More Added! Raffle Prizes & Silent Auction Items for RRR Unveiling Event!!

These just came in, the response is overwhelming! Be sure to read the Updated List of Donations below!
Don’t Miss This!
Great Prizes
Great Food & Drinks
& most of all, for a GREAT CAUSE. 
Come Out and Help Us Help Our Suffering Island Animals! 

Roatan Renegade Rescue Calendar Unveiling Event
Sunday September 1 1pm-5pm
San Simon Beach ClUb (adjacent to Mayan Princess)
West Bay Beach
Selling Roatan Renegade Raw Calendars for $20.00 each
Calendar Girl autograph $5.00
Yappy Hour Special Animal Named Drinks
Full Menu plus specials for RRR Event
Live Music
Tremendous Raffle Prizes and Silent Auction Items
Not to be missed!!

RRR Goal: to raise funds to purchase a used Mobile Vet Van

RAFFLES – Tickets – $1.00!

12 Italian Leather Sterling Silver designer pet collars	   Value: $240.00
$20.00 each

Eldon's - Pet Food Aisle Spree!	   Value: $200.00

Spay/Neuter/Vaccines/ Medications for Needy animal	   Value: $150.00

Penny - 7 Icy Cool Dog Vests ($20.00 each)	Value:$140.00

Upachaya - Five Roatan Island Board Games ($22.00 each)   Value: $110.00

12 Gift Baskets of home baked Pet Treats & Toys		   Value: $120.00
$10.00 each

Penelope's Island Emporium-West Bay Mall-gift certificate  Value:$100.00

Kristofer Goldman's Welcome to Roatan Five CD's 	   
($13.00 each)	   Value: $65.00

Anne Jennings Brown - Five Roatan Odyssey books - 
water damaged in shipping, looks bad, Reads Great!	   Value: $60.00

Steve Cowley - Six bags Montecillos Coffee ($10 each)	   Value: $60.00

The Beauty Shop - Mani-Pedi-Wash-Blowout Mega Mall	   Value: $44.00

Penelope's - Large beige floral painting	   Value: $35.00

Kent's Blue Bahia - Sandy Bay -Ladies tank top & matching 
beach skirt                                                Value: $30.00

Flying Pig Restaurant - West End	   Value: $30.00

Kent's Blue Bahia - Sandy Bay-Ladies tank top & matching
beach skirt	   Value: $30.00

The Lily Pond - Meal for Two - West End	   Value: $30.00

Waldina - 2 throw pillows- fabric of your choice     Value: $30.00

Multi-Servicio Printing -French Harbour-printing services  Value: $25.00

Buena Vida Cafe - West End 	   

Sunday Brunch - Bring Your Dog for Treats! 	   Value: $25.00

Blue Marlin - West End  - Bar Tab  	   	   Value: $25.00

Monkey Island Restaurant West End - Dinner &/or Drinks     Value: $25.00

Pink Seahorse - West End- Food & Beverage	           Value: $25.00

Blue Parrot - Sandy Bay  	   Value: $25.00

RASxpress - credit towards your mail account	   Value: $25.00

Foster's West Bay Restaurant and Bar	 Value: $25.00

Roatan Rum Factory - West Bay Road	   Value: $25.00

Patricia Bathgate - Pat's Pepper Paste (yum!)
3 large jars - home made- $8.00 each	    Value:$24.00

Coconut Tree Mini-Mart - West End 	   Value: $20.00

Roatan Ladies Network Event - complimentary Admission      Value: $20.00

Rick's Cigar Bar - West End - Cigars or Booze	   Value: $20.00

Coconut Tree Restaurant - West End - Food & Beverage	   Value: $20.00

Pepperoni Pizza - West End - 1 pizza	   Value: $20.00
Penelope's - Small floral painting 	   Value: $20.00

Butch & Sherry - Bulk Gourmet Bistro - Brick Bay	  Value:$20.00

Penelope's - Complaint Dept Sign	   VALUE: $18.00

Haircut by Nadia - Glam HairStyles, Mangrove Bight	   Value: $17.00
Lusty Lizard Restaurant -Dixon Cove - Lunch                Value: $15.00

Beach Grill at Blue Bahia - Sandy Bay - Friday Fish Fry 
 & Key Lime Pie	   Value: $15.00
Carniagro - Multi-Vitamins for Dogs & Cats
Value: $14.00

Patricia Bathgate - Pat's Pepper Paste (yum!)
3 small jars - $4.00 each	   Value: $12.00


Mayan Princess Resort - West Bay Beach
All Inclusive Package for 2	Value: $1150.00

Infinity Bay: 3 night stay with breakfast	        Value: $750.00

Bull Dog Security Alarm System fully installed	Value: $749.00

William Shepherd - Captain Action Fishing Charter
38' Topaz	Value: $700.00

Zeppelin Dive & Sail - Three hour Customized Sunset 
Cruise on a 47' Zeppelin, for Four, including drinks
 and appetizers - Wayne & Elly Smith	Value: $600.00

Alex & Marilyn-Afternoon Sailboat Cruise & Romantic 
Sunset Evening at the Calabash Bight Yacht Club for 4   Value: $350.00

