It would be silly to say it was a beautiful day… all days in Mexico are beautiful. What it was however, was our housekeeper’s day at our home and we prefer, as does she, to clean without us under her feet. So we packed up our chairs, some cold beverages and snacks (I had made sauerkraut buns. Yummy!) and loaded the truck with our friends, Lori Schneider Wood, Pat Sidam, Claude Trudel and our pack, consisting of 4 dogs on this day, and a HUGE umbrella, with loads of water for the dogs and off we went. One of our favourite, normally quiet beaches is in El Monteón. It’s quite a drive to get there, but so worth the effort! Typically no one is there, with the exception of a few fishermen and some men on horses, and this day a mule.
We got out of the truck and Brody, our Golden Retriever Mexican mix, decided to go into the estuary. Now this has happened at LEAST a 100 times before, so he felt safe there. Unfortunately, so did we. We unpacked the truck and hauled most everything down to the beach, sat our fannies in the chairs while the two men went back to get the rest of the necessities for our beach day. Brody and Mick, our physically disabled Mexican Street Dog mix, ran up and down the beach digging for sand crabs and looking for messages left by other dogs earlier in the day. You all know what I mean. Then they saw their dad and our friend Claude back up at the truck. They went running to see what was going on as Brody went BACK into the estuary. Thankfully Mick, our new rescue Mindy and our friends dog Bobby didn’t follow him.
The water was very mirky and dark, you could not see in the water. The next thing we heard were the men yelling “SWIM BRODY SWIM!” We all went running up just as Brody went down a second time in a death roll in the mouth of a crocodile! Doug, my husband, and Claude began throwing bricks and large sticks at where they thought the croc’s head MAY be. Miraculously, the croc let go of Brody, who was swimming as quickly as he could. We were all in shock! I was holding onto Mindy and Mick’s collar, while Pat held onto Bobby tightly. Luckily, Brody made it out!
Brody has 8 serious puncture wounds, one requiring 6 stitches, and of course he is traumatized… well, we all are! Our vet could not believe that Brody had no damage to his lungs and no broken ribs from the strength of the bite. The vets rarely, if ever, see a dog who survives a crocodile attack! We thank our lucky stars we still have our baby. It could have been so much worse. The picture above is of the crocodile, that by the way, NEVER left the estuary! He was waiting for us to give him lunch.
The moral of this story is this… keep your pets out of the estuaries and keep them close. We were lucky. I hope this story will prevent others from experiencing this.
We still have nightmares. Brody is still traumatized we think, as he is slower to just “go” like he did before. I’m pretty sure he won’t be going back into still water anytime soon!
by Ellaine and Doug Spivak
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Brody has 8 serious puncture wounds, and of course is traumatized… well, we all are! The moral of this story is this: keep your pets out of the estuaries; keep them close. We were lucky. Our vet could not believe that Brody had no damage to his lungs and no broken ribs. The vets rarely, if ever, see a dog who survives a crocodile attack! We thank our lucky stars we still have our baby. It could have been so much worse. The picture above is of the crocodile, that by the way, NEVER left the estuary! He was waiting for us to give him a lunch.
I hope this will prevent others from experiencing this trauma. We still have nightmares. Brody is healing and is seeing our vet on a regular basis because, for those of you who don’t know, a crocodile’s mouth is filled with bacteria so he could have developed a serious illness.