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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Recovery Room.

 

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A traffic jam in front of the clinic.

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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.

DOS TORTAS 

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Wisdom of the Red Queen

When Words Fail To Describe

26 Jul

As I sit to begin my weekly blog post, I usually have an idea, a direction, or a story in mind. I’ve already rolled a topic around, worked on a catchy title and know where I’m heading. This week I am at a loss to describe my week. We’re in California for an amazing wedding, our own. We have been in a relationship for twenty years, and had a commitment ceremony fifteen years ago. Yesterday we got legally married. There are no words to describe the sweetness of the experience. We were relaxed, surrounded by people who love us and it was perfect.

 

It's a long flight from Cancun to Dallas to San Francisco.

It’s a long flight from Cancun to Dallas to San Francisco.

The setting sun provided the backdrop in Healdsburg.

The setting sun provided the backdrop in Healdsburg, CA.

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Our adventure is not over. We return to Mexico tomorrow and a honeymoon in Playa del Carmen. We thank you in advance for all your love, support and well wishes. We are blessed to have lived to experience the freedom to be ourselves and have our marriage recognized. Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude.

 

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