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Hogan in Mexico

Earlier this week, I learned that Hogan came to us from the Humane Society of Cozumel Island (via RTRC). Five very kind people responded to my email inquiry about him. Monica Velasco, the person who was the one to take Hogan (Gohan while he was there) in, sent me his full story. And here it is (slightly edited because I can’t help myself):

Boris in his new home in Mexico

“In Cozumel, there are a few homeless people, and I count four of them as my acquaintances. I used to run every morning along the waterfront, and every day around 6 a.m., I would greet four homeless men hanging out in the area near the lighthouse, usually with a visible hangover. We always exchanged a ‘good morning.’ This went on for several years. Every day, I had my four dogs with me, which elicited warm comments from them almost every time. One day I saw a young dog hanging around with them. They said they found him right there by the lighthouse. They told me, ‘Somebody left this puppy here and left money for his food. We found $7 under him!’ It is easy to imagine how the $7 was spent, and I am sure that they still look under lying dogs, just in case they’ll make another such discovery. The dog stayed with these men for several weeks, and although it was not the best of situations, he was okay. I offered help with vaccines and deworming and, of course, neutering would follow. The day we picked him up (for the vaccines?), the men wisely suggested that it was better to find him a good home, which was, of course, my ultimate intention. I would not have guessed, though, that the good home this dog would end up at was mine! His street name was Van Damme; now he is Boris. [Isn’t Boris a beauty?]

“Since then, these men have become dog rescuers of sorts. Every now and then, they will report to me a dog in a bad situation. Sometimes I am able to help, sometimes they don’t remember where they saw the dog (and argue among themselves about it), and sometimes I’m not sure they are not making stories up. But one day in mid-May, one of them walked into my store like he was on a mission. Some days they just want a soda (they well know I will not give them money, which would be spent on alcohol), but this time, the messenger was so excited about what he was going to tell me that he couldn’t even get started. ‘We have…this little—very little—dog that we found. His hair is like wires, and he is very little…and he needs help. We called him Fluffy. Do you want to see him?’


“So off he went and came back a few minutes later with one of his friends carrying a wire-haired, smallish to medium-sized dog. He was very cute, but definitely not fluffy. [I laughed out loud at this!] The man was holding him like a baby, bouncing him so hard, the poor dog might have been dizzy from it! He looked scared and a bit skinny, but otherwise he seemed okay. We took him to the shelter and had him checked out, and he joined the many other dogs waiting for a good home. A staff member (Janice, a vet technician who’d spent a year in Japan) named him Gohan, after a Dragon Ball Z (anime) character. Wire-haired dogs are not very popular here, so we all hoped he would have an opportunity abroad. And happily it worked out!”

Fluffy/Gohan/Hogan the day he was brought into the humane society shelter (May 18, 2011)

So I think Hogan probably flew to Canada on a plane from Cozumel. What an adventure that must’ve been for him! The Cozumel Humane Society is always looking for Americans and Canadians to escort rescued dogs to local rescue organizations who’ve agreed to try to rehome the dogs. It also asks for donations of crates (brought from Canada or the U.S., where they’re much cheaper than they are in Mexico). If you’re planning a winter getaway to Mexico, please visit the Humane Society of Cozumel Island‘s website to see what donations are needed!

Thank you, Monica, Lisa, Janice, Teresa, and Andrea, for sharing with me the story of Gohan! We are so grateful to you and to those four homeless men for rescuing him and helping him find his way home to us. We love him!