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There’s a Place In Latin America Where Hundreds Of Stray Dogs Get To Roam Free

Dog lovers, REJOICE! Territorio de Zaguates (Land of Strays) is an amazing little puppy paradise tucked away in central Costa Rica. It is a place where stray dogs get to run free in a massive field while they wait to be adopted by loving humans who find their way there. Basically, we just found you your next vacation spot.

This is what you can expect at Territorio de Zaguates.

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Did you press play on the video? Look at that long line of dogs! Although there is a small volunteer staff that works to keep the animals fed and cared for, the pups are given free-range around the property to explore, run and play with each other.

Just imagine being able to play and run with those little angels all day.

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And, if you ever find yourself in Costa Rica, you can!

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The puppy sanctuary is open to the public. People are welcomed to make their way to this canine paradise.

Founder Lya Battle told mitú that she and her husband, Alvaro Saumet, started saving dogs 12 years ago.

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“I was born with a love for animals that would compel me to save June bugs from drowning in pools, secretly deploy mousetraps, advocate for the protection and non vacuuming of spiderwebs in corners, guard anthills against fellow kindergarteners, and constantly bring bullfrogs home to our backyard,” Battle told mitú via email. “My parents were excellent that way. They taught me to respect and defend all lifeforms, no matter what.”

“We are a temporary home for hundreds of dogs who are looking for a second chance,” Territorio de Zaguates says on its official Facebook.

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“And we are also a permanent home for a lot of other dogs who might possibly never find the right family.” Like, for real though, where is my plane ticket to this paradise.

So why did Battle decide to start Territorio de Zaguates? She didn’t want the dogs she saw on the streets stay on the street or end up in shelters.

#territoriodezaguates #Adoptanocompres ❤️????? 700 perritos esperando un hogar ! No compres adopta

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“I would often come across dogs on the way home. Those that looked in need of help I would take home for as long as it took to nurse back to health, sterilize and find families for,” Battle told mitú. “Many were lucky but many adorable dogs were overlooked and turned down because they simply lacked desirable qualities. Too big, too old, to energetic, too lazy, missing a limb, missing an eye. I realized then and there that these wonderful animals had few chances in this world.”

Territorio de Zaguates is currently home to “well over 700 dogs,” according to Battle.

The Land of Stray Dogs, or #TerritoriodeZaguates in Costa Rica is considered one of the best places on the planet for a dog to live. This sprawling refuge allows all of its 900 citizens to range free during the day. They are given fresh flowing water intermittently over the whole property and are given a bed in a sheltered structure where volunteers go to feed and bathe the dogs. This free range sanctuary explores how a free range environment improves health and adoptability. It is a no kill shelter. Each dog is given a name and a unique breed name of their own. If you wish to adopt you can schedule a walking hike on their property, and if any of them choose you, you will be allowed to adopt them. Of course, anyone is welcome to just come for a free hike to hang out with the dogs 🙂 #nokill

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The sanctuary is on a farm that Battle had inherited from her grandmother. It was her husband’s idea to use it as a sanctuary for stray and unwanted dogs.

Territorio de Zaguates is not a government funded project, so it relies heavily on donations and volunteer work. Some people pay a monthly amount to sponsor some of the dogs, like this handsome boy.

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They also offer the option of micro donating at about $1 a day.

A local dog food company helps feed the dogs housed at Territorio de Zaguates.

#territoriodezaguates #voluntariado ¡a COOOMEEEER! XD #ecosocialquercus

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“A local company, Central Veterinaria, who produces “Super Perro” dog food, stepped up about 3 years ago when we were running out of resources and ideas of how to keep things going,” Battle wrote in her email to mitú. Battle continued: “We had already sacrificed many of our income generating properties on behalf of our puppies. Central Veterinaria promised to give us 1/2 the monthly rations of our dogs’ food. They have been there for us and made this dream possible.”

Look at all the fur babies that just want to love on someone. #Adorable

#territoriodezaguates #perro #perros #zaguate #zaguates #love #amor #canino #costarica

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BRB. Going to Costa Rica to adopt an adorable puppy.

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AOC Has A D.O.G And It’s Making Its Rounds About Capitol Hill

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AOC Has A D.O.G And It’s Making Its Rounds About Capitol Hill

Just when we thought Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.) couldn’t shake up the D.C. scene more than she already has, it turns out the congresswoman has a new trick up her sleeve.

Earlier this year in January, news surfaced that the congresswoman had adopted a French bulldog by the name of Deco. In a post to her Instagram page, the progressive Democrat welcomed the pup into the world with a post writing “Hey boo boo! Hi, welcome to our family.”

Now it turns out, AOC’s new pup is meant for the community, so you might have a chance to hang with him if you’re in his side of the hood

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Responding to a question on Twitter about whether she intended to bring the dog to work, AOC said Deco is meant to be a dog about town.

“The goal is to train him to be a community pup,” she shared in a post that featured him taking a nap in her lap. “Ideally we want to work to the point where he can enjoy town halls, be an Amtrak pup, come to the office, etc. But first, naps.”

