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.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cookie and Eggs

This little angel was wandering alone at the market, apparently waiting for the arrival of the strange bearded man she had heard tales of from the other strays.
She's in better health than many that have ended up here, just the usual fleas/ticks and a spot of mange on her face. 












Reggie checks out the new puppy smell.

















Lap nap with an audience. Tori's face says it all.

















The traditional 1st bath photo.

















We're calling her Cookie.












Cookie and Linda are already buddies.












You're it!












You're mine!












This hummingbird built a nest just above the doggy chaos.

















She laid her 1st egg on Valentine's day. Thanks to worldofhummingbirds I learned she would likely lay one more the next day.

















She did!


















Thursday, January 29, 2015

January Blues

Sean and I rang in the new year with colds so the dogs haven't gone out as much as we'd all have liked. We're better now and making up for lost time.
This morning with siblings Amber and Zoot.












A passion butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) just emerged from its chrysalis.

















Blue skies and cooler, drier weather make walks more fun.
Amber, Linda, Bette and Zoot.

















Linda and Amber lead the way. 

















Bette, Zasu, Blue, Linda and Otto.

















I must have 100 shots of Bette wading and I love them all.  
Yay Bette!

















This road is still submerged, but passable. Linda shakes it off.

















Happy birthday to me and happy anniversary to Ernie!
Two goons, happy together.

















Isn't she pretty? Cali is the smallest of the cats.

















I didn't catch this guy's name, but he is as big as Cali. 

















This tiny flower spider blends perfectly into a moringa blossom.
















 
New year with old friends -we're all getting a little gray. 
Blue, Tito, Zasu and Otto.