Forever In Our Hearts
The Rainbow Bridge
The Rainbow Bridge: inspired by a Norse legend
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.
© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved.
Kevin aka Tumori: RIP February 24, 2018
Tumori has been in long term care for some time now. He enjoyed all the best things in life...love, long walks, extra special additions to a meal, cuddles, a best buddy (Porfirio), medical care, dirt and sand for digging, a soft and safe place to sleep, and so much more. Yesterday, we discovered it was time to let him go. He'd gone from doing great for an old guy, to not well in the blink of a eye. Tumori had a great few years and left surrounded by love. We are grateful to Brischa, Ted and the Ladra crew for providing his long term care (and love) for all these years. RIP sweet boy
Colette and Brischa were on the way to Bucerias to check on a group of dogs in need. While in route they saw a dog lying on the side of a busy road. He wasn’t in front of a home or a business and there wasn’t a break in the fence, so he seemed especially out of place. As soon as they stopped, they realized he was in trouble. It was difficult for him to walk due to the massive size of one of his testicles. It was larger than a grapefruit and there was no question he needed help. As it wasn’t an emergency, they loaded him in the car and continued on their way. When they got there, they found 4 well fed dogs with an owner that provided basic care for his animals, but who had limited resources for any extras. A plan was made to assist with spaying/neutering his dogs to prevent future litters and then it was time to get Kevin to the vets. There was no question that the mass needed to be removed ASAP and thankfully his blood work allowed the procedure to happen the very day. This sweet guy is about 10 years old and weighs 20 kilos. Kevin loves his new situation….food, water, love, a nice place to sleep and the ability to walk without the pain of the tumor. Kevin needed our help and we said yes. Now, we need your help. His bills are growing and at his age, we will need help caring for him for the rest of his life in care. Whatever happens, Kevin will be cared for, but we need your help to make sure that is possible. Please consider a monthly donation.
Chata: RIP February 11, 2017
Claudia is always helping. She volunteers her time in various ways with various groups to support her community whenever she can. Her neighbor had rescued a dog and called her Chata. Claudia helped get the beautiful girl healthy and spayed so that she could enjoy her new home. A few months later, the neighbor met another dog and decided that this new dog was the right dog for her. The only issue is that the large male didn’t like Chata and he began to pick on her. Chata was constantly being attacked and was regularly being wounded by the other dog. Claudia knew things were bad and then the neighbor let her know that Chata was no longer wanted in their home. Claudia brought Chata into her home to give her a safe place to recover. Chata is about 1.5 years old and weighs 25 kilos. She is a sweet pup that did well with the other dogs in her foster home, even those that were much smaller, but she needs proper introductions to all new dogs (never a bad idea for any animal). We don’t believe that Chata would do well in a home with cats as she is very focused on them and their movements along with showing prey drive around lizards and other bugs. She loves to play with toys and walks well on a leash. Chata does well with kids and has learned basic commands. This lovely dog is looking for her forever home….one that will make her part of the family and not discard her when a newer model comes around. Please help us to find her family by sharing her story and album!
Osito Polar: RIP September 29, 2016
It is with heavy hearts that we share this news, today our dear sweet Osito Polar crossed the Rainbow Bridge. This special boy captured the hearts of so many near and far. He will be especially missed by his amazing long term foster family who gave him a wonderful life for the past 3 years against all odds and through many challenges. We are so grateful to Karen, Barry and Alana for all that they did for him. We are also grateful to all those that have donated to his care so that we could always make decisions based on what was best for him. Run free now little bean, you will be missed.
There is a wonderful organization called PEACE Animals that runs the free spay & neuter clinics throughout Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding communities. During one clinic a couple arrived asking to euthanize one pup. The paws of this puppy were deformed and the owners had come to the decision that he should be put down. The staff at the clinic didn’t want to comply with the request and asked the owners if they would surrender the dog. The couple agreed and so began the process of helping Osito Polar. Angeles returned to the clinic to pick up another rescue dog that had been neutered that day when she was asked if she could help. She agreed to foster the dog and MexPup took on the responsibility for the medical care and finding this special needs pup a good home. Osito was only 2.5 kilos when he was rescued (late March 2013). He got his name from his unique paws and the way he walked (sort of like a polar bear on ice). He was very weak, very anemic and suffering from ehrlichia. His physical deformities indicated that he might have additional challenges causing his recovery to take longer than what we normally experience. The good news is that with time and care he did begin to heal and became a happy, playful, devilish puppy who didn't realize that he ran or walked different than any other. We are still not certain what medical challenges he could face in the future but that doesn't diminish our commitment to him. Osito was fostered with Canito (now Bello) and they were simply a pair of playful pups who loved exploring, playing and doing was puppies do best…..looking adorable. Osito needs regular blood tests and veterinary care which in Canada is pricey. Please consider a monthly donation to his care.
