Of course I was in a hurry. Of course I ran into these dogs and their foster parents. Of course I spent an hour with these adorable canines and their remarkable rescuers. Of course I missed my appointment and drained my wallet. Of course I am so glad I did.
Meet this little guy. He was timid because he was abandoned in LA on the streets and rescued from a shelter. He needs a good home but until then he is living with a loving foster family who will keep him until he finds a good home.
Meet this gorgeous guy Marley. I loved all these adorable dogs, but Marley is the one I most want to bring home. He would love patroling The Holler acreage and he is the kind of big-bruiser dog that sits on your feet and leans his weight against you so you won’t leave. If only I didn’t travel so much, Marley would be helping me write this post right now! I know it would be soooo much better with his input.
I don’t mean to break your heart, but prepare for it to break, this poochini is eleven years old and was abandoned. She has a very loving foster mama though, whose lap she never got off of the entire time I was there. She should be sleeping by her fireplace only getting up for dinner, treats, pats, and short walks of course.
Don’t even ask me why some moron cut off this dogs ears. She is a total love bug and still a puppy really. All the dogs are housebroken, well trained, sociable, polite and oh-so-loving!
This seven year old dog was sent to be euthanized because he didn’t get along with his owner’s cats. Who knew cats and dogs sometimes don’t get along?
Here’s Marley again. Did I mention how awesome, pawsome he is? He could teach the coyotes some manners.
This love bug is missing his front leg. Apparently the leg was injured and never treated and could not be saved. It doesn’t stop him from doing most every doggy-do-duty though. His foster mom loves him and one would never know from this dog’s wonderful diposition that he had been so abused and neglected.
This dog had been in a shelter for six months, but was saved due to his loving and sweet personality. He is gorgeous. They are all gorgeous.
There were many more dogs here today and they all got along beautifully together. Don’t you wish you could say the same for human beings?
These dogs are all being family-home-fostered by volunteers who work for ‘Wagging Dog Rescue.’ Wagging Dog saves dogs from shelters in Southern California who might otherwise be euthanized. They are fostered until they are adopted. One foster mom lives close by The Holler. She’s a Hollerite!
Meet Cassandra who runs “Wagging Dog Rescue.” I have such admiration for people who rescue animals and devote themselves to their care. Thank you so much ‘Wagging Dog’ and all you foster parents. Oh, and if you were thinking of getting a well-trained, loving companion, look no further than ‘Wagging Dog.’
Cheers to you from all these wonderful doggies and their devoted, dedicated caregivers! There are so many good people on this planet.
And far and wide, in a scarlet tide,
The poppy’s bonfire spread.
The poppy opes her scarlet purse of dreams.
Through the dancing poppies stole
A breeze most softly lulling to my soul.
The poppies hung
Dew-dabbled on their stalks.
Summer set lip to earth’s bosom bare,
And left the flushed print in a poppy there.
May the blooming poppies cheer your day with their promise of the coming spring!
The Holler hummers,
and looking for nests!
Where ever we roam, there’s no place like home!
And cheers to you from all the Holler happy critters, including us~
The Palacio in Old San Juan is the oldest continuously occupied executive mansion in the New World. Construction started in 1533. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is currently occupied by the Governor of Puerto Rico and his family. (Please click to enlarge).
The Palacio is built on a prime ocean view spot in Old San Juan and is surrounded by La Forteleza or the old fort walls.
The stunning interiors are like stepping into old Spain.
The views are simply spectacular.
Adjoining the residence, is El Hospital, la Cofradía de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, built in 1556 and currently run by catholic nursing nuns for elderly patients.
I wouldn’t want to be a poltician, but I would love to stay in this house! Saludos a usted!
Love the Old City of San Juan Puerto Rico!
Old San Juan was founded in 1506 by Spain and some of the old buildings, need to be rennovated, which would be so much fun to do!
Others are meticulously well maintained.
When I come home everything looks beige by comparison.
Don’t you love such creative use of color?
Jim speaks CAT big time. Cats are naturally attracted to him. They must know how much he likes them. For some people, herding feral cats might be problematic, not Jim, and the old city of San Juan is loaded with feral cats.
Before you become profoundly depressed at the prospect of all these cats without homes, take heart. You know I couldn’t leave you (or Jim for that matter) hanging. I had to find out. What is the story about all of these homeless kitty-cats? They are being cared for by a marvelous group of volunteers who call themselves appropriately enough, “Save a Gato!” http://www.saveagato.org or email at SAVEAGATOPR@gmail.com
We visited them at their center in Old San Juan.
Save a Gato’s Mission Statement is, “Save a Gato is dedicated to giving the street cats of Old San Juan a chance at a better life. Using TNR (trap, neuter, return) methods, ‘Save a Gato’ manages a feral cat colony. Cats in the colony are trapped, neutered, and then returned to their territory where volunteers provide them with regular food, medical care and shelter. Young kittens who can be socialized, as well as friendly adults, can be adopted to good homes.”
So if you wanted to adopt a cat, think of “Save A Gato.” They will ship your kitty to you. They accept donations as well. All neutering is paid for by Save a Gato.
Besides this colony, there are other feral cat colonies in Old San Juan, about every block, some homeowner has cat food and water on their doorstep.
There are cat lovers in Old San Juan.
Our hotel has two feral cats in residence. Still there is no way around it, a street kitty is a very sad sight!
My thanks and gratitude go to “Save A Gato” and all the cat lovers in Old San Juan. Cheers to you from the beautiful, friendly, feral-cats of Old San Juan.
Entrance to our hotel, El Convento, originally a Carmelite convent built by Spain in 1646.
Evening, central Courtyard Hotel El Convento.
Central Courtyard, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena. Puerto Rico was founded by the Spanish in 1521 and is full of stunning, historic-buildings. (Click to enlarge).
More views of the Instituto Cultura…….
Front facade Instituto de Cultura.
La Fortaleza (Governors Mansion). This is the oldest, continuously occupied governors mansion in the Americas. We toured inside and I will post photos for you soon! It is a gorgeous, stunningly-situated, old mansion and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
El Palacio Rojo. (Now Administrative Offices).
Museo De Las Americas.
Typical tourist shop, Calle Fortaleza in the glorious old-buildings of historic San Juan.
Cheers to you from the very old, y muy hermoso, San Juan!