12 November, 2019

BMA Clinic Report - November 9, 2019

This was one of the hottest clinics I can remember...and it's November!

The night before the clinic, our latest rescue, a wolf-dog, began looking for a cave and by 8 pm she was birthing. I had to go to bed early to be ready for the clinic so Wally camped out and helped her with the births. I woke up at 4 am to 2 little wolf cubs and to give Papa Wally some relief and there were chores to be done before heading for the clinic.

Nena, Chemo, Kenny and Ana had a beautiful full setup by the time I got there and there were two early clients checked in. I love starting the clinic that way. How wonderful to have a capable, dependable team that early in the day.

I worried that I had overbooked the day. Now I fully understand how Anne rarely said "no" to anyone who needed an appointment. Before I left my driveway this morning, my neighbor was asking for 3 appointments for 3 female cats. I already had 24 confirmed appointments but how could I say no when I did the numbers...so I said yes. As it often goes, the ones I think are coming for sure, didn't show. In the end, as always, it all worked out. We treated 9 female cats, 6 female dogs and 4 male dogs. 19 plus 2 consultations was a full enough day.

We had a most wonderful surprise mid-morning. We received something we have been longing for for a long, long time: a pet scale! A wonderful, pet scale! Steve and Michelle donated the new scale, a large dog crate, a box of dog diapers and box of tick and flea treatment. What can I say - it was like Christmas! This makes our work much easier. Try picking up a 30 kilo dog that you don't know to stand on a 12" x 15" platform. Not fun... No more. The dog stands on the scale alone and it's weight is measured even as it moves all-squiggly on a super large platform - easy-peasy.
Another wonderful thing happened...Kate is back with lunch!  When I told the volunteers they started a hallelujah choral - that's the truth, I kid you not!

After practically abusing our new volunteer, Leslie, last month, she was back for the full day with great loving care for our recovering dogs. She came in with a pitiful pup, belly swollen with parasites and carrying more ticks than a buffalo...not a way for a baby to start a life. She gave the pobrecita a bath and afterwards we had to pick ticks off Leslie! For all her tender heart she's also tough when it comes to caring for animals. We are so happy to welcome her to our community.

Today was another great day, another great clinic.

Thank you everyone. The generous impulse of our community is humbling. It is how we are able to function. We could not begin to do what we do without what you do. This is the wonder of giving. It feels good to give and it makes others want to reciprocate. It is an honor to be in this cycle of giving and receiving. These are lasting and meaningful connections.

Here's a heads up! Next clinic, December 14th, we are having an open house at our BMA clinic site, which is also the Museum. We will be doing what we always do, spaying and neutering, but we will also be having a mini flea market with food! Talk about full-service! We invite our neighbors and friends to come see us at work and gain some deals as a teaser for our upcoming Silent Auction in January. Please lend your support for raising funds for another year's worth of monthly clinics. 

See you next month!
Kenny - worth his weight in gold

27 October, 2019

BMA Clinic Report - October 12, 2019

This past summer BMA and the Culture Center  sponsored a summer school program on what it is to  be from this community. It was called, Yo Soy de Nayarit - I am from Nayarit. A secondary theme evolved: what is it to be a hero/heroine in your everyday life. Well, yesterday's clinic was a manifestation of what happens when everyone brings their particular gifts of heroism to a cause.

After a harrowing night of hurricane-force winds we ventured predawn to open the clinic. Wally was prepared with flashlights and a chainsaw. He had to remove two places in the road blocked by fallen trees. The museum courtyard had a thick covering of mud and there were large limbs covering the cat recovery area. I held the flashlight while he cut. Despite a fever and deep cough, Nena came to help she and brought another BMA friend, Chemo to help. He brought a blower. Kenny carried many buckets of water to move the mud out and we each took a broom. Soon it was light and people began to arrive with animals.

Everyone who came to the clinic left home without power or water, with debris and mud awaiting them, but they came to volunteer and they came to keep their appointments.  We took in 25 - 3 female cats, 18 female dogs and 3 male dogs, plus 2 consultations.

No one complained. When Ana arrived to set up surgery she acted as if it were nothing to start with a floor covered in mud and no running water. By the time Dr. B. arrived it looked like another clinic day in paradise - the sun was up, the sky was blue and the courtyard was cleaner than usual.

Randy, Jani and Ryan came at 9 and set to work with Minerva, spraying chloro and hard-brushing the courtyard which was slick with green slime.

By the time Jenny arrived the first dog was coming into recovery and the sun was drying up the courtyard.

