Four horses and two foals walked leisurely towards me when I got out of our car at Rancho Primavera in el Tuito. Bonnie Jauregui, co-owner of this gorgeous 200-acre property, had invited me
to come see the two foals that had been born one day apart, three weeks ago. They are the sons of
|“CONDE” CON SU MAMÁ – RANCHO PRIMAVERA|
the handsome stallion that lives on an adjoining ranch. The mares in heat get pregnant because either the stallion breaks down a fence or they back up against it, hence the expression “hot to trot.” The horses roam free on Rancho Primavera and usually approach people in hopes of a carrot and a nuzzle. The foals, “Conde” (“Count” and “Real” (“Royal”), were very amenable to being petted and particularly enjoyed being scratched at the bottom of their manes.
“Bella,” the starving Weimaraner that Paulina Stettner, former vet tech and director of PEACAnimals, rescued in a poor, dusty colonia. She ran out to see me, turning around in circles and making wao-wao-waoing sounds. Bella is spoiled and happy and fascinated by the foals.
|“BELLA,” LA PERRA RESCATADA EN VALLARTA HACE 2 AÑOS. ESTÁ MUY INTERESADA EN LOS BEBÉS.|
|“REAL” CON SU MAMÁ – RANCHO PRIMAVERA – EL TUITO|
|RÍO EN LA PROPREIDAD DE “EL SALTO”|
|ARBOL DE PAPAYA HEMBRA – CON FRUTA – FEMALE PAPAYA|
We had just come from “el Salto” (“The Leap”), owned by Bonnie´s husband Carlos. Soon to be for sale, the beautiful one-hundred hectars of river-front property is located in the Tuito foothills of the Sierra Madres. The two kilometers of the river on el salto have two large water falls, and because the river is fed by a spring, the river runs year round. After a swim in the rock pool, we collected lemons, limes and oranges that had fallen to the grass. The papayas weren´t quite ripe enough to be picked, and I learned from Bonnie that there are male papaya trees and female papaya trees. The males bloom and the females bear fruit.
|ARBOL DE PAPAYA MACHO – CON FLORES – MALE PAPAYA|
(If interested in this property, contact [email protected]).
|“EL SALTO” – CABO CORRIENTES|
On the way home, we stopped at the plaza in el Tuito to have a simple, good lunch at Mar Azul.
|PLAZA DE EL TUITO|
Sitting outside the restaurant next to us, eight policemen in grey camoflouge uniforms were throwing scraps of food to a thin, white German Shepherd mix. There are many dogs on the streets in el Tuito. A PEACEAnimals clinic is scheduled there for February 8-11.
Cabo Corrientes (“Cape Currents”) is a cape on the Pacific coast marking the southernmost point of the Bahía de Banderas (“Bay of Flags”). The municipality in which the cape lies is also called Cabo Corrientes. El Tuito (“place of beauty” or “place of the gods”), is approximately an hour´s drive south from Puerto Vallarta.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS: Honoring loved ones who have died, the Day of the Dead is celebrated every year on November 2nd.
|CALAVERAS – EL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS – EL DOS DE NOVIEMBRE|
Private altars (“ofrendas”) using marigolds, sugar skulls, photographs and the favorite food and drinks of the dead are constructed in homes and in public places. These gifts are also taken to grave sites and cemeteries. A few years ago in San Miguel de Allende, I visited a large cemetery where two roosters were in a cage on top of a tomb (the owner had loved cock fights). Further away, in front of the crypts and surrounded by a family with young children, mariachis were playing the favorite songs of the deceased. November 1st is el Día de los Ángeles, remembering the babies and children who have died.
|DÍA DE LOS ANGELES – EL PRIMER DÍA DE NOVIEMBRE|
LA CALAVERA CATRINA is the icon of el Día de los Muertos. Jose Guadalupe Posada, considered the “father of Mexican printmaking,” was fascinated by skulls and skeletons (“calaveras”). In 1910, shortly before the Revolution, Posada published “La Calavera Catrina” as a zinc etching.
The female skeleton is wearing only a fancy plumed hat that upperclass women at the time were wearing. This was not just a death knell for the aristocracy, but a satirical portrait of native Mexicans who were embarrassed by their culture, painting their faces white and attempting to dress and act like Europeans.
LA CATRINA is seen in Diego Rivera´s famous mural, “Sueño de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda Central.” Painted in three different sections in three months in 1947, the below fragment shows La Catrina in a feathered hat and boa standing between Posada to her right, Diego Rivera as a child to her left and behind him, Frida Kahlo holding a yin-yang.
The mural is on display at the MUSEO MURAL DIEGO RIVERA in Mexico City.
La Catrina was an influence on my artist cousin, Brad Overton, in his oil portrait- “OXOMOCO.”
|“OXOMOCO” – PINTADO POR MI PRIMO BRADFORD OVERTON|
JARDINES DE RAMBLASES: Reached by heading east on calle Viena en colonia Versalles and climbing and winding up paved roads to what seems close to the beginnings of the foothills of the Sierra Madres.
|COLONIA JARDINES DE RAMBLASES|
The colonia is quiet and clean and quite pretty. The clinic took place in a very small, vacant cinderblock house. I was there when the vivacious Angelica of AngeliCAT came to retrieve seven kittens she had brought for spay/neuter and also when Dr. Javier, director of the Centro de Acopio, arrived to collect two kennels full of kittens. Cat rescue groups comprise a substantial number of the sterilizations performed by PEACEAnimals.
