Adopted Dog brings Love and Laughter during Mother’s Visits from Mexico

When Max brought Isa home to meet his mother, it was love at first wag.

Max + Isa

When Max’s mother Maria was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a dog named Isa helped bring joy, laughter and companionship to her visits.

"When I got home after work, my mom and Isa used to be outside walking. My mom used to talk to Isa, and they even watched Mexican soap operas together. They were really and truly Mexican friends showing their roots to each other."

Adopted Dog Isa

My mom had pulmonary fibrosis and lived for three years after she was diagnosed. She came to visit me here in Atlanta, Georgia, from Mexico City. For years, I could not figure out how to keep my mom busy and happy while I was at work. As years passed, I realized my mom got tired from being alone, bored and sad at home. Being alone was really tough for my mom since I was gone most of the day. She had to travel to see me for only a few hours a day, knowing the clock was on her due to the pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis.

Adopted Dog Isa

One day, I decided to get a dog. It was Isadora Maria, a miniature pincher-chihuahua, who caught my eye. Her sweetness and amicable demeanor helped me realize she could befriend my mom when I was gone from home. Isadora Maria became friends with Maria Luisa, maybe because of the similar names in the beginning?

When I got home after work, my mom and Isa used to be outside walking. My mom used to talk to Isa, and they even watched Mexican soap operas together. They were really and truly Mexican friends showing their roots to each other.

Adopted Dog Isa

A funny story happened also when I decided to shorten her name to Isa. I am Max, friends said I was a dog, and Isadora Maria was my sister. Lordy! I changed her name to Isa right away. Isa and Max would not surprise people anymore.

Isa and Maria Luisa became such great friends that my mom started to extend her trips in Atlanta to stay with her! My mom used to come for one or two weeks at most, but she mentioned she felt in love with Isa because she was a really good company. Isa would go with her anywhere my mom would go, including the restroom. When my mom cooked, Isa was the first one to try the good quality Mexican food without spices and chiles. I loved how they looked together.

Adopted Dog Isa

My mom enjoyed her last three years of her life to the max! As family, we went everywhere together. We spent time in restaurants, parks and malls where Isa was welcome. Isa was my mom’s best friend in the beginning, but I felt she became her fur daughter. Suddenly, Isa started having more gifts than me at Christmas. Isa had more clothes and jackets than me as well. Isa used to kiss my mom for all her generosity and care. I remember all those wonderful days they spent together.

My mom passed away, and I still have Isa with me. I thanked God that Isa was able to give brightness to my mom’s life. Now, Isa is giving me the same wonderful and lovely treatment.

Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Max won Angels Among Us Pet Rescue in Alpharetta, Georgia a 2019 Holiday Wishes award.