Just a Few Wow-wees To Share

I so love taking pictures and have some wow-wees that need to be shared.

The very tall wall that surrounds the Fortaleza Ozama that you see when you enter the Colonial City crossing the Rio Ozama that was build by Trujillo. The name of this wall is Muralla de Felix Benito. Hanging way beyond reach of the top and bottom of the wall were these blown-out pair of blue jeans. Hmmm…how did they get there? Why is the entire center seam blown out? This is an area where it is very difficult even getting to so how I ask you, HOW did these jeans get there?

Pants on the Muralla de Felix Benito. Another wow-wee.

Pants on the Muralla de Felix Benito. Another wow-wee.

Riding on the Las Americas Highway this was a sight to behold. Really you see things like this ofter but it still amazes me that humans do not think of what could happen. There 2 humans were hanging out the back of this truck on a busy highway. The one kids foot was very close to the pavement. He better watch out or he could lose his yippie (thong, flop-flop, chankletta)…or more.

Perched precariously on the back of a truck

Perched precariously on the back of a truck

What do you do when you are working down a man hole and you take a break? You stick your head out of the hole and do a little reading. Why get all the way out of the hole? I hope the people passing by do not trip over the man.

Reading in a man hole

Reading in a man hole

Even a little Tayota thought it was funny.

Happy laughing Tayota

Happy laughing Tayota

I hope you have a happy day and are able to laugh at the wonderful things surrounding you. And remember..only in Dominican Republic.

Buenagente Follows

Today I had to run out to the Pharmacy to get antibiotics for Buenagente because he is supposed to get his teeth operated on Saturday. I left him outside because I had already left him and Teli in the house when I had to go out a little earlier and I still do not trust him to be in the house alone for an extended period of time.

So anyhow, I had let him out and there he was in the entrance to the building waiting for me when I went out. There was nothing I could do. He had to follow me all happy with his tail held high.

He went into the Pharmacy with me and while I was waiting he went into the little gambling place behind. They knew him there already. Then there was an elderly lady with a gauze bandage around her arm. He ran to her and was licking her exposed fingers. She was afraid at first but then she fell in love with him.

After the pharmacy I had to get a few things on the Conde at the Despensa (its called the Bravo Express but to me it will always be the Despensa). I told Buena to stay outside with some people sitting around the front.

I went in to pick up a few needed things. Eggs, bread, dog bones hot sauce and veggies. My staples.

The next person that entered the store here comes Buenagente pushing in the door with them. I was already shopping with a few things in my basket and here comes Buena down the isle like he belonged, just picking up a few things.

I left the basket there and walked him back to the door where the store manager was standing saying that Buena just ran past him and he did not know what to do.

This happened 4 times and each time there was Buenagente coming to find me while I was shopping. His tail was held high and he was all proud of himself by finding me in the aisles. I was laughing inside but i could not let the managers see me thinking it was a funny thing seeing good ole Buena going shopping.

Finally, I got him to lay outside in the shade across the street. He decided to stay laying next to an old fried of mine, King, who said he would try and keep Buenagente there with him.

I finished my shopping which should have taken 15 minutes bu turned into a 1/2 hour because of all the Buenagente happenings.

I came outside with my bags and good ole Buenagente was laying there starring at the door. When he saw me he came running and he walked with me back home.

I need to get one of those dog back packs so he can help me carry some groceries next time. He can work for his bones.

Is not he just a cutie?

Buenagente being valiant.

Buenagente being valiant.

First Visit To Parque Eugenio María de Hostos

I decided to take a long-time-no-have Walk-About on Sunday. It has been a while since I did a real walkabout. I spent the week before being sick with the gripe and 2 entire days in bed. Saturday I had a short tour and it made me want to get out for a walk. I was feeling better Sunday so I decided I needed to get out and see the world a bit.

I was not sure where to go so I got Teli and Buenagente and we headed out. Buenagente, a dog that lives in the streets, has been staying with me for a while, sort of a foster dog. He needs a forever home as I just cannot have 2 dogs in my small studio apartment. No space. No money. But, Buengente is so sweet and loving its so easy to fall in love with him. If I had the space and cash I would keep him. But he needs a larger place to live as he is not a small dog.

