Wednesday, December 22, 2010

WE WON!!!!!!!! $2,000.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mom is cryin'. Dad is cryin', and us perros are all jumpin' around spreadin' loose fur everywhere!!!!!

WE WON 1st PLACE!!!! $1,000.00!!!
And we won the weekly prize for the most votes!!!
That's another $1,000.00!!!!!!


YOU FOLKS ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! And please tell all your friends we say THANKS!!!!

We're including a video of some of the kids you'e helped with your votes in 2010!!

Mom says there is no way we can tell you all how much this means to us!!! It is the best Christmas present we could EVER have!!!! It will help with EVERYTHING here at the shelter!!!
God bless ALL of you!!!!

Tailwags and tears of joy!!!!
BudBud, Paco, Maricita, Juliette, Joy, Andre, Milana, Mieko, Sassy, Bunny, Lluvia, Lisa, Delilah, Krystal, Storm, Laika, Bingo, Poas, Spanky, Larry, Blade, Jingle, Riki, Frances and Bruce

Saturday, December 18, 2010



MAN!!! All our friends are trying SOOO hard to help us win this challenge. There's only two more days to vote!! Today and tomorrow. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2010!!! If y'all see this in time go to and click on the vertical tab on the right side of the page that says "Shelter Challenge." Then type in "Lighthouse" for the shelter name and "Atenas" for the city. Then click on Costa Rica for the country and click search. When our name comes up PLEASE vote for us!!! We really need to win this. Things are getting way too expensive and Mom and Dad are having a hard time making ends meet. Especially with 23 animals in the house!!! We're eating them out of house and home!! Here's our Christmas card from LAST year!!
And there's ten more of us right now!!!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Extra Lovin'

Hola Y'all!!!! Things are going pretty smooth right now. No emergencies for almost three days and we have FANTASTIC guests from some place called Germany!!! They LOVE us furkids and we're gettin' all kinds of extra lovin'!!!

Mom and Dad have started renting out the guest room to vacationers!! Mom says this might help raise some money for the shelter!!
Mom and Dad say prices keep going up and our retirement is staying the same for another year or two. Mom fusses about something called "government" and says each of them should have to live on what we make each month. I don't know what all that means but it seems to worry Mom and Dad a lot.

Us perros and gatos are THRILLED that we have guests coming in to stay in our guest room. We get all kinds of attention!!!

Mom says the only people who would want to stay here are REAL animal lovers!!
She listed our guest room with We had three guests a couple of months ago and right now we have two GREAT people from Germany!!! In December we have someone else coming to stay with us!!!

Paco is doing FANTASTIC!!!! He's running and playing like the puppy he never got to be. He's healthy and happy!!! Now all we have to do is find him the perfect home!!!

There's a TV crew coming here today to interview Mom and Dad. They're doing a show about people who have moved from the states to other countries. Mom says I have to be on my best behavior!!!! I don't know why she would say that. I'm ALWAYS on my best behavior!!
Gotta go!! Mom says we need to tidy up the house before they get here.

Don't forget to vote int he shelter challenge for us!!
Just go to Click on the vertical tab on the right "Shelter Challenge" type in lighthouse and click Costa Rica for country. Search and when our name comes up VOTE FOR US!! Then be sure to wait for the confirmation question to confirm your vote.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Goings on at Lighthouse

Hola Y'all!!!

It's been a while since I posted!! I've been pretty busy takin' care of Mom and all the other furkids.

The photos above are of the new kid here!! She was a mess when she arrived and she turned out to be a SCHNAUZER!!! Who would'a guessed??? Her name is Lacy and she is a real sweetheart!!

Mom lost her voice about a month ago. The doctor says her right vocal cord is paralyzed!! Nobody knows why. She's doin' exercises and stuff and trying to make it work again. And the doctor gave her a steroid spay to use. She is finally able to talk a little better but she still can't yell or sing!!!
The doctor says if it doesn't correct itself they might have to do a surgery.

Paco is doin' GREAT!! He is a happy, healthy furkid except he has a weak back end. His back legs don't work exactly right. It doesn't seem to hurt him or slow him down though and he runs and plays with the other furkids!!!
Mom's gonna get him ex-rayed to try to find out what the problem is.
Here's a video of some of us out in the yard playing!!

