Four horses and two foals walked leisurely towards me when I got out of our car at Rancho Primavera in el Tuito.  Bonnie Jauregui, co-owner of this gorgeous 200-acre property, had invited me

 to come see the two foals that had been born one day apart,  three weeks ago. They are the sons of

“CONDE” CON SU MAMÁ – RANCHO PRIMAVERA

the handsome stallion that lives on an adjoining ranch.  The mares in heat get pregnant because either the stallion breaks down a fence or they back up against it, hence the expression “hot to trot.”   The horses roam free on Rancho Primavera and usually approach people in hopes of a carrot and a nuzzle. The foals, “Conde” (“Count” and “Real” (“Royal”), were very amenable to being petted and particularly enjoyed being scratched at the bottom of their manes.

“Bella,” the starving Weimaraner that Paulina Stettner, former vet tech and director of PEACAnimals, rescued in a poor, dusty colonia.  She ran out to see me, turning around in circles and making wao-wao-waoing sounds.  Bella is spoiled and happy and fascinated by the foals.

“BELLA,”  LA PERRA RESCATADA EN VALLARTA HACE 2 AÑOS.   ESTÁ MUY INTERESADA EN LOS BEBÉS.
“REAL” CON SU MAMÁ – RANCHO PRIMAVERA – EL TUITO

RÍO EN LA PROPREIDAD DE “EL SALTO”
ARBOL DE PAPAYA HEMBRA – CON FRUTA – FEMALE PAPAYA

We had just come from “el Salto”  (“The Leap”),  owned by Bonnie´s husband Carlos.   Soon to be for sale, the beautiful one-hundred hectars of river-front property is located in the Tuito foothills of the Sierra Madres.   The two kilometers of the river on el salto have two large water falls, and because the river is fed by a spring, the river runs year round.  After a swim in the rock pool, we collected lemons, limes and oranges that had fallen to the grass.   The papayas weren´t quite ripe enough to be picked, and I learned from Bonnie that there are male papaya trees and female papaya trees.  The males bloom and the females bear fruit.

ARBOL DE PAPAYA MACHO – CON FLORES – MALE PAPAYA

(If interested in this property, contact [email protected]).

“EL SALTO” – CABO CORRIENTES

On the way home, we stopped at the plaza in el Tuito to have a simple, good lunch at Mar Azul. 

PLAZA DE EL TUITO

Sitting outside the restaurant next to us,  eight policemen in grey camoflouge uniforms were throwing scraps of food to a thin,  white German Shepherd mix.  There are many dogs on the streets in el Tuito.  A PEACEAnimals clinic is scheduled there for February 8-11.

Cabo Corrientes (“Cape Currents”) is a cape on the Pacific coast marking the southernmost point of the Bahía de Banderas (“Bay of Flags”). The municipality in which the cape lies is also called Cabo Corrientes.  El Tuito (“place of beauty” or “place of the gods”), is approximately an hour´s drive south from Puerto Vallarta.

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS:  Honoring loved ones who have died, the Day of the Dead is celebrated every year on November 2nd.

CALAVERAS – EL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS – EL DOS DE NOVIEMBRE

Private altars (“ofrendas”) using marigolds, sugar skulls, photographs and the favorite food and drinks of the dead are constructed in homes and in public places.   These gifts are also taken to grave sites and cemeteries.  A few years ago in San Miguel de Allende, I visited a large cemetery where   two roosters were in a cage on top of a tomb (the owner had loved cock fights).  Further away, in front of the crypts and surrounded by a family with young children,  mariachis were playing the favorite songs of the deceased.  November 1st is el Día de los Ángeles, remembering the babies and children who have died. 

DÍA DE LOS ANGELES – EL PRIMER DÍA DE NOVIEMBRE

LA CALAVERA CATRINA is the icon of el Día de los Muertos.  Jose Guadalupe Posada, considered the “father of Mexican printmaking,” was fascinated by skulls and skeletons (“calaveras”).  In 1910, shortly before the Revolution, Posada published “La Calavera Catrina” as a zinc etching.

The female skeleton is wearing only a fancy plumed hat that upperclass women at the time were wearing.  This was not just a death knell for the aristocracy, but a satirical portrait of native Mexicans who were embarrassed by their culture, painting their faces white and attempting to dress and act like Europeans.

LA CATRINA is seen in Diego Rivera´s famous mural, “Sueño de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda Central.”  Painted in three different sections in three months in 1947, the below fragment shows La Catrina in a feathered hat and boa standing between Posada to her right, Diego Rivera as a child to her left and behind him, Frida Kahlo holding a yin-yang.

The mural is on display at the MUSEO MURAL DIEGO RIVERA in Mexico City.

