LA PLAZA DE SAN SEBASTIÁN DEL OESTE


San Sebastián del Oeste – From Wikipedia:  

“San Sebastián was founded as a mining town in 1605, during the early Spanish colonial Viceroyalty of New Spain period. Gold, silver and lead were mined in the area. More than 25 mines and a number of foundries were established by 1785. The town was formally established as a city in 1812.”

COMO MEDIA HORA DE SAN SEBASTIÁN Y DONDE NOS PARAMOS PARA ALMORZAR REGRESANDO

Today, The picturesque pueblo San Sebastián looks like a movie set for an old-style western.  It is always clean and currently is pleasantly cool, with daytime temperatures in the mid-60´s.

LLEGANDO A SAN SEBASTIÁN


Sitting outdoors at night at the plaza, one hears the clippity-clop of the hooves of horses and then sees a ranchero returning home in his straw hat, sometimes with a rope hitched on to another horse carrying a couple of small children.  At night, for the entire month of October, trumpeters playing music for rosarios walk through the quiet streets, followed by the towns people. Simple and beautiful and serene.  

Originally scheduled by the presidencia of San Sebastián for the Casa de Cultura, the location for the clinics was changed last minute to the auditorium.  There was nothing in it other than a cement stage and three workmen applying cement to the far wall.  Twenty-three cats and dogs were sterilized on Wednesday, but the vet team had had time to do more.

UNA COCKER DEMASIADO ENFERMA PARA ESTERILIZAR

Wednesday and Thursday mornings,  I did what I used to do in Vallarta – walk and drive around a village or neighborhood asking if people would like their pets spayed and neutered for free, plus treated for ticks, fleas, parasites and mange. I collected a female cat at a small grocery store and a sweet, reddish- brown Cocker mama and her two black and white puppies from a muddy yard.  The owner of the dogs, a  tanned man with a broken tooth in a sweat-soaked cotton turquoise shirt said he wanted to breed the female German Shepherd that was living in a bird aviary.   Sadly, at the clinic the Cocker mama couldn´t be spayed as she had bloody diarrhea.  The vets gave her a shot of antibiotics and said she might have parvo and therefore a 50% chance of surviving.

SALIENDO DE LA CLÍNICA  DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA IN S.S.  NO QUERIÁ OPERAR A LA HERMANA DE SU PERRO.  OWNER LEAVING AFTER HIS FEMALE DOG WAS SPAYED.  DIDN´T WANT HER BROTHER NEUTERED.

I scooped up an adorable little blonde female Terrier mix on the street a block from the clinic.  Neighbors said she was homeless and that I should take her.  Hours later her owner came looking for the dog and was fortunately happy that her pet had been spayed.  The handsome silversmith from Guadalajara told me he would love to spay his female dog, but that he kept her at home because he was so afraid of her being poisoned in town.  He gave me a very large bag of unripe avocados, saying they would be eaten by squirrels if I didn´t take them.

VISTA DE UN RESTAURANTE EN LA PLAZA DE SAN SEBASTIÁN

A woman living in a long rectangular cement house where dogs were playing said the young, tan male dog with them was homeless.   She said none of the dogs were hers and that she “hated animals.”  The tan dog approached me with a wagging tail and what looked like a smile, as his lips were pulled back over his teeth in an amusing grin.

SAUL REGISTRANDO MASCOTA EN S.S.

We loaded him and two Black Labs and a Chihuahua belonging to the owners of la Quinta coffee factory into the truck and took them to the clinic.  That evening walking back to the home where we were staying, I heard the loud howling of a puppy.  The sounds were coming from the back of the house of the woman who “hated animals.”  I walked to the back part of the property and saw a grey puppy with long, floppy ears in a muddy pen surrounded by chickens.  There was the sound of mewing young kittens nearby.

MUCHACHA
INDECISIOSA CON SU PERRO TRANQUILIZADO

A policeman in a navy blue uniform strode purposefully into the auditorium to collect “Puma,” a blonde, tan Terrier-Doxie mix.  His wife had given us permission to neuter their dog, but her husband was against it, and Puma left intact. 

