Hiking in Honduras

Last week, I went on a seven day cruise.  Our first stop was in Honduras where I spent the day hiking through Eco Park.

The park is full of monkeys, birds, and other fun animals.  There is one monkey that the guides named Billy and he is rather feisty.  Billy will jump on people, open their backpacks, and then steal their stuff.  While we were there, Billy managed to grab someone’s water bottle.  He then climbed into the trees, opened the bottle, and began to drink the water.  I couldn’t help but laugh at his ingenuity.

During the hike we had to cross a suspension bridge.  I’ve seen bridges like this in movies, but never had the opportunity to cross one myself.  The bridge rocked back and forth as I walked across it, but I found the experience rather exhilarating.

I was also able to see Mayan ruins during the hike.  The guide did a wonderful job explaining the statues and their meaning.

I learned about the importance of hand placement in the Mayan culture.  For example, holding one hand up with the palm out and the other hand down with the palm up, is the symbol for peace and love.

After our hike, we headed downtown to visit the local shops and do a little more exploring.

Lazy Puppy Syndrome

Ben was only six months old, but he would collapse during a walk.  He had to be carried home.  Our much older dogs were able to complete the walk, so I assumed something was wrong with my poor little puppy.

I took Ben to the local veterinarian, but they could not determine what was going on with him.  The doctor thought it could be a genetic heart condition.

Ben was sent to the animal cardiologist in Birmingham, Alabama.  We were sitting in the waiting room and Ben fell asleep.  When our named was called, I had a hard time getting Ben to stand up, so I started to slide him across the floor.  Eventually, Ben stood up and walked into the examining room.

The doctor wanted to do an ultrasound of Ben’s heart.  Several workers came in to help get Ben ready for the test.  Even though Ben was only six months old, he was already close to 70 pounds and picking him up was a chore.

The workers picked up Ben, flipped him upside-down, and put him into a v-shaped brace.  Then they put the jelly stuff on his chest and started the ultrasound.  I expected a puppy to resist or at least have something to say about all this.  However, Ben just stretched out and went to sleep.

After all the test were completed and the doctor reviewed the results she told me, “Ben is a very sweet and handsome boy, but he appears to suffer from LPS (Lazy Puppy Syndrome).  There is nothing wrong with Ben, but he is the laziest dog I have ever seen.”

Today is Ben’s 4th birthday, so I thought it would be appropriate to share pictures of Ben participating in his favorite activity.

Australian Cattle Dog by Hilary Lewis

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Hilary Lewis describes Australian Cattle Dogs as loyal, tenacious, intelligent, independent, active, hard working, protective, courageous, possessive, suspicious of strangers, aloof, stubborn, and as having a dominate personality streak.

Australian Cattle dogs are great, but before you decide to adopt one you need to know what to expect.  They are not easy dogs.  Without proper training, an Australian Cattle Dog can wreak havoc in your life.

If you are considering adopting an Australian Cattle Dog, I highly recommend this book.

I have an Australian Cattle Dog, so I was laughing and shacking my head the whole time I was reading it.

 

Alligator Alley

Alligator Alley is an animal sanctuary near Mobile, Alabama.  The animals were rescued from poor living conditions and placed in the sanctuary.

As the name applies, there are a lot of alligators; however, they also have snakes, lizards, and turtles.

This is a fun place to visit.  You can feed the alligators, touch some of the animals, and learn a lot about reptiles in general.