31 August, 2018

Happy Birthday sweet Scar

On  the eve of my special Mexican friend, Scarletta’s 10th birthday, I am reminiscing about the times we have shared together and the love that we have enjoyed for all these years.

I know that those of you who have been lucky enough to be “chosen” by one of these amazing canine friends, will relate to my comments and hopefully be reminded of your intertwined journeys.

There are so many joys that come with sharing your life with an orphaned dog especially those from Mexico.

There are no words to describe the unconditional love that bonds you “two” together.  Many pet owners believe that they too have experienced this kind of “love” but when you pick an animal up from the streets with only hours left in their body, save them from being run over by a vehicle after they’ve been tossed like garbage onto the road, saved them from another day of “starvation” on the streets, snatched them up from an abusive home where there is no hope or taken them home after they’ve been treated by the wonderful staff of our local clinic......that’s when you really know “unconditional love” in it’s purest form. 

Not a single day will pass when you are not “thanked” by them for literally saving them from death. 

Most of us who belong to this “elite” group have stories of heroism, often putting their own lives on the line in the face of home break-ins, perceived danger to “their” family and intruders.  Most of these appreciative animals would die for us.

They seem to have their own special “secret” voice inside.  They have their own unique way of making their needs known to you.  They have a “whisper” that is only theirs and once you embrace these special creatures, you are able to understand exactly what they want.

Every scrap of food, every crumb, every treat is savoured and enjoyed.  No matter what is served, it’s “good”.  

Every so often you catch these special friends with a smile on their face, when they run “untethered” on a walk, deeking in and around you as they savour their freedom and good health.

There isn’t an “arrogant” bone in their bodies.  When I am asked what my dog’s name is and I reply “Scarletta”.....I often see broad smiles and a comment like “That’s a fancy name for ......”.  I often finish their sentence, “a plain little street urchin?”  Then we laugh together.  When she showed up at our gate 9 1/2 years ago, she had barely a day of life left in her.  We truly believed that she would not be with us for many days, however her resilience and determination proved us wrong.  We immediately started calling her “Scar Face” which was not at all a very attractive name for a family pet.  When we realized within days that she was a ‘fighter” and was going to make it, her name quickly became “Scarletta”....but to us she is just “Scar” in deference to the “wounds & reminders” that lurk under her gorgeous black coat. 

These wonderful fur friends come in so many varied shapes and sizes.  As unique as their sweet souls.  We were often asked by passers by.....”Just what kind of dog is that?”  My late husband Sam always had the perfect comeback....”She’s a Mexican hybrid.”   Yup....they sure are !!!  They are a wonderful mixture of all that is good and strong and beautiful. 

We are the truly blessed ones who are allowed to take this amazing journey of hope and love with these special animals.  

One of the greatest joys ....”benefits”,  is getting to chose the birth day of your friend.  Scar’s is September 1st....so I would always be able to remember.

So here’s to all the special hounds who have blessed our lives, have changed our lives and inevitably made our lives so much better.

Although my days in Mexico are now behind me,  every time I look down on my two special friends, Scar & Tamale...I think of all that is good and amazing about Mexico.  Thank you to each and everyone of you who have allowed one of these blessed gifts into your homes and hearts and please continue to support the efforts of the Matanchen Bay Animals, as they care and rescue these abandoned gifts. 

Happy Birthday sweet Scar......love you to the stars and back.

Oxox.  Teresa. (Dunnigan) in Canada.

27 August, 2018

¡Conviertete en el primer acompañante de BMA!

Nos renovamos para traerte la mejor subasta silenciosa; estamos festejando nuestro 9no aniversario.

