Many readers know the story of “Our Lady of Guadalupe,” also known as the “Virgin of Guadalupe.”   Among other titles, she has been proclaimed “Queen of Mexico” and “Empress of Latin America.”  Representing a mixture of the culture, races and religions that formed Mexico, “Our Lady of Guadalupe” is also referred to as “the first mestiza” (“the first Mexican”) and is Mexico´s most popular cultural and religious image.  

In 1974, Nobel Literature laureta Octavo Paz wrote that “the Mexican people, after more than two centuries of experiments, have faith only in the Virgin of Guadalupe and the National Lottery.”

 The celebrations of the Virgin begin every year early in the morning of December 1st with cannon shots and the prolonged and joyful clanging and chiming of church bells. The cannons and bells continue for twelve days. The festive processions to the church of our Lady of Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta begin at about six o’clock every evening, when Juarez street closes to vehicular traffic. On the week-ends, several thousand people participate in the processions.  Observers sit on curbs or stand on sidewalks watching “pilgrims” walking slowly behind flowerless floats that carry girls dressed as the Virgin of Guadalupe and kneeling boys dressed as Juan Diego. The pilgrims, dressed mostly in white, carry burning candles as they make their way to the church.  The song they are all singing is “La Guadalupana,” the stanzas of which are very repetitive and not very melodic.

“AZTEC” DRUMMER

Accompanying the singing pilgrims are bands on every block – tubas, brass horns, guitars, violins and cymbals.  Interspersed between pilgrims and bands are colorful dancers dressed as Aztecs or in the native dress of different regions of México. As the dancers twirl and stomp their way down Juarez street, food vendors on the sidelines sell tacos, quesadillas, pozole, tangerines and a staggering amount of sweets.

INTERNATIONAL  FIREWORKS FESTIVAL IN PUERTO VALLARTA!!
December 20-31.  Five States of México plus Italy, Canada, Spain and the U.S. will be participating in these spectacular shows. 

Twenty minutes of fireworks, including the amazing tower fireworks, will be on display from los muertos pier, the malecón and the Peninsula. For a four-minute video of the 2008 national competition celebrating the 90th anniversary of Puerto Vallarta: http://www.banderasnews.com/1406/nb-2014-international-fireworks-festival.htm 

9th ANNUAL PET PICNIC  DECEMBER 6TH AT DAIQUIRI DICK´S RESTAURANT:

BRISCHA OF “LADRA”
“PET PICNIC” AT DAIQUIRI DICK´S

The 9th annual fundraising event organized by Laura Gelezunas


for the PEACEAnimals s/n clinics was a sell-out and raised money with change left over for a free spay/neuter clinic.  Fifty tickets were sold @275 pesos before the event, totaling 13,750 pesos. 

“BAILEY” WON BEST COSTUME CONTEST

terry bagley was the  denise secured 7500 pesos for the six live auction items; Denise Derame sold raffle tickets @50 pesos each or 3 for 100 pesos totaled 5,000 pesos; ticket sales at the door @300 pesos each totaled 4,000 pesos; Terence Reilly of MexLend donated 1,000 pesos; and four people having lunch in the indoor section of Daiquiri Dick´s who were watching the event donated $20 USD each.  Jeri Grant served as cashier.

CLÍNICA EN LA FERRETERÍA EN COLONIA BUENOS AIRES




STERILIZATIONS:   BY OUR VET TEAM, PETS FOR LIFE, AT THEIR SPONSORED TWO-WEEK CLINIC IN OAXACA:

426 CATS AND DOGS    These numbers make a very large impact on the unwanted pet population.

CLINICA EN BUENOS AIRES
CLÍNICA EN BUENOS AIRES

STERILIZATIONS IN COLONIA BUENOS AIRES (Puerto Vallarta – December 3-6:  Male cats – 18; Female cats:  31; Male dogs: 4; Female dogs: 21  TOTAL:  74

Buenos Aires, sitting between jungled hills,  is a tree-lined, cobbled colonia next to the rió Cuale.  Two schools and a Seapal water plant are next to each other and directly across from the river.  The clinic took place at the iron works on the main road.



A last-minute location change, extensive road work and the absence of all the cat refuges that normally attend the clinics account for the lower than usual number. 

DONATIONS AT COLONIA BUENOS AIRES: 1,150 pesos

Nacho Daddy´s restaurant generously donated delicious lunches to the vet team and volunteers.

DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS CLINICS: 
Anonymous- $10,000 USD
Chris Vietor – 500 pesos
Joyce Hartvigson – 500 pesos
“SIMBA” RESCATADA Y ADOPTADA
RESCUED AND ADOPTED:  “Simba,” a beautiful female Lab mix living on the streets.   Tab Turner brought to her to the PEACEAnimals clinic in el Pitillal for spaying and later took her to a vet for vaccines. One of Tab´s friends wanted to give a large dog to her grandson for Christmas.  The young boy fell in love with Simba, so Christmas came early for him.
“Tuki,” the abandoned black male puppy at Boca de Tomatlán. 

