This Is the Company You Were Hoping For


Irina Echarry

HAVANA TIMES – She used to spend her days at a dump. She blended right in with the earth because of her brown skin and people would throw garbage on top of her; she’d run away afraid and then come back.

With her long legs and her slim body, she would walk slowly as if her existence in this world weighed her down. She put up with the rain and people’s indifference; until we started giving her food, affection and attention.

A friend named her: Champan, although I don’t think she’s very interested in what people call her, but that somebody comes looking for her.

Now, she is recovering from being spayed and, in spite of her stitches, she seems to tread a lot lighter, her tail is raised expressing her happiness and she spends the whole day playing with whatever she comes across.

As if that weren’t enough, Champan is very intelligent. She has discovered that she can open the sliding doors with a bit of force and insistence, she knows that she shouldn’t go into bedrooms, and the first time she saw the TV switched on, she remained hypnotized; then she started barking at Randy, from the Mesa Redonda show. That has to be a good sign, right?

Her stitches will be removed in a few days and after that, Champan will return to the street. There, she will catch new parasites and continue to be exposed to road accidents. Her skin, which is now recovering, will get worse again because of the bread she will eat around nearby kiosks.

She’s only a few months old, but she probably won’t make it to her first birthday if she doesn’t find a home. You can change her life; she will give you a lot of affection and company.

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Irina Echarry

Irina Echarry: I enjoy reading, going to the movies and spending time with my friends. Many of the people I love are dead, or are no longer in Cuba. I will do my best to transmit my thoughts, ideas or worries via these pages so you can get to know me. I will give an idea of my age, since it helps explain certain things. I’m over thirty-five, and I think that’s enough information. I don’t have any children yet, or nieces or nephews. There are days when I transform myself into a child with no age at all in order to see life from another angle. It helps me break the monotony and survive in this strange world.

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3 thoughts on “This Is the Company You Were Hoping For

  • I hope that someone there will see the love that this dog has to give. The streets are full of danger for these dogs and cats. Zoonosis is a horrible way to solve the problem of overpopulation. The Cuban government needs to step up and help its people to help these animals

  • Has anyone thought of creating a “save a dog” organization? There are international organizations that advertise particularly to North Americans and Europeans saying for pennies a day you can support….etc.

    There are many animal lovers in the US that might contribute to such a program. I know I would. I would only need to be assured that any contributions was really going to support a chance for life for these wonderful creatures.

    Thank you for your compassion. Spaying and neutering are absolutely necessary.

  • Hi,

    I read the article on the Havana street puppy by Irina and I would like to know where is the dog now. Thank you!

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