CACHORROS HUSKY EN VENTA EN LA CALLE DE SAN SEBASTÍAN. SE QUEDARON TODO EL DÍA EN ESTA HAULA.  HUSKIES FOR SALE KEPT ALL DAY LIKE THIS IN SAN SEBASTIÁN.


A pretty teen-age girl, encouraged by her friends who called out “take him, take him,” brought her male German Shepherd after much hesitation and cried as she left him behind for surgery.

VINO DE LA ESTANCIA CON SUS MASCOTA

 
Although a volunteer went to the pueblo of la Estancia on Wednesday and got a count of sixteen dogs to pick up Thursday morning.  The volunteer arrived at 8:30 AM at la Estancia , but only one owner was there with his dog.  A tall, polite ranchero did drive in from la Estancia with his attractive wife and two very pretty teen-age daughters to have their little blond female Terrier spayed.  A good looking retired airline employee from Mascota drove 45 minutes to have our vets spay his German Shepherd.  The man had had a bad experience with a vet where he lives, and our vets came highly recommended. 
AVISO EN EL PUEBLO DE SANTIAGO DE LOS PINOS -NOTICE IN SANTIAGO REGARDING THE NEAR EXTINCTION OF THE JAGUAR.

As there were only sixteen surgeries on Thursday, with the approval of the clinic sponsors,  Sharon Tognietti and her husband Martin Weber,  the vet team drove to Santiago de los Pinos on Thursday afternoon to set up for clinics there on Friday and Saturday.  The 30-minute winding, green drive there Friday morning was very beautiful.

MAIZ EN LAS COLINAS MUY INCLINADAS FUERA DE SANTIAGO DE LOS PINOS

 I had never before seen very steep, high hills covered in corn.  This is difficult work in the planting and harvesting.  

SANTIAGO DE LOS PINOS – 30 MINUTES EN COCHE DE SAN SEBASTIÁN

Like San Sebastián, Santiago has a stream running through it.  It also has many pine trees, only one restaurant, which has long communal tables, one small convenience store,  lots of rancheros and lots of dogs.  At the “Panadería” (“bakery”) restaurant, I asked if anyone would like a dog or cat fixed.  NO.  A road worker from Guadalajara sitting next to me said that ranchers feel if they sterilize their dogs, the dogs will get lazy and refuse to work.  


SANTIAGO DE LOS PINOS

The population of San Sebastián is five-hundred persons.   Santiago de los Pinos has a population of one thousand.  The most prevalent responses from women and men in both places regarding free clinics were “Why?  He is a male.”  Or “No, I want her (or him) to have babies.”

UNA HEMBRA QUE HABÍA DADO LA LUZ HACE UN MES – AFUERA DE LA PANADERÍA EN SANTIAGO DE LOS PINOS.  FEMALE DOG THAT HAD GIVEN BIRTH 4 WEEKS AGO OUTSIDE THE PANADERÍA IN SANTIAGO.

Considering these are ranch areas with small populations that have never been exposed to a spay/neuter campaign, we are all glad for what was accomplished.  Next year will be better. 

LOS TRAJE A LA CLÍNICA EN SANTIAGO PERO COMO FUERON MACHOS, EL PAPÁ VINO PARA ELLOS ANTES DE SU CIRUGÍA Y LOS REGRESO A CASA.  PERO LO BUENO ES QUE REGRESÓ PARA ESTERILIZAR A LAS HEMBRAS.  THE FATHER RETRIEVED THE PUPPIES BEFORE THEY WERE FIXED IN SANTIAGO, BUT RETURNED WITH HIS FEMALE DOGS FOR SPAYING.

