Our mission in Tucson was primarily to gather our own preliminary information on the stray dog situation in the city as well as Pima County. Our first stop was the Mission San Xavier del BAC on tribal grounds.
The Mission itself is beautiful and peaceful with a mountain shrine next to it. We came across 3 loose dogs on-site. Two of the dogs were on the backside of the mission and they seemed to belong there. However, it is difficult to tell without having spoken to anyone, whether they are truly stray, or live on the Mission property and are taken care of.
We saw a few other strays on the tribal land as well that were not near any dwellings.
We moved on to combing neighborhoods on the south side near the airport. In a very random pattern we came across no less than 10 small dogs roaming the streets in a one block radius; another single dog on the street, outside of a closed fenced lot. This dog was wary of us, but not afraid. We saw a handful of other strays during our drive. Remember, we came across these dogs without any guidance from local rescues or authorities.
This indicates to us that there appear to be some loose dog issues in the city of Tucson. If these dogs are owned but loose, or community dogs, it begs the question of spay and neuter. Are these dogs spayed and neutered or are they roaming and re-populating the streets? We don’t know, but we would like to investigate the area further.
As evening drew near and we ended our search, we passed through an intersection where we spotted a car parked on the corner with people holding “pupies (sp) for sale” signs. We turned around and went back to investigate. I took my camera and talked with them. They agreed to allow me to film the interaction. A small boy was holding a Rottweiler mix puppy in hopes that I’d want to buy him for $30.
After some questions, I found that the girl and 2 small boys (not sure of the relationship, could be brothers) came to town to sell 3 puppies and that the mamma and the dad were at home with the girl’s mother. They couldn’t afford to take care of the puppies, and have little money, so the sale of the puppies would help them financially. There was also a beautiful gray pit bull (Princess) next to the car which was owned by the girl’s boyfriend who was sitting in the car until the end of our visit.
I asked if there were other puppies and the young boy went to the car and retrieved another from the floor of the backseat. The girl let me know that she had sold the third one shortly before our arrival.
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We stopped in front of a house and when Katie started talking about Chocolate the dog, that they had spayed and returned to the family, a light-bulb went on, well 2 of them.
This was the house of a dog that I photographed under a pick-up truck last December when we were in Houston. She was too shy to come out then, but now she was happy to visit with us. In another moment I realized that we were at the same spot where we came with Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward to feed Mr. Woolsworth! It became very familiar when the toddler puppies came running out to say hello. So we were back at the house of a family who seems to have too many dogs to handle.
The first step was to retrieve the brand new puppies which were laying in a pile underneath a dog house in the yard. There were 5 tiny puppies that Katie skillfully removed. They were only a few weeks old at best. When Anna realized that the puppies didn’t have teeth yet, she knew that they had to find their mama and take her with them as they were still nursing. The problem was that she had not come out to greet us and we couldn’t find her. In the meantime the toddler puppies were providing entertainment for all!
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Excerpted from Deanna Vollano's Tour Blog,
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Singer Song-Writer Rescues & Adopts Flea Ridden Cute Stray Puppy Filming Music Video About Stray Dogs in Houston
This morning WA2S Films set out with Houston Singer / Song-Writer Arthur Yoria (who is working on the sound track for Operation Houston #StrayDogCity) to film a video to go along with the original song RUFF LIFE which will be the closing song for our Houston Documentary. We had a neighborhood in mind however sometimes life affords you opportunities that can’t be denied.
As is typical when we spot a stray on any route we are driving, we pulled over at the sight of 3 dogs. Oddly, Tom, John and I each saw a different dog at first glance! The smallest of the 3 dogs was interested in us and came to see what was up. We didn’t see the two others until they made their getaway down the street and around the corner.
When we realized that we had pulled into an old “club” or “banquet facility” depending on which sign you believed, and looked around, it was clear that this would be the set for the music video for RUFF LIFE. As the gear was set-up Arthur kept our stray nearby with the smell of what was left of a breakfast sandwich.
This little gal was just beautiful – a mixed breed, but on the smaller side. She had beautiful eyes and a lovely colored coat, though she was covered in fleas. We knew she needed help and I took to the phones trying to reach one of the Rescues we film with as this puppy could not be left behind. She was young, only about 8 weeks old we found out later, with her whole life ahead of her…. on the streets…. or maybe not!
She was the perfect actress for the role of stray dog in the video and over the course of the filming, as often times happens on the set; the musician falls for the actress and vice versa. Arthur could not fathom completing the shoot and leaving his adorable co-star behind to life on the streets with an uncertain future. Arthur decided to rescue this stray off the streets of Sunnyside in Houston. The obvious name for our starlet was Rita Hayworth!
I (Deanna Vollano) reached Yvette, with Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward, who was happy to help us care for Rita Hayworth and ready her for a new family. We met Yvette, who took the puppy with her and bathed her, gave her shots, de-wormer and is now flea free as well. We can’t thank her enough for taking time on such short notice today to meet us and care for Rita Hayworth! WA2S is filming with Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward in the morning and Yvette will bring Rita Hayworth so that Arthur can take her to her new home!
Besides an awesome stray dog rescue, which is truly the highlight of the day, we filmed for what will be an amazing music video to the song that is now called “Ruff Life (Rita Hayworth).” It was a magical day!
Get into Arthur Yoria's music here: www.ArthurYoria.com
John Robinson, Deanna Vollano, Tom McPhee
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