• DAY 191: A PUPPY SAVED FROM THE DINNER TABLE!

    Apr 3rd

     

    The ride home with the rescued dog. Time to piss all over Martin's legs

    The ride home with the rescued dog. Time to piss all over Martin’s legs

    I’m afraid we never managed to intercept a truck at night with dogs bound for the meat trade and with me dodging bullets – I apologise for the lack of drama and for not getting shot – but I do have some GOOD news.

    We saved a single, quivering, chained-up puppy from the dinner table.

    And I want to bring her home. Gulp.

    Meet MANGO. 

    MANGO - weird name, but curiously sweet

    MANGO – funny name, but curiously sweet

     

    Perhaps it’s for the best that we did not intercept a truck. Andrew told me that the stench alone of opening the  back of a vehicle full of dying dogs stuffed in bags and cages would be enough to stay with me for life. But all the same I’m frustrated. I came here to help.

    So instead we paid a trip to an area where the dog traders are known to live – and ply their trade. A small street on the outskirts of Manilla: charming, backwards, hot. Hot but chilling, because this is the very street where dogs are frequently purchased (or stolen) to then be shipped up to places like Baguio where they are made into stew. Mmmm.

    Andrew, Frank and Ros talk to a man on the street where dogs are frequently collected for dog meat. A few minutes later we saw the puppy

    Andrew, Frank and Ros talk to a man on the street where dogs are frequently collected for dog meat. A few minutes later we saw the puppy

    We almost missed the puppy. It was tied up in the shade by a small chain, shaking. The owner, who spoke no English, was more than happy to sell it for only $4.  A sure sign that when the dog was bigger and fatter he would have happily sold it on to the traders

    This is how we found the puppy, chained to a wall in a dark corridor. We think she is 3 months old.

    This is how we found the puppy, chained to a wall in a dark corridor. We think she is 3 months old.

    I called the puppy ‘Patrick’ at first after briefly checking he was a boy (I was filmed for a charity whilst checking his bits) and then found out later from the vet that he was in fact a her (I didn’t do GCSE biology – which is hardly an excuse).

    I then called her Mango. Erm. Mango are the most popular fruit here…and kind or…er…sweet.. (Just get over it!)

    The man was more than happy to sell the puppy for a few dollars.

    The man was more than happy to sell the puppy for a few dollars..and handle her roughly.

     

    Proud dad.

    Proud dad.

    She rode back in the car with me staring out at her old life passing away with no idea what that $4 could change so mcuh.

    And then, out of gratitude she peed all over my legs (does she own me now? Mango, I will be your lampost any day of the week) We took her to the best vets in the whole of the Philippines where she was checked over, de-ticked and kept in observation.

    Life and death is so brutal out here. And death is so pervasive out there that saving one dog may seem pointless: but it is a vote for life

    Waiting at the vets.

    Waiting at the vets.

    Check me out on this tall table...

    Er…what’s going on?

    Promise to get you a new home

    Promise to get you a new home

     

    Weirdly the vet was being filmed for Filipino TV when I came in for some reality show...when asked what I was doing here I made the fatal mistake of saying I liked Indonesia. I am now officially an idiot...ON INDONESIAN TV (i mean filipppino tv)

    Weirdly the vet was being filmed for Filipino TV when I came in for some reality show…when asked what I was doing here I made the fatal mistake of saying I liked Indonesia. I am now officially an idiot…ON INDONESIAN TV (i mean filipppino tv)

    A decent meal

    A decent meal

     

    Can Mangoes be imported to the UK?

    I’m now in serious trouble.

    I HAVE PROMISED TO GET THIS DOG BACK TO THE UK.

    Double gulp.

    I don’t want her to be another Cordelia.

    This little thing REALLY perked up when she had some attention. It will take months to get all the paperwork and tests together but I am determined. In the meantime she will stay with the vet’s mother but it is NOT a long term solution.

    There is no dog-shelter in the Philippines that I am leaving this dog in, there is no home we can be sure she will do well in and  I am determined that at some point this dog will be in the UK in a new home.

    One of my promises to Ann on starting this year was that I would help as much as I can – and travel –  but our house would not become a refuge centre…for spiders, hens or dogs.

    Alldogsmatter in the UK will help me find a loving home over here for this dog but in the meantime…

    ..it’s over $1000 to do it wth flights.

    AhhhhhhhhhhhH!!!!

    Next blog. I’m desperately selling portraits of Mango to try and get the money to fulfil my promise. Pls help!!! Let’s get this dog some 

    Mango poses with Ros...she became SUPER affectionate in no time once she had some food.

    Mango poses with Ros…she became SUPER affectionate in no time once she had some food.

     

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    14 Responses to “DAY 191: A PUPPY SAVED FROM THE DINNER TABLE!”

    1. Hi Martin,
      I can’t manage much ( I just spent everything on getting two galgos to the UK) but how can I contribute? Through paypal?
      Sally

    2. Well done Martin, shared on facebook & will contribute, is there a donation link?

    3. Of course will send something too.

    4. You may have a problem once you’re back in the UK, if there are strict quarantine regulations like in the US. Good luck with everything! And please post a donation link if there is one.

    5. I will do, thanks. Yes, this is something I am taking into account. thanks for your support

    6. I will try to help too, Martin. Well done on saving little Mango! Of course you can’t leave that precious soul there.

      I follow so many Facebook pages on this sort of thing and, sometimes, it leaves me feeling so depressed because it feels like we’re fighting a losing battle. It feels like for every animal saved another one just takes it’s place. 🙁 It just breaks my heart. Thank you for all that you are doing to make a difference.

    7. A very lucky dog. Hopefully you’ll get her home quicker. Where is she staying?

    8. Martin

      Put a paypal link so people can contribute towards the costs!

    9. Hi Martin…..Mango is adorable! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for saving her! Yes, a Pay Pal donation button would be great….I am from Canada and would like to help…. Cheers, Valerie 🙂

    10. There is a lilac “DONATE NOW”-button on the top of the front page beside Martin’s pic. This will easily redirect you to Paypal! (Am I the only one seeing this because of so many people asking?)

    11. This is why I am so ashamed to claim that I am from the Philippines. I am flabergasted and shocked that to these days, people back there still eat dogs. I cannot accept the fact that Filipinos who are fond of their domestic pets would do such horrible act of gluttony. Don’t they have anything to eat anymore? That’s how scarce food is, even dogs or cats are destined to be at the dinner table??? Shameful!!! I really wish something is being done about this. I hated this when I learned this still happens in Thailand or Vietnam or even in the outskirts of the cities in China. Now, I have a reason to hate and curse Filipibos because of this… One evil act to an animal is a decade of hardship to the country. That’s my curse!!!

    12. Hi Rodney, good to hear from someone who is from there. I am sure that most of the Filippinos feel the same way but clearly not ALL do. thanks for reading

    13. Wonderful and touching story. We would like to contribute to help Mango and will donate 70 Euro tomorrow.

    14. WONDERFUL…that would make such an enormous difference!

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