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The Halfway Mark

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The Halfway Mark

As I repacked the cooler this afternoon, I heard a faint rumble of thunder. The last 3 days, we had been extremely fortunate to avoid the seasonally heavy rains, watching rain clouds roll in just as we wrapped up each day. But today, our luck ran out.

Our team took shelter from the storm on a nearby porch. I rummaged through my bag and found a flattened protein bar at the bottom. As I sat there watching the rain and eating my snack, I thought about the most memorable parts of the trip so far.

Helping the dogs is incredibly rewarding, but the most fulfilling moments of this drive have been interacting with the local people of Goa, especially the children. Mission Rabies provides us with a stock of bright yellow wristbands to give to children to increase rabies awareness. Educating people, particularly children, about what to do if they are bitten by a dog is a large component of the work that Mission Rabies does. On the second day of the drive, we came across a group of elementary children walking to school. They all wanted wristbands! Within the first 2 hours of the day, Arnie and I gave out every band we had.

The children help us out, too. Whenever we catch a lactating dog and need to find her puppies, we just ask a nearby child. Kids know where all the puppies are!

On the third day of the drive, we netted, vaccinated, and released a female dog who was anxiously circling a large banyan tree. A boy about 7 or 8 had been watching us and as we packed up to leave, he pointed to the mammoth tree. Arnie and Frank went to investigate and found 3 puppies inside a hollow at the base.

The pups appeared healthy and well fed, so we replaced them in the den and let the worried mother get back to caring for them.
The pups appeared healthy and well fed, so we replaced them in the den and let the worried mother get back to caring for them.
The pups appeared healthy and well fed, so we replaced them in the den and let the worried mother get back to caring for them.
The pups appeared healthy and well fed, so we replaced them in the den and let the worried mother get back to caring for them.

The pups appeared healthy and well fed, so we replaced them in the den and let the worried mother get back to caring for them.

Those are just a few of the most memorable moments from the first week of the drive. So far, Team Leopard has walked over 50 miles and vaccinated 314 dogs. Stay tuned for more! —Alyssa Watson

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Alyssa Watson, DVM, graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Dr. Watson is currently an associate veterinarian at Northwest Animal Hospital in Las Vegas. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Watson is a medical editor for Clinician's Brief. Dr. Watson’s professional interests include canine and feline dermatology, reproduction, and soft tissue surgery. When not at the hospital, she is apt to be enjoying the outdoors with her husband and their two young sons.

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