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  1. At this 123rd clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 58 animals: 24 dogs and 34 cats. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 4,744. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/123rd.html. See photos at https://imgur.com/a/RiIpK1N December will be a short vacation for us. A relief in a way, but sadly, that means that fewer animals will be sterilized until our next clinic on January 20, 2019. (And that clinic is almost full already!) Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all, and as always, love and hugs and much gratitude to Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful volunteers, and our donors! This vital work could not be done without them! ------------------------------ Several days before the clinic when I was walking, a man told me that neighbors had moved away and abandoned a female dog. He was worried that this sweet dog would become a "puppy factory." This was near the Nueva California school. I returned home, then went in my car and brought the dog to my house where I have a place to keep a dog separate from my 19 dogs. On clinic day I took her to be spayed. She is young and had never been in heat--and now she will never have puppies! On Monday after the clinic, I took her back to the school. She was very excited and ran to be with the school children again. People in the neighborhood feed her, so she will be fine. ------------------------------------ Also remember: I will help with animals to the best of my ability. Recently someone found a dog in horrible condition—emaciated from hunger, with worst mange I have ever seen (including bleeding sores). He had been hit by a car, had a broken hip on one side and open oozing wounds on the other hip/leg. The dog had a crappy collar around his neck attached to a wire. Someone had apparently tied him up to starve to death and he managed to break loose, only to be hit by a car. The police had sent the woman to my house with the dog. She and her husband put the dog in the crate on the side of my house. I immediately injected him with pain medication, antibiotics, and Vitamin C. I had planned to take him to Dr. Tello at the border, but before I could do so, the dog died during the night. There was a lot of blood on his blanket in the crate, apparently from internal injuries. The only positive with this situation is that at least the poor dog had a warm, dry place to sleep and a full tummy for a couple of days. He ate a LOT of food and he also drank a lot of water. He obviously had been very dehydrated. I have experienced many situations of abuse like this and it always pains my heart deeply. I keep telling myself that I can't save them all, but nevertheless, I can't internalize the fact. My only consolation is that people who abuse animals will burn in hell for eternity! (If you visit me regarding a problem with an animal, please call me in advance, 6517-8752 or whatsapp at 6361-3234. I am cautious about opening my gate when my employee is not present.) ----------------------------- Again, many thanks to all! We will see you in January! Dottie
  2. On May 20, 2018 at our 116th clinic, Dr. Tello spayed/neutered 47 dogs and cats. In addition, Dr. Tello performed several other procedures, including amputation of a dog's leg. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/116th.html See the information on my web page about the new law that could mean prison for animal abusers. They recently held a big training session for the Bocas del Toro area about preventing abuse of animals. In a picture, slide shows were presented and dozens of people were in attendance. Also good news is that the corregidurias, political appointees who have no real power, are being replaced by Justices of the Peace. They have more broad-reaching authority, including the power to levy fines and actually order people to jail. The clinics are a full-time job for me, but the work is a project from my heart, something I can't NOT do. I'm still bothered greatly when I see a suffering animal, or a female dog with big milk-filled teats. It's difficult for me to internalize the fact that we can't save them all. But we are making progress, both with the number of dogs and cats spayed/neutered and the fact that Panama is now serious about preventing animal abuse. As I created the web page for this 116th clinic, I happened to look back at the 8th clinic, which was on March 16, 2008-- exactly two years after we began the clinics. I was really excited to have rented the building that I still rent today. It is ideal for our purposes. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/Eighth.html. It is a very long web page but interesting to see where we were then and where we are now. As of that date, we had sterilized 378 animals, and to date the number is 4,417. Among the changes since then, the volunteers are all different today. In that web page, I mentioned the costs of certain medications and supplies. Like everything else, those costs are much higher now. And my phone numbers and email address are not the same as then. Also different from the earlier days: I walked door to door all over town each month, handing out literature about the benefits of sterilization and trying to sign people up for appointments. After I was able to stop doing that, then for a long time I put up 60 notices all over town each month, inviting people to register for the next clinic. Now, for a long time, it has been just word of mouth and clinics are full two months in advance. Good news in a way, and in another way, while people wait, puppies and kittens are being born to unsterilized dogs and cats. We will have two clinics in August to try to help this situation. Big thanks to Dr. Andres Tello, to all our volunteers, contributors whether financial or otherwise, and to the people who bring their animals to be sterilized. It is heartwarming to witness so many Panamanians who dearly love their pets! Big hugs, Dottie
  3. A record day! 64 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. Plus he also performed several other procedures, including an amputation that required 1-1/2 hours. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/113th.html We had a horrendous amputation that would have been totally unnecessary except for the inexcusably incompetent treatment by a Volcan vet 18 months ago. The dog has been in terrible pain all this time. We were appalled to see how the poor dog's rear leg and foot were badly misshapen, and his hip was even disjointed. The owner, who lives in Concepcion, apparently only recently discovered our clinics. She said the local "vet" had charged $600 and then told them the dog would be fine. And now of course, she had no money (zero) to pay for Dr. Tello's very complicated amputation. And he found pieces of plastic--and even an 8-inch length of a bicycle spoke-- that the "vet" had put inside the dog. Previously, Dr. Tello has performed amputations in 45 minutes. This one was so severe that the surgery took 1-1/2 hours. We didn't close the clinic door until 8:00 pm. To me, the treatment of this dog by the so-called "vet" was criminal! Contact me privately if you want more information. To see pictures of the dog before, during, and after the amputation, see the link on my web page. ---------------------- Follow-up on March 3rd--I wanted to make sure the dog was doing okay, didn't pull out his stitches, etc. So Betsy Barbeau called the owner to check. She is ECSTATIC! The dog is doing wonderfully, eating like a horse, is not in pain, and has no problem walking. Another success story! ----------------------- My sincere thanks to Betsy Barbeau. For quite some time while I've been "between employees," Betsy has graciously volunteered to schedule appointments and contact people to confirm. Fortunately, I bought a special "clinic phone" for appointments in Spanish. That way, anyone who has the phone will answer it to make appointments and use it to confirm appointments as well. ---------------------------- The March 18th clinic is completely full. We are already scheduling appointments for April 22nd. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who volunteers, donates, and brings their animals to be sterilized! Big hugs! Dottie
  4. January 21, 2018 -- We had a great start for the new year. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/112th.html And by the end of the day, the February clinic was already full. We are now taking reservations for the March 18 clinic. Even though we had numerous no-shows and last-minute cancellations, Dr. Tello sterilized 43 dogs and cats, bringing our total thus far to 4,223. He also performed several other procedures, including removal of a HUGE mammary tumor from a dog. We have (and are) having a tremendous positive effect for our community. And we continue to reduce the births of puppies and kittens that would suffer terribly. I will never forget the scores of homeless, mange-covered, starving and dying dogs that roamed the streets before we began the clinics in March of 2006. My heartfelt thanks to Dr. Andres Tello, our dedicated team of volunteers, our donors (financially or otherwise), and to everyone who brings animals to be sterilized. Big hugs, Dottie
  5. For this our final clinic for 2017, see the details at http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/111th.html There are so many people to thank and recognize, starting of course with our volunteers, donors, and Dr. Andres Tello, without whom none of this would be possible. We thank you, we love you, and we hope to see you all again next year. Thank you for showing up, setting up, staying late, bringing food, and being there to help us with our mission. Thank you all for a very good year! We will have a short break, and then the next clinic will be on January 21, 2018. -------------------------------------------- Yippeee! In the recent nation-wide "Heros For Panama" contest, there were 7 very worthwhile nominees, but Pat Chan, founder of Spay Panama won this most prestigious award...and a check for $20,000! Chan won with nearly 50% of the total votes cast. Chan's Spay Panama group has sterilized over 145,000 dogs and cats as of last week. We are so proud of Pat Chan and her loyal volunteers who do so much for so little. In addition, Pat Chan has been the inspiration for several local spay/neuter clinics being initiated around Panama. She was certainly MY inspiration to begin the clinics in Volcan! Congratulations and BIG HUGS to Pat Chan and the entire Spay Panama group! ---------------------------------------------- My heartfelt thanks to all of our wonderful group in Volcan. We ARE making a difference! Dottie
