El Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) evolved from Aztec festivals and become sythesized with traditions of the Spanish invaders. In Aztec mythology, “Mictecaihuatl,” which literally translated means “Lady of the Dead,” is queen of the underworld (“Mictlan”). In contemporary times, Mictecaihuatl presides over el Día de los Muertos. Aztec myth is that she was born and then sacrificed as an infant. Mictecacihuatl was represented as a body without flesh and with an open mouth, enabling her to swallow the stars during the day.
|MICTECAIHUATL- “LADY OF THE DEAD” – CODEX BORGIA – “DAMA DE LOS MUERTOS”|
The role of Mictecaihuatl is to rule the afterlife, guarding the bones of the dead and reigning over their festivals. Watching over the bones was important, because it was the bones of the dead from past worlds that were used to create the first humans of this world. The belief of the Aztecs was that the bones of this world might be needed to create people in a future world.
The Codex Borgia (Codex Yoalli Ehēcatl) is a Mesoamerican ritual and divinatory manuscript presumably written before the Spanish conquest and ultimately taken to Italy. It is named after the Italian cardinal, Stefano Borgia, who owned it before it was purchased by the Vatican Library.
Images on the Codex Borgia were painted on the front and back of animal skins folded into 39 sheets, totaling thirty-five feet. Read from right to left, it features eighteen pages of astronomical narrative illustrating the annual alerteration of the dry and rainy seasons.
My cousin Brad interpreted “Mictlan” and a calavera (skull) in a lifesize oil painting entitled “IDES OF MICTLAN:”
|“IDES OF MICTLAN” – LIFE SIZE (CALAVERA) OIL PAINTING BY BRADFORD OVERTON www.bradfordoverton.com|
Day of the Dead altars were on display on the malecón and in the exterior corridors of the former city hall (“ex-presidencia”) for four days.
|DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS- PASILLO DE LA EX-PRESIDENCIA|
I was surprised to see one constructed for Bobby Kennedy, as well as for two animal species that have become extinct. The altar for Elizabeth Taylor basically had only a small bowl holding three overripe bananas and another small bowl of chili peppers. She might have preferred some chocolate.
Having been told that there would be mariachis at the main city cemetery at 7 PM on November 1st, el Diá de los Ángeles, we went there.
|UNA CALAVERA PINTADA EN UN PARED DEL CEMETERIO PARA EL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS. SKULL PAINTED ON ONE OF THE WALLS OF THE CEMETERY.|
|EL CEMETERIO PRINCIPAL DE VALLARTA – LA NOCHE DEL DÍA DE LOS ÁNGELES Y EL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS|
We returned the following evening at the same time, but there were no mariachis. The only music was provided by a young man in a red cotton shirt playing his guitar as he sat on a cement tombstone surrounded by a young family and friends.
|CANTANDO EL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS – EL CEMETERIO DE LA COLONIA 5 DE DICIEMBRE|
Part of the ground in the cemetery has been cemented over. The rest is rubble, and without a single blade of grass anywhere. It is a very overpopulated place in a state of disrepair.
VILLA DE GUADALUPE: After driving north to the municipality of Pitillal, Villa de Guadalupe is about and 18 block climb east, heading towards the foothills. The colonia is quiet and clean and the donated location for the clinic was wonderful – in a very large, airy rental space (“salon para eventos”) covered with a tin roof.
|RENTAL LOCATION DONATED FOR VILLA DE GUADALUPE CLINIC. “SOFI” IS THE DOG UNDER ANESTHESIA IN THE PHOTO. ESPACIO DONADO PARA LA CLÍNICA Y “SOFI” ES LA PERRA ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA.|
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN VILLAS DE GUADALUPE – NOVEMBER 2-5
Female dogs: 44; Male dogs: 14; Female cats: 25; Male cats: 19
|JANICE PARKER DONÓ 14 COLLARES Y 9 CORREAS UTILIZADOS – VILLA DE GUADALUPE|
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: Michael Turner – $50 USD (monthly donation)
Janice Parker- 14 used dog collars and 9 used leashes
YOU AND YOUR DOG/DOGS ARE INVITED TO THE 11TH ANNUAL PET PICNIC: Sunday, Decmber 3rd at 11 AM at Daiquiri Dick´s. The fun and popular event includes boxed lunch (tip included), dog treats, raffle and costume contest at 12 noon. Net proceeds benefit the free, mobile spay/neuter clinics of PEACEAnimals. Tickets are 350 pesos in advance or 400 pesos at the door, and can be purchased at Daiquiri Dick´s on los Muertos beach (Olas Altas #314) Tel: 322 222 0566 Thank you to event organizers, Laura Gelezunas and Tari Bowman, owner of Daiquiri Dick´s.
EDUCATION PROGRAM: Leslie Caratachea, vet tech and director of PEACEAnimals education program, presented to 120 students at the Emilano Zapata school in Pitillal on November 1.
|“SKANKY” – VIEJO CIEGO GATO DE LA CALLE ADOPTADO AL FIN|
ADOPTED: “Skanky,” the carousing, fighting street cat that became tame and loving with food and time. And he became an old cat in the ten years I´ve known him. Alex Andriadis, owner of Rivera del Río and Garlands del Río (small hotels on the río cuale) very kindly agreed to adopt this affectionate, beaten-up street cat.
|ALEX CON “SKANKY”|
When he took Skanky for a check-up this week, the vet confirmed that Skanky is completely blind, had eye and ear infections, was missing teeth and had suffered a head injury, probably from being hit by a car, and that he was, in fact, a “miracle cat.”
