Thursday, August 21, 2008

A dog story

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.

8 comments:

Ineke said...

aarhh. i do he does well!

Jim said...

I hope the acupuncture works. He is such a beautiful dog. I am sure the owner is going through the pain with her pet.

Jilly said...

Acupuncture can really help dogs. I wonder what the disease was that caused the paralysis. Perhaps a tick disease? Both dogs are so lovely. The Dutch lady is obviously a very kind woman. I have friends who visit Costa Rica and I think have adopted three street dogs.

Nice pics and reportage. Do keep up posted on Bagus' progress. Fingers crossed cos he's a beautiful dog.

M. Isabel Guerra said...

ow! I have a yellow lab mix... hope this lovely dog recovers completely!!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I love dogs. I hope the lab gets well soon and I am happy for the black dog being able to stand in the for the sick lab. Nice post.

Sharon said...

Here's hoping we see Bagus again soon.

Cláudia said...

I do hope that Bagus recovers completely. It's said when our dogs become ill. I discovered a few month ago that my Melly has a disease which not can be cured. It's hiperadrenocorticism ou Cushing Sindrome. It' s very difficult to have the medicine I have to import VETORYL only a box by time.And it's very expensive for me. But I won't give up my Melly!

Hilda said...

Oh poor sweetie! I really hope the acupuncture works and that Bagus recovers soon!

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