she continued getting stronger, happier and putting on weight. After a few weeks she was no longer testing positive for parvo so we started her vaccinations and she was on the path to her new life! Lucy has grown up to be an absolutely wonderful puppy. She is now 6 months old and around 13kg. We think she will stay under 20kg. She has the most incredible ears (1 up, 1 down) and loves food, people, other dogs, cats, kids - you name it! We know we say this about every dog..... but she really is one of the most stunning puppies we have ever seen! Who doesn't love a spotty dog 😍! Lucy normally follows directions really well, but she is still a puppy so can get easily excited. Working on her manners is something we continue to do (no Lucy you can't try and pull us straight onto the beach even though it's super fun and exciting there... you have to wait until we say it's time). She is, at her core, a deeply lovely and sweet puppy who just wants to please, be cuddled, love and be loved, and she will make a perfect companion for a fairly active family. We would love for Lucy to have a dog or cat companion in her home because she gets so much enjoyment out of her animal friendships. We picture lots of camping or hikes, hanging out on the couch, road trips, and most importantly pure love in Lucy's future! Adopted! After story coming soon…
Bobby: Adopted! June 10, 2019
Through no fault of his own, sweet Bobby is again looking for his forever family. This amazing boy is so sweet and cuddly. Bobby is looking for a lower energy home with another low energy but active dog. Bobby is great with kids, cats and all dogs, but would prefer a home that is quiet. He needs an active, quiet home where he can just be him. Bobby is a whippet mix, if allowed, can be territorial, and does bark at new people. A home with no tenants, where he can have the whole yard to himself would be fantastic. Bobby is approx 3.5 years old now and 17kg Please submit an application for him at www.mexpup.com
Happily Ever After Stories ! ...... To come
Magna: Happily Ever After !
She is such a character and I love her so much!!! I am so thankful that she is with me. She has learned to shake paw and has very good manners. Thank you so much for matching us...she is a perfect fit!