Don't forget to vote for us in the shelter challenge!!!
Just go to Click on the vertical tab on the right "Shelter Challenge" type in lighthouse and click Costa Rica for country. Search and when our name comes up VOTE FOR US!! Then be sure to wait for the confirmation question to confirm your vote.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Great new TV show possible!! Go watch it!!!

WOW!!! What a GREAT show this would be to have on television!! Go to
and watch each episode!! These vets are doing wonders for the animals in third world countries.
The lady who is putting this show together wrote to us and asked us to show it to all our animal loving friends!! Mom cried while she was watching it of course.

Here is what she wrote.

"Hi There,
I’m an animal rescue volunteer by night and TV producer by day. I’m launching a new web series that I thought you and your membership/volunteers/colleagues/friends/etc. may like to see. It’s called “Vets Without Borders” and it follows Veterinarians without Borders as they set up field clinics to sterilize dogs in Todos Santos, Guatemala.

Todos Santos is a small mountain village. The field clinics are dusty spaces with limited electricity and no running water. Their operating tables are wooden desks covered in garbage bags. Most dogs have never seen a vet before. Rabid dogs have attacked people in the community, killing them with the disease. The vets are there to spay/neuter and vaccinate the dog population, but in a community with no other vet care there are many crises to overcome.

The website is live now at There are several social networking links on the page so please consider posting it to your Facebook or Twitter so others will see the show too. Our goal is to get enough people to watch that we can get a TV series for this show, so that more people can learn about the desperate need for veterinary care that helps both people and pets in developing countries. Not to mention the importance of spaying and neutering pets right here at home!

I truly hope you’ll considering forwarding this message to others. If you have any questions please just let me know. And thank you so much for the amazing work you to help animals in your community."

Erin Skillen

Producer/Vice President
May Street Productions Ltd.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Paco 10-1-2010

WHOOO HOOOO!!!!! Paco is AMAZING!!! He is doing 100% better and now weighs 17 pounds!! He has more than doubled what he weighed when he came here!!!!! He loves to play and is now spending his days with the other furkids here at Lighthouse!!

His mange is under control, his fungus is GONE, and he feels SO much better now that he is on the Doxycycline to cure his ehrlichia!!! His head injury has healed beautifully and is now growing fur over the wound!!!
He's SUCH a sweetie!!
Here's a little video we took tonight. ENJOY!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Paco is BETTER!!!!!

Sept. 27

Paco is MUCH better today. He wants to run and play a lot but Mom says just a few minutes of wild and crazy exercise is enough. He got to come out back with all of us today for a few minutes!! He really liked that!!

He's getting LOTS of medicines but Mom says they are what's making him ...better!!! Well.... that and lots of lovin'!!!

Keep praying for him please and send healing thoughts.


More problems for Paco

September 23, 2010

Latest on Paco. He is positive for ehrlichia. A tick born disease. We had tested him before but our tests showed a false negative because the disease is in its' very early stages. The snap tests check for antibodies and the disease is so new he had not developed antibodies yet.

I found a tick on him the day I brought him home from the vet, so that must have been the tick he got it from.

He was not feeling well the last couple of days. The vet took blood and sent it to the lab.

We had tested him for ehrlichia.....4 separate tests...all with NEGATIVE results.
The reason the tests showed negative is that they only tested for antibodies. Paco had not had the disease long enough to build any antibodies. We sent blood to the lab thinking they would find an infection. The lab tests for antigens. That is why they got the positive result for the ehrlichia.

Tonight he was given an injection of an antihistimine and then an Imidocarb injection. He will be on 50 mg. Doxycycline twice a day for 30 days. He is also on strong vitamins and an iron supplement.

This is not counting the drugs he is on for the mange and the medicated baths for fungus.

