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!

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


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). 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Wake me in September

Awful smells, s l o w internet, and a personal malaise are hallmarks of life during the rainy season. Insects and thunder figure prominently.
Newbies Perl and Ruby are a bright spot

The sterilization clinic in May went well enough.   
Thank you to Fanny from Wilberth tortillaria for making/donating lunch for the surgical team! 
Follow up lasted well after the clinic. Once the dogs spayed at the clinic (including Soliteria!) recovered, we had 5 more dogs spayed in Merida using left over supplies. Thank you Pets & Co!
Since then the town has poisoned strays again, including some that had been sterilized. If that pisses you off, let the mayor know! 
Perl and Tupo safe at home  

In June we had Nico and Coco spayed -and their sisters (thanks to the help of Angel). So relieved to have all the mosquito shack girls sterilized! 
We didn't really believe we could make it happen.
Coco Nut in motion


After months with no results from treatments for fungus, we had a biopsy done and it turns out Nico has a problem with her immune system. Poor baby. 
Since we've been treating that she has started to put on weight and regrow her fur and lost nails.
Airborne Nico

June was the first anniversary of the arrival of Junebug and Zoila.
Strong, smart, beautiful and a bit weird. They are a handful!

August is sweet, silly Murci's third anniversary.

We intend to start a CADA website for updates and fund raising that focuses on strays and emergency cases in town.There is obviously overlap, but I think of this blog as a family album. Until then I'll try to be better about mentioning things we do outside of our home (usually with the help of fellow CADA member Jacky).
3 legs and all cute

poor girl got hit by a car but she's on the mend.

We recently were surprised to find out that Linda has bad hips. That means going swimming instead of on walks,but she isn't complaining.
Linda, Perl and Ruby love the water!

Happy, wet Linda Loca
Ruby is a fierce little beauty

Perl is a charmer (and smitten with Archie)

Perl and Nico front a group of our finest demolition experts

All done swimming, going home.
Ruby, Perl and Linda 3 cute soggy bottoms