Wanting A Dog
Replies: 61 - Last Post: Oct 19, 2012 9:56 AM Last Post By: shalomyishai
Sep 15, 2012 6:18 PM
Sep 16, 2012 6:46 AM
Sep 16, 2012 2:52 PM
47Shalo, a lot of people are showing a sick attitude all over the forum, yes, it is happening. As for my post I made questions you didn't answer. I posted that nobody asked ans went into wrong assumptions but how about you? why didn't explain more?
Trying to be helpful regarding your post # 29, there are street dogs that are street wise and very often won't allow you to rescue them or going into rehab for home life. This year we tried to rescue a nice caring dog and she just scaped. She played for hours and everytime we tried to get her she kept a distance and then came back. Sadly these dogs would stay on the streets unless you use some force... you know.
Still, there are dogs at some vets whose owners won't come back again. As I told you I have a friend working there and from time to time she informs me of available dogs and cats so I post on other forum and people go there to visit the dogs. This is a better option, why? think about it, a street dog that is already street wise VS an abandoned and most of the times injured dog... the second one has less possibilities and they really need it.
So in that case you could ask yourself if this is an option for you. Having a dog... is like being married? I wouldn't ever joke about someone who says something like that, not a chance. A dog wouldn't abandone his owner (friend) so my respects if you think that way. I hope you can get one.
Sep 16, 2012 5:17 PM
48When I started veterinary school, I came upon the realization that whereas animals all die, eventually I would be out of a job. But everyone carried on like the status quo would continue on indefinitely, so I formulated a theory that there must be some way that new animals were generated. Looking closely at their anatomical features, I noticed differences: there were 2 different arrangements of their bits where the pee comes out back there. I dont have the mechanism worked out yet, but I'm pretty sure that has something to do with how new animals are made.
Sep 16, 2012 5:52 PM
49NP #56, you're definitely right that people can come across as a bit... blunt on here, like they probably wouldn't in person. On a subject like this that people feel strongly about, it's no surprise they're analyzing the OP's every phrase. I'm just glad this place is as lively as it is... it's hard to find travel talk with any kick to it on the net anymore these days.
Sep 16, 2012 7:43 PM
Sep 17, 2012 9:37 AM
OP here. I have honestly been a bit tentative here in terms of commenting very much because things can get a bit crazy.
I do think that part of the dynamic here is that we are talking about the ownership of an animal and....lets see there is God and politics and the owning of animals...three topics that folks feel pretty damn intense about.
The particular reason I got so bent out of shape is that I am a pretty decent fellow and am just looking for info and thoughts in terms of my desire to get a dog when I get to Lake Atitlan. And for the most part I have gotten a ton of useful info and thinking and a bunch of different organizations to contact.
So when I was told that I am "not the type of person who should have a dog" I got freaking pissed. I mean I still am not sure what that really means but it just sounded really personal. And I got particularly angry because I had just said that I would basically feel married to any dog that I take on. I mean sure, some marriages end in divorce but on the other hand you can not really ask for a deeper commitment then "till death do you part".
So much appreciation to the person who said they think I would be great with a dog and wished me well in that regard.
Oh, another point or two....so I have also been called "deeply disturbed" and should not have an animal.
Well, I am increasingly totally confused about who is sane and who is not these days. I used to think that there were a lot of healthy happy people out there and the problem is that I was not one of them. Well, I am feeling much better about life these days (one of the reasons I feel ready to have an animal) and am realizing that most people are in a world of pain.
And finally, there are many programs that connect dogs with traumatized vets and folks in prisons and psych hospitals and it is has been shown to be profoundly healing for these "deeply disturbed " individuals.
OK. Happy Jewish New Year to everyone. And peace.
ps....I am gona call my dog Keliv, which is Hebrew for dog.
Edited by: shalomyishai
Sep 17, 2012 11:17 AM
Sep 18, 2012 5:28 AM
54here's a possibly helpful (and useful) 'nugget':
as in selecting a romantic partner, dont pick up the first bit of trash you see. As in romance, I have found that the best pets find you , and the harder you look the more elusive the goal.
as for pain and personal problems, watch NIGHT OF THE IGUANA
Sep 18, 2012 9:16 AM
55The place in Sumpango will NOT let you adopt if they know you are not a permanent resident and they will lecture you about all the terrible tourists who come, pick up a street dog, care for it, love it, nurture and feed it, only to walk off from it in the end when they return home. She has seen this story too many times. She moves heaven and earth to get permits for owners to take their adopted pets home with them when they leave (costs $$$ for fees, vet inspections, etc.). If you DARE try to drop a dog off at her shelter having done a temporary adoption routine you are likely to get a kick in the seat of your pants.
And for residents who wan to adopt there. Know that her best dogs (most fit, most desirable dogs esp. any pure breeds) she promises to vets to volunteer there, foreign ones who come to volunteer and Guatemalan she pays minimal fees to in exchange for their work there.What are left there are the street wounded, skittish and other less desirables.She has a rep. of never putting a dog down that isn't horrible/irrretreivable healthwise. A good person and a good place to volunteer. The org is very active in the Antigua area in raising money to support all those needs for food and medicine.
Sep 23, 2012 9:28 PM
56I have a friend who dedicates her time in Panajachel to sterilizing street dogs, and always has dogs that need adoption.
Sep 24, 2012 8:39 AM
Sep 29, 2012 4:58 PM
58McLeod is probably referring to Selaine who runs Ayuda (http://ayudagt.wordpress.com/), which is the only sterilization program I saw in Pana. See their "Contact Us" tab on their website to email her.
Oct 10, 2012 2:23 PM
59If you're going live here long-term, adopt a dog or buy a cool mutt puppy for no more than 50Q from someone who has puppies - and then get it fixed, please. Buying from a petshop is silly in Guatemala - there's animals all over the place.
Actually, a cat is a very good choice - much better than a gerbil. Our cat Coche is one heck of a critter eater. One night he caught a barba and a coral at the same time - the coral was eating the barba - right in our kitchen. Yes, this is a true story and we have several witnesses. Sorry - no photos :(
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