Peter & Jackie - 3 Hour Fishing Trip- Mangrove Bight	Value: $350.00

Solar/Wind Energy Performance & Financial Analysis 
Profile by Fuentes de Energia	Value: $350.00

Pristine Bay - Black Pearl Golf Course -
Two Rounds of Golf	Value: $290.00

Tasha Crook Photography - One Hour Photo Shoot	Value: $250.00

South Shore Canopy Zipline Adventure for FIVE	Value: $225.00

Sueno Del Mar- 2 night stay-Presidential Suite-West End Value: $200.00

Sand Castles Professional Interior Design Services;
in depth consultation: Staging for Sale, Updating Your
 Rental property, easy fixes to make your website pop!	Value: $200.00

Picnic Day for 4 - Maya Key - Port of Roatan	Value: $168.00

The Shop - Coconut Plaza - one teak chair	Value: $168.00

Paddle Sports - Paddle Board Escorted Tour for 4	Value: $160.00

Purchased at Penelope's & donated by Sue Page:
32" Italian hand blown vase	Value: $155.00

Wendy Lopez - La Pina Spa - Pineapple Villas
French Harbour- Massage, facial, mani, pedi	Value: $150.00

Heather Donnelly - One Dream Ticket Entry - 
Roatan Dream Home Raffle	Value: $150.00

Penelope's - Triptich Acrylic Abstract Art (3 pc)	Value: $150.00

Roatan Builders - 2 - 2 hour consultation on the Do's
 & Don'ts of building on Roatan - top TWO Bidders	Value: $150.00

Larissa - Frenchy's 44 or Little French Key	Value: $150.00

An Evening of Music with Bobby Rieman	Value: $125.00

Penelope's - Brown Geometric Outdoor Art	Value: $125.00

Roatan Businesses - Advertisement for one year on		Value: $110.00

A Day of Beauty at Destiny's - Coral Stone, Sandy Bay   Value: $100.00

Penelope's - Large, brown plaid abstract Art by
Paul Juszkiewill	Value: $100.00

Penelope's Blue Flower Retro Artwork	Value: $99.00

Alex & Marilyn- Sunset Beached Boat Artwork	Value: $80.00

Kirk Obryan, Accountant - 2 hour consultation
"How to establish a Roatan Business"	Value: $75.00

Roatan Dental Center - Consultation & Services
Mega Mall - French Harbour	Value: $65.00

Blue Harbour Tropical Arboretum- Tropical & Hydroponic
Tour for 4
Value: $60.00

Purchased at Penelope's & donated by Sue Page:
Large pewter pineapple tray	Value: $52.00

Umbul Umbul- Indonesian furniture & Accessories
 Gift Certificate	Value: $50.00

Ms Deb of Steel Pan Alley - private voice lesson	Value: $50.00

Peggy Orange - Private Swim Lessons - 3 hours	Value: $50.00

Ace Hardware - Gift Certificate	Value: $50.00

Zobeida's Shop - French Harbour	Value: $50.00

Lion Fish Louie's - Meal for 2 - West End	Value: $50.00

Ana Svoboda - famous tiramisu - serves 15-20	Value: $50.00

Barefoot Cay - Barefoot Divers -
Pig Roast Lunch for 4	Value: $50.00

Claudia Malacarne - 1 hour massage West End	Value: $50.00
Blue Marlin Restaurant - Dinner - West End              Value: $40.00

Tracey Pewtoran - Professional Bartending- 4 hours-
Any Event	Value: $40.00

West End Suzy - Handmade agate ring	Value: $40.00

Nanny Lu-Lu - 4 hours child care- 4 children max	Value: $40.00
Real Value: Priceless!

Casa Rustica - West Bay - Mix Max Cardio workout for 
one month		Value: $40.00

Diane Coming - just back from safari! Collection of 
African crafts including giraffe salad tongs, wood 
bowl,wood trivet and serape material	Value: $30.00

Blue Harbour Tropical Arboretum- Tropical & Hydroponic
 Tour for 2 	Value: $30.00

Hungry Munkey- Lunch for 2 - West Bay Mall	Value: $30.00

Blue Harbour Plantation- large selection of lettuce, 
parsley and mint	Value: $25.00

Sun Downer's Bar Tab	Value: $25.00

Mangiamo Market & Delicatessen - West Bay Mall
Luncheon for 2	Value: $25.00

Blue Harbour Plantation - large selection of lettuce,
basil and chives	Value: $25.00

Kathy Shupe- Personal Pet Grooming - in home service	Value: $25.00


Island Posh - Coral Stone Plaza - Exquisite replica
Sunglasses, Handbags and Watches	$200.00

Gilberto & Kelly Gonzales - Life Force Landscape &
Maintenance Co., Kelawra, BC, Canada	$180.00

Walter Herbert & Susan Scogin, soon to be Roatan 
residents and supporter of felines 

Vanda & Peter Brown - Palmetto Bay/CA	$ 50.00

Bob Magyar  Puerta Vallarta MX	$ 25.00

Making of the RRR Calendar

Cover Shot

10:30 on a Sunday morning our models assembled at the Mayan Princess. We were shooting our cover at San Simon. All decked out in black with our lime green RRR wristbands as the only accessory, we made a stunning group. It would be a long double header day. San Simon in the morning and Paya Bay for our December sunset shot. When all was said and done, we were pretty exhausted but very satisfied with what we had all accomplished, working together. That day will always be a fond memory for me.