  6. This is another in a series of audio podcasts by Chiriqui.Life. The subject of this podcast is Dottie Atwater. Dottie got her pilot's license at the age of 20, has done scuba diving, sky diving, ridden horses in the Big Bend area and into Mexico, etc., etc., etc. In other words, she is a proactive participant in the adventures of life. Houston was her last base in the US prior to moving to Volcán in 2004 after a long career in real estate. Dottie found her passion in taking care of domestic pets, especially dogs. During the course of our recording session with Dottie, we learned that she never really thought of herself as a pet person, but she became aware of and responded while seeing the poor situation for animals in her area. Dottie now is the driving force behind the spay/neuter clinics in the Volcán area. She does not seek publicity, but consented to our request for an interview for our audio podcast series. Dottie gives tirelessly and endlessly to support pets and to help educate others with the goal of improving life for the animal kingdom. Dottie may be a humble individual, but describes herself as a "pit bull" when it comes to animal welfare. Her story deserves to be shared. Dottie expressly wants to recognize the assistance she received during the nascent days of the Volcán spay/neuter clinic: Contact Information Spay/neuter clinic contact information: the clinic's (English) cell is 6517-8752 or José Espinosa (Spanish) at 6891-0999, email: muffiemae@gmail.com, website: www.spaypanama-chiriqui.org. Personal contact information: Dorothy Atwater Volcán, Chiriquí, Panamá 507-6517-8752 (cell phone) Skype US virtual phone: 817-349-6345 personal email: muffiemae@gmail.com Skype: muffiemae Click Here to see Dottie's many rescues (her family!). Click Here to read essays with pictures about Dottie's adventures and travels between 1992 and the time she moved to Panama. To listen to Dottie's podcast, click below on the white, right-pointing triangle (arrow) on top of an orange circular background. If you see two options below, we recommend using the "Listen in browser" option as opposed to the "Play on SoundCloud" option. This podcast is 32m 43s duration. If you would like to provide feedback about this podcast, or discuss other matters related to this podcast series, please either reply to this posting, or send CL Staff a private message (@Moderator_02 is the correct display name to communicate with), or email to support@chiriqui.life. If you would like to share this podcast with family and friends, simply provide them the following URL, but remember that CL membership is required to view this content: http://www.chiriqui.life/topic/6782-chiriquilife-podcast-10-an-interview-with-dottie-atwater
  7. On July 23rd, 2017, Dr. Tello sterilized 47 dogs and cats and we passed the 4,000 mark. In our little 11 clinics per year with only one doctor, we have now sterilized 4,017 dogs and cats! http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/107th.html We apologize that people had to wait longer than usual. Don Binder, who usually weighs the animals and injects the anesthesia, was unable to be there. All of our dedicated volunteers are excellent, but the ones tasked for doing Don's usual jobs were not accustomed to doing so. See my web page for an extraordinary procedure Dr. Tello did with a dog's badly broken rear leg in lieu of surgery. (And there are pictures of it in my photo album. The link to the album is on the web page.) But it turned out that the owners were unable to give the specialized care that the dog required, so I ended up taking the dog to Dr. Tello at the border on Tuesday for surgery. I went back to get the dog on Friday. Dr. Tello said the surgery went very well. He inserted a pin to stabilize the leg and he will remove it at our August 20th clinic. In the meantime, the dog is with me. I will give him the necessary pain medications and antibiotics, remove the sutures in a week, and then bathe him and give him a haircut. Bud and Marcelyn of Boquete are owners of www.chiriqui.life web site. They graciously came to the clinic in Volcan to do a podcast of me regarding the clinics. When it's finished, I will post the link on other various sites, explaining that. Chiriqui.Life is mainly about things-Boquete but there is other useful information as well. And that Bud and Marcelyn invite everyone to come visit. No need to sign up (free) unless people want to post or listen to the various podcasts. Our next clinic will be on August 20, 2017. Not even August yet, it is already half full. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who volunteers, donates, and brings their animals to the clinic to be sterilized. Together we ARE making a difference! Dottie
  8. On May 21st, Dr. Tello sterilzed 23 dogs and 13 cats. Of the dogs, 19 were female and 4 were male. Of the cats, 6 were female and 7 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 3,921. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/105th.html We are very fortunate to have such a skilled and compassionate veterinarian as Dr. Andres Tello! He is the best veterinarian I have ever known--anywhere. Dr. Tello also performed several examinations, removed two tumors, and performed a complicated surgery to remove an enormous ear hematoma. Sara Cotton brought this neighborhood dog (already spayed). Sara will give the dog the necessary treatment after the surgery. Sara has brought several dogs from her neighborhood to be sterilized and paid for the surgeries herself. Bless you, Sara! Regarding clinic costs: Now most (but not all) clients are able to pay $25 per dog and $15 per cat. However, costs still exceed income. Dr. Tello is the only one who is paid, but there is the cost of anesthesia, medications, supplies, and equipment--and of course rent for the building. The cost of the anesthesia alone is $3.80 per cc. No one is turned away for inability to pay, and we also give some "complimentary" sterilizations of dogs that wander near the clinic. Now we have another potential "mascot" that we want to neuter. Every time I go to the clinic, he accompanies the other local dogs we have sterilized. This one is still afraid of people, but little by little, he is gaining trust. I was recently able to feed him a treat by hand. Probably by the June or July clinic, we will be able to lure him into the clinic building to be neutered. Thanks to generous donations lately, my out-of-pocket expenses have been reduced significantly. (In the past the deficits have sometimes been more than $4,000.) Special thanks to our financial contributors! See the income and expense breakdown for this clinic on the web page. And see the link to the photo album on the web page, too. We had a BIG surprise when Danielle McGrath brought her dog Oscar for teeth cleaning. And she thought two molars would need to be extracted--there was a hole into the gum above two upper molars on each side of Oscar's mouth. But what a surprise! Dr. Tello found a stick embedded crosswise in Oscar's mouth, which created the holes above the teeth into the gum. It had been there for maybe a month and was partially dissolved by saliva. Danielle said Oscar never complains about anything, so she had no idea! Both Oscar and his sister Gracie are very lucky dogs. In November of 2015, I rescued the two puppies that were only about four weeks of age. Danielle adopted them both and they have a very good home. Our next clinic will be on June 18, 2017. Please call for an appointment right away. The clinics fill up rapidly. As always, many thanks to Dr. Tello, our volunteers, those who bring their animals to be sterilized, and everyone who contributes, whether financially or otherwise. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Dottie
  9. See photos of most at https://www.flickr.com/photos/panama_expat/albums/72157683525284715 I've also given Amazon links when applicable. I am in Volcan. Pilates Power Gym - $209 Reference https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=pilates+power+gym&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Apilates+power+gym Hand supports for push ups - $7.00 Inflatable exercise ball (inflated) $9.00 - https://www.amazon.com/Exercise-Ball-Stability-Professional-Centimeters/dp/B0187LW088/ref=sr_1_8?s=exercise-and-fitness&ie=UTF8&qid=1494164811&sr=1-8&keywords=exercise+ball R.E.I. Trekker Wonderland external frame backpack – Like new condition. $49. This model no longer made, but see comments here: http://www.trailspace.com/gear/rei/trekker-wonderland/ Electric dryer – Roper (Whirlpool) . Works great. I just needed one with a larger capacity. $125. Scale (like used at the vege markets) - New. $19 Huge Republic of Texas flag, 34" wide X 58" long. $25.00 Hummingbird feeder - $12.00 Ultrasonic cleaner - New $19. iSonic D3800A Digital Ultrasonic Cleaner for jewelry, eyeglasses, watches, w/ sample solution. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00786JPGO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Porter Cable FR350 Framing Nailer - $95 Thousands of nails for the framing nailer - $99 DeWalt DW708 12-inch sliding compound miter saw - $300. (I saw this same saw listed for $599 on Craigslist-Panama) Hydraulic 2-1/2 ton garage jack. $75. Shinn Fu Company of America, model G-489. See next picture also. Has some rust. Porter Cable 25-gallon pressure tank - $49 (to use with air compressor) Steel strapping/banding tool. $40 Mark 4PL - Five Beam Self-Leveling Laser Level. Half price @ $200.00 Like new condition. See http://www.contractor-books.com/CB/David_White/Mark4PL.htm Plumb, Level and Square Instantly up to 100 feet! Huszvarna lawn mower parts - Never out of the box. I will sell for less than the cost and you can avoid shipping. (Copy of the invoice included.) List of the parts and costs: Part #110485X - Ball Bearing - $7.95 Part #173436 - Spindle Pulley - Mandrel pulley - 13.95 Part # 161597 - V-Belt Drive Belt, 1/2" W x 82-3/4" L - 38.85 Part #174360 - Spindle Shaft-Shaft Mandrel - 32.25 Part #174358 - Spindle