Nacho was found as a stray in Mexico after the havoc of Hurricane Wilma. He was protecting and helping to feed another stray, a small white puppy we named Tessie who we assume had been recently orphaned. He was a surrogate mother to Tess, though he was not much more than a puppy himself at the time. Nacho would go around and beg for food, which he would then bring back for Tessie. But most of the people he would beg for food from kicked and otherwise abused him. The volunteers that found them tried to leave food and water out for them but those would always get knocked over by passersby.
By the time the volunteers had managed to find a place they could take the 2 strays to, Nacho had been so starved and beaten that he could no longer move. There was gum in his hair and an open stab wound. Even as frightened and in as much pain as he had to have been, Nacho 's highest priority was that Tessie was taken care of too. When he was taken in for medical treatment, he cried until Tess was found and reunited with him.
It didn't take Tessie long before she was adopted but Nacho came to us to be fostered until he could find his own forever family. A wonderful couple and their female dog did eventually find him and welcomed him into their hearts completely. They loved him like he deserved to be loved, trained him, and did everything right for him.
Unfortunately, after 2 years of bliss for Nacho, his human mom passed away and everything would change for him. It broke Nacho's dad's heart to realize that, with a newborn and an older dog to care for, he alone could not provide Nacho with the time and attention Nacho needed to remain a happy dog. He made the very difficult decision to give Nacho back to us so we could find him another home just as wonderful as the one he knew.
Nacho was adopted for the 2nd time in April 2008.
Updates from Nacho's family:
Nacho's first anniversary - May 2009
"Nacho continues to charm the girls -- I must tell you that we've given him a sexy voice, like Ricardo Montalban. The girl doggies appreciate his exoticness and plain sweetness! We've had a number of house guests in the last year, and Nacho is particularly fond of teenage girls! He still gets a tiny bit nervous if too many new people approach him too fast, but he's gotten lots better than he was, and just needs a bit of space and a minute to check folks out more quietly.
When I was in kindergarten, I drew a "family picture". In it was a little brown blob, our dog -- but we didn't have a dog (my teacher asked my Mom about it, but other than that I don't know why I remember this incident, except that I really wanted a dog). I've been lucky to have 3 different wonderful dogs as an adult, and have loved them all deeply, but there is just something extra special about Nacho to me -his hard luck story, his demonstrativeness, his cuteness; I think that he's my little brown blob from nearly 50 years ago!
So be assured that Nacho is loved and spoiled and doted upon - and we think that we're the lucky ones, finding him, and finding you who took such good care of him. "
"Nacho is thriving! He is so integrated into our household, and it's been so great to see him become more and more confident around new dogs and new people. I've attached a couple of photos - we take them to the beach alot, and Nacho just LOVES to roll in the sand -- so many people walking by just smile! He looks sooooooo incredibly happy! He is a total love, Sadie still adores him and we cannot imagine life without him. (He's wearing a gentle leader in the photos - we found it's a gentle way to control him when he gets really super excited -- he's so strong!)
In the meantime, tell Nacho's friends that he is Happy and Healthy and Loved - beyond words. "
Nacho has been extremely lucky. Some dogs never find homes at all. Nacho has been blessed to have been found by a loving family, not once but twice. Thanks K&R for allowing him to share your lives (and Sadie too!). I know you had some rough patches with him, but thank you for helping him through them.