The area where we are staying has a lot of animals and it wouldnt be fair to not have a post about them also 🙂
Palomo- This is the largest animal on the farm. At about 12 hands, he is a small horse with a BIG personality! Each morning he follows us around the farm waiting to be given carrots or bananas. He is so sweet but has no boundaries. He will stick his head right into the from of the cafe and wait there until he is fed. The other day he came up to Tasha and was licking her arm, for about 10 minutes while she sat reading.
Sofia- The only cat on the farm. She is such a sweetheart and loves to be loved on. She sits outside of the casita (“little house” we are staying in) and meows until we come out in the morning. She likes tuna fish juice and papaya pieces in the morning
Yolanda and Rosana- the dirtiest animals on the farm. I am not sure who is who but they are both very noisy in the morning but extremely friendly. They let me pet them and will poke me from time to time with their noses.
Kendell- Kendell has the prettiest eyes of any dog that I have ever seen. She has such a sweet face and has so much energy. She loves attention and is the first one in line to eat. She rolls on her back and waits for her belly to be rubbed and will lick your face if you stop before she is ready for you to. However, Palomo is her arch enemy and she (tries) to chase him around the field.
Mascot- I should note here that before I learned the names of the animals, Tasha and I just named them ourselves. Our host family was in another town getting more fruits and veggies when we first met Mascot and we didn’t know what his name was. But he followed us around all day and is so sweet. He has “sad puppy dog eyes” and has great manners! He waits his turn for everything and just lays near us all the time, as is he was our mascot. Hense, how he got the name we named him.
*He marched to the beat of his own drum and it was hard to get pics of him* lol
Lyca (Lee-Kah)- Lyca is a ball of energy! She is the first one up in the morning and usually beats us to the cafe when we go to feed the dogs! She is small but has a big personality! she loves to give u her paws and would be a lap dog if she could.
Mama- This is another dog that we gave a name to. She (along with all the animals) was rescued when she was pregnant and had the puppies a couple of months ago. All but 3 of the puppies have found new homes. And since she is the mother of them, we called her Mama. She is very mild tempered and doesn’t bark much. She loves playing with her babies and laying in the sun lazily.
Popeye- This is the guy that walked all the way to the city (about 2 hours) and back with Tasha and I over the weekend. He is missing an eye but that does not stop him from anything! He has such a sweet personality and rarely barks either. He waits for his food and has a lot of manners.
Buddy- Buddy is a really chill dog. He sleeps a lot of the day and is nosey when Tasha and I are doing stuff around the yard. I think he maybe a chow mix, but he thinks he is a chiauawa!
Chelsey- Chelsey is such a sweetheart. Her tail never stops wagging! She always seems to happy to see people and tried to climb into your lap. Chelsey was hit by a car a few weeks ago and is still recovering from her injuries. But it doesn’t stop her from having such a sweet personality and an even bigger heart.
The babies- The puppies do not really have names. I was not sure if they would find new homes in the time that I was here and I didn’t want to get attached. We have given them temporary names though
Fatty- is a fatty. She is the biggest puppy and eats everything. She loves being cuddled and held and stuffing her face into your armpit to sleep
Little Black Puppy- is the only black puppy. She is pretty independent and is the “I-dont-want-to-hold-your-hand-to-cross-the-street” kind of puppy.
Little Puppy- Is the smallest and the only male. He would rather be around people than other dogs. He is always trying to climb up my legs when im sitting down to get into my lap and sleep in my armpit like his sister. I don’t know why the puppies like armpits so much!? He is the runt of the litter and we give him extra attention to make sure that he grows strong.
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So I know it isnt Friday but this was too amazing not to share. We filmed this a couple weeks ago and I am not uploading it. And holy cow, these pigs are huge! I am about 5’1 and their backs come up to my waist! This was an amazing experience though, we had a lot of fun and I had the chance to do something I had never done before!
Dont mind my sillyness 🙂
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Costa Rica, an area rich with beauty and abundance nestled in the middle of Central America between Panama and Nicaragua.
The country has an abundant history that draws in thousands of tourists each year. From cascading waterfalls to white sandy beaches to the mountains and rainforests that create the central spine of the country, Costa Rica offers something for everyone.
The duration of the stay, our journey will take us into the mountains of central Costa Rica, staying in Las Vueltas de Tucurrique, at Planet Costa Rica through winding roads and scenic landscape. All while searching and capturing the beauty of life and those living it.
