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!