CAMINO EN PLAYA GRANDE

Playa Grande.  “Large Beach.”   With that name, it would be reasonable to expect, at the minimum, sand. 

PRESIDENTE LÁZARO CÁRDENAS


Playa Grande is a very small colonia (neighborhood) approximately 25-minutes driving time northeast of Vallarta. Playa Grande is also the name of the more than 2,800 hectares (approximately 7,000 acres) of lush ejido land adjacent to the colonia in the foothills of the Sierra Madres.  Lázaro Cárdenas, president of Mexico from 1934-1940, instituted land reform during his term, taking large parcels of land from the elite and giving them to the peasants to use as agrarian collectives. 


I didn´t see any land being used for farming in Playa Grande.  A perfect, paved road meanders past beautiful pink cantera hills, a stone highly valued for its softness, varying colors, textures and durability.  Cantera is found exclusively in parts of México and Central America. 

CANTERA EN PLAYA GRANDE

The cantera is being mined and provides the major source of income for the ejido community in Playa Grande.  The unstripped cantera hills are very beautiful. In addition to cantera income, the ejido community receives a subsidy from the government for keeping Playa Grande green. It is very green.

MINA DE CANTERA – CANTERA BEING MINED



Signs are posted along the road advising that it is illegal to hunt, fish, cut down orchids or a plant called Pig´s Tail.  There is also a request not to leave trash,  and that someone doing so would be reported to the authorities.  Telephone number listed.  

But there was some trash. We filled two large bags of it that we found on the banks of the river where we had gone to swim. 

SWIMMING HOLE.  LUGAR PARA NADAR EN PLAYA GRANDE

At one point, the road crosses over a wide, low cascading part of the river where it could be slightly dangerous to go by foot.  We opted to follow a

SUVS AND TRUCKS CAN CROSS HERE.  PEDESTRIANS USE A DIRT PATH.  LAS CAMIONETAS, ETC. SE PUEDEN CRUZAR EL RÍO AQUÍ PERO LA GENTE USAN UN CAMINITO.

short, dirt path nearby.  It leads to a long, wooden bridge that hangs over the river with a sign in big letters over the entrance that spells out “GRACIAS.”  After crossing, one is back on the paved road.

As we continued our two-hour walk in greenness, we heard the songs of birds, the rare gurgle of frogs and inhaled the perfumes of different jungle flowers that mingled in the warm, dense morning air.

BEAUTIFUL, FRAGRANT FLOWER IN PLAYA GRANDE´S JUNGLE.  HERMOSA, PERFUMADA  FLOR EN LA SELVA DE PLAYA GRANDE



PLAYA GRANDE

PEACEANIMALS BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Is glad to welcome Roie Grieg as a new member.  Roie is founder and president of Friends of Homeless Animals, Inc. (FOHA), headquartered in Rhode Island.  FOHA conducts its rescue efforts in the U.S. and Mexico, saving 1,200-1500 dogs each year from high-kill shelters in the U.S. 
http://peaceanimals.org/about/board_of_directors

MASCOTA.   The word, if it were in the Spanish language, means “pet.”  But Mascota, the town and municipality, is derived from the Teco language of the original inhabitants of the area.  Their name for this place was “Amaxacotlán Mazacotla,” which means “the place of deer and snakes.” 

VISTA DE MASCOTA



The charming colonial town of Mascota is approximately 1,200 meters above sea level in the pine-filled and pyroclastic-coned plateau of the Western Sierra Madres mountain chain.

MOLCAJETE VOLCÁN – MASCOTA – VOLCANO

The municipality of Mascota includes 40 small towns, of which Mascota, with its 14,000 inhabitants, is the largest.  This is beautiful ranch and farm country, with fields of corn, guayavas, avocados, cattle, horses, fighting cocks, etc.  The year-round average temperatures are in the low 70´s.  Mornings and nights are cool. 

MASCOTA



The town of Mascota is listed as a “Pueblo Mágico” in Mexico. The “Magical Towns Program” was initiated by the Secretariat of Tourism to promote towns that offer “magical” experiences due to their historical importance, cultural resources or unique natural beauty.  Sayulita, a  popular beach town an hour´s drive north of Vallarta, recently was removed from the “Pueblo Mágico” list because of the pollution in the water there.

OLD STONE WALLS – MUROS VIEJOS DE PIEDRAS – MASCOTA

FIGHTING COCK FARM- GRANJAS DE GALLOS DE PELEA – MASCOTA


Mascota has been named the cleanest town in the state of Jalisco for the past twenty-five years.  There are steep fines for littering, and laws in place requiring the separation of plastic from other trash, composting, etc.