Ms. January


This model was so prepared, you would have thought she was in the business. The set-up was to be Ms January reclining in a hammock with Scarlet Macaws. She even brought a hammock! It was far prettier than the one we had, so we used it. Pretty amazing. It makes it so much easier to get a good shot when the model warms up to the camera. We had so many great shots from which to choose. The only incident we had was a painful one. One of the macaws was determined to explore our model’s nudity. When she tried to stop him, Ms January was bitten. Even then, she was a real trooper.

Did I mention how brave my Calendar Girls are??

Ms. March

Another great model who gave so much to the camera. Here the dilemma was threefold. Shooting at the zip line location, first, we had to be quick before the cruise ship visitors arrived for their canopy tour. Second, I had 6 very large island boys to contend with and I was the self appointed bouncer on all the shoots. So, doing my very best Hitler impersonation I told them all to leave the area immediately. And they DID!! The third problem was the worst. Our little monkey was painfully shy and covered up his face with his tiny hands, turning away from the camera. Tasha shot dozens of frames. She and I were getting frustrated and anxious, but our model sailed right through it all. That is until the unbelievable happened. Our little monkey, wrapped around Ms March’s neck, decided it was a good time to nurse!

Cut! It’s a wrap! We are done here!

We only managed to get one shot with the monkey’s face showing. Thank goodness it was a great one.

Ms. April

This month was chosen as our model wanted to pose with her island famous Easter bunny; Mr. Quetip Plushbottom.

Weighing in at 20 lbs, he would come to Penelope’s Island Emporium for Semana Santa and people would rush in to get their photo taken with the Easter Bunny. I was told they even announced it on the airport buses. Unfortunately, Quetip passed away before his scheduled shoot. Large, with a larger than life personality, he is missed terribly by Ms April and all his many fans.

So Q’s replacement model became an African Savannah cat named Jumu. This shot location was in a beautiful bedroom designed and decorated by Ms April. This would be a very simple shoot. All she had to do was go get her hair & make-up done, come home, pick up Jumu and head to the West End location. Destiny had out done himself this time and Ms April was camera ready. However, Jumu was a no show. He had disappeared. Trying to keep make-up from running, hair from frizzing, it was not to be. Jumu sauntered back home at 9:30 that night, with an attitude as if to say “What’s the problem? And my dinner is where, exactly?” I had to call the property manager, apologize, saying the model cancelled last minute, may we please reschedule? This condo rents out steadily, so we had to be squeezed in between bookings. The following week was scheduled much the same. However, Ms April cleverly locked Jumu up in her house the night before. Being an exotic feline, he is fast, wary and a door darter. Given just a moment’s opportunity, Jumu shot off the second floor balcony, down into the iron-shore and vanished into the night. At this point I was just about ready to rip April out of the calendar and forget it. Our model was up at 4:30 am, calling and searching to no avail. Finally, she sat down and started praying, pleading and making deals with all the angels she could summon. In the door strolls Jumu.

Screeching, howling, hissing and thrashing around in the cat carrier, off they went at lightning speed. This time however, Ms April took Jumu to the condo location first, locked him in the bathroom and then went for her session with Destiny. Other than Ms April being a total nervous wreck, the shoot itself was a piece of cake.

Ms. May


When I approached Ms May about posing for the RRR calendar, she exclaimed “Penny! Where do you get such crazy ideas? What’s next with you?”

Then, “Of course I’ll do it. I haven’t done anything outrageous in a while.”

Being passionate about gardening and flowers, it was a given that we would do the shoot at her lovely home. After her make-up session, by the time we arrived at our location, it was the heat of the day, noon. With her husband, Alan’s help, we created a beautiful arbor as the back drop. The problems were her two excited, out of control puppies. Finally, we had to have Alan crawl into the bushes with the puppies on leashes and stand behind Ms May. She whispered to me “Do I really have to be totally nude? I don’t want to scare the dogs.”

Ms May was beautiful in each photo. It was the puppies that were making the shot impossible. So we just kept shooting. That’s when the ants started biting our model, voraciously.

Hot, sweating, bitten, exhausted: the life of a Calendar Girl.

Ms. June

When I asked Ms June if she would participate, I got a lump in my throat when her immediate reply was “I would be honored.” She needed no explanation of what we are trying to do with this calendar.

Shooting in our model’s gourmet kitchen, it was a tight shot from basically one angle. Ms June looked great but her dog was totally not interested and we could not get him to react to or even look at the camera.

When we felt we had several good ones to choose from and were finished, the dog then decided to be a cover girl; grinning, posing, looking oh so cute, after the fact! The best part of this shoot was that the model’s passion is baking and we got to eat the prop….ummmm.

