|ÁRBOL DE AMAPAS EN VALLARTA|
As I prepared to leave Vallarta to visit my children and grandchildren in San Francisco and my mother in Hawaii, I took a last look at the glorious yellow blossoms on the primavera trees, hoping they would still be here when I returned. It is a warmer spring that usual, and the orchid, amapas and primavera trees are all in beautiful full bloom.
|PARQUE DE GOLDEN GATE EN SAN FRANCISCO|
Winter temperatures in San Francisco were in the 60´s and Golden Gate Park was full of gorgeous blooms.
|ÁRBOLES EN EL PARQUE DE GOLDEN GATE, SAN FRANCISCO. TODAVÍA ES INVIERNO Y PARECE PRIMAVERA.|
Across town in the sunny mission district, which is heavily Latino, small shops are filled with Donald Trump piñatas.
|PIÑATAS DE DONALD TRUMP EN MUCHAS TIENDAS EN EL ÁREA DE LA MISÍON – SAN FRANCISCO|
Arriving in Honolulu, I immediately was was aware of the sweet fragrance of tropical flowers. Staying on Diamond Head with my mother, trade winds gently blow, coconut palms curve towards the ocean, endless rows of white crested waves roll to the sea wall and to the shore, doves coo
|DIAMOND HEAD- THE GOLD COAST – HONOLULU|
and the white terns that flutter over the ocean as they fish, lay a single egg on the branch or bough of a tree. The very old and enormous banyan trees in Kapiolani park across the street from the seawall look very mysterious with their aerial prop roots. Some of the dangling roots, which in time will become almost indistinguishable from the trunk of the banyan, have been tied together to serve as sturdy swings.
|ÁRBOL BANYAN EN EL PARQUE KAPIOLANI EN HONOLULU, HAWAII|
A forty -minute drive from Diamond Head, passing Coco Head (for climbing) , Hanauma Bay (for (crowded snorkeling), Makapu (for body surfing), the famous black lava rock blow hole where Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster rolled romantically in the surf, is Waimanalo, my favorite beach on the island.
|PLAYA DE WAIMANALO, OAHU, HAWAII – EN LA DISTANCIA – LA ISLA “EL CONEJO”|
Located on the windward side of Oahu, it is a a quiet place in an agricultural area,
|ALMORZANDO EN EL JARDÍN DE UN RESTAURANTE EN WAIMANALO|
and has the longest stretch of beach on the island. Waimanalo beach is lined with tall palms and shaggy ironwood trees, the sand is powdery and the water is calm, clear and a heavenly shade of pale turquoise.
|EL AGUA TURQUESA DE WAIMANALO|
In the near distance are dark, serrated cliffs that have been buffeted for eons by strong winds. A bit further away in the ocean, small islands seem to be floating in place. Happily, there are no hotels here, so this astonishingly beautiful place place remains largely undiscovered by tourists.
|ARTE EN LA PLAYA DE WAIMANALO|
STERILIZATIONS: Valle Dorado, Nayarit – February 24-27
|VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT|
Female dogs: 20; Male dogs: 50; Female cats: 25; Male cats: 16 TOTAL: 111
DONATIONS at clinic: 1,230 pesos
This clinic was made possible by a generous grant from the Richard R. Reed Foundation.
COLONIA VILLA DE GUADALUPE – The clinic took place in a vacant small brick house in this dusty and humble neighborhood 30 minutes northeast of central Vallarta. Although this was a very busy clinic, no one was turned away. We ran out of crates to put dogs in, so the last ones to arrive were anesthetized right away, and waited on leashes with their owners.
|VILLA DE GUADALUPE|
STERILIZATIONS: Colonia Villa de Guadalupe (Puerto Vallarta) March 2-5
Female dogs: 69; Male dogs: 39; Female cats: 32; Male cats: 15
Plus – pregnancies terminated for 1 cats with 5 fetuses; 1 cat with 4 fetuses; 1 dog with 3 fetuses
|HOGAR PARA LA CLÍNICA EN VILLA DE GUADALUPE|
DONATIONS at clinic in Villa de Guadalupe: 1,480 pesos
This clinic was made possible in part by a generous grant of $10,000 USD from the Richard R Reed Foundation. At a cost of $1,800 USD per surgery week, $9,000 USD pays for 5 clinics. With a balance of $1,000 USD, the RRR Foundation has underwritten 5/9 of the costs of the clinic in Villa de Guadalupe. This amount represents the sterilization of 87 cats and dogs.
