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some pics from the clinic

We neutered 222 dogs and cats in four days! It was hard, sometimes painful work - every day was 11-12 hours of nonstop animal care. But it was totally worth it!

Of course, I ended up bringing back a dog to foster. She was dragged in covered in ticks, lethargic, mangy and slightly emaciated. Her name is Celeste (pronounced: so-less-tay) in honor of her big blue eyes and she's 3-mos old. She annoys the crap out of Mina. Mina annoys the crap out of Celeste. It's fair.

Hello. I'm Celeste. I have sharp teeth and I'm not afraid to use them. Don't mess with me.

 See? Sharp teeth. I will attach them to your pink nose. And then I will eat your legs and tail and collar and ears. I am puppy, hear me roar.

There were tons of pit bulls all doing their part showing off how awesome these dogs can be. With one exception, all were extremely in love with people and gave lots of kisses and smiles to anyone who noticed. Mexico has every breed we have in the states - Dalmatians, Retrievers, Shepherds, Huskies, Poodles, Chihuahuas, Bichons, Bassets, Rottweilers, Dobermans, etc. ad naseum. And, of course, the classic Mexican street dog - like Celeste.

Healthwise, the dogs were a mix. All had severe tick infestations. One Rottweiler had over a thousand ticks - we just put the advantix on, as it was pointless to try and remove them all. Erlychia, a tick-borne blood disease (treatable) is more common - we lost one dog to a massive bleed-out because of the disease. Sarcoptic mange "runs" rampant - we send dogs home with revolution to treat it. Dana, a gorgeous Boxer, was found by a local guy (dogs just arrive at his home) without any hair and covered in crusties. But she always wagged her nubbin.

Anyway, all around a wonderful experience. I worked with Compassion without Borders, and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.



Basset Hound rescued from the streets

The camp was held at a school - which only had three, tiny buildings. Every morning, a line of dogs would greet us. Four vets (three American, one Mexican) did a great job of spaying/neutering quickly without compromising the health of the animals.

This is Charly. He smiled. A lot. And he had an underbite. I wanted to steal Charly. :)

This is Dana. It's hard to tell, but she has no hair, and she is just one big, itchy scab. With a wagging nub.

Little mangy Chihuahua tied up outside.

We brought this puppy back. He's close to five months old and weighs 12 pounds. Shockingly, the owners wanted him back, but we convinced them that he was in better hands with us. He had a ginormous, swollen foot and his ears were covered with ticks. We're not sure if he'll make it, but he's currently recuperating safely in California.


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Jul. 4th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
I just visited CWOB's website. What an awesome organization!
Jul. 5th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
I think so! Christi and Moncho (the founders) are just two dynamo people. They're doing so much to improve the lives of animals in Mexico.
Jul. 4th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
Great photos! Thanks for sharing. :D
Jul. 7th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 5th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
Did you work with Dr. Karen Mueller from Bellingham, Washington? I think I see her in one of the photos. I work with her and she is a wonderful person. We all do what we can to support her going to this. One of these years I want to go too!
Jul. 5th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
What a small world! Yes, that is Karen! I just adore her. She was kind enough to spay Celeste - I trusted her most. Do you work at her office?

I'm definitely going again - maybe I'll see you next year!

Jul. 5th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
She works at two clinics, one of them the same as me. I also help her with her chiro business and housesit/dogsit for her. She is an amazing woman! She does chiro on Cricket for me, and I frequently pick her brain about my "kids". She is very knowledgeable and willing to do whatever is neccessary! She also helped me with Thomas and his heart condition. When you first said that you worked with Compassion Without Borders in Mexico I was going to ask her if she had met you. But after seeing those photos, I was pretty sure the answer was yes!
Jul. 7th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
That's why I made sure she spayed Celeste - I'd totally trust her with both my dogs!

I'm so glad there are vets like her helping.
Jul. 5th, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)
As soon as I have a place with a backyard, (whenever that is) I want one! Oh, the puppy cuteness!
Jul. 7th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
Well, you just let me know when that happens, and I can make sure you get your very own Mexi-mutt. ;)
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Jul. 7th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
I'm sure there are areas in the US that are similar, but in my experience, I just haven't ever witnessed such sad neglect of animals. But these spay camps at least are helping a little bit.

The group hasn't ever had problems bringing the dogs over the border.
Jul. 5th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
Celeste is gorgeous--I'm sure she'll keep Miss Mina on her toes.
Jul. 5th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
ack, that was me.
Sorry, logged myself out by accident.
Jul. 7th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
Re: ack, that was me.
She is literally keeping Miss Mina on her toes with her nipping. Poor Mina. :)
Jul. 5th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, Celeste is gorgeous.

That is such an amazing organization and such an amazing thing that you did with your time. You are awesome.
Jul. 7th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
Celeste has currently entered her "I'm all legs" stage. Apparently, this only takes two days. She's a fast grower. :)

I love CWOB. I love that I get a chance to do stuff like this. I do truly love my job. :) (I love Mina more, of course).

Jun. 3rd, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
SHE IS SO CUTE. So is Mina. <3

I was also looking at the CWOB website and it looks awesome. I am thinking about signing up to volunteer. :)
Jun. 3rd, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
I definitely rec'd it! I won't be able to do a spay camp this year, but maybe next year. It is such a life-changing, life-affirming experience.

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