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Happy, Healthy Raw Fed Dogs

We have been feeding our dogs raw food for the last four or five months. Why? Henry had bladder stones removed a couple of years ago and ever since had been on special (and expensive) dog food that he didn’t much like. We always needed to put something else with it to entice him to eat, and he still had occasional issues with bladder irritation. Coco disliked the best reasonably priced kibble available here making every mealtime a chore. She...

Pictures from around the house

              I’ll get back to regular Mazatlán news soon, I promise!  There’s been lots of work going on over at El Recreo, El Día de la Música is this Saturday, and this Sunday I leave for a a trip to Guadalajara with some girlfriends.  See you soon! Please like and share this post!20...

Crashed out Coco…

Our newest pack member, Coco, is about a year old now, and has been living with us since June.  She has a delightful personality, and we love her to bits!  Henry and she are best buddies and wrestle and play and sleep together all day long. But at night, Coco crashes out.  If we sit down to watch TV she hurls herself at one of us (usually Paul as I like to knit) and conks out almost immediately. She crashes...

Goodbye, Lucy.

It’s been coming for a while now, but today we knew it was time to put Lucy to sleep.  She has been on a fast slide over the last few months, and a neurological disorder that kept her legs from getting instructions made it nearly impossible for her to walk and made her incontinent.  The last few days have been very hard for all of us. Dr. Cesar came to our house to see her several times, and he took...

Dogs and attitude

We are loving our new pack member, Coco.  We had Marthita the mobile pet groomer come on Saturday, and I thought I’d take a few photos to show you.  Unfortunately, that’s harder than it looks!  They are always on the go, playing and messing up my photos!  Oh well, here’s what I have! Paul and I have talked over the years about how (knock on wood) easily some things have gone for us in our transition to living in México. ...

Summer is here, but where is the rainy season?

Summer arrived in Mazatlán a bit late this year, but it is in full swing now.  I think there have only been four rains so far this year, though… and that just doesn’t seem like enough!  Yesterday seemed like a particularly steamy day and towards evening we had our usual discussion about whether it just might rain overnight.  The rain brings a bit of humidity but it cools off the concrete, too, and that helps a lot. In the middle...

Introducing…

a new member of our pack!  Coco is a stray dog that was rescued by Jan of Proyecto Animales de la Calle.  She is about seven months old, and appears to be part poodle and part terrier.  Maybe. Our dogs stay with Jan whenever we go out of town so they got to know Coco a bit when we went on our birthday getaway.   Lucy, Henry, and Coco. One thing led to another and we decided to ask Coco...

going with the flow

We took the dogs to the groomer the other day.  Henry needed a trim, and Lucy needed a bath.  They both needed updates on their shots. It is exhausting for Henry to go to the groomer.  He gets anxious in the car, and is nervous the whole time he’s there.  He about flies out the door when we pick him up, and when we get home, he sleeps for the rest of the day.  This time he came back to...

Around the house…

It is summertime here, but it is still quiet.  The hotels say they are at 60 percent occupancy, but I think that’s a bit of wishful thinking.  Paul and I had lunch today (Monday) at a nice hotel in the golden zone and the hotel and beach seemed pretty empty to us.  I can never get over that in a few minutes drive we can be having lunch on the beach – either a casual palapa or a fancy hotel....

Henry the happy dog

Do any of you remember the book Harry the Dirty Dog?  It was a favorite of mine when I was a kid, and for some reason our Henry has always reminded me of Harry.  Can you see why?  At the top is the book cover: And here’s Henry last week.  What a mess! Since it has been getting hot here and all the dogs in town seem to be getting their summer haircuts.  We thought we should get Henry one,...

They are waiting for us…

Every day when Paul and I take the dogs for a walk we create a lively diversion for the poor housebound or roof-bound critters on our route.  So, I thought you might enjoy 28 seconds of Mazatlán dogs defending their homes from suspected canine infiltrators.  (Or so they think. I believe Henry and Lucy would rather stay with us.) Other dog walk news: Today  we enjoyed a cup of coffee on the malecon with Linda and Bill from Alamos who...

Expo Canino ’09

Yesterday was Expo Canino ’09. We knew it was something to do with art and dogs and not much else. Below is a gallery of images from the Expo. As always, we had issues with the time. Posters around town said 10 am to 10 pm. An item in the newspaper said it started at 3. We showed up around 4 or 4:30, and aside from a few artworks up nothing seemed to be going on. A friend said later...

Critters we know and love

Paul and I both love animals. When we lived on 10 acres in Washington State we had a variety of animals. We had chickens, of course. I even sold movable chicken houses that I imported from England for a while. We had ducks on our pond. We had rabbits. We had birds – Pionus Maya and Amazon Tiko. We had pygmy goats Lexus and Wrangler. We had a miniature donkey, Sweet Pea. We had various cats over the years. But...

What happened here?

Paul and I have a thing for black dogs. Back in the US we even named our property Black Dog Farm. Lucy the lab mix was our first black dog. Here’s Lucy with our second black dog, a Scottish Terrier, Angus. Angus died about a year before we moved, of cancer. Angus did have a chance to meet Henry, though. Henry joined our pack when my boss and his family (after careful research and $750) decided (after 1 week) that...

Some of us love our new life in Mexico

“Pick up after your dog” sign in Mazatlán   “Pick up after your dog” sign in Bellingham, WA (with bags provided)   I’ve heard stories of a number of people who moved to Mexico and decided to move back to the US before their first year was up. Some are firsthand stories of people known to our friends and family. The stories were told to us in a loving but cautionary way by people who were worried the same thing...