La temática de este año es “Piratas por las mascotas”
Ofrecemos pases VIP para nuestros “primeros acompañantes”

Por $500 (presupuesto del costo de una esterilización a un animal), un “primer acompañante” recibirá:

  • 2 pases para bebidas( canjeables en el bar)
  • Bocadillos gratis de 4:30 pm hasta agotar
  • Autorizacion de entrada para ver los artículos antes de que abran el salón, de 4:30-5:00 pm
  • La exclusividad de conocer y convivir con la presidenta municipal Candy Yescas de 4:30-5:00 pm
¡Visita nuestra pagina de Pay Pal, si te gustaría ser un “primer acompañante” y también dar un poquito mas de ayuda a nuestros compañeros los animales!

24 August, 2018

Become a BMA First Mate!

ALL NEW for the 9th Annual BMA Silent Auction! 

In keeping with this year's theme, "Pirates for Pets," we are offering special VIP tickets, "BMA First Mates."

For $500 MXN (the average cost of one animal sterilization), a First Mate will receive:

  • 2-drink tickets (redeemable at the bar)
  • Free snacks from 4:30pm (as long as they last)
  • Early viewing of Auction items 4:30pm-5:00pm
  • Exclusive meet-n-greet with our special guest, the Mayor of San Blas, Señora Candy Yescas, 4:30pm-5:00pm

Please visit our PayPal donation page if you'd like to be a BMA First Mate and do a little extra in helping an animal shipmate!

15 August, 2018

BMA Clinic Report - August 11, 2018

BMA August Clinic Report - August 11, 2018

Before 8 am, Anne and Trini had checked in 18 animals! Seemed like we were good for the day, but then there's Katherine... she reminds us there are always more. 

In the end we treated 7 cats and 15 dogs.

Can you imagine how it used to be before BMA? It was enough to wrench hearts and activate good people to do something. There's a little peace on earth when it includes healthy, happy, animal- companions in our communities.

Audrey, another one of our animal angels, spent some time with us yesterday. She brought dogs and a cat from our neighboring pueblo, La Palma. A couple from San Blas brought in 3 large dogs, 75 kilos altogether, all adopted from the street - that's what you call "a whole lotta love..."

August was bearable thanks to two new fans and a/c in our surgical room. Thank you Barb and Loren for donating the air conditioner and shade cloth. And thank you Leon and Jorge for the installation. We can all work and recover better with these improvements thanks to you!

Christina brought us a vegetarian feast that renewed our energies midday. This volunteer offering is by far the most appreciated by the team!  To take a break around the table, laughing and sharing stories, eating homemade goodness and drinking lemongrass iced tea...well, it makes the clinic a picnic!  Thank you, Christina for contributing to that special experience.

Anne and Kenny started the day at 6:30, a 12 hour effort taking care of all the details of set-up and take-down. This gives the structure that our whole day depends on. Mil gracias!

Thanks to Trini, Katherine, Jenny, Nena and Amaranth for animal recovery.

And to Dr. B. and Ana, our excellent surgical team.

Great job, great day, great team!



29 July, 2018

Summer school program at the Cultural Center

Josephine and Beatrice - volunteer teachers 
This year we were blessed to have extra help in every area of summer school and it was the best summer school yet!  Our scholarship recipients helped in registration, more moms were on hand and we had 5 volunteer teachers!  

Audrey and Roberto of ACA, gave a drug prevention presentation for the older kids. 

All in all, it was a richer, fuller experience for everyone involved, not just the children.

Giles created a panoramic mural that gave us a head start to inspire us with the theme of this year: Mi maravilloso mar - My wonderful ocean! 

In Aticama, the ocean is literally at our feet but for the children it may have been the first time to consider it as a portal to the world.  Each day we studied some aspect of the ocean, from the tiniest organism to the largest animal on the planet and the endless variety of marine life.  We studied the coral reefs - that incredible and delicate nursery to millions of species of fish and plants. We looked at how the ocean affects the weather all over the earth as we experienced it first hand with record high heat and thunderstorms. Finally, we  looked at trade - how the ocean is the biggest road connecting us to the coasts of all the continents and bringing us every commodity imaginable.

