Sunday, March 11, 2012

We're Back!!!!!!!!!!!

Just a quick hello to let you know that the 'rents are back from their trip and we're doing just fine.  Every time they go away I always end up with a rash on my belly.  It's better now that hu-mom is  home and giving me attention!

Hu-mom was very sad after what she saw in the Dominican Republic.  There were stray dogs and cats everywhere.  She won't go into details. It is a very poor country.  Schooling is not even mandatory for it's children.  So you can imagine there is little hope for animals. 

On the bright and happy side of their trip, this is a little of what they saw:

Their first stop was Grand Turk. This is hu-dad driving a dune buggy.  Hu-mom said she couldn't take pictures because she was hanging on for dear life.  They were with a group of 7 dune buggies and hu-dad was driving like an old man and couldn't keep up!  Ha  ha ha. 
At one point, while off roading, a male cow (with big horns) started running towards the dune buggy, and at the last minute veered off into the scrub brush on the side of the trail.  Scared the you know what out of the 'rents!  He knew what he was doing.  A lot of big animals are protected on Grand Turk and allowed to roam without harm!  Cows being one of them. Of the dogs they saw, they looked fed and healthy. 

Very windy day at the light house (not in the picture). 

Aruba is a beautiful country and hot!   They visited an ostrich/emu farm.  The female is gray, the male is black.  His legs turn bright red when he's ready to mate. They male below had pink legs. 

Ostrich pair

Hu-mom feeding the ostriches.  You don't feed them facing them because they like to grab on to what ever sticks out....   Their necks are very strong.  But they are not smart. (Tiny head, tiny brain.) 

These are ostrich and emu babies between the ages of 1 week and 3 weeks. Hu-mom can't remember which is which. 

Near the Natural Bridge in Aruba, waves are pounding the coast line.  There is no beach in this area, just cliffs. The cliffs are at least 30 feet high, so you can see how high the water was being forced up. It's really dry, no trees, shrubs this close to the water. 

While at La Romana in the Dominican Republic, hu-mom and hu-dad visited the Taino Indian Cave. They also have some iguana in captivity.  These were separated-young and old.  Old like to snack on the each were in very large, natural enclosures. 

Feeding time for the adults.  They raced (loose term for iguana) to the bowls full of fruit. The grayer they appear, the older they are.  This was a beautiful spot out in the country.  The caves were amazing.  This is one thing the Dominican government spent money on. The Dominican people they met were so nice and friendly to the tourists and very aware of the shape of their country and wished for a more modern sitting government. 

Last stop was Curacao which is a beautiful and small island country.  

Wild flamingos in a pond that used to be used for desalination of salt water to fresh water. Usually there were hundreds,  on this day, not so many. 

Unknown lizard type, big and beautiful! 

Just a pretty scene of an inlet near the ship. 

Upon their return, hu-mom and hu-dad reminded Mack and me of how lucky we are to be doggies in the United States.  Loved and cared for, never having to provide our own food and shelter. 

We'll be visiting blogs but with the new Blogger thingy, hu-mom has to figure out a few things.  So we might be slow in getting around for a few days.

Have a great week!
Love, Minnie : )


Max the Quilt Cat said...

Wow what a super trip. Look like you saw some unusual things. Am glad that bull decided to veer off into the brush.

Glad you're back. Missed seeing you guys.

pawhugs, Max

Mileys Daily Scoop said...

Looks like a beautiful trip! So glad we don't have those lizard things here!! YIKES!! Welcome home!!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

I am glad that THEY are back all safe and sound. Sorry about the Tummy Rash.

What an AMAZING VaKay they had..without you two..I'm just sayin.
I don't think we have ever been taken to the D.R. by any of our furends, so I really appreciate you takin us along. Love to see the neat animals and stuffs.
YES fur SURE we are the lucky ones to have as much as we do.

tubby3pug said...

Hope you had fun.

Thanks for your condolences in regards to Zira, I appreciate your kind words

Urban Hounds

Nola said...

What an amazing place! Those baby ostriches are so cute
Dachshund Nola

A Day in the Life of Pugs said...

We're glad you're back and your pawrents got home safely! Looks like they had a good time. Love Zoe, Peyton, Webster & Liberty

Amber DaWeenie said...

Me pawrents went to da Ba-Hum-Has a few years ago and said da same ting. Lots of poverty and stray dogs and cats. It's so hard to see them like that. If they could, I'm sure they would of brought a few back with them.

Other than that...the va-k-shun sounds wonderful!

Two French Bulldogs said...

We did hear it was poor butt a beautiful place to see. Hope she had lots of fun
Benny & Lily

Ellen said...

Wow, what an interesting vacation. Sad to hear about the doggies and kittys though. I mean we all know what is going on, but to be right in the middle of it well, that must have been really tough. Looks like a beautiful place though. Glad your parents are home safely - and I'm sure you both are happy too.

haopee said...

Wow, Hu-mom and Hu-dad went on such a pretty trip.

Yes, it's unfortunate that animals on less prosperous countries have to go through with their daily lives this way.

I've seen strays where I live as well. We don't even have a pound here.

Anyway, welcome back.

Huggies and Cheese,


Bassetmomma said...

Wow! Looks like your 'rents had a great trip! Your Momma got some terrific pictures! :)

Bruschi said...

OMD they saw some interesting creatures on their adventure!
It is very sad to think of the life those poor stray animals have in other countries...just makes us appreciate what we have here that much more :)

bichonpawz said...

We are glad your family is all back together again!! It is so stressful, isn't it?? That lizard would have kind of freaked us out, but the other creatures were kind of cute! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Payton said...

Hi Minnie and Mack! I'm so glad you your hu-rents got back safe. Looks like they got to enjoy a very interesting vacation. Can't wait to see pictures of you guys again, especially my man, Mack!
PS. Thanks for all of your care and concern and prayers. It means so much!

Kitty+Coco said...

Welcome back Pawrents! Your trip looks super fun. We luv warm weather trips. So true about being lucky U.S. doggies. This Pug needs a monthly pedicure and homemade treats. Uh, yeah, Mom's #1 feared animal is the Ostrich!! Those things are creepy with their loosey goosey necks. **Shiver**. Anyhoo, love the picks.

Coco (and Kitty)

Honey the Great Dane said...

So glad to have you back! We missed you! :-)

My humans have also been in countries like lots of strays and always feel so awful to see the terrible condition they're in...

The pictures from the ostrich farm are great - although the one of the iguanas feeding was a bit scary, Until we read the text properly, we thought it looked like they were tearing up red meat!! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

Bunk said...

Looks like an awesome trip! My female human has a friend who is doing Peace Corps in the DR and she has been planning to visit her over the summer. These pictures make her really want to go now! If you have recommendations for places she should see/things she should do please let her know!!!!

Although I'm nottttt excited about her leaving for ten days.

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