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A Furry New Friend

On our trip to Merida we decided to go to the Beach, which is about 30 mins away. Packed up the rental and off we went. Once we arrived at the beach, we posted up and got settled in for some sun, sand and cervezas. Shortly after, we noticed that there were dogs on the beach. Karen and I were like “wow” we could totally bring Brody and Saban if we wanted to. Then we started to notice that some seemed to be with out parents. One in particular caught our eye. A little tiny guy was strolling from beach blanket to beach blanket nosing around. He eventually made his way to our blanket and gingerly approached us. We could easily tell that he was one of Mexico’s street dogs that we read about. He had a small gash on his right leg an having some issues with his eyes.

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A Dog at Peace

Once he realized that everything was ok, he took a seat in front of us in the sand. I could not help but grab the camera. He was kind and gentle and once a little more time passed, he got even more comfortable. We were careful to how much contact we had with him, but Karen and I could not ignore what was pulling at our heart strings. So we started to talk to him, welcomed him to our spot and it was not very long after that we started calling him Progreso, after the beach.

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Karen kept asking if we should offer him some food. My first instinct was not to as I knew what could happen, but it was to tough not to. So we offered Progreso some food and water which he was happy to accept. He did not have much of an appetite but oh was he thirsty. After he got his fill of the water, it was time to grab a siesta. The people around us were looking at us kind of funny. I guess they are used to just ignoring stray dogs and wondering why these people are paying attention to one. It was hard not to.

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Progreso stayed by our side the entire time. I guess all he wanted in the end was a little attention. Just like any dog would. I decided that if anything else, I should try and clean Progreso up. Pulled out the wipes and carefully wiped away his eye gunk. It is amazing how much just a little cleaning up can change the appearance of a dog.

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Not Easy

So now the sun was beginning to set and we just kept finding excuses to stay longer and longer. We knew the inevitable was near and we would have to say Good-Bye to Progresso. I can’t begin to tell you how hard it was. I told Karen we need to start packing up and then she started to tear up.  Progreso gave us a look, the one from the last shot, and that did it for me. My throat got tight as I tried to keep composed. We got up and headed to wash our feet off. My fears came to realization and Progreso followed. His sight must have been poor because when we went to wash up he just stood there waiting for us and then we turned around and saw that he was following another lady that was wearing a flowing beach dress just like Karen’s. We said Good-bye to Progreso and wished him well.

I was left wandering what can we do. It is not like in the States were you can call up animal control or a rescue. They just do not exist like that over there. At this point Karen was all tears and the only thing I could tell her was:

“We did the most we could. At least for a few hours Progresso got to eat, drink fresh water and feel like he was a part of a family. We hopefully gave him a little sense of normalcy. We can tell his story.” 

24 Responses

  1. Katherine Liles

    What a sad story!! I hate that so many animals are without loving homes….wishing for a fairytale ending for this little guy!! ♥

  2. Connie McCormick

    We have seen this all to often in Mexico and yes most ignore the strays, so sad. One organization that is helping with pet overpopulation is Vidas. We have had the pleasure of visiting one of their clinics in Playa Del Carmen where residents can bring their pets in for free spay/neutering and medical care. They travel around Mexico (all volunteer Dr.’s and techs) doing this. Until there are no more animals wandering I will feed every Progreso I meet. Thanks for showing him love.

  3. Keri

    Some of Mexico such as Baja Norte does have animal sanctuaries and also spay and neuter program for the street dogs.

  4. Melvita Montegrande Jensma

    You guys gave him some love in such a period of time. When we went to Mexico a couple years ago. We saw a lot of stray dogs and seen them eating garbage! breaks my heart every time :( I want to take them all home :( I wish Progresso well and maybe someone will see this and take him in as their family pet. Poor little guy.

  5. Lisa

    I wouldn’t have been able to leave him….I’m crying now just thinking about it…….Again, it really angers/hurts me that people get animals and do not take care of them. I understand that you may not have been in a position to bring him home with you……my heart aches for poor little Progreso……I hope someone will see this and take him home. I’m in Florida and not able to travel. Every dog deserves a happy home

  6. Andre Russell

    Such a sad story, but lovely that he has at least known some kindness and attention, I can only hope he somehow has a happy ending

  7. June Tagg

    I have had similar experiences in Mexico. I have a friend who lives there and has rescued several animals – to the point where she has answered her doorbell to find a dog tied to the door, with no humans in sight. Recently, we were in Bali, Indonesia. There is a dog rescue group in Ubud (bless them) but in a faraway area, our driver stopped the car in a parking lot where a young (almost puppy), with mange, limped across the lot, , stopped and lay down in exhaustion.
    I was in tears, but said aloud, ” I cannot think how I can do one thing to help you now”, and turned away, feeling oh, so bad and guilty. That little dog will always haunt me. Can anyone think how tourists can help in this situation?
    June , Canada

  8. Ken Thorndale

    God how sad. When I am soon to collect our new lab puppy and I read this. Too many uncared for strays in the world.

  9. Christine

    What a lovely but sad story. bless you for giving Progreso the love, and attention he was seeking, I have tears in my eyes as i type this, god bless you both xx