From Mexico to Canada: Taffy finds a new life

By Kim Samis

A long, cold and snowy Canadian winter is difficult to endure. So, in early spring, I head south to the endless azure skies, cobblestone streets adorned with mauve jacarandas, my mom’s spectacular meals and speaking Spanish—all that I love in San Miguel!

On my daily neighborhood walks with my mom, we ran into her every day as she was being walked by SPA volunteers. She looked like a miniature Rhodesian ridgeback, as if she was born to run, with a madly wagging tail, shiny reddish coat and devastating hazel eyes. I learned her name was Taffy. She seemed to struggle at her leash to let me pet her. Drawn to her, I volunteered at the SPA so I could spend more time with her. Very quickly, I knew that Taffy had to come home with me. It’s not unusual for me to want to take one (or all) of the San Miguel dogs home, but Canada is a long way away, so I don’t normally dare entertain the thought for long.

Taffy was different. Was it even possible to bring her back to Canada? SPA volunteers Irene, Harry, and Megan all felt that it could be done. With only four days left of my holiday, we had a lot to do, the first task being convincing my big-hearted, but pragmatic, husband in Canada that we needed a second dog. Otherwise, I knew I’d be leaving part of my heart in San Miguel.

Irene contacted Kelly Karger of Save a Mexican Mutt for help. Kelly had placed hundreds of street dogs in forever homes in Texas and throughout the US, but never to Canada. Kelly and, it seemed, the entire SPA worked tirelessly to bring it all together. SPA dog advocate Lynn delivered Taffy at 5:30am to a lovely Canadian couple, Cheryl and Ben, who escorted Taffy from San Miguel to Toronto, Canada.

She arrived April 24, 2012, and we can’t imagine our lives without her. Her name is now Sancho. She comes jogging with us every day, runs like the wind — there’s not a dog that can catch her! People always ask, “What kind of dog is that?” “She’s a Mexican mutt from San Miguel,” we say and we tell our story.

Find your Taffy/Sancho at the SPA, Monday-Saturday, 11am-2pm, Los Pinos 7, phone 152-6124. Maybe you can find her in our Facebook album of dogs available for adoption at


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