|ABAJO DE LA CALLE PRIMERA DEL RÍO – NADANDO EN EL RÍO CUALE|
|CALLE PRIMERA DEL RÍO|
Primera del Río is the name of the rutted dirt road next to the serpentine path overlooking the west side of the río Cuale. I like to walk our dogs there because it is quiet and cool and we can easily go down to the river, which has an inviting swimming hole. The cement path winds past the glamorous Rivera del Cuale boutique hotel, bougainvillea, papaya trees, small dogs sitting in front of their mostly humble homes, Pit Bulls barking from small balconies, a faded and chipped blue and white rowboat and the lively ¿Que Pasa? restaurant and bar. At the east end of the path is a small, simple restaurant overlooking the river. I love the thirty pesos shrimp tostadas that are sprinkled with tomato, onion and lime juice. Calle Primera del Río is where one sees a combination of beauty, poverty and luxury.
|CALLE PRIIMERA DEL RÍO – AL LADO ESTE DEL RÍO CUALE|
For months I had seen the grey female Pit Bull always chained on the banks of the rió Cuale, just below this curving path where people are now planting flowers and vines. Months ago I had asked the owners if they would like to have their dog spayed for free. It was apparently a naive question. On Thursday, after the clinic in Mezcales where people were bringing in Pit Bulls to be neutered and spayed, I saw the chained and barking dog. I had to look again to see that not far from this dog, in a hollowed out place in the dirt and close to the river, there were seven newborn puppies. I walked down the embankment to get a closer view and watched as the mama licked the dirt off of one of the puppy´s faces. In a few weeks they will probably be sold, some to people who will train or have them trained to fight. The polite young men sitting above on the sidewalk said that this was the second litter for the grey Pit Bull and that she had been bred with another Pittie.
It is the law in Puerto Vallarta that dogs and cats must be sterilized after eight weeks of age. The fine for not doing so is 1,400 pesos. The license for breeding dogs is more than 2,000 pesos. This law is aimed at backyard breeders who are resources for the vicious and profitable world of dog fighting. Illegal breeders can be reported to the Centro de Acopio – 293-3690.
|LA CALLE PRIMERA DEL RÍO
MEZCALES is a small community one passes on highway 200 about 40 minutes north from centro Vallarta on the way to Bucerias, Sayulita and Punta de Mita. While these other three towns are beach towns, Mezcales is inland and not touristic There are approximately 4,000 inhabitants with an average of a seventh grade education. The home are simple ones and the shops and restaurants are very basic.
|TIENDITA ATRÁS DE LA CLINICA EN MEZCALES|
|SOMBREROS EN VENTA EN BUCERIAS|
|DELICIOSO ALMUERZO EN BUCERIAS|
Fifteen minutes away, on the west side of the highway, is the impeccable and upscale area of Bucerias. Northerners ride bicycles and horses on one of the two quiet main streets that run parallel to the long, sandy beach. Magenta, peach, pale pink and white bougainvillea tumble over terracotta walls. Attractive shops and restaurants line the streets and and indigenous people from Chiapas sell handicrafts on the sidewalks.
|COSAS DE CHIAPAS EN VENTE EN UNA BANQUETA EN BUCERIAS|
After visiting the clinic, my friend María enjoyed a sat on white plastic chairs on a side street in Bucerias and enjoyed delicious cheese quesadillas with beans, accompanied by freshly squeezed orange juice. Total price: 36 pesos. Before lunch, we had a swim in the warm,but choppy waters, due to the usual breeziness of this beach. Beautiful sight – a young, athletic Mexican riding his white horse into low waves breaking onto the shore.
|CABALLO BLANCO EN EL MAR – BUCERIAS|
|CLÍNICA EN MEZCALES, NAYARIT|
MEZCALES CLINIC: Jill Goldstein, Founder and Director of Pause 4 Paws, contacted PEACEAnimals about homeless cats living on el Tigre golf course in Nayarit. Jill, who lives in Minnesota, was visiting her vacationing parents at el Tigre. She was put in touch with Soraya and Alemendra of Puro Gato, who drove out to the golf course Tuesday evening and trapped one of the cats. Jill was able to pick up the other four, who were very tame. Jesús Villavicencio, founder and president of of SOS Nayarit,AC, overnighted the five cats. At 7:30 Wednesday morning, Soraya met Jesús at his home and drove with him in his truck to the nearby PEACEAnimals clinic in nearby Mezcales, along with el Tigre cats (three male cats, one of which had already been neutered, and two female cats -both discovered to be pregnant) and five other Puro Gato rescue cats, plus a neighbor and his dog.
