At noon on Sunday, air temperature was 79 degrees farenheit, with water temperature at 78 degrees. The roiling bay kept most would-be swimmers on the sand over the week-end. Tourists and part-timers continue to flock the streets, and the Saturday market at Lázaro Cárdenas was difficult to navigate. Although there is no produce available yet for sale at los Mangos Library market (rule is vendors have to make or grow their own products), it is a much more peaceful experience. Among the 30- plus vendors, the breads, croissants, pastries, etc. (baked by a French couple) are excellent.
I bought several jars of organic imperial bee honey – some infused with tumeric, ginger or chocolate. I asked why the plain honey in clear glass jars had different colors. Answer: Because the types of flowers from which the honey is produced, and the time of year the flowers are in bloom, have a large influence on color and even taste. There are more complex reasons as well, having to do with actual compounds and their interactions.
|MIEL ORGÁNICO EN VENTA EL EL MERCADO BIBLIOTECA LOS MANGOS – TODOS LOS SÁBADOS|
On los muertos beach at sunset on Saturday, the stunning, almost scraping the horison sun, changed the sky from streaks of peach and gold to a dense, burnt orange.
OJO DE AGUA
The racheria (small rural settlement) Ojo de Agua (“waterhole”), on the way to las palmas and shortly before reaching el colorado, is not the only Ojo de Agua in the area of Vallarta. There is another another Ojo de Agua near Costco, which is much closer. The name of the street for the clinic in the ranchería was Manantial. It is also the name of a street in the Ojo de Agua neighborhood near Costco. It was therefore a surprise to people who didn´t check the blog or website for directions or call the PEACEAnimals fixed line to find themselves at the supposedly right location and find no clinic.
|HERMOSO CAMINITO CERCA DE LA CLÍNICA QUE VUELE DE GINEBRE Y TIERRA. PRETTY PATH NEAR THE CLINC THAT EXUDED THE FRAGRANCE OF EARTH AND WHITE GINGER.
Once turning east off the highway at Home Depot, the road is a two-lane one, passing Ixtapa with its New Englandish red brick, white steepled Mormon church and the large, grey cement-walled prison with the little stand across the road that rents clothing and colorful, woven plastic handbags for visits. After Ixtapa, one is in the country, driving on a gently, undulating paved road that heads east towards the foothills and San Sebastian del Oeste. The road, with many speed bumps, is well paved and lined with beautiful, old parota trees. A right turn into Ojo de Agua was well marked on both sides of the road, indicating where the PEACEAnimals clinic was. Driving time from Vallarta was 50 minutes.
|ESTA MUY AMABLE SEÑORA TRAJO DESAYUNO Y CACHORRITOS A LA CLÍNICA EN OJO DE AGUA.
LOVELY LADY WHO BROUGH BREAKFAST AND PUPPIES TO THE CLINIC.
The clinic took place on a dirt road almost immediately after making the turn. It was in an immaculate, spacious workshed, constructed with cement and uniformly cut logs.
|LLEGANDO A LA CLÍNICA CON MASCOTAS – DOGS ARRIVING AT CLINIC WITH OWNER – OJO DE AGUA|
A white plastic table had been set up outside for a chocolate cake, sweet rolls, and a bucket of aromatic olla (“oya”)coffe, spiced with cinnamon and dark brown sugar.
|DESAYUNO DONADO – OJO DE AGUA|
This is a very humble community. Nevertheless, locals brought breakfasts and lunches for the vet team every day. Normally, the board of director of PEACEAnimals requires that clinics outside Vallarta pay for the extra gasoline and driving time for the team. In this case, the plea was so urgent that we voted to make an exception. Sara, the person who first contacted me via FB, was there. She and others had put up posters in all the nearby rancherías announcing the clinic.
|SARA, UNA DE LAS ORGANIZADORAS DE LA CLÍNICA – OJO DE AGUA|
Almost all owners arrived on foot with dogs either following them or led by a rope around their necks. A sweet, smiling teen-age girl brought “Oso,” a ten’year old black Lab mix with a white, mishapen muzzle. The girl told me that his previous owner had kept Oso tied up with a chain for five years with very little food. Four years ago, while attempting to defend his home, parts of Oso´s nose and lips were hacked off by a burglar with a machete. Oso was rescued and after “much suffering,” and is a healthy and beloved pet.
The same girl brought two small, three-month old grey and white and black and white puppies she had adopted, and pointed out their relatives at the clinc – two half brothers, the tan father and a small, white Terrier-mix mother, all brought in by different owners.
|BENEDICTE LAUR, DUEÑA DE CASA MALIA, QUIÉN DONÓ A LA SUBASTA, TRAJO UNA GATA DE LA CALLE QUE ESTABA EN CELO. BROUGHT YOUNG STREET CAT IN HEAT TO OJO DE AGUA. BENE DONATED TWO NIGHTS AT HER BEAUTIFUL CASA MALIA TO THE PEACEANIMALS AUCTION.|
|RESCATADORA Y DUEÑA DE OSO TAMBIÉN TRAJO DOS CACHORRITOS PARA ESTERLIZACIÓN – OJO DE AGUA|
STERILIZATIONS AT OJO DE AGUA – February 2-5 – Male dogs – 21; Female dogs – 45; Male cats – 11; Female cats – 16
TOTAL: 93 (excellent for a poor area where there is either resistance to spay/ neuter or disinterest).
|RESCUPERANDO – OJO DE AGUA|
DONATIONS AT OJO DE AGUA – 270 PESOS
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: Natalie and Bo Jarnstedt – $100 USD
Anonymous- $100 USD
Sam Cramer and Michael Vitale – $500 USD
Ralph Osborne – $2,000 USD (This is in addition to annual board donations. The request to board members is to “give or get” $3,000 USD annually).
