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Dottie Atwater

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    Dottie Atwater
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    Live and/or work in Chiriqui
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    In Chiriqui
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    I consider Panama my country.

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  1. The only "authorities" I see in Volcan are the police stopping cars to check for licenses, etc. It would certainly help more if they'd check for speeders and those who don't obey stop signs--who now have more opportunity to speed with the many additional paved roads. I even see colegio drivers speeding and not even slowing down for a stop sign. And parents trust their children with these irresponsible drivers?
  2. I doubt that retailers will be providing paper bags. After all, why would they provide something for free when they can sell the reusable bags? (Reusable for a short time--I saw in Romero yesterday the ones they are selling for 75 cents. They are very flimsy.) By not providing plastic bags, the retailers will save a bundle that they apparently won't pass on to the consumers. Other than the possible unintended consequences that Alan Nilson mentioned, I agree that it's a good idea to limit the use of plastic bags. BUT...why isn't there an alternative? Some time back I noticed that El Rey in David was providing biodegradable plastic bags. Will they no longer do that?
  3. Our 127th spay/neuter clinic in Volcan gave a total of 4,931 dogs and cats sterilized. http://spaypanama- chiriqui.org/127th.html An excellent email from Don Binder, one of our dedicated volunteers: My response: See the photo album for this clinic here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ HP85AHZM6t3KLzoW6 Our May clinic is full, and we are taking appointments for June 23rd. Love and hugs to everyone who participated! Dottie
  4. March 24, 2019 - At this 126th clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 53 animals: 38 dogs and 15 cats. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/126th.html Plus Dr. Tello also performed complicated and lengthy surgeries (other than spaying and neutering) on four animals. So it was another long day. The extra surgeries and exams took much more time. I didn't get home until 8:00 pm, and then I had an hour of "must do" after-clinic duties that night. And once again, a feral cat got loose inside the building. John Gould sustained a very deep wound from the cat. Dr. Tello finally captured the cat with my Ketch pole (well worth the money it cost!) ...but of course before he could get near enough to use it, the cat had already caused a lot of damage. My employee needed to go to clinic the following day and repair the damage. Our next clinic, April 28th, is already full. We are taking reservations for our May 12th clinic. Very early because of Dr. Tello's schedule and obligations. Call or whatsapp 6640-3171 for appointments. Francia Pinedo has the list and she schedules appointments and confirms them beforehand. The photo album for this clinic is here: https://imgur.com/a/MLimVzO As always, my heartfelt thanks and big hugs to Dr. Andres Tello, to our volunteers, and to our contributors, whether financially or otherwise. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Dottie
  5. Thanks. I have Dan's email address and I have used his services remotely since he moved to Medellin. Good idea.
  6. Apparently, Bud. It would be nice if they would just REMOVE the aged or unused accounts instead of sending me dozens of emails EVERY DAY stating Address not found Your message wasn't delivered to muffiemae@yahoo.com because the address couldn't be found, or is unable to receive mail. I've spent hours trying to solve this problem--with no success. So far today I've received 16 of these "notices." And I've been gone most of the morning and not using my computer much at all.
  7. During the recent past I've been getting dozens of "mail can't be delivered" messages regarding muffiemae@yahoo.com. I don't even recall signing up with that name, and I've spent hours trying to find a solution. One page says "that email address is already in use." But I can't find a password for it, and I want to GET RID of that yahoo "muffiemae@yahoo.com" forever. I do have one other yahoo account that I want to keep, mountainviviendo.com. Others need to be deleted. Yahoo has absolutely the WORST so-called "customer service." Please help! Thanks!
