Thursday, April 13, 2017

the knockaround girls

Rosie, Rocky and JoJo are growing like Spring weeds. 
This shot is from March and they're noticeably larger now.

March Rose

Sean and Rocky with Daisy behind

Group shot from March with Rocky in the foreground

Ruby is a year old now and was 2x the size of JoJo last month

Silly Mo (and sisters) have been here 6 years

June is a crazy genius and will be turning 2 any day now (with her Gemini twin Zoila). Cookie is only 2ish but has already been a big sister many times

A whole lot of happy dogs in my way! 
Sometimes you have to do parkour to get around this place

An especially cute lineup at the gate:
Perl, Monkey, Shirley, Bette and Murci

JoJo on the beach this month in her new collar

Rocky (blue) and Rosie (red) evening wrestle

Cookie and Elewah enjoy another beautiful morning

We're looking for a larger piece of land where we can build to accommodate our peculiar lifestyle. It would be great to have help during that transition; to that end we'll be posting on Helpx again soon. If interested, contact me.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sterilization Clinic 3/12/17

Thanks to the generosity and help of many people 36 dogs and cats were sterilized last Sunday, and many were vaccinated and treated for health problems. 

Special thanks to Dr. Sandra and team, Dr Katherine Meek, Andres Marin Solis from the Casa de Cultura,
Fannie and family from Tortillaria Wiberth who again provided lunch for the medical team and then helped with clean up, Marie and Nicole for fund raising, and many members of Celestun's snowbird community for their donations.

It was a beautiful day. We hope to use the space again. 
The first surgery of the morning.

There is growing support for sterilization/wellness clinics in Celestun.

Lots of people helped out -a delivery of cardboard for the recovery room.

So many sweet animals and caring people. 
Planning for the next clinic is underway. 
Donations always appreciated and needed!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

winter solace

The last few months have been undeniably rough, flashes of joy and long stretches of grief. After weeks of medical intervention and hope, the deaths of Ginger and Reggie left me gutted. Still am but life trudges on. 
So many little faces, always plenty to do and something to be happy about. Some mornings while I rake I can hear pelicans diving into the Gulf on one side and distant flamingos from the other.

Prices are up on everything so more dogs are being abandoned. Dulce showed up in November, young enough to still have a milk tooth. Here is her 1st bath photo. She has since been spayed during one of the many recent vet visits.

Ruby is just about a year old. She's clever, beautiful and has a bit of a temper!

Ruby's adorable sister Perl has an under bite, hip dysplasia, suspect vision and a sunny disposition. Tupo is nearly 2 (!) and likes them both.

We've had a few cold fronts and it's great to get a break from the heat. Not everyone agrees, Elewah does not like the cold.

February started with 3 puppies dumped at our gate, predictably all girls. I'm not happy about it, but it's hard to be quite as sad with puppies around. 
As of then unnamed pup with Dulce.

They were a little thin, mangy and wormy, but overall in decent shape. One fawn colored and two light colored pups.

This is JoJo (Calderwoof) and her 1st bath photo.

This is Rose (Namapoonas) and her 1st bath. I know it has become a tradition but pup 3 looks pretty much just like this. Trust me they all got a bath.

clean and tired

Nico (in the hammock) is at the mercy of her weak immune system and Greta (gazing at the puppies) had ear surgery for what I guess you'd call cauliflower ear. Recovery is gruesome but seems to be going ok. It is always something, but hopefully there are no more medical dramas on the horizon.

All 3 have put on weight. Rose, Rocky (Puppington) and JoJo say life is good.

(Almost) everybody loves puppies.
Ruby and Steve watch JoJo chew on Rocky.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Frida's new wheels

Frida's donated wheelchair arrived just in time for Xmas. 
Thank you Car-can!

Frida eyes it suspiciously

everyone else is fascinated

First try on the porch

She gets the idea quickly and no one seems upset by her new gear

Already it's hard to keep up with her

Frida approves! Hug break.

We are all learning as we go, but everyday she goes a little farther. We were worried she might have trouble because nothing is paved but she is fine!

We're happy that Frida is happy and the color combo of the chair looks great with her coat! My goal is to walk her to the salt ponds and get a photo of her near the flamingos.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Frida Mestiza

From the looks of this x-ray no amount of swimming will help Frida walk again. We're grateful that the wonderful Mexico City charity "Car-Can" has offered to donate a doggy wheelchair to help her out!

She has put on weight and is doing much better than when she arrived! Her mange has cleared up and her coat is growing in quickly. She had been nursing when she was injured and has been diagnosed with ehrlichiosis, so she was very tired. She makes her feelings known even without a wagging tail.

The traditional 1st bath photo. You can see her wounds reflected on the wheelbarrow. Despite her weakened condition she made it clear she was not a fan of bath and put up a fight!

Her back is still bony, but her ribs no longer protrude and her wounds have entirely healed. She has a real can-do attitude!

In the weeks she's been here she has adjusted remarkably well and we've made a few modifications to help. Here she stands on the porch between Otto and matriarch Zasu.

Going down the steps is easy

from the steps to her ramp

No problem. Just one of the gang.

This is one of her favorite spots to relax. 
Everyone except Zasu watches a low flying plane.

Her favorite inside hangout -where she can keep an eye on things. 
She can get up the 2 steps to casita on her own.

Getting some sun with Tupo. She's a happy girl, full of smiles and kisses.

Frida can really cover ground quickly -especially when she's following Sean or getting fed!  She's doing better than we had hoped and we're looking forward to getting her some wheels. She's young and needs to get out for exercise.