I adopted an apple head chihuahua and rat terrier mixed puppy 4 1/2 years ago, at the local animal shelter. It was truly, love at first sight.
During the Pandemic and for the past 18 months, Gizmo spent 24/7 with me, while I was working from home. Most of the time, he slept in his cozy little bed, by my feet.
That little guy became my loyal friend, confidant, personal assistant, "therapist" and body guard. I was able to learn so much about dogs and specially about my little Gizmo, and nobody knows more about him than I do.
I know Gizmo gets excited as well as depressed, happy, anxious, worry, nervous, and upset. I know what he likes and what he dislikes. I know he senses danger and I know he senses when I am upset, hurting, or in danger.
I know how much that little guy loves me, and I know Gizmo knows I love him a lot.
Most of the time, he wants to play and he wants to be the whole center of my attention, which he is, and most of the time, he wants to seat on my lap,
He gets cold and he gets hot. He gets hungry and he gets thirsty. He wants and he needs to be touched, to be loved and to be included. He loves walking and running around, marking all the trees and all the places he can. He barks and he makes different growling sounds to communicate with me.
I am there for my Gizmo. He depends on me and I depend on him. We are a team. I am a better person because of him. I am happier with him around and I can be more compassionate with others, because of him. Gizmo has taught me unconditional love, and total commitment.
Dogs are not meant to be alone...And I can only imagine the mental anguish, all street animals go through everyday, not to mention the physical pain, the hunger, and the abuse and neglect...
The best thing 2020 did for me, was to solidified that love and compassion I have for the street animals.
Seeing how fortunate Gizmo is, having all my love and devotion, being safe and secure inside our home, while millions of other animals just like him are not, breaks my heart.
And I decided I wanted to do more, to help street animals in need, and I started to work on my next big project; an animal sanctuary in Panama, for street animals, specifically the ones that are more vulnerable.
I have also created my online store, "La Niña Internacional" to start the process of creating additional income, other than my full-time work, to allow me to invest and buy the property in Panama, where my first animal sanctuary will be built. A big "castle" for abandoned street cats, dogs and any other animal that will not be able to survive alone in the streets due to permanent loss of limbs, hearing, and/or sight, suffered by abuse, negligence, or accidents.
I asked you all animal lovers and all that want to support my efforts, by buying quality and unique items, from my online store.
Thank you so much for being part of this community, and thank you for supporting my efforts of building an animal sanctuary in the republic of Panama, and in various parts of the world very soon. This will take some time and a lot of effort and I know when there is a will, there is a way and this will be done, because I want this with all my heart and because I am a hard worker and because I know God would want this for these wonderful creatures called animals, so please, help me God.
There are exciting things coming and exciting things to be shared, so please, keep in touch.
My greatest passion is the welfare of all animals. Animals have given me so much. I owe them my life.