Although we have corresponded via email, I had never met Jesús before visiting the clinic n Thursday. Jesús, who works tirelessly for the animals, said he has been able to find good homes for 123 dogs this past year. Impressed by his dedication, Argentine artist, María Mihanovich, is donating
|WITH JESÚS VILLAVENCENCIO AND MARÍA MIHAMOVICH AT MEZCALES CLINIC|
an art piece to SOS Nayarit for an auction.
FOOTNOTE: Melissa Goldstein flew home to Minnesota on Saturday with “Sleeky,” an orange tabby cat rescued and fostered by Puro Gato. Melissa hopes to find a home for this cat with a friend of hers who loves orange tabbies. The clipped ear shows that the cat was homeless, caught and sterilized.
FEMALE DOGS: 47; MALE DOGS: 16; FEMALE CATS: 30; MALE CATS: 17 – TOTAL: 110
|CLÍNICA EN MEZCALES|
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.
Lucy´s Cucu Cabaña donation box – 309 pesos plus 81 pesos from Lucy Muñiz to round it off.
Sofia Sweet – 200 pesos
Jill Goldstein – $125 USD
Donations to PEACAnimals earmarked for el Tuito clinic, which has been organized for the third year by Kai Doyle:
Elizabeth Brousseau – $25 USD
Cathy Gordon – $75 USD
Joan Firkins – $50 USD
Candace de la Prade – $50 USD
Nancy B. Moyle – $500 USD
Duffy Crane – $250 USD
Julie Anne Montagano – $25 USD
Anne-Marie Haynes – $75 USD
Michael Flicanger – $100 USD
Maureen Curtin-Evermann – $100 USD
Duffy Crane – $250 USD
|HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL: Because of the extreme overpopulation of cats and dogs in México, HSI is opening offices in Mexico City. Mexico is apparently ranked number one in the world for overpopulation of cats and dogs and ranked number three in the world regarding animal cruelty.|
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MARCH 23-26 – EASTER VACATION – VACACIÓNES
MARCH 30 – APRIL 2 – Puerto Vallarta – colonia de Coapinole – calle 8 de mayo # 1044 – entre calles Cuba y Bolivia
April 6-9 – La Peñita, Nayarit – (PETS FOR LIFE CLINIC)
April 13-16 – el Tuito- From Puerto Vallarta south on carretera 200 – one hour driving time. After passing through el Columpio, you will soon you will see a sign saying “La Hermosa.”
Look for the next right, which is a wide road that veers off to the right. There is a large, blue sign that says “Cabo Corrientes” right before you veer off to the right. (There are a bunch of tow trucks parked on the right side.) Take that road.
Proceed on that road. Soon you will cross a little bridge. Continue straight for approx.1 block. Turn right at the stop sign. Go approx. 2-3 blocks, (you will pass the supermarket on the right). When you see the church, on your left, go to the end of that block. Turn right onto Calle Jalisco. (there is a vacant lot on the corner with a cyclone fence & a “Se Vende” sign). The clinic will be held in the first house on the left, recognizable by a cement bottle wall.
APRIL 20-23 – San Vicente, Nayarit – en el salon de ejido
APRIL 27-30 – Las Juntas – en la delegación – Puerto Vallarta
MAY 4-7 – Bucerias, Nayarit
|CLÍNICA DE MEZCALES – LESLIE CARATACHEA, VET TEC Y DIRECTORA DEL PROGRAMA DE EDUCACIÓN|
CALENDAR FOR SPECIAL SUNDAY ONE-DAY CLINICS ON THE ISLA CUALE, WHERE SO MANY CATS AND KITTENS ARE ABANDONED. PURO GATO WILL HOLD ADOPTIONS ON THE ISLA FROM 11-2 ON THESE SAME DATES.
April 3- domingo – PURR PROJECT
July 3 – domingo – PEACEAnimals
Diciembre 4- domingo – PURO GATO
THE ABOVE GROUPS HAVE HIRED AND WILL PAY PETS FOR LIFE 4,500 PESOS FOR THE STERILIZATION OF 30 ANIMALS. IF NUMBERS ARE GREATER, THE SAME ORGANIZATIONS WILL REQUEST DONATIONS FROM THEIR SUPPORTERS TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE.
|DR. POLI Y LA DUEÑA DE UN PITTIE EN LA CLÍNICA DE MEZCALES. ELLA Y SU ESPOSO TRAJERON DOS.|
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|SAUL – VOLUNTARIO CADA DÍA|
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