Ms. July

What a fun afternoon. Like a pro model, Ms July came with make-up, jewelry, ideas and was very actively involved in her hair and make-up decisions. Her dog was an absolute love and so easy to work with; what a refreshing turn of events. This time we were shooting totally in public view. Passionate about golf, we were shooting on the 11th hole at Pristine Bay. Once we got our shot and were wrapping it up, Ms July was having such a good time, she decided to hit a few balls for fun. Tasha and I, somewhat nonplussed were racing around with towels and bathrobe trying to provide a bit of screening from the public eye. In the meantime, her dog was rolling around in the grass having the time of her life. As Tasha said “Isn’t it lovely that Ms July is so comfortable in her own skin.”

Ms. August

A true lover of dogs, we shot Ms August with her two, in a very tranquil setting; her home in Sandy Bay. Ms August is also an avid potter, so we tried to capture the beauty of both herself and her work. Ranging from tiles to hanging gecko’s Ms August’s work is varied.

Working with one animal is hard enough, but when working with two the odds are most certainly against you. After numerous shots running around trying to get BOTH dog’s in place we finally got the one we wanted.

Ms. September

A supporter and advocate for wildlife, Maya Key was the perfect setting for Ms September. We had to do the shoot in two parts as we were working around cruise ship visitors. The zoo manager, Leonardo Consuegra was so very helpful and made us feel welcome. However, we did have a problem when it came time to disrobe our model. The animal handlers would not leave and would not take their eyes off the animals we were using. I tried to block her from view with my body, but it was to no avail. Ms September had no problem with the situation, so we went ahead and took our shots. Personally, I might have been a bit squeamish with a boa constrictor wrapped around my neck, but she said “Don’t be silly, I raised boys.”

Ms. October

Using nature as a theme, we found a location that was surreal and magical. Tasha came up with the creation of this shot. Everything would have been just fine, except the body painter was late, it took almost three hours to do the painting, and Upachaya had people arriving for a kayak tour and for lunch, walking right through our set. Then Tyson, the dog thought it was great fun to run off with the pumpkins. What a day!

Ms. November

When I put out the call for Calendar Girls, Ms November responded immediately. Shooting on a beautiful yacht it was a very easy session. Her dog was timid, so kind of shut down and we could do whatever we needed to do with him. He even smiled as if on cue. We had a lot of laughs that day.

Ms. December

Our final photo was a group sunset shot at Paya Bay. Up until that day, the models did not know who all was in the calendar, so it was great fun to get everyone together. Ms June drove so we could all travel together in one big vehicle. We stopped at Pukey’s in Jonesville for lunch and then went on to Paya Bay. We had a changing room and beach time for relaxing and swimming, while waiting for our sunset. Da Vinci McNabb had agreed to be our photographer so that Tasha could be in the group shot. The ladies were a bit hesitant, so Tasha & I led the way, getting in the water, removing all clothes except Santa Hats. Once everyone had jumped in, the fun began. Da Vinci quietly started shooting. Once Ms May exclaimed “Look! They float!” We were off and running. Crazy antics and lots of belly laughs. I even caught Da Vinci laughing at us………what a bunch of crazy ladies doing a crazy thing for a great cause.

This is a story of my dog, Black Jack and his last day with me.

  Yesterday was just awful. Keeping vigil is emotionally nerve wracking and agonizing. I set myself up downstairs next to Black Jack in the car port and talked to him for hours. He did not respond in anyway but his eyes were open and he looked so scared. He was heavily sedated with what I had on hand for RRR (rescue) so I hope and pray he did not suffer pain. Every time I had to go upstairs to use the restroom and get him more and more ice, I was afraid to leave his side, then afraid to come back downstairs to find he had died alone. I have not been able to function at all. But this has nothing to do with me. I wanted to make his last hours comfortable. .

     Black Jack, though incredibly beautiful, an exquisite face, was not your stoic, huge, majestic, laid back Newfoundland that my Mugsy was. Black Jack came from a puppy mill and was little, neurotic, very sick, almost died as a brand new puppy and completely off the charts in goofiness. Being so needy all his life, now was not the time Jack could be left alone.

     He drank copious amounts of water and I cracked dozens of ice cube trays into his bowl, so I thought at least he is not dehydrated. His tummy would growl, so I tried to feed him anything that might entice him. He turned away from everything. My daughter, Tiff told me at this stage the last thing I needed to worry about was food. So, I finally realized I was very dizzy & I couldn’t remember when I had eaten last, so went upstairs and warmed up a plate of garlic chicken & veggies. When I came back down, Jack’s head snapped up at the smell. I cut it all up into tiny pieces, he seemed so interested, and tried to hand feed him. I put the food in his mouth and it appeared that he did not know how to eat or swallow & it fell out of his mouth.I know nothing about these things, but wondered if maybe he had had a stroke and could not eat. I tried and tried, but he just closed his eyes and mouth and turned away. I lost it yet again and my other two dogs inhaled the food like convicts.

     We sat like this much through the night. Where I live has so much mud when it rains and I wanted to keep him clean and pretty,ready for heaven, so I put a sheet sling under him and dragged him on to his twin mattress pallet bed off the muddy wet dirt he kept lying in. Jack had dwindled away to probably 120 lbs so it took massive effort to lift him and he could not move any part of his body or head, just flopped. Did Jack have a massive stroke? Was this the effect of the pain meds and Valium? I had no idea, but his heart was beating strong. He made gurgling noises. Congestive heart failure? I did not know what to do for him except keep him deeply sedated.

