A photographer stops to have a picnic and finds a malnourished puppy abandoned on a very small island

by Shirley Marie Bradby

August 13, 2019

A photographer stops to have a picnic and finds a malnourished puppy abandoned on a very small island

The link between human beings and domestic animals is something extraordinary, profound, and difficult to understand or to explain to those who have never experienced it, but nevertheless, it is tangible and real.

Often this symbiosis is born by pure chance and it is not anything like the situation in which one goes to a pet store to "buy" a four-legged friend but rather it is a circumstance in which it is the animal that finds the human being who will adopt it.

The professional photographer Wesley White can personally attest to the truth of this statement!


In December 2018, the photographer was in Belize on a work trip and was intent on photographing and capturing the beauty of that natural paradise.  In fact, he used to go every day with his kayak to have lunch in his favorite place called Tiny Island, not far from his hotel situated on a private island called Thatch Caye.

While setting up his little picnic lunch, he heard what sounded like faint barking coming from somewhere near him. He looked around more closely, and shortly thereafter he noticed a small figure making its way through the wooden debris of a shack. It was a little puppy, visibly undernourished, very thin, just waiting to meet someone who could help him.


Needless to say, it was love at first sight for Wesley, so he wrapped the little puppy in his jacket and immediately took it with him in his kayak back to his hotel. The photographer was due to leave in two days to return to Montana, but he did not want to leave the little puppy behind.

So, Wesley had to move quickly! First, the dog was taken to the vet for the first medical treatments, while Wesley finished his last work commitments and organized his return trip.

Actually, at home, Wesley already had two dogs, Bell and Anna. However, he had already decided that if he could not find a good home for his new friend, he would keep the little puppy with him.

However, Wesley soon discovered that the necessary medical treatments required more time, so the man was forced to leave the dog behind, but not before he had given the dog the name, Winston.

Fortunately, the veterinarian found a person who could take care of Winston while he completed his medical treatments, and Wesley kept in touch with the temporary caregiver.

A month later the veterinarian gave his consent for Winston to travel by air, so the two new friends were able to meet each other in Dallas, Texas.

Despite the little time they had spent together, Winston seemed to immediately recognize his savior.

Now Wesley's house is even more lively than before, with three little wild devils making mischief every day, but Wesley only cares about having brought his new friend home.