PLAYA BOCA NEGRA

Boca Negra beach is a long stretch of sand by the airport that leads to the white mangroves.  During the week, it´s usually deserted and a perfect place for a long walk, with or without dogs.    The beach resembles a California beach, as the sand isn´t powdery white and the water isn´t clear.  And because the water isn´t transparent  and because there is a nearby lagoon filled with crocodiles, I don´t do a lot of swimming there.

 To arrive at Boca Negra, one can turn west at Plaza Marina, passing the wonderful long mosaic wall, the golf course and then one is there.

PARED LARGA DE MOSAICA ATRÁS DEL CLUB DE GOLF – MUY CERCA DE PUNTA NEGRA

My favorite swimming beaches are Punta Negra and las Gemelas,  about twenty minutes south of Vallarta.  Punta Negra is great for body surfing and swimming and las Gemelas very nice not only for swims, but also for snorkeling by the dark rocks at both ends of the beautiful little beach.

Walking our dogs on the isla Cuale, I stopped to talk with costumed and painter dancers who were on their way to the malecón to perform.  They were with two Xolos, also painted and whom they said would be bred when they were mature.

Native to México, the Xoloitzcuintle or Xoloitzcuintli, also known as the Mexican Hairless Dog, is a breed that has existed for 3,000 years.  It is listed as an endangered species. The Xolo was considered an earthly form of the god Xolotl, who was believed to accompany souls to their final resting place.  A practice of the Aztecs was to sacrifice Xolos and be buried with them.  The breed was also raised in herds like cattle by indigenous people in Mexico and sold in the markets as food which would not only be an excellent source of protein, but would also provide curative powers over physical problems. When the Europeans brought their dogs to the New World, the Xolo breed was diluted,  but the hairless gene was powerful enough to enable the continuation of the breed.   Although one can see several Xolos in and around Vallarta (sadly, there are several in the private zoo here), the breed remains a rare one.

“ANUBIS,” UN DIOS DE LOS EGIPCIOS

In Egypt, Anubis was a canine worshiped as the god of funerals and death.  The  Egyptians of the First Dynasty (c. 3100-2890 BC) worshiped Anubis in the full animal form of a jackal

ANUBIS – EGIPTO

or as a man with a jackal head.  Anubis was depicted in black, symbolic of rebirth and also the discoloration of the corpse after embalming.  Anubis was the protector of embalming and of graves.  As scavengers, jackals were associated with death because they were digging up bodies that had been buried in shallow graves.

BAILADORES CON SUS XOLOS EN LA ISLA CUALE

CATS:  The dedicated people who feed and also collect kittens and cats on the isla Cuale to have them spayed and neutered and then fostered or found homes for, report many less cats now on the island.  This information comes in the same week that the Cultural Center held a meeting where one of their bullet points re plans for the isla was the “removal of the plague of cats from the island.”

HERMOSA GATITA ABANDONADA EN LA ISLA CUALE ESTA SEMANA Y RESCATADA

Cats damage the ecosystem.   They are on the island simply because they are being dumped there almost daily.  Although there are signs posted on the isla cuale advising “don´t do it if your dog does it,” there are no signs advising that it is illegal to abandon animals, nor signs advising of free spay/neuter clinics.  These two simple items have been requested for many months.

AVISO EN LA ISLA CUALE

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:  Anonymous-  $1,800 USD – which will pay for our clinic scheduled to take place the surgery week of December 16 in Coapinole.  As a result of this very generous donation, over 100 cats and dogs will be sterilized.

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
Tickets are available now 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:    (SUBASTA PARA PEACEANIMALS):

Head and cranial massage by Dr. Leslie Korn  (http://www.drlesliekorn.com/about.html), plus a copy of Medicines from the Jungle, a bilingual community-based medicinal plants book that she authored (http://www.drlesliekorn.com/medicines-from-the-jungle.html)


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

A two-hour cooking class for four persons with the excellent,  effervescent and utterly charming Chef Claudio from Torino, Italy.   Class will take place in Claudio´s home in colonia Palmar de Haramara.  

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/


Lunch for six and afternoon swim in the bay or the edgeless pool at the spectacular Villa Mandarinas in Mismaloya – www.villamandarina.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 Rió – the sensational new boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta –  two nights for two persons
www.garlandsdelrio.com

Five hundred pesos gift certificate for The Iguana, the recently opened Mexican specialty restaurant at Casa Kimberly

THIS IS A FUN EVENT AND PROVIDES FUNDING FOR PEACEANIMALS FREE SPAY/NEUTER CLINICS.