Housing - Jackshaft housing 48" deck, 21.55 Total for all is $114.55 value. Miscellaneous personal items: Birkenstock Arizona sandals – Size 39. $75.00. New, never out of the box. (I ordered two pair instead of one by mistake. Sandals, Earth Spirit - size 8-1/2 or 9. Good quality but don't look very great in the picture. $10.00 Sandals, size 8-1/2 or 9 – like new - $18.00. (I paid $25 for these and wore them twice. I just prefer my Birkenstocks!) Pair of hand-beaded hat bands. His and hers. (Beaded on deer skin.) $50 each. Miscellaneous: 4 chrome rope hooks for pickup - $5.00 each or $18 for all four. Front bumper cover/bra for some (?) model of Nissan truck? DDS0417101 - $50 Broan ventilation fan - $12 (in box, never used) Terk FM 9300 antenna – $7.00 - The Tower is a high-performance, high-value, AM/FM, powered, indoor antenna that will help you receive more of your favorite hard-to-get stations by greatly improving short and long-range reception. $8.00. https://www.amazon.com/TERK-Amplified-Stereo-Indoor-Antenna/dp/B00008N9M7/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_sims?ie=UTF8 VHS to digital converter: $50 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwg_29MoVdk&feature=youtu.be and http://www.clearclicksoftware.com/Manuals/Video2Digital.pdf VIDEO2DIGITAL® CONVERTER | CAPTURE VIDEO FROM VCR'S, VHS TAPES, HI8, CAMCORDER, DVD, & GAMING SYSTEMS - NO COMPUTER REQUIRED head rests for X-trail - $10.00 Dottie in Volcan - 6517-8752
  10. April 23, 2017 - 42 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/104th.html This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 3,885. Although we have sterilized more than 42 animals in one day, this was our longest day ever. We didn't close the doors until 7:30 pm. We had a LOT of BIG female dogs, two abortions (all more time consuming), plus three huge tumors and a knee surgery. One tumor took an hour, and the knee surgery was also quite time consuming. Dr. Tello also performed eye surgery on a dog. One cat had to be euthanized. We are very fortunate to have such a skilled and compassionate veterinarian as Dr. Andres Tello! He is the best veterinarian I have ever known—anywhere. Thinking back to when we first began the clinics. I was always concerned that we wouldn't have enough animals. I walked the streets of Volcan, knocking on doors, giving literature to people and trying to sign up their animals for sterilization. I'd also post 60 notices all around town before each clinic. The initial work paid off, because now with just word of mouth, every clinic is full long before clinic date. As of today, April 30, we already have 26 appointments on the list for May 21st, so call right away for an appointment. We now offer teeth cleaning of dogs at our clinics. I bought a complete set of dental instruments, and Alex Rios does a great job. Alex has already cleaned the teeth of 11 of my dogs. We offer this for dogs that have already been sterilized or will be on clinic day. Cost is $25. The cost will be extra if one or more teeth need to be extracted. Be sure to make an appointment. As always, my heartfelt thanks to Dr. Andres Tello, to our wonderful volunteers, to those who contribute, whether it is funds or otherwise, and to all who bring their animals to be sterilized. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Big hugs! Dottie
  11. March 19, 2017 - 44 animals were spayed/neutered on this date. See http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/103rd.html Dr. Tello sterilized 24 dogs and 20 cats. Of the dogs, 20 were female and 4 were male. Of the cats, 16 were female and 4 were male. This brings our total of dogs and cats sterilized to 3,843. Additional procedures included: complicated and lengthy removal of three big tumors from dogs; three pregnant cats; one pregnant dog; and the necessity to put down a dog that had advanced cancer. Alex Rios, a young man who is one of our volunteers, does a great job cleaning the teeth of dogs. He cleaned the teeth of five dogs today. Volcan dentist Dr. Ben-Hur Sinclair came to visit the clinic today. He observed Alex and said he did a very good job. If your dog has already been sterilized or will be on clinic day, you can make an appointment to have the dog's teeth cleaned. The cost is $25 for cleaning, with additional cost if extractions are necessary. Our next clinic will be on April 23rd. Call right away for an appointment because the clinics fill up fast. As always, my heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the clinic: Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful volunteers, donors of funds or food and drinks, and to everyone who brought their animals to be sterilized. Big hugs, Dottie