CALLE PRINCIPAL EN MASCOTA – MAIN STREET

Mascota is not only spotlessly clean, it is very quiet.  A pleasant sound and sight is the occasional clip-clopping of horses ridden over cobbled streets by rancheros wearing levis,  long-sleeved cotton checked or plaid shirts with snap faux mother-of-pearl buttons, boots and wide-brimmed, straw sombreros.   

ENCANTADOR CAFE/RESTAURANT NAPOLES – ATRÁS DEL CLUB DE LEÓNES – MASCOTA – CHARMING CAFÉ/RESTAURANT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE LIONS CLUB



CLINIC IN MASCOTA.  Although only 60 kilometers from Puerto Vallarta, it takes approximately two hours to drive there.  Much of the road is serpentine as it climbs up into the foothills of the Sierra Madres and then winds down to the green plateau below.  The clinic took place in the town´s Club de Leones, which wasn´t only spacious, it was grand.  Red and white seem to be a preferred color combination in Mascota, with many red and white checked cement sidewalks.  Perfect for domino games.

CLÍNICA EN EL CLUB DE LEÓNES – MASCOTA

JORGE PÉREZ, SECRETARY AND GUILLERMO ARECHIGA, PRESIDENT – BRINGING BREAKFASTTO THE VET TEAM – CLUB DE LEONES – MASCOTA –  TRAENDO  DESAYUNOS AL EQUIPO.

The great location was arranged by Guillermo Arechiga, president of the Lions Club.  Guillermo and his wife, Ofelia, also provided and secured meals for the vet team and invited part of the team to stay in one of the rental cabañas on their beautiful ranch, “Rancho de los Abuelos- Mascota.”  

On Tuesday, my second day at the clinic, María Caridad Perez Cabrera, a short, curly-haired blonde woman in her 40´s, introduced herself to me.  María, originally from Cuba, had worked at a large ad agency in New York and now lives in Mascota.  She said she had rescued and found homes via FB for more than 200 dogs and asked me to pick up a mama dog from a neighbor on Tuesday because she would be in Guadalajara. 

I drove to the address María gave me, accompanied by a former taxi driver who had lived in Vallarta for fifty-two years.  Originally from Mascota, he is now retired and a member of the Lions Club. The owner of the small, humble home where we were knocking, almost immediately rode up on a bicycle. Two three-month old kittens ran out onto the sidewalk when he opened the door.  I could see a large cardboard box on the floor in the house and asked if we could put the kittens in it and drive them back to the clinic.  The man beckoned me to come look inside the box. The mother of the two older kittens was nursing three newborns.   I drove back to the clinic with the flea-infested kittens from the first litter and returned to the house with my co-pilot.  We loaded up a large, black Lab-mix mama and her three handsome, black puppies and returned to the clinic, where two touristic policeman were visiting.

CACHORRO TRANQUILIZADO Y ADOPTADO POR UN POLICÍA TURISTICA – MASCOTA.  TRANQUILIZED PUPPY BEFORE BEING NEUTERED AND  ADOPTED BY A TOURISTIC POLICE.

One of them had been there the day before with his brown and white Cocker for spaying. She had given birth to four puppies two months before and he promised to bring them in the next morning to be sterilized.  The second policeman adopted one of the black male puppies. 

ROJO Y BLANCO – COMBINACIÓN DE COLORES POPULAR EN MASCOTA

CASA ROJA Y BLANCA – MASCOTA – POPULAR COMBINATION OF RED AND WHITE IN MASCOTA.

The second lucky black dog on Tuesday was a young female street dog who had wandered into the building.   She was spayed and taken home to Ofelia´s and Guillermo´s beautiful ranch, where she will have lots of grass to run on with the three other dogs. 

PEQUEÑO PARQUE – MASCOTA – SMALL PARK


IGLESIA DE NAVIDAD – ATRÁS DE LA PLAZA PRINCIPAL –  MASCOTA –
“CHRISTMAS” CHURCH – ACROSS FROM THE MAIN PLAZA



Places to visit in Mascota: A small museum;  Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores; Iglesia Navidad; and the Templo de la Sangre Preciosa.  The latter, with its Roman-arched entrance, was begun in the late 1800´s as a monastery and never completed.  Adorned by bougainvillea and avocado trees (one fell to the ground next to me), it is used now for weddings and fiestas.


