Friday, April 23, 2010

Soldier is Gone

It breaks my heart to have to say that Soldier is gone. He was euthenized this morning. His infection had flared back up over the past two days and his leg had begun swelling badly. When we dressed the leg last night we noticed more swelling and more pus around the pins. His pelvic was continuing to deteriorate and was popping and cracking anytime he tried to move around. When the vet saw him this morning her face fell. She said he was in a lot of pain now from the infection and her recommendation was to put him down. He had no appetite this morning and for the past two days has been looking weaker and weaker. That is why I had not taken any new photos. His eyes were becoming weaker and weaker. He has not missed even one dose of antibiotics but I guess the infection was just too strong. The swelling and infectio9n had begun to spread up into the shoulder. Our hearts are broken. We did everything we could. At least he knew love and caring before his life ended. Thank you to all who have prayed so hard and sent healing thoughts. May God bless you all.

Today we had a remarkable sunset. I like to think it was a gift from Soldier. I call it Soldiers' Sunset.

Hugs and prayers,

Kitten (BudBuds mom)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

WE WON!!!!!!!

Holal Y'all!!!!

Thanks to all our friends who voted so faithfully we won a thousand dollars in the shelter challenge!!!
WHOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All us perros are REAL excited!!!

Mom and Dad are happy too cause they say this can help catch up some of our vet bills!! That's a GOOD thing!!!!!

We want to thank all of you who voted!!!
YOU made it happen!!!!!

BudBud and the whole Lighthouse Crew!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

4-21-10 Update on Soldier

Soldier is feeling some better but is still very weak. The infection seems to be clearing up somewhat but not completely.
He is unable to stand for very long at a time. His pelvic is very weak in it's fractured condition and of course he has only one good leg on the front so it make is very difficult for him to balance.
He did have a small bowel movement today.
Our American vet says it is still not hopeful though because it takes the pelvic several weeks to heal and if it heals back wrong he can end up not having control of his bowel and bladder functions.
He is eating better but still not like we want him to.
These are photos I took today after we dressed his front leg. That bone is still not showing any signs of healing.
We are still trying to decide what is best for him.
Please keep saying prayers and sending healing thoughts.
He is the SWEETEST of the sweet.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Hola Y'all!!
We've got an injured kid here at Lighthouse. He came in March 30th. Mom and Dad found him on the side of the road. He had been hit by a car. He has a broken front leg, a fractured pelvic, infection, and some bruises. The vet did surgery on him and put a pin on the leg. He is not eating much and is not doing well. Please say prayers or send healing thoughts for him okay? He's a real sweet kid. We named him Soldier.

Monday, April 12, 2010

A friend posted this today!!

A friend here in Costa Rica posted this to her mailing list today!! Is this great or what???


with Just
for the next couple of days!

Laika before and after

We felt that this was important enough to bring this matter to your attention. It will cost you nothing...
just a "click per day". A click of your computer mouse that is!
So please read on!
HELP SO MANY 2 & 4 legged!

Background Information


Lighthouse Animal Rescue of Atenas Costa Rica is competing to win a $1,000.00 grant to help care for the animals in their shelter and for the street animals they spay and neuter. This grant would help pay for some of those services. and,
both located in the U.S . have teamed up to offer grants ranging from $1,000.00 to $10,000.00 to shelters who can get the most votes during the challenge. Of course the big money will most likely go to one of the large shelters in the U.S . but Frances Jones, director of Lighthouse, hopes to be able to win $1,000.00 for the "international" shelter with the most votes.

Right now a Mexican shelter is leading the way but Frances isn't worried as long as Lighthouse can stay in second place. "They are offering two $1,000.00 grants for the international shelters with the most votes." says Jones. "The Mexican shelter is WAY ahead. They're trying to win the $10,000.00 grant. They're offering a Caribbean vacation for two of their voters if they win. We can't afford to do that. All our money goes to the animals needs. But if we can just hang onto second place we'll still win a thousand dollars. That would mean so much for the animals we care for."

Frances has been doing rescue since she was four years old and she and her husband of 42 years have continued that work ever since they married in 1968. That's 60 years if anybody's counting!

Together they take in street animals, bring them back to full health, teach them about love, have them spayed or neutered and then find loving homes for them. Sometimes there are as many as 25 animals running in and out of their home and small finca.

The Jones' don't believe in caging or kenneling animals except for a few days quarantine when they first arrive at the shelter. Once they prove to be non-contagious they have free run of the house and walled finca and are treated just like a private pet. Sleeping on the couches and beds, relaxing in the Jones laps and receiving the love they have never experienced. No animal leaves until it is happy, healthy, and incapable of making any more puppies or kittens. They have even built a clinic room in their home in order to offer low cost castration clinics for people who cannot afford to pay a regular castration price. They use a local vet who gives them a special rate to do the surgeries.

Flaca before and after

Flaca before and after


If you want to help Lighthouse you can do so by voting every day until April 18th. It is free. You don't have to join anything. You don't even have to give your email address. Just go to and click on "shelter Challenge."

Type in "Lighthouse" for the shelter name and click on Costa Rica for the country. Then click on "search."
When the Lighthouse name comes up, click vote and wait for a confirmation question to confirm your vote.

You can also keep up with what's going on at the shelter and possibly find a wonderful new four footed best friend to adopt by going to ng

TOMMY Before and After
Tommy Before and  After