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.












Monday, October 10, 2016

Frida

This poor girl was hit by a car at the gasolinera and survived.
















Her back legs are paralyzed, so she'd been dragging herself over hot asphalt for weeks.
















She found refuge from the heat on an unused boat. No idea how she managed to drag herself on board.
















Not sure how we'll manage but she needed help and we couldn't leave her.
















She's a bag of bones and covered in wounds.











We're calling her Frida.


















She's a sweetheart. We have her in a pen for now but she wants to be with the other dogs.












She'll be visiting the vet tomorrow. For now she's happy to have food, water and belly rubs. She's good at dragging herself but I need to figure out how to build a dog wheelchair/dune buggy.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

more of the same

This summer has been full of loss, even the oriole chicks in the neem tree came to a sad end. Too soon after losing Godzilla, her father George got sick and did not recover. He died in August. 
He had bounced back from heart worm, paralysis and ehrliciosis to enjoy years of morning runs. It was a shock. 
Flashback to George and young Godzilla with Gracie.












He was a huge part of our family for a long time. I learned a lot from George.
George and Godzilla. Loved and missed.
















I'll spare you the photos of Monkey's eye cyst (I think she just likes to go to the vet) and Nico's swollen leg (poor thing can't catch a break). There aren't many fun pictures because we don't have a point & click camera at the moment and the Nikon is too cumbersome for most outings. Between the 10-12 bags of kibble a month and a never ending string of vet/medication costs, a new camera is not a priority.

A walk with Zasu is worth taking the Nikon! At 19 years old she doesn't go out as often or as far as she once did, but she is still lively. 
I tell her not to run but she doesn't listen.
















Henry has been with us 10 years, Zasu nearly 20.
















Tito is now on medication for his congenital heart defect and is doing well.











Ruby and Perl have been spayed! 
Don't they look cute in their post-op jumpers?











Worked like a charm, no sand in the incisions. 
Perl showing off her couture threads.
















All recovered, time to swim.
Ruby waits for her pool to fill.











Sadly Maldi hasn't been around for a few months, but Sugar's 4 kittens are all doing fine
Kevin hangs out on the cat bridge (covered to keep the clods from falling off).