girl April 12

Can You Save Them All?

“You’ve got a great heart, kid, but, remember – you can’t save them all” These were the deflating words spoken to me by my boss about 13 years ago, right before vet school. I had left Mexico, where I had been living for a year, and took a position organizing spay/neuter in the four corners […]

Moncho November 20

Straddling the Divide

The point where the Sonoran desert in Mexico butts up against the Sea of Cortez represents such a dramatic contrast it can feel surreal. Parched, rugged land, desperate for even a drop of moisture suddenly drops off into a seemingly endless expanse of water, far beyond what the eye can see. Turn to the East:  Sun […]

browneyes October 01

The Moment of Impact

In my life, defining moments tend to hit unexpectedly – with full force, and relentless clarity. Not so much those moments I had expected to be life altering, but the ones that blindside me and could never have been foreseen. Moments I couldn’t have prepared for, even if I had tried. One such moment happened […]

DSC_5512 August 07

Radical Acts of Love – a snapshot of rescue south of the border

The Rio Grande is one of the longest rivers in the world. It forms the entire border between Mexico and the US state of Texas.  I found myself driving over it on Sunday, as I have so many times before. Each time I make my way over that bridge, toward the southern shore, I find […]

starfish3one July 09

Unbearable compassion: a starfish, idealism and the plain old truth

Somewhere around 15 years back, I first heard “the Starfish story”. For those of you who haven’t heard it, it goes something like this: “A young woman was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up. When she came to each starfish, she would bend down, pick it up, and […]

Moncho June 14

Chihuahuas, Sweat, and Heroes

It’s over 90 degrees and it’s not even 9 a.m. I open the door of the van, which I have been driving in since 3:45 a.m., and start to stretch my cramped legs as a red hot gust of wind rushes against my face.  The sun is fierce. I can hear dogs barking.  Sweat instantly […]

Moncho June 06

If you are lucky, your heart will break…

There are moments that stick with you. Moments where you can remember the exact light, smell, sound and  detail as if it just happened. Moments where just remembering them  makes  your pulse quicken and your emotions begin to stir. One of those moments happened for me on Sunday, at the free clinic we hosted in […]


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