Thursday, February 25, 2016

In August I wrote about The Trujillo Pet Project as we were getting started.   Since then we have held a Vaccination Clinic in El Parque Central the third Saturday of every month.  We have grown from just four dogs to as many as eleven.

This weekend we not only had a Vaccination Clinic, we had a two-day Spay/Neuter Clinic with the help of Dr. Santiago Soto, a veterinarian from Roatan.  We were able to spay and neuter several cats and dogs.  Dr Soto also did two cancer surgeries and debrided and sutured an infected, old laceration on one dog.  He checked several sick animals and advised their owners on how to care for them.  We supplied needed medications at well below cost.

For our Spay/Neuter Clinic we were allowed to use a classroom at INFOP, a local school.  As an operating table, we were using a folding table set up on paving blocks, which was what we had available.  We need an operating table, and Macho man can build us one for under $150 USD.  Now,  we just need to raise the money.
The INFOP Logo.  We were fortunate they allowed us to use a classroom.
The waiting room

Nelda Barrett and Dr. Santi Soto doing surgery to remove a cancer from a dog's tongue and from around its carotid artery. Note our operating table.  Those are paving stones from the street project we used to raise the table for Dr Soto.
Jackie Lozinsky and Dr. Soto, with a family of very happy kitty owners.  Both kitties were spayed and came through the surgery without any problems
We are providing much needed services at a greatly reduced price to people who cannot afford to travel 2½ hours to the nearest veterinarian.  The difference between what we charge the people, what the vet charges, and the cost of supplies is paid out of the donations you give, and out of our own pockets. The suture material alone this weekend ran about $200. Then there were medications, anesthesia, gloves, gauze, antiseptics, cleaning materials, etc. 

We want to do another Spay/Neuter Clinic in April, but we need help to keep this up. Most of us are retired and have limited funds.  If you or a group you belong to are looking for a good cause to sponsor, this is a good cause.  Even the smallest amount goes a long way and helps a lot of people and their animals in our community.  If you can make it a monthly amount, that would be wonderful.  If it is only a one time amount that will be wonderful, too.  We appreciate all the help you give.

In the interest of full disclosure, I had about the most fun I have had in Honduras in the past six years. I was able to use skills assisting the doctor that I have not used since I stopped nursing.  It was a surprise to me how quickly they came back.  

We were blessed to have Dr. Soto with us this weekend.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Macho Man's Phone Was Stolen...Or The Keystone Kops, Honduran Style

Macho Man had his phone stolen yesterday, right out from under his nose.  It all started when a woman came through the drive and went around to the front of the house, saw him there and started a conversation about needing a job.  He told her we didn't have any work, but later in the year we might need someone one or two days a week to help in the house. 

He laid his phone down on the window sill and started back on the carpentry job he was doing when he suddenly saw her putting something in her pocket and running out of the yard., so he took out running after her.  One of the neighbors saw what was happening and started chasing the woman. I am peacefully enjoying my afternoon nap.  

Juan came back to the house and ascertained that the only thing missing was his phone,  In the meantime, the neighbor was calling everyone he knew on speed dial, and since he knew the woman, knew her habits, etc, was able to give his friends a name and a description,  While all this was going on, the other neighbors were alerting all THEIR friends, and the hunt was on.

Juan and the neighbor were receiving minute by minute reports of the woman and her boyfriend's progress, as they made their way out of our barrio and into El Centro, on their way to Rio Negro. That's when one of our nephews saw the car, but didn't see Juan in it, so he decided the car had probably been stolen, called four other nephews and headed to the house.  Meanwhile, I am still taking a nap.

I heard the nephews when they came to the door, but they were yelling "Tio!", and I thought he was downstairs and I ignored them..  Remember, I AM taking a nap.  When nobody came to the door, the nephews decided that the car had been stolen and we were probably in the house tied up and gagged, or maybe dead, so they climbed the balcony and came in the front door.  I was still trying to sleep.  

The oldest nephew yelled something about,  "Where is my Tio?" and I said, "He's downstairs, I think.", at which point they took off down the stairs like a herd of elephants, looking for Tio.  They came back up the stairs and took off, and I continued to take my nap.

Through the use of  the ever so efficient native grapevine, Juan and his friend and another friend with a car not only found the woman and her boyfriend in Rio Negro, but surrounded them.  The neighbor demanded that she give him the phone.  At first she denied having the phone.  He became a wee bit more forceful, demanding the phone again, and this time she gave it up.  He took the back off, which I would never have thought to do, and saw she had removed the chips, so he demanded the chips back.  Again denial, another threat, and he had the chips back in the phone.

By now, she is hysterical and begging for forgiveness.  The boyfriend throws her under the bus by loudly proclaiming that he had no idea the phone was stolen; she told him she found the phone on the road.  The neighbor now declares that Juan is HIS Tio and as such is under the protection of the barrio and if she is EVER seen in the barrio again, she will pay a steep price.  I'm still taking a nap.

Later, when I join Macho Man outside for our evening rum and Coke, he casually informs me, "I had quite an adventure this afternoon while you were taking a nap."

We are blessed with good neighbors and friends.