Saving Pedro – A Community Effort
By Megan Gabel
On Saturday, November 19, Sandra Echeverria (a wonderful woman who rescues many dogs and cats) was driving along Calzada de la Estación and saw a very small dog running down the street. She managed to capture him and bring him to us. His fur was so matted that his eyes and ears were glued shut and his entire body—-feet, underbelly, genitals—was thick with burrs. There was no free area to touch.
Lalo, our vet tech, began shaving him. Muriel, our clinic/office coordinator, started using a scissors to cut the burrs off his body. Rhea, a cat volunteer, used to have a poodle and did her own grooming, so she went home to get a really super-duper grooming kit which Lalo used in addition to our own shaver. Rhea started trimming pieces of burrs off of him. I grabbed a scissors and helped as did Christina, our adoptions/volunteer coordinator. The poor dog couldn’t hear us or see us, yet he was an angel. He barely fussed. When the dog’s eyes and ears were finally freed, he seemed so startled to finally see and hear. We gave him food and water which he devoured. We took turns cuddling him as Lalo and Rhea shaved layers and layers of thick matted fur from his tiny body. This incredible dog gave us kisses while he was being worked on. Finally, after 3-1/2 hours, we concluded that we had done as much as could be done.
Meanwhile, Sandra contacted Bobbi (another rescuer who was out of town), and Bobbi agreed to take the little dog in when she returned to San Miguel, so Sandra started trying to find a foster home for the little guy. Rhea thought she might know someone and, in fact, made temporary arrangements for Pedro (his new name). We put a little T-shirt on him and bundled him in a blanket so Rhea could take him there. Pedro never made it to his foster home¾he’s still with Rhea and Steve (their cats have adjusted).
What a gratifying experience this was! All of us pitched in to save this little guy, and he ended up with a wonderful new life. Please visit the SPA, Los Pinos 7, 152 6124, any day, Monday-Saturday, 11am–2pm, to meet our cats and dogs available for adoption. Preview them at spasanmiguel.org (Adopt me! pages) and learn firsthand the miracle of saving an animal’s life.