It's no secret that I adore dogs. I think dogs are the best animals in the universe. Human beings can be petty, cruel, and downright evil and dogs still think we're amazing. Or they at least want to.
It's rare that I go on vacation - Will and I will sneak off for a weekend to Vegas or San Francisco, but our traveling has pretty much been 100% family related. He's never taken a week off since we've been married unless someone has died. We've been married for four years. We're overdue.
However, I have a problem: I cannot go anywhere where there is a stray dog problem, because I cannot shut off that voice in my head that says help. (Please feel free to judge how I feel about people from that statement.)
In 2005 I went to Tahiti, and while it was absolutely gorgeous, the packs of skinny, stray dogs who would nudge you for a morsel of food or a kind pat resulted in a rather expensive stay where I cried 50% of the time and I went nowhere without a stash food & Purell (to disinfect their wounds) my purse.
So now, when I think "would I like to go there?" the first thing I do is some research on the stray dog population.
Last night, I discovered the Turks & Caicos have a population of stray dogs that are now native to the island called "Potcakes." According to PotcakePlace:
'Potcake' is the name given to the dogs of The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. It came about because the locals fed the caked remains of the cooking pot to the dogs.
Potcakes are rescued from around the islands of the Turks and Caicos. The spay/neuter programs are not keeping up. The feral dog population of the islands is growing, and more and more litters of puppies are being found as well as individual pups at a loss without their littermates. They may be found by tourists whilst they are out exploring, or locals in their back yard, whilst they are working on construction sites, or driving around the island.
Potcakes have evolved into a breed which is extremely smart, loyal and loving. In the 'Success Stories', you will see them so at home from the beach to the snow, and from playing gently with young children to snuggling with other dogs and cats.
They're also pretty freakin' cute:
There's a lot of disagreement in the rescue community about adopting dogs from other countries when we have such an issue with animal overpopulation here. No matter where you land on this issue, the real issue is spay & neuter. Potcake Place & the Pegasus Foundation lost the bulk of their spay & neuter funding, which was helping stem the Potcake population.