Thursday, September 17, 2015

Another September

Isn't Zoila getting big? At 4 months old she's 1/2 as tall as Xmul!
At the slow rate fund raising is going we'll be able to have her spayed at the clinic.

With the arrival of rain I built a dog house for her mom and sister (the strays) which was promptly stolen. Since then both dogs have gone missing.  
We hope for the best but they were probably poisoned like the dogs of friends in town. To compound that loss most of theirs were sterilized, some at the last clinic. Senseless. 
I'm trying to focus on the little victories to get through this accursed season.
The heart marking on Zoila's nose suits her -she's a sweetheart!

With so many dogs September is ...pungent, with a fair amount of energy spent on keeping the outside outside. Thunder, no matter how distant, is cause for dog reactions varying from amplified to petrified. 
It is nice to see the flora enjoying the weather.
The pitaya in the sea grape has finally flowered -as did a coconut palm!

After dinner is play time! There are at least 4 distinct playgroups in this shot. Knowing them as individuals is the key to maintaining harmony. Some dogs (for example Twiggy,  black dog w/ orange collar) are like the kids that always take advantage of substitute teachers.

Upside down Cookie is the center of attention.
Puppy wrestling at dusk.

Heading out on a morning walk with Lily on a leash to slow the pace.

Two pairs of sisters on my heel.  
Eve and Blue set a great example for June and Zoila.

Zoila and Junebug out and about in their new big girl collars.

Here comes Junebug!


A review of my Aug/Sept posts reveal that it is traditionally a trying time.  
For example it has been 4 years since the appearance of the Tribe. 
In retrospect I don't know how we managed!
Zoot and friends at a salt pond.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The beat goes on

It's been hard to find a rhythm again without Tori. 
I remind myself we've been lucky to have known so many of our friends for many years.
April may be adorable but she's a warrior.

Matriarch Zasu is the epitome of aging gracefully.

Henry has been with us since the beginning. 
He and Xmul at sunset.

Xmul and Mo have been friends since they were puppies.

We planted a pineapple top back then and it finally bore fruit! 4 years for one little pineapple! It was really good though!

Our sweet nervous Bosha has gone back to be with her original person. She had been unable to care for her 4 years ago, but things have changed and she wanted her back. Bosha loves her and we knew she'd be happier in a calmer home. We'll keep an eye on her and make sure she stays up to date on her heart worm preventative.
Bosha heading to her new home.

Making the next clinic happen has been weighing heavily on me but I seem to have been rendered inert by grief. Maintaining the dogs and mustering enough enthusiasm to pacify them is all I've been able to manage. We had hoped to have Cookie spayed then, but we couldn't wait any longer. Many people with dogs here don't have the option of going to a vet in the city. Another clinic is long overdue! 
I can't set the date until we've raised enough to cover costs; we aren't in a position to cover a deficit at the moment. This time the vets will be doing mostly females, increasing the amount of anesthesia needed -so we need to raise at least 1200US to cover costs.
We are securing a larger space this time around and Dra. Sandra will be bringing more vets. The incoming mayor has voiced an interest in allocating funds for future clinics. We hope that will happen and think that a good 'buzz' surrounding this clinic will improve the chances that it will.
Cookie's surgery and recovery went perfectly.

If you've seen my Twitter feed (or you know us at all) you know we brought in the 2 puppies that were in a burrow down the lane. 
Junebug the pup and Eddie the rooster regard each other.

Zoila spends some quality time with Monkey.

Zoila and Junebug like the beach!

They weren't so sure about the water.

We've finally started getting rain so everything is nice and green, and the mosquitoes haven't been too bad (yet). Some things don't change; hot days and early mornings are a constant, as is Stella's willfulness. She can't be trusted off the leash. Every time I forget, she reminds me!
Clever, lovely Stella.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

new kids on the block

We've been gloomy but the weather has been beautiful.
Sean, Rufus, Cookie and Linda.

Our little Cookie is nearly grown and needs to be spayed soon.
She and Amber are just about the same size.

She's got an inch or 2 on our old friend Henry.
He had a few more teeth removed recently and is feeling fine.

Cookie and Linda remain great pals and sparing partners.
Cookie has reach but Linda has a better ground game.

Elewah is surprisingly tolerant of the pup. 
Maybe she notices a resemblance?
Elewah, Daisy, Cookie and Mega.

Pretty Xmul keeps an eye on the cats' evening shenanigans.

So many sweet faces at the gate! 
They all want to know where I'm going.

This is a view from the other side of our gate.
I'm headed to that farthest tree, on the left side of the road.

One of the local strays had puppies and they're in a burrow there, under some tree roots.
Sean once saw four but I've only seen two. This striped angel...

and this little cutie.

