Sunday, July 24, 2011

Belizean Pup Finds True Love!

I just received this story and picture from my friend Amanda who lives in Belize and is a huge supporter/volunteer for the Caye Caulker Humane Society. (I donated the humane trap to her back in March) I thought this story was too cute and gave hope for other dogs around the world who are currently in need of being adopted. It just goes to show you that "stray" dogs on the streets in 3rd world countries CAN make amazing pets!!!

From Amanda:

Maya (on the right) was adopted out to a Belgium couple who took him all the way home (from the Belizean Island Caye Caulker) at the very last minute with nothing organised! They keep in touch and often send pictures and updates for us. "Virus", their original dog, was known to be fussy about other animals around him (Virus was extremely spolied - they take them everywhere including sky diving, canoeing, hiking etc.) Well, it turns out "Virus" fell in love and this picture is of their nuptials in Belgium!!!!!

Hehehehe how cute is that!?!??! It looks like Maya may not be living the "island life" anymore, but I think we can all agree she is now being taken VERY well cared of and has found her soulmate!!! :)

For more information on the Caye Caulker Humane Society please click HERE


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Let It All Hang Out!!

The summer months are a perfect time to take advantage of what the sun has to offer! Not only is it helping our organic vegetable gardens to grow nice and big, it also gives us the opportunity to unplug the dryer for awhile and allow the sun to dry our clothes!

I purchased a great clothes line kit from the Canadian store Grassroots two years ago and I absolutely love it! I leave it hanging all year round and it is still in perfect condition, line does not sag and no rust has appeared after our harsh winters. I can't imagine how many tons of emissions I have saved from entering the atmosphere as well as money on our energy bill. For us Canadians, we have to remember we only have a few months a year that we can actually let our clothes hang to dry so why not start now!?!?!


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

First Transport A Success!

I have always wanted to help transfer a god from one side of the country to another and last weekend I received my first opportunity to do so! Little "Scamp" was being transferred all the way from South Carolina, USA to Ottawa, Ontario and I was able to help out during this 900 mile journey!

*Scamp and I waiting for his transport van to Ottawa*

I picked Scamp up from a local hotel parking lot when he arrived from Kitchener, Ont. He was such a cute little thing who had been recouperting from a fractured front leg. I took him back to my house for some play time and relaxation before driving up to Toronto. This was the last leg of his journey before he boarded a rental van all the way up to Ottawa! Scamp will be fostered and put up for adoption with Minpinerie - a local Min Pin Rescue group in the Nation's Capital!

*My Dad Taking Scamp For A Pee Break*

* What a sweetheart!!! Good luck Scamp on finding your furr-ever home!!*


Friday, July 1, 2011

Plastic Bottle Schools In Guatemala!!

Thanks to the initiative and perseverance of Peace Corps Volunteer Trent Hodges, Las MaƱanitas in Guatemala now has a new schoolhouse... made out of plastic bottles. Local students and residents were asked to stuff bits of discarded plastic into 12 ounce plastic soda bottles until they were firmly packed! 2,500 of these “ecobricks” were then used to fill in the concrete walls of the new school house. This technology neutralizes the plastic and gets local residents to start thinking of creative and constructive (get it?) ways to dispose of rubbage (rather than burning it in the mangroves). Garbage is an intractable problem in the "Hawaii Park" area of Guatemala, and affects not only the health of local residents and ecosystems, but is also an eyesore for tourists.

Many thanks to the following organizations who helped fund the school: Hug it Forward Foundation, Fundacion Primavera, the MaƱanitas Beach Lounge, and the following hotels: Cafe del Sol, Hawaiian Paradise, Honolulu, Dulce y Salado, Casa Bella, La Haina, Utz Tzaba, Villa Kairos and Johnny’s Place.

For more information on these "Plastic Bottle Schools" and how you can help fund one in a needy community please visit:

- Nicole