|CONCHAS CHINAS (“CHINESE SHELLS”)|
Ours were the first footprints and paw prints on the smooth, wet sand at Conchas Chinas beach at 7:30 Saturday morning. Past the sand castle-like rock formations, the horizon was the palest shade of pink. The only sounds on the empty beach were the soft swooshes of small waves touching the shore, which contrasted with the amusing, cackling calls of large chachalaca birds in nearby palms.
At exactly 10:53 the night before, I had heard the first buzz of a cicada in our garden. After sixteen or eighteen years of feeding as nymphs on the juice of roots of trees, they will begin emerging to begin their electric-sounding calls to potential mates. Cicadas signal that the rainy season will soon arrive. June!
|CIGARRA – ES DECIR QUE PRONTO COMIENZAN EL TIEMPO DE LAS LLUVIAS|
Our garden, filled with beautiful vines and flowers and the sweet fragrances of night blooming jasmine, ylang ylang and plumeria, is where two poisoned possoms recently slowly crawled up and over a wall and died.
|MURIERON DOS ZARIGUEYAS EN NUESTRO JARDIN – ENVENENADOS POR OTRO LADO|
On May 3rd, “Tommy,” the male tabby I had rescued from the street as a kitten eight years ago, was dead. I found him under our bed in the morning. He had been poisoned and had gone someplace dark to die. “Dexter,” our rescued grey and white cat, went missing the same morning and never returned. The same day, a neighbor´s three cats disappeared. They had seen several dead cats in the empty lot next to their home. A few months ago, “Red,” our orange cat from the acopio, disappeared forever and I understood he had been poisoned. Years ago, “Betty,” a tuxedo cat from the isla Cuale, was poisoned. I came home to find her foaming at the mouth and “pedaling.” She was dead within a minute or two in the patio outside our bedroom.
Our cats cannot get out to the street, but from our upper terraces, they can jump onto a couple of other roofs. It is possible someone is putting out poison to kill rats. It is just as likely that poison is being used with the cruel intention to kill cats and dogs. This is a very common practice in Mexico.
PUERTO VALLARTA OPEN: Puerto Vallarta´s first ATP Challenger Tour was held April 30th -May 5th. Location for the event was Parque Parota, an empty lot lined with beautiful parota trees on the wide Avenida México.
|CHANGING OF BALL GIRLS AND BOYS – PARQUE PAROTA|
Three hard courts, lights and bleachers were installed and it has been confirmed that the courts and lights will stay. Five-row high bleachers were rented for the Open, accommodating 1,500 spectators. Daily admission was 100 pesos during the week and bumped up to 150 pesos on the week-end. We attended daily after six, when the sun wasn´t as strong. Winners Purse – $75,000 USD.
Men’s Singles Final (#1) Adrian Menendez-Maceiras(ESP) defeated (#5) Danillo Petrovic(SERB) 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 2hrs:04:21
Petrovic, a very tall player (6´8″) from Serbia with long, stick-like legs, lost the hard-fought singles final to Menendez, from Spain. Thirty minutes later, Petrovic was back on the court to play doubles. After winning the doubles final with his Croatian partner, he took off his shirt (borrowing one later for victory photographs) and threw it to the crowd. Petrovic proceeded to do the same with his shorts, then hugged and shook hands with dozens of spectators, who responded in a frenzy of joy. The Puerto Vallarta Open (all male this year) was a big success and will return May 2019. Winners Purse will be raised to $100,000 USD.
|PARQUE PAROTA – PUERTO VALLARTA|
AN EXTRAORDINARY STORE: LACOMER (short for “La Commercial Mexicana) opened a couple of weeks ago. Its parking lot, which includes covered parking, is adjacent to the Costco parking lot. A visit to LaComer is like going to the Disneyland of markets. It´s enormous and it´s beautiful.
|“TORTELLERÍA” – LACOMER|
The market is remarkable for its spaciousness and extremely attractive display areas. The xpressa coffee shop offers a selection of coffees and teas, where one can sip a cup inside, or go out on the terrace for a view of orchid trees and the foothills of the Sierra Madres. Freshly baked rolls are served with your drink at no extra charge. Sandwiches available.
|XPRESSA COFFEE/TEA SHOP – LACOMER – PUERTO VALLARTA|
A bevy of very helpful, bright, lime green-shirted employees make navigating LaComer pleasant and easy. Large bakery. Good chocolate shop. Imported cheese island. A blue and white tiled tortilla “factory;” salad bar; gourmet foods… PLUS rows and rows of packaged and canned foods; clothing; toys; pet supplies; kitchen appliances, etc. LaComer is, quite simply, sensational.
2ND ANNUAL “DOWN PUERTO VALLARTA” took place May 13 and 14. Thousands of spectators cheered on 36 professional cyclists from 10 different countries, as they raced 900 meters downhill from the La Cruz viewpoint to the malecón. The thrilling finale was a combination of spectacular twists and somersaults at two high, earth-covered plywood ramps. A white ambulance with its door open and a stretcher on view was on hand.
