Adventures in Costa Rica


This Summer my family and I vacationed to Costa Rica. In Costa Rica there are many, many street dogs.  Some are taken care of by the villagers some are not.  By street dogs I mean mixed breed dogs that roam free.  My 10 year old daughter who knows my Be A Tree presentation by heart was unsure of what to do when approached by these off leash dogs. These dogs either sought human attention or were on their own missions and ignored the humans. We threw Be a Tree out the window and went with reading the universal language of dogs (I at least spoke that language, my Spanish could improve however). One particular dog I will call him Spider after the crab. As we walked along the beach looking for turtles he joined us but he was not there for us, he had a job. Spider was sniffing out crabs. After many failed attempts to dig one up, success! Spider got a big crab and the fight began. The crab snapped his claws at Spider, spider showed him his teeth and got nipped on the nose. They danced Spider showing teeth and the crab clicking his claws and occasionally getting Spiders nose. This dance continued for a good 5 minutes and then Spider moved on and the crab returned to the sea, I got the feeling that this was a daily routine for Spider, he seemed to enjoy playing with the crab and had no intention of eating it.  So the lessons from this story: street dogs still speak dog, don’t play with crabs, and most importantly my husband asked me since Be A Tree works so well for dogs what works for crocodiles, my response Be A Log since the Caimans are always lounging on logs I figured the crocodiles would do the same.

A side note: Some of the villages in Costa Rica with street dogs tended to take care of them, however this was not universal.  Some of  these dogs were malnourished, injured, and often ignored.  Upon further investigation I discovered Adopt a Street Dog From Costa Rica, Inc. which is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization based in Berkeley California.  This wonderful organization places Costa Rica’s street dogs in loving homes in the USA.  They estimate that there are about a million street dogs in Costa Rica.  For more information about adopting or to donate check out their Facebook page.


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