|JUAN Y SU PRIMA – RAMBLASES|
Juan, a sweet and smiling ten-year old, was there in the morning to watch María, LADRA´s helper, monitor cats in recovery. María was also clipping toenails and picking off ticks and fleas and cutting off the extremely dirty and matted hair on a small, white French Poodle mix. The electric shavers are reserved for pre-surgery procedures. María also put all of the donated collars and two leashes on the dogs waiting for the surprised and grateful owners. Juan came back just before he had to leave for the afternoon session of school to show his younger cousin the animals. Juan was captivated by the clinic and I was captivated by Juan.
|JUAN, DULCE NIÑO DE 10 AÑOS, OBSERVADOR – RAMBLASES|
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN RAMBLASES – OCTOBER 26-29:
Female dogs: 29 ; Male dogs:13; Female cats: 22 ; Male cats: 20
ABORTOS/TERMINATED PREGNANCIES: One dog with 7 fetuses
|REGRESANDO SUS PERRAS EN UNA CARRETILLA DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – RAMBLASES – GOING HOME IN A WHEELBARROW AFTER SURGERY|
DONATIONS AT CLINIC : 920 pesos
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: Shannon Beston – animal advocate extraordinare – 7 dog collars and 2 leashes – purchased at the Dollar Store in Canada.
Conchi and Nick Corrado – Large used dog kennel
|CLÍNICA EN RAMBLASES|
EDUCATION PROGRAM: Leslie Caratachea, vet tech and director of PEACEAnimals education program, presented to 165 students at the Escuela Niños Héroes en colonia Palo Seco.
SOS FOR TREE CAT: She came running down a tree to greet me on the Río Cuale every time I walked our dogs there. The Siamese-mix cat was wearing a pale pink collar with a bell. I started bringing kibble daily just for her, and then one morning I found her with a gaping wound on her side. Dr. Tamayo said it was a cat bite and I brought her home to recover. She is a pretty Siamese mix about two years old, affectionate, healthy and slightly miserable bcause we have six other cats. I would like to find a home for the cat I named “Tree” where there are no other cats. She loves dogs. Please contact me if you would like to meet this cat.
|GATA RESCATADA DE LA ISLA CUALE – TIPO SIAMESE – NECESITA HOGAR SIN OTROS GATOS. SE QUEDA MUY BIEN CON PERROS. CONTACTO: [email protected]|
|DR. POLI – RAMBLASES|
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|HERMOSA PERRA DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – RAMBLASES|
|PIT BULL PARA ESTERILIZACIÓN – RAMBLASES|
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|NIÑAS CON LOS LIBRITOS DE COLOREAR DE PEACEANIMALS ADMIRANDO GATITOS – RAMBLASES YOUNG GIRLS IN SCHOOL UNIFORMS WITH PEACEANIMAL COLORING BOOKS ADMIRING KITTENS|
November 2-5 – Calle Italia #258 entre 20 de noviembre y calle independencia – colonia Villa de Guadalupe DIRECTIONS:
November 9-12 – La Peñita, Nay. (Pets for Life)
November 30- December 3 – Ixtapa – en la delegación
December 7-10 – San Pancho, Nayarit (Pets for Life)
December 14-17 – San Blas, Nayarit (Pets for Life)
December 21-January 4, 2017 – CHRISTMAS VACATION
January 11-14, 2017 – Bucerias, Nayarit (Pets for Life)
February 8-11, 2017 – El Tuito
|PERRA MAREADA DESPUÉS DE ESTERILZACIÓN – RAMBLASES – DOG STILL GROGGY AFTER SURGERY|
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. THE CLINICS OPEN AT 9 AM. ARRIVE EARLY!
Diciembre 4- domingo – PURO GATO
2017 – January 7, 2017 – October 2017 – ANONYMOUS DONOR HAS DONATED FUNDS TO PAY FOR THESE 10 CLINICS. THEY WILL ALL TAKE PLACE THE FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH UNLESS OTHERWISE ADVISED.
|PERRITA DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – RAMBLASES|
THE GROUPS LISTED ABOVE 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. For each cat or dog over the number 30, sponsors of the Sunday clinics will be charged 150 pesos.
|RECOGIENDO MASCOTAS DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – RAMBLASES – COLLECTING PETS|
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR A ONE-DAY SUNDAY CLINIC ON THE ISLA CUALE, THE COST IS ONLY 4,500 PESOS TO STERILIZE 30 CATS AND DOGS. PLEASE CONTACT SHANN[email protected]
|DR. JAVIER – DIRECTOR DEL CENTRO DE ACOPIO – TRAJO DOS HAULAS DE GATITOS PARA ESTERILIZACIÓN – RAMBLASES|
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.
|CLÍNICA EN RAMBLASES|
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.
|JUAN, MARÍA Y FRANK- VOLUNTARIOS EN RAMBLASES|
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.
|VOLUNTARIA MARÍA CORTANDO PELO DE UNA PERRITA EN RECUPERACIÓN DESPUÉS DE CIRUGIA|
|LA PERRITA CON SU DUEÑA -RAMBLASES – LA MANCH ROJA ES MEDICAMENTO CONTRA GARRAPATAS Y PULGAS Y TIENE QUE ESTAR POR 17 DÍAS. RED STAIN IS TREATMENT FOR TICKS AND FLEAS AND NEEDS TO STAY ON FOR 17 DAYS.|
LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECIÓNES Y COMO LLEGAR (EN ESPAÑOL) A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA: (322) 113 3955
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