Tag Archives: Pets and Animals

Ecotourism—Getting it Right, Right Down the Road from the Eco-Resort

2017-jan-pics-2016-12-22-at-7-47-00-amBy Deborah Van Hoewyk

Marytere Farrell was born and bred a city—Mexico City—girl. She thought beaches first appeared through the windows of high-rise hotels in Acapulco, decorated with colorful umbrellas, pixilated with brightly tan bodies. Trees marched down neatly curbed esplanades or decorated urban parks. And then Marytere reached that age when young people slung on their backpacks and went traveling to find completely undecorated, un-peopled beaches and forests that were jungles. So now Marytere and Naim Sultan, her Lebanese husband, run Yiimtii. Continue reading Ecotourism—Getting it Right, Right Down the Road from the Eco-Resort

Pre-Hispanic Dogs in Mexican Culture

2017-jan-pics-2016-12-22-at-7-47-24-amBy Julie Etra

Dogs have been a part of Mexican culture for centuries, and I am not talking about perros callejeros, or street dogs. They came along with the first human beings during their migration to the western hemisphere from Asia, so yes, they were already here when the Spaniards arrived. And these migrant settlers bred their dogs and developed unique lineages with unique traits. Few of these breeds survive to the present time, just the Xolo described below, and the Chihuahua. DNA studies conducted on dog fossils by paleozoologist Valadez Azúa verified their common origin with the ancient dogs of Eurasia. However, the fossil remains found in America have variations in their genetic material produced by the geographic isolation of the continents. Continue reading Pre-Hispanic Dogs in Mexican Culture

Vacationing in Oaxaca with Your Dog or Cat; Not

2017-jan-pics-2016-12-22-at-7-47-37-amBy Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.

Bringing your dog or cat into Mexico to be part of the family vacation is easy, certainly if crossing the border overland, as well as if flying, as long as your dog doesn’t have a flat-ish nose which can present breathing problems (i.e. pug, boxer). Get the shots and a bilingual veterinarian certificate, and you’re golden. In fact, often papers are not even asked for. The same holds true for acquiring a Mexican pet and taking it back to Canada or the US. Our daughter did it both ways and was amazed at the laxness of regulation enforcement at both borders, though there was a kennel issue at the Oaxaca airport just prior to boarding for Canada with her one Oaxacan and her other Toronto-born cat. But why bring your dog or cat to Oaxaca with you for what is supposed to be your vacation? Is it to appease your insistent children who exert a ridiculous amount of control over you? Is boarding in your hometown too expensive? Or do you really think that your pet will enjoy the vacation with you more than being with other pets at a boarding facility or being with a neighbor or dog walker once or twice daily? Continue reading Vacationing in Oaxaca with Your Dog or Cat; Not

Rancho el Regalo, Coyula

2017-jan-pics-2016-12-22-at-7-48-03-amBy Larry Davis

My wife asked me to get her a new ride. I suggested something sporty. Maybe a convertible with air, leather seats, four wheel drive, single tuned exhaust. She said perfect…so I bought her a horse. What actually happened is we purchased a home in Salchi Bay 11 years ago and decided one day that it would be great to go for a horseback ride and explore all the beautiful local beaches. We were introduced to Francisco (Chico) Ramirez who had three horses and a hundred watt smile. After many great riding trips we asked if we could contribute to the ranch with some of our Salchi friends. The rest is history, with 27 head of cattle, 17 horses, 10 goats, 4 dogs and a rooster named Foghorn. Most of our goats get danger pay, as every time there is a birthday party or fiesta, one of their buddies goes missing. Continue reading Rancho el Regalo, Coyula

Palmas Unidas Yard Sale and the Doghouse Café

By Deborah Van Hoewyk

On Sunday, December 4, Huatulco was treated to its first Bazar Navideño de Segunda Mano—a Christmas yard sale. More than 100 supporters of Palmas Unidas Bahias de Huatulco, one of Huatulco’s two animal welfare organizations, cleaned out their closets and store-rooms, donating housewares, books, tools, planters, clothes, and so much more. Continue reading Palmas Unidas Yard Sale and the Doghouse Café

The Privilege of Pets

2017-jan-pics-2016-12-22-at-7-48-30-amBy Jane Bauer

My first paying job at the age of nine was as a dog walker. There was Scarlet, a very mischievous Irish setter and two sister pitbulls; people always crossed the street when they saw us coming. My upbringing had prepared me well for this line of work – our house was a menagerie of animals. My father was an animal psychologist: cats lounged on counters, dogs slept on the living room couch, hamsters ran their wheels and there was a red-eared turtle in the bathroom. In the basement there were iguanas and a 10-foot boa that weren’t really pets, but animals that had nowhere else to go. Continue reading The Privilege of Pets


Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 1.59.48 PMBy Julie Etra

The jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi) is a small jaguar that generally ranges from northern Mexico to southern Argentina. There have been confirmed sightings from as far north as New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona, with unconfirmed sightings in southern Florida (one road-killed kitten carcass). And yes, they occur along the Oaxacan coast where they are also rare; our neighbors spotted one in Conejos a few years ago, albeit briefly, as they are fast and are considered threatened in Mexico. Although diurnal (active during the day), they are still difficult to observe or study. Continue reading Jaguarundi

To Swim or Not to Swim… With the Dolphins

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 10.06.28 AMBy Brooke Gazer

Recently a proposal has been put forward to develop a commercial aqua center in Chahue which would allow tourists to swim with dolphins. For many people this is a lifelong dream and the newly proposed attraction could bring high end tourists who are willing to pay for the privilege. But is this something Huatulco wants to be a part of? If the general public understood what it truly means to imprison dolphins, I believe that most would shy away from this attraction. Continue reading To Swim or Not to Swim… With the Dolphins

Palmas Unidas

By Fran McLaren

Palmas Unidas Bahías de Huatulco AC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for homeless cats and dogs in Huatulco. The group, led by Roberto Dattoli and his wife Margaret Guerra, owners of the Hotel Plaza Delphinus at Chahue, began meeting monthly in 2014. In March 2015 the group became a registered civil association. Since then, the group has rescued and found homes for over 45 puppies, and with the help of local veterinarians Dr. Norma Rivera and Dr. Freddy Cruz, more than 41 additional animals have been sterilized and adopted. Continue reading Palmas Unidas