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“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul – A.D. Williams.”

Have you ever been on a trip and quickly became attached to a new four legged friend? Well, that’s what happened to me during our stay at Fountain Bay Resort on Cat Island.

Every morning and every evening we were greeted by a lovable floppy-eared pup who went by the name of Carlos. Funny how a self proclaimed crazy cat lady ended up bonding with a dog on Cat Island.

Potcake, Bahamas, Cat Island

During the evening hours, when Ryan was in the shower, washing away the day’s sweat and salt, I’d sit outside with Carlos and we’d battle the mosquitos and no-see-ums together. I wanted to give this poor stray as much attention as I possibly could – who knew when his next human interaction would be.

At times he acted like he wanted to come into our villa, and oh, I soooo wanted to bring him in – to give him a break from the relentless bug bites, to get him out of the heat and give him the comfort of an air-conditioned room. But that was a big “NO” from Ryan. Rightfully so. I’m sure the resort wouldn’t have appreciated it either. But the thought was there and it was tempting every time he looked at me with those sad eyes as he try to nudge his way in.

My heart bleeds for underdogs like Carlos. He was an outcast – his family kicked him out of the pack. I know all too well what it’s like to be the outcast – rejected, ignored and forgotten. I’m sure we all have our stories of such heart-wrenching scenarios.

Yet even with his scars on the inside and out, it didn’t hold him back to love on others as he craved for it in return. I hope one day he finds it permanently. At least for now, travelers like myself can periodically give him the attention he deserves.

If you ever make it to Cat Island, go down to Fountain Bay Resort and give Carlos a scratch behind the ears for me.

Castaway Crystal

Cat Island, Potcake, Bahamas

Cat Island, Bahamas

Bahamas, Cat Island

Bahamas, Cat Island

Bahamas, Cat Island

Cat Island, Bahamas


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About the Author: Castaway Crystal

I'm a beach bunny hopping from island to island with camera in hand. I love experiencing all the Caribbean has to offer and sharing it with you! Conch fritter connoisseur, animal and nature lover, and RumShopRyan’s salty first mate. To learn more, visit our About Us Page.