Thursday, July 20, 2017

lost and found

New life in the palm tree.
Two chicks, days before they left their impressively engineered nest.











One less friend. Our Twiggy was suffering from multiple health problems and had a rapid decline. This is one of the last pictures of her, fittingly between her sister/rival Xmul, and Xasu who helped raise them both.
















JoJo, Rose and Rocky have been spayed, cones are off, and stitches are out.  Not a moment too soon for us; they were dangerous with those things on!











Rose is as big as Xmul now. All 3 of them are.











Xmul, Zasu, June, Murci and Tuesday. Zasu helped raise them all. 
She's 20 years old and always in the middle of things.
















Excited faces...what could it be? Zasu knows.











Sean found her along the road by herself. She wasn't from any of the nearby houses and she nearly climbed into the Jeep on her own.











1st bath (and an undeniable resemblance to Twiggy).
















We're calling her Brooklyn.











Big ears and markings like Twiggy, but not the ornery temperament. We were hoping for a break from the constant influx of dogs (and eventual spayings) but she has made sure we don't regret it by being an absolute sweetheart and the least trouble a puppy can be.

















Look at those long legs -she may end up Twiggy-sized. $o much dog food!
















Rocky was her size a few months ago











She and the older pups play all day and half the night, with the occasional nap.
















Brooklyn tries to get Monkey to join in... Monkey is not having it.














Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Frida and friends

Rocky and Rose take a break after a whirlwind of destruction











This is Rocky's bath at the end of April
















this is early February
















All clean pups must immediately wrestle or roll in filth, it is dog law











Our girl Frida is doing well, in or out of her wheelchair. 
She has a few behavioral issues but she is making progress.
Sean, Frida, Perl and Linda head to the beach












From a recent walk
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Same walk. Get out of her way
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Frida loves the water
She gets an enthusiastic welcome after an outing
The puppies love her
She thinks they're fun too. 
Check out her leg sweep technique











3 part action sequence of Frida on the move











airborne

there's no stopping her
She has many friends and Molly is one of her favorites
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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.