Two rescue Saint Bernard dogs spent four long years living on a filthy balcony!
Two rescue dogs Ramona and her companion lived on a tiny, filthy balcony filled with loose bricks. Both St. Bernard dogs were skeletal, although this was a bit hard to see this underneath their thick and matted coats. They were there for about 4 years old, and, according to the people who rescued them, they lived on that dirty patio in Juarez, Mexico, for their entire poor lives. The patio was actually on the second floor of a house, so there was no way for them to get away.
A local person noticed that one of the two poor dogs had a broken foot and could no longer walk. The same person contacted Compassion Without Borders (CWOB), an animal rescue group that helps animals in Mexico, and asked for them to help the dogs.
When the CWOB volunteers went there to investigate, they were in shock at what they saw. “The patio was tiny, and so filthy,” says Christi Camblor, a cofounder of CWOB. “They were really, super skinny, and the male dog could not put any weight on one of his legs”. The CWOB volunteers talked to the dogs’ owner, and convinced him to surrender the dogs to them.
While it is still not really clear why the owner was keeping them in the first place, Camblor thinks he might was breeding them and selling the puppies for a lot of money.
The CWOB volunteers rushed the two dogs to a local vet hospital in Juarez. But tragedy struck and unfortunately, neither of the dogs got any vaccinations, and the male dog, who was Ramona’s constant companion for so many years died. “There is no nice way of putting it,” Camblor says. “It was all really sad”.
The rescue team moved Ramona to the safety to the CWOB clinic in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. They asked for volunteers to transfer Ramona (as well as another dog) across the borders into the United States, where Ramona could start a new, good life.
A Californian woman Lynn Bowers and her daughter, Janelle, volunteered to get the two rescue dogs. The moment Bowers met Ramona, she was in love.
She quickly decided that she was going to do more than just transport Ramona, she was going to adopt her and give her a loving home.
“I instantly fell in love with her,” Bowers says. “Even though she was dirty, stinky, and sick, she was so beautiful”. Bowers already had another St. Bernard dog, and she thought that Ramona would be a really good companion for him. But even though Ramona finally had a real home, she had a lot of medical issues to recover from. She was still malnourished, and she had a bad ear infection, a respiratory infection and dental disease too.
“She took some time to recover completely,” Bowers says. “But every day that passed I would see her become curious, also playful and much more active”. Once Ramona was healthy again, she started acting like the puppy she probably never got to be. “She loves to initiate play with all of her toys,” Bowers says. “With her toy in her mouth, she will come to me with her head down low and will begin her deep sounding ‘woooo’ by raising her head high then dropping the toy”.