     My dogs are fine with cats. Jumu, my Savannah does not run and hangs out with the dogs, they are all buds. My Austin TX, internet scam rescue kitty is terrifed of dogs and runs. Austin runs, so the dogs chase him. All night long, Austin stayed with us. He kept jumping up in my lap repeatedly and kept kneading us with his little paws, “making biscuits” I call it. It was exasperating, Austin would not relent. “This is one Hell of a time to make friends” I told him.

     At 3:30 am I decided if he was on his way out, he should sleep through it, so came down with the next dosage. His jaws would not open, so I pried them apart and then Jack could not swallow.I hoped the pills would dissolve in his mouth. My friend Kathy was coming over in the morning to help me get Jack in the car and then take him to my lot and put him down. The groundskeeper, Santiago, had dug the hole. I had him called twice by my bilingual employee, Cathy, to make sure it was big enough and deep enough and where I wanted him to be, by my favorite tree and flowers I had planted. Oddly, my Jack loved flowers and would happily sniff all the pretty scents and then busily dig up everything I had just planted in the ground, my little helper. He loved my big red hibiscus bush and would dig a big hole under it to stay cool on the hot, sticky days. He also rolled in the blue bell vines and get his big feet all tangled up. Jack would start wailing and I went to his rescue time & time again.

     At 5:30 am I took a quick shower, both Jack & I were covered with sweat, mud and bug spray, we have malaria here, & I had kept us free from bugs throughout the ordeal.I was crying in my quick shower because I was so terrified the turkey vultures would come down & rip him apart. I raced downstairs with a huge bowl of ice & water and Jack was gone. Gone.

     I ran around the yard, screaming his name and there he was……….lying in a huge bed of lavender wild flowers, not 100 yards away. How on earth did he get there when he could not even lift his head during the night? I brought him his dish of ice and water and he drank thirstily. It was early but it was really hot with his big bear coat and steel wool undercoat. I ran back to the bodega and got out a big beach umbrella to give him shade. As I brought it to him, there Jack was on his feet, wobbly, heading back to the house! My heart leapt for joy. He did not have a stroke, he was really sick and now he was going to be all better. He slowly walked back to the shade and trade wind breeze of the carport and collapsed. He had had his last big break out, that last surge of energy we know all living beings experience before death. My heart was hard at work attempting to convince my brain that Jack was going to recover and everything would be just fine and I would not have to lose my beloved best friend.Not now. I have an uncanny rappore with my animal family. They feed off my every emotion.We relate without words. When I am happy they get silly. When I am angry, they stay downstairs and are quiet.When I am sad or sick they hover and must be right by my side. I was stroking Jack and then heard Kathy and her husband Leif pull up in their truck. I became filled with utter dread. Jack looked up at me terrified. I tried to remember and did my best to keep my voice calm and upbeat, not cry, no easy task.

     I really wanted Jack to see where he was going to be buried, so he would know I would be with him every day. Kathy and Leif explained it would be better for Jack to die with me and his animal family in the only home he had known with all the familiar homey smells and not be further traumatized by the trip. Of course that was best for him.

     Kathy and Leif were unbelievably comforting. They asked me at every step of the way, “Are you Ready?” “Are you ready to begin?” Did I want to stay……..I could not have endured this without them. Kathy set right to work and injected Jack with a very heavy sedative. He was soon in a very deep sleep and Kathy cut off a lock of hair for me from the top of his big old head. Despite all the copious drinking, Jack was severely dehydrated. Try as she might, Kathy could not draw blood and the veins would immediately clot.Kathy shaved more & more fur off to find a good vein, but there were none. She could not administer the fatal drug. Kathy must have stuck him 50 times. She was emotional and so sorry and apologized for not being good at this. We then made the decision to inject the solution directly into his heart. Jack’s heart was too big and the needle too short. I had to run upstairs and grab another box of tissues. When I got back downstairs, Kathy and Leif had made the decision, enough was enough. She called the vet, Dr. Soto to come to the house.Like most Hondurans, Dr. Soto can run on island time and I was worried sick Jack would wake up again. He said he would be about 45 minutes. The wait was interminable. We kept watching Jack’s steady breathing and chatted about anything that flew into my head. As we heard Dr. Soto drive up to the house, Jack took one long breath and died.

     When I was ready, we rolled Jack up in his big old favorite blanket and put him in my car. Kathy asked if I wanted her to ride with me, but I decided this was my last time to be with Jack, so we went Bye Bye Car, just the two of us, his favorite thing in the world to do. I told Jack many things on our last ride.