  12. Farmer Murdered in Theft of Precolumbian Gold outside Volcan Two armed and hooded men entered the family home of Caballero Elizondro, in Salsipuedes of Brenon, Renaissance, Chiriquí, and killed farmer Manuel Caballero, 59 years of age.with two bullets in the face. The intruders, who arrived after 8:30 of the night to this locality, entered the house where I was Manuel Caballero and his wife, to demand will be given a "pre-columbian golden frog" that one of their children had found in the mountains near Brenon. It is a piece of solid gold, about two cubic inches of thickness, which was found by the son of the couple and apparently had been trying to sell from several weeks ago. The subjects receiving no response of the location of this part began to threaten the farmer and shot him in the face. At that time, the wife of the man managed to run to the back of the house and in the dark made her way for help to the residences of some neighbors. Rony Eliécer Caballero, a neighbor of the family, said that the woman was crying, nervous and hysterical to his house, asking for help and requesting that he advise her son, to delay in arriving at the house, so as not to encounter the assailants. The neighbor narrated that the subject left the scene in a car that was waiting to about 500 meters down from the house of the farmer, and fled in the direction of the border with Costa Rica in Paso Canoas. Enrique Cedeño, resident and representative of the sector, regrets the incident by ensuring that for several years have been calling for a police post in Brenon and Salsipuedes, to stop these crimes. The Public Prosecutor conducts an investigation into this crime: agents of the DIJ, CRIMINALISTICS of the Institute of Legal Medicine and the Border Police, remain from this morning of Saturday, the respective investigative acts for the purpose of clarifying the murder and catch the involved. http://www.tvn-2.com/nacionales/provincias/Asesinan-agricultor-intentando-robar-precolombina_0_4708779124.html
  13. February 19th, 2017 - 48 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. He also performed several exams and removed a venereal tumor from a female dog. To date we have sterilized 3,799 dogs and cats. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/102nd.html See the link on the web page for the photo album of pictures taken during the clinic. 16 dogs and 6 cats were either last-minute cancelations or no-shows, which is deplorable. We will implement a new procedure in the future. Dogs or cats to be sterilized that have other issues (in heat, pregnant, tumors, hernias, amputations, etc.) require more time. When those animals are interspersed during the day, people who have animals for sterilization only have to wait too long. Therefore, animals with additional issues will be scheduled toward the end of the day. (Thanks to Andrea Gonella for the suggestion.) Our next clinic will be on March 19, 2017. Please call for an appointment right away. The clinics fill up rapidly. Thanks to everyone who participated in our clinics today, and to those who had their pets sterilized. Always remember that TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Dottie
  14. After a welcome rest in December, we happily resumed the clinics on January 22nd. Dr. Tello sterilized 44 animals, which brings our total to 3,751. We would have had 18 more animals today, except 9 dogs and 9 cats were either last-minute cancellations or no-shows. See the web page at http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/101st.html If you'd rather just see the photo album, the link is https://www.flickr.com/photos/panama_expat/sets/72157677863139431 We had a long but fairly uneventful day, except for two animals. One female dog had a venereal tumor. She had been spayed at our clinics three or four months ago, so obviously she was infected at the time and the tumor continued to grow. And one little dog, who had been bred many times, had a huge infected uterus filled with pus. She had had no obvious adverse symptoms but she soon would have died if she had not been spayed today. Besides preventing the suffering due to overpopulation, these are just two more reasons to sterilize both males and females before sexual maturity. Shortly before this clinic, someone asked me if I dread the clinics or look forward to them. My immediate reply was that I look forward to them. Helping so many animals--and their owners/guardians--is very heartwarming, not only to me but to our Dr. Andres Tello and to all of our volunteers. I consider it a privilege to be able to serve the animals and my community in this way. It is also very heartwarming to see so many youngsters bringing their pets. Education starts with the children! Dottie
  15. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/100th.html We had a grand celebration for our 100th clinic! See my web page for details. 45 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian, plus he performed 10 other procedures: exams, extracting teeth, removing growths from an already sterilized dog, etc. Three of my own dogs were among the 10 extra procedures. With one, he removed a growth from underneath her chin and recommended a medication for another condition she has. With another, he removed a growth on her gum in her mouth. At this November 20, 2016 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 25 dogs and 20 cats. Of the dogs, 19 were female and 6 were male. Of the cats, 17 were female and 3 were male. This brings our total of sterilized dogs and cats to 3,707. We never know what will be necessary at a clinic, so thank God for the expertise of Dr. Tello. One small dog was in heat and she bled profusely during spaying because of the distended veins. Dr. Tello stopped the bleeding but said she needed a blood transfusion. Go to my web page and the link to my Flickr album to see pictures of how this blood transfusion was done. Please call for appointments for January 22nd. Call quickly because we already have 34 appointments on the list! (No clinic in December.) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! Dottie