La Catrina was an influence on my artist cousin, Brad Overton, in his oil portrait- “OXOMOCO.”
www.bradfordoverton.com

“OXOMOCO” – PINTADO POR MI PRIMO BRADFORD OVERTON
Oxomoco was the goddess of the night, the calendar and astrology for the Aztecs.  Her name is probably derived from a Huastic word that morphed into Nahuatal, meaning “First Woman.”  (Uxumocox; Uxum =Woman and Ocox=First).  Oxomoco was the Aztecs´ Eve of the Old Testament and Cipactonal was the Aztecs´ Adam.  They were considered the first mortals in regards to human creation and evolution,  and revered as deities. 

JARDINES DE RAMBLASES:  Reached by heading east on calle Viena en colonia Versalles and climbing and winding up paved roads to what seems close to the beginnings of the foothills of the Sierra Madres.

COLONIA JARDINES DE RAMBLASES

The colonia is quiet and clean and quite pretty.  The clinic took place in a very small, vacant cinderblock house.  I was there when the vivacious Angelica of AngeliCAT came to retrieve seven kittens she had brought for spay/neuter and also when Dr. Javier, director of the Centro de Acopio, arrived to collect two kennels full of kittens.  Cat rescue groups comprise a substantial number of the sterilizations performed by PEACEAnimals.

JUAN Y SU PRIMA – RAMBLASES

Juan, a sweet and smiling ten-year old, was there in the morning to watch María, LADRA´s helper, monitor cats in recovery.  María was also clipping toenails and picking off ticks and fleas and cutting off the extremely dirty and matted hair on a small, white French Poodle mix. The electric shavers are reserved for pre-surgery procedures.   María also put all of the donated collars and two leashes on the dogs waiting for the surprised and grateful owners.   Juan came back just before he had to leave for the afternoon session of school to show his younger cousin the animals.  Juan was captivated by the clinic and I was captivated by Juan.

JUAN, DULCE NIÑO DE 10 AÑOS, OBSERVADOR – RAMBLASES

STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN RAMBLASES –  OCTOBER 26-29: 

Female dogs: 29 ; Male dogs:13; Female cats: 22 ; Male cats: 20

TOTAL:  84

PLUS

ABORTOS/TERMINATED PREGNANCIES: One dog with 7 fetuses

REGRESANDO SUS PERRAS EN UNA CARRETILLA DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – RAMBLASES – GOING HOME IN A WHEELBARROW AFTER SURGERY

DONATIONS AT CLINIC : 920 pesos

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: Shannon Beston – animal advocate extraordinare – 7 dog collars and 2 leashes – purchased at the Dollar Store in Canada.

Conchi and Nick Corrado – Large used dog kennel

CLÍNICA EN RAMBLASES

        
EDUCATION PROGRAM:  Leslie Caratachea, vet tech and director of PEACEAnimals education program, presented to 165 students at the Escuela Niños Héroes en colonia Palo Seco.

SOS FOR TREE CAT:  She came running down a tree to greet me on the Río Cuale every time I walked our dogs there.  The Siamese-mix cat was wearing a pale pink collar with a bell.  I started bringing kibble daily just for her, and then one morning I found her with a gaping wound on her side.  Dr. Tamayo said it was a cat bite and I brought her home to recover.  She is a pretty Siamese mix about two years old, affectionate, healthy and slightly miserable bcause we have six other cats.   I would like to find a home for the cat I named “Tree” where there are no other cats.  She loves dogs.  Please contact me if you would like to meet this cat. 

GATA RESCATADA DE LA ISLA CUALE –  TIPO SIAMESE – NECESITA HOGAR SIN OTROS GATOS.  SE QUEDA MUY BIEN CON PERROS.  CONTACTO:  [email protected]
DR. POLI – RAMBLASES

AMAZONSMILE – PEACEAnimals is able to receive donations from Amazon Smile under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by their customers.  This is a very simple way to help fund our clinics:    https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-4752247   

If you would like PEACEAnimals to be the charity receiving a percentage of your purchases on AmazonSmile, please list Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.  PEACEAnimals receives all these donations. 

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, please click on:  http://bit.ly/1cWY0lP

HERMOSA PERRA DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – RAMBLASES
PIT BULL PARA ESTERILIZACIÓN – RAMBLASES
HORARIO/SCHEDULE


PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE, FB PAGE OR BLOG FOR NEW DATES AND LOCATIONS.  FAVOR DE CHECAR NUESTRO WEBSITE, PÁGINA EN FB O BLOG PARA NUEVAS FECHAS Y HOGARES.

NIÑAS CON LOS LIBRITOS DE COLOREAR DE PEACEANIMALS ADMIRANDO GATITOS – RAMBLASES YOUNG GIRLS IN SCHOOL UNIFORMS WITH PEACEANIMAL COLORING BOOKS ADMIRING KITTENS

November 2-5 – Calle Italia #258 entre 20 de noviembre y calle independencia – colonia Villa de Guadalupe  DIRECTIONS:  

Franciso Villa north
Right on Revolucion
Go about 19 + – blocks and (look for Portugal then Francia then Calle Italia)
Right on Calle Italia
Go about 2-3 blocks and will see Peace Trailer. 

