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Great article Ben. What wonderful work this couple does! True there's still a lot of work to be done here, but my hope is as we make progress in the US we can start sending more and more support to other countries. I've worked in Africa, mostly the Congo Basin and the circumstances of the dogs in the urban areas broke my heart (in the forest with the tribes they were a bit better off). I'd bring flea/tick drops with me and feed any dog that I could approach. One dog I had been feeding ended up being hit by a car and when I got to her she was already gone and there were ticks pouring off her. I got a wheel barrow and buried her. Her dog buddies followed me (her Mom is in the photo), tried to wake her, and scratched at the dirt after I buried her. The locals thought I was crazy. It's encouraging to hear headway can be made with the locals and their outlook on dogs. The people are in such dire need themselves. It's such a tough and heart wrenching situation. Claudia and Stephen were able to save a couple of strays from Puerto Rico and they became much loved family members. Oh if only we could help them all!

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Comment by Ben Swan on November 22, 2009 at 11:44pm
Julie, you continue to amaze me. Thank you for sharing that story. I loved meeting Karen and Ron and felt nothing but gratitude for being able to tell only a small portion of their story. When I first heard about Karen and her work, I told her that just hearing her stories felt overwhelming. But she quickly brushed that off and enlightened me about how one small act of kindness has such a huge effect ... I think you totally get that too. .. thank you.
Comment by Julie L on November 22, 2009 at 8:55pm
Claudia - I admire you for going to all ends to bring Rico and Nita to the US. It's not an easy thing to do but you made it happen.

Ben's article mentioned a dog named Hope who has paralyzed rear legs. She is AMAZING! What a spirit of life. The video of her is so inspirational. Hope who's paralyzed, Marlon Brando who is blind - they just live life and make the best of their situation. We can learn so much from them.

Hope's video:

Comment by Claudia Inoue on November 22, 2009 at 7:21pm
Oh Julie, how touching!
Comment by Julie L on November 22, 2009 at 6:58pm
Here is a link to Animal Kind International, the organization mentioned in Ben's article that helps animals in other countries. The dog that was hit by the car was named Chausette which is French for "Socks" because she was black dog with white paws that looked like socks. Here she is playing in the ocean.

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