  16. Every animal counts, but this was the fewest number of animals we sterilized at a single clinic in a LONG time. It was a disappointing day in that regard. See http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/98th.html We have now sterilized 3,628 dogs and cats. We had six last-minute cancelations and 15 no-shows. Sometimes there are valid reasons for last-minute cancelations, but when people who have confirmed their appointments do not show up without bothering to notify us, it is rude and demonstrates disrespect for the doctor and our volunteers. Those inconsiderate people can bring their animals to subsequent clinics--but they will not be given appointments. They will be given a letter - A, B, C, etc., instead of a number and they will have to wait until we have time available for them. We do keep a list of people who fail to honor their confirmed appointments. ---------------- I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to each of our dedicated volunteers. Without them and our wonderful Dr. Andres Tello, these clinics would not be possible. When I remember the scores of starving, mange-ridden and dying dogs roaming the streets in Volcan before we began the clinics in March of 2006, the exponential increase that would have happened is too depressing to consider. Our next clinic will be on October 23, 2016. Please call for an appointment right away because the clinics fill up rapidly. And remember, our November clinic on the 20th will be the final one for 2016. For people who just want to see pictures taken during the clinic without reading the web page, here is the link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/panama_expat/sets/72157672887694950
  17. The event is actually a small festival. Volcan welcomes the second Parada de Flores the event will be held from 9 to 12 September in the province of Chiriqui The Corregimiento of Volcan, Chiriqui opened it's doors today to national and foreign tourists for the second annual Parada de Flores that will be held from the 9th to the 12th of September. This year it's expected that more than ten thousand tourists will visit, and in addition to enjoying the climate, they will be able to appreciate the different floral arrangements and the parades with decorated carts. For this year will also be a contest of hats and horses, all decorated with floral details, the main attraction of this event. http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/volcan-bienvenida-segunda-parada-flores/23960249 The article doesn't mention any timing for parades, but there will likely be more than one.
  18. August 28, 2016 - Cats, cats, cats! Dr. Tello sterilized 22 dogs and 23 cats for a total of 45 animals. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/97th.html He also performed other procedures, including removing an eye from a dog and removing a venereal tumor. We have now sterilized 3,605 dogs and cats. Be sure to see the Flickr photo album within the web page. In the Volcan area, we desperately need more people to get involved with: --fostering animals in need --helping to find homes for animals in need --filing denuncias against people who abuse animals Please contact us and help if you can. ---------------------------------------- Sterilizations and clinics are not the only things we do. People frequently call us about a sick or injured animal. We can't deal with broken bones or internal injuries, but we help dogs and cats in other ways whenever we can. You may recall that not long ago, I reported about a cat that fell from a high place onto a piece of rebar which went through her entire body. Fortunately, it did not damage any internal organs. Rosemary Rios, a volunteer, happened to be at my house when the people called; she and Jose, my employee, used my car to take anesthesia and the necessary medications and supplies, stitched up the wound, and saved the cat's life. Now, just a few days ago, someone else called. Their dog had somehow torn a big wound on her tummy near her back leg. Jose and I took a shaver, anesthesia, antibiotics, pain medication and other necessary supplies and stitched the wound. Too bad we don't have a picture of after we shaved around the wound (before stitching) because it better shows how huge the wound was. It required 17 stitches. The dog will be fine. Our next clinic will be on September 18th. Please call for an appointment right away. The clinics fill up fast. My deep gratitude to Dr. Andres Tello and to everyone who volunteers, donates food and/or funds, and brings their animals to be sterilized. Here is a wonderful video, Dog Rescuers' Creed The only thing they fail to mention is the JOY these rescued dogs bring to the hearts of US. -- Dottie
