It’s so incredible how after many years of doing the same thing, there are still surprises. Last May I was walking along the street with Maia from Pet Project Rescue in Minneapolis. We, of course, are there for the dogs. When we see a black poodle that’s obviously nursing, we ask around to find out where she lives so we can check on her pups. We find the house and there are eight pups, covered with ticks and fleas, filthy and neglected.
We ask the owners if we can take the whole family home for a few days, clean them up, give them vitamins etc. They think we’re crazy but say yes. So we take her home and make a big fuss over her for ten days until the owners say they want them all back. We reluctantly return them while making the owner promise to spay the mom and add that if they can’t find homes for the pups we’ll take them. When we go back to check the house is empty. Then on December I, seven months later, I get a phone call from someone who has a momma and seven pups and she doesn’t want them. Of course I take them. It turns out to be the same mom and a new litter of pups that are one day old. And sadly the mom is a mess, much worse than the first time we saw her.
Okay long story, this May the vet brought me a pup, actually over a year old, he was sick and terrified. We called him Butler, he had the same body type as my poodle mom and was the right age to be part of that first litter that disappeared but come on, it’s a big island. Than I find this picture, it’s one of the pups from the first litter. You tell me, I know it’s him.Wait did I mention that I’ve kept Butler so long that he’s mine now, even Jeff likes him.
Mini is such a special pup. We were doing a one day spay and neuter clinic in the Guatalupana which is a very poor section of Isla Mujeres. I spotted a group of children running around with two pups that looked in awful shape so I asked them about it. They told me that their dog had eight pups but only two had survived. Mini was the smallest. They let me take them home for some TLC. I didn’t think Mini would make it through that first night. But she did. She’s had a rough beginning but is doing much better. The other pup went back to the family that owned the mother but Mini is staying here.
A wonderful family visiting the island came to the house to walk dogs everyday. They fell in love with Mini. Unfortunately when it was time for them to go Mini was not well enough to travel. She is now. So we are looking for anyone traveling to Chicago or Cincinnati, or Cleveland, or anywhere in that area that would like to take Mini with them. She’s tiny and will fit in a soft pack that goes under the seat in front. We would do everything, pay everything and take whoever can do it to the airport. Time is the problem right now, as it gets warmer fewer airlines will fly animals. So let us know if you can help. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lets cross our finger.
We are doing another big spay and neuter clinic in Corales near Rancho Viejo which is next to Cancun. This is our second clinic in this location. Last time we ended up with over fifty puppies. We can put the dogs back on the street but never the puppies. We often re-home the dogs if we can as well. Anyway it has been the worst year for distemper that I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately we lost about 20% of those pups to distemper. It only takes one distemper pup to infect an entire group of un-vaccinated puppies. So this April we’re going to test every puppy that comes in. The tests are two hundred pesos a piece, about eighteen dollars, we want to have seventy five available for that last week of April. I’m asking if any of you can help by buying one or two tests it would make a huge difference. You can donate on our pay pal and make a note that it’s for distemper tests and that’s exactly what it will be used for. This is an extra cost that we didn’t figure into our budget when we were making the original plans.
I got an email weeks ago about a mom and her pups. I blogged about it. The mom was older and they were living in the bushes. I tried to get the pups but the owners wanted to wait until their daughter picked one. I was stumped, I can’t be accused of stealing puppies or no one will trust me. Then I got an email from a tourist saying he’d seen some pups and the bartender at the establishment (which is on the beach) had asked him if he wanted one. Well that changes the rules.
So we went back last night and picked them up. We left the Isla Animals card so they would know where they were. By the time I got home with them I was too annoyed to offer even one back. They were starving. Puppies are cute but guess what —- you have to feed them.
They spent their first day here in our ridiculously big bath tub.
People always ask me where the dogs and pups keep coming from. If we continue to spay the adult dogs and re-home the pups, why don’t we stop getting puppies. The answer is that we need more community cooperation. People on the island buy dogs, bring them to the island and breed them. Plus there are many nooks and crannies that we don’t know about where the animals can slip through our spaying and neutering fingers and produce more pups.
Someone called me yesterday to say that they saw a mom and her pups tucked in next to a closed restaurant, behind a jewelry store. We went to check it out. She’s an older dog who has obviously had many litters. She has an owner who won’t spay her and her pups have been given away or allowed to wander off. So she’s continually breeding and any of her pups who survive become beach dogs and do the same thing. This time we are asking the owner if we can have the mom and the pups. I’ll keep you posted.
We WILL get there. Every year more people tell me about breeding dogs in their part of the island. I’m thinking of putting PUPPY POLICE on the side of my car but my car is such a rusty mess, I don’t think it would be good advertising. Not that I’m complaining, I love my little car. It’s pretty funny though, the car has so many rust holes in it that our cat can get in there to sleep when all the doors are closed.
We’ve had such a bad year with distemper. It’s a horrible virus and hard to spot because all the symptoms could apply to other illnesses. Sadly it’s also terribly contagious and we’ve lost quite a few pups. The good news is that we’ve found a test that I think is very accurate. In fact I haven’t seen a false reading yet. They cost $25.00 a piece but it’s worth every penny. We’re now distemper free and have ordered 30 more tests to stay that way. Every new dog or puppy will be tested before joining our group.
Especially with our new tiny babes who are extra vulnerable.
There are seven pups in the litter, ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh are they cute, they’ve opened their eyes and are starting to move around more. We can already see different personalities coming out. How fun is that.
We have a beautiful new family. The momma was tied to the fence of a rescue in Cancun and while she waited there overnight she had her puppies. Isla Animals is puppy central. No one else wants them because so many of them get sick and need to be isolated. Or because our pups come from bad circumstances and often don’t survive. ‘ But that is why, if you adopt one of our pups who has survived all the obstacles ——- that pup will be one STRONG HEALTHY dog.
Fourth day of the Isla Mujeres Spay and Neuter Clinic today. Yesterday poor Henry was neutered but before that he broke his leg. He doesn’t like men so when Marcelino tried to put him in a crate to take him to the clinic Henry jumped off of a four foot wall and broke his front leg. Dr Lynn splinted it while he was sleeping for his neuter.
The sweetest thing was that this little kitty decided that Henry need some extra TLC so she sat with him until he woke up. How cute is that.
There was tons of TLC going around. This momma dog was spayed and her pup was done as well and she watched over that pup the entire time. What a great mom.
Yesterday started with a new dog tied to the gate and ended with four other new additions. Mid day we had two basset hounds surrendered to us. Litter mates, a male and a female.
After that a tourist came to the house very upset by the sight of a nursing pit bull half way down the island so we went down to check it out. She was pretty thin and the owners were happy to have some help with her, so we are going back with food and vitamins. We also brought home the last two of her eight puppies. They were crawling with fleas and got an immediate bath.
They felt so much better after a bath and some dinner and looked wonderful.
All the new pups are on the adoption page and I moved all the adopted dogs and pups to the adopted page to make it less cluttered. Just wait until you see them. ADORABLE