Rupert was found wandering near the arch in Antigua, Guatemala by a tourist from Costa Rica. He was lost, and she (and we) assumed that his family would be looking for him. The tourist took him to a local veterinarian and asked to board him there. We posted him, but no one ever claimed him. After a few days, we had him neutered, vaccinated, and wormed, and we brought him up to the Cerro.

Rupert is a pure bred Cocker Spaniel. He is about a year or a year and a half old, and was clearly a house dog and pet. He is very sweet and friendly and has great manners (although he had no obedience behaviors when we brought him in; not even a “sit”). He rides nicely in the car, walks beautifully on leash, and has no issues with any of the dogs or puppies at the rescue.

Rupert seemed lethargic on April 20, and had more-than-usual discharge from his eyes. We took him to our vet who immediately hospitalized him and started him on I/V fluids. Over the course of several days, Rupert’s condition worsened, and he became too weak to stand, and had difficulty eating. We made the difficult decision to euthanize him on April 24, as he was suffering and his condition was worsening.

We are a small organization dedicated to helping dogs and cats in Antigua. We sterilize, rehabilite and find homes, and work with other rescue groups.