From San Pedro to Dangriga, Belize For a Free Veterinary Clinic

Yesterday morning, I woke up early to pack for a short trip to Southern Belize.  Short in duration, not in travel time.   Just one day to help with a free veterinary clinic that I helped with last year.  The clinic where I ended up finding the best dog in the world.   ELSIE!  Who in one year went from this…neglected, starved almost to death, with tick fever…


You can see lots more on the 2014 clinic here and the AMAZING work the Hopkins Humane Society does…

To Elsie at her fifth birthday party just last month.  (The vet estimated she might be 4 or 5 when we found here…)   Her horribly infected back leg would not heal and has been removed.  And she is the happiest, sweetest, most loving, wants to be cuddled all the time three legged dog in the world.  A gift.

And such a good girl for waiting for us in such terrible conditions.


And when her tail isn’t wagging, I don’t think I’ve seen it tucked between her legs since…

But this is not about Elsie!  It’s about the November 12, 2015 Dangriga Veterinary Free Clinic at the Help Age Center.  And how I got down here yesterday.

For those who are unfamiliar with Belize – here’s a map.


I started with the 8:30am boat – the San Pedro Belize Express.   When I arrived the pouring rain was just letting up…


Easy boat ride…there were about 15 of us until we got to Caye Caulker and then about 60 people boarded.

Once off the boat in Belize City at 10am, the sun was shining.  I made it to the bus station just as the bus was leaving to Dangriga…


“Karma Kameleon” following by “We Built this City on Rock & Roll”.  The bus driver was into 80s music…and I liked it.  Express to Belmopan, the capital, and over the mountains…I was snoozing most of the way.  And when I arrived in Dangriga 3 hours later, the culture capital of Belize…it was a gorgeous day.

There was a fair set up in the park with a wonky ferris wheel.  Hopefully that gets righted.

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A look out at the beach…


I stopped into the Chaleanor Hotel to confirm my reservation for tonight…


And made my way back to the bus station for my pick up by the ladies at the Hopkins Belize Humane Society.

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Passing this mural…


The drums that you first see when you enter town…


And hoards of shy SHY school kids.


Tonight I’m in Hopkins but tomorrow, we take off early for the clinic in Dangriga.  Wish us lots of luck – fixing as many dogs and cats as we possibly can.  This team from the Hopkins Humane Society is truly super human.

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