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.
Mr Ripley: RIP 11/25/2019 after 7 months in a loving foster home
RIP 11/25/2019: It is always difficult, but this time it’s hitting a bit harder as it was unexpected. Mr. Ripley had been living his best life and enjoying everything that his wonderful foster family was providing. He was a king and he had an amazing existence until the day it all ended. He was lying in the sun enjoying the day when his breathing became quite shallow. He was raced to the vets, but before they arrived, he was gone. Mr. Ripley arrived into care as a broken dog. He had many visible injuries and now we are left to wonder about the invisible injuries that likely took him from us much too soon. We know he left surrounded by love and knowing what a good boy his was. We suspect he lived the best months of his life since coming into care. We know and yet, we are still simply broken. Mr. Ripley will always have a place in our hearts and we simply wish we had had more time with him. He was a special boy and will remain the treasured Mr. Ripley in our memories. Run free now sweet boy, no more old fractures to slow you down. Run like the wind…
Original Post: Mr Ripley had a family. They decided they were going to put Mr Ripley down. We suspect they thought he was too broken (just watch the video in the comment section below to see what we mean). We don't know how he got the old fractures in his jaw and 2 of his legs, but it doesn't appear he got care from a vet when it happened. We don't know how his teeth got so bad that many will likely need to be removed. We don't know much, but we know that Mr Ripley isn't done with life yet. He is a happy dog that has a bit of spunk and has already found a place in the hearts of everyone he has met since coming into care. We estimate that he is 8 or 9 years old and we will be having a consultation with the orthopedic vet to determine what we can do to help him going forward. Please help us to help improve the quality of Mr Ripley's life and eventually find a forever home that can help him live his best life. Donations in Canada can be made via etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com, in Puerto Vallarta directly to Dr. Paco at Sabuesos vet clinic or Dr. Manuel at Mascotas vet clinic, or anywhere else via our paypal link found at www.mexpup.com. Thank you for helping us to make a difference for this pup and others in need!
Chester: RIP Sept 8, 2019 after 10 months in a loving foster home
October 13th 2018 Claudia & Carmen went to check on a dog that had been rescued in a small, poor colonia of Puerto Vallarta. Chester looked dirty, with somewhat irritated skin. He definitely needed a bath & nail trim. He was tied up when they arrived and Chester was anxious and moaning, very vocal in general. We asked them to untie him and as time passed, he was less anxious and very friendly (but still vocal:). He had never experienced living inside the human’s home (sleeping, relaxing, hanging out inside). We knew we needed to help more, but sometimes there just isn’t any space. He was safe where he was and although living in the yard, he had water, food and love as the family could. In November we were able to start fostering Chester. He went in for a vet check and although his general test results were ok, further inspection showed two large masses by his liver. We were told that he would probably not last very long with us. Despite the bad news, we did what we know works best with rescued dogs: give them a bed, good dog food and especially tender words and lots of cuddles. LOVE in general.
In the next few months we realized Chester was not going to gain a lot of weight, that he was a real howler (out of happiness) and that he was super loving but still learning how to interaction with other dogs. He was especially vocal to any men he crossed paths with, wiggling his little tail super-fast, and howling...he loved guys. He finally learned what a normal dog life is: having a bed, taking a walk, having loving humans and being part of a real pack. Chester's favorite thing was feeding times, relaxing time with the family and enjoying visitors.
The last two weeks, he started eating a little slower and being a little lethargic which was very unusual for him. We were very worried as his physical challenges grew and the vets did all they could to try to stabilize him. We just wanted him to feel better, but he lost a lot of weight, if that was even possible. He was on I.V. fluids for pain & hydration, but the sad news was that Dr. Eva could no longer make him any better.
The decision had to be made... it is never easy, but he was not himself anymore. He was in pain and it wasn’t going to get better. We were his family and we needed to do what was best for him. He did not howl when he last saw us. His little tail only wagged a few times. Slowly and peacefully, while Claudia was holding him, and Carmen whispered in his ear how much they loved him and that he was a good dog, he lost consciousness and crossed the rainbow bridge. Rescuing dogs, fostering, volunteering, helping during these situations, becomes real life and it is so hard and so sad.
Run Chester run! Good boy! You taught us that even while you were so sick that fun, happiness, and love are still possible and real. Thank you Chester. You were a gift to us.