November 9-12 – La Peñita, Nay.  (Pets for Life)

November 16-20

November 23-26

November 30- December 3 – Ixtapa – en la delegación

December 7-10 – San Pancho, Nayarit (Pets for Life)

December 14-17 – San Blas, Nayarit (Pets for Life)

December 21-January 4, 2017 – CHRISTMAS VACATION

January 11-14, 2017 – Bucerias, Nayarit (Pets for Life) 

February 8-11, 2017 – El Tuito
 

PERRA MAREADA DESPUÉS DE ESTERILZACIÓN – RAMBLASES – DOG STILL GROGGY AFTER SURGERY

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.  THE CLINICS OPEN AT 9 AM.  ARRIVE EARLY!

Noviembre 6 – domingo –  PV ANIMAL

            Diciembre 4- domingo – PURO GATO

2017 – January 7, 2017 – October 2017 –  ANONYMOUS DONOR HAS DONATED  FUNDS TO PAY FOR THESE 10 CLINICS.  THEY WILL ALL TAKE PLACE THE FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH UNLESS OTHERWISE ADVISED.

PERRITA DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – RAMBLASES


THE GROUPS LISTED ABOVE  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. For each cat or dog over the number 30 sponsors of the Sunday clinics will be charged 150 pesos.

RECOGIENDO MASCOTAS DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – RAMBLASES – COLLECTING PETS

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR A ONE-DAY SUNDAY CLINIC ON THE ISLA CUALE, THE COST IS ONLY 4,500 PESOS TO STERILIZE 30 CATS AND DOGS.  PLEASE CONTACT SHANN[email protected]

DESIGNATED LINE WITH RECORDING ADVISING LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS – ONLY IN SPANISH – (322) 113 3955
To report animal abuse,  phone: 322-223-3690
  

WE NEED LOCATIONS FOR OUR CLINICS.   REQUIRED:  BATHROOM, ELECTRICITY, WATER AND PARKING AVAILABILITY. 

EN FRENTE DE LA CLÍNICA EN RAMBLASES

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.

DR. JAVIER – DIRECTOR DEL CENTRO DE ACOPIO – TRAJO DOS HAULAS DE GATITOS PARA ESTERILIZACIÓN – RAMBLASES

PEACEAnimals does not buy advertising or pay for posters, flyers, megaphone announcers or locations.  All monies raised go directly to actual costs of the clinics.  Dr. Poli, as director of PEACEAnimals, a Mexican AC  (non-profit) and Pets for Life, a Mexican SC (business), selects clinic locations.

CLÍNICA EN RAMBLASES



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.

ANGELICA DE ANGELICAT RECOGIENDO 7 GATITOS DE LA CLÍNICA EN RAMBLASES

Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website:  www.peaceanimals.org,  on this blog:  www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com and on the PEACEAnimals FaceBook page.
Please “like” PEACEAnimals and Calle Cero on FaceBook.

RAMBLASES

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 advise so we can create a lunch schedule. By having lunches donated, these savings can used for purchases of supplies and medicines.

REGRESANDO A CASA LENTAMENTE CON SUS MASCOTAS MAREADAS – SLOWLY RETURNING HOME
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.    Please sign up:  Leslie Caratachea via FB or [email protected]

JUAN, MARÍA Y FRANK- VOLUNTARIOS EN RAMBLASES


WE NEED DONATIONS OF USED AND NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS OF ALL SIZES. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE USED OR NEW COLLARS AND LEASHES TO DOG OWNERS WHO BRING THEIR PETS TO THE CLINICS.

VOLUNTARIA MARÍA CORTANDO PELO DE UNA PERRITA EN RECUPERACIÓN DESPUÉS DE CIRUGIA

LA PERRITA CON SU DUEÑA -RAMBLASES – LA MANCH ROJA ES MEDICAMENTO CONTRA GARRAPATAS Y PULGAS Y TIENE QUE ESTAR POR 17 DÍAS.  RED STAIN IS TREATMENT FOR TICKS AND FLEAS AND NEEDS TO STAY ON FOR 17 DAYS.

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. 
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.

LESLIE EXPLICANDO YDANDO syringes AL DUEÑO DE LA MASCOTA PARA TRATAR A SARNA – 3 INYECCIÓNES EN 3 SEMANAS.  LESLIE GIVING INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO USE SYRINGES AND MEDS FOR OWNER TO TREAT HIS DOG WITH MANGE- 3 INJECTIONS IN 3 WEEKS.  RAMBLASES
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:


Thank you for your interest and support.


WILD DAHLIAS – “EL SALTO” – CABO CORRIENTES


Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals
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Los animales no necesitan tener una camada para completar su ciclo vital, puesto que no existe una relación consciente con la reproducción como parte necesaria de su bienestar emocional.

LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECIÓNES Y COMO LLEGAR (EN ESPAÑOL) A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA:   (322) 113 3955

PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES –  293 3690

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, POR FAVOR.
GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.
Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de la mesa directiva
[email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals