|LA IGLESIA DE MOJONERAS|
|LIBRITOS DE PEACEANMALS PARA COLOREAR|
MOJONERAS is a humble colonia 30-minutes northeast of central Puerto Vallarta. The main cement square is surrounded by a few trees and is usually empty for lack of grass and shade. The unwalled Catholic church consists of a cement floor with several rows of wooden chairs for seating under yellow plastic streamers hanging from the amalgamated tin roof.
|ESPERANDO – MOJONERAS – WAITING|
The Mojoneras clinic always takes place in the local government building, a block away from the plaza. An elementary school is around the corner, which gave us the opportunity to give away our educational coloring books to the yellow and navy-uniformed grade school students. One of the teachers said she would make class presentations regarding care of pets and wildlife. It was another hot day – 93 degrees and high humidity.
|BROUGHT THEIR 7 RESCUE DOGS TO CLINIC IN MOJONERAS. TRAYERON SUS 7 PERROS RESCATADOS A LA CLÍNICA EN MOJONERAS|
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN MOJONERAS
AUGUST 28-31: MALE DOGS – 25; female dogs – 41; MALE CATS – 20; FEMALE CATS – 47 TOTAL: 133
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN MOJONERAS: 1,280 pesos
|CLÍNICA EN MOJONERAS – ESPERANDO REGISTRACIÓN|
The clinic in Mojoneras was underwritten by the generous donation of $5,000 USD from Bebe Schweppe. This gift paid the cost of 2.78 clinics.
|ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA – WAITING AT MOJONERAS CLINIC|
EDUCATION PROGRAM: On Tuesday, August 27, Leslie Caratachea, education director, presented to 50 students at the José María Morelos elementary school in Mojoneras.
COLONIA EL MANGAL: Unable to attend this Puerto Vallarta clinic as I was out of the country.
|VOLUNTARIOS CHECANDO GATOS DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA – EL MANGAL foto: Leslie Caratachea|
STERILIZATIONS AT EL MANGAL – September 2-5:
Male dogs – 15; Female dogs – 34; Male cats – 18; Female cats – 47 TOTAL: 114
Plus pregnancy terminated for 1 cat with 4 fetuses
|ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA – EL MANGAL foto: Leslie Caratachea|
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN EL MANGAL: 1,520 PESOS
Eighty-eight percent (88%) of the clinic at el Mangal was underwritten by the generous donation of $5,000 USD from Bebe Schweppe. This gift paid the cost of 2.78 clinics, resulting in a total of 396 sterilizations of cats and dogs.
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:
Steve Stowell – 3 new dog leashes from Ikea in New Mexico.
Michael Turner – $50 USD (monthly)
|DÍA DEL CHARRO – EL MALECÓN|
DÍA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA (Independence Day) celebrates “El Grito de Dolores.” The call to arms for revolution from Spain was made early on the morning of September 16th, 1810 by Roman Catholic priest, Miguel Hidalgo, in the city of Dolores, Guanajuato. The “Grito” was accompanied by the ringing of Hidalgo´s church bell. Independece from Spain in 1821. Every year on the eve of Independence Day, Hidalgo´s bell is rung by the President of Mexico at the National Palace in Mexico City.
|CALLE JUAREZ, PUERTO VALLARTA|
Puerto Vallarta has decorated itself in red, white and green lights, tinsels and golden bells. The bells are representative of Miguel Hidalgo´s church bell, and also work very well for Christmas decorations, as do the red, white and green lights and tinsels. All will stay up until late January.
Part of the Independence Day festivities is ” Día del Charro” (“Cowboy Day”), Approximately five hundred “charro” and “escaramuza” (“cowgirl”) riders, interspersed with musicians playing horns and drums,
began their parade down the malecón. In the procession: sweat-soaked shirted men wearing typical charro costumes expertly twirling lassos; prancing horses with long manes and tails – some performing complicated dance steps; sidesaddle-riding, smiling girls and women wearing red lipstick and colorful, ruffled skirts and blouses; and a young boy in full charro costume who couldn´t manage his horse and looked like he was going to cry, but didn´t. The drums and horns beat loudly and the smells of horse manure and beer mingling with the salty air were quite pleasant. ¡Viva México!
Thirty minutes later, cowboys, cowgirls and musicians were at the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe to be blessed.
More celebrating took place on Sunday, but I chose to be at a quiet place on Banderas Bay exploring for dolphins (we only saw two) and snorkeling at a favorite cove. The watar is very clear, deep, deep blue and 88-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Karla, owner of Boca Divers, says it´s the warmest the water has been in the bay since she started taking temperatures many years ago.
In 2018, PEACEAnimals sterilized 5,792 cats and dogs.