I have even been working with him to train him so when he does find his forever home he will make a wonderful addition to some loving family. I just hope he gets a home in the Colonial Zone where he can come and visit. He loves the Zone and he is a great tour guide too..lol. (more information about adopting Buenagente on The Dominican Dog Blog – Adopt Me – My name is Buenagente)

We first headed up Isabel la Catolica, which is always a fight with Teli. She always likes to go the same direction, to the same places. So after a little battle we were off.

We walked up and down some streets and ended up at Plaza Maria Sanchez.

Teli and Buenagente at Plaza Maria Sanchez

Teli and Buenagente at Plaza Maria Sanchez


Parque Maria Trinidad Sanchez

Parque Maria Trinidad Sanchez

We continued down Calle Mercedes. I never went on a Walk-About with the 2 dogs before. People would walk way around us like the dogs were vicious evil creatures. But then I probably would have swerved to get out of the way if I saw the 2 big dogs on leashes walking down the street.

I wanted to head up to San Carlos but Teli would not hear of it. She made a quick enter to a little sweet shop and sat her butt right down in the doorway. She would not move. The people in the store were laughing at her while Buenagente decided he might as well take advantage and he laid in the entrance as well.

Teli and Buenagente take a break at a pastry shop.

Teli and Buenagente take a break at a pastry shop.

I finally got Teli moving again and continued down Mercedes as it was just to difficult to get Teli to go up the hill towards San Carlos.

We stopped to get some shade at the Iglesia and Convento de las Mercedes/ Church and Convent of Our Lady of Mercy. The kids were checking things out there as the people sitting around were watching intently making sure the dogs did not eat them.

Man reading bible looking over his glasses watching us under the shade tree.

Man reading bible looking over his glasses watching us under the shade tree.

Teli and Buenagente taking a breather.

Teli and Buenagente taking a breather.

Buenagente walked so good on the leash. Teli had to pull on every corner, putting up a fight not to walk further away from home. But I was not giving in even thought at this point I was really ready to head home because it was hotter than I thought. So we headed back towards more familiar territory for Teli.

We were thirsty so decided to stop for a water break at a Colmado.

Taking a water break at the Colmado

Taking a water break at the Colmado

It just amazes me the way people stare at the dogs even doing a simple thing like taking a drink of water out of a plastic cup. It makes me laugh the fuss people make. Many people did get their nerve up and come to pet the dogs. Teli is not really friendly. She is not mean, she just does not care about paying attention to other humans. But, Buenagente is just the opposite. He loves the attention. He likes to put his paws on people. Usually he reaches to their shoulders then he tries to give them a kiss. He loves everyone, especially when he is on the leash and I tell him that the person is OK.

After the water break we continued on our way. I got the idea to go to the newly remodeled park, Parque Eugenio María de Hostos in Ciudad Nueva, and check it out.

On the way a few dogs tried attacking us but they decided better after Buenagente barked. But it was a good walk with Teli trying to enter every Colmado we passed and even one home that had the front door open.

We did stop and got another water just before the Plaza and off we headed.

Thank goodness the kids are not big into getting wet because the reflecting pool in the center of the park did look inviting. I bet if I was a dog I sure would have tried taking a dip. I was almost ready to do it being a human but I contained myself. I had to set an example for the kids.

Buenagente taking time to reflect at the reflecting pool t the Eugenio María de Hostos Park

Buenagente taking time to reflect at the reflecting pool t the Eugenio María de Hostos Park


Teli was doing her reflecting in the shade.

Teli was doing her reflecting in the shade.


Reflecting pool at Eugenio María de Hostos Park.

Reflecting pool at Eugenio María de Hostos Park.

I sat by the pool for a few minutes but it was just too hot and I was feeling the gripe weakness a bit so I decided to go and lay down in the grassy area for a bit and do a bit of reflecting with the dogs by my side and my eyes closed. Living in the city being able to lay on grass just does not happen often.

Looking at the sky

Looking at the sky

Teli only laid down beside me for a minute or two. She mostly stood over me watching, sitting for a little bit, then standing again.

Teli standing guard

Teli standing guard

Buenagente is much more relaxed and he plopped down beside me taking advantage or our little resting time.

The kids watching while I rested

The kids watching while I rested

Sometimes I just do not know what Buenagente is thinking. I mostly know how to read Teli and her thoughts. Buenagente gave me this over-the-shoulder look and then proceeded to roll right over on my head just after I took this picture.

