By Megan Gabel
Zeus, Lola, and Dulce are loveable dogs. They revel in attention. However, when potential adopters (aka “strangers”) meet them, these dogs are usually not very friendly—in fact, they react quite vocally to newcomers. On the street, Zeus is the easiest to walk. He keeps his head down, moves forward, and occasionally turns around for reassurance from the person walking him. When taking Dulce and Lola for a walk on the street, it is best to avoid people they don’t know. In Dulce’s case, it is best to stay clear of cars and motorcycles. So, why should you bother considering any of them as a pet to take home? Because what you will ultimately get in return will be a real gem.
To the volunteers who work with them, Zeus, Lola, and Dulce are each incredibly adorable, affectionate, and sweet dogs. Dulce will lie quietly at my side, occasionally glancing in my direction to make sure I’m okay. Staring directly and adoringly into my eyes, Lola will shift from paw to paw, excited to receive attention. Zeus will climb into my lap and nestle in for a massage, always eager for more affection.
If you give them a chance, these dogs will be devoted and extremely loyal to you, and very protective. But you must earn their trust and give them time to get to know you—and for you to know them. You must be a smart owner: responsive, perceptive, and alert. Consider it a challenge, but one that is well worth the effort. You will be rewarded with a dog who will love you wholeheartedly and protect you against actual and perceived danger—a warning system with no batteries necessary. They are all perfectly loving pets, particularly for a man or woman alone who could use the extra security.
We can introduce you to Zeus, Lola, and Dulce at the SPA, Los Pinos 7, Monday-Saturday, during our regular adoption hours from 11-2. Masks are required, social distancing practiced, and only one person is allowed inside the SPA at a time.
Please help us raise money to feed them and all our animals (about 100 in total) by donating to the SPA’s Pet Food Money Bank fundraiser. Our goal is $250,000 pesos (about US$13,500). All contributions—100 percent—will be applied to the annual cost of feeding our cats and dogs and, through June 30, your donation, up to US$3,500, will be matched in our program that sends SPA Dogs to DC. For more information, please see www.spasanmiguel.org/pet-food-money-bank, call 152 6124, or write firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your support!