  19. 45 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. See http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/96th.html Two dogs and one cat were pregnant and aborted. Plus someone had shot a little male dog with a pellet gun near the penis and Dr. Tello discovered the pellet and removed it. He also examined the rear leg of that same dog. It was broken in two places. A local vet had said the leg "wasn't broken" and now it was too late to do anything about it. Dr. Tello also removed a tumor from a female dog, removed a hernia, and removed a big Leishmanaisis wound from a dog's face. We had a long day. Even so, we had four last-minute cancellations and 13 no-shows. Our next clinic will be on August 28. Call for an appointment right away because the clinics fill up fast. 6891-0999 (Spanish) or 6517-8752 (English). Hugs to everyone who volunteers, participates, donates, and brings their animals to be sterilized! Dottie
  20. A record number for us in one day with one veterinarian! 53 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. We have now sterilized 3,515 dogs and cats. Read all about our 95th clinic and be sure to see my Flickr Album for pictures at http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/95th.html Our next clinic will be on July 24, 2016. Please call for an appointment right away because the clinics fill up rapidly. Many thanks to everyone who volunteers, donates, and brings their animals to be sterilized! Dottie
  21. Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 41 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. Plus he removed a huge venereal tumor from a male dog and he examined and diagnosed a hind-leg limp of a dog. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/94th.html A man brought his female puppy to be spayed. He said he would be leaving Panama in a few days and wanted to find a home for the puppy. Jose's cousin wants the puppy and I am fostering her while the cousin has her fence rebuilt. The puppy, Niña, is really cute! Blessings and thanks to Roseanne Bateman and Marguerite Morris. They find homeless dogs at a local restaurant and bring them to be sterilized. We have now sterilized 3,462 dogs and cats. Be sure to see my Flickr Album for pictures. The link is near the bottom of the web page. Dottie
  22. 44 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian. He also performed three exams/treatments and ended up amputating the tumorous toe of a big dog. He will biopsy the toe to determine if it is cancerous. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/93rd.html We had still another beautiful day. We have never had a clinic day with excessive rain or wind. Spirit smiles upon us for doing this work from our hearts to help the animals! We have now sterilized 3,421 dogs and cats. Be sure to see my Flickr Album for pictures. The link is near the bottom of the web page. I saw an excellent quote that describes so many of us: Rescuers, rescue supporters and volunteers do not walk on water. We don't wear capes and tights or leap tall buildings. We aren't better than anyone else, but we do pursue a cause that we believe makes us better than before we started. We make mistakes. We feel we can't do enough. We rant out in frustration, we lose our tempers and get snappy. We have to reject people sometimes for the good of a dog. We are not always likable. What we do is draining--emotionally, financially, and physically. Please bear with us and forgive us our flaws, because we are doing work that is bigger than we are. --Author Unknown Our next clinic will be on May 22, 2016. Please call for an appointment right away because the clinics fill up rapidly. Dottie
  23. 43 animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello, our wonderful veterinarian, plus he removed two minor tumors from a male dog. http://spaypanama-chiriqui.org/92nd.html It was a long day. At about 6:30 we had everything packed up and in my car, ready to leave. Most volunteers had gone, leaving only me and Jose, Dr. Tello, Dee Braden and Stephanie Rodriguez. We had already locked the front door when we saw a skinny little female dog nearby. As always, I had dried food in my car. I put some on the porch. She was scared but hungry enough to come eat it. Jose managed to capture her. We unlocked the building, unpacked the necessary supplies, and Dr. Tello spayed her right then. He operated on the side because she was still nursing puppies. He wouldn't even let me pay him for that dog. We love that wonderful man! Not only is he the most skilled, competent vet I've ever known, he also has such a very kind heart. We have now sterilized 3,377 dogs and cats. Be sure to see my Flickr Album for pictures. The link is near the bottom of the web page. Our next clinic is on April 17th. Call right away for an appointment because the clinics fill up fast. Dottie
  24. Hello, Just as I passed the thought off as folly I happened by a site where Rail road ties showed up. Now I have to have them or another wood log that I can shape to that general profile, 8.5 ft. Well suited to last in the ground. Any help greatly appreciated., I am near volcan rte 414 Thanks again
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