Dogs and Iguanas

Usually not a recommended pairing! My last post mentioned my current house sitting and dog tending gig, and the iguana that was chased into the pool, and now I have requests for photos of both.

Don’t get excited. They are not great photos but it is what I have.


This was taken just before I released the iguana. I had to get her (I think it’s a her) over two fences in the net attached to a very long pole, while dodging two very excited dogs, while trying not to lose the phone I had grabbed for a photo, and this is what I got. I am happy to say that when I finally tipped her out of the net she ran for the nearby bushes and when I looked a few minutes later, she was nowhere to be seen.

Here are the iguana chasing dogs.


Ria was very happy to look at me and wag her tail for the photos. Cleo, not so much. I called her into the kitchen where there was light, but she only made a quick circuit of the room and dashed back to the hallway where there wasn’t light. There are  outdoor lights! Let’s try that.

I had about as much success getting Cleo to pose for photos has I had getting her in the house so I could rescue the iguana in peace. But, the iguana survived, the dogs are both ok, the house is still intact, and I have achieved my house sitting goals for today.

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We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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6 Responses to Dogs and Iguanas

  1. Anonymous says:

    Fun times!


  2. Ken Kimsey says:

    I laughed as I envisioned you juggling an iguana-bearing net-on-a-pole and a phone cam, with dogs in hot pursuit. I added the “hot pursuit” part. The dogs were consigned to the indoors, right?

    I was thinkng of the painting, The Peaceable Kingdom…NOT!


    • That is pretty much how it was! I managed to chase the smaller dog inside but the other wanted to play chase me around the pool. When she was at the far end I snagged the iguana and eased it over the fence, forgetting that the other dog could trot right out the front door to the front yard. Thankfully she was only sniffing and not bothering the iguana when I got there. Then I had to get the iguana over the front fence, grab the phone and gate keys, and go out to free it. Whew!


  3. jim and nena says:

    Hola Kris,
    Tried to comment earlier but was laughing too hard to type. If you can add a unicycle to the act, I could get an audition on AFV. Might even get a shot at the 10 grand prize?


    • Ha! Of course it was only me here at the time so it feel a bit like a circus act, but it all worked out. My friend would probably let you bring a unicycle over though if you want to try for that perfect video.


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