     We got to my lot and Santiago & another worker were ready for us. I checked the hole and it was deep, large and just where I wanted it.I wanted to put Jack in big, black garbage bags, but Kathy said Jack would be more comfy in just his favorite blanket. I wrapped Jack up nice and tight and tucked a big old chew bone in with him for his journey. It was his favorite treat. They found a wheelbarrow to get him back to the spot, as the garden I have been planting for years is now huge. They gently lowered him into the hole, I sobbed my final farewell and placed a beautiful bouquet of red hibiscus and bluebell vines in with him. Kathy and Leif comforted me and said incredible things to me I will never forget. We said our goodbyes and I asked the workers to please place rocks on top of his grave, so worried about an animal digging him up. I could not leave or bear the thought of him alone in that hole. Unable to drive, I walked down to the dock and walked the beach. After a while, the workers found me and motioned for me to come look at the grave, I thought to assure me he would be safe. Not only had they made a burial mound of rocks, surrounded by a wood frame, they had planted beautiful red and pink ginger flowers all over his grave.

     I will miss you like fury, Jack, every day until we meet again.

     Rest in peace my dearest friend.

$15,000 worth of pet meds have arrived on Roatan!

I am thrilled and delighted to announce that due to all the hoopla, publicity and our RRR Event we have been donated a huge amount of medications for our starving, sick, homeless animals. The retail value is $15,000! This is due in part to all the publicity and commentary about what RRR has been up to and a chance meeting with Patty Grier, on the Galaxy. Patty & Dr Calderone have a relationship with a US Dr who is sending meds to us now.Everything needed for Dr Calderone’s practice will be used there, much is being dispersed to those who are active in rescue and that includes RRR. We have so much to share. It is to be used strictly for the homeless, sick, starving animals and families in need who cannot otherwise afford to care for their animals. The list is very long, but includes Heartguard, Frontline, all the most necessary top meds we so desperately need. We have lots of Heartguard for cats, they need it too and they will eat it, it tastes good.

Let me know who needs the meds and what you need. I will disperse from Penelope’s and Kathy, come get a bunch for the East End. What a God Send! There will be more help coming now that the word is getting out. If so much as one box of meds is sold, rather than used we will receive no more help. Please assist me in getting this all out right away to help all the suffering animals.

I guess it really is true: Good Deeds, Hard Honest Work, Great Publicity, Nasty Lies, Vicious Gossip, Dark rumors……………just spell our name correctly!!!

Thanx to everyone who helped this happen, whether you meant to or not!!

Don’t forget to buy your RRR Calendars!!!

Relief is on the way……….

Mrs Brown’s Misunderstanding – Mrs Brown’s Boys

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Quick Update


A quick update:

     RRR has been quite busy with several rescues that have not been documented. Several animal lovers have taken on rescues of their own. We are so appreciative of volunteers stepping up when they can. One such incident is a puppy being neglected & abused. (Rescuer & location undisclosed). It turned into a horrible situation of near starvation & torture. We planned to steal the puppy, but could not get the timing right. The person who asked for our help, tried several plans of attack and ended up injured. How our rescuer found a way to help was brilliant. The landlord was contacted who spoke to the abusers. Our rescuer is now allowed to take the dog into her fenced yard, feed it, care for it and allow it to play with other dogs and learn what love is all about. The puppy has responded immediately. The dog is returned and tied up by the “owner” each evening. We can only hope & pray over time he will let the dog be adopted by his loving, caring foster.

     Another dog, dubbed “Rocky” was actually rescued and cared for by two different people. After much care and expensive treatment the animal did not respond. The most compassionate decision we could make was to put her down. Hopefully she is now in peace and not in pain.

Special Thanks to our ongoing, selfless volunteers:
Gene & Leslie, West Bay
Barry, West Bay
Jhonan, Sandy Bay
I couldn’t do it without you.

     A NY vet found RRR on the internet and we began exchanging emails and phone calls. She came to visit the island and we are discussing the possibilities of her coming down and setting up spay/neuter/ medical surgery specifically for our homeless, desperate street animals. She and her tech can do 35 procedures a day, if RRR can set it up. While visiting the island, she & her children rescued 2 Infinity Bay cats, took one home and is in the process of shipping the second one from Roatan to NY. They will join her personal family of 16 dogs and many other animals, including horses. I meet the most incredible people in the world, all doing such good work.

     We have received incredible donations from our boxes in Paya Bay, Infinity Bay and Remax, Jackson Plaza. Thank You!

     Because everything RRR is able to do is based on donations, it is with sadness that I report two donation boxes have been stolen, from West End and French Harbour. The one in Jackson Plaza was smashed and destroyed. Besides stealing the money, the box being destroyed was just as disappointing. The cost of the importing, shipping and customs all came from direct sponsors. All three thieves are known and identified, but nothing was done.

     There have been many calls for help lately, too many to mention, but RRR is happy to share meds, leashes, resources to all that reach out. It is such a disappointment that I cannot help so many because of the lack of a shelter or foster care volunteers.

     I have so many, many people to thank for their most generous donations of funds and supplies. I sincerely apologize if I don’t name you all, but I will try my best.

