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A Foster Home for a Stray Dog Becomes a Forever Home



By Marie Abercrombie

It’s me, Jake, talking to you again from Casa Hogar. Spring has sprung, and we are all ready for a few sprinkles of the heavenly liquid to clean our beautiful stone playground here at the orphanage. Daylight savings time is right upon us, and that means I have to get up earlier for my dog training classes, but that also means I can play in daylight even longer. Life is so good!

The dining hall is right across from the playground, and, of course, I have found it. The smells that come from that room are so good. My tongue salivates as soon as they start cooking. I wait at the door with begging eyes, trying to touch a few hearts. It doesn’t do me much good so far, but I might be weakening one of the Sisters. She always talks to me, smiles, and pats my head. I would say I am making some progress.

Even the trash smells good here. What’s my favorite smell? French fries, fried chicken—well, any kind of chicken. Kibble is okay, and it fills my little tummy, but roasted chicken—let me tell you: not much beats that for your furry friends.

I heard there are some posters going up around town. Look out for them. You might see me on there, along with my human pal Leonel, a resident of Casa Hogar. We are both part of the Heart to Heart program, which trains dogs like me to obey important commands like sit and stay and trains boys at Casa Hogar how to train dogs like me. That way, when the boys leave here, they’ll have a marketable skill and dogs like me are more adoptable when we have training.

By the way, here’s an update on my street-dog brother, Scout. He was going to join the Heart to Heart program too, but then he went to Sabrina Ojack’s house to be temporarily fostered while he waited to get into the program and the two of them fell in love. So now Scout must get his training in a private home, his forever home. Maybe he doesn’t have all the boys I do to play with every day here, but he has a mom now who will take care of him forever. We are both lucky dogs!

To learn more about the Heart to Heart program, which saved a dog like me from a difficult and dangerous life on the streets of San Miguel de Allende and which trains boys like Leonel how to train street dogs, visit their website, You’ll be glad you did.


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