We’ve got a few more pictures to post from our 2nd day at the clinic. Instead of doing kitty vitals and post-op duties, we were happy to change things up. We helped Juan scrub the kennels and mats clean in the yard with a bucket and hose in the shade of a huge palm tree. Then we found ourselves folding sterile drapes and stuffing them into packages to be sterilized. Juan speaks a little bit of english, but not much, so it was fun to toss around the spanish-english with him and I think we all learned a few things. The PEACE directors kids were around yesterday (no school this friday) and after they batheda pair of shepard pups, they were eager to help us scrub. There was another couple of volunteers helping out as well, and not so many pets, so the day was short and sweet.
The day was young, and we felt relatively clean after we left, so we decided to go explore the new WALMART near Mezcales which, it turned out, was a Super Walmart with much better selection than the Mega (our current favorite). We checked out the clothes, electronics, bakeware etc, and then were pleased to find a very well stocked bakery, deli, and produce section.We even found SUSHI (which was quite good actually), and Betty Crocker mixes for cookies and muffins! Hallelujah! I went right home and made cookies.
Today we spent the most part of the day at the clinic. It was certainly doggy day, not many cats, so we did some post-op care, and some clean up chores to help pack up the mobile clinic as this was the last day. I found out that the dogs do actually get shots of long acting antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, and pain killers just before surgery to last them a few days. The clinic was held at the town Judge’s home, and he invited us all in for a delicious snack of tostadas and a mixture that I can’t spell or pronounce (with diced onions, tomatoes, cucumber, cilantro, chillies, chopped raw-ish shimp and lime). It was so good.
The Judge’s home was authentic Mexican. A cute little cement structure with a large covered veranda, the size inside maybe 20 x 20 ft (400-500 sq ft). There was a very small but efficient kitchen,with a large table in the centre of the home. Beside the kitchen was a couch and a couple of chairs, and in the back half of the home were two bedrooms, neither with a door, and separated by a small bathroom.
We’re done doing the clinics for a couple of weeks because the next bunch are too far to drive out for the day. But, we’re starting sailing lessons this coming week, inspired by the family that sailed around the world after taking 3 years to do so in the book “Voyage of the Northern Magic”.