Buenagente checking on me before he tried to lay on my head

Buenagente checking on me before he tried to lay on my head

Buena thought he was being funny after I was laughing.

Buenagente laughing at me.

Buenagente laughing at me.

Teli paid all no mind and just kept checking out the area.

Teli being vigilant.

Teli being vigilant.


She will always be a nervous girl. She is more relaxed than when I first got her, she does not shake anymore, but she just never seems to relax completely unless she is at home on the sofa, the bed or in her special hiding spot under the bedside table. While Buenagente can sleep anywhere, Teli always keeps an eye open.

After about 1/2 hour we headed back to the Colonial Zone, passing under the Puerta Misericordia, and back towards home.

Puerta Misericordia

Puerta Misericordia

Our 3 1/2 hour Walk-About was good. The kids were on the bed before I could even get in the door of the apartment. As soon as I got me a refreshing cool shower I was right there joining them to rest my ole bod.

It was a good day.

Dogs In Heat

Since I got my baby girl, Teli, I have been taking more notice of the plight of the street dogs of Dominican Republic. It is just so sad. I try to do what I can with very limited funds to feed them and look after them with the help of a wonderful group of people on FaceBook called Dog Lovers.

They are an amazing group that do all they can to help the animals of the country with Vet visits, Neuter and Castration programs (Pets Breeding Control). All runs on donations. So if anyone wants to help let me know and I can either accept donations and send them out or direct you to another person that takes donations. This will help for vet costs, rescue costs and food for these beautiful animals.

Anyhow, we are having a big problem in the Colonial Zone, Jose Gabriel Garcia, Calle las Damas to Parque Colon and Parque Duarte area. There are a few females in heat, or as they say here en calor, and they are causing lots of trouble and it seems that these ladies enjoy causing havoc in the streets.

The gang in love with Tia

The gang in love with Tia

The dogs are following the females and fighting for the right to..ahh..embed their seeds..The males are getting very aggressive and fighting. We who walk our dogs nicely and calmly in the morning are having to carry sticks, peaking around every corner, checking for the bad boys, before we can continue walking.

Tia causing trouble in the street

Tia causing trouble in the street

It is getting very bad. This morning I took Teli and Buenagente to the Fortaleza Ozama early for a run. I went directly there checking the empty streets making sure none of the “trouble” followed us. Blanco came and they were running and playing like normal.

Teli, Buenagente and Blanco playing

Teli, Buenagente and Blanco playing

The dogs were running and having fun when here comes Tia and her followers. Bowie and a Rottweiler names Pluto. They went directly for Blanco, the other alpha male. It was crazy. Teli was running the outer circle of the fighting. Buenagente went in but was on the outside also. Bowie, Blanco and Pluto were really tearing at each other. Bowie was already covered in blood and limping from fighting the last 3 to 4 days.

I found a stick and went in to get the dogs off of each other, especially Blanco. Buenagente went in also and grabbed Bowie by the back of the neck giving time to get Blanco out of the mess. Then I got Buenagente and got the leash on him. He had hair stuck in his mouth from Bowie. Blanco was bleeding.

A bite after it was cleaned up on Blanco.

A bite after it was cleaned up on Blanco.

My kids, Teli and Buenagente were not hurt, just shaken up. We had to fight the dogs away to get out of the fort. Then at Parque Rosado they came back. We had to almost run to get home so there was no more fighting.

Poor Bowie is a bloody mess. His front leg is torn open. His neck is all bloody. His ear is torn bad. His face is bloody. I did not get a close look at Pluto but I am sure he is not in good shape either.

This picture is in front of Blancos house where the dogs were fighting all the night. My guess is that most of the blood belongs to Bowie. He is in bad shape.

Dog blood on Calle Portes

Dog blood on Calle Portes

Bowie and Tia were stuck together in the street for about 10 minutes a few days ago.

Bowie and Tia stuck together amongst the renovation work in the Colonial Zone

Bowie and Tia stuck together amongst the renovation work in the Colonial Zone

It will be a few weeks that this craziness continues until the girls, Tia and Batty, are back to normal and out of heat. I hope Bowie can heal all his wounds.

Hopefully we can get the donations to get these neighborhood dogs sterilized and castrated to help a little with this big problem. Then my kids and the other kids in the area can play in peace.

Teli and Buenagente asking for help for their friends.

