Photo: La Lomita by Robert Fulton
With our love of good food and drink, past Heart of Ardent posts have been Mexican food and cocktail recipes, and a tribute to our favorite Costume Designer. Today we talk about another part of The Heart of Ardent: Puppy Rescue.
As you will have noticed, Ardent Pictures’ logo graphic is a winged dog. There are a number of reasons for this. Many mythical creatures have wings, and many companies like to work with the symbolism of mythical creatures. The idea of a regular wee dog acting heraldic with grand wings is funny to us. We are also pretty dogged types ourselves, hanging on to projects to get them finished like a dog with a bone, so that was another reason we chose a dog for our graphic logo.
But another reason is; we just love dogs. We maintain dogs are some of the best people we know.
Having lost a dog in October 2011, I decided it would cheer me up somewhat to make a donation to a dog rescue. The last time I was on Isla Mujeres in Mexico, the day I left I heard about about a rescue organization called Isla Animals. Remembering this, I looked them up and made a donation.
It greatly appealed to me that they broke down donation amounts to explain what your dollar amount might buy. Their annual big spay and neuter campaign was coming up, so I discovered that my donation was going to obtain 50 pairs of surgical gloves for the clinic.
It was surprising to realize that my modest donation would procure such much needed supplies for their big annual clinic, and knowing what my money was going to provide made it more personal somehow. And more concrete.
But I thought we could do better.
And we did. We ended up going down on vacation with luggage packed with donated vet supplies. Medications have an extremely short “official” shelf life, but they are still effective long after they “expire”, which makes them excellent to donate. And given that an organization like Isla Animals is truly volunteer run, and the costs of keeping the puppies cleaned, housed and fed is all coming from donations, walking in with big bags of meds and soft carriers and leashes, is walking with valuable bounty!
We were welcomed at Isla Animals by: its lovely founder, Alison Sawyer Current, as tireless an advocate for animals as you will ever meet;
Jeff Current, her good humored and patient partner; and Marcelino; who is always in motion feeding, cleaning, watering… whenever I didn’t see Marcelino working on site, it was only because he was off running errands to keep Isla Animals humming!
The tough job I was assigned as a volunteer after we handed over the supplies was to socialize the puppies. That meant, um… rolling around on the ground with them and letting them climb all over me as I cuddled them and kissed them. It was hell I tells ya…
Traveling with pups is easy thanks to soft sided shoulder bag style carriers. They just became our Carry On on the plane. So we decided to take a puppy, ‘Bix’, home to fill the dog shaped hole that had been left by our recent loss, and wanted to escort a second one back, ‘Buster’, to be adopted out when we got home.
That was a year ago. Buster’s still here.
At the end of November we were in the Yucatan on business, but decided to visit friends at Isla Animals on the last day. Feeling quite certain Alison would have a puppy ready to be escorted back for fostering or adoption, we checked our airline’s pet policy and volunteered to take one back.
For her papers we came up with a name on the spot: La Lomita, for a favorite local restaurant.
Cute, sweet, smart and calm, there’s no doubt she’d easily be adopted.
Or rather, she would’ve been if we’d been able to let her go…
In fact, I’ve got napping pups wedged around me as I type this. They are the heart of Ardent…
For example, here’s what your donation can buy:
$4.00 will deworm 4 puppies; $8.00 a vaccine saves puppies every day. $20.00 pays for one spay or neuter. $25.00 buys a bottle of doxycycline. This cures ehrlichia which affects almost every dog in Mexico, and it’s also good for respiratory infections. $25.00 pays for one soft carrier that one of our pups can ride in to fly to a forever, loving home; $50.00 pays for one medium crate; and $100 pays for a large one.
The DONATION page also has a detailed rundown of what non-medical supplies are needed.