“TUKI,” AHORA “LUCKY,” RECATADO Y ADOPTADO

His new home is with Cynthia Leigh and family. He has been 

renamed “Lucky,” and he is.

IN FOSTER HOMES:  “Nena,” the very sweet young Pit Bull mix rescued from the streets in Pitillal.  Patty Marchak of Mexpup found a temporary home for her while Nena waits for a permanent one.  She has been spayed, vaccinated and continues her twice monthly baths for non-contagious mange. 
“TYSON”  EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO POR 21 MESES

“TYSON” EN SU CASA PUENTE

FREE AT LAST!! “Tyson,” the three-year old Pit Bull mix who has been at the Acopio for 21 months.  He is being fostered by someone who saw the video of Tyson on FB.  She recognized him as the dog she been feeding on the street two years ago. 


NEED HOMES:
“Franz,” approximately 9 -months old, neutered and healthy.  He is handsome and very loving. Knows basic commands, is good on the leash, sits and gives his paw. Franz is great with other dogs, and definitely not an alfa. Is fine with cats, but curious. Has been in a foster home in Boca de Tomatlán since early August 2014, and needs a permanent or new foster home as soon as possible.  Contact:  Karla de Peña c/o AyudaMutt on FB.
“FRANZ” NECESITA HOGAR

 

“MIELLE” NECESITA HOGAR O CASA PUENTE

“Mielle,” one-year old blonde Lab mix.  Spayed and sweet!  Currently in foster home in Boca de Tomatlán.
Contact Karla c/o AyudaMutt on FB.

VOLUNTEER AT THE CENTRO DE ACOPIO
PERRITO EN ADOPCIÓN EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO

Open Monday-Saturday from 8 AM-2 PM.  293-3690. The Acopio is holding adoptions every Saturday from 11 AM-2 PM at Plaza Caracól (back end of building near McDonald´s entrance) AND Macro Plaza.  Dogs are walked twice a week by volunteers organized by Friends of Puerto Vallarta Animals.  Food is always needed. The government contributes almost nothing.

RIDES FOR RESCUE DOGS NEEDED:  For Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.  All expenses for dogs paid for.  Please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

NEW PEACEANIMALS BOARD MEMBER: 
Ralph Osborne- member of the board of directors of the Botanical Gardens, an animal lover and a very active and generous member of the Puerto Vallarta community.  

LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM:  PEACEAnimals has a budget of 210 pesos per day for the vet team of three for four days a week for lunches. 

FAVOR DE DONAR ALMUERZOS PARA EL EQUIPO

Please consider bringing lunches for our vet team to the clinics.   If you can do this, please let me know so we can create a lunch schedule.  By having lunches donated, these savings can used for purchases of supplies and medicines.  THANK YOU.

SCHEDULE/HORARIO:   

December 10-13 – San Blas, Nayarit – location to be announced by Pata Salada (Pets for Life clinic)
December 17-20 –San Pancho, Nay.  – Club de Gente Grande on Tercer Mundo.  (Pets for Life clinic)
December 25-January 6 – VACATION
January 7-10, 2015 – Punta de Mita, Nay.-  Casa de Comunidad in Corral del Risco (former PEACE headquarters)

January 14-17 -Puerto Vallarta – colonia la primavera- calle Mezquite 558-B- home of Cherie Verber.

Directions:  From the north side of Costco, travel towards the mountains, cross Francisco Villa.

You will be on Av. Jesus Rdz. Barba, which turns into Pavoreal.  After approx. 18 blocks following Pavoreal, follow the road to the right (towards Puerto Vallarta).  This road becomes Calle Playa Grande.  After approx 5 blocks, turn left on Mezquite.  After approx 2 blocks you will see Mezquite 558.


Schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website:  www.peaceanimals.organd on this blog:  www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com

Please “like” PEACEAnimals on FaceBook.
DAIN FROM COLORADO AND SIGGI FROM DENMARK VOLUNTEERING AT BUENOS AIRES CLINIC
LORNA VOLUNTEERING AT COLONIA BUENOS AIRES CLINIC

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.    Please sign up[email protected]

If directions needed, please call clinic director, Paulina Stettner:  044-322-779-3585

PAULINA STETTNER, CLINIC DIRECTOR AND VET TECH WITH REGULAR VOLUNTEER, FRANK OHLY



COST FOR ONE SURGERY WEEK CLINIC IS APPROXIMATELY  $1,700 USD.
CLINIC IN COLONIA BUENOS AIRES



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.   Name of recipient of donations  for all donations is simply “PEACE.”

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

 


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Thank you for your interest and support.
Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
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