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Bring home a best friend by qdrolisa on 12 March 2004 11:49pm
About 10 years ago my fiance and I traveled to Puerto Rico for a week. Towards the end of a relaxing vacation, we decided to visit Luquillo Beach in Fajardo, then maybe see the El Yunque rain forest. At the beach, a mangy little dog came over to us, tail wagging, looking for handouts. A sudden rainshower passed overhead, and the little dog dove under my beach chair. I put a towel under the chair for him to sit on, and when we left the beach a couple of hours later, I wanted to take the dog home, as he was our new little buddy. My boyfriend didn't think it was a good idea. I asked a T shirt vendor if anyone owned the dog, and she said that several days ago a station wagon pulled up and a woman dumped the dog along with 3 other dogs on the beach and drove off. This apparently was not uncommon. One dog was missing a leg, and the T shirt vendor adopted him, fearing no one else would. We left, and later, after a couple of pina coladas, decided to go back to the beach and find the dog. By now it was dark, and we felt it wasn't a good idea to go down to the beach alone. I made a telephone call to the Fajardo police, and in my best high-school Spanish, explained that we were looking for a dog on the beach. I was instructed to wait for a policeman, and amazingly, one arrived about 30 minutes later, in an off road police vehicle. We were so grateful, and he drove us around on the beach. We saw a number of stray dogs, but none was "ours", who appeared to be a Chihuahua mix. We then drove near an area with a lot of bars, and people eyed us nervously. But then I saw the little dog, looking hopefully up at three people, and I got out of the vehicle, and whistled at him. That dog came bolting over to me like we were long lost friends, and Luquillo has been with us ever since. Of course, he needed some medical attention, and my husband refers to him as "the free $2,000 dog". I know there has been some effort since then for Puerto Rican dogs to be adopted in the United States, which is great because it was so sad to see packs of skinny, homeless dogs.
Re: Bring home a best friend by peripatetically on 13 March 2004 12:15am
Aw, that's such a sweet story. I'm so glad it turned out happy. That doggie will never forget what you did for him during the storm, either. A bit of protection goes a long way. Bless your little hearts for your compassion towards our precious animal kingdom.

Re: Bring home a best friend by Louise on 13 March 2004 3:36am
I went to the Greek island Kefalonia/Cephalonia some years back and was disgusted at the way both dogs and cats are treated there.

It`s lovely that you`ve given a good home to Luquillo :-)
Re: Bring home a best friend by Izot on 13 March 2004 7:31am
Karma, my friend - you'll be drowning in it if you keep doing things like that. Good on you - little Spanish dogs are probably the most loyal, it's a shame no-one wants them.

El Perro Perdido - The lost dog.

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