Camp Buddha

My dog, Buddha, has company for two months this summer. Our guest here at Camp Buddha is Osa, an active white lab puppy whose parents have flown to Wisconsin.  She’s a sweet pup, who runs circles around 7-year-old Buddha, a Shepherd-Shar-pei mix, who prefers lolling about the house to frolicking in the great outdoors.

Our house sits on a 5-acre lot in the mountains of Puriscal, in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. We look out onto a landscape that features a veggie farm, a field where horses romp and a pigsty. (I know you’re thinking,  foul-smelling(!), but they must be clean piggies, because we rarely pick up a scent of them.) It’s a great place for a dog. There’s no need for leashes, dog-runs or fences.

Osa would have made a great companion to a hunter- she chases everything that moves. We’ve been happy that she hasn’t been able to catch anything, but that all changed this morning. As is my habit in the morning, I sat reading the volumes of email that had arrived in my inbox overnight. Suddenly, the birdsong was interrupted by a bloodcurdling screech. I jumped up, ran outside, and found Osa engaged in the act of killing a chicken, while Buddha looked on.

Naturally, I screamed for my husband, Jack, who arrived too late to save the helpless chicken. Would it be wrong to have that critter for dinner?

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About Myra

I'm retired in Costa Rica, having lived in Philly, State College, Salem Mass, and Kawagoe Japan. You might call me a career gypsy, but my last and best job was teaching English to some of the best and brightest kids in Philly. I'm new to blogging and websites, and will probably make all the mistakes there are, but now I'm sharing my writing. I moved to Costa Rica in June of 2009 with my husband Jack, my dog Buddha, and Jack's two cats, Hobbes and Noir.
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