Today we rode our bikes down to the south side of town to meet our friends Robert and Maureen at Rico's at Banyan Bay.  This was our first meal at Rico's, but we'd heard good things so were looking forward to trying it.  We got the "palapa table" over the water, a wonderful place to sit and catch the tiny amount of breeze on this hot January day (just writing that seems strange!)

We had an excellent meal.  Barry got the chicken burritos, and I got the fish burritos.  I'm afraid I'd order the same thing over and over and never even try anything else on the menu, they were that good.  Yum!  And the conversation was as good as the food.  We feel like we've been friends with Robert and Maureen forever.  Amazing what a chance meeting while riding our bikes in town can do.  That's just one of the many great things about living here -- it's so easy to meet people because everyone is outdoors so much instead of holed up in their homes or cocooned in their cars.
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Rico's
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Maureen, sweet Rico's waitress, and Robert
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Fast friends
After lunch we rode the short way south to Robert and Maureen's new condo at Royal Palm Villas.  It's a cute place, and they have big plans to make it even nicer with new tile, paint, and other improvements eventually.  Unfortunately, the sweet "potlicker" they adopted from Saga, Rico, was not home as he was off in his dog training class.  We did find out that he is featured in the 2012 Saga Calendar as "Joe".  Such a precious pup!  

On our way home we stopped at Super Buy South for groceries and met a nice couple, Mary and David, who said they read our blog, so recognized us.  (Hi guys!)  We've met a lot of friendly folks simply because we write this blog, and that's just one of the many pleasures of living here.

Near the airport, we also ran into our neighbor Jim, who had the Grand Caribe "mascot", a sweet mixed-breed dog some call Cannelo and others call Sammy, in a dog crate on the back of his Polaris.  Sammy is very fearful of human touch but loves companionship, and will happily follow along on walks, play with Paisley, and lick my hand.  He frequently sleeps on a rag rug on our veranda, and hangs out with us during the day a lot as well.  We feed him whenever he indicates that he's hungry, and quite a few other Grand Caribe owners feed him too.  As with most strays, he doesn't get any kind of regular vet care, since no one owns him and no one can touch him, yet he normally seems pretty healthy for a street dog.  But in the past couple of days, he'd been crying out in pain when he would scratch one of his ears, so we knew he needed vet care sooner rather than later.  It was heart-breaking to hear his cries and even woke me up once last night.  

Without a crate or a vehicle, I wasn't sure what to do, other than call Saga Humane Society and hope that they could come up and somehow capture him and take him in for care.  I had been planning to contact them today to find out what the options were, but then I didn't see Sammy in the morning, and I knew we'd be out a lot today, so I hadn't yet contacted them.  Fortunately, Jim had also heard Sammy's cries and managed to get him into a crate (with quite a bit of difficulty) that he had for his dog Zeke.  I was so relieved and thankful because I knew that Sammy would finally be getting the care he so desperately needed.  So he is at San Pedro Animal Hospital and will have his vaccines, flea/tick treatment, and treatment for his ear.  He is also being neutered, which was such good news, since there are so many unwanted and neglected dogs on Ambergris Caye, so more puppies are the last thing this island needs.  Seeing Sammy with Jim and knowing he was going to be well taken care of was a real highlight on this excellent day!
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Sammy, aka Cannelo
Diane D
1/12/2012 10:06:18 am

Love your blog. Nice to see people living the dream.

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Bill milstead
1/12/2012 11:02:12 am

Thank u Emily for caring about these fur nababies....I love nothing more than a dog. As I read once ....not every person knows how to love a dog....but every dog knows how to love a person.

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BeBelize Emily
1/13/2012 12:00:54 am

Absolutely, Bill. But Jim is the real hero here. He's got Sammy in his condo in the crate and is attempting the ear drops -- a Herculian task with a dog who won't even let you touch him. He must have been treated very poorly when he was younger to be so distrusting of the human hand. How anyone can abuse animals is beyond me.

Sabrina
1/12/2012 11:15:58 am

Good day indeed.

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Sabrina

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Kim
1/13/2012 05:34:45 am

Aww, I'm so HAPPY to know that Cannelo is finally being taken care of! The day before we left I'd contacted both Saga and Pampered Paws and asked them if they would try to come pick him up and do exactly what is being taken care of now, and although they assured me they would try, they didn't offer any guarantees. Kudos to Jim and you and Barry for looking out for him and getting him the lost past due care he needed! I can't express how happy and grateful we are that there are people like you that share the love for animal-kind and will go the extra mile to make sure that pups like Cannelo have what he needs. Bless you all so much, and THANK YOU!

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BeBelize Emily
1/14/2012 10:50:29 am

Thanks for trying to help Cannelo/Sammy before you left. David from Pampered Paws came by one day not too long ago asking about him and saying that someone from Grand Caribe wanted to pay to have him fixed. He said they might be able to corral him into a dog crate, but he never called or came back, so I am so thankful that Jim was able to get him to the vet for the treatment he needed!

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1/14/2012 09:25:32 am

Awwww...Sammy. That is awesome. It's tough to see some of the dogs here that have such problems with fleas and ticks. Love that he got help. (PS...just catching up on the last few days blogs when I was down for the count). - Rebecca

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BeBelize Emily
1/14/2012 10:52:58 am

Glad you're getting back to the land of the living, Rebecca! It is sad to see all the strays here, and none of them getting regular vet care. Sammy is so scared of human touch Jim was completely unable to give him ear drops, as we figured, but hopefully the ear flushing, antibiotic, and steroid Dr. Laurie was able to give him will keep the infection at bay.

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