Please keep the prayers going up for him and send healing energy. This poor baby deserves something GOOD to happen for him. And PLEASE vote. We're gonna need this grant.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

More Problems For Paco

Poor Paco. Although he is gaining strength and gaining much needed weight, he is, due to his very compromised immune system, still an easy target for any illness that comes along. He just broke out with Demodectic mange. You can see how raw and tender his little face is. It's on his legs and feet too but not as raw. We still are trying to get his fungus cleared up. You can see those spots on his rump.
He is SUCH a sweetie and so loving. Please continue to say prayers and send healing thoughts.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Pacos' 6th day at Lighthouse

Paco says "Thank you for all the prayers and healing thoughts."

From 8 pounds to 12 pounds in 6 days!!!

Paco is gaining strength and weight!! He is a happy little guy and enjoys running out in the front with one or two of the other Lighthouse furkids. He has gone from 8 pounds to 12 pounds in the past 6 days. He has an irritation on his face, ears and legs. Vet is going to do a skin scraping tonight to see if it is mange. Please keep the prayers going and send healing thoughts.

I just HAD to share

We got this from a friend today and just HAD to share it!!!

A Nativity Scene was erected in a church yard.

During the night the folks came across this scene.

An abandoned dog was looking for a comfortable, protected place to sleep. He chose baby Jesus as his comfort. No one had the heart to send him away so he was there all night.

We should all have the good sense of this dog and curl up in Jesus' lap from time to time.

This is too sweet not to share.
No one mentioned that the dog breed is a "shepherd!"

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Paco night 4

Paco is doing VERY well. He is gaining weight and seems to be happy. He is a total love sponge. He lays his head on my leg to "hug" me.
He has a fungus. You can see the bare spots on his rump. He is getting medicated baths twice week.
Thanks for all the prayers and positive thoughts.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Pacos' 3rd Day

Paco is improving a little each day. He is still weak and tires easily. No wonder after what he has been through.
He seems to get along well with other animals and wants to play and run. He runs out of energy quickly though.
Hopefully a good diet, lots of love, and a clean environment will help make the difference for him.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pacos' Video first day at Lighthouse

This is Pacos first day at Lighthouse and he seems to be feeling a little better. He sure does love to eat!!!!! And who can blame him!!! He came very close to being starved to death!!!
He runs to me with his tali wagging now and,when I took him outside for a short walk in the fresh air, he wanted to get back to his clinic room. He is happy in his open crate with his fluffy bed inside and has been doing a pretty good job using the newspaper to potty on.
He hasd toys to play with and his favorite is a soft rubber kong-like toy that you can stuff treats into and they have to struggle to get them out.
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Monday, September 6, 2010

Meet Paco

I just met Paco today.......He is about 7 or 8 months old. Paco was a street puppy. He had never had a family who cared. He had never met a kind human. He was thrown away and left to fend for himself in a strange place.

Probably born to a mama dog whose owners would never ever think to have her spayed, the puppies came along and, when they were old enough to take away from the mama dog, they were thrown away like yesterdays garbage with never a thought as to how much they might suffer.

After weeks of trying to survive on garbage and whatever he could find on the streets, Paco ended up wandering into a school yard. He had not eaten for several days and he was very weak and sick. He curled up in a sheltered spot under the porch of the school, to escape the rain, and he fell asleep.

When he woke up he was startled to see the face of a little girl very near his! She was crooning to him and reaching out for him with her small hand.

He was naturally afraid of humans. He certainly had no reason to trust one!!! He had never known anything from them but cruelty.
But this one little human girl seemed to be different. She seemed to actually want to touch him! She called to him and kept reaching for him.

Even though he was afraid, he was just too weak to run anymore. He allowed her to touch him, then pet him, then pick him up. Was it possible that there were actually "good" humans in the world? This was something he had really never considered and he was amazed. He had never even imagined a humans hands could be so gentle and feel so good!!! The little girl seemed so sweet and kind as she stroked his head and neck. She crooned songs to him as she carried him back to her home after school was over.

When they arrived at the little girls house he could hear her mother scolding her for bringing home another mouth to feed. The tone the mother used was very familiar to Paco. It was the same tone he always heard coming from the humans who were shooing him away, throwing rocks at him or kicking at him if he happened to be in their path. It was a tone filled with hate and ignorance....and Paco was once more afraid.
He had good reason to be afraid. The mother was not only ignorant and hateful, she was also evil.