Minerva invited someone she had met on the beach to visit our clinic. Her name is Leslie and she is looking to make Santa Cruz her new home. She stayed for the whole day helping Jenny in recovery. She had zero experience in this kind of work but her willingness to help was over-the-top, truly an angel sent from doggy heaven.

Kenny hauled water all day long in addition to picking up and carrying every animal to and from surgery and to the owner's car.

We had 4 pit bulls, 2 were pregnant - when it rains, it pours pit bulls! At least it seemed that way yesterday.
I knew I should have stayed home...

Can you feel it?  Everyone was drawn into a whirling dervish dance. From chaos, evolved a choreography that transformed us into heroes, a community of heroes really! We had every excuse for canceling and going home to take care of our own messes and I don't know why we didn't. But we kept facing one tree-in-the-road at a time and in a few hours we went from SOS to "All is fine and well."

At the end of the day, as the church was ringing the bells for mass and I was locking the gate of the clinic, the last thing I saw as I locked the gate of the clinic was Ana on her motor scooter with a knocked-out pit bull pup in a bag between her feet, Baltazar behind and Kenny in the rear... I was too tired to find my camera for a photo but please try to conjure up that image...it says it all and it will warm your heart and make you grin.

OMG, I love this community! I hope none of you feel abused by yesterday's difficult day... I hope when you got home the refrigerator hadn't defrosted and you could take a shower.  I'm humbled by your heart and stamina. You ARE heroes.

Thank you Wally for forging the way in the dark. Thank you, Amaranth for holding the light.

Thank you, Nena for showing up when sick. And Chemo for coming armed with blower.

Thank you, Kenny - you're always our MVP.

Thank you, Ana for never flinching.

And Dr. B - man, 25 surgeries, STOP! - no don't stop!

Thank you, Minerva and Nataly for kitty kare.

Thank you, Jenny and Leslie for hours of up and down, checking and re-checking, keeping the dogs as the center of your attentions.

Thanks Randy, Jani and Ryan - you kept us from falling on our pompis, literally!

Thanks Trilby for funding lunch at Lucy's and  Wally for surprising us with pizza!

Thank you, Rosa for 4 new chairs so we could all take a seat and eat together like one, big family.

Now, get some rest!

17 September, 2019

BMA Clinic - September 14, 2019

One thing you can count on - you can't predict a clinic. Just like no two dogs are alike, no two clinics are. It's the surprises that often make the clinics so special.

Like having Anne back.  What a boon for us! She will be returning to Canada soon. We will sorely miss her until she and Gilles can return.

It's no small feat to check in an animal. It can be chaotic among dogs and cats that are strangers to one another. It's a little stressful for the animals and their owners. There is a form to fill out. We check gums for anemia and weigh each animal  - and their owner. The owner has to hold their pet like a baby while standing on a scale. It can get a little wonky especially with heavy animals and light owners. It's not the best way but it's what we have to work with.

Imagine that and multiply by 8! 

Our newest volunteer, Sandra, came with 8 dogs and cats from San Blas. I believe that surpasses Katherine's record!  Most of the dogs were big - extra BIG - a total of 134 kilos of dogs and cats combined! She is awesome with animals and wowed us with her stamina and excellent care.  

In total we had 4 female cats, 5 male dogs and 11 females.

Jorge surprised us with a very special lunch - handmade spinach ravioli and lasagna, salad vinaigrette and chocolate cake decorated in the colors of Mexico's Independence Day - Viva Mexico! It was lovely to have him join us as we relaxed over lunch in the lush and gorgeous tropical courtyard. Not only did Jorge make lunch but he made the garden that we operate from! Thank you for all, Jorge - man, are we lucky!

A lot of friends came by: Minerva's young niece came with Gabrielle and stayed for much of the day watching surgeries, cleaning cat ears and picking ticks off the dogs. Sandra's sister-in-law helped in dog recovery. Len and Margit came to have their kitten checked. Barb dropped by too. 

So much tender care comes together for our clinics. When people work together well for something worthy everybody feels good. Each member of our team is dedicated and contributes something special. We accomplish a lot. We surprise ourselves! 

Thanks to Nena and Kenny for staging our clinic so professionally from beginning to end.

Thank you Anne for helping to manage a little bit of everything - like always!

Thank you Minerva for cat care - please bring your niece back to see us!

Thanks to Jenny, Sandra and Amaranth for dog recovery. 

Thank you Wally for kennel and muzzle repairs, garbage disposal, etc...

And hats off to Dr Beltran and Ana - well done, once again - what a team!

The best part - Take me home!