|EN UNA PANGA – LOS ARCOS|
It was eighty-eight degrees farenheit with the bluest of skies. Five of us met early at the beach in Mismaloya to hire a panga for several hours. Our first stop was at los arcos, the large granite outcroppings covered in scrub where blue footed boobies and pelicans build their nests. Erosion has carved arches in the rocks, giving them their name, los arcos – “the arches.”
After a short time snorkeling in 77 degree water, we were joined by several tour boats whose orange life-jacketed passengers immediately jumped into the water. We sped away in our panga to Mahahuitias, the wonderful, long palm-lined beach for a swim, and then motored a few minutes further south to a gorgeous little cove where dozens of multi-colored fish were waiting for us in the clear, emerald green water.
El Tuito is part of the municipality of Cabo Corrientes, where the coastal cape of Jalisco marks the southernmost point of the Bay of Banderas. Although part of the one-hour drive south is along the gorgeous coastline, as the road begins to climb, palm trees fade away and pine trees begin to appear. El Tuito is a traditional rural Mexican town with a central plaza and bandstand surrounded by arcades with small restaurants and stores, some of which sell the local cheese, organic coffe and raicilla. Raicilla, a distilled spirit which originated in Jalisco, pre-dates the Hispanics. Like tequila and mezcal, it is a product of the blue-ish green agave plant. Originally illegal and sold as “moonshine,” raicilla is now legal.
|KAI DOYLE,- ORGANIZADORA DE LA CLÍNICA EN EL TUITO CON MAESTRA Y VOLUNTARIA PARA UN DÍA, MAGDA SALINAS ORTEGA|
Kai Doyle, an extremely energetic retired teacher from San Francisco, did a superb job of organizing this clinic. In only two weeks, Kai raised the money for the clinic and secured all meals for the vet team. The clinic took place in Kai´s casa chica, directly across the dirt road from her beautiful home that has large avocado tree in the middle of her kitchen. The vets and Saul, who volunteers every day, stayed in the little house. Leslie Caratachea (vet tech and education director) and I stayed at beautiful Rancho Primavera. Taking a long walk with Bonnie Jauregui, one of the owners, we visited Conejo, the popular Vallarta burro who is now retired there. He looked very content in large pasture with a beautiful brown mare.
|CONEJO, SU AMIGA Y BONNIE JAUREGU – RANCHO PRIMAVERA – EL TUITO|
The clinic in Tuito was very busy. Kai and her friend Magda Salinas Ortega, a teacher at the secondary school, showed me a nearby dirt road filled with dogs. I spoke with the owner, who promised to bring all of them, except the tan and white male Pit Bull, to the clinic later in the day. He did, and was surprised to see a Pit Bull in a kennel waiting to be spayed.
|DUEÑO CON MUCHOS PERROS – TRAJO TODOS MENOS EL PIT BULL – THE MAN WITH MANY DOGS IN EL TUITO. MINUS THE PIT BULL, HE BROUGHT ALL OF THEM TO BE STERILIZED.|
Male dogs – 22; Female dogs – 59; Male cats – 7; Female cats – 14
One euthanasia of a cat too sick to survive.
|CLÍNICA EN EL TUITO|
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Are everywhere. The Isla Cuale, a favorite dumping spot for cats and kittens, was recently the location where a box of four puppies was found. Covered in fleas and ticks and filled with worms, one of them had to be euthanized. If interested in seeing photos of the three remaining very pretty puppies, or meeting them, please contact local artist, Judith Ewing Morlan – [email protected]
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
November 9-12 – La Peñita, Nay. (Pets for Life)
November 16 – Oaxaca (Pets for Life)
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.
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.
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|VOLUNTARIO BRUCE BECKER- EL TUITO|
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