STREET DOGS, ROOF CATS, AND OTHER CURIOSITIES

Hard working lady cleaning the La Madera path and beach
Hard working lady cleaning the La Madera path and beach

 

Zihuatanejo is much quieter now that the Mexican tourists have returned  to their homes. The morning path to La Madera is no longer crowded with the health seeking runners, soon to be replaced by different tourists as more and more American and Canadian visitors arrive fleeing from the cold climes.  I often have the feeling that here in Zihuatanejo if you are willing to work, there is work to be found.  I marvel at how hard the lady who cleans the path to La Madera works, it’s not a glamour job, but it’s honest work and one whose labors we reap the benefits of.  I’m amazed at the piles of  sand she sweeps off the path, and the wheel barrows of litter she removes each day. Same with the daily street sweepers who appear early each morning and clean up the careless, thoughtlessness of others. Definitely unsung heroes!

My gentle little street dog was not at the bridge to meet me this morning, I don’t think I’ll tell her that I gave her breakfast to a friendly street cat. Actually “Luna” is not a true street dog as she does have an owner and a home, but I doubt she is being fed a High protein

Street cat enjoying the Senors left-over chicken
Street cat enjoying the Senors left-over chicken

Science diet formulated for lactating mothers.  She belong to the coco man who owns the chickens I feed.  There are many street dogs here vying for scraps from the garbage sacks or the kindness of strangers. There are  many of the yellow “anywhere” dogs of which Luna is one.  There are many of very questionable parentage that have produced some very odd-looking dogs.  The one common trait they all seem to share is a gentle nature.

2015-01-06 15.13.20Cats tend to be roof cats, traveling blocks without touching ground. But also found  along the fisherman’s walk, and the occasional shop cat.  We have planters anchoring each end of our balcony which tends to attract the roof cat population cats for their nature calls. We know as we see kitty tracks across the balcony,  and occasionally , in the wee hours of the morning we have even heard their loud discussions. Just before day light last week I heard a cat on the tile overhang just below us, my flashlight has a laser light on it and I couldn’t resist a game of laser tag . But the laser scared the hell out of this cat. She ran as I chased her with the light.  She didn’t understand what a fun game it can be.

Books on both sides, but no access.
Books on both sides, but no access.

There is a curious library kiosk in the artist park, it looks quite similar to the one just erected on the campus of the college I attended, with the main difference being this one is locked up tight and the one at home is open for anyone to take or leave a book.  Maybe it is used by the school once the children return to school?

Today is 3 Kings Day, I’m not sure if it is a true holiday or a day of celebration, I don’t know if the children wake up to their gifts or if it happens later tonight. But I’m curious to find out. Signing off KO

Author: zihuathyme

I'm a traveler, not as frequently as I would like as I'm semi retired. I prefer that phrase to working part time. I would travel to new places, my husband Doyle, not as adventurous as I is more comfortable with the tried and true. Thus we have fallen into a routine (not a rut) of going to Zihuatanejo for 3 months January and February, March. Pendleton Oregon for the Round Up. Plus numerous short trips. We are "RVers". For hobbies I make and sell stone & shell bird houses, garden and read my new kindle. I'm a Wedding Officiant and officiate at about 40 weddings a year, and also operate a small delivery service. Prior to my "semi retirement" I was in corrections and before that I owned and operated a bail bond agency, In 2016 My husband began chemo for Chronic lymphoma Leukemia, while doing well this has changed some of our travel habits. Relaxing in Mexico suits him well, for that I am thankful. KO

One thought on “STREET DOGS, ROOF CATS, AND OTHER CURIOSITIES”

  1. Thanks for the great blogs. We are visiting Zihua in a couple of weeks and are getting excited reading about your days in this lovely city. Keep writing….

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