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The Saga of Dulce


By Megan Gabel

Dulce, a very beautiful, medium/large-sized, snow-white Lab mix, was a street dog, the darling of the San Antonio neighborhood until we had the space to bring her to the safety of the SPA in November 2013 when she was about 2. Very calm, gentle, and friendly, she was eventually adopted and taken to her new home in Corralejo, about 45 minutes from San Miguel, not one of Dulce’s regular haunts. On the same day she was adopted, despite instructions to the adopters about how to help her adjust to her new home and location, Dulce escaped.

For the next six weeks, devastated that she was lost, we took turns going to Corralejo, posting signs up and down streets on both sides of the highway, talking to neighbors, doing all that we could to find her. We ran radio ads three times a week. We checked with Ecologia every other day, leaving posters for the employees so that we would be notified if Dulce showed up. We put notices on our Facebook page and various Yahoo groups’ websites. We offered a reward.

On the sixth week, we decided to try one last time and drove to Corralejo to put up posters. A man told us that Dulce was dead, but then, when asked how he knew that, he offered no evidence. The next evening, we received a phone call that sounded like it was from halfway across the world. A man claimed he had Dulce and would meet us in the Luciernaga parking lot the next morning with her. Somewhat skeptical, but still hopeful, we met him and, sure enough, it was Dulce!

She must have gone through some difficult times when she was lost because she came back with a very different personality. From her experiences on her own in the countryside, she had become wary of strangers, cars, and motorcycles, sometimes even lunging at them, probably before, in her mind, they went after her. We have been retraining her, and she is doing much better, but walking her on the street requires vigilance and an advance warning to her to “leave it.” She gazes at those people she knows lovingly, soaks up affection, readily gives it back, and is very attentive. She has learned how to sit, stay (wait), come, shake (left paw, please), and more. A smart girl, she will be a loyal, devoted, protective companion.

Please come to the SPA during adoption hours, 11–2, Monday–Saturday, Los Pinos 7, 152 6124. Give Dulce a chance to get to know you. She’s a gem.


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