ValleyFire1 December 02

In the Absence of Ashes

On September 12th, California faced its third worst fire in history. The “Valley Fire”, fueled by harsh, dry conditions bred from years of drought, billowed forth quickly burning over 76,000 acres and 1,000 homes. As the flames swept indiscriminately along the valley, images of the terrifying event spread just as rapidly thru the media. Once […]

DSC_0193 August 15

Tails of a four-legged, tail-wagging’, northward gazing immigrant: Part Two

Note; This is the second blog post from Sonora, a Mexican rescue dog who has taken over the Compassion Without Borders blog to tell her story… ————————————————————————————————————————————- Hello there amigos! Sonora here again. Reporting to you live from Mexico one last time before I hit the road and make a run for something they keep […]

sonora August 14

Tails of a Four-legged, Tail Waggin’, Northward Gazing Immigrant

First, allow me to introduce myself. Name? Sonora. Title? Self-appointed Meximutt Spokesdog. I’ve taken over all Compassion Without Borders social media channels to give you a distinctly canine perspective on this whole international rescue effort thingamajig going on right now. Yup. That’s right, here’s your chance to get the inside scoop on the four-legged, tail […]

puertopupsmonchod3 July 07

The Ones You Leave Behind

Sometimes I feel like a bit of a sham. Like some bleeding heart softie, weak in the knees, and about ready to crumble, yet all the while waltzing around in a shiny defensive coat of imaginary thick-skinned armor; standing tall and maintaining a stiff upper lip, no matter what the circumstance. This particular feeling is most […]

luna January 27

Checkpoints and Chances: A New Year’s Eve Tail of Four-Legged Immigration

We are about one hour west of El Paso. It’s mid-day on New Year’s Eve. The van is filled with 16 Mexican rescue dogs, myself, my husband Moncho, and an all too familiar odor of….well, let’s just say the odor of rescue itself. We roll up to an immigration check point on highway 10 West. […]

dogkiss October 13

Tipping the Balance

It’s 9 PM in downtown Fresno. Saturday night. I’m in the backseat of a car. The window is down and the air outside is still warm with that particular variety of Central Valley heat that lingers way past sunset. A neon cross outside a rescue mission illuminates a rough urban reality that makes me shift […]

DSC_8024 August 18

Freefall…Puerto Peñasco Clinic Diary July 2014: Part 2 of 2

“Freefall” There comes a moment at almost every clinic we host in Mexico where I finally just freefall. I let go..…usually for just for a few brief moments. I let go of the infinite pressures, responsibilities, and implications of the work we have set out to do and I simply fall… effortlessly and completely, into […]


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