Frida – Mexican Street Dog

10 Dec

This past summer I lost a little dog we adopted from the street, ChaCha. She escaped our yard and got hit by a car. My heart broke and I cried for days. When our friend Carla posted sad pictures of a little dog she found running the streets of Bacalar, I was wary. I wasn’t ready for another heartbreak.

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A bad case of mange.

Carla had to go away for the weekend and we volunteered to keep Frida “on a trial basis”. She arrived and we were totally smitten. Frida moved in like she was home. No questions asked. Smart puppy.

Carla reported that she had taken her to the vet who thought she might have had distemper. Naive and clueless that we are, we thought she was ok after the treatment. Truth is, there is no cure for distemper. She had a head bob and tick in her rear leg. She drank a LOT of water and had difficulty swallowing.

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An infected rump. Who could resist those eyes?

The first night we immediately felt that Frida had a fever. Off to the vet we went. She was very underweight. We got the best food we could think of and made a mush out of blended chicken and rice to help her swallow.  Taking turns, it took an hour to hand feed her. As much came out as we put in and we were both covered in puppy schmutz. We were struggling.

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Discovering toys. Her coat much healed.

We took Frida to a veterinary hospital in Chetumal for a second opinion. The sweetest vet sat us down and told us that Frida only had a 50/50 chance of survival. She had to be kept away from our other dogs. She didn’t tell us to put her down, but you could tell that she wanted us to consider it. My heart broke again.

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We decided to fight the good fight and left the hospital with vitamins, wet food, antibiotics and muscle relaxants for her twitching. I continued hand feeding her. She wanted to eat, but was not getting the food down well. I got scared and hopeless, especially since I was leaving for a week in Oaxaca and Lisa would have to care for her on her own. Frida was a special needs dog.

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Caught snoozing.

While I was gone, a miracle happened and Frida began eating. It was slow going. She would lay on her belly and pick up the food one pellet at a time. And boy did she eat. After I got home it was clear that she had gained weight. She had more energy and was so glad to see me.

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And she continues to grow.

I took her for her follow-up visit and the vet was shocked. Frida was declared a miracle. Our skinny little puppy now has a belly. She runs and plays and her head bob has diminished. Her favorite activity is still a nap with me in the hammock. She also loves walks and is determined that Luna will like her. While everyday is a miracle, some days are just better than others. DOS TORTAS 

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13 Responses to “Frida – Mexican Street Dog”

  1. LJones December 10, 2017 at 11:30 am #

    What a wonderful, heart warming story…can’t wait to meet her next month!

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    • afish25 December 10, 2017 at 11:35 am #

      Actually, there are two more blogs coming. This dog has nine lives.

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  2. emilys72016 December 10, 2017 at 11:53 am #

    What a wonderful story. Thank you for caring for her and not letting your earlier loss close your hearts to another street dog. The joy they bring and the love they give is worth it!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 December 10, 2017 at 11:57 am #

      I am transformed. Having had few dogs in my life, I had strong opinions about people who’s lives revolved around their dogs.

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  3. Cynthia December 10, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

    It’s a Christmas miracle! A great story to begin my day!

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    • afish25 December 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by. Come back next week. The story continues.

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  4. Karen December 10, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

    It is so wonderful to hear how well she is doing. I might have agreed that it was iffy about her survival, but once you are in…you’re in, and it is paying off big time. We get back ten times the love we give.

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    • afish25Alex December 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

      You got to see her in person. She is not the same dog. Stay tuned, there is more to her adventures,

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  5. Jack Scott December 11, 2017 at 4:08 am #

    A miracle indeed. Tis the season for miracles!

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    • Alex December 11, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

      Indeed Tiny Tim, bless us one and all.

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  6. Laird J. Markland December 12, 2017 at 11:00 am #

    GREAT STORY!!!!!

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    • Alex December 12, 2017 at 11:10 am #

      Glad you enjoyed it. Stay tuned for part two.

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  7. Karen December 17, 2017 at 8:23 am #

    You and Lisa are very kind people.

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