Armando, Regis and Yamida
Each day the children added their drawings of fish, coral, sharks, whales, boats, etc. to a mural of their own. At the top are cut outs representing each child symbolizing their relationship to the marvelous ocean.

Moises in rapt attention

The star and mascot of our theme was the octopus. This invertebrate is intelligent, adaptable, sensitive, efficient and has three hearts! We need a creature with a lot of heart to symbolize what is really needed to take care of each other, the ocean and the planet.  We will need those qualities of intelligence and sensitivity if we are to adapt to the changes that await us.

There is really only one great ocean. That vast body of water connects us to everything and everyone and that was probably the most important thing shared - what we all have in common.

15 July, 2018

BMA Clinic Report - July 14, 2018

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We had a pleasant day with several BMA friends stopping in to say hello. It was the hottest clinic so far this year.

Dr. Beltran brought his wife Michaela. We're always glad to see her and have her help. They were celebrating their 29th anniversary - congratulations!

One of our early morning clients was the priest who brought in his little white cat. It was sweet to see him baby-talk her as she snuggled to his touch. By 8:30, Nena and Anne had checked in only 7 of our appointments. Katherine arrived in a rumbling cloud of exhaust fumes, with four on the floor (dogs, that is) and a cat behind the wheels - that's pure Katherine! Then Audrey came a second time with more dogs - in short order we were on a roll. In total, 2 cats: 1 female, 1 male, and 16 dogs: 13 females - 2 pregnant with 8 each, and 3 males.

Trini and her two granddaughters, Victoria and Valeria, took excellent care of the cats. Love for animals is definitely a family trait she is passing on.
Nena, Jenny, Minerva, Katherine and Amaranth were on the mats with the recovering dogs, cleaning ears and paws and de-ticking - our motto: No tick un-picked! Or as Katherine says, no tick left behind.

Midday, Jorge and Leon came by with a delicious Italian lunch and a perfect lemon cake. With a checkered tablecloth and red wine, we could have been in a Mediterranean courtyard - lovely! Thanks, Jorge for un delizioso pasto - bellisimo! Glad to have Barb, Giles and Wally join us too! Lunch with the team is the best part of the clinic!
Lest you think these clinics are a picnic, after every clinic, we are dog-tired. At the end of the day, we are slogging in sweaty weariness. While Anne and Kenny are pulling down and packing up, Wally, Katherine and Amaranth had four, drunk, big dogs and a wide-awake cat to load in Katherine's rattletrap, and if that weren't enough, we loaded a full garbage bag onto the roof of her car by sliding it up the windshield to drop off at Anne's. Then there are coolers and totes to load and unload and dogs to deliver to their owners ...

Why do we do this? Because we're bea-U-tiful, bell-Isimo BMA.

Our website has a new, fresh look thanks to Anne and Amaranth. Check it out:

Informe de la clínica BMA - 14 de julio de 2018
Tuvimos un día agradable con varios amigos de BMA parando para saludar. Fue la clínica más caliente en lo que va del año.

El Dr. Beltrán trajo a su esposa Michaela. Siempre nos alegra verla y tener su ayuda. Estaban celebrando su 29º aniversario de boda, ¡felicidades!

Uno de nuestros clientes de la madrugada era el sacerdote que trajo a su gatito blanco. Fue muy dulce verle hablarle como un bebé mientras ella se acurrucaba a su tacto. A las 8:30, Nena y Anne se habían registrado en sólo 7 de nuestras 22 citas. Katherine llegó en una nube retumbante de gases de escape, con cuatro en el piso (perros, eso es) y un gato detrás de las ruedas - eso es pura Katherine! Entonces Audrey vino por segunda vez con más perros - en poco tiempo estábamos en racha. En total, 2 gatos: 1 hembra, 1 macho y 16 perros: 13 hembras - 2 embarazadas con 8 cada una, y 3 machos.

