Tikal, once one of the largest cities in the Americas, is considered “the mother of all Maya sites.” The history of Tikal is divided into three periods: Preclassic (2000 BC-250 AD); Classic (250 AD-900 ); and Postclassic (900-1524). In approximately 230 AD, a Mayan priest-king established a dynasty that made Tikal the dominant city of the southern Maya world.
Centuries later, in 682 AD, the ruling priest-king began the remodeling and reconstruction of the grand plazas and temples that had been damaged and destroyed by two other Mayan kings of city-states that are now Belize and the state of Campeche in Mexico. In the year 900, the collapse of the Classic Maya empire began. A century-long exodus took place and Tikal would never again to be inhabited.
|VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE HIGHEST TEMPLE – VISTA DEL TEMPLE MÁS ALTO|
We spent a day with an excellent bi-lingual guide visiting the most important architectural sites. Towering temples – one over 230 feet high – palaces, small pyramids and other buildings are all constructed out of limestone, which was quarried on-site.
The main residential area of Tikal covers approximately 23 square miles, much of which has not been uncovered. We climbed the steep steps of the highest temples and walked through the architectural complexes, and on a shadowed path through the rain forest. We saw colorful wild turkeys, a mapache, two large tarantulas, one of which I let crawl up and down my arm, and swinging high in the treetops – spider monkeys and howler monkeys – who growl rather than howl. Returning to the entrance of the park, a pink-faced American girl in her twenties was waiting to be driven to a nearby hospital. She said she had been backpacking in Guatemala and had just tumbled down the steps of the highest temple and thought her leg was broken.
|TARÁNTULA ESPLÉNDIDA EN MI BRAZO|
PUERTO VALLARTA now has four certified “blue flag” beaches,which means every piece of plastic, every cigarette butt, etc. are picked up at the end of every day. It also means dogs must be walked on leashes.
STERILIZATIONS AT LA CRUZ CLINIC (Pets for Life) -March 4-8 – 173 cats and dogs!!! (one extra day added for this clinic that was funded by Funny Bones event). Total animals sterilized to date at La Cruz clinic= 273 – with funds still left for another clinic.
|VOLUNTARIOS EN LA CLÍNICA DE LA CRUZ|
|CLÍNICA EN LA CRUZ|
March 4-8 – 173 cats and dogs!!!
Clinic ran one extra day and was paid for by funds raised at the Funny Bones event.
Mezcales is a beach town in the state of Nayarit, approximately 40 minutes north of Vallarta. I drove there on Thursday with all the collars and leashes and vet supplies that Kathy Stein and Karen Hoag had brought down from the U.S. Paulina and the vets were thrilled, and immediately started using the new breathing tubes for dogs. By 9:00 o´clock, the clinic was full and pet owners had to be turned away. “Mona,” the mostly Pit Bull I rescued on the highway near Mismaloya, was there with two LADRA volunteers and two more LADRA rescue dogs – “Rodeo” (handsome male German Shepherd mix) and “Chey” (sort for “Cheyenne” – and is a very pretty six-month old female black Lab mix). Even though Mona has been boarded for five months so far at LADRA, she demonstrates great enthusiasm the few times she sees me. These three dogs and many others needs homes. Check out LADRA on FB.
STERILIZATIONS AT MEZCALES CLINIC – March 11-14: Female cats:24; Male cats:18; Female dogs: 56; Male dogs: 22 TOTAL: 120 animals PLUS pregnancies terminated for 1 cat with 4 fetuses and 2 dogs with 5 fetuses each.
DONATIONS AT MEZCALES CLINIC: Amount not yet reported.
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: Ruth Hazlewood -owner of Experience Mex-ECO tours in Bucerias -1,000 pesos (660 pesos from the PEACEAnimals donation box at her offices and 440 pesos from Ruth).
Anonymous – 3,360 pesos to pay for the team´s lunches for four clinic weeks (210 pesos for 3 people x 4 lunches weekly).
MISCELLANEOUS DONATIONS: Troy Valens, co-owner of the very popular Cheeky Monkey and Sea Monkey restaurants, has donated another supply of dog food for Alfredo/Freddy, the middle-aged Dobie mix. Freddy is now in foster car with Mary Schofield after a long stay at the Acopio. Troy also donated $500 USD Sea Monkey gift certificate to use as an auction item for the Centro de Acopio.
Anonymous- 1,500 pesos for Friends of Puerto Vallarta Animals, the support group for the Centro de Acopio.
GATA needs financial help with transportation to U.S. Deanna McQuillan rescued this homeless calico cat and has spent 900 pesos on vaccines, a pulled tooth, etc. and didn´t know airlines charged $125 for in-cabin transportation. If you can help get Gata to her new home in Santa Fe, please take a donation to Deanna´s vet, Dr. Juan Tamayo – Viena 178, Versalles 224-0249 Note: Dr. Tamayo offers a minimum of 10% discount for rescues, depending on time involved for treatment and meds and supplies used.
