"Attached is the sequence of three photos that I took of a taxi and you on our last Sunday in the Amazon (July 2001); wandering around Iquitos. I was in a taxi heading out of town, at a red light, looking for a gift for the girls. As you pulled up, in your arms I recognized the dog that I had followed earlier that afternoon, walking around the market and the Inca Museo. Everywhere I walked, he walked in front of me; or maybe, he was my guide.
As I walked behind this homeless critter, I remember feeling a tinge of sadness for his difficult and short life in that slum. He had mange from nose to tale, and he was hungry. He walked though, sure footed and with purpose. He actually led me into the museum. I remember wondering who would ever help with his bloody mange; but I remember as well, his good attitude..... And then you show up saying that you are taking this dog to a vet friend; to rescue the fella. Good job says I. If my memory is correct, this act started you on the path that led to Amazon Cares." - Adrian Popescu(Editor's Note) I looked quite different at that time in my life, but putting vanity aside, here are the photos.
In 2004 I was reunited with "Lucky," thus named because nobody could believe anyone would take interest in this very ill animal. At the time I wrote:
The dog that changed my life.
- What happened with Lucky that afternoon was truly remarkable.
- We did not find this dog together on a Sunday stroll.
- He found us separately.
- I asked a question of myself and you determined the answer.
- We only met for a moment at that stoplight (coincidence) that afternoon, as your new mission began....................Good thing I shoot a camera so well.
Thank you Adrian for further contributing to this story, which has moved many people.