THANK YOU to board members Sharon Tognietti and her husband Martin Weber for sponsoring this clinic, for letting us stay in their wonderful home, for putting up posters and for asking the village priest to make announcements for the clinic; to Margarita, owner of el Fortin for treating the team to lunch on Wednesday; to Coco and Walter, owners of Monte Bello

EN EL JARDÍN DEL RESTAURANTE MONTE BELLO

for treating the team to lunch on Thursday; and to Krystal Frost for inviting the team to stay at her home.

ARBOL VIEJO EN LA ENRADA DE SAN SEBASTIÁN EN UN DÍA NUBLADO.

As my husband and I got back into our car to drive back to Vallarta about noon, Dr. Anthony called out that there was a “category 5” hurricane heading towards town.   Sitting high up on a hill next to the road having lunch, we saw truck after truck loaded with army personnel heading west.   Driving towards town, almost all the cars were headed away from Vallarta.  Passing the airport, no planes in sight.   No traffic.  In town, nothing open.   Glass windows taped or boarded up and all doors closed to everything.  We looked at the news – “biggest tropical storm ever recorded,” and began battening and hunkering down, expecting at the minimum, 70 mile an hour winds.  We moved to the downstairs bedroom where the windows are shuttered and have no glass,  and left the door open for the animals to join us.  In the middle of the night I reached over for my husband, but instead of finding Ned, who had quietly moved back to the upstairs bedroom for the AC, I was lying next to Buster, our 90- pound,  slightly addled and very loving Pit Bull/Labrador.  It was his first time on a bed and Buster was a very happy dog.  It was a night of light rain and no wind at all.  Having never experienced a hurricane, I admit to having missed the excitement of gale winds.  We are now on daylight savings time and it is a beautiful week-end in paradise.

  

SALIENDO DESPUÉS DE LA CIRUGÍA PARA SU MASCOTA – S.S.

STERILIZATIONS at San Sebastián/Santiago de los Pinos clinic October 21-24:  Male dogs:  10; Female dogs:  33; Male cats: 1; Female cats: 20
TOTAL: 64
PERRA PREÑADA VIVIENDO EN LA CALLE DE S.S.  VERY PREGNANT STREET DOG IN S.S.

All pet registration forms with signatures of owners or rescuers are submitted by Dr. Poli to the local department of health, with copies to PEACEAnimals.
CHECANDO SU GATA CALICO DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA – S.S.

DONATIONS AT CLINIC in San Sebastián´/Santiago de los Pinos: Numbers not yet received.  Will be in next week´s blog.

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:  Buri Grey – 1,000 pesos
Claudia and Chuck Richardson – $100 USD 
Patricia Sechan – $100 USD – a gift to her brother Neil on his birthday

HERMOSA SEÑORITA DE LA ESTANCIA TRAJO SU PERRITA PARA CIRUGÍA A S.S.

ANTES DE CIRUGÍA – S.S.

ESTA PERRA FUÉ OPERADA AL FINAL DEL DÍA JUEVES.  AQUÍ ESTÁ 5 MINUTOS DESPUÉS DE CIRUGIA EN SAN SEBASTIÁN.  LAST DOG SPAYED ON THURSDAY.  PHOTO TAKEN 5 MINUTES AFTER HER SURGERY.

SHANNON CON CHIHUAHUA RESCATADA Y YA EN ADOPCIÓN – CONTACO: PURO GATO POR FB.

RESCUED AND NEED HOMES:  Shannon Beston, normally a cat rescuer, stopped by Costco on her way from the airport and saw a family holding a black Chihuahua up in the air.  They said they were moving, couldn´t take the dog with them, and would leave it there.   This is a sweet female dog that Puro Gato is now fostering.  If interested, please contact Puro Gato via FB.



LESLIE PREPARANDO UNA GATA PARA CIRUGÍA EN SANTIAGO

RESCUED, ADOPTED AND THRIVING!  “Rabbit,”the deaf and blind male Great Dane puppy adopted by Troy Valens,  Troy emailed to say that “Rabbit” and “Bunny,” the other rescued and adopted white,  blind and deaf female Great Dane are “mostly friends, except for when she wants to sleep and he wants to play.”

