The Adventures of Small Town Mexico

14 Jan

In the big city parks of Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Puebla we saw pure bred dogs jogging, walking and playing with their owners. I lost count of how many Saint Bernards we saw! With average citizens having disposable income, you too can find Mexican dogs sporting adorable outfits and Halloween costumes on Instagram.


Mexico City “Dog” Park

In Buena Vista, a small, mostly dirt-road town 12 miles northeast of Bacalar, skinny, pregnant and sometimes sickly dogs run the streets. This weekend Vetinaria Jeanette Basteri Roman is running a two-day free spay and neuter clinic thanks to a $300 donation from a generous sponsor. Eleven dogs and one cat were spayed and/or neutered yesterday. Our pup Frida was among them.


Frida’s turn.

I’m sure most days it feels like running just to stay in place, but then we all feel like that sometimes. There was a dog in Buena Vista who recently gave birth to ten female puppies. Sadly they all died. Jeanette travels around Southernmost Quitana Roo and is making a difference.


The conditions might be primitive but the job gets done well.


Recovery Room.



A traffic jam in front of the clinic.


Teaching the next generation.

Part of the day included walking door-to-door trying to get folks to take advantage of this free event. It was a throwback to my HIV education and testing days. I love talking to people and seeing them show up later with their dogs was a “high five”. It was a very successful day all the way round. Thank you Doctor Jeanette. Contact us if you care to donate to future clinics.



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4 Responses to “The Adventures of Small Town Mexico”

  1. Jack Scott January 15, 2018 at 4:05 am #

    What a wonderful programme. Long may it continue.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 January 15, 2018 at 7:02 am #

      Comments from the organizer- Thanks 🙏🏾 Alex , we had another 12 Sunday … The next clinic in Buenavista will be the 17th and 18th of March . We spent almost 9000 pesos ($450us) on this clinic and would love any donations , volunteers, or cooks for meals that we can get ! We also treated several dogs for fleas , lanced a dogs ear and did have one female with the sexually transmitted cancer , that we where not able to spay . Again a big thank you .


  2. Karen January 16, 2018 at 8:39 am #

    I’d love to hit the lottery. So many things I’d love to donate money to.


    • Alex January 16, 2018 at 10:49 am #

      I know you would. Hope life is treating you kindly.


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