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A kind heart and a dog.
Nicholson’s would like to share with you a heart warming story about a kind heart and a dog, with a good ending.
Our good friend and colleague Anne Van Dromme who was recently in the Caribbean came across, as many of us have while traveling in the Caribbean, groups of destitute dogs. We’ll let Ann tell her story.
“I was recently on a work trip in Martinique, where I couldn’t ignore the countless stray and starving dogs and cats roaming around. I bought a bunch of canned pet food and started to feed them. A very young female, who was obviously nursing, especially touched me. She was very fearful and, at the same time, craving affection. After a few days, she knew me and was wagging her tail frenetically each time she would see me, coming with some food for her.
One day, I gave her a piece of grilled conch and she ran away with it. I followed her to a dense bush and I could hear the noise of whimpering puppies. I knew that the sweet female trusted me enough to let me touch her, so I contacted a local animal rescue organization. A lady came the next day, at the time and place that I was feeding the dog. We managed to catch her and we found a few days old baby under the bush. Unfortunately, the baby died a few days later, despite the vet’s efforts.
I tried to get the mum back to the USA with me, but the airline I was flying on doesn’t accept dogs on board. So the fantastic local organization SOS Animaux de Compagnie sent her to a shelter in France, where she had more chances to be adopted. Sure enough, just 3 days after her arrival, on Valentine’s Day, a lovely family adopted her. They just sent an email to give some news of the dog, now named Suzon, telling us how sweet she is and how much they already love her! Look at her in her bed! What an upgrade from being a starving lonely mama in Martinique!
Never close your eyes to the suffering of others. Hundreds of tourists (and of course locals) passed by her during her short life, at best ignoring her, often chasing her away, or worse trying to hurt her. I spent hours getting closer to her, so she could trust me. Hours taken on my free time on a beautiful tropical island. But she will always be the best memory and accomplishment of this trip. Nothing is more gratifying than trying to make the world a better place, one life at the time!
Please help SOS Animaux de Compagnie, a volunteer based organization depending on donations. www.sosanimauxdecompagnie.com