April 9th 2009 8:45 am
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It is hard to believe that Cisco is over one year now. And I will be seven on July 4th. I am a firecracker girl!! Although I hate the noises of fireworks. Darty is going to be four this year.He has some arthritis in his "good" front leg. That is the one that takes all the weight for the neuro front leg that twitches. But we are all pretty good.We go down to the park most mornings for our run. Right now it is very dirty and dusty as they are rehabbing it. No grass yet. Mom says they are waiting for the rainy season in June before they plant.
I have been back on meds. This is the dry time and I have been really itchy. The meds make me very thirsty and hungry. Mom gives me lots of water but no extra food :-( As it is I have to eat diet dog food..hmphhh
Mom has a dog whisperer who is helping her train Cisco. Could have told them we didn't need another pup..especially a yappy boy but no one listens to me!! When Nacho comes I just sit under the table and listen!! We didn't need a trainer for me when I was a puppy!!!
July 28th 2008 7:24 am
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Mom brought me down at six months and by then I had all my shots and full immunity..she thought. When she brought Dart down he was only eight weeks old. She did that because she wanted to bring him in the cabin and she had to do it fast before he got too big for the under seat carrier. He had had his first set of shots (he had to to be imported) and after two weeks he got his second set. When Dart was 12 weeks a friend stopped by the house with two pound puppies she was fostering and she said they had had all their shots. Dart and I sniffed them through the gate. Right after that Dart got sick. Mom went through two months of almost daily vet visits. Dart had what they call unspecified virus, which seems to be a mutated form of the distemper virus. He had all the symptoms of distemper and he almost died. Mom was hysterical. At the end the neurological symptoms set in. Dart was left with a tick that runs down the left side of his body. His left front paw flutters when he is sitting still. But he can run and jump with the best of them. He is a happy boy and Mom is glad he didn't die!! Unlike the U.S. many dogs here are not vaccinated so both distemper and sometimes rabies are common here. We ARE lucky that vet care here is great and not nearly as much money as the states. An office visit is around $25.00. The vet meds are not as available here and often they prescribe human meds for the dogs. Antonio and Hector Ladron our vets actually trained in the U.S. at the University of Penn vet school.
Mom kept Cisco in the yard for 3 weeks until after he had his last set of shots. He is really glad he can go out with us now!!
July 26th 2008 7:17 pm
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I guess unlike Dart and Cisco (Cisco was born here) (Dart came at 8 weeks) I am like many of the expats here. I did live in the U.S. for 6 months before I came here. Many times here people talk about the things they miss that either they can't get here or if they can it is very $$$$. I miss the huge yards in the U.S. Land here is very $$$ so no one has like an acre yard.
But on the good side there are not a huge amount of RULES here. The Mexican people have a live and let live attitude. So no leash laws and pooper scooper rules,which would be funny when you consider that horses and cows can roam loose and no one picks up after them!!
There are lots of street dogs but for the most part they are friendly. They kind of patrol their block. Once though when I was about a year old I did get attacked by these two bad dogs down by the lake. I was lucky the bites were not too bad but since then Mom carries this little tazer thing in her fanny pack. She swore after being so scared that time that no dog would ever hurt her kids again. She has only had to crackle it at a few dogs, never zapped one yet.
The weather here is just about perfect. I love to go lie in the sun which shines pretty much every day. It is a good place to be with retired parents.
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