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By Harry Burrus

Jazmin is an anglicized spelling from the old Persian “yasamin,” a fragrant flower and a symbol of elegance and grace. That’s our Jazmin.

We’re going for a walk. She exhibits a cautious willingness to leave her casita—her sanctuary. We approach the sidewalk. We do a Texas Two-Step for a few yards—quick, quick, slow, slow. Jazmin is not fond of moving objects like pedestrians, cars, motorcycles, trains (well, she’s never encountered a train, but I assume she wouldn’t like one), or loud noises.

I step into the calle. To get her going, we run. Fast. Sparks fly from my boots. The pavement peels away. Lines become flickering shadows. We are not in stealth mode, yet people and objects blur, which is good. Jazmin doesn’t focus on them. I can almost feel her pulse and breath. We slow. Our sprint ends. Our surroundings crystalize—people appear. Cars whiz past. A firework goes off. Jaz stops. I know our excursion is over. We’re done. She turns—a half pirouette, anxious to return to the corral. We fast-walk back. Inside Casita 21, I unhook my leash. I receive a bounty of licks and kisses. We made it.

I know we will eventually go further on these outings as this black and khaki-colored beauty adjusts to a complicated world. It won’t happen quickly, and that’s okay. It takes what it takes. And it’s worth it.

Join us for a walk at the SPA, Los Pinos 7, 152 6124. Volunteer hours are Monday–Saturday, 11–2.

Due to popular demand, the SPA has extended its dental cleaning special through March. Improve your pet’s dental health (by removing plaque and tartar) and overall health, quality of life, and general well-being by having their teeth cleaned. Our normal price of 700–1,000 pesos for teeth cleaning (cats and dogs) has been reduced by 20 percent (includes anesthetic and professional cleaning with ultrasonic scaler/polisher). Please call for an appointment to take advantage of this great offer!


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