IXTAPA – A town and municipality of Puerto Vallarta located 17 kilometers northeast of Vallarta and on the road to the charming, old mining town of San Sebastian.
|PLAZA PRINCIPAL – IXTAPA|
The clinic was located in the same location – in an empty, long rectangular room next to the ayutamiento (local government office). Across the street is the main town square. The plaza, with its basketball court, very small cement playground, white bandstand and white wrought iron benches, is always immaculate. No one except the gardener, who was watering, was there on Friday. There is plenty of grass, flowering bushes and palms, but no shade trees, and it is hot.
|CONCHA, LA ESPOSA DE DR. POLI – AYUDANDO EN LA CLÍNICA DE IXTAPA|
MISSING from the clinic in Ixtapa: A large fan. Hot, humid weather was perhaps inspiration for the theft.
MISSING from the clinic in Mojoneras – two different owners of a cat and a small, white French Poodle mix.
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN IXTAPA – MAY 9-12:
Female cats – 30; Male cats – 22; Female dogs – 37;
Male dogs – 18 TOTAL: 107
PLUS pregnancies terminated for:
1 cat with 6 fetuses; 1 dog with 4 fetuses
10 animals not born to suffer
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN IXTAPA: 1,140 pesos
PEACEANIMALS EDUCATION PROGRAM: Leslie Caratachea, director, is on vacation for four weeks.
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:
|550 CORREAS/COLLARES DONADOS|
Pam Lock- 550 new PEACEAnimals combination collars/leashes in eight different colors – to be given out at clinics.
Angela Kelleher – hundreds and hundreds of crayons to accompany the PEACEAnimals coloring books given out at clinics
Christina Vincent – $50 USD
Katharine Ludwick – $20 (monthly starting May)
|“LOUP,” HERMOSO PERRO TODAVÍA CON VETERINARIO. VA A SER EN ADOPCIÓN – AYUDAMUTT – FB|
Linda Lake – 600 pesos- surgery for “Loup,” an AyudaMutt rescue dog in Boca de Tomatlán
Linda Galston – 600 pesos – for Loup´s surgery
Maca MacMorran – 1800 pesos for Loup´s surgery
|“LOUP” – ADROPEADO EN BOCA – PIERNA QUEBRADA – DOS CIRUGÍAS Y DESPUÉS INFECIÓNES|
Loup was hit by a car in Boca de Tomatlán a few months ago. He has had two surgeries and subsequent infections. Loup, a one-year old beauty, is still in vet care. Every effort is being made to save his leg, which needs more bone mass. Loup will be for adoption via AyudaMutt- FaceBook.
VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT: Located 12.6 kilometers northeast of Puerto Vallarta, the drive to the next state usually takes about 30 minutes. On Wednesday, it took an hour to get there because of road work.
|PLAZA PRINCIPAL – VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT|
Located a few minutes north, on the opposite side of highway 200 from nearby, posh Nuevo Vallarta, Valle Dorado (“Golden Valley”) consists primarily of clusters of small, one-story cement homes.
|LA DELEGACIÓN – LOCAL PARA LA CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO|
The clinic took place in the delegación (government) building at the main plaza. Similar to many plazas in Mexico, the Valle Dorado main square consists of a white, wrought iron bandstand and a small children´s playground. There are also a few grassy areas and a scattering of palm trees, but like the plaza in Ixtapa, no shade trees.
The entire area was immaculate. Great additions – a tennis court and a basketball court. The church must have been very nearby, but I didn´t see it. Like Ixtapa, with the exception of owners registering pets, the plaza was completely empty. At 9:30 in the morning, the clinic was full and pet owners were asked to return Thursday morning.
THANK YOU TO LINDA STEWART FOR ORGANIZING THIS CLINIC!
|VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT|
STERILIZATIONS IN VALLE DORADO – MAY 16-19:
FEMALE DOGS – 61; MALE DOGS – 41; FEMALE CATS – 27; MALE CATS – 27 TOTAL: 156 !
PLUS 1 pregnancy terminated for a dog with 10 FETUSES
|ESPERANDO CIRUGÍA – VALLE DORADO|
DONATIONS AT VALLE DORADO: 1,810 PESOS (approximately $100 USD)
The mission of PEACEAnimals is to end the future suffering of cats and dogs. The most efficient way to do this is via a massive, free spay/neuter program. In 2017, PEACEAnimals sterilized 5,357 cats and dogs.
|DR. PACHECO – CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO|
FOR PHOTOS/NAMES OF RESCUED DOGS THAT NEED HOMES, THE CITY SHELTER (FORMER CENTRO DE ACOPIO) HAS A CURRENT ROSTER THAT INCLUDES PHOTOS, NAMES AND DESCRIPTIONS.
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.
PEACEANIMALS VET TEAM – EL EQUIPO DE PEACEANIMALS – DR. ANTHONY, LESLIE, DR. POLI Y DR. PACHECO