Category Archives: Pets

A Medical Emergency with Maggie Mae

When our miniature schnauzer puppy Maggie refused chicken and bacon we knew something was wrong. Two days later when she still wouldn’t eat or drink we became extremely concerned.

We knew it was time to get her to a vet – ASAP!

There are a couple of veterinarians in San Juan del Sur, but sadly we are not confident in their abilities. After a desperate plea on Facebook for a recommendation on a trusted and skilled vet we were on our way to Multivet in Granada.

We were barely out of town when Maggie started to vomit. Things were going from bad to worse.  

Over the course of the 1 1/2 hour drive Gordon and I hardly spoke to one another.  We were fearful that we’d be making the trip back home to San Juan del Sur without our sweet little Maggie Mae.

After what seemed like an eternity we pulled up to the Multivet clinic. As I walked through the doors towards the reception desk with Maggie in my arms I felt a sense of relief. Somehow I knew we were in the right place.

Dr. Jose Antonio and his assistant Stephen escorted us back to the examining room. They examined Maggie with the utmost care. They conducted a blood test that ruled out Lyme Disease, Heartworm, tick parasites, etc.

Vomiting and diarrhea in dogs can be linked to a number of different things so the question now was,

“What exactly is wrong with Maggie?”

Thankfully three of the five vets at Multivet speak English. We have passable consumer Spanish, but our terms for veterinarian Spanish are severely lacking.

Over the course of the next two days we made an additional four trips to clinic, two of which were after hours. Veterinarians Jose Antonio, Stephen, Claudio and Faran worked in shifts administering IV fluids, nausea medication, antiprotozoal medication and antibiotics. At one point we had to leave Maggie at the clinic for observation for a period of four hours.

The veterinarian team concluded that Maggie had an intestinal protozoan parasite called giardia. They treated her with an medication called metronidazole.

Bit by bit we saw steady improvement in Maggie’s condition. We nearly jumped for joy when she finally accepted a piece of chicken and drank a bit of water on her own.

After spending three days and two nights in Granada we got the green light that it was safe to bring Maggie home. We felt like a huge weight had been lifted from our shoulders.

Total cost for treatment and medications was only $122.39 USD. We were blown away! Had we required this treatment in Canada I’m sure we would have paid upwards of $1000. 

Words cannot express how grateful we are for the excellent care and attention Maggie received at Multivet. It is with the utmost confidence we are recommending each and every one of the doctors there.

A Medical Emergency with Maggie Mae

– Maggie (and Mama) feeling better and ready to head home!

The Multivet clinic is located in Granada on Calle La Islita near Hotel La Mar Dulce. Services provided include emergency and critical care, hospice and euthanasia services,  surgery, x-rays, nutritional counseling, spay and neuter surgeries and dental care. Exotic animal care is also available.

To make an appointment call (505) 2552-1890. They also accept walk-ins.

To learn more about Multivet on their Facebook page click here.

Photo Disclaimer: In our haste to get Maggie to a vet I did not pack my digital SLR that I normally shoot with. This extremely grainy photo was taken with our iPad. 

More Than Just a Bracelet

Jonathan Button and Quinn Vandenberg left the United States in May 2012 and moved to Nicaragua to create a business that gives back to the community.

And now – less than a year later – they are operating a successful business that buys and sells bracelets created by local artisans. 

For every bracelet Jonathan & Quinn sell, they give school supplies to a child here in Nicaragua. 

More Than Just a Bracelet

– Life Out of the Box kickin’ it at Pitaya Festival 2013

More Than Just a Bracelet

– LOOTB offers different styles with something to suit everyone

To learn more about Jon and Quinn and Life Out of the Box click here.

Since meeting this lovely Californian couple eight months ago we’ve become great friends. 

We believe in Jon and Quinn and the Life Out of the Box vision so it was without hesitation that we bought a bracelet for our little miniature schnauzer Maggie Mae.

More Than Just a Bracelet

– Maggie’s bracelet makes a comfortable and stylish collar

One thing we love about about Life Out of the Box is that we actually got to see the child we impacted. Each bracelet is stamped with a unique number that corresponds to a specific child.

Maggie’s number is 328 and the child she provided a gift to is David.


This is what Jon & Quinn had to say about him:

“This very sweet guy is David. He’s 14 years old and loves school. He had the biggest smile of all the kids we’ve met here in Nicaragua, a smile that will just make your heart melt.

He goes to school at Los Pipitos, which is a school in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua dedicated to children & adults with disabilities and special needs. He was so happy and thankful when he received the notebook we gave him on your behalf on the first day of school.”


Each time we look at Maggie’s LOOTB bracelet we are reminded of David and the difference we made.

To purchase your very own LOOTB bracelet, give school supplies and see the child you’ve impacted click here.

Puppy Love

Gord and I are excited to announce the newest edition to our family – a wee little fur baby who we’ve named Maggie Mae. She’s a 5 week old Miniature Schnauzer who came to us yesterday from Managua.

Puppy Love

Can you say puppy love?

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