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Surgical veterinary technician Laurie Doton with puppies in Granada, Nicaragua.
Surgical veterinary technician Laurie Doton with puppies in Granada, Nicaragua.

Dr. Steele has a special and lasting reminder of her first World Vets experience: Oreja (“ear” in Spanish), a Mexican mutt she rescued. The sturdy little dog was one of many rounded up from the streets of Loreto and brought to the clinic. “I took one look at her and said, ‘She goes home with me!’” recalls Dr. Steele. Alaska Airlines generously agreed to fly Oreja and six other rescued dogs back to the U.S. for free. Oreja joined Dr. Steele’s five other dogs for a happy and healthy life beside the ocean. Dr. Steele swears she won’t be bringing her pack any more rescues from World Vets trips. Time will tell.

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 66: Sept/Oct 2011
Rebecca Wallick is an attorney and a Bark contributing editor; she and her dogs live in Washington.

Photographs courtesy of World Vets

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