He lived with the little girl for the next two days. She was very gentle and kind to him and he was so happy to have someone to love him at last! She shared her food with him and made a soft bed for him from old blankets on the back porch. He felt loved at last.

When the little girl left to go back to school on Monday the mother called a worker to come to her home.
“Kill this animal and dispose of it before my daughter returns from school.” she ordered. The worker picked up a hammer and, before little Paco could run away, he slammed the hammer into Pacos' head!

Paco started screaming! The pain was terrible! WHY? Why would this man do such a thing? Paco had done nothing to him and was not even in this mans way! The man has just walked up to him with a hammer and hit him very hard in his head! All he could do was scream! His head was too hurt to even be able to think!

The neighbors heard the screams and came running out of their homes. The worker, fearing he might be in trouble, ran away, leaving Paco screaming in pain. The mother never even bothered to come outside.

The neighbors called some people they knew who help animals. Those people called the police.
They came to the mothers house. The police told the mother she could be in serious trouble. The rescue people took Paco to a veterinarian and asked her if she could help him.

The vet was not sure how badly Paco was hurt or if he was strong enough to be helped. He was so weak and malnourished he might not survive.. She said she would have to examine him, have ex-rays done, test him, and observe him closely before she could say whether he could be helped.

When she looked at his gums they were not pink. They were not gray. They were white. Even after he came out of shock his gums were still white. He was extremely anemic and so very weak from the malnutrition. Now he had a head injury too.

The people who help animals made a call to Lighthouse. The vet care, tests, meds and all were going to cost money. They are a spay/neuter group and did not have money to help this dog or a place where he could go while he recuperates. They asked if Lighthouse would take the dog in and pay the bills. Otherwise they might just have to put Paco down for lack of money and because they don‘t foster dogs.

Lighthouse agreed to take on the expenses and to take Paco into Lighthouse when he is released from the vet..

The vet tested him for erhlichia and for heart worms and found that he did not have either of those horrible illnesses! That was a VERY lucky break for little Paco.

When they ex-rayed his head they found that his skull had been fractured but the fracture was not touching the brain. That was another blessing for little Paco.

When I went to see him today he was actually wagging his tail a tiny bit and seemed almost glad to see me.

He is, as I type this, having a blood transfusion. I will be going back down to see him tonight.

More on his story as we go along.

Please, please say prayers for him.

Hugs and prayers,

Monday, August 30, 2010

You only have to vote ONE TIME!!!

Hola Y'all!!!!

A friend wanted us to enter this contest!!!

There's a new movie coming out about a dog named Smitty!! If we get the most votes in this contest they will have a poster in the movie, inside a shelter, with our name and logo on it!!!

You just click on the "Click & Vote" below, type in a valid email address, and then search for Lighthouse and VOTE!!!!!
You only have to vote one time!!! Please get all your friends to vote too!!

"Bingos' Saga" Video

Bingos' Saga (The End)

Bingo hopes that EVERYONE has learned a lesson....including MOM!!!!
All's well that ends well.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bingos' Saga (Episode 32)

As if Milana didn't already have enough toys of her own, she is still a little disappointed.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hingos' Saga (Episode 31)

Poor Andre. He's still worried about not getting any cornbread!!!

Bingos' Saga (Episode 30)

OK..Bingo's been found and he's hoping all the bullies have learned their lesson.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bingos' Saga (Episode 29)

Well things are finally calming down around here. Bingo's been found and is safe and sound. Of course us long haired perros had nothing to do with his disappearance. It was those short haired perros that did it!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bingos' Saga (Episode 28)

As that Bingo's been found EVERYBODY wants to take credit for finding him!!!

Bingos' Saga (Episode 27)

Everybody wants to blame somebody else because Bingo's missing.!!
BUT WHAT'S THIS???? Could that be Bingo lurking behind the pillows!!!
WOW!!!!!!!!!!! It IS him!!! FINALLY!!! Bingo's been found!!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bingos' Saga (Episode 26)

Even the other dogs are beginning to feel a little sorry for the bully dogs.
All their bullying did was cause them a lot of problems. Things just
ain't working out for them!!! Sure hope they can find Bingo SOON!!!!

