Days and nights are getting warmer Highs of 31 degrees celcius (87.8 degrees farenheit) are being recorded, with humidity at 75%. Bed covers have been discarded. Cooling coconut water to drink out of coconuts is sold on a corner near the river and at punta negra beach. Rivers are low or almost dry as they approach the bay. Curdled, grey clouds hover over the bay in early morning hours
Cicadas have not yet begun their mating buzz, which means summer rains and their accompanying electrical storms are not yet imminent.
|RIO CUALE LOOKING EAST FROM DOWNTOWN. MIRANDO AL OESTE.|
|RÍO CUALE – A FEW BLOCKS BEFORE IT EMPTIES INTO THE BAY – UNAS CUADRAS DE LA ORILLA DE LA BAHÍA|
|CLOSE TO THE RIVER AND BEACHES – CUTTING OFF THE TOPS OF COCONUTS WITH A MACHETE FOR A COOLING DRINK, FROM A STRAW. CERCA DEL RÍO,Y LAS PLAYAS – VENDIENDO AGUA DE COCO.|
PANGA SUNDAY: In the distance, we noticed a large, dark irregular shaped object. We changed our direction to due west and headed in a southernly directions towards it.
|BAHIA DE BANDERAS EL 27 DE MAYO – EN LA DISTANCIA- ¡UNA BALLENA! ON THE 27TH OF MAY, – IN THE DISTANCE – A WHALE I IN THE BAY OF BANDERAS!|
As we came closer, all of us were astonished to see that it was a solitary whale. At a respectful distance from it, the engine was cut off and we stayed to admire this great cetacean for a quarter of an hour. After submerging in the dark green water at five or six minute intervals, the whale would resurface and with a very loud whoooosh, exhale It was the only sound in the silence far from shore. After several emersions, the whale showed its fluke with the last dive, and disappeared.
|CARMEN DE ALBA WITH HER TIBETAN SINGING BOWL SET- IN HOPES OF ATTRACTING DOLPHINS AND WHALES. CON SU PLATO CANTANTE DE COBRA TIBETIANO – EN LA ESPERANZA DE ATRAER DELFINES Y BALLENAS.|
|MÁS MANTAS – CÓMO OCHO – GRANDES Y HERMOSSIMAS. MORE BIG, BEAUTIFUL MANTAS – ABOUT EIGHT OF THEM.|
|Y DOS MÁS CULEBRAS VENENOSAS. AND TWO MORE POISONOUS SEA SNAKES|
It is generally acknowledged that by the end of April, the last whales to leave the Bay of Banderas are the newest mothers with their calfs. After April, the waters begin to warm, which means there will not be for the whales to feed on. Karla de la Pena, owner of Boca Divers, called ECOBAR to report the Sunday sighting. She was told that this was very exciting news, with two possibilities – that the whale was one of a pod of humpbacks that travel as far south as Central America. Once the whales detect the warming water current, they start their long migration north. The other possibility is that a whale, possibily a juvenile, became separated from its pod. A solitary swim north would be very dangerous. Orcas, operating like a pack of hungry wolves, could attack the vulnerable voyager.
The most dangerous enemies of the whale are of course humans, most specifically the humans controlling whaling in (order of highest kills) Norway, Iceland and Japan. If you are against this senseless and barbaric slaughter, please take the time to protest to their embassies/consulates by phone or email.
#1 – Embassies of Norway: Mexico- 55-5540 3486; U.S. – 202 – 333 6000; Canada – 613- 238-6571
#2 – Embassies and Consulates of Iceland: Mexico – 55-9628-0414; U.S.- 202 265-4653; Canada – 613 482 1944
#3 – Embassies of Japan: Mexico – 55 5211 6028; U.S. – 202 238 6700; Canada – 613 241-8541
|CALLE CAPRI – LA CLÍNICA EN LINDA VISTA|
COLONIA LINDA VISTA: Getting there means a turn to the east at Costco and heading up rubbled, rutted dusty roads into a semi-rural area a bit above the centro de acopio (no-kill pound), high above the bay. On calle Capri, a short dirt road, there was a Belgian Shepherd tied up on the corner and a horse tethered to a tree across from it. The air was smokey from four or five burning piles of leaves that had a few plastic bottles on top.
Linda Vista was named “pretty view,” because far, far below, there is a strip of blue bay. There are dozens and dozens of street dogs living here because of the neighborhood´s very close proximity to the pound. People come with dogs at night or very early in the morning and tie them up to the front gate of the acopio. Unable to accept all these dogs, the ropes are cut and these former pets run loose in in the colonia, where neighbors attempt to feed them. This week, many of these dogs were getting sterilized at the clinic.