Teli and Buenagente asking for help for their friends.

Remember, if you want to make donations for Pets Breeding Control, Animal Lovers, PADELA, Pet Home RD, Collares Rojos, and others to help the animals of the Dominican Republic visit these facebook pages for more information or contact me and I can let you know other options to help. My dog Teli has a blog where there is much information as well Dominican Dog Blog.

Dime Algo – Views From My Balcony

If you did not realize it is Carnival time again in DR. Carnival is big fun and is one of the biggest festivals held yearly the entire month of February ending with the big parade on the Malecon in Santo Domingo the first Sunday in March. (More information about Carnaval Dominicano)

When I first moved here I went to all the carnival activities. Now I like watching it from afar. I am not into the crowds and crazy humans all surrounding me. I do enjoy the party but from a distance.

Last night I was in the house and heard a bit of a ruckus out side. There is always noise because of the new bar across the street. But this was different.

So I grabbed the camera and went to the window.

The Carnival characters painted in black oil called Los Tiznaos/ The Stained Ones were outside gyrating and singing – yelling “Dime algo” (Give me something)

"Dime Algo" Los Tiznaos/ The Stained Ones dancing and singing

“Dime Algo” Los Tiznaos/ The Stained Ones dancing and singing

They must have some camera detecting xray eyes because I was on the 3rd floor taking pictures and they saw me through the venetian windows and had their hands out begging. This is what these Carnvial Characters do. You do not give money there is the chance they will touch you and get their nasty oiliness on you.

I was very generous and dropped down $5 pesos.lol. I saw some of the people on the balcony of the bar dropping paper monies down to them, especially after the large bottomed woman did a dance for them, so I did not feel bad as they made some good monies on that corner.

I do love Carnival!

Fan Nut

My old fan just keeps going and going. I probably have had it for at least 5 years or more. After a few years the nut thingy that holds the safety cage on got stuck and I fought with it to get it off but it just did not budge.

I asked friends to try and see if they could move it. Finally one did it in. I had to cut the plastic nut ring because the metal cage would not stay up and the blade of the fan hit the cage.

This made my fan turn into the Death Fan. One day I was trying to get the blade to not wiggle and it hit my thumb. Right where the nail bed is. The fan blade broke off as it dug into my poor thumb.

It was really nasty. It cut right where the cuticle start and into my nail. As it healed and the nail grew out the nail was all messed up because it was cut half way through. I ad to keep cutting the old nail off as the new one grew in. I probably should have just went to the doctor and had him take off the nail but nooo.. I don’t like doctors so I suffered.

I had a blade I saved from an old dead fan and replaced the broken blade. If the stupid nut from the old dead fan would have fit I would have saved a big booboo, but no luck. It didn’t. So the fan sits in the living room surrounded by whatever I can surround it with to keep the dogs and myself away from the blade.

When Teli starts playing with her friends in the house I have to turn off the fan because i don’t want to take a chance of them getting too close and having their tails or ears caught in the death blade.

Teli and Buenagente playing with the death fan in the background

Teli and Buenagente playing with the Death Fan in the background

I did buy new nuts at a Hardware store 2 times but they didn’t fit. Dumb, stupid, dumb me, I never though to save the old cut-off nut to find a replacement.

One day walking on Playita Montecinos in the morning romp with the “kids” (the kids are the dogs) what to my eyes did appear but a fan nut laying in the sand. I picked it up hoping it would fit my death fan. My cut finger was all healed by this time but holding that nut in my hand my thumb had phantom aches just thinking about its booboo.

I got home and went right away to the fan. Took off the blade and Waahhllaaah! It fit. I was so excited I did the happy dance with Teli.

The little white nut that caused all the trouble

The little white nut that caused all the trouble

I got the ladder. Climbed up to the storage spot where the protection cage was hiding all dust covered. Brought that baby down, ave it a bath and repaired the Death Fan.

The Death Fan all fixed and ready to do its job

The Death Fan all fixed and ready to do its job

I am content. The Death Fan is ready to do what it was meant to do. Fan me safely.

No more turning off the fan when the kids play. No more turning off the fan when I have to reach behind it. I can pull it out of its protective spot and breath easier knowing that the thumb cutting death blade is covered safe and sound in its cage.

Another good find in the beach junk that plagues the shores of Santo Domingo.

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