Our Animals

Meet Zoey!

We’d like to introduce the newest member of the Snyder zoo! We now have 4 chickens and 1 puppy. Yesterday we brought home “Zoey Canalita.” Canalita means cinnamon in Spanish. Her mother is a Doberman, and no one seems to know who her father is but we think that she will be a fun friend to the kids, and a good guard dog for our family. She’s a cutie, and she’ll be a lot cuter once she is sleeping through the night!

Operation Chicken Coop

I know you have all been on the edge of your seats waiting to hear the latest on my chicken drama.  Well, the chicks are out of the huge dog cage just outside the kitchen door and into their very own chicken coop. I have to give the kids credit. They worked for two afternoons straight helping Jon to construct the little darlings’ home. For those of you who are familiar with chicken-lore, these two little guys are chickens of the “Pollo Indio” variety, and apparently the structure pictured below is what they like to hang out in (at least that’s what we’ve been told by local farmers). One is a boy, and the other is a girl so we should have more chicks in a few months, and lots of fresh eggs. Jon […]


When the cat is away, the mice will play…or in my case, when the Mom is away the Dad and kids will add two chickens to our family. That’s right, folks, chickens. “We” have just added Ping-Pong and Jake to the mix. I’m still not quite sure how this happened…they were offered, no one could say no and next thing you know we’ve got chicks. Apparently Jon knows how to deal with them. I, however, do not.  So, I’m off to search for an “urban farming” blog or some such useful resource. In the meantime, take a look at the newest members of our family, the kind of gross and definitely smelly adorable Ping Pong and Jake.


It’s quiet in my house this morning…too quiet. No dog barking, no dog collar jingling….just quiet. Yesterday we said good-bye to our yellow lab, Buddy. He was such a good dog, and he made the “big move” from the U.S. to El Salvador with us. He’s been a part of our family since the very beginning, and I met Buddy when Jon and I first started dating. The whole family is grieving the loss of our “Buddy.” If you are an animal lover than you know how heart-wrenching it is to lose a pet. I will be forever grateful to Buddy for looking out for our family, and for making the transition to El Salvador a smooth one for our children. It feels like a chapter in my life has […]

Good-bye Bailey

On this blog, we write about what it is like for our family to be living and working in El Salvador. We share the daily ups and downs, and our thoughts on the whole thing. Well, our life has been a bit interrupted this week. One of our beloved dogs died yesterday afternoon. Bailey became sick with kidney failure very suddenly on Saturday, and yesterday we had to put her to sleep. Bailey was my dog, and I first met her when she was just two weeks old. She just turned 8 in June. We were expecting more years with her, and it just comes as a shock to us that she is gone. When we moved to El Salvador, we couldn’t imagine leaving our dogs behind so they made […]

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