  8. Today 52 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,839. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/125th.html It was another long day--Dr. Tello also performed several exams and other time-consuming surgeries other than spaying/neutering. Reminder: if you have not seen the youtube presentation by Francia Pinedo and me, please watch it. There is a lot of valuable information about the care of your dogs! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3znLEnxip8 It is in both English and Spanish. Remember: I am not a veterinarian, but I can usually help with animal problems...excepting of course, broken bones and/or serious illnesses. If you want to visit my house regarding a problem with an animal, please call me in advance, 6517-8752 or whatsapp at 6361-3234 before 7:00 pm or after 7:00 am. I will usually not open my gate when my employee is not present. Our March clinic is already full. For appointments on April 28th, call or whatsapp to the clinic phone at 6640-3171. Love and big hugs to our volunteers, our Dr. Andres Tello, people who bring their animals, and those who contribute whether it is financially or otherwise. Please remember that is is our moral and spiritual responsibility to help those who cannot speak for themselves! Dottie
  9. Following are four incidents that happened in just one day, which is not unusual in my life. So much of this suffering can be prevented! We desperately need a competent veterinarian in this area! So not having one, I'm the person who often gets calls about animals in trouble. (1) Yesterday I was notified of a little female dog that had obviously been dumped here, hit by a car, with broken legs and/or spine, couldn't walk, screaming in pain. She was apparently in heat as well, because I was told that males had tried to mount her while she was screaming in pain. No other reasonable choice except to put her down. It wounds my soul every time I have to do something like this, even though it is a kindness to do so and there is no other option to end the suffering. (2) That same morning, a police woman came to my house. She was distraught because her small unsterilized (but very loved) male dog had gotten an injury to his eye while fighting other males over a female in heat. I am not qualified to address injuries like this; so I asked her to bring her dog to our clinic on February 24th for both neutering and repair of the eye injury. And I explained the necessity of neutering males! (So often when I ask someone if their dog has been sterilized, the reply is, "No, it's a male." More education is necessary!) (3) Last week my neighbor had contacted me about his dog that has a very distended abdomen. Clay Conn has a dog with the same issue, so he knows how to drain the fluid. He came last week and drained about a gallon of fluid from her abdomen, and then he came again yesterday to do it again. Clay, bless his heart, is willing to do this every week if necessary. (Causes can be one or more of dozens of things, and are very difficult, if not impossible, to diagnose.) No charge to my neighbor or anyone else we help with their animals, of course. (4) A little later, same day: I had just returned from some errands when Rodrigo told me someone had called him about a little dog trying to give birth--but couldn't. I called Clay and Marukel. They went with us to check the dog. I wouldn't have had a clue about how to help in this situation, but Clay said he might be able to help. But unfortunately, when we arrived the little 20-lb dog had already died. She had no doubt been mounted by one or more huge males and could not give birth to large puppies. I was really angry about this at first, but then I realized that the people had no idea about the necessity of sterilizing their dogs and cats. So my anger changed to compassion. The dad and two young girls had really loved their little dog and were suffering because of her death. I gave all of them sincere hugs. These people said their neighbor's dog had recently had puppies and they wanted to adopt one. I repeated the necessity of spaying a female before 6 months of age (before the first heat) and also to neuter a male before six months of age. That way, they won't be responsible for the births of unwanted, homeless puppies who will suffer horribly. I gave them the file "Benefits of Sterilization" and asked them to give a copy to their neighbor as well. And the people were surprised to learn that with early neutering of a male, he will likely not lift his leg and pee on everything they don't WANT him to pee on. ("Marking" his territory.) My male dogs that were sterilized at an early age still squat to pee. On the other hand, my males that I rescued when they were adults (and then had neutered), have greatly damaged my iron fence posts--plus a refrigerator that I keep on my porch. They want to pee on everything in sight, and their urine causes oxidation/rust. (I just had to replace my tire rims because the dog pee had ruined the old ones.) So please...at every opportunity, advise people of the necessity of early spaying/neutering and tell them about our low-cost clinics in Volcan (and those in Boquete) where we have a very competent doctor doing the surgeries. I also have a very informative file (in Spanish) about the benefits of sterilization of both males and female dogs/cats. Please email me if you want a copy of this document to print and hand out to people. muffiemae at gmail.com And my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has compassion for animals and makes an effort to end the suffering because of people's cruelty, neglect, or lack of information! Big hugs, Dottie
  10. The reason I ask is because I have Win 7 Pro on my computer and I have the install disk. Sure, I can keep my system updated without it, but I've had to use the install disk upon occasion. (Thanks, Microsoft!) Whether or not any third party has a commercial license to install an operating system is irrelevant to me. I'd insist on the install disk to be in my hands.
