In 2001 my husband and I arrived in
Settled in with our first margarita we noticed a dog just
outside the ring of light. Thin and nearly hairless, she watched us with her
lovely brown eyes. I started throwing her my dinner—way too much for me anyway.
The waiter came by and kicked her away. We objected—he looked disgusted.
The next morning she was still on that beach, but now she
was hunting for a place to get out of the sun. She was so sunburned and frail. Sitting near by, a sun bird resident mentioned how easy it would be to bring her home. Since neither of us had ever even lived with
a dog, it did not seem possible that we were qualified. But by
the end of the next day it did not seem possible to just leave her to die either.
But this is not an entry about our grief and loss. It is an
entry about joy. Rescuing an animal with no hope and watching it change into a
happy dog or cat is an amazing experience. It doesn’t get any better!
You don’t have to watch a dog die and suffer. Bringing home a dog is possible. Bringing home a dog or cat will be one of the best things you have ever done on vacation. Take it from someone who knows.