Was Ricky named after Ricky Martin?
No, it is Ricky Ricardo, named after the comical Cuban character who starred in the "I love Lucy" television series.
Originally Posted by Jackie from Concrete, WA
Popi - what is the mambo?
The Mambo is a Latin dance like the Samba, Cha-Cha, Salza, etc. Ricky stands on his back legs and sways, hops, and spins around while I sing a Mambo song. The Mexicans go nuts with laughter! I know this is probably not good for his hips so I don't do it often and only for short periods of time, maybe 5 seconds.
How I wish Molly and I were there with you right now because we got almost two feet of snow here today!
Oh how Ricky wishes Molly was here with him to run and play on the big lawn at the rear of our place in 80 degree weather.
A word about the native dogs in Mexico. Traditionally, a personal dog in Mexico was used for security purposes. The meaner the dog, the better. Dogs were never altered, never inoculated, never on a leash, and never fed a proper diet. Consequently dogs became over populated here and frequently a nuisance. Dog used to live a miserable life here often finding it necessary to scavenge for their own food when not feed fattening table scraps and infested with vermin and disease. When a dog was no longer of any use or diseased, the owners would drive them way out into the desert, without water, and leave them to die.
That is now beginning to change. Believe it or not, Mexicans as a group are starting to become a bit more affluent and a pampered pet is considered a status symbol. Mexican small animal Vets are becoming much more common and are becoming advocates for small animals. The expatriate population (primarily Americans and Canadians) are joining with like minded Mexican volunteers to form humane societies where dogs and cats are spay/neutered and then put up for adoption with ads in the local papers. Stores like Costco and Walmart are importing kibble. Yes, I know Costco kibble is not a good choice for our dogs, but it is a better choice for Mexican dogs compared to what they were eating. Finally, Mexicans see all the visitors who bring down their personal dogs on vacation and they are amazed at how useful, happy, well groomed, and healthy these dogs are. Just like an IPhone, they want one of these type of dogs too.
So, the situation is getting better for Mexican dogs but there is still a lot of work to be done. I feel encouraged!