Trini y sus dos nietas, Victoria y Valeria, cuidaron muy bien de los gatos. El amor por los animales es definitivamente un rasgo familiar que ella está transmitiendo.
Nena, Jenny, Minerva, Katherine y Amaranth estaban en las colchonetas con los perros en recuperación, limpiando orejas y patas y despalillando - nuestro lema: ¡No hay garrapatas sin escoger! O como dice Katherine, ninguna garrapata se queda atrás.

Al mediodía, Jorge y León vinieron con un delicioso almuerzo italiano y un perfecto pastel de limón. Con un mantel a cuadros y vino tinto, podríamos haber estado en un patio mediterráneo, ¡qué bonito! Gracias, Jorge por un delizioso pasto - bellisimo! Me alegra que Barb, Gilles y Wally también se unan a nosotros! El almuerzo con el equipo es la mejor parte de la clínica!

Para que no pienses que estas clínicas son un picnic, después de cada clínica, estamos cansados "de perros". Al final del día, estamos cansados de sudor. Mientras Anne y Kenny bajaban y empacaban, Wally, Katherine y Amaranth tenían cuatro perros grandes borrachos y un gato bien despierto para cargar en la ratonera de Katherine, y por si fuera poco, cargamos una bolsa de basura llena en el techo de su auto deslizándola por el parabrisas para dejarla caer en casa de Anne. Luego hay neveras y contenedores para cargar y descargar y perros para entregar a sus dueños...

¿Por qué hacemos esto? Porque somos hermosísimos, bell-Isimo BMA.
Nuestro sitio web tiene una nueva y fresca apariencia gracias a Anne y Amaranth. Compruébalo:

06 July, 2018

Summer School

Every year BMA participates in the summer school program of the Centro Cultural Bahia Matanchen. The theme for summer school this year is the vast and marvelous ocean:
Mi MARavilloso MAR. This subject is in keeping with the previous year on ecology.

Wouldn't it be wonderful for the kids to fall in love with their own front yard, how incredibly valuable and awesome the ocean is and how it connects them to the world? That's our aim!

Our curriculum will cover:
  • animals of the ocean - from the tiniest to the largest.
  • plant and coral life 
  • ocean and weather
  • ocean as the great highway - shipping and commerce
  • how the ocean connects the world

The octopus is going to be one of the stars of the week. We are going to share the story of the intelligence of the octopus and the many wonder-full things of her unique design.

Got ideas or resources we can implement? Contact Amaranth - amaranthrose@hotmail.com

Keeping the FUN in FUNdraising...

A call for volunteers - Un pedido de voluntarios

Bahía Matanchén Animales (BMA) will hold its 9th Annual Silent Auction on 26 January 2019.

We are looking for volunteers for before, during, and after the event. Please contact  Randy via Facebookemail, or telephone (+1.402.637.6191) if you are able to help.

If you want to donate items for the auction, please contact us via the above means as well.

Bahía Matanchén Animales (BMA) llevará a cabo su 9na Subasta Silenciosa Anual el 26 de enero de 2019 y necesitamos su apoyo!

Estamos buscando voluntarios para antes, durante y después del evento. Póngase en contacto con nosotros a través de Facebookcorreo electrónico o teléfono (+1.402.637.6191) si puede ayudarnos.

Si desea donar artículos para la subasta, por favor, póngase en contacto con nosotros a través de los medios antes mencionados también.


BMA is adding a new way to raise funds for the monthly clinics...

Consider donating your old cell/smart phone for BMA to recycle into clinic funds. Everybody has one stuck away in a junk drawer. Our techies can give them new life and sell them to folks who can't afford the latest and greatest. Now that's SMART for everybody!

04 July, 2018

For adoption


These two kittens were thrown on the roof of the hardware store next to Aticama's library. We were informed that they had been there for four days.
Estos dos gatitos fueron arrojados al techo de la ferretería junto a la biblioteca de Aticama. Nos informaron que habían estado allí durante cuatro días.
The 3 colors is obviously a female, the grey seems a male.
El 3 colores es obviamente hembra, el gris parece macho.