Lucio - RIP April 1, 2016
Update April 1, 2016: Tears for Lucio...he is gone. His body had suffered so much, more than we will ever understand. He was sleeping on bundle of towels when he passed. He was safe, he was warm, he was loved...it may have been for less than one day, but he didn't pass alone. This sweet boy is now running free without pain. We are so sorry that we couldn't do more, that we didn't find him sooner. We had great hope of a full recovery and a lovely life for him, instead there are simply tears.
Shocking…there are no words. The horror and the pain…the suffering he has endured, which he certainly didn’t deserve. Because of the edges of the wound, we believe it was intentionally inflicted. We will never know the why nor likely the how. What we do know is that thanks to Livia, he is now in care at the vet’s office and safe. The wound has been cleaned and he is resting. He is so scared that we are trying to let him recover some before putting him through anything more. This sweet boy is about 3 to 4 years old. Lucio will have surgery tomorrow or the next day. We are hopeful that he will do well and fully recover, but he has a long road ahead. We know that he is now part of the MexPup family and we will do all we can to help him
Lily - RIP March 29, 2016
They were on the side of the road. There were no homes or buildings close by, so the guess it that they had been dumped there. It’s not something we will ever understand. Thankfully Maureen was driving by and noticed something that made her stop. She found 2 puppies that were about 7 weeks old and each weighed less than 2 kilos. They would have had no chance on their own. Instead they were put in the car, joined in on the road trip to Tonala, and then returned with Maureen to PV a few days later. Lily and Lucy were enjoying life in foster care. They seemed to be doing well, growing, and playing as puppies do. Sadly, things took a turn for the worse a few days ago. Puppies are fragile little creatures, so Maureen & John got Lily to the vets as soon as they noticed something wrong. This time, the parvo test was positive and Lily was now in grave danger. The vets did all they could, but Lily’s little body simply wasn’t strong enough to battle this horrible disease. She passed away after 1 month in foster care. Although her life was much shorter than we wanted, she passed knowing love and compassion. Her sister is still doing well and showing no signs of the illness. We will miss little Lily, and are grateful for all that loved her and helped her during her time with us.
TommyRoo - RIP March 12, 2016
Claudia, Enya & their pack were out for a Sunday walk when they saw a small pup in the middle of a dirt road. He was scared, very dirty, covered in poop, skinny with a huge tummy (parasites for sure), and a number of wounds on his head that appearred to be dog bites. At about 2 months old and in horrible shape, he had no chance for survival on the street. Luckily for him, two wonderful animal rescuers found him. They picked him up, took him home, and that is how TommyRoo’s new life began. He was a loving pup who thrived in care. He loved going for walks and playing with the other dogs in his foster home. TommyRoo had a few medical challenges in the 3.5 months he was in foster care, but we dealt with them as they popped up. This past week he had a seizure. He had recently taken a new medication, so the belief was that he simply had a reaction to it, so that treatment was stopped. As the seizures continued, numerous efforts were made to keep them under control, and keep him out of pain. As the days passed, the seizures got worse and none of the treatments were helping. The vets advised us that TommyRoo had a neurological issue that wouldn’t improve, that he would continue to get worse, and that he was suffering. We took the difficult decision to stop his pain and helped him to cross over. TommyRoo was surrounded by his loving foster mom and the vets who had provided him wonderful care over these past months. We wish the outcome was different and that he would have grown up after being adopted into a wonderful home. We are grateful that although his life was short, he had a loving, caring foster home that did all they could for him. He knew love and compassion. Run fast and free TommyRoo, you were one sweet boy.
