I am not an advocate of Nicaraguan dog adoptions when it involves taking them to the States. U.S. shelters are bursting with dogs needing a loving home too. Best to rescue one there.

But then, I don’t interfere with what is in one’s heart. And I’m glad that I didn’t discourage Mike and Katelyn Hinkens, two young teachers here in Nicaragua,  when they decided to adopt Pita and take her home to the States with them.

Pita had paid her dues in life, having been abandoned, starved, impregnated, and living in a drain pipe here in Granada along with her newborn puppies. She and her litter were coaxed out of the pipe (with the help of a very long-handled mop) and taken to Casa Lupita for treatment and good food.

When the Hinkens came to the clinic in search of a dog to take back to the U.S. with them, I certainly didn’t argue. I was elated that Pita was going to live “the good life.”

And that life has continued ever since she has hit U.S. soil. I have received a plethora of Pita photos to fill a few albums — including her nap in her own hammock, riding Mike’s motorcycle, and the photo below — Pita  reuniting with Mike as he returns from a month away from home.

Pita gets a big hug from Dad!

The photo was taken by Pam Reusch, Mike’s Mom/Pita’s doting Grandmother,  who cries when she has to leave Pita after a visit. After all, she lives a long 15-minute drive from her.

(Grandma Pam also admits that her cell phone holds over 200 photos of Pita the Beautiful but only a few of her own children. You didn’t hear it from me….)

See “A Nicaraguan Souvenir” post for the beginning of Pita’s story.


A Nicaraguan Souvenir

When Katelyn Lucas and Mike Hinkens, teachers at the American-Nicaraguan School in  Managua, took off for home in Milwaukee, Mi,. this morning, they took extra special  baggage with them…..one of Nicaragua’s finest souvenirs!

Her name is Lupita, a Nicaraguan street dog in every sense of the word.  Back then, she was nameless, homeless, helpless when our volunteer Diane Meyboom noticed her crawling in and out of a drain pipe on a side street in Granada.

Neighbors informed Diane that the dog had moved her litter of puppies into the pipe, no doubt to keep them safe, and crawled inside to nurse them.  Diane and others then maintained her with food until the time was right to move Mama and her family to Casa Lupita where we could care for them.

It was no easy job to remove the family from the pipe.  After Mama dog was sequestered in my truck,  a special long-handled ceiling duster was used to drag out the babies.  Sadly several had died, but two had survived .

At the clinic, the three thrived, and soon after the two pups were adopted.

Then along came Katelyn and Mike, teachers at the American Nicaragua School in Managua, wanting to adopt a dog that they would eventually take home when they left Nicaragua.  The non-descript Mama dog, now without her pups, got the nod.  She was immediately named Lupita by her new family.

To any casual observer, Lupita looked like a hundred other street dogs…. medium sized, thin and bony, tan colored. But for Katelyn and Mike, they had chosen the most beautiful dog in the world!

Is it my imagination, or it this dog actually smiling?

As I write this blog post, Lupita and her “parents” are somewhere in the wild blue yonder, winging their way to a new life in for Lupita. Before they left, they sent this photo.
See “Welcome Home, Dad” post for followup story.

Donna and Friend

Donna Tabor blogs about life in Nicaragua.