RESCATADOS – DOS GRAN DANESES SORDOS Y CIEGOS – “BUNNY” (HEMBRA) Y “RABBIT” (MACHO)

Troy reports that Rabbit´s skin condition has totally improved with antibiotics and mild pain meds are helping with his hip dysplasia. Troy´s vet is hopeful that with more weight gain and muscle mass,  Rabbit´s hips will get stronger.

“RABBIT” RESCATADO Y ADOPTADO
DOS RECATADOS  – “RABBIT” (SORDO Y CIEGO) Y “KATIE”  PASEANDO EN OREGON CON TROY

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SAN SEBASTIÁN EN UN DÍA NUBLADO


10TH ANNUAL PET PICNIC AT DAIQUIRI DICK´S TO BENEFIT PEACEANIMALS!!

 Saturday, December 5, 2015, at Daiquiri Dick’s – Olas Altas 314 (Tel:) 222 0566
 11am – 1pm 12 N –  Costume Contest followed by Best Trained Competition
 Boxed Lunch and Doggie Treats; Fashion Show; Raffle; Live Auction
 
$300 pesos in advance and $350 pesos at the door
Purchase tickets at Daiquiri Dick’s.
Space is limited.

I have volunteered to secure items for the live auction.  If you have something wonderful to donate (dinners in private homes; sails on the bay; tennis or golf lessons with a pro; a piece of art; hotel overnights, villa overnights;  cooking classes; etc.),  please contact me.  Robert Burkheimer, auctioneer extraordinaire,  has donated his professional services to this event.  To date,  the following has been confirmed:

Rancho Primavera in el Tuito- the lake house – one night for two persons – www.ranchoprimaveramexico.com

Casa Malia in Gringo Gulch, Puerto Vallarta – two nights for two persons  -https://www.facebook.com/casamaliapv

Casa Mariposa in San Sebastián – two nights for up to eight persons –
https://www.flipkey.com/san-sebastian-del-oeste-villa-rentals/p1323418/

Casa Encantada – Patzcuaro, Morelia – two nights for two persons  http://www.hotelcasaencantada.com/

Gourmet dinner for eight persons catered, served and joined by exuberant hosts Nick Walker and Larry Loyd at their fabulous villa, Casa Chickie – Puerto Vallarta
http://www.timothyrealestategroup.com/properties/casa-chickie/

Hotel Lagunita in Yelapa – two nights for two persons- http://hotel-lagunita.com/

Garlands del Ró – the sensational new boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta –  two nights for two persons –
www.garlandsdelrio.com

Dinner for two at The Iguana, the Mexican specialty restaurant scheduled to open the first week of November

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CLÍNICA EN SANTIAGO DE LOS PINOS – SALÓN DE EJIDOS

SCHEDULE/HORARIO:

28-30 de octubre -San Vicente, Nayarit – en el salón de ejidos – Take the turn off at Mezcales and head east.  San Vicente will be the second town.
NO CLÍNICA SÁBADO PORQUE LA DELEGACIÓN NO ESTÁ DISPONIBLE.  NO CLINIC SATURDAY AS NO LOCATION AVAILABLE.


November – 4-7 La Peñita,  Nay. (Pets for Life clinic) – followed by
Oaxaca for two condensed weeks (Pets for Life clinic)
December 2-5 – San Pancho, Nay. (Pets for Life)
December 9-12 – San Blas, Nay. (Pets for Life)
December 16 – Colonia Coapinole, Puerto Vallarta (Demonio Blanco) Francisco Madero # 569

Take Francisco Villa north, passing through the church and plaza in Pitillal.  Drive straight until you reach the cross street of 16 de septiembre.  No street sign, but landmark is a yellow, orange and navy blue restaurant called “La Hamburguesa.”  Turn right and continue up hill.  At top of street is calle Guerrero.  Continue one more block until you reach calle Francisco Madero.  A lime green two-story building will be on your left. Turn left.  Continue 1 1/2 blocks on this paved road until it turns into a dirt road.  We will be on the left hand side of the road in an orange house.

