I have sad, but hopeful, news to report about the above yellow Labrador shopkeeper's dog. I posted a story and photo of this dog on this site on July 20. The dog is now paralyzed, but is hopefully on the road to recovery. Here is the story.
A few days ago I was walking in front of the shop and I noticed the dog below, but not the yellow Labrador.
The shopkeeper, a Dutch woman named Tanja, explained the absence of her yellow lab, whose name is Bagus. He contracted a disease recently that has caused him to be paralyzed! He is now at a special clinic in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, where his disease has been cured, but he will continue to undergo several weeks of acupuncture treatments to try to cure his paralysis.
Bagus is an Indonesian word meaning good and beautiful. Tanja lived in Bali before moving to Tamarindo. Let's all hope that the acupuncture treatments work and that Bagus will soon be returning to his regular post in front of Tanja's shop. You can imagine the devotion of Bagus to Tanja to each other.
But what about the black dog in the photo above? He belongs to a street vendor who sells jewelry. She leaves the dog at the shop for the day, where the dog is quite comfortable and content. I will post more information about Tanja's shop and her boyfriend's bamboo house business in the future.