Thank You to Our Generous Donors:
Lailja Ware
Catherine Downey
John & Susan Brotherton
Joan & Rocky
Michael & Cheryl Prater
Carolyn Kocian
Sheila Jones
Ashley Hyslop
Viva Properties, Claudio & Emiliana
Rick Mayeux (Again – Hugs)
Kay Heimmer, in memory of Bud & Bridget
Matt & Caroline Karvonen & their rescues Picadilly & Bandit
– Donated to RRR on the occasion of their Roatan Wedding.
Thank you to Kent Burnes, Blue Bahia for suggesting us.
Susan Reed, offer of free graphic design
The Texas lady from the Humane Society who would like to ship us Walmart Pet Supply Returns!!!

     RRR does spend a significant amount of money for the immediate medical care of these homeless and abused animals.Your support directly saves lives. Your funds are not used for gasoline, administrative fees or tee shirts. Every dollar donated is used to aid our neglected animals’ needs. We continue to appreciate all the donations of supplies and medications. We use them all. Our website wishlist is a good source of information if anyone you know would like to donate. We constantly hand out leashes and collars, we always need Frontline Plus & Heartguard. It is amazing how much these lovable animals are thrilled with their first toy or blankie or the first good tasting chewie.

     RRR thanks you all for anything you can do to help these poor animals.

Penny & The Animals

“We are rescued by those whom we have rescued.”

We made $300.00 selling $5.00 wristbands!! Woooo Hoooo!!

Fund Raiser

Dear Friends of RRR

It has been a while and we have been very busy!

     First things first, a huge Thank You for all of your very generous donations. Because of the funds available to us, we have been able to help many animals. The Animals of Roatan and volunteers give huge appreciation to:
Michael and Cheryl Prater
Dave & Cathy Brook
Angie Dean
Robert & Judy Jenkins
Rick Mayeaux (As Always)
Janet Carkeek
Wendy Warner
Cary Luber (you are amazing)
Robert Nicholls
Sheila Jones

     Extra Special Thanx to Rescuer Francine Dupree for managing our Paypal account so diligently as well as helping all the animals she continues to do on a daily basis.

     Because of you all we have accomplished quite a bit.

     Animal Lovers and Activists continue to amaze me. Yesterday a large van with driver pulled up in front of Penelope’s. A woman from the cruise ship, here for one day asked if this was the drop off site for RRR donations. I introduced myself and she hugged me. Janet Carkeek of Omaha, Nebraska with the help of her driver, then unloaded pet food bags, biscuits, toys, medicines, collars. Her dog had just passed on and she gave me his favorite toys to donate. It was such an incredible act of kindness. She had to leave quickly as the back of the rented van was filled with dog biscuits and a 5 gallon jug of water and plastic bowls. She spent her Roatan vacation day driving the length of Roatan, tossing out dog cookies and giving out water everywhere she went. A couple in the store at the time were so moved, they gave a cash donation. Today, Wendy Warner came in from Canada to tell me of her rescue efforts back home and share ideas, also giving a donation. My devoted volunteers, Jhonan and Shelby were able to save and better the lives of nine animals with $600 of these funds (and the help of my poor old car.). In addition, Jhonan with help from a friend was able to get eight dogs to the World Vets for treatment and spay neuter. Many other friends continue with their individual rescue efforts, all so very important. Lanita saved the white dog in Coxen Hole with a broken foot & RRR was able to pay the vet bill. Kitty Kat Sally of West Bay continues her excellent work with the cat population of West Bay Beach and RRR funds helped out with the medical bills there too.

     Just to reiterate, all RRR funds go directly to aid the truly homeless, starving animals. RRR does not spend any funds on cute teeshirts, meetings or gasoline. I want you to know where your donations, every Dollar/Lempira is used. Our bank book is open to all who donate time or funds. Every $5.00 wristband purchase adds up.

     Please remember, when you don’t hear from us, we have not folded up our tents and gone home, we are just busy doing what we need to do!

     Sorry to do this, but I am flat out of time, as usual, so need to post some personal notes here:

     Due in large part to cruiser, Janet Carkeek:
Sally: I have bags of good cat food, feline heart worm meds and collars for you at the store. Jhonan: I have 2 big bags of dog food & dog cookies for you to continue your daily feeding of the Coxen Hole and gas station dogs. Also, leashes, meds and toys. A bit much for you to carry on your scooter, so come pick up what you can carry and I will bring the rest to you on my day off. Kathy: I have parrot cages, food bowls and toys for your feathered East End rescues at PIE.

     That’s it for now.

     Thank you all for all your help with the animals of Roatan. Every little bit helps.

Update on dog that was hung

Small black dog, found in Sandy Bay we call Sandy, for now. Jhonan and I had made plans to steal this horribly abused little guy. Since Jhonan had been feeding him, Sandy just showed up, but in obvious pain. Like the others, took less than 5 minutes to gain his trust and quickly wrapped him in a towel. Because of his severe neck injury, jhonan came up with a small halter that worked well. As scared as Sandy was he allowed Jhonan to put it on him, looking at him with hopeful trust in his eyes.

Jhonan finally persuaded a cab driver to let him put the dog in the taxi with him and we met at the vet’s.

