Almost two weeks ago we agreed to foster a puppy who had little chance of survival.  Her mom and two siblings died on the operating table, but after the doctors worked on them for over 45 minutes, the mom and one pup survived.  Our little fopuppy day 1ster pup was in bad shape and the doctors refused to operate on her until she was healthier.  She was terribly under nourished, dehydrated, covered with sores and was having seizures.  Although starving, she couldn’t stand to eat her first meal of chicken broth and smashed rice.

After three days, it looked like she may have to be put down.  She would seize and then howl.  It was horrible to watch.  We knew she was suffering.  But then Dottie, from Amigos de Animales, told us to feed her pedialyte with sugar using a syringe.  By the next day, no seizures.  Then no seizures the next day.  She began getting stronger.  By Sunday, just 1 week after we took her home, we broughyt her to the Amigos de Animales Chili Cook-off Fundraiser.  Her public debut.  She was definitely going to live.

Then we had the task of finding her a forever home.  I could see that David wanted to keep her longer but we are leaving in 2 weeks for almost a month.  So David asked our housesitter if she would take care of the puppy.  She loves dogs so she agreed.  There is no reason for the puppy to stay here while we are gone, she needs a permanent home.

Question:  Does David get to keep the puppy?

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Long story short, her name is Sasha.

She is terribly spoiled and already has more toys than most kids in Panama.  But she has found her forever home.


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6 thoughts on “Sasha!

  1. Great Boquete blog. I like your writing style; concise, but playful. I started researching an Expat retirement recently. I’m 53, self employed and can do my job as an Executive Recruiter from anywhere. My main catalyst is economics. Why live like a pauper on a US beach, when I can live like a King elsewhere, with like minded folks? I liked the proximity of Boquete to the US. Also, the elevation, the fact it’s just 40 minutes to David (Hell lol), and the many other factors that drew you there. However, your blog has provided great insight into the drawbacks that go unforeseen until you make the leap. The bureaucracy there instills chills, as does the windy season. You do well not to dwell on that in your writing, but I’m sure it was steadily prevalent in your mind during those months. That silly driving out of the country routine? That is amok.

    I’m sure you’ve seen this video about paperwork (made by a Boquete resident):

    I had done some due diligence, I was reading through all the Tour spiel: no Spanish needed, cheap rent, the Expat-friendly government, pensioner discounts, all the amenities (ha). Seems reality slaps those with less virile constitutions than you firmly upon arrival. Water and power outages, hot water issues, communication gap, Easy Bake oven (he he), rental bubble, travelling, via Hell, from municipal structure to municipal structure, FBI reports, blood tests, shady landlords (there too eh?), coveting kitchenware…

    NO SUBS?!

    POW! Right in da’ kisser! I’d say the clincher though was the rainy season, I would go mad. Well, madder, anyway.

    Don’t get me wrong, your blog represents Boguete in a very good light. You touch on every positive the place has on offer. The healthcare sounds glorious! I wish the U.S could do that! Dang Lawyers!

    You had the bonus of reading a book about the very neighborhood you moved to? The very house you live in? Kookie! Did you read that book before you moved there?

    It sounds like the place is coming along. The entrepreneur in me sees potential; from buying the kitchenware left behind & selling it, to property; there’s gold in them there hills! The road improvements are a great sign.

    You do the town a service by waking folks up to the challenges (weeding out the weak, like me). Although, I would have left some nice kitchenware behind.

    One thing I know for sure, many Americans will be doing this exponentially. I will do this. I’m not sure where I’ll go first. Like you, I want to write about. I have a plan to get my expenses covered for 30 days (recon). You are a great benchmark for doing all the right things: reading the blogs, building a small network in advance, etc.

    Here’s an excerpt from my due diligence report:

    “• Safety: Will I end up in a car trunk (or any trunk for that matter) as a ransom hostage? Will they write stories about my, “Innocent American Held in a Foreign Prison” exploits? Well, “Mostly innocent”… “Partly Innocent”, OK, “Not Innocent, but Just a Misdemeanor” exploits? Must have a proven track record of these things NOT happening.”

    I admire your hearty dispositions (you & your marital unit (not the city)). I probably sound weak. I like to think I’m pragmatic. I’ve made many cross-country moves. I’m nervous about a global move… yikes! I think I need consistent weather.

    BTW: I’m not a cruise/casino person either. What do people see in those?

    • Kelly, you won’t know until you get out of your comfort zone. I was a big city girl with a big city mouth but moved to a really small, remote town. I love it! Even through some complaints, I will probably live here forever. Every day is different (and way different than if we were still in Coral Springs) but comfortable. I love that video. I’ve seen it probably 15 times and just watched it again as it is so similar to getting a driver’s license, bank acct. or any other task in Central America. The new ‘normal’ is so much easier. If you decide to make the trip down, give me a call.

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