Jazzy - RIP January 28, 2016
Monkey: RIP June 29, 2018
Monkey crossed the rainbow bridge today surrounded by many that have cared for him and loved him these past 6 months. As sad as we are, we are grateful that he had a lovely retirement from life as a street/beach dog and was able enjoy his final months with loads of food, water, medical care, soft beds, shade, love and all the other things that an amazing foster home can provide. He was rescued on January 4, 2018. We had been 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. Love, there was lots of love, but it isn’t always enough. The day that Monkey was rescued, 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 & after many months in care recovered fully. Monkey was an old dude. He wasn’t in the position to be adopted to a family and he simply needed a great retirement home. Thankfully, the amazing people from LADRA opened their arms and their hearts to take in this senior boy. He had been cruising along until yesterday when he had a small fall, a slip. It didn’t seem like much at the time, but he didn’t want to get up afterwards. There were lots of cuddles, a soft bed and cajoling. There was roasted chicken and all of his favorites were offered, but he simply decided it was time. There was no specific injury, but he didn’t want to lift his head, he didn’t want to eat, or drink water. He clearly let us know that he was ready and we helped him along his way. Run free now lovely pup. You were a great dog Monkey and there were so many that loved you. We know you are at peace and no longer living restricted by age and those old joints. We are grateful we got to know you and thankful to have been a part of your journey. Rest well sweet Monkey, rest well.
Gracie: RIP July 12, 2017
This is second chance Gracie. When Gracie was about 8 months old, Claudia, a MexPup volunteer and rescuer saw her being abused. Gracie was emaciated, starving and you could see every bone in her body. Understanding why little children would stand around and physically abuse this young dog as she was dying is something we will never be able to understand. She has so badly beaten, one of her rear legs was broken in several places, and she can never bear weight on it again. For 3 days after her rescue, Gracie could barely move only getting up to eat and for the bathroom. Love and attention was what brought her back to life. Gracie thrived in her foster home, and eventually found a permanent home in Canada. She did well in her home for years, then suddenly the unexpected happened. When she turned 4, Gracie and her fur sibling were physically attacked in their own yard by two unleashed dogs. Gracie and her sibling sustained mild physical injuries, but it shook Gracie to her core. Her family worked with her, and hired a trainer as Gracie was suddenly living in fear of all other dogs. Unfortunately, because of this, she was unable to return home. Gracie worked with a trainer for the better part of a year. She is now rehabilitated and ready for adoption. Gracie is now fine with other dogs, but she will need to go to a home where she is the only dog living in the house. She had previously lived with cats with no issues. She's a medium sized dog, weighing in at about 24kg. Gracie deserves a great home where she belongs. Gracie is a master cuddle expert, and has great fondness for people and children of all ages. Do you have room in your home and heart for a great companion? Gracie has been through a lot in her life, please help us find second chance Gracie a permanent place to park her paws.
Brando: RIP February 20, 2017
Hilary spent her winters in Mexico and volunteered to help the animals in need. In the winter of 2015, she came across a beautiful, gentle pup that really needed her help. When the time came for Hilary to return to Canada, she simply couldn't put Brando back on the streets. Even though she didn’t have a long-term plan, she flew Brando with her to the interior of BC. Hilary loved Brando, but knew he needed more than she could give him. Torrance, Hilary's daughter, contacted Mexpup for help, and of course we said yes. Brando was screened by a vet and started on a few treatments to get him ready for adoption. Time passed and although Brando was improving, his bloodwork wasn’t responding the way we expected. Not long after that it became clear that something was seriously wrong. A tumor started to develop and we realized he had TVT. We began the course of treatment needed, but after six rounds of chemo, we sadly realized that the aggressive tumors were only getting worse. Vets in Mexico with much experience with this disease were consulted, options were discussed, and it was agreed that there was nothing more that could be done to stop the progress of the tumors. It was decided that we would give him the best life possible in the time he had left. Kristi has loved and fostered Brando since he arrived in Victoria, she is his family and we are so grateful to our amazing foster families. Sadly, today we had to set him free. His life was not what we had hoped for, but he knew he was loved and had a family. Hilary, Brando’s rescuer, passed away suddenly 3 weeks ago. We know that she is at the bridge waiting for him. Thank you Hilary and Torrance for giving Brando his chance. Thank you to our amazing vets at Saseenos for trying to save Brando and keeping him comfortable so that he could enjoy his final months. Kristi, we are so grateful to you for taking him into your home, caring for him and loving him. You are and will always be his human. Brando, run free now sweet boy…you will be missed.
Random: RIP November 9, 2016
Michelle went for a walk one morning with part of her pack, and a dog started following them. This happens often, but normally it’s only for a block or two. This guy followed them for 40 minutes...all the way back to their house. He sat and waited outside, and was very pleased with himself about the family he just adopted! A random dog, on a random walk, and a random act of kindness all leads to...what else...a dog named RANDOM! Just under a year old, Random is 18kg of pure joy and fun. He is an active dog that will need a forever family who makes sure he gets enough exercise. Random has had a difficult time adjusting to life in Canada, and needs a handler that understands what he needs. Random is great with other dogs with a proper introduction. He needs to trust people before he can be loose with them without his muzzle. Doesn't take him long, hes just really unsure, and to protect all, he needs to wear his muzzle during introductions, and usually if you just ignore him, he will come around. Once you gin his trust, its never broken. He is a fun loving dog who is eager to please and easy to train. Can you fit a bit of randomness into your life?