Alex and his partner have a dog, five ferrets and two hedgehogs and says that Skanky just lies very still when the small animals crawl over him. Accustomed to living under a car, Skanky still feels safest staying under the bed.
|ALEX HOLDING ONE OF HIS TWO HEDGEHOGS|
SOS! I saw the small black dog that looked part Xolo pawing through trash and called out to it. Almost always when I do this, the dog or cat runs away. This dog trotted over to me and when I sat down on the curb, ran circles around me and then tried to sit on my lap. She followed me home, where I spent an hour picking engorged ticks out of her ears, and then took her to Dr. Tamayo, our excellent vet, who gave her the five-in-one vaccine. On the following morning, I took her to the PEACEAnimals clinic in Villa de Guadalupe to be spayed and treated for fleas, ticks and parasites. Dr. Anthony said she had been hit by a car, which is why her left hind leg was less muscular than the right. I gave her the name of “Sofi,” because her choice was to come home with me instead of running away. She is a loving dog and needs a loving home. I will have to take her to the Acopio on Monday if I can´t find a foster or permanent home before then. Number there is 293 3690 if interested.
|SOFI PARA ADOPCIÓN EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO – SWEET, PLAYFUL, AFFECTIONATE AND SMART.|
En route to the clinic, I stopped at Costco to pick up Janice Parker, vacationing from Victoria, Canada. She had contacted me a couple of years ago wanting help in finding a rescued Chichuachua to adopt. She adopted two. Recently she contacted me again saying she would be returning to Puerto Vallarta and would like to volunteer at one of our clinics. Janice helped me pick ticks off of Sofi, and on her own, did the same for other dogs and monitored the vital signs of cats and dogs in recovery. She was impressed when Dr. Anthony showed her the small incision he makes on the female dogs, pointing out that sutures are all inside and self-absorbant. After being spayed, female dogs are “tattooed” in purple ink over the incision. As hair will soon grow back and cover the tattoo, the dog will have been anesthetized and shaved before a vet could see that the dog had already been sterilized.
|SIEMPRE CIRUGÍA EXCELENTE – POCA SANGRE- INCISIÓN PEQUEÑA – SUTURAS DENTRO. – RECUPERACIÓN RÁPIDA – ALWAYS EXCELLENT SURGERY – VERY LITTLE BLOOD – SMALL INCISION- SUTURES INSIDE – FAST RECOVERY – “SOFI”|
Sterilization at PEACEAnimals clinics takes approximately 10 minutes for male cats and dogs and 15 minutes for females. There are vets here who simply remove the uterus and leave the ovaries. They are not always easy to extract, as they are quite small and can also rupture. This of course means that although the animal cannot get pregnant, she will still come into heat and therefore be at great risk for sexual contact with a male. In Mexico, this can cause death for a dog, due to the prevalance of sexually transmitted diseases, i.e., TVT, brucella, FIV and fluek.
Janice returns home to Canada in another week, and will be taking three MexPup dogs to temporary and permanent homes there.
|LESLIE – VILLA DE GUADALUPE|
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|GATITOS RECUPERANDO DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA – VILLA DE GUADALUPE|
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.
November 9-12 – La Peñita, Nay. (Pets for Life)
November 16-19 – Col. la Floresta – calle laurel #1119 esquina rosas
November 23-26 – Altavela, Nayarit
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
|LESLIE CON UNA DE 4 CACHORRITAS – PREPARANDOLA. LAS HERMANITAS Y SU MAMÁ ESTÁN PARA ADOPCIÓN. ONE OF FOUR BEAUTIFUL SISTERS PLUS THEIR MOTHER FOR ADOPTION.|
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
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.
January 7, 2017 – October 2017 – ANONYMOUS DONOR HAS DONATED FUNDS (SPAY/NEUTER FOR 30 CATS AND DOGS) TO PEACEANIMALS FOR 10 SUNDAY CLINICS ON THE ISLA CUALE.
|TRANQUILAZADO ANTES DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – VILLA DE GUADALUPE|
|DR. POLI Y DR. PACHECO – VILLA DE GUADALUPE|
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]
|LOCAL PARA LA CLÍNICA EN VILLA DE GUADALUPE|
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.
|CLÍNICA EN COLONIA VILLA DE GUADALUPE|
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.
|EL PERRO QUE NO QUERÍA CAMINAR HASTA LA MESA DE PRE-OP. THE DOG THAT DIDN´T WANT TO WALK TO THE PRE-OP TABLE.|
Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website: www.peaceanimals.org, on this blog: www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com and on the PEACEAnimals FaceBook page.
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|FAVOR DE DONAR ALMUERZOS AL EQUIPO DE PEACEANIMALS|
LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM: PEACEAnimals has a budget of 70 pesos per vet team individual (three persons) per day for 4 days a week for lunches. Please consider bringing lunches for our vet team to the clinics. If you can do this, please advise so we can create a lunch schedule. By having lunches donated, these savings can used for purchases of supplies and medicines.
|VOLUNTARIA JANICE PARKER Y “SOFI” – VILLA DE GUADALUPE|
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.
|RECUPERANDO DESPUÉS DE CIRUGÍA – VILLA DE GUADALUPE|
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.
LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECIÓNES Y COMO LLEGAR (EN ESPAÑOL) A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA: (322) 113 3955
PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES – 293 3690