ENTRADA CON ARCO ROMANO DEL TEMPLO DE SANGRE PRECIOSA. MASCOTA.
ROMAN-ARCHED ENTRANCE TO THE “TEMPLE OF PRECIOUS BLOOD.”


IGLESIA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LOS DOLORES – MASCOTA



STERILIZATIONS IN MASCOTA – AUGUST 6-8:

Female dogs: 75; Male dogs – 11; Female cats – 22; Male cats – 16 

TOTAL:  124

PLUS pregnancies terminated for 1 cat with 5 fetuses and 1 cat with 4 fetuses


PARTE DE DOS EXCELENTES EQUIPOS – CLUB DE LEONES Y PEACEANIMALS.
 PART OF TWO TEAMS – LIONS CLUB AND PEACEANIMALS









DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN MASCOTA:  Amy Welch, treasurer of PEACEAnimals, brought the following down from Portland to the clinic on Wednesday: 5 kennels; 50 syringes; 4 gowns – from the Oregon Humane Society and the Pixie Project.

510 PESOS IN DONATION BOX

Plus daily meals for vet team by members of Club de los Leones 





DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: 

Marsha Staneck – $50 USD  
BACK AT BOCA: After the weekly, week-end panga outing, Karla de la Peña introduced me to Jonathan, the eight-year old boy who broke his jaw jumping off the pier.  Even though the left side of his jaw is still swollen and and he says painful, Jonathan looks great. He´ll have one more surgery to remove the plate in his jaw. 

JONATHAN EN BOCA DESPUÉS DE CIRUGIA PARA LA MANDÍBULA QUEBRADA


The bay was a clear Mediterranean blue on Saturday when we swam with dolphins and spotted eagle rays.  Although I have been swimming near them on the water´s surface,  this was the first time I´ve been underwater to see them and hear their whistles. 

It is turtle mating time, and they are very busy in the bay.  For an interesting  article on how they manage this:
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/terrifying-sex-organs-of-male-turtles/

Current temperature in Banderas Bay – 87 degrees fahrenheit.  

YA ESTÁN MUCHAS TORTUGAS APAREANDOSE EN LA BAHÍA DE BANDERAS  



EDUCATION PROGRAM- SUMMER VACATION.  SCHOOLS CLOSED.


  

CLÍNICA EN MASCOTA

FOR PHOTOS/NAMES OF RESCUED DOGS THAT NEED HOMES, THE ACOPIO HAS A CURRENT ROSTER THAT INCLUDES PHOTOS, NAMES DESCRIPTIONS.

PARA FOTOS,/NOMBRES Y INFORMACIÓN DE LOS PERROS EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO QUE NECESITAN HOGARES:

PERRA TRANQUILIZA ANTES DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – TRANQUILIZED DOG BEFORE SURGERY – MASCOTA
RAISING FUNDS AND VISIBILITY:  Three hundred PEACEAnimals blue mesh shopping/beach bags with,extra-long straps are now available. The PEACEAnimals logo and website are on one side and the familiar mermaid on the other.  Bags are 200 pesos each and  can be purchased at:
BOLSAS DE PEACEANIMALS EN VENTA

Lucy´s CuCu Cabana -295 Basilio Badillo (AFTER OCTOBER 25TH)

Choco Museo – Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez 128 in centro (across from the malecón)

Galeria Uno – 561 Morelos

Colleción la Bohemia at Constitución and Basilio

Cork & Bottle – Los Mercados – Aquiles Serdan 265

Charlie’s Sport Fishing and Tours- Local 8B -Marina Vallarta

Galeria Dante – 269 Basilio Badillo 

Macaria- Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez 129, between Morelos and the malecón.   

Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens (gift shop)
PRACTICANDO SU LAZO- PRACTICING HIS LASSO.  MASCOTA


DONATE WITHOUT SPENDING MONEY:  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, long on to www.amazonsmile.com and type in Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. (PEACEAnimals receives all of these donations).
Troy Valens –  Owner of Sea Monkey and Cheeky Monkey restaurants – $10  USD gift certificates to Sea Monkey and Cheeky Monkey for “sharing” AmazonSmile post.


GREATERGOOD – PLEASE CLICK!  Your daily clicks or direct donations help animals, people and the planet. www.greatergood.orgwww.greatergood.com   To donate specifically to PEACEAnimals:  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.  

WEIMAR RECUPERANDO DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN -CLÍNICA EN MASCOTA



SCHEDULE/HORARIO:
August 16-19 – el Pitillal – en el mercado viejo cerquita del puente de la entrada a Pitillal y a un lado de la tienda para bicicletas. Adjacent to the bridge over the river just entering Pitillal and close to the bike shop.