The smaller brown girl is the Mom and is obviously still nursing. I think the other dog is her offspring from a previous litter. They both hang out under vehicles parked at the neighbor's place. They are too skittish for us to get near (we've been trying).

We're concerned that the burrow will flood when we get a hard rain so we built a little storm shelter next to/above it. It's a big plastic garbage can that I split in half lengthwise, weighted down with an old rubber kitchen mat and some limbs. Their burrow is to the left in this picture and the camouflaged shelter is in the center.

We aren't sure how much we can do for these girls. We can't raise every dog we find but we dread having even more fertile dogs living nearby -for their sake and ours*. The adult females will be pregnant again in no time and if these 2 survive 6 months, that will be 4 fertile females nearby! That will mean unending noise, an influx of males and an avalanche of puppies. Shit. We had the stray that lives around the army base just north of us sterilized a couple of years ago, and that has worked out great! We would do the same for these girls if we could lay hands on them. 
There is a small window of time while we have access to the young ones. I think they are around 3 weeks old, maybe a little younger. Soon they will be too skittish. It rained last night and today they were still crammed in the damp burrow that they've practically outgrown. We'd be happy to foster them if there were homes for them to go to once they've been socialized and inoculated. If anyone is interested, get in touch!
This is the only time I've spotted one out of the burrow.

* We are both well aware that a likely scenario involves us on our knees, at night, in the middle of a downpour, pulling puppies out of a flooded burrow and bringing them home in our pockets.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I've been too sad to post.
Recently our beautiful Tori was bitten by a snake and died.
We are devastated. Sean addressed the incident on Duty Roster but I haven't been able to read it yet.
Organizing the next spay clinic is on my mind but my heart is not in it -maybe by month's end or June.

Monday, April 27, 2015

summer has come early

We've already had multiple days over 100f /38c! High temperatures and no rain have made for more pleasant, mosquito-free walks -as long as you go early enough that your brain doesn't melt. PuppyG has boundless enthusiasm! I'm no great fan of mornings, but I love the company.

Zasu, PuppyG, Blue and Molly.

Sisters Blue and Eve.

I managed to document myself tripping while taking a picture behind me.

Morning walk with 9 furry little angels.

Quick dip in a salt pond.

Ziggy always finds the muddiest spot.

Ziggy, PupG and Bette.

It has been a while since we've hosted Couchsurfers/helpxers.
1000 thanks to PO and Julie; because of you this was a productive month, despite the heat. It was great getting to know you both and we appreciate your help!
You're welcome anytime.

They were here for Maggie and April's 6th anniversary with us.
April really liked PO!

Bette and Shirley claimed Julie.

Julie's lap was a popular spot!

Now to organize and fund raise for the next sterilization clinic!  May is for spays and there is a lot of work to do! Outreach, networking and social media are not an easy fit for a bona fide recluse like me, but I'm trying.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Poco a poco, perro por perro.

The 1st neuter/vaccination clinic was a mitigated success! 
Advertising taxi announcing the clinic while passing the clinic.

It was held at the RV campgrounds next to the pier and we couldn't have asked for a prettier location. Thanks to the proprietress of Hotel Maria del Carmen.

The day was made possible by the animal lovers that donated funds, those who helped out in person and the veterinarians, vet techs and students that volunteered their time. 

13 dogs and 1 cat neutered - better than expected though not as many as we'd hoped.
Surgery in a cabana.

Restaurant Celestun graciously supplied lunch to the vets and vet students.

This gorgeous guy arrived in style.

Door to door service. This woman sent a chihuahua and a cat.

Convincing people to neuter is an uphill battle, but there were 30 sign-in reservations (& 10+ verbal) for females to be spayed at the next clinic!
Dr. Sandra is willing to assemble a team of vets large enough to make that happen and it's up to us to do the rest.

We're thrilled that zocolo stray Bernard was neutered and vaccinated!

As was his super friendly pal, the dog we call Brian. Brian has already shown the efficacy of modern mange treatment; one little pill and his coat has grown back in beautifully.
He's a bit tipsy post surgery and headed back to his stretch of beach.
Attitudes about neutering need to be changed. We hope that the strays that have been neutered will convince some doubters of the benefits.
We couldn't sway this guy's human. Maybe next time.

We want to make basic preventive care and vaccinations affordable and accessible,

stem the relentless tide of puppies

and improve the lives of street dogs.

Dogs are everywhere and while it is disheartening we are encouraged that others care and are willing to help. 

It was a good day of many small successes. The older pup was neutered and vaccinated against rabies.
Little charmers at dog friendly Hotel Gutierrez.