Poli told me that the woman who offered her garage space for the clinic has 17 rescue dogs. Elena, who owns more than 20 rescue dogs and brings street dogs and neighbors´dogs to us many weeks of the year, was there on Thursday. She told me she had brought 16 in the morning, 22 on Wednesday, and would probably be back Friday with more. I was unable to get photos of dogs with their owners, because almost none of the dogs at the clinic had owners. Angelica of AngeliCAT was there with six kittens for sterilization and a dog we had spayed weeks ago. The female dog had been attacked and was there to have her dog bite wound repaired by Dr. Poli.
|EN LA ESQUINA – UN PASTOR BELGA Y ATRÁS UN CABALLO Y UNA GALLINA – AT THE CORNER OF CAPRI STREET WHERE CLINIC TOOK PLACE IN COLONIA LINDA VISTA – A TIED-UP BELGIAN SHEPHERD AND ACROSS FROM IT, A TETHERED HORSE STANDING OVER A CHICKEN.|
Because I was so close to the acopio, I stopped by to have a look. Manuel Zepeda, the excellent dog trainer, was there and gave me a tour. Cats have a large space with beds, “trees” and toys. All dogs are given a 15-20 minutes daily romp in the large, enclosed field. Kennels and cages were immaculate. All dogs have raised “beds” to sleep and rest on. Volunteers of Friends of PV Animals come on Wednesday and Saturday mornings to walk dogs and bathe them. There are 30 Pit Bulls and Pit Bull- mixes at the acopio, and all are scheduled to go 10 at a time to Canada in November when the heat embargo ends. A white male Pit Bull that I had seen months ago, spinning around and around in circles with a “dangerous” sign on his kennel, is now peaceful and affectionate. Training and tenderness have transformed this dog.
STERILIZATIONS IN COLONIA LINDA VISTA May 31-June 3 –
FEMALE DOGS – 50; MALE DOGS- 17; FEMALE CATS – 30; MALE CATS – 25
|DR. JESÚS PACHECO CON CALLEJERO DE LINDA VISTA – HOMELESS DOG LIVING IN LINDA VISTA|
DONATIONS AT COLONIA LINDA VISTA: 270 PESOS
Troy Valens -Wednesday lunch for the team and volunteers from his restaurant Sea Monkey
|DR. POLI – COLONIA LINDA VISTA|
Mary Beth Kester´s 6th grade class at the American School – 5,247.50 PESOS ($281 USD)
Mary Beth Kester, 6th grade teacher at the American School, invited me to pick up an envelope containing her students´fundraising money for PEACEAnimals. Leslie Caratachea, who had made an educational presentation a few weeks ago, was unable to attend, as she was working at the Linda Vista clinic. The envelope containing 5,247.50 pesos had a message written on it: “PEACEAnimals – please continue your good work!”
|AMERICAN SCHOOL – MARY BETH KESTER – LEYENDO LOS NÚMEROS DE FONDOS RECOJIDOS POR SUS ESTUDIANTES PARA LAS CLÍNICAS GRATIS DE PEACEANIMALS. 5,247.50 PESOS|
The donation project was led by the students, who voted on what types of organizations they wanted to help, and then selected their own methods of raising funds. They voted to help animals and to sell cookies or solicit donations for PEACEAnimals. Twenty-one energetic and enrprising students split into two evenly divided groups. The cookie group sold 2,940 pesos worth of cookies and the solicitors raised 2,308.5 pesos. PEACEEAnimals leashes were given to students to walk their dogs with or to give to someone with a dog that doesn´t have a leash. Hopefully their fundraising experience will inspire these young people to become advocates for a cause they feel passionate about.
|REGISTRANDO PELUSA PARA CIRUGÍA EN LA CLÍNICA DE DR. ALEJANDRO CASTILLO.|
I met Jovanny and Pelusa Saturday morning at Dr. Castillo´s office, just before the dog´s surgery, When I asked Jovanny to please get Pelusa spayed as soon as she was strong enough, he said he had another dog, “Maya,” who had given birth to 13 puppies six weeks ago. They have all been given away, which means more and more dogs breeding within the year and more and more suffering.. Jovanny has promised to take both dogs to one of our clinics. Pelusa will be released back to Jovanny on Wednesday.
Directions: Francisco Villa (past town square in Pitillal)
July 16-18 – Vet team will be in Tepic for a veterinarian symposium
July 20 – THURSDAY-July 23 – SUNDAY – Mismaloya in the kindegarden classroom of the public school. The hope is that there will be animals from boca, las juntas y los veranos and el tuito.
|LESLIE Y DR. ANTHONY – RECIBIENDO ALMUERZOS DE CHEEKY MONKEY – LUNCH DONATIONS FROM CHEEKY MONKEY DELIVERED ON THURSDAY – COLONIA LINDA VISTA|
Please “like” PEACEAnimals and Calle Cero on FaceBook.
|FRANK OHLY -MUCHAS VECES ES NUESTRO ÚNICO VOLUNTARIO – CON LESLIE Y PERRA HERIDA. POR OTRO PERRO. LA HIZO CIRUGÍA DR. POLI. FRANK IS OFTEN OUR ONLY VOLUNTEER AT CLINICS. LESLIE WITH TRANQUILIZED DOG BEFORE POLI REPAIRED BITE WOUND.|
|UNA MORDIDA EN EL ESTÓMAGO DE UNA PERRA – LA HERIDA FUÉ ARREGLADA POR DR. POLI. COLONIA LINDA VISTA|
PEACEANIMALS VET TEAM – EL EQUIPO DE PEACEANIMALS – DR. ANTHONY, LESLIE, DR. POLI Y DR. PACHECO
|COLONIA LINDA VISTA – ELENA – DUEÑA DE 20 + PERROS RESCATADOS – TRAJO 22 CALLEJEROS Y PERROS DE VECINOS MIÉRCOLES Y 16 PERROS EL JUEVES.|