My name is Lucky and I live with John and Lin Coyle (aka "my people") in First Bight.
John and Lin had just retired to Roatan and one of their retirement dreams was to
work with animals (little did they know that Roatan Renegade Rescue would provide
the vehicle to do just that!).
Just 4 short weeks ago, a kind man named Keith and his friend found me on the side
of the road near RECO. As a little guy (I only weighed 2.5 pounds and wasn't much
more than 4-5 weeks old) I was scared by all the cars whizzing by. My head drooped
down and I knew that I couldn't walk any further. The kind man turned his car around
and they got out of the car and scooped me up right then and there. I was infested
with fleas and ticks and was dehydrated and very close to death; they drove me right
to the vet. I really didn't think I was going to live much longer and then these
two kind people came along and saved my life. They couldn't keep me themselves and
asked Penny to try to find a home for me. John and Lin offered to foster me under
a new family could be found. After spending the night at the vet clinic, they picked
me up and brought me to their home. It didn't take long for them to realize that
the 3 of us were perfect together and to let Penny know that they wanted me to stay
with them forever. Within 24 hours, my whole life had changed. I went from a sad,
sick little puppy living on the streets to having my very own dog crate with blankets,
as well as a soft bed just for me.
Over this past month, my people have nursed me back to health. For the first time
in my life, I can count on 3 meals a day, clean water (with ice cubes yet!), toys
to play with and people who loved me unconditionally. Being the smart puppy that
I am, I've already learned sit, stay and down; I can walk on a leash and am very
well-behaved in public. My people play ball with me on the grass and don't complain
when I dig holes in their garden.
I'm happy that Keith and his friend found me; I'm happy that John and Lin adopted
me and I'm happy to share my story with all of you.
Now named Trouble (formerly Perp and Frazier).
13 year old Duna, with broken leg, never set, from years ago, many maladies, rescued
and adopted by Heather Donnelly, Palmetto Plantation.
Before our first trip to Roatan I did a lot of research on Trip Advisor. To my dismay
I learned of the wide need for help with the animals of the island. I read stories
of starving, manged, abused animals and was sickened. I almost cancelled my trip
because as animal lovers, I knew our vacation would be ruined if we witnessed any
of this. I learned there was a program called Roatan Renegade Rescue, run by Penny
Leigh. I sent her an e-mail asking what I could do to help. She replied with a list
of items needed. I decided that instead of cancelling my trip I would try to make
a difference. I brought dog and cat food with me so that if I ran across any hungry
animals I could feed them. I decided also that I would go by Penelope’s Island Emporium
and meet Penny in person. I visited with her and was very saddened by the stories
I heard and grateful for the efforts of RRR. I made a cash donation before I left
and joined her e-mail list. It was not long after that we got an e- mail from Penny
that read: “Dog in Sandy Bay - owner tried to strangulate his dog by hanging him.
He is alive, but obviously has a broken neck. We have to get him away from his "owner"
to a safe place, and try to save him. He is able to walk around, somehow. Please
She sent a follow up email after we sent a little money to help: “Jhonan Vargas
(a very nice volunteer) and I were able to steal him. After what this poor, sweet
dog has survived, Jhonan convinced a cab driver to drive him and the dog to the
vet. The extreme cruelty this dog endured is beyond comprehension. My dear young
Honduran friend actually broke down and cried. I firmly believe animal lovers are
the very best, big hearted people in the world. This is tough work. What I see is
sheer horror. I cannot cry anymore, I must help. We will call this dog Sandy for
now. It took less than 5 minutes to gain this poor dog's trust. He could not move
his head, made choking sounds and was in terrible pain. The photos make him look
huge. He is tiny.This is how we found him.”
We could not stand the thought of what this little dog had gone through in his short
life. We decided that we would take him and bring him to live with us in Houston.
I notified Penny and offered to fly this little guy back. Penny has her own business
to run but she has a very big heart and I don’t know how she gets it all done. On
June 4th (2011), we flew back to Roatan. We picked up Sandy, as he was called that
same afternoon from Jhonan’s house. We found Sandy to be very timid and absolutely
loved Jhonan. We took Sandy to a nice rental house we had on West Bay Beach. It
was immediately apparent that Sandy had never experienced air conditioning before
and enjoyed it very much. We learned that first night that our new friend loved
pizza and just couldn’t get enough of it so decided to call him, Luigi!
The next day Luigi ate hardy and slept soundly, back and forth all day. It was good
We took Luigi to the veterinarian on Monday afternoon (the 7th). The vet commented
that the neck wound was getting much better. Dr. Soto told us that he had lived
his short life tied up with a wire around his neck and, as he grew larger, the wire
did not and had to be surgically removed – which he had already done the week before.
The vet gave us antibiotics along with gauze and antibiotic cream to treat the remaining
Tuesday was a good weather day, so we took Luigi out for some walks. We could tell
he was already getting better. Monday the 13th we flew with Luigi to San Pedro Sula
on the Honduran mainland. We went to San Pedro Sula because there, Continental Airlines
is equipped to fly animals to the United States in a pressurized and climate-controlled
cargo area. The next day, we all three took off for the United States. Once we arrived,
we took Luigi to our house. He is very happy here and, as of June 18th, his neck
wound is almost completely healed. The veterinarian here is looking after him well
and he is putting on weight and plays with his new toys most of the day. He is also
getting to know his big sister, Maggie and his new feline friend, Mr. Kitty. We
are so happy to be able to give Luigi a good home with lots of love.
All of this was made possible by the hard work and efforts of Penny Leigh of www.Roatan-Renegade-Rescue.org
and all that have supported this organization with generous donations, time and
effort. A big thanks from Luigi to all of you…
Our little pal, Luigi, is doing fantastic. He is very happy, sleeps well, eats well
and plays a lot. He and Maggie are getting along better and we are still working
on Mr.Kitty. It is such a joy to see him holding his head high and confident.
Luigi likes to play a lot and you can't tell that he ever went through the hell
that he did.
You have done a great thing here.
John & Susan Brotherton
Sadly, their Houston vet found out that Luigi has heart worms. He will be medicated
for a month before he undergoes heart worm treatment. Besides the horrendous cost
there is significant risk. Yet another challenge for this brave little dog and his
courageous, loving new family. Please keep them all in your prayers.
Penny & the Animals www.Roatan-Renegade-Rescue.org
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