We will be staying with a lovely family who value land and the earth as their own. Living the vegan lifestyle, we hope to gain a new perspective on life and what is all around us. For more information about the family and who they are, check out their website through the link above! I cant wait to post all kinds of photos from there!
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I always grew up with animals, but I am far from a farm girl. I know nothing about animals beyond a dog or a cat. However, a few months ago my mother was introduced to a woman that had a horse (His name was Skip) that she was unable to care for. My mom had been saying for years that she wanted a horse but she lived in the city and had no place for one. Recently, she moved to Tennessee and had the opportunity to get one.
When we met the horse he was in a terrible condition. His teeth, the few he had left, had been ground down to where he could hardly eat. It was difficult for him to chew the food that was given to him. He cant eat hay and can only sort of chew grass. He is about 30 years old, which is equivalent to about an 80 year old man.
He was completely emaciated when we saw him. He couldnt hold his head up and his eyes remained shut. He didnt really walk, just kind of stood around. He was so skinny that the bones of his spine showed through his skin. When it got cold out, he had to wear a blanket because his body did not keep him warm enough.
We knew we had to save him.
After arranging for transportation, we were able to get him out of the conditions that he was in and into a healthier bording pasture where he could be cared for.
The girl who runs the bording pasture took one look at him and gently told us she was unsure if he would make it through his first night. With tears in our eyes, we were so hopeful and prayed that he would make it. She explained to us that he weighed slightly over 600lbs (a horse of his size should have been around 900) and that she had never seen a horse in as badly of a shape that he was in, alive.
Still, we hoped for the best.
After he made it through the first night, we kept faith. After his first physical exam, we learned he was full of worms, had a terrible skin condition that caused him to always be itchy, and Cushing’s Disease causing him to have to take medications for the rest of his life. Because of this disease, he grows a lot of fur and looks kind of like a wolly mammoth which makes him itch. We can shave him but must be aware of the weather so that he does not get too cold. Countless blood tests, ferrier care, dental care and hours of grooming and thousands of pounds of food later he is much healther.
It was amazing to see with some love, consistency and changing his diet, that he was able to put on weight and thrive.
We had saved him. We had given him a second chance.
We changed his name from Skip to Timmy (which cleaverly reminds me of the story of Tiny Tim). He had trust issues and wouldnt let us touch him. He definitely did not come when we called him. But month after month, we did not give up on him. He tested our patience, many many times, but we learn frome ach experience.
We had an outpouring of support from friends and family and continue to thank those that help. Still his monthly medications and food costs are relied on through donations to keep this big boy alive. Click here if you would like to donate or send encouraging words!!
Almost a year to the date that we got him, he has long become a member of our family
… also known as pollen. The tickle inside my nose. The dryness on the inside of my throat…
This is one of my few NON favorite things.
However, I have a deep respect for nature and all things nature. I love being outside and even meditate in the stillness and quite after a rain storm. I have been to areas all over the country and love when the seasons change, the snow falls or when the sun is shining. I find myself enjoying the outdoors at dawn and dusk (pending the mosquitos) as well as near the water.
Being outside has actually taught me a lot about my own life and respectfully taught me multiple life lessons.
It is important to stay rooted but not always grounded
I have always had strong morals and values, even as a child. I was the one on the playground trying to break up fights between other children. I love listening to others talk about their life passions and what drives them. Family is important to me and happiness keeps me going. But I always try to be open minded and flexible. I have learned that it is not always where you stand (physically or hypothetically) that proves your point but where you go with it.
Always have perception of what is around you
It is easy to feel so small in such a big world. To feel as though we are one drop in a big bucket. One speck in a whole planet. It is also easy to have such an ego and demand entitlement. To feel as though we are the only creature that should be given respect. I try to remember that I am one piece of a bigger puzzle but that all pieces of the puzzle are equally important to thrive.
Be willing to coexist
In nature, creatures share space with each other. One lives off the other, all the time. Flowers rely on insects to spread their seed, animals rely on insects for food, people rely on animals for fertile land. Plants provide necessary oxygen. The rain gives us water, the sun gives us life.
Do not underestimate what looks cute and fluffy
Do not judge something at face value. Always be willing to learn more and understand the unknown. What looks beautiful to the touch may be deadly to the body. What looks hideous may safe a life…
The sound of still is not always quiet (or safe!)
There is always sound around us even when it is still. The sound of life, growing, breathing. Be still but always listen. Always know where you are, physically and within yourself.
Sometimes you just have to let go of stress
Simply stated.. sometimes you just have to let it all go..
Have a beautiful day 🙂