Rocketchu: RIP June 19, 2016
Yesterday, Rocketchu crossed the rainbow bridge and she is now running through fields & free of pain. It was more than 1 year ago that Claudia first met her. She saw a new, young, healthy dog in the neighborhood with a home & a family, but a few months later she realized something was wrong. When she spoke to the owner she found out this sweet girl had been hit by a car, but her owner didn’t have the money to take her to the vet. Claudia helped, it’s what Claudia does. She got Rocketchu to the vet for the surgery she desperately needed. The owner loved the dog and the dog loved the owner, so once she was recovered she was returned to the family. The problem was that she still had some permanent internal injuries and the owner didn’t have the means to deal with those challenges. Rocketchu became a MexPup and Claudia & Enya took her into their home. For 8 months Rocketchu lived in a place with love, care, special food and medical follow up to try to find a way to deal with her challenges (the car not only broke bones, but damaged a part of her intestine). We visited a number of vets, but there was no magic solution. The damage was permanent and all we could do was provide her the best life without knowing how long that would be. Over the past few days, she struggled more with food, digestion, and it seems the damage to her intestine finally took its toll. Claudia & Enya were holding her paws and comforting her while she was finally released from pain. We are so sorry that she is gone, but grateful to Claudia & Enya for all they did for her. Also, thank you to everyone that donates to MexPup as your contributions allow us to help dogs like Rocketchu. Run free sweet girl…
Betty - RIP May 15, 2016
RIP May 15, 2016
Ted & Brischa took Betty into their home 1 year and 8 months ago. She was an old dog when she was rescued and her chances for adoption were slim. That didn't stop these two wonderful people from taking her in and making sure she knew that her foster home was her home. Long term foster cases aren't easy, but there are some loving souls who do what it takes to make sure these pups don't miss out on anything. Betty has been slowly going downhill for the past few months. That meant a few extra trips to the beach while she could still enjoy them and lots of special, yummy treats. Yesterday, she stopped eating...even her favorite ground meat or tuna or special canned food. She also stopped walking and clearly was in pain. As hard as it is, she was letting us know she was ready to go and we listened. Today Betty passed with Brischa and the LADRA crew by her side. Wonderful vet Tere from Mascotas vet clinic came to the house so that Betty didn't have to be transported and could leave peacefully in what was surely the most loving home she has ever known. Run free now sweet Betty. We are sad you are gone, but so glad we had this time with you.
Brian was out for a walk with his pack when he saw a dog that seemed to be hungry and followed them from a distance. He sat down on the sidewalk with his dogs and gave her a chance to come to them. Although she remained very curious and interested, she would not come within 20 meters. Rather than return home, he walked further to see if she was going to follow. She did but again never came closer than 20 meters. They returned home and she followed. An hour later he went out to see if she was in the area and she was laying by the door. He brought her water and food which she quickly ate. He was reluctant to rescue her because they had a house full of dogs including one with distemper who was not doing well. Several hours later he needed to go to the pharmacy to get some gatorade for the sick pup and she was still outside the door, but would not let him get near her. She followed him 3 blocks to the pharmacy (this time 10 meters behind him) and he tried to ignore her. She waited outside the door of the pharmacy until he left at which time he again ignored her and walked home. He came into the house and gave the sick pup the fluids, then looked out the front door. The old girl was now laying on the sidewalk outside their front door. He invited her into the front yard and she immediately came in and that is when Betty agreed to be rescued. She allowed him to examine her and discovered what seemed like a thousand plus ticks all over her body as well as an old fracture of her right rear leg which gave her difficulty walking around the block. In addition, she had an eye infection and cataracts. Brian started with chore of getting her cleaned up and comfortable. Betty seemed most grateful for the care and attention. The vet exam revealed that Betty had an old fracture that was never treated, an eye infection, cataracts, tick-borne diseases of Anaplasma and Erlichea, and was determined to be about 11 years old weighing about 30 kilos. Her teeth were almost completely worn out and the vet thought she may have had a previous owner that abandoned her because of her illnesses. They returned home and started her treatments. Betty is perfectly house trained and has never had an accident in the home or even the courtyard. In fact, Brian would take her out for a walk every 5 hours and she would relieve herself within a half block and she would not walk further but instead would lay down on the street until he relented and walked her back to their house. Betty is an old dog and not a good candidate for adoption (we hate saying this, but we know it is true) which means that we will need your help providing for her. Please consider contributing to our paypal link at www.mexpup.com as that is the only way we can continue to help dogs like her. Betty is good with other dogs and cats. Her eye infection has improved, her nourishment has improved, she is part way through her tick-borne disease treatment, and she is simply a lovely, old dog. She would make a perfect companion for someone who does not want an energetic, demanding dog and will be satisfied with a relatively short relationship with this appreciative senior dog that has a lovely disposition. We would like to find a local home in PV or a family that drives to/from Mexico as we don’t think putting Betty on a flight would be best for her. If you would like to adopt Betty or would consider fostering her long-term, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This senior girl deserves a nice, easy, comfortable life and we are committed to making sure she gets just that!
