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Island Volunteers at Work: SXM Paws

I have been living on the Dutch side of St. Maarten for a few years now. About 3 years ago, I started working with a rescue group called SXM PAWS. They rescue and re-home animals and find homes for unwanted puppies and kittens. They are a very nice group of people who...

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Women Who Rock Their Rock: Ange Dovel

With so many incredible women living in the tropics, often going unnoticed on their little islands by the rest of the world, I wanted to take the opportunity to share their stories here. This new series, Women Who Rock Their Rock, will feature island women in all...

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Behind the Scenes of an Island Rescue Dog

Have you been considering adopting an island dog? Perhaps you've seen those tear-jerking rescue videos and photos floating around social media. The star might be a mangy mutt persuaded out from a dumpster, likely on the verge of death, but with a look in his eyes...

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An Island Dog’s Wardrobe

It began with a bowtie. "He'll look cute for Christmas," I said to my husband. "It doesn't mean we're those people." "People who dress up their dogs?" "Exactly. We're not those people."     One bow tie, one baseball hat and two leg warmers later, I have to concede...

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Island Escape Artist

Everyone who lives on an island has, at one time or another, had to deal with vermin. In the Dominican Republic, we’ve encountered mice, rats, snakes, scorpions, giant centipedes, tarantulas, lizards, and much, much more.   Though we’ve had several encounters with...

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