Total dogs and cats sterilized as a result of the Richard R. Reed Foundation grant: 661!!!
This makes a very large impact on the unwanted pet population in the area of the Bay of Banderas. México is apparently number one in the world for overpopulation of cats and dogs.
|ANAESTHETIZADA Y ESPERANDO SU CIRUGÍA – VILLA DE GUADALUPE|
|ANAESTHETIZADO ANTES DE CIRUGÍA|
DONATIONS to PEACEAnimals: Debra Wolfson – $50 USD
Beast+Babe (wonderful handmade collars and leashes for dogs ) $1,247 USD, which pays for the treatment of fleas, ticks and parasites for 1,247 cats and dogs at PEACEAnimals clinics www.beastandbabe.com
Hannah and Ron Nunn: $200 USD
EDUCATION PROGRAM: Leslie Caratachea presented to approximately420 students at the Constitución school in Valle Dorado. She reported that two of the students arrived on Thursday morning with their dogs and stayed the entire day volunteering at the clinic.
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MARCH 9-12 – San Blas, Nay. (Pets for Life)
MARCH 16-19 – Mezcales, Nay. – calle Francisco Villa #206 en colonia el capomo – a espaldas de la coca-cola- Behind the old Coca Cola plant. On lateral one block before the turn to San Juan turn right go 1 1/2 half blocks approximately.
MARCH 23-26 – EASTER VACATION – VACACIÓNES
MARCH 30 – APRIL 2 – Puerto Vallarta – location TBA
April 6-9 – La Peñita, Nayarit – (PETS FOR LIFE CLINIC)
April 13-16 – el Tuito- From Puerto Vallarta south on carretera 200 – one hour driving time. After passing through el Columpio, you will soon you will see a sign saying “La Hermosa.”
Look for the next right, which is a wide road that veers off to the right. There is a large, blue sign that says “Cabo Corrientes” right before you veer off to the right. (There are a bunch of tow trucks parked on the right side.) Take that road.
Proceed on that road. Soon you will cross a little bridge. Continue straight for approx.1 block. Turn right at the stop sign. Go approx. 2-3 blocks, (you will pass the supermarket on the right). When you see the church, on your left, go to the end of that block. Turn right onto Calle Jalisco. (there is a vacant lot on the corner with a cyclone fence & a “Se Vende” sign). The clinic will be held in the first house on the left, recognizable by a cement bottle wall.
APRIL 20-23 – San Vicente, Nayarit
APRIL 27-30 – colonia Pitillal, Puerto Vallarta
MAY 4-7 – Bucerias, Nayarit
|SPECIAL SUNDAY CLINC ON THE ISLA CUALE MARCH 6 – SPONSORED BY COLINA FREE CLINIC|
|COLETTE ZARRY, OWNER OF COLINA, AMANDA AND DANA – VOLUNTEERING AT SUNDAY CLINIC ON THE ISLA CUALE – A MOSTLY CAT DAY|
CALENDAR FOR SPECIAL SUNDAY ONE-DAY CLINICS ON THE ISLA CUALE, WHERE SO MANY CATS AND KITTENS ARE ABANDONED. PURO GATO WILL HOLD ADOPTIONS ON THE ISLA FROM 11-2 ON THESE SAME DATES.
|DR. POLI AND LIVIA HEVIA AT THE SUNDAY ISLA CUALE CLINIC – 34 ANIMALS HAD BEEN REGISTERED BY 9:30 A.M. ON MARCH 6|
April 3- domingo – PURR PROJECT
July 3 – domingo – PEACEAnimals
Diciembre 4- domingo – PURO GATO
THE ABOVE GROUPS HAVE HIRED AND WILL PAY PETS FOR LIFE 4,500 PESOS FOR THE STERILIZATION OF 30 ANIMALS. IF NUMBERS ARE GREATER, THE SAME ORGANIZATIONS WILL REQUEST DONATIONS FROM THEIR SUPPORTERS TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE.
|PERRA QUE YA TUVO DOS PARTOS ANAESTHESIADA Y ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA – VILLA DE GUADALUPE|
LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECIÓNES Y COMO LLEGAR (EN ESPAÑOL) A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA: (322) 113 3955