Maya - RIP 2/17/2016
A small puppy showed up at Lorena's house. She was playful, and didn't look in terribly bad shape, but she was alone. Lorena and her family knew that this puppy was too small to survive on her own so they opened their hearts and their home to her. Maya, as she was lovingly named, was diagnosed with distemper shortly after her rescue, and her foster family did everything possible to help her fight this awful disease. Unfortunately, Maya's body was not strong enough to win the battle, and she crossed the rainbow bridge surrounded by the love of her family in her home. We will always remember Maya's playful spirit and lovely smile. Although it hurts to know that she's gone, it is important to remember that Maya was loved and passed with dignity. Run free sweet Maya <3
Suerte - RIP 1/11/2016
Days like today are the toughest days. We tried to help, but we were too late. A photo was posted of a dog in bad shape. Many saw the photo, but it was Lupita and Irina that dropped everything and drove across town when no one else did. They found her. She was in really bad shape, but they remained hopeful. She drank some water and laid her head into Irina’s palm. She didn’t want any food. On the way to the vet clinic, they decided to name her Suerte. It was going to be her lucky day. They were determined to help her. The vets knew it was bad as soon as they examined her. She was full of tumors. They were everyplace. Suerte was only 2 years old and hadn’t been spayed. She likely spent lots of time on the streets and that is where she would have gotten the TVT. It spread. It took over her body. She was in so much pain, but she was grateful. Grateful for the gentle touch. Grateful for the kind words. Grateful to be off the streets. Her bloodwork showed us what we already knew. She was too far gone. There was almost no blood in her system and things were failing. The three of us stroked her, held her, talked to her and helped her to pass. It wasn’t what we wanted, but it was the kindest thing we could do for her. Suerte suffered because of indifference. If she had only be spayed, she may have been spared. She will always remind me why spay & neuter is the most important thing we do. It is the solution. It is the way to end suffering. Please consider donating to MexPup or Peace Animals (who run a weekly free spay & neuter program in PV and the surrounding areas - www.peaceanimals.org) in the name of Suerte. The more resources put towards free spay & neuter clinics, the more we can reduce the suffering of animals like this beautiful girl.
Andrea - RIP April 14, 2015
Update 4/14/2015: Yesterday, Andrea started to take a turn for the worst. She didn't want to eat or drink and some of her body function began to slide. We sat with her. We loved her. We told her that we would be there for her and we asked her to keep fighting if she could. This morning Andrea's body gave up the flight. She had done all that she could and it was now time to rest. We are all heartbroken for the suffering she endured. We are also grateful that her final days were spent with love, kindness, care, food, water, comfort. Run free over the rainbow bridge sweet girl. Even after such a short time with us, you will be so very greatly missed.
The plan for today was to have a nice lunch. Everything changed when a photo came up on FB that inspired immediate action. A dog needed help. Desperately needed help. So off we went to try and find her. We had basic coordinates but weren't sure exactly where she would be. So, we asked around and many of the neighbors helped us to find her. We named her Andrea, after Mexpup Andy who crossed the rainbow bridge a few days ago. She tested negative for distemper. She is painfully thin, has mange, has an infection in her mouth, and numerous puncture wounds on her head (most likely from another animal). We are letting her rest a bit before doing additional tests (kidney function is a major concern). She ate a bit of AD canned food and drank a bit of water - both great signs. Tonight she is sleeping in a safe place with a full belly where she can begin to heal. If anyone would like to make a donation to her care, you will find the paypal link at www.mexpup.com, in Canada you can do an email $ transfer to Karen@mexpup.com or you can drop off a donation at Mascotas vet clinic in the name of Andrea. We can only help dogs like Andrea because of your support. Thank you for helping us to help her.