MY VERY FIRST BLOG POST
When I was thinking about writing my very first Tulum, Mexico blog post, I wondered where I would start. Would it be about the night I spent at the insta famous Azulik Hotel, or about all of the different Cenote’s I went to? Or on where I found the best veggie tacos and the booziest of cocktails? Or perhaps about how I hired a kick ass female photographer to take my vacay pics and how you should do the exact same. Nope, it’s gonna be about the day I spent bawling over all the stray pups and how I hooked up with Help Tulum Dogs.
NO ONE TALKS ABOUT IT
I have done so many amazing things in Tulum, but none called out to me to be my very first blog post ever. I had read a ton of Tulum blogs and wanted my first one to be different than the others and there was one problem in Tulum that none of the bloggers or Instagrammer’s talked about. The one thing about Tulum that never came up in any of my countless hours of travel research was …. THE PUPS. Tulum has a very serious stray, neglected, abused, abandoned dog issue.
THE STRAY DOGS
On my first trip to Tulum, Mexico I was completely caught off guard. After spending a couple of blissful nights on the beach, I moved into the more economically friendlier town. I was absolutely crushed by what I saw. There were so many stray hungry pups. The very first night there, I went back to my hotel in tears. I’m pretty sure as I dramatically wailed, the staff must have been convinced that it was the margaritas or hormones. I returned the very next day in the exact same distraught state. I spent the afternoon sprinkling dog food like confetti. I had filled my bike basket up with dog food and hit the streets. Upon my return my new pal at the front desk realized that I was serious, and not an emotionally unstable loon. She showed me a group of gals on facebook that I should connect with.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP TULUM DOGS
Immediately I got in contact with Help Tulum Dogs. I wasn’t exactly sure of what I could do, I just knew I had to try. Tulum has no shelter and these ladies do what they can to help the dogs. They improve the life of street dogs in Tulum through education, fostering, sterilization clinics, adoption and a shit ton more. They informed me they always need Flight Angels, peeps to fly Tulum dogs to their new foster or furever homes in Canada or the U.S. I couldn’t wait to get onboard 😉 and jumped at the chance.
HOW IT WORKS
Help Tulum Dog’s got it all organized for me. All I had to do was give them my flight info. They set everything up for me and had all the required paperwork ready to go. Someone even went with me to the Cancun airport, making sure every thing went well. Super easy, rewarding as all hell, and stress free. The new family or foster meets your arrival airport.
THE MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE
I brought back a mom and pup that were rescued from the streets. In trying to keep her babies safe she somehow managed to get them stuck behind a wire fence, where she was unable to reach them. She was absolutely the sweetest. I am so happy someone came to their rescue. Mom and son have both found their furever homes and are living their very best lives. I even get updates. Help Tulum dogs is just freaking spectacular.
WAIT THERES MORE
For the puppy lovers out there, there’s another way you can help Tulum dogs. YOGA WITH RESCUE PUPS! Yoga Dicha Studio in town has donation based , all levels, Aligned flow yoga classes with the pups! All monies raised support Help Tulum Dogs and Peso for Paws. Richelle is the yoga studio owner as well as Pesos for Paws founder. She is also an integral part of Help Tulum dogs. I kind of secretly worship her 😉
I had the chance to meet my idol, as I attended the class as well. I’m very much a beginner when it comes to yoga, aka zero experience. Yoga in the evening I found out was not my forte. I may or may not have spent the entire afternoon on the beach guzzling boozy concoctions. Next time I will do the morning class. 😉 I was lucky enough however, to be saved. Right when I thought I could go no further, I was blessed enough to have a pupster pee on my yoga mat.
I can’t tell you how hard the ladies involved with these rescues work. Next time you head to Tulum visit the yoga studio. Make a donation . Foster if you’re there for an extended period. Volunteer at a spay/neuter clinic or help bring a mexipup to its new home. Trust me its super fucking rewarding.