It is with a heavy heart that I read the article on Tino as his loss is still very fresh in my mind.
There are few other things that I would like to take this opportunity to add to the article. First off, Tino was diagnosed with cancer in November 2007. I had personally secured a home for Tino and Eve with Karen Fraser in Cayman Brac. Karen runs the Brac branch of the Cayman Islands Humane Society. When Tino was taken to Island Vet for a health check before he was due to leave for the Brac, a small tumour was found and removed.
My husband (Matthew Manning) and I both met personally with Dr. Brenda Bush, who informed us that the cancer was an aggressive cancer and she estimated that he would live only three months. Dr. Bush also felt that due to this, it would not be fair to send him to Cayman Brac, especially as there is not a full-time vet there. There was no doubt in our minds then that we had to take him home immediately us with; the thought of him spending his final days at the shelter was unthinkable. Tino lived much longer than what had originally been estimated, and we had the pleasure of spending his last year and a half with him and Eve in a loving home environment, where he belonged.
I’d like to thank those people who have contacted me via email and telephone to tell me of their loving memories of Tino. He was a very special guy who touched the hearts so many people over the years. He will never be forgotten and I hope his story encourages people to be responsible pet owners. There simply aren’t enough homes for all of the unwanted dogs in the Cayman Animals. I would encourage everyone who’s looking for a family pet to adopt and not shop. Spay and neuter is the only way forward in controlling the unwanted animal population.
For anyone who has been inspired by Tino’s story to do something to help dogs in similar situations, please visit the Shelter and see Russell and Poncho. They have both been there for over a year now. They are loving, playful and happy dogs seeking their own forever homes.