Feliz Navidog

by | Jul 24, 2018 | Videos | 2 comments

This is Feliz Navidog and here's our story. She found me near Parque Metropolitano in Quito Ecuador and followed me for the next three hours on my hike, and then all the way back to my apartment across town. I've never had anything like this happen before, and it became my responsibility to find her a suitable home. PM me if you're in the Quito area and are interested in providing a home for the world's greatest dog! You can also watch and share this video on Facebook and YouTube.

Love dog stories? Check out this video called Dogs Welcome about a hotel in Asheville North Carolina that fosters dogs!

Video Transcript

Meet Feliz Navidog or “Navi” for short. I named her that because when I found her, she had on this adorable Christmas sweater. Or rather, when she found me.

Last week I went hiking with my friend Liz in Parque Metropolitano, and that's where I came across Navi. I loved her as soon as I met her, and I believe that it was love at first site for both of us, because she started to follow me.

I asked around, but no-one in the neighborhood who I passed by knew who this dog belonged to and she had no tags. So I continued my hike, and so did Navi.

She ended up following us the entire time during the 3 hour hike, so mid-way through we got her some food and water. And after the hike, I brought her back to the same place that she found me so that she could find her way home. But instead, she found her way back to mine.

What are you supposed to in a situation like this? I couldn't just leave her on the street but my Airbnb has a very strict No Pets Allowed Rule. It became my responsibility to find her a home.

I asked around to some of my friends and Quito who referred me to shelters. But many of the shelters would only take sick dogs, and Navi appeared to be in perfect health. Then I was referred to PAE, but I learned that they would only house her for 2 weeks before putting her down. So we gave her a bath at a local pet shop, and while she was getting cleaned up, I reached out to Facebook for help.

I posted on my personal profile so that my friends in Quito would see it, and also in the Quito Expats Group. It wasn't but 15 minutes later that an angel contacted me and said that she would foster Navi until we could find her a home. So Liz and I hopped into an Uber and made our way across town to meet up with a woman who as it turned out, went to the same college as Liz in South Carolina. Small world!

We're still looking for a home for Navi, but I know, thanks to the power of social media and great people like you, it will just be a matter of time before Navi finds the home of her dreams, and someone find the dog of theirs. Share this video if you know someone in the Quito area who's looking for a little Feliz Navidog in their life.

And to everyone else watching, remember, the next time you find an animal in need, no matter where you are in the world, there's always some way to help.

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  1. Bonnie (43BlueDoors)

    Hi Paul, Dogs steal my heart every time too! You mentioned in your email to share our dog stories. One of mine would be from Nicaragua. The sate of most of the animals there was really hard to see https://43bluedoors.com/2017/03/02/strays-of-nicaragua/

    I also read about that dog hotel in SC, what a great idea. Keep the videos coming!

    • Paul @ Travel is Life

      I remember also all the strays in Nicaragua. There seem to be a ton all over Central and South America though to be fair. Every once in a while though, a town surprises me. For me it was Banos Ecuador. My friend Brittney and I went there a couple years ago and EVERY dog in town was like well behaved, well fed, groomed.. but they didn’t seem to belong to anyone in particular. The townspeople just seemed to take care of all dogs and leave out food and water and tend to them. It was a really nice experience.


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