Wednesday, November 12, 2014

X marks the Spot.

Over the last few years we've occasionally taken other peoples' dogs to be sterilized at ADAY in Merida -a low cost, all volunteer clinic.  At the end of October Sean took 6 dogs and we hope to repeat this a few more times this year. We intend to arrange a place in Celestun to hold clinics closer to home next year.
Blanco at the clinic after neutering.

Two dogs ready for surgery.

Machucon and Bombo, dogs we had spayed and neutered previously, watch over the return of their friends.

Returned by way of the flooded streets of Celestun.  We're lucky to live outside of town on higher ground, but this is terrible for the people/animals in this neighborhood!

The plants have been loving the rain and the bugs have been less overwhelming than recent years. We've been encouraging the growth of baybean on our beach side fence and it has been a popular spot for all manner of bird, lizard and bee.   

Dear old cat friend Spot is no more and his absence is tangible. Nothing I say about him could do him justice; he was a force of nature and he is missed. 

I had nearly given up on seeing this bougainvillea bloom.

Video from Sean's Nov.3rd morning run:

Ginger has been having some health problems, but she's doing well enough to enjoy a walk to see the flamingos.
November morning walk.
Zoot after a good roll in poo.

Where the road becomes water.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Barking at thunder. Daily.

George and Tori, just because they look nice together.

I'm finally uploading a few of the videos Sean has taken on runs. This one is from February (and the camera is waterproof).

Shirley thinks rainy days are fine if you have enough toys.
This is from the end of June.

A few seconds from September.

Zoot enjoys a lovely September morning.
A hummingbird takes a break from hovering but not eating.
Tiny assassin bugs on a sea grape. 
Smiley face spider in our neem tree.
Sean found this little red-cheeked mud turtle too close to the road. He posed for a few photos before being relocated to the woods. Identified thanks to Jim Conrad's excellent site (link page right).

Sugar's kittens have been spayed and neutered! Minya didn't let the collar get in her way.
Recent family portrait. Sugar, her doppelgänger Falafel, Kevin, Cali and Minya.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

raining cats and dogs

Motivation, electricity, and internet have been sporadic.  Yes, the rainy season has begun!  Hot by 8AM, with high humidity and afternoon thunder.  Still, somehow, a few things get done.  Maggie had surgery for bladder stones; Doctora Sandra removed 3 large and 40+ smaller stones. 
Mags has recovered and is feeling much better!
Roxy has been having a hard time; she still has ehrlichiosis because the medicine upset her stomach and she couldn't keep it down.  Now on something to calm her stomach she is taking smaller, more frequent doses.  Sean has been her personal nurse.  She's due to be tested to see if the heartworm treatment worked but her being alive is a good indication that it did.  She's a tough little thing and happy to have people!

Hazel decided to have an adventure, and was gone for a couple of days.  
Much anxiety was had by all -though mainly Sean, Murci and me.
Other than that, the dogs seem happy.
Xmul and Reggie sandwich Otto.

Greta tidies up Steve.

PuppyG does anime cosplay without a costume.

Henry leads Eve and Monkey in a sea shanty.

So many strays around now! Dogs barking all night, on all sides.  One dumped with rope tied around its neck; if it lives long enough it will strangle.  Damn humans.  We'll do what we can.  Some sick kittens were dumped nearby.  Luckily, we attended to them far from ours until they went to the vet.  They tested positive for feline leukemia; we had no choice but to have them put down.  
I spent a week away visiting family, and Sean survived.  
Here he recuperates with other members of the shaggy dog club (he's an honorary member) Henry and Linda.

Sugar has been spayed and she tested positive for FIV.  Her kittens will be going in to be tested and sterilized soon.  They've been vaccinated and are currently doing great.
Falafel leaps and Cali prowls at dusk.

Xena has been renamed Minya.  
Minya and Kevin in sync.   

Bodging for kitties has become a full time job!  The most recent version of kitty bridge has been a success.  The longterm goal is integrating them but desensitizing the dogs is no small task.  Kevin and his siblings check out the new dog harassment platform. 

Falafel and Cali cross the kitty bridge.

Sugar and kin are the center of attention. That's an early stage of the kitty viewing station (pre-bridge), it was meant to be a place for potted plants.  Of course, the plants had to go soon after this was taken.

Monday, June 30, 2014

June bugs.

May brought kittens, June brought flies.  June is a bitch.
Momma Sugar and Cali, the day we met. 

Sugar was living at a beach shack next door with her kittens.

Here are all 4 of the little devils.  I like cats, but not what they do to the birds!  
At least these 4 won't be having kittens.  

Sugar checks out the view from the roof.

Sugar and Maldi have a tentative peace.  
She's already proven herself to be a good mouser!  

Daisy and pals play with their new toys, thanks to Lisa and Tim!

Xmul prefers Mo to toys.  Happy dogs at sunset.

Lovely Xmul.

Not so much lovely as loved.  
Ziggy naps. 

These orange insects were standing motionless on a new shoot of our nopal.  They caught my eye because it looked like a bloom, but nopal doesn't have orange flowers.  They were so still that I touched them, thinking it was some kind of fungus.  I'll update when I identify the species. 
Identified as assassin bugs by Amanda. Thanks!

The dogs do their best impression of ants.  
Hey!  No dogs allowed on the tabl.... ah, forget it. 

Elewah and Sean.

Her darling daughter Lily, and a napping Frankie.

Blue leads Zoot, Amber, and gang.
Siblings Zoot and Amber have not wanted to go out for months!  So odd.

Finally, success -we convinced/tricked them, and
Amber couldn't be happier! 

Zoot also seems to have forgotten what all the fuss was about.
Zasu, Zoot, Rita, Monkey and Tito head home.

A good representation of Ginger -doing her own thing. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mayday for turtles

All of the photos in this post were taken by Sean (with our sturdy, waterproof, slightly low-res camera).  The salt ponds and surrounding woods have steadily been drying out.  
Xmul and friends cross what's left of a pond.

On the mornings that Sean runs he goes about 8k, with 9 dogs, and takes drinking water ...for the dogs.  Everybody (except Sean apparently) loves to drink out of the bottle.
Tori, Xmul, Luna and Truman have a slurp.

Xmul, Tori and Murci have a drink.

Oh, Steve.  Not a thinker, but at least he's handsome.

Horrible!  Frankie next to a huge turtle shell, nowhere near the beach; obviously poached, gutted and dumped.

To the beach!  Tori, Linda and Twiggy.

Note the new house in the background; it is not only illegal (construction has been halted by an environmental agency for now), but also completely asinine to build so close to the water.  I look forward to seeing it crumble into the Gulf.  This entitled nonsense, including the compulsion of homeowners to remove beach scrub, and install street and porch lights, does more to harm the turtles than the poachers.

Two of our biggest fans of the beach, Rufus and Linda!

PuppyG is rocking a new haircut!

Linda, PuppyG and Rufus!

King George and Xmul.  George has been with us for a long time; he is worshiped and beloved by all the younger dogs. 

Late in the month, the flooded roads are drying up.  
Puddle jumping with Daisy,Tori, Mo, Chester (weird, he doesn't usually get wet ...maybe George knocked him in), George, and Bosha to the right.

Murci leads a happy group across land that was underwater a month ago.