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  1. Just get her used to the carrier. she sleeps there, eats there, it is her happy place. You might try a Thunderjacket (it goes by a bunch of names) for anxiety. You can use other meds that are not tranqs - like benadryl, camomile, L-tryptofan. etc. but the best you can do is desensitize her to the crate and other distractions before travel.
  2. I don't think you are crazy. I flew back to Texas in 2008 with 2 cats, and 5 dogs but I did it all myself - didn't use a service. And then when we moved here permanently in 2009 I flew down with 5 dogs - 4 in cabin and 1 in cargo (I had friends that were dog mules for me). Again, didn't use a service. they are my family. they are better than most people.
  3. Rainy - with all due respect - just because they have a pretty sign from a recognized US real estate company it doesn't mean they are nice people. The franchise company doesn't police their franchisees - they do not care how they operate their business in CR - I have been told this by a franchise real estate company. They said they might want to know if the franchisee has been convicted of a crime. But, we all know how long that takes . . . . . .. . . . . . . That is not to say there are not good, legit, ethical folks in the RE biz, but you really, really have to be careful buying property here in CR because the recourses you would have in the US or Canada do not apply here. I am thinking of starting my own company and hiring nothing but Tico agents. It will be called CREO 3% (CREO - which means 'I believe' stands for Costarica Real Estate Offices - and the 3% is the commission we will charge). I will have a snappy website, red/white/blue blazers for the agents - like the flag of CR, TV ads, and a host of other marketing tools. Then I will sell franchises. all this in my spare time as a crazy dog lady.
  4. I think the thing you need to realize is that even if someone is working here legally in the real estate biz and they are unethical, immoral and downright criminal - there is very little you can if you get snagged by one. They know you, as a gringo, (their biggest target) will most likely just go back where you came from or if you do try to stay and fight it out - that time is on their side and in all likelihood you will either die before it goes to court or the court will do nothing. In other words, they will get away with murder and will then go on to commit even more nasty crimes. As long as they got your money (commission) they do not care. PERIOD. And if you try and warn other folks about their shady dealings - they will take YOU to court for defamation - even if what you say is the God's honest truth. Nowhere else does the saying - buyer beware - take on more merit than the real estate biz in this country. Now, I am sure there are some decent folks, I even know a few, but it is the bad apples that spoil it for everyone. opps, another cliche. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
  5. Oh, wow, I am soooo sorry for your loss. Pets wrap their paws around your heart forever. He was lucky to have you.
  6. Rick if that works for you, more power to you. Having been married two times in the past - I consider marriage riskier than starting a business! I could potenitally sell my business but I couldn't give away my ex-husbands.
  7. You have to have permanent residency in Costa Rica to work, like what Tom and Marcia said. Even if you could - why would you want to? Everyone and their mother and dog is a real estate agent in CR or so it seems. Plus, not much is selling like in the boom days.
  8. http://www.amcostarica.com has a section at the bottome of their classifieds with some of the rescue groups. Plus, there is a section in Pets Y Mas magazine for the rescue groups and licensed breeders. A little known fact - technically, you must have a CVO (certification by SENASA) to breed and sell dogs. The only way it seems to be enforced is by a complaint to SENASA but its a start.
  9. You can google links to decide the amount to give. Or you can do the math looking at your bottle of Arthotabs and figure out the dosage. Another option is Vit C. You can also google Vitamin C + dogs + arthritis (or hip dysplasia). If you can find Syn-Flex here, that has been highly recommended to also be used for dogs. To make you feel better, I have a 150lb dog on Glucosamine+Chondrontin. I am slowly switching him to Ester C.
  10. There is a cream called Alergel which has lidocaine and benadryl in it. The lidocaine may burn or hurt at first but then it will numb the area. You can also use steroid cream w/ an antiobiotic in it, like neosporin. It is my experience that most hot spots are caused fromn allergic a reaction to a flea bite. It only takes one bite. You never have to even see the flea. You can give her oral benadryl, too. I would also recommend shampooing her 2-3 times a week with a shampoo containing chlorhexidine. Because she also has some arthritis, you might start to give her supplemental Vit C. Yes, dogs make their own Vit C but they can be low at times. Ester-C is the best but you are not likely to find it here. Big doses of Vit C in dogs can give them the runs if you do a bunch all at once so start small and work your way up. Just curious, what are you feeding her?
  11. I don't remember the name of the clinic, I could ask my vet (he referred me there) - it is in Santo Domingo Heredia. I had a large dog that had 4 x-rays done (elbow/shoulder) with an othro vet - total was under $300 including consult and meds. Much cheaper than the states. There is also a list of vets in the Pets Y Mas magazine that do x-rays.
  12. They even have their nails done in holiday themes. tiny, tiny paintings on their nails. I am in awe, although it would never work on my nails, I am too much of a tomboy.
  13. Oh Geez, CRFinca, I am so sorry. Where were all the dogs? Hope they are okay. Sounds like an inside job, to me. Someone knew what and where that stuff was.
  14. I play online poker with my CR debit bank card, no problems.
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