Dr. Soto’s examination and diagnosis painted a gruesome picture, but not nearly what we had feared. From the way Sandy could not move his head, his obvious pain and choking and coughing, we thought he must have a broken bone in his neck and a crushed larynx. Sandy had apparently been tied up his entire short life with a thin wire that cut through his neck and was deeply imbedded, with lots of scar tissue. This was in addition to the hanging. The vet shaved his neck and cleaned out a severe infection. We boarded him over night & he is now on a list of meds, applied daily and is infested with fleas and ticks. Jhonan cannot continue to keep him in his apartment, but Sandy cannot be allowed to return to his abusers. When Jhonan went to talk to the owner, she was surprised that we had taken the dog in for medical treatment and finally agreed to let someone else have the dog because after all, “the kids will just hang him again.”

Will someone please help out and give this boy a safe place to heal? RRR will pay for all his expenses and when strong enough we will have him neutered. He will make a fine, loyal, loving pet and will be a small dog. Please help.

Penny & the Animals

A difficult story to write

This is a difficult story to write. As an animal rescuer, I thought I was a very responsible person and attentive to my animal family. I have had a particular challenge with my 4-5 year old previously abused and neglected African Sulcata tortoises, about the size of watermelons. The larger one, Bam Bam had managed to ram down a barricade of rocks and “saw” through the metal pen fencing with the edge of his shell for the second time. After his first escape, he had a thirst for adventure and freedom and once found and returned to his pen and sister, has spent every waking moment plotting another breakout. He succeeded a few weeks ago and was nowhere to be found. Unperturbed, his life partner Pebbles could care less about escaping and was happy there was more food for her. At 4:30 in the morning, I was checking and feeding my animal family in the dark, by flashlight before leaving for the airport at 6 am. Pebbles had indeed flown the coop. I assured my wonderful friends/ house-petsitters, she would not go far and would be seen when needing water. Off we both went (Pebbles and I) for our own Big Adventure. Pebbles was found a few days later by a neighbor and she had in fact climbed the equivalent of Mt. Everest for a tort, high up in the Turrets all the way up from the ironshore. She was retrieved and secured once again in the pen. Now an adrenaline junkie and a mountain climber, Pebbles succeeded in yet another breakout, unbeknownst to my pet sitters, Jhonan & Shelby.

     On Saturday, Jhonan, a professional photographer, had left for a wedding shoot and thought he had forgotten his camera charger at my house, so had to return. Oddly he was not greeted by my older, goofball, lovelug dogs, Black Jack and Cassidy, a sweet natured Newfoundland and a Leonberger. What he found was a horror show. My dogs had attacked the tortoise. It was upside down, which causes death in minutes from the shell crushing the heart and lungs. It’s shell and surrounding tissue were badly mangled and chewed. Quick thinking, Jhonan turned the hose on the dogs and grabbed the tortoise. He took it inside the house and barricaded it in the dining area. It was bleeding badly and in shock, hissing in pain. The vet would not be in until Monday, so Shelby got on the internet for help. Blood loss, dehydration, quick starvation, bacteria and fungus are all killers. The poor tort would not eat or drink for 4 days and was weakening visibly, remaining motionless in its shell for days. Surviving until Monday, they took the tort to the vet and given critical care instructions. It needed an IV and torts do not have veins like other animals, so it is an intramuscular procedure. Also, tortoises and turtles are impossible to force feed, period.

     Shelby and Jhonan began the twice a day critical care of soaking it in a huge tub of water, then debriding the injury with a toothbrush and antibacterial soap, followed by a cream antibiotic. Still not eating, this would slow any healing and hasten death. They tried baby food every three hours…no response. Due to Internet and phone line problems, I could not be reached or return their calls until the following Thursday in London. I became physically ill at the news. I suggested her adored food, corn on the cob and sure enough that did the trick. Due to their excellent care and quick thinking action, they saved my tort’s life who will survive.

     Once home, I resumed the ritual and deal with the gruesome wounds twice daily. It cannot go back in the dirt pen due to germs, so is now residing in the safety of my 20 foot chain link cement dog kennel.However, I knew something else was wrong with Pebbles, something was not right about her. On my first day off, I ran all the errands you do after being away for 2 weeks and returned home laden with all manner of pet food, supplies, meds and a bit of groceries for me. It was threatening rain, so I did not pull in the driveway but through the tall grass right up to my stairs into the house. I got out of the car and almost tripped. There directly in front of me was Pebbles! Newly chewed up, sitting right in front of my car bumper. Two feet to either side and I could not have seen her in the tall grass. A foot closer and I would have run over her. I raced to the kennel and sure enough, the tortoise was still there. Shelby and Jhonan had rescued and saved the life of Bam Bam! The first escapee!! My much smaller tort, Pebbles had indeed returned home on her own and the dogs went after her as well and I arrived just in time. So BOTH tortoises are now home and will recover.

     It will take months of care and healing, but when they are again well I am going to have fiberglass shell replacements made to protect them where needed. Seeing them side by side it became obvious what had been troubling me. Pebbles is much smaller, more active, squirmy and has a cuter face than Big Brut the Bam. Teaches me about ever taking a vacation…………….
Besides being loyal, caring RRR volunteers, Shelby and Jhonan are tortoise lifesavers. You don’t see that very often on a resume!
Once again, must go…..time to tub a tort.
Had to share another unbelievable animal story….this time mine.