Most of you know Dennis and I broke down and got a dog. We resisted for a whole year, but once a dog lover, always a dog lover. We’ve been volunteering at Amigos de Animales since we arrived and I knew it was just a matter of time. One Sunday, while I was at the Chiriqui Flea Market, there he was justing being cute and giving me the once over. I knew we were planning our trip to Ecuador, so I tried to resist, but as fate would have it, I ran into him again at the Tuesday market the following week. This time, Dennis was with me and Bob Marley just won him over. So that’s the story of how Marley came to take over our lives. Seems he had kind of a rough beginning being tied up and underfed. A lot of the stray dogs here exist on garbage they can get into and I suspect he didn’t fare much better. His owner had to give him up as he had gotten free and killed some chickens (kind of understandable if you’re starving) but still, he needed to be removed from his living situation. We have a huge fenced yard, so everything worked out perfectly. We actually went to visit our friend’s finca (farm) and met his old owner, who said hello, but Marley was pretty happy to stick with us. Lucky us. Lucky pup. We’ve even joined a group of dog walkers (Band of Buddies) and have made several new friends within the group.
We’ve been busy making plans for Ecuador and are getting ready to be on our way. Housesitter is lined up. Bills are paid. Fridge is empty. Tickets are purchased. New backpacks just arrived and they are lighter and more comfortable. I did a trial run today and packed everything I’m planning on taking. I’m good to go. Wahoo.
So many folks have given us ideas of where to go and what to see. Margo and John will be our traveling compadres and we all seem to bounce off one another well and good energy abounds. I will try and do a daily pic on FB with a short blurb on our experiences, rather than blog our trip. For one thing, my memory just isn’t quite what it used to be and I might leave out some good stuff. Daily is better, so get ready to be bombarded with all things Ecuador.
November has been busy with several Panamanian holidays. I’ve posted a few pics of the festivities. We send our love across the miles to all our friends and family for a truly blessed Thanksgiving. Life is so sweet and we miss you all.
A little update on Dennis’s outdoor project. It looks awesome. We still haven’t made pizza (not on our low carb meal plan at the moment) but we’ve enjoyed several evenings of friends gathered outside in the rancho. I even have a garden box on the back side and wonderful heirloom tomato seeds that Margo gifted me. I can’t wait to plant them.
If you build it, they will come. Good friends, Mick and Linda and Linda’s brother Pete and his wife, Virgina are coming to Panama for a visit. They will be here for the Jazz Festival in February, and we are so excited to show them around Panama. We’ve made so many new friends, but our old ones are never forgotten. We are so thrilled that they are coming here.
“DOGS COME INTO OUR LIVES TO TEACH US ABOUT LOVE, THEY DEPART TO TEACH US ABOUT LOSS. A NEW DOG NEVER REPLACES AN OLD DOG; IT MERELY EXPANDS THE HEART. IF YOU HAVE LOVED MANY DOGS, YOUR HEART IS VERY BIG.”