Bingos' Saga (Episode 25)

Bingos' saga continues, things have become a little more complicated
for the bullies. There's a BIGGER bully on the scene! Miss Lisa, the
terrier, who has been quite unconcerned until now, is beginning to
think maybe she should start searching a little harder for our missing

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bingos' Saga (Episode 24)

Oops!!! Looks like Bingo's called for back-up!!!! THIS should teach those bully dogs that there's always a BIGGER bully!!!!

Bingos' Saga (Episode 23)

Bingo's decided to let them keep looking. He figures there might be a lesson in it for the bully dogs.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bingos' Saga (Episode 22)

Things are heating up in the search for Bingo. All us other furkids stopped speakin' to the bully dogs and I think maybe they realize they have lost some friends by being mean. Let's hope they've learned a lesson!!
Now if we can just find Bingo!!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Bingos Saga (Episode 21)

Word is spreading and even the upstairs cats are talkin' about it!!!
Where can Bingo be?

Bingos Saga (Episode 20)

Then again....SOME of the bully dogs don't seem all that concerned!!!

Bingos' Saga (Episode 19)

Poor Laika.... she's feelin' pretty bad about teasin' little Bingo. She even gave HERSELF corner time!!!

Bingos' Saga (Episode 18)

Man!!!! It's gettin' serious!!!! Even the bullies are startin' to feel guilty!!!

Now we ALL love cornbread....but Mr. BudBud REALLY loves it!! And he's the boss around here. He'll make our lives miserable if Mom cooks cornbread and he don't get any!!!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Bingos' Saga (Episode 17) plan's working!!! Now that the bullies stand a chance of losing something they love they might think twice about teasing again. Bullies never come out on top. It's us smart kids that win in the long run.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bingos' Saga (Episode 16)

OK.....cornbread is our MOST FAVORITE thing in the world!!! This is SERIOUS folks!!! Even the CATS don't want to miss out on CORNBREAD!!!

Bingos Saga (Episode 15)

WHAT???? No cornbread??? That's pretty cruel don'tcha think? MAN!!!! Those bully dogs have REALLY caused a problem this time. Sheeeeeesh!!!! That's why nobody likes bullies.

Bingos' Saga (Episode 14)

Hmmmmm....this isn't good. Mom's figured out that Bingo is missin'. And tattle tail Andre is telling her what happened. We're probably in big trouble now.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Bingos' Saga (Episode 13)

The bully dogs haven't even been helping look for Bingo!!

Bingos' Saga (Episode 12)

This looks BAD!!! Nobody can find Bingo and Mom's for SURE gonna find out!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Bingos' Saga (Episode 11)

Bingo's gone!!! The other dogs continue to search but they just can't find him!!
"Poor Bingo" they think to themselves. Out there all alone!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bingos' Saga (Episode 10)

They look under and behind everything!!!

Bingos' Saga (Episode 9)

OK....his plan is working!! All the other dogs are getting seriously worried!! Everyone's looking for him.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bingos' Saga (Episode 8)

Bingos' saga continues. NOW he's disappeared and the other dogs start to worry!! Have the bully dogs made him so mad he ran away???? Mom's gonna be REAL mad if he has!! Somebodys' fuzzy BUTTS gonna get kicked!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Bingos' Saga (Episode 7)

Finally!!! Nobody was watching so Bingo put his plan into action!! He'd teach those bullies a lesson.

Bingos' Saga (Episode 6)

Bingo watched and waited until none of the other dogs were looking.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Bingos' Saga Episode 5

Bingo is usually a mild mannered furkid, but the bullies really had him going this time!!! He started making his plan to teach them a lesson.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Bingos' Saga (Episode 4)

Delilah and a couple of the others told him to just ignore the bullies. They told him the bullies were just jealous because they didn't have sweaters!! But the bullies kept on taunting him!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bingos Saga (Episode three)

The bully dogs had decided they were gonna really give him a hard time. After all....they were bigger than him.

Bingos Saga (Episode two)

Bingo is a tough little guy though and he doesn't take teasing lightly......not to mention it hurt his feelings.