It was a scant six years ago that Carlos Martinez and his wife, Ana Garcia, opened a veterinary clinic on Avenida Lopez Cotilla, not far from the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara.
After finishing their education, working and starting a family farther north, in the state of Durango, the couple at that time returned to Guadalajara, animated by an affection for animals that had been with them since childhood.
“When I was a little girl,” Ana reminisced, “if I saw boys bothering some animal, I would run over yelling ’No! No!’” As she talked, she held a convalescing pigeon, which the couple accepted after a neighbor found it on the ground with one leg torn off. She confidently stretched out its wings to show they were not broken.
Two weeks earlier, Carlos had done surgery to repair the stump and, when Ana saw that the bird was finally able to stand on one leg, she named him Campeon (champion).