I will admit I am a soda person, but I have never had cravings for carbonated caffeine like I get here. So my friends and I decided to take a quick walk down to Wilson’s to get a coke and maybe a candy bar. As we passed by the water we here a little squeek and then a series of very ferocious little yips coming from behind a stone wall. We peered around the corner to find the feistiest, most adorable ball of mangy fur that we had ever seen. This is how we met Nugget.
The island is covered with feral dogs and cats that lead a pretty tough life on an island with scarce freshwater and food scraps, but somehow they get by. The feral dogs are referred to as “potcakes” here on the island because sailors used to feed them the burnt up bottom of the cakes they would bake in their big pots.
It is not uncommon that puppies are running about the island but on this day our hearts melted for this little guy who was all alone panting and sick in the sun. After an hour of playing with the little guy we walked back to the center and he may have “followed” us back. We waited like little kids at the gate for the staff to get back from their dive and then let little Nugget run toward them. “Ok, fine, we’ll call Potcake Place and see if they can take her,” says our student affairs manager, Kate.
Potcake Place is an adoption center on Provo that takes in feral puppies and adopts them out to the United States and Canada. The staff here refers to it as potcake heaven because it gives these little dogs a chance at a decent life. Lucky for us we couldn’t get a hold of Potcake Place for a couple days so we had to keep Nugget in the center with us. I don’t think there was a span of longer than five minutes where that poor puppy got left alone. I myself had a glorious forty-five minute nap in a hammock where Nugget was curled up snoozing on my chest. It was a sad day when we got the crate to put her in and send her off to Provo, but we found out that one of the girls from our program was going to adopt her! Nugget beat the odds and is now living in the states with a loving family.
Potcake Place is a great organization that gives these hearty, loyal dogs a chance to get healthy and live a happy life. I fully recommend that if you are ever looking to adopt a dog to go through Potcake Place.