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Dottie Atwater

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    Dottie Atwater
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    I consider Panama my country.

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  1. The area of the hongo is on a couple of inside walls. No doubt there is no moisture barrier (incompetent contractor!). But at this point, I was just wondering if there is any solution.
  2. So I guess the follow up question is how to eliminate the source of moisture from the lower part of some inside walls? That seems next to impossible.
  3. Does anyone know how to cure this once and for all? I've tried different methods, all to no avail. Any suggestions will be very much appreciated! Dottie
  4. At this 130th clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 27 dogs and 15 cats. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 5,052. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/130th.html Also see the photo album from this clinic at https://photos.app.goo.gl/b1JUd8W316X5PtPi6 Highlights: I had seen another male dog at the (newer) Berard's, very friendly and loving. He apparently was still another dog that had been dumped in this area, that then became homeless. Before the clinic, I gave the dog food from the supply of kibble that I keep in my car. My employee was to find the dog and bring him to the July clinic to be neutered. But on clinic day, the dog was nowhere to be found. Then I talked with the people in Berard's. They said the dog usually didn't come around on Sundays; but later in the afternoon, someone from Berard's called us and said the dog was there! John Gould and I went to get him. I paid to neuter him, and one of our volunteers adopted the sweet dog. ------------------ A young woman brought her two beloved dogs to be spayed. The dogs still had lumps, which she said were from bot-flies (torselos). She had taken the dogs to the local "Dr. Death" (alleged veterinarian), who injected some unknown substance and charged the young woman $50. We found that the site on one of the dogs was infected; in the other dog, the worm was dead but still inside the dog...that can cause a terrible infection if left inside. Fortunately, the young woman came to us. With a cost of only $25 each for spaying, there was no extra charge to treat the infected site on the one dog and to remove the dead worm from the other dog. Our August clinic is already full. For appointments on September 22, call or whatsapp 6640-3171. Again, my heartfelt thanks to everyone who brings their animals to be sterilized, to our wonderful volunteers, to the people who contribute food and drinks...and of course to Andres Tello, our excellent veterinarian.
  5. She is a lawyer in Boquete. Please give me her phone and email if you know it. Thank you!
  6. No, I was not criticizing Rodny himself. I've never met him, but I'm sure he's a very nice man. People pleased with his service are rightfully able to say so on this forum, but to claim on the other hand that a less-than-satisfactory experience should NOT be on this forum is ludicrous. Double standard, wouldn't you say? From many reports, Rodny is very conscientious, but it is also important that people not have a false sense of security if something doesn't happen as they expect--and as they depend on. I did have a false sense of security. Fortunately, my issue last night was not critical...but what if I'd been having a heart attack? Or if someone was trying to break into my house? Phone service out, or whatever the problem was, in a critical situation I'd have been SOL.
  7. Keith, is there anything in my post that asks for help? (No, Keith, you just always need to respond to almost everything I post, usually off-point from my post.) I have no need to contact Rodny, because I don't care WHY he didn't answer his phone. But because he didn't, I just will not renew my subscription.
  8. Last night I heard something suspicious happening in the street in front of my house. I have a block wall around my property, and no way was I going to open my gate to look. I called Rodny Direct. I wanted him to call the police to have them come check the situation. I got his answering machine. I left my name, phone number, and subscriber number. Well, 25 minutes later, the people had gone, and Rodny had not returned my call. Then I put my phone on airplane mode and went to bed. This morning there is no indication that he ever called me at all. This is inexcusable. Rodny's subscribers depend on him to respond in case of emergency or potential emergency. I have paid for a service I did not receive. Well, that's $80 I don't have to spend come renewal time. Too bad I can't get a refund for the remaining months. Dottie
  9. June 23, 2019: At this 129th clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 28 dogs and 11 cats. Of the dogs, 25 were female and 3 were male. Of the cats, 8 were female and 3 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 5,010. We had a new volunteer, Yulianis Camarena. She learned very quickly and we hope she will be a regular volunteer. See the photo album for this clinic here: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipMWUEF_ofAErNyNCenU498RyHGKou_Hhob2hADP Our July clinic is on the 21st. Call or whatsapp 6640-3171 for appointments. Francia Pinedo has the list and she has assumed the responsibility of scheduling appointments and confirming them beforehand. ...always remember: TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Dottie
  10. 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?
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Thanks. I have Dan's email address and I have used his services remotely since he moved to Medellin. Good idea.
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