According to People.com, AOC’s new Frenchie had been nameless for a few weeks and the congresswoman eagerly collected name suggestions from her followers on twitter.

“He doesn’t have a name yet!,” Ocasio wrote in an Instagram in January. “We are thinking something Star Trek-related or Bronx/Queens/NYC/social good related.”

Ultimately Ocasio-Cortez did pick a name from suggested from her community.

“As we took [the dog] for a walk…a neighbor suggested we name him after an artist,” AOC explained in an Instagram story. Ultimately the congresswoman and her boyfriend Riley decided to not go for an artist’s name but one inspired by the early 20th-century art deco movement. “We loved the idea, and decided to name him after one of Riley & I’s favorite design styles: Art Deco — which also is inspired by themes of optimism & social and technological progress, and is a fixture in iconic NYC architecture,” she later explained said.

Turns out, AOC’s new French is rocketing to stardom just like his mother.

Earlier this week, Representative Ayanna Pressley (D–Mass.) shared a photo of herself hanging out with Deco for the very first time and used it as a chance to hype up AOC.

“Making the Capitol better one puppy snuggle at a time: @AOC & Deco,” Pressley tweeted in a post

A Man In Mexico Was Hospitalized After A Three-Day Erection After Taking Bull Stimulants

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A Man In Mexico Was Hospitalized After A Three-Day Erection After Taking Bull Stimulants

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He’s a man without a name or a face but is what every tía is cackling about in Mexican cocinas across the country after news circulated that a man was hospitalized after taking sexual stimulants meant for bulls. The man was planning to have sex with a 30-year-old woman, Peruvian newspaper La Republica reports. The eager man decided to seek out something stronger than Viagra. The man eventually traveled to Veracruz, a 12-hour drive south of where he was eventually hospitalized, in order to seek out a sexual stimulant typically reserved for bulls used by the agricultural industry as inseminating machines. 

Local news outlets have not confirmed whether or not the highly-anticipated sexual encounter ever took place.

The man is currently being hospitalized at Specialist Hospital 270 in Reynosa, on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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The Mayo Clinic confirms that an erection can become a medical emergency if it has persisted for more than four hours. There are two different types of persistent erections. The more common one results from the use of erectile-enhancing drugs and can cause permanent damage to the penile muscles, causing erectile dysfunction, if not treated immediately. Essentially, the blood is not able to flow and be oxygenated, which means the surrounding tissues lose oxygen, which they need to function. Symptoms also include a “rigide penile shaft, but the tip of penis (glans) is soft” and “progressive penile pain,” according to the Mayo Clinic

This man waited three days before seeking medical attention. 

His doctors have confirmed that the substance that caused his condition is typically used to stimulate bulls for insemination.

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“He was admitted to the Specialties 270 hospital of the IMSS of this city (Reynosa), a man who would have ingested a sexual stimulant that he brought from Veracruz, used by farmers in that region, to stimulate bulls for insemination,” the man’s doctors told La República. In case you missed it, in order to have the mass production of meat and dairy that the existing human population demands, the animal agriculture industry has to get creative. It’s standard protocol to hire professional ejaculators whose sole job is to inject “viagra for bulls” into a selected bull and “collect semen.” It is a common practice in the meat and dairy industry to inseminate cows to increase the numbers in the herds.

The man told the outlet that he took the “viagra for bulls” because he was planning to have sex with a 30-year-old woman and didn’t want to underperform. Unfortunately, the very drug he sought out likely has permanently caused enough damage to his penis that he almost certainly suffers from erectile dysfunction as a consequence.

Some are choosing to make light of his condition.

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“Get well soon, @BorisJohnson,” one Twitter user joked of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “He should have tried the new Viagra LIGHT,” another user tweeted. Meanwhile, the unnamed man continues to recover at the Specialized Hospital 20.

The medical term for his condition is priapism and can cause permanent damage.

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The name itself, priapism, comes from the Greek god of fertility and lust, Priapus. Most of us are, thankfully, only familiar with priapism because of Shonda Rhimes’ “Grey’s Anatomy,” but it is considered a medical emergency if an erection lasts longer than four hours. According to Weill Cornell Medicine, even just 6-8 hours of priapism can cause irreversible damage and cause erectile dysfunction disorder, and “it has been estimated that priapism of 24 hours duration is associated with an approximately 50% incidence of permanent erectile dysfunction.”

The first step in treating priapism caused by erectile-enhancing drugs is to drain “the old stagnant blood from the penis” and inject “a vasoconstrictive medication directly into the erectile tissue of the penis,” says Weill Cornell Medicine’s Male Infertility non-profit. When caught early, it can be effectively resolved in this manner. In the case of this unnamed man, he required a surgical procedure to attempt to reverse the erection. Typically, surgeons will have to place a shunt to drain the stagnant blood in the penis somewhere else. Still, surgical outcomes predict a 25-50 percent rate of long-term erectile dysfunction.

The surgery fails to relieve symptoms 25-50 percent of the time, in which case a penile prosthesis may be surgically implanted. There have been no updates on the status of this man’s recovery or projected sex life.

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