We promote consciousness around animals, and have some nice ones to help us with that. I will add pictures when I get a chance!
Canelo is known by various names because he was a street dog for close to a half year. We’ve not done a gene test, but he has many physical evidences of being part dog and part coyote. I base that on my observations and the comments of several veterinarians. When we first got him, he only howled and yipped like a coyote, but with time, has become more dog-like. He has a split personality, and often is the sweetest little angel, but sometimes is a little devil and trickster.
He was born from a dog, and initially had a home, but the owner became ill and couldn’t feed him. He went to the streets, where he became a highly skilled beggar, and the dominant dog of the town. Most street dogs live a very short life, but he is unusually friendly and affectionate with penetrating eyes that can convince even a campesino to buy him a taco. He doesn’t get into the garbage on the streets, and he won’t allow others dogs to do it either, so people wanted him to survive.
Neighbors started putting him inside our yard and closed the gate to urge us to adopt him, and so we did. I learn a lot from him. I discovered that when a dog (or person) has not had to learn in their early life, they first have to learn how to learn before you can teach them more. He is incredibly intuitive or psychic, and I won’t even start on all the stories about that!
Florentino and Soruyo, the horses
For a couple of years we had these sweet horses that were well known for how tame they are (manzitos). They would always come to us, and Florentino would beg to be ridden. As we developed the farm, it became clear that we didn’t have enough time for them, and we needed to develop their pasture for farming. A friend wanted them for his family to ride, and we believed the horses would be happy with them, so we let them go. They are now with other horses and get more attention and training.
Sol the ex-abused horse
Some wonderful friends rescued Sol. He had health problems, and was difficult to manage due to previous abuse. We took him with us for a half year. When I first started working with him, I could feel the waves of fear so strongly it would make me sick to my stomach. It was a lot of work, but we healed an abscess under his jaw. I learned a lot from working with him. He became more interested in people and would struggle to overcome his habit of fear in order to let me put a headstall or bit on him.
Some of the locals had told us he was just spoiled and needed to be disciplined more. As they observed the change in attitude from working kindly with Sol, they gained respect for working through relationship rather than dominance. A school for autistic kids told us that ex-abused horses are excellent for working with their kids, and the school adopted Sol. They say he is the star there!
The Sea Turtle (Caguama)
When Justin Duncan came from Texas to volunteer his expertise to the ranch, we stayed for a night at the beach in Manzanillo. After a late dinner, we sat by the pool, looking out at the ocean. We saw something moving in the waves and went to see what it was. We recognized it was a sea turtle coming ashore, so we stopped about 15 meters away and watched. Strangely, it crawled to exactly where we were standing, and we had to move out of the way. It began laying eggs there, and we stayed and watched. We had the feeling it came to us because it trusted we would protect the eggs, and we marked the location.
The next morning, I was having difficulty contacting the agency that protects turtle eggs, but I saw the beach sweeping truck heading towards the nest. I ran out and told them where the eggs were, and they called the protection agency.