Tim Rush – 10,000 pesos – “In honor of Ralph Osborne.”
Maca MacMorran- 4,500 pesos given to me to pass on to Shannon Beston, one of the organizers of the special isla Cuale Pets for Life clinics every first Sunday of the month. This amount will pay for the sterilization of 30 cats and dogs.
CORRECTION: PEACEAnimals was mistakenly listed in a recent online publication as a charity helped by a group of volunteers from the U.S. on a “working vacation” here in Vallarta. It was at the February 5th Pets for Life (SC/Mexican business) Isla Cuale clinic where the nine generous and energetic women volunteered. They also did volunteer work for R.I.S.E and the SPCAPV.
| CALETAS, MICHOACAN, MEXICO – SUBASTA – www.casa-de-la-rosa.com
THE BIDDING HAS BEGUN! If you haven´t had a chance to look at our auction site, please do. Auction items are being continuously added. Consider combining vacation rentals and adventures for a week or more in Mexico. If there is nothing you want for yourself, there may be a perfect gift for you to bid on for a friend or relative. www.32auctions.com/PEACEANIMALS
|TRES HERMANOS PARA ESERILIZACIÓN – OJO DE AGUA|
On Tuesday, January 31st, Leslie Caratachea made a presentation to 85 students at ICEP high school in colonia Fluvial. No photographs were allowed.
|PEACEANIMALS EDUCATIONAL COLORING BOOKS GIVEN OUT AT CLINIC IN OJO DE AGUA LIBRITOS EDUCACIÓNAL PARA COLOREAR REGALADOS EN LA CLÍNICA.|
SOLD OUT: PEACEANIMALS BUFFET DINNER AND MOVIE NIGHT (“Mr. Hulo´s Holiday”) on FEBRUARY 8TH AT VILLA BALBOA.
Thank you to Yvonne and Betty Miller for underwriting this event, and Anna Laurita, owner and instructor- www.davannayoga.com, for creating the great posters.
|FIESTA DE CARIDAD PARA PEACEANIMALS EN LA HERMOSA VILLA BALBOA -PUERTO VALLARTA|
AMAZONSMILE – PEACEAnimals is able to receive donations from Amazon Smile under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. Amazon donates 0.5% 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 EVEN SIMPLER, LOG ON TO WWW.AMAZONSMILE.ORG AND TYPE IN BANDERAS BAY CHARITIES, INC. PEACEANIMALS RECEIVES ALL OF 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
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.
|THIRD VISIT TO THIS LOCATION IN EL TUITO. TERCERA VISITA AQUÍ EN EL TUITO|
February 8-11 – El Tuito – calle Jalisco #13
February 15-18 – Las Juntas – en la delegación
February 22-26 – Pitillal – at the market next to the river – en el mercado al lado del río
April 5-12 – EASTER VACATION – VACACIÓNES DE PASCUA
|ELEGIENDO CORREAS Y COLLARES DONADOS – CHOOSING DONATED COLLARS AND LEASHES AT THE OJO DE AGUA CLINIC|
PETS FOR LIFE SPECIAL ONE-DAY CLINICS ARE HELD ON THE ISLA CUALE THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH. PURO GATO WILL HOLD ADOPTIONS ON THE ISLA FROM 11-2 ON THESE DAYS. CLINICS OPEN FOR RESISTRATION AT 7 AM.
PETS FOR LIFE A MEXICAN S.C. (BUSINESS) IS PAID 4,500 PESOS FOR THE STERILIZATION OF 30 ANIMALS. IF NUMBERS ARE GREATER, INDIVIDUALS OR 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.
|DR. POLI Y DR. PACHECO – CLÍNICA EN OJO DE AGUA|
CALENDAR FOR PETS FOR LIFE CLINIC ON THE ISLA CUALE:
January 8, 2017 – October 2017 – ANONYMOUS DONOR HAS PROVIDED FUNDING (SPAY/NEUTER FOR 30 CATS AND DOGS) TO PEACEANIMALS FOR 10 SUNDAY CLINICS ON THE ISLA CUALE.
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]
|MAMÁ DE LOS CACHORROS – CLÍNICA EN OJO DE AGUA – MOTHER OF THE PUPPIES|
|DR. PACHECO – OJO DE AGUA|
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.
|OJO DE AGUA|
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.
|LESLIE CARATACHEA – OJO DE AGUA|
Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website: www.peaceanimals.org, on this blog and on the PEACEAnimals FaceBook page.
Please “like” PEACEAnimals and Calle Cero on FaceBook.
LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM.
PEACEAnimals has a lunch budget of 70 pesos per vet team member (four persons) per day – 4 days a week. Please consider donating lunches for them, and please advise so we can create a lunch schedule. By having lunches donated, these savings can used for purchases of supplies and medicines.
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.
|PROMETIÓ TRAER SU PERRITO JUEVES – PROMISED TO BRING HIS COCKER ON THURSDAY – OJO DE AGUA|
PEACEAnimals is under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc., a US 501 (c)(3) charity located in Portland, Oregon.
|CLÍNICA EN OJO DE AGUA|
Please make payments payable to either BBC INC or Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. Donations are tax deductible and should be earmarked for PEACEAnimals.
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
TAMBIÉN NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, POR FAVOR.