My Famous Friend Fitz is Still Saving Lives – Spaying and Neutering Yucatan into the Most Pet Friendly State in Mexico

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

Groucho Marx
Yes, I know I have a double chin in this photo, but it’s all about Fitz.

If you have been reading my blogs, you’ll know who Fitz is. If you have not, where have you been human? Let me catch you up. Fitz was (RIP buddy) a cheeky and friendly little dog who taught his human how to discover Merida through his eyes. One of the things they both discovered is that people in Merida love their furry friends, but sadly, the pet population is out of control.

So, with the help of their intrepid friends, Fitz, and his human, Leanna, created a beautiful book called My Days – Inspiration From  a Curious Dog and started selling it to raise money to pay for pet sterilisation in Yucatan. Every single penny from the sale of the book goes directly to spaying and neutering. Bucks for balls. That’s what I say anyhow.

Volunteers helping save lives at a sterilisation clinic funded by the proceeds of Fitz’s book.
Photo credit: Leanna Staines

Sadly, Fitz crossed the rainbow bridge not long after the book was published, but he left such an important legacy and it is making a real impact. Just recently, Hennessy’s Irish Pub had a gigantic St. Patrick’s Day party. I’m not quite sure I understand the green thing that humans do, but they seem to enjoy it and as far as I’m concerned, happy humans make me a happy dog.

Fitz’s book with some of that green stuff that humans seem to love on St. Patrick’s Day. Humans are weird, but whatever. Photo credit: Leanna Staines

Not long before the party, Hennessy’s announced that they had created a foundation to support important human and animal causes in Yucatan. Hennessy’s knows how to make helping the community fun. They had live music and authentic Irish food. All the money they made that day went to their Hennessy Foundation, which supports so many important human and animal charities in Merida.

Leanna Staines with two of her helpful volunteers, Barb & Patricia with their adorable dog Diego.

The event seemed like the perfect opportunity to follow up with Fitz’s human, Leanna Staines, who was working hard at the party selling Fitz books. To be honest, it’s not that much of a difficult job because it’s such a lovely book. I wanted to find out what kind of impact the book and the funds that have been raised have made. All I can say humans is ‘Wow!’ Read on and let me tell you why.

The first edition of Fitz’s book came out in 2021. Since then, 480 copies have ben sold in Yucatan, Quintana Roo, and Guanajuato in Mexico. Fitz is a dog of international mystery, so the book has also been sold in the United States in Santa Fe, San Francisco, and New York. Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty. What does that mean in terms of ovaries and testicles? Or even tacos? That’s what I wanted to know.

No tacos here, only doggos.
Photo credit: Leanna Staines

Sit down before you read this in case you feel dizzy humans. A staggering $288,000 pesos has been raised and donated to fund 940 dog and cat sterilisations through the truly heroic organisations No Mas Perritos, AFAD, and Ester y Liza. Please allow me to point out that in ten years’ time, with the number of kittens and puppies that those dogs and cats could have created, Fitz will have saved millions of lives.

Teach children to care for dogs and cats and they will make Yucatan the most pet friendly state in Mexico. Photo credit: Leanna Staines

Hennessy Foundation are stepping up to pay for the printing of another 350 copies of Fitz’s book, which means even more animal lives will be saved and a new website is being created so people can order the book online. The book is a beautiful thing and makes a fantastic gift, so run humans, don’t walk, don’t dilly dally. Go and buy one. Tell them Sir Rodders sent you. You won’t get a discount but you’ll definitely get a smile.

My Days – Inspiration From  a Curious Dog is available through Hennessy’s Irish Pub and Between the Lines in Merida

Keeping the Hennessy Foundation St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser rockin’.
These humans keep my tail wagging!
Everything is so…um…green!
What is this sorcery? I’m seeing double the kind humans!
No such thing as too much rock & roll especially when it is saving lives.

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