On Friday May 11, four of our amazing rescues flew home with our flight volunteers Maggie and Kim. Bella and Charlotte are two puppies who were found on in a horrible, malnourished state in Playa Blanca. A wonderful woman named Lucy Solis, was very proactive and reached out to us about helping them. She also sponsored these 2 sisters and their other 2 sisters, Harper and Eloise, through their rescue. Poor Eloise developed a tumor behind her eye and passed away in April 2018. Harper, the other sister with an adorable underbite, flew home to Portland, Oregon and is with her new family, loving life.
Now it is Bella and Charlottes turn! Bella was adopted by Lucy and is beginning her life in Washington D.C. with Lucy her rescuer, sponsor, and new mommy. Bella was the smallest puppy in the litter and has overcome so many challenges. We are so happy that we were able to save her and get her home to Lucy. Charlotte is also doing great in Buffalo, NY with her new family. Charlotte is one happy, playful, loving, puppy and we are going to miss her very much.
Next up is George. George is one of our older rescues who we pulled from the FRAD foundation. George is a distemper survivor and has suffered a world of abuse and neglect on the streets of Cartagena. He is now with his new mom Kristine in Pennsylvania. Kristen actually came to Cartagena and visited the FRAD foundation, picked George to adopt and then sponsored him throughout his recovery, until he was able to fly. George is one lucky boy and we wish him the best!
Last, is our adorable Bernadette. Bernie was sponsored by a wonderful woman named Juliet Thompson. Juliet fell in love with Bernie’s cute face and was determined to sponsor her and get her better. Juliet lives in NYC and was unable to adopt Bernie, however she was determined to find her the best home ever. That we did together. Erin Cappello, from Buffalo, NY adopted Bernie and now she lives with Erin, her daughter, and another one of our Cartagena Paw’s rescues, Zoey (Zoey flew home at Christmas 2016).
None of this would have been possible without our amazing supporters, sponsors, and donors. We are so grateful and wish these 4 beautiful souls the very best in their future life!
The Summer swelter is just about to hit and that means...traveling! Beaches, mountains, BBQ’s, and boating. Some of the best summer memories are built around these trips with family and friends. If your pet is lucky enough then your plans might also include them. But before you pack all of Fido’s things here are some travel trips to keep in mind.
Traveling brings anxiety. While the idea of a new place seems like an adventure to you, your dog or cat doesn’t know where you are going or for how long. Even for animals that are used to travel, extended trips can make them uneasy. One thing you can do is ask your veterinarian for sedating and/or anti-nausea medication at a quick check up before your trip. Another way to calm nerves is the bring that special bed or toy that your pet loves to snuggle with so much. This will help him or her feel more at home in the new surroundings. Finally, it’s always best to bring your pet’s favorite play toy for all those rest stops or breaks along the way. Having exciting play time releases endorphins that produce happiness and a sense of well being. It also tires them out for the next leg of the journey.
For months, my partner, Jack, had been insisting that we adopt a puppy. I, of course, was the resistant one, mostly because I like my free time, and I am not a big fan of moving from country to country with an animal. So at the time, I am not in a position to be a good doggie daddy. However, I love animals, and volunteer with Cartagena Paws. Following their Facebook and Twitter feeds is a daily vice for me, and back in early February, I ran across this post with pictures of Beso:
Something about this post got me thinking, “well, maybe we can compromise and get a cat.” They are independent, and not very time consuming. I brought it up to Jack, and immediately we scheduled a time to go visit him, and decided to adopt him. We took him home on February 16th. After a week with Beso, I found myself wanting to make sure that he was socialized well with other animals, and thought it might help him get out some of his energy if he had a friend. Two cats can’t be more difficult than one, right? It was almost as if the timing was perfect, because just before we had adopted Beso, this post appeared:
A post about two kittens (brothers) that needed homes! After meeting them both, the decision to adopt Thor was made. Beso was reluctant to get along with this outsider at first, but after 24 hours together, they were playing together and cuddling each other. After a week with Beso and Thor, Cartagena Paws needed Loki’s foster mom to foster some puppies, and I was asked to foster Loki, too in order to make room. Since Loki would be heading Stateside soon enough, it just felt right to put Thor and Loki back together to grow together and learn from each other. But we would have 3 kittens running around the apartment! How did this happen??? Within a day, everyone got along well, and Loki became very close with Beso, as he had the energy that Thor lacked to keep up with him. Currently, Beso is the strong, peaceful, older brother that keeps everyone in line, while Thor is a shy, sweetheart that just wants his humans to feed and pet him. They both cuddle with us any chance they are given. As for Loki, we call him the spaz! He’s the sneaky, trouble maker that knocks everything off the chairs, tables and couches. But we have grown to love him as if he was our own. He’s the one that meets us at the bedroom door in the morning, and hops up on their tower to greet us, as if to say, “Good morning, human! Now feed me. Please!” Look at them now:
Both photos: Beso, Loki, Thor.
Beso and Thor will be staying with Jack and me in Cartagena. Loki has found a new family in Portland, Oregon, and I couldn’t be happier about it! I am from that area, and just maybe, Beso, Thor, and Loki will reunite someday!