You see, Selaine
d´Ambrosi, director of AYUDA, an NGO that provides spay and neuter
clinics around Lake Atitlan, posted a picture of a pretty dog mural on Facebook
and commented she’d like to see something like that in Panajachel. That resulted
immediately in a message from Dr. Jim Bader,a common friend and US veterinarian
who has been coming down to Guatemala for years, providing free surgeries as
well as many supplies for Unidos para los Animales, the NGO I volunteer
for. He told Selaine he knows an artist (that’s me!) and that he was willing to
sponsor the mural.
Selaine thought he deserved better than that and found him a real home. But despite all the cuddles in the world and the best food a dog can dream of, Tripod found an escape route and made his way back to La Palapa. This happened several times, so in the end she decided that would be the best place for him to be. It definitely was in his opinion.
Unfortunately, Tripod was killed by a car or tuc-tuc, from what I heard
intentionally. (May the driver rot in hell.)
work done, Henry and I treated ourselves to a little excursion to San Juan la
Laguna, a village across the lake famous for its murals. Nice to admire other
people’s work for a change!
is truly a community effort of dog-loving people! Thank you Selaine d’Ambrosi
of AYUDA for initiating this project and all the great work you do with AYUDA.
Thanks also to Maggie and family who provided the wall as well as drinks and
snacks for us painters. Many, many thanks to Dr. Jim Bader of Mapleview AnimalHospital and Headin’ Home Pet Rescue Inc. for all you do for animals both here
and there, and of course for sponsoring this mural. You are the best! Also
thanks to Regine Herzog for putting me up; to Gerson Ordoñez for being our trustworthy
designated driver and of course to Henry Calel, my super assistant. Feeling
tired but content and infinitely grateful!