Debra A. Zeller


Antigua, Guatemala : Part 2

Okay, so about our trip to Guatemala… Greg has a friend who works closely with an organization that rescues dogs, cats and even bunnies, called Aware based just outside of Antiqua, Guatemala. She called him up and said she needed someone to go down there and bring back 5 puppies. Well, it doesn’t take much arm twisting to get Greg and I on a plane and since we had a week we could spare, we volunteered.

Our journey out to Aware was quite an adventure. We took several “chicken buses” to get there (photos coming later). We got dropped off on the side of the freeway and headed up a dirt road. We walked for about 10 minutes before we could hear the dogs barking in the distance, I was so happy to hear them as I wasn’t sure we were on the right path. It took us about 20 minutes to reach the front gate of Aware and other 10 minutes to walk down their driveway, and it was only about 90 degrees!
We were so happy to reach the gate, now only if we had brought water.
No one was there when we got there so we jumped the fence and went and said hello to some of the dogs. I wish I could show you pictures of all of them, but they had around 200 (!). It was quite loud with all the barking, they all wanted us to come give them some love and play with them. This guy is so stunning, I really wish I could of brought him home with me, but alas, my cat wouldn’t have any of it.
Seriously, I was holding back the tears and still have a hard time looking at some of these photos. These dogs were so sweet and deserve a good home. I will say that Aware does take really good care of their dogs and has wonderful volunteers and vets on site helping take care of them.
We did see a lot of stray dogs on our trip, it seems to be a bit of a problem in Guatemala.

A post about the puppies is next, so stay tuned.


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