Last month, the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs published the story of Luis Ortiz of Alamo, Texas, who was shocked to find his beloved canine friend Mijo killed brutally near his house. He was denied justice as the police refused to pursue the case allegedly involving a religious minister who admitted killing Mijo but claiming self-defense. Now, Ortiz has found new meaning in the bond of kindness and care as he saved a small pup from possible death in his town.
Ortiz came to learn of some pit bull puppies born to a pit mom in another part of his town. The owner is said to be unable to afford raising them so the pups were about to be sold. He went there and got one of the pups while another one was adopted by one of his friends. He had to give immediate care to the pup, 2 to 3 weeks young, who was weak and sick, not vaccinated, and not even strong enough to walk steadily. But now he had a home and a name—Junior.
“I immediately took him to the vet and had him get the vaccinations he needed. Once I brought him home, I feared that he was going to die so I kept a close eye on him,” says Ortiz.
But the pup was still not out of his earlier suffering. He couldn’t take the food his new owner offered and began throwing up. Worried about Junior’s life, Ortiz started searching for the right food for this new guy. He tells:
“I looked online and found out that puppies will always want to eat some Blue Buffalo puppy food. And boy did he eat a lot of that food!”
Soon Junior’s coat started looking better each day and his skin and bones started to fill in. Now, he is a healthy, happy pup who likes to play with his owner and creating some fun moments in the house.
“Now, it is very hard for me to find my boots because he picks them up and then hides them from me. I think he does this because he doesn’t want me to leave the house,” says Ortiz. He tells that his life has been transformed positively by Junior’s arrival as he is still in recovering from the trauma of Mijo’s murder.
“I don’t think I would ever want another pet again. I still miss Mijo very much and think about him every day, and I think Mijo sent Junior to me to save him while helping me heal too.”