“FUN RAISER” for local animal rescue groups underwritten by local animal advocate, Yvonne Kalman: Sunday, March 29th at 6:00 PM- buffet supper, music and more – Casa Yvonneka in Amapas- to benefit: AngeliCAT; Colina Clinic; LADRA; Friends of PV Animal (supporters of the Centro de Acopio); Puro Gato; plus 10% of total donations will be for PEACEAnimals free mobile spay/neuter clinics For more information, contact: [email protected] or [email protected]
|“SALOME” ADOPTADA Y VA A CANADA – NECESITAN HOGARES SUS 5 BEBÉS.|
“Salome,” the pregnant Siamese cat rescued by Anne Blondin. Salome will fly to Montreal March 30 and AngeliCAT will take her 5 kittens, who are for adoption. Contact: AngeliCAT via FB.
RESCUED AND NEED HOMES: “Canela,” the beautiful Weimaraner found starving on the streets was adopted to a responsible and loving home a few weeks ago. Unfortunately the young woman´s landlord is starting construction on the empty lot, which was Canela´s yard.
|“CANELA” RESCATADA Y NECESITA HOGAR|
There is no space for her in the small house, so Bonnie Jauregui, one of the owners of the beautiful Rancho Primavera in el Tuito, will foster her. Canela has been assigned three different ages by three different vets: 4 years old, 5 years old and 7-8 years old). She is vaccinated for parvo and distemper and is spayed, housebroken, leash trained, good with people and other dogs and curious about cats. Canela shows early signs of hip dysplasia. She is a lovely dog – gentle, affectionate and intelligent. Please contact Bonnie if interested in meeting Canela: [email protected]
“ROCCO,” the small 18-month old Dobie mix whom I found with Canela. His foster home can no longer keep him. Rocco has a ride to Edmonton, Canada on March 20th. HE NEEDS A FOSTER HOME ONCE HE ARRIVES. PLEASE HELP! This is Rocco´s big chance.
|“ROCCO” NECESITA HOGAR|
Rocco is housebroken, leash trained and also walks unleashed without bolting, vaccinated, neutered, playful and friendly with animals, children and adults. Contact: mateo jorge
via FB or me
|“COYU” EN ADOPCIÓN – PURO GATO – FB|
Walking my dogs there on Monday, I saw one of the two kittens, and with the help of two teen-age boys, managed to lift up part of the cyclone fencing covering the window and pull him out. The kitten, named “Coyu” by Soraya, is now available for adoption at Puro Gato (contact via FB). His sibling is still trapped inside.
Shannon said she had counted five pregnant feral cats on the island between the two car bridges. They will be very difficult to catch.
On Tuesday, Adriana Logue, who is another daily cat feeder on the island, caught two tame kittens, one of which was up a tree. They are in Puro Gato´s care and for adoption. Soraya has named the grey and white female “Candy” and the black and white male “Crush.” Contact Puro Gato via FB if interested.
|ADRIANA LOGUE CON GATITOS RESCATADOS DE LA ISLA CUALE – EN ADOPCIÓN – PURO GATO|
|HERMOSOS GATOS ESPERANDO EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO|
RESCUED AND ADOPTED: A small white Poodle mix with a torn nose and large head wound as a result of having been bitten by another dog.
Ruth Hazlewood, owner of www.mex-ecotours.com in Bucerias, found the dog, took him to a vet to be checked, shaved and cleaned, and found a great home for him the next day via an internet posting.
|CLÍNICA EN MEZCALES|
|VOLUNTARIOS PASEANDO A LOS PERROS EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO|
Friends of PV Animals, which accepts donations and purchases supplies and medicines for the Acopio, is in the process of securing its AC (“Asociación Civil). PEACE can now include this support organization for the Centro de Acopio under its umbrella, thereby offering tax deductions for donations.
|HERMOSOS PERROS ESPERANDO ADOPCIÓN EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO|
|CLÍNICA EN MEZCALES|
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Take the 200 towards Nayarit. Exit on the lateral BEFORE Mezcales. One block before the junction to Valle/San Vicente make a right (it is the corner before the Bancomer), which is Calle Fco. Villa, Drive one block and clinic will be on the corner.
Coming on Fco Villa from town towards Pitillal, make a right at the light on calle Los Tules (there’ s Banamex in the corner and you will be leaving Costco behind you). At the end of the street make a left, you will be on Av Las Torres. Soon you will come to Parque Los Sauces, where you have to turn left again at the Oxxo. From there our red trailer should be visible.
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|GUATEMALAN BEAN SOUP|
LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM: PEACEAnimals has a budget of 70 pesos per vet team (three persons) per day for 4 days a week for lunches. Please consider bringing lunches for our vet team to the clinics. If you can do this, please let me know so we can create a lunch schedule. By having lunches donated, these savings can be used for purchases of supplies and medicines.
PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION VIA CHECK, CREDIT CARD, PAYPAL, BEQUEST OR STOCK TRANSFER. Note: Stocks are transferred at full value without the donating stock owner being taxed. Name of recipient of donations for all donations is simply “PEACE.”
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