  11. Also: "Bishop Báez defends freedom of expression as a way to protect diversity and human dignity. For Báez, without freedom of expression, people lose the ability to know the truth. As it currently happens in Nicaragua. And is that all dictatorships have in common that they are enemies of freedom of expression and independent media." This is right at the same time that Varela had an old man arrested for accusing him of corruption.
  12. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/124th.html SUCCESS! I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO CLOSE MY PAYPAL ACCOUNT. IF YOU WISH TO DONATE, PLEASE CONTACT ME AND I WILL GIVE YOU MY BANKING INFORMATION TO DO AN ACH TRANSFER. EITHER IN PANAMA OR THE US. THANK YOU! January 20, 2019 — Today 43 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. Plus Dr. Tello also performed several exams and other procedures, including a lengthy, complicated surgery on a dog's leg. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,787. Considering that in 7 years a female cat and her off springs can be the source of 420,000 kittens, and in 6 years a female dog and her off springs can be the source of 67,000 puppies, the number of births of unwanted, suffering puppies and kittens that we have prevented is astronomical. (Those numbers assume that all the births survive...which they don't--but even so, the actual numbers are astounding!) Our next clinic will be on February 24th. It is already full, but if there's a “need to do it now,” please call or whatsapp 6640-3171. And see the photo album for this clinic at https://imgur.com/a/bovIw9I As always, much love and gratitude to Dr. Andres Tello and our wonderful volunteers and contributors! Big hugs, Dottie
  13. Sorry, John, I should have started a new topic!
  14. This is a treatment for demodectic mange, but it helps with fungus as well. http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/dog_mange_cure.html#TED Ted from Bangkok, Thailand writes, "The best cure for dog mange is to mix a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution with water and add borax. Dissolve thoroughly. Wash the dog with it once a week. Do NOT WASH THE solution left on the dog with ANY WATER. Do not wipe the dog dry. The solution will take effect on mange. The treatment period should not be longer than a month or two. The dog will probably not be resistant as the treatment is painless. This has worked well for me." Ted replies, "A definitive recipe is add 1-2 tablespoon of borax per 500 cc (2.9 cups = 500 cc) of 1% hydrogen peroxide solution. To make a 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1%, roughly get one part of 3% H2O2 plus two parts of water. Then apply them on the dog. Wash with this solution daily, no rinsing. If it doesn't go away, I have found mites, or mange to have a large "beehive" hidden somewhere. In which case, quarantine the dog in a small area that is 100% sterile." (I use 2 cups water, 1 cup hydrogen peroxide, 2 tablespoons borax. Wash with this solution daily.) For severe all-over-the- dog mange, I've used the above in conjunction with sulfur baths and also the spray I mentioned. (I haven't seen sulfur shampoo here, so I buy sulfur, put it in a cup, and add Dawn dish washing liquid and a little water. The sulfur doesn't dissolve, so stir it with a spoon from the bottom of the cup in order to get some on the dog. Rub in well and leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse well. DO NOT GET IN THE EYES. Dry with a towel and then use the borax/hydrogen peroxide solution. (I used to finish up with an amitraz solution dip, but now I prefer to use non-toxic remedies.) PS- Bonnie: I know the Ketoconazol can cause side effects, but sometimes it's necessary to use it. In fact, I don't think there's a single pharmaceutical drug for humans OR animals that isn't toxic in some way. Marcelyn: I'm glad the vinegar-and-water foot soak works well for you. An Epsom salt solution works, too. (I buy borax and Epsom salts in 50-lb bags from Ibis in David so I have plenty on hand to use myself and to give away to people who need it.) Anything we can use that isn't toxic is the best solution! Dottie
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