If you cannot attend and would like to bid on any of the above items, please contact me.


“SANTOS” VA A ASISTIR AL PET PICNIC

Linda Lestz confirmed she will be bringing her “Santos” to the Pet Picnic.  This is the wonderful Hound Dog  that had been living on the streets in el Tuito.   Someone had chopped off Santo´s ears with a machete and another person accidentally ran over one of his legs while he was lying next to a curb.   Santos is living a lovely life in las Juntas y los Veranos and will be our star canine visitor to the luncheon.
MI GATO “DEXTER” RESCATADO POR SHANNON BESTON DE LA ISLA CUALE
Due to non-sterilization and a lack of education, there are thousands of homeless cats and dogs living on the streets in Puerto Vallarta.  There are many hundreds waiting to be adopted in foster homes,  sanctuaries and the Centro de Acopio.   If you can foster an animal, have found a cat or dog, or would like to adopt a cat or dog, Please check our website on the “resource” tab for names and contacts of refuges, vets, etc.  
BAILADORA – ISLA CUALE
GREATERGOOD – PLEASE CLICK!  Your daily clicks or direct donations help animals, people and the planet.  www.greatergood.org; www.greatergood.com  To donate specifically to PEACEAnimals,  click on:  http://bit.ly/1cWY0lP
SCHEDULE/HORARIO:


November – Oaxaca for two 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 the church in Pitillal.  Drive straight until reaching 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 becomes a dirt road.  Clinic will be on the left hand side of the road in an orange house.  
The Coapinole clinic is sponsored by an anonymous donation.
December 23-January 5 – VACACIÓNES 
January 6 -Punta de Mita – community center – map:
This clinic is sponsored by PEACE Punta de Mita Foundation.
January 13-16 –  Bucerias, Nay. – Calle 16 de Septiembre between  Matamoros and  Pipilas, Col. La Unidad.  The Bucerias Community Center (BBC, formerly BBCC Bucieras Bilingual Community Center) building).

Driving north on Hwy 200, pass exit for Pie in the Sky (on right) and Hotel de Cameron (left)  At the next traffic light (Famar’s Restaurant and Santander Bank on right) – exit on the lateral.
Continue North 2 blocks to Estadios, turn right.  Drive one block to Francisco Villa, turn left.  Drive two blocks to Pipila, turn right.
Drive one block to Matamoros, turn left – in one block you’ll see the Community Center

 Harold Sokolove and other locals are raising funds for this clinic.

January 20-23 – las Juntas y los Veranos – extra costs of gas and driving time to be paid for by members of the community.

 

DESIGNATED LINE WITH ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS FOR CLINICS: (SPANISH ONLY)   (322) 113 3955 
 
We need locations for clinics in neighborhoods and towns.  Required:
bathroom, electricity, water and available parking.
NOTE:  PEACEAnimals, per our agreement with Pets for Life, is obliged to pay extra for driving time and gasoline for areas outside Vallarta.  We request that private or government groups pay those extra expenses.
Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information:  www.peaceanimals.organd:  www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com
Please “like” PEACEAnimals and Calle Cero  on FaceBook.
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 donate lunches for our vet team at clinics. Please confirm in advance so  we can create a lunch schedule. By having lunches donated, those savings can be used for purchases of supplies and medicines.  
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.    Please sign up:  Leslie Carratachea via FB or [email protected]
If directions needed, please call our dedicated line ( Spanish only) or refer to website or this blog:   113 3955
COST FOR ONE SURGERY WEEK CLINIC IS APPROXIMATELY  $1,800 USD. 
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:
PEACEAnimals is under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.,  a US 501 (c)(3) charity located in Portland, Oregon.   Please make payments payable to either BBC INC or Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.  Donations are tax deductible and should be earmarked for PEACEAnimals.
Banderas Bay Charities, Inc (BBC, Inc) offers tax-deductible receipts in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
  
Amy Welch, Secretary-Treasurer [email protected]
505 N Tomahawk Is Dr  Portland, OR 97217    
503 285 4007

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:


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Thank you for your interest and support.
Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals

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Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de le mesa directiva
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals