Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Viralata

He has gas gas gas … not really, only once in a while.

The Dominican Republic is rife with stray animals.  Street dogs and cats are everywhere.  Several rescue organizations exist and they do a wonderful service for these animals all by donation and volunteer work.  They work with what they have and it’s not nearly enough.

Jack is always happy to see you!

Jack is always happy to see you!

Jack the viralata, is a rescue dog.  Viralata is the name given to Dominican street dogs of questionable ancestry.  I had a roommate move in and Jack was part of the package.  He came into my home as a puppy and has grown into a beautiful dog.  A stinky but beautiful dog.  Wicked smart, and a unique personality makes him a lot of fun to have around.  He’s a very good companion to both his owner and myself.  There is never a dull moment with Jack in the house, or with Jack in the yard, or with Jack on the roof.  A week after Jack moved in, we were visited by a stray cat.  She decided she liked it here with us and moved in her 3 kittens.  Jack had a family!  As soon as the kittens were old enough to be adopted out we found homes for two of them and the mother cat.  The other kitten became “Jack’s cat”.  Having an M on her forehead we dubbed her “M”.    Jack and M were inseparable.  Jack became a surrogate mother to M.   M lived with us for another couple months before she was adopted.

Jack’s mum loves her boy sooooooooo much.  He gets a lot of love from her and special visits from the vet.  Vaccinations for the usual and for parasites.  Mum de-flees him monthly.  Poor puppy, when he arrived needed special care.  But now he’s as healthy as can be!

The neighbour’s dog is teaching Jack how to be a good guard dog. Now, Jack uses his big boy voice.  Jack has the run of the house, the yard and the roof.  For the longest time, Jack fit through the bars of the security gates.  Now he barely fits through the back gate’s bars.  And Jack … loves to jump.  Now and then the neighbours little girl comes over for a play-date.  Jack loves kids.  Jack also has very good street sense.  He knows who he shouldn’t be welcoming to.  Jack is becoming a very good guard dog.

Jack was born with dual dewclaws.  Safety being an issue, his dewclaws were removed.  He didn’t experience a lot of pain but had some discomfort for about a week.  The first day he was groggy, the second day was a little painful, after that only discomfort.  These fighting claws are a danger both to the animal and people or other animals.  For the dog, one wrong move and the claw can be broken.  For people, one excited puppy can accidentally tear your skin.  The following is a pictorial of the procedure.  This was not a sterile environment.  Right on my front step, but the veterinarian and all the necessary disinfectants.  Veterinary surgery … Dominican style.

Muzzled and being sedated.

Muzzled and being sedated.

Veterinarian's tool box.

Veterinarian’s tool box.

Working on the puppy.

Working on the puppy.

Tools of the trade.

Tools of the trade.

4 paws

4 paws

Stitches

Stitches

More stitches.

More stitches.

Listen to the palms…


~Loca Gringa

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