August 23-26 – Porvenir, Nayarit – salón ejidal – calle 12 de octubre  entre calle Benito Juarez y 16 de octubre – a un lado de la plaza principal.

September 6-9 – Colonia Barrio Santa María -calle Coyula con esquina Capilla . EN LA COORDINADORA DEL AYUTAMIENTO

SE ACABARON LAS HAULAS EN MASCOTA EL SEGUNDO DÍA.  LA GENTE TENÍA QUE ESPERAR CON SUS MASCOTAS.  WE RAN OUT OF KENNELS ON THE SECOND DAY, SO SOME PET OWNERS HAD TO WAIT WITH THEIR DOGS.


DESIGNATED LINE WITH RECORDING ADVISING LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS – ONLY IN SPANISH –
 (322) 113 3955


TO REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE, CALL THE CENTRO DE ACOPIO – 322-223-3690 OR THE POLICE – 911 –  AND ASK FOR THE “GREEN PATROL” (“PATROLLA VERDE”)

  

PETS FOR LIFE  SPECIAL  ONE-DAY CLINICS ARE HELD ON THE ISLA CUALE THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH.   CLINICS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION 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 ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE.  
For each cat or dog over the number 30,  sponsors of the Sunday clinics will be charged 150 pesos.  To sponsor a Sunday clinic, please contact: [email protected]

IN FRONT OF THE LIONS CLUB – MASCOTA – FRENTE DEL CLUB DE LOS LEONES


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.  (As SPCAPV paid for 100% of the April clinic, the anonymous donor´s donation for 10 clinics of 30 animals each will include November).    

LOCATIONS NEEDED FOR CLINICS.  REQUIRED:  WATER, ELECTRICITY, BATHROOM AND PARKING AVAILABILITY.

ESPERANDO.  WAITING.  CLINIC IN MASCOTA


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.


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.

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.
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DR. PACHECO ES DE MASCOTA.    DR. PACHECO IS FROM MASCOTA . 


Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website:  www.peaceanimals.org,  on this blog and on the PEACEAnimals FaceBook page.

CLÍNICA EN MASCOTA




Please “like” PEACEAnimals on FaceBook.

CLUB DE LEONES – MASCOTA



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 clinic supplies.

NECESITAMOS DONACIONES DE COMIDAS PARA EL EQUIPO CADA SEMANA – 4 DÍAS PARA 6 PERSONAS.  GRACIAS.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.  We are almost always short on volunteers.  Please contact Leslie Caratachea via FB or [email protected] – or just drop by.
FOR INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING: 

 http://www.peaceanimals.org/volunteer_1/volunteer_duties
YOUNG VOLUNTEERS CLEANING KENNELS – DUNIA GUITIERREZ FROM LA CRUZ AND ANNABELLE HALLORAN FROM MILL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
 VOLUNTARIAS JOVENES LIMPIANDO HAULAS – MASCOTA

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.
                   

CLUB DE LEONES – MASCOTA

    

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. 
MASCOTA
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.
PEACEANIMALS VET TEAM – EL EQUIPO DE PEACEANIMALS – DR. ANTHONY, LESLIE, DR. POLI Y DR. PACHECO
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.

FIN DEL DÍA MARTES – CLUB DE LEONES – MASCOTA – END OF THE DAY ON TUESDAY



Banderas Bay Charities, Inc (BBC, Inc) offers tax-deductible receipts in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
Amy Welch, Secretary-Treasurer amywelchp[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.

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.

PARA FOTOS,/NOMBRES Y INFORMACIÓN DE LOS PERROS EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO QUE NECESITAN HOGARES:
PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES- LLAME  A LA POLICA – 911 – Y PIDA LA PATROLLA VERDE o al centro de acopio   293 3690


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




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
NECESITAMOS SU APOYO.  FAVOR DE DONAR ALMUERZOS PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO. NOS CUESTA 1,120 PESOS LA SEMANA PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO DE 4 PERSONAS.   CON SUS DONACIÓNES DE COMIDA, PODEMOS USAR ESTE DINERO PARA SUMINISTROS.   FAVOR DE CONFIRMAR CUÁL DÍA DE LA SEMANA PUEDEN.  LESLIE VA HACER EL HORARIO PARA ALMUERZOS.  GRACIAS.

 TAMBIÉN NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, POR FAVOR.
http://www.peaceanimals.org/espa_ol/protocolo_para_voluntarios

GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.

Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de la mesa directiva
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals