I am not a strong proponent of Nicaraguan dog adoptions when it involves taking them to the States. U.S. shelters are bursting with dogs needing a loving home too. Best to rescue one there.
But then, I don’t interfere with what’s in one’s heart. And I’m glad that I didn’t discourage Mike and Katelyn Hinkens, two young teachers from Milwaukee, when they decided to adopt Pita here in Nicaragua and take her home with them.
Pita had paid her dues in life, having been abandoned dog and living in a drainpipe here in Granada along with her newborn puppies. She and her family were coaxed out of the pipe (with the help of a very long-handled mop) and taken to Casa Lupita for treatment and good food.
When the Hinkens came to the clinic in search of a dog to take back to the U.S. with them, I certainly didn’t argue. I was elated that Pita was going to live “the good life.”
And that life has continued ever since she has hit U.S. soil. I have received a plethora of Pita Photos to fill a few albums — including her nap in her hammock, riding Mike’s motorcycle, and the attached photo — Pita reuniting with Mike as he returns from a month away from home.
The photo was taken by Pam Reusch, Mike’s Mom/Pita’s doting Grandmother who cries when she has to leave Pita after a visit. After all, she lives two long blocks away from her.
Hope this makes your day!
Donna TaborCasa LupitaGranada, Nicaragua