We remember you, and your beautiful blue eyes and your spirit and love for guys :)
In Loving Memory,
Rest in Peace Chester "Bones"
Claudia & Carmen
Aileen: RIP December 17, 2018
We are heartbroken. We met Aileen in the worst of circumstances. We suspect she had been hit by a car as she was found on the side of a busy road with bone sticking out of her skin. Thankfully Kassandra found her, took her home and her grandmother cared for the pup until help was found. Once we got Aileen to the vets, it was confirmed that both her back legs were fractured, her body was fighting infection (likely caused by the exposed bone) along with ehrlichia, her platelets & red blood cells were dangerously low, and she was full of parasites. Even with all these challenges, Aileen would wag her tail every time we pet her or talked to her. This girl was the sweetest, happiest pup in the face of unimaginable pain. The first week we worked to get her stable enough for surgery to remove the infected leg. Her medical status improved each day and her joy remained. Then it was time for her potentially dangerous surgery and she made it through with flying colors. The day after surgery to amputate her right back leg, she was standing up while eating & drinking with her tail swinging wildly. That tail was an Aileen trademark showing her joy and spreading joy to all that saw it. Her other fractured back leg was already on the mend and things were looking up. Three days passed and then everything came crashing down. She passed away early this morning after complications from everything that she was battling. We are shattered. It is hard to explain how a little 8 kg, 9-month-old pup can crawl right into your heart and plant herself there, but that is what Aileen had done. Sometimes rescue is so cruel and just when you think the worst of battle is done it slaps you in the face. We will never forget you Aileen. You will always be in our hearts and we will never forget the images of that wildly wagging tail of yours. That we could all learn to remain joyous when suffering as you did, that would be an amazing gift. Run free sweet girl…we are sorry we couldn’t do more.
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.
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…
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.
Maya - RIP February 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
Jazzy - RIP January 28, 2016
Rose: RIP July 15, 2022
RIP - July 15, 2022
Today we said goodbye to Rose. She was a special girl who never found an adoptive family, but she had people that loved her and cared for her until her last breath. We are beyond grateful to Angel for the great life he gave her and everyone at Tibet Canino that cared for her. When Rose came into care, we were hopeful she would find a family. She needed a bit of work, but she was worth it. Once she was ready, she just seemed to be overlooked...scarred face, strong personality, too pitty and not too pretty. Not what people were looking for in a new dog and so she remained in care. We posted and tried and then came cancer. She had the surgery, but they told us it was the type that would definitely come back...1 year or a bit more, that is what they said. So, from "foster" status to "hospice" status just like that. Well, Rose didn´t listen to anyone and she just kept on living life and enjoying herself. Many years past and Rose enjoyed each of them until finally the day came and it was time to say goodbye. Rose, you were always a beauty in our eyes. Run free now over the bridge...you will be missed.
When it rains it pours.....Two days ago we took in Piper & Alex. We didn't have the resources to do so, but we couldn't walk away from what we saw. Thanks to all of you, donations came in to cover their care. Today it happened again. Rose was under a bench, in bad shape, unable to move......we couldn't leave her. She is safe tonight and will see a vet first thing tomorrow. We don't know what challenges there will be, but we are hopeful that you will again be there to help us help Rose. Please consider making a donation to her care - visitwww.mexpup.com and click on the donate button.
Someone just pointed out the words on the sign behind her in the first photo where she is under the bench which say "Es momento de ayudar" - translation......it's time to help. So very fitting.
Rose is in care in Puerto Vallarta, but we are still looking for a forever home for her. Can you find it in your heart to help Rose?
Nala: RIP March 2, 2020
Nala flew to BC to join her new family. She arrived as a happy boxer mix but it quickly became apparent that something was not right. It took a few weeks to sort out what was happening, but sadly Nala was diagnosed with lymphoma and was set free on March 2nd. Her family only had her for a very short time but they loved her so much. We were all devastated by the news, but are grateful that she had a few months of love in her foster homes and left as a loved member of a family. Run free now Nala, you will be missed.
She was wondering the streets on her own and was clearly lost. A kind family took her in and started to look for her family. They were certain she had a home as she was clean, well fed and very comfortable in a home. They put up signs in the area, posted in social media and simply knew the family would be looking for her and would eventually find them. Well, 6 months past and no family appeared. It seemed clear that although she had had a family, they were no longer in the picture and it was time to find her a forever home. They asked for our help and that is how Nala became a MexPup.