December 23-January 5 – VACACIÓNES 

January 6 – TBA

 January 13-16 –  Bucerias, Nay. – Calle 16 de Septiembre between Calle Matamoros and Calle Pipilas, Col. La Unidad. The Bucerias Community Center (BCC,  formerly BBCC Bucerias Bilingual Community Center) building.  Harold Sokolove and other locals are raising the funds for this clinic.

DESIGNATED LINE WITH ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS FOR WEEKLY CLINIC (SPANISH ONLY)   (322) 113 3955 
  

SAN SEBASTIÁN DEL OESTE

WE NEED LOCATIONS FOR OUR CLINICS IN NEIGHBORHOODS AND TOWNS.  REQUIRED:  BATHROOM, ELECTRICITY, WATER AND PARKING SPACE.

CLÍNICA EN EL SALON DE EJIDOS – SANTIAGO DE LOS PINOS


NOTE:  PEACEAnimals, per our agreement with independent contractors, Pets for Life, is obliged to pay extra for driving time and gasoline for areas outside Puerto Vallarta.  We ask that private or government groups pay those extra expenses.
DUEÑO EMOCIANTE Y ORGULLOSO SACANDO FOTO DE SU GATA EN LA CLÍNICA DE S.S.

Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website:  www.peaceanimals.organd on this blog:  www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com
CLÍNICA EN EL SALÓN DE EJIDOS EN SANTIAGO DE LOS PINOS

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LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM:  PEACEAnimals has a budget of 70 pesos per vet team individual (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 used for purchases of supplies and medicines.  

VINO DE LA ESTANCIA Y ESPERANDO SU MASCOTA ATRÁS DE LA CLÌNIC EN S.S.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.    Please sign up:  Leslie Caratachea via FB or infopeace[email protected]m
If directions needed, please call our dedicated line (directions are only in Spanish) or refer to our website or this blog:   113 3955
COST FOR ONE SURGERY WEEK CLINIC IS APPROXIMATELY  $1,800 USD. 
VIEJA PARED Y CASA 7 MINUTOS CAMINADO AL CENTRO DE SAN SEBASTIÁN

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.
DONATION change effective Oct 1, 2015:
Banderas Bay Charities, Inc, a US 501 (c)(3) charity  located in Portland, Oregon, will focus on the greater area surrounding the Bay of Banderas (Puerto Vallarta) through a variety of organizations, including PEACEAnimals.  

DOS NIÑAS OBSERVANDO LA CLÍNICA EN SANTIAGO DE LOS PINOS

Donations for PEACEAnimals should be earmarked as such and payments made out to BBC INC or Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.  See www.bbcinc.org
Amy Welch, Secretary-Treasurer, [email protected]
505 N Tomahawk Is Dr  Portland, OR 97217      503 285 4007
(PEACE will continue fund PEACE Punta de Mita education and health programs in the areas of Punta de Mita and Higuera Blanca).
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:

 
 


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JARDÍN ATRAS DE LA QUINTA (FABRICA DE CAFÉ) EN SAN SEBASTIÁN

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NECESITAMOS LUGARES PARA NUESTRAS CLÍNICAS EN COLONIAS Y PUEBLOS. 

 PRECISO:   BAÑO, ELECTRICIDAD, AGUA Y PARA ESTACIONARSE.

INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL SOBRE LA ESTERILIZACIÓN PARA MASCOTAS Y LAS CLÍNICAS GRATIS EN NUESTRO WEBSITE – www.peaceanimals.org
FAVOR DE DONAR ALMUERZOS PARA EL EQUIPO. NOS CUESTA 210 PESOS 4 DÍAS LA SEMANA Y CON SUS DONACIÓNES DE COMIDA, PODEMOS USAR ESTE DINERO PARA SUMINISTROS.  GRACIAS.
NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, PORFA.
GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.
Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de le mesa directiva
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