Our New Dog

I have been friends with a street dog who lives at Feduro, a trucking company down the road. The company is in the process of moving to San Pablo, another town west of here and they won’t take this dog and her friend with them. I was told the friend dog’s owner died, and then the dog decided to live at Feduro but the family is still there and the grandson has responsibility for her. The watchmen say there is a man who drives a semi, and when he is in town he brings her food so I don’t feel taking that dog to my house is the right thing to do. But, Avionetta (little airplane) will be totally alone. I can’t leave her there to fend for herself, so today we brought her to our house.

I first became friends with Avionetta when she got hit by a car. I saw her with a bloody foot and I know the watchmen at Feduro don’t have the means or ability to get her vet care, so I took her to the vet. Thankfully nothing was broken. She had just lost all the skin from the top of her foot. I went by every day to clean and dress her wound, and gave her antibiotics. At this time she also had ten day old puppies! People at the company adopted the puppies later, and when she was almost healed I took her to a spay and neuter clinic so there won’t be any more puppies. This photo was taken in March 2016 when I first started caring for her (with Joel’s help), and we have been friends ever since.

I learned the guys named her Avionetta. Here she is with Joel after this evening’s care. (pulling off the gauze causes the wound to bleed again, which is why I’m going to hunt for alternatives tomorrow)

She growled at me when we first met and I had to give her tranquilizers so I could get her to the vet. She quickly got to know me though, and was super good through the vet visit and all the bandage changes afterwards. I think she knew I was trying to help. Since then, I visit her every time I bike down the road and she is always happy to see me.

Avionetta checks out the surroundings today in her new home.

I never wanted a dog or any pets or anything that needed care, but we’ll see how this goes. She is a super sweet dog and I really like her, so if we are going to have a dog she is the one.

I will also keep an eye on the black dog, the other dog at Feduro. If they are totally gone and she is alone in the street, I will try to track down the family and make sure she will be cared for.

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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27 Responses to Our New Dog

  1. Nigel J Watson says:

    We all get by with a little help from our friends 😉

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Dogs pick their owners, toy know. We said “no more dogs” and then Bob adopted us.

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  3. susie says:

    You are a Good Person Kris!!!

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  4. You have a wonderful heart Kris. When I was there I befriended a sweet little thing. She had a bad front leg, i would guess broken and without attention, it reset wrong. I named her Yoda because she had the wise old look of that Star Wars character.

    She had family on the street but they were away most of the day. I think she just got lonely.

    I do wonder how she is doing.

    Well when I’m back down in the fall and you need a dog sitter, I’d certainly volunteer.

    Nick

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    • Ah thank you. I think any of us would help an animal if we were able, and wound care was my specialty after all. When you come back we’ll have to check on your dog friend, and thanks for the offer to take care of ours.

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  5. oldsalt1942 says:

    A broken leg is how I got my dog over there in Boqueron

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    • I remember! The day we first met she was limping around your yard with that broken leg. Her situation haunted me and I was so happy to hear you helped her out. She was a good dog and loyal friend to you too.

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  6. Hi Kris,
    A heart-warming story. Breaks my heart to see an animal abandoned.But you might check the web to see if Avionetta has a blog. I’ll be she’s running a story “Got Myself a Human Today!” lol All the best to you and Joel with your new addition, Alia

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    • I think she got herself a couple humans back when she was hurt and so sweet about being cared for. We always visited her since, and there’s no way we were leaving her alone on the street. It was just a decision to find her a home or keep her ourselves.

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  7. What a sweetheart! Good for you Kris … ❤

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  8. John Pazera says:

    Nothin better than a dog! Good for you!

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  9. Who rescued who?
    All my pets have been rescues and they have enriched my life so much.

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  10. jim and nena says:

    Hola Kris, we buy used cars and recycled dogs. We get better mileage from the dogs. The best ones are the ones that find you.

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  11. Good for you guys! I, for one, can’t imagine my life without at least one faithful friend with four legs and fur. They enrich your life so much and bring you so much joy. I’m so happy for you two!

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    • We’ve done OK here, especially since there are a number of neighborhood dogs who can be borrowed anytime but this girl is a sweet dog, and she will be a nice member of our family.

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  12. Oh what a cute dog! Good for you for taking her in.

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  13. LIANE MARQUES & CAMILO QUELQUEJEU says:

    Felicidades on your new aquisition !
    By the way, FEDURO is not a Trucking Company; it is one of the largest Distributors in all of Panamá. Larry Maduro started forty years ago distributing Gillette, and Cosmetics.

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  14. Thank you! Thanks also for the info about Feduro. There are lots of trucks of all sizes at the business and I see them driving all over, but I wasn’t sure what they deliver. They are very cramped for space where they are so I’m sure they are looking forward to their new location.

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