Monthly Archives: September 2009

Lets Go For A Walk

Every morning Koki and I take a little walk around the neighborhood. She looks forward to this outing.

Here we are getting ready to go. I am probably known as the gringo with the dog on the leash. Dogs on a leash are not that common around here.

Most dogs run loose. If they normally run loose, then they are probably friendly. Many mornings we meet Geronimo and Koki is always looking for him. Koki is a very social dog. The dogs I don’t like to see running loose are those that are normally used to guard a yard because they can be aggressive. Koki doesn’t know the difference and thinks all dogs are wanting to be her friend. I usually carry a couple of stones in case we run into a dog that is not going to be friendly.

Koki checks out every blade of grass and every pebble on the street. If she sees a bird on the ground, she will crouch and stalk it like a cat. I wonder what she would do if she got close to one. Continue reading Lets Go For A Walk

I Hate Bath Days

Yesterday, Koki got her bath. Following her bath, she immediately runs to her bed and turns over and over until she has toweled herself dry. She has always been toweled before she does it herself, but I guess humans don’t do it right.

Her toys were in the bed before she threw them out to dry off. The two dark objects, in the lower right, are door stops. Koki continues to remove all the door stops and carry them to her bed.

When we got Koki, she was less than three pounds. She is now 12 pounds and I think pretty much at the weight she will stay at. She is very smart dog, but not the easiest to house train that I have seen. She still has a mind of her own spends time in her crate if she isn’t good.

She loves to play fetch. She will bring one of her toys and place it on my lap for me to throw. She will retrieve it until my arm is tired of throwing.

She is a great companion and loves her morning walk. We go out every morning between 6 and 6:30. Thanks to her, I am getting a little more exercise.


Here is the latest American Citizen Services (ACS) message:

Date:        29 September 2009

To:          U.S. Embassy Warden System


Dear Wardens:  Please disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your area.  Thank you.

The Government of Panama has issued an Executive Decree declaring a National Day of Mourning on September 30, 2009, in memory of former President Guillermo David Endara Galimany.  In honor of the National Day of Mourning, the Embassy will be closed tomorrow, September 30, 2009.
For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at where current Travel Warnings and Public Announcements, including the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, can be found.

Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

For updated information on the security situation in Panama, please contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy at The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in Clayton, Building 783, in the Clayton section of Panama. The Embassy web site is

Save Me Some

I was up at the Frontera yesterday and bought some tortillas that I can’t get in David. While I was there, I noticed that they have a flavor of the Dos Pinos Ice Cream that I haven’t found in David.

If you find it in David, let me know. It is Crema Irlandesa. This is my second post. I may have to take an ice chest to the Frontera. 🙂