Tuesday, May 10, 2016

puppy love

Wednesday, April 27, the Kinchil firemen that come to Celestun to fill cisterns brought a puppy they found at the remote cenote (where they fill the truck). They saw 2 puppies but one ran off.

She was ridiculously infested with fleas and has a broken tail but is fine.

Looking much better after a bath and intensive flea removal. 
She has a great temperament and settled in immediately.

We're calling her Pearl(a). Or Perl.
Her broken tail is adorable.

As are her tiny paws.

Perl under Xmul, for scale.

Sean considers learning to juggle. Tito is not amused.

Twelve days after Pearl, May 9th, look what the bomberos found! 
(She immediately pooped on Sean!)

Poor baby, all alone for nearly 2 weeks!

After her delousing, I may need one.
She's full of worms but otherwise surprisingly fit.

Say hello to my little friend.

We're trying out Ruby for a name. She's a bit bigger and more affectionate than her sister. Murci says hello.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Godzilla has left the building

The post titled Crime Wave from a few years ago is regularly found by people searching for information on crime in Celestun. For that reason I'll mention that there have been a spate of house robberies- from what I gather the targets generally are unoccupied beach houses. A few nights ago the house nearest to us was robbed. Big TVs are a popular target. As we have no tv and MANY dogs I doubt we are of much interest to thieves, but this may be a concern for others.

Recently our sweet Godzilla, the biggest and furriest of Gracie's pups, died. It was a complete surprise, as she had been in good spirits and showing no symptoms of any of any health problems. Dra. Sandra suspects a heart attack. We'll never really know, but we were privileged to know her for the entirety of her life.Young Zilla running with her sister Eve.

She was a robust and happy girl with no love lost for cats, and we'll miss her.
Morning walk flanked by Bette and Tito.

On the topic of cats, Mama cat Sugar hasn't been seen for few weeks and I fear the worst. Her daughter Minya has made dog harassment her focus.

This time of year has many milestones for us. One year since the first clinic. Most of the street dogs that were neutered and released are still doing well and a couple have found themselves homes! The next one is scheduled for May 8th May 15th.

It has been 5 years since the arrival of Xmul, Twiggy, Luna and Mo, 6 since Monkey, and 7 for Maggie and April.  
We're combating an outbreak of kennel cough, exactly 4 years since the last (and 1st) time. With better luck and more knowledge, we seem to have limited it to only a few dogs.
My little muse Nico is still suffering from a fungal problem -despite daily rinses, medication and immune boosters.

Her spirits remain high. Playing with her sister Coco.

Leading the charge to me.

She makes me laugh!

Thanks for raking.

Girl group pose after dinner.

My big guy Reggie has a tumor that may need to be surgically removed. 
Hazel and Cookie give Reggie love.

Beautiful Archie has been having hip problems, but he's still our #1 watchdog!

Some sad milestones are fast approaching, but I try to focus on the happy faces in front of me...these for example.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Lil'squirts: Tupo,Coco &Nico

We've been calling the 3 newbies the little squirts, though they won't be little for long. Most of these shots are from January.
Tupo out for a walk with Linda and Tito.

Tupo fronts a group shot.

Coco is lovely.

Nico couldn't be sweeter.

Early January shot of Tupo.

Nico and Otto.

Monkey and Tito with Coco on one of her first outings.


Coco gets used to being on a leash.

Linda watches Coco and Monkey.

Taking a break.

Tito, Henry and Zasu leave the puppies at home and go for an old dog stroll.

Tuesday sleeps with one eye open.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Where has the time gone?

It has been too long since I've updated. So much to cover!
Nov 16, 2015 Tupo arrives. He was the runt of the mosquito shack litter.
Cookie again proves herself to be a patient big sister.

No one else wanted the little guy and we were worried he wasn't eating enough, with so much competition. Tupo means something like runt in Mayan. Closer to 'the last little bit'.

The traditional 1st bath photo.

A quiet pause after a long day.
Tupo naps on a beard pillow.

Zoila shows Tupo how to dig a hole.

Big sisters are the best! Cookie wrestles with Tupo.

December 1st we brought in Coco, the 2nd smallest of the litter. 
She was a little skinny and had a sore leg, but was otherwise fine. 
Cookie makes Coco's acquaintance.

First bath for Coco. 
She had enough dirt in her ears to grow a plant.

Coco and Hazel meet.

Coco checks out the yard. 
She is calm and sensible (and pretty) like her mother Sola.

Monkey is recovering from surgery to remove bladder stones. 
She's doing great now, but needs to be on the same expensive diet as Maggie. Apparently the little white shaggy dogs are prone to it. 
Otto, Monkey and Tupo.

Monkey poses with the stones Dra Sandra removed.

Just to keep things interesting, we had company over the holidays.
Sweet Xmul was here and Kiki's 2 dogs stayed for a few days. 
PupG kisses Xmul and Zoila hangs out with her new little buddy, Chiquita.

Group shot with Zoila and sister Junebug in surgical collars.
They have both been spayed and recovered beautifully.

Siblings Coco and Tupo nap on Sean.

December 12th, not quite 2 weeks after Coco's arrival, Sean brought the last unplaced pup home. She's bigger than her siblings and shyer.
We call her Nico.

Nico's 1st bath. Mega and Steve say hello.

She has a skin problem that we had diagnosed at the clinic on Sunday!
Dozens were treated and/or vaccinated (5 in 1), one dog had to be put down, and they managed to neuter 2 -despite not planning to preform surgeries this time! Pretty good considering we were thinking of canceling it.
Nico is all legs and paws! Her dad must be Ringo and he's a big boy!