Nala is about 1.5 years old and weighs 19 kilos. She is a happy, friendly pup that has done great in both of her foster homes. The family that rescued her had a small child in the home and she did quite well there for 6 months. The second foster home has teenagers and load of other dogs. Not surprisingly, this sweet girl did great with them. She does get a bit anxious when she sees cats, but she isn’t aggressive…maybe nervous would be the best description. If you have a cat and are interested in Nala, we can certainly do a bit more testing to determine if that would be a good situation for everyone or not. Nala’s foster mom thinks her ideal home would be “a home with other dogs and/or kids of any ages. She loves to play, so an active family would be great for her. She loves to run and jumps very high, so having a yard would be a great plus”. Nala is still working on her recall, but she continues to improve, and we think would be a great hiking/adventure partner. Please share her album so that she can find a family to call her own. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting her, you can complete the adoption application found at www.mexpup.com. This sweet girl is ready and now we just need to find her a wonderful home!
Gus: RIP November 12, 2019 after almost 3 years in loving foster homes
RIP November 12, 2019: Today was a difficult day. After almost 3 years in care, it was time to let Gus rest. He came to us broken and battered. He wasn't a candidate to travel, so Gus remained in care in Puerto Vallarta. He had two foster homes during his years here and found his way into the hearts of both. Many tears were shed, but in the end, it isn't about us. It is about what is the best thing for Gus and his body had had enough. Gus left surrounded by people that loved him after having a day full of chicken...Gus loved chicken. Thank God it was Promoción Martes at Pollo Feliz. Run free sweet Gus, you will be missed.
He was in the local dog pound and he was in bad shape. It isn’t that they didn’t want to help him, but with limited resources and so many in need, the options were limited. After Trysha meet him, she just knew that we had to help. He was pulled from the acopio, taken to the vets and that is when Gus’s new life began. Gus went into foster care with Ruth 1.5 years ago and that has become his forever foster home. He is estimated to be around 11 years old now, but from the time he came into care his medical challenges were too great for us to consider sending him on a flight to a distant country. His major hernia was repaired, he was treated for the tick-borne diseases, we got him to a healthy weight and continue to give him medication to help with his arthritis & joint pain. He may not have gotten the forever adoptive family that we dream of for every pup, but he has a home that loves him, cares for him, and will keep him until his time comes. Gus had never been posted as he wasn’t really looking for a family and there always seemed to be others we needed to get on the page…we are always behind. Well, he took a turn for the worse a few weeks ago and we discovered that Gus has pancreatitis. He has started a new diet and new medication which have both made a big difference for him, but there is no long-term solution. Ruth will continue to foster him, and we will continue to support all his needs, but we thought it would be nice if everyone said a prayer or sent a little positive energy his way. He deserves the spotlight for a bit of time, even if he isn’t looking for a new family. We asked Ruth to tell us a bit about Gus so that you could get to know him and love him as we do. She started by telling us that there wasn’t much to share and then we got this. It has been translated from Spanish and rather than pick and choose what to share, we thought we would share it all:
Gus has a peculiar personality, it has not really changed much over time. He is very sweet in general, but when he has had enough of something he can be grumpy. At the beginning, I could not get close to him to feed him or to arrange his plate while feeding as he would growl (maybe thinking I would take away his food). As time went by, he started trusting me much more, to the point of letting me give him one medicine straight into his mouth which he definitely would not have allowed before. I remember the first day, when I went to pick up Gus at the vet's and he looked very frail. I went by to pick up a hamburger and when we arrived at my home, I got out the car and entered the house to move my dogs to a different area. When I got back to the car and I did not see Gus where I left him at the back of the car, my heart was racing. Where was Gus? Somehow, he found a way to get to the front part of the car. He really wanted to eat the hamburger - hahahaha. I said: "Hey Gus that's MY lunch". He only looked at me as if he was asking "Where is MY lunch?". With time he started getting along with both my dogs. Almost immediately he was friendly with Lola. He took a little bit longer time with Chaparra as he would growl at her if she came too close. Now the three of them get along very well. A new foster, Manchitas recently joined our pack. She is super sweet and is always playing and jumping and giving him lots of kisses. He receives the kisses very well, only the first ones, and afterwards, he walks away and growls to let her know it has been enough – no more kisses. He has a big personality. He loves going out for walks. Even after we were told about him having pancreatitis, he gets tired faster, but never wants to not go out on walks. He takes shorter walks, and gets back, eats and sleeps. He loves eating a lot. He has enough to eat, but he always wants more. Now he is on a strict diet. He has started his treatment and he is feeling better. He still wants to go out for walks and has even tried playing with me a little. He loves getting hugs, I tell him: "A hug for GUS" and he stays still, gets a hug and twirls in happiness with a light jump. He then sits still waiting for another hug. We do this two or three times only. If we do it any longer it will get him growling, like saying "That is enough." When Gus sleeps, he snores. Sometimes very loudly, but it is a good sound. When I sleep and hear his snores, I don't feel alone.
It's good that there was not much to say about Gus right? Jajaja. Gus is a fighter!!
If you would like to help with Gus's care or the expenses for any of the other dogs that we have in care, you can make a donation from Canada via an etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com, from Puerto Vallarta directly with our vets at Sabuesos with Dr. Paco or at Mascotas with Dr. Manuel, or from anywhere else via our paypal link which can be found at www.mexpup.com.
RIP MOYO August 28, 2018
Our hearts are broken as we lost Moyo yesterday. It was an accident and it happened so quickly...now he is gone. He was the most loved dog and he loved his kids so much. Run free now sweet pup. You will be greatly missed.
Original Post: They were left at Lupita’s door step. They were tiny puppies that still needed a mom, but there was no mom in site. What would you do in this situation? Well, Lupita took a few days off of work, so she could bottle feed them every couple of hours and give them a chance at life. Their condition was fragile, and she did all she could to keep them safe. They were being quarantined from the other dogs in the home as a precaution until one day when Lupita left her bedroom door open by accident. When she returned the little pups were gone. She found them shortly thereafter cuddled in a ball and sleeping next to her dogs Jacob & Mantequilla. They had adopted the little fur balls and began helping in their process of healing. Moyo & Moka continued to improve and were finally able to be vaccinated & receive all the other care needed prior to adoption. Moyo is a happy male pup that is a bit shy and submissive. He loves playing with other dogs and does well with children. We are excited that Moyo has a wonderful family waiting to adopt him!
Rex: RIP Jan 28, 2019 after 2 years in a loving foster home
Racquel comes to Mexico once a year and she always tries to help animals while visiting. She provides food, deworming medicine along with flea & tick treatment to those in need and then works to find solutions for tough cases. While on her last trip, she was able to get 2 dogs into care but a third dog haunted her. She met him before leaving Yelapa, but couldn’t find a way to help him before she had to return home. She reached out to various people searching for someone to help this sad dog. MexPup received an email and LADRA volunteers met someone in town that was trying to help on her behalf. It just so happened that there were 2 dogs in the same area that both needed help, so a day trip to Yelapa was organized and the search was on. Amazingly, after lots of effort, both dogs were found. They were both in really bad shape and after some negotiations, found themselves on a boat to PV to get the care and love they both clearly needed. Rex, a shepherd mix, seems to be an older dog. His teeth are in great shape, but his body tells a different story. We will wait a few weeks to see what changes happen before we make too many guesses. What we know is that he is in terrible shape, is extremely malnourished, was filthy with a large sore on his chest that is infected, is limping with a shoulder or elbow injury to his front right leg, tested negative for distemper (yea!), tested positive for both anaplasma & ehrlichia (tick born blood illnesses which are treatable), and has an enlarged spleen. He will go for an ultrasound tomorrow to determine what is happening with the spleen and will eventually need x-rays for his leg. He will remain at the vet office until he is stable and we have more information about all of his challenges. This boy has had a rough time, but he is so very sweet. Even when being lowered from the dock to the panga boat, he was just a gentle guy taking in all the love. Rex needs our help. The MexPup bank account is empty as we have had numerous tough cases over the past months. We need your help for Rex and all the others in care. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to help dogs like Rex (from Canada you can do an etransfer to Karen@mexpup.com, from the US or other locations you can use the paypal link found at www.mexpup.com, from Puerto Vallarta you can make a donation directly with Dr. Manuel at Mascotas or Dr. Paco at Sabuesos). We greatly appreciate your help and we know that Rex does too!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Suerte - RIP January 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.