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|EL MALECÓN - HALLOWEEN|
DAY OF THE DEAD - DATES BACK TO A CENTURIES-OLD AZTEC FESTIVAL HONORING THE DEAD. November 1st is generally known as "Day of the Angelitos," (or "Inocentes"), which invites the spirits of babies and children who have died to visit earth. "Day of the Dead," on November 2nd, is when families go to cemeteries to decorate graves and tombs of loved ones. Halloween easily merges into "Day of the Dead" observances and festivities.
To see an authentic Day of the Dead celebration, one needs to be in a very Mexican city or town where traditions still thrive. The "altars" set up at the former mayór´s office and around town are suggestions of what one can see in some cemeteries - marigolds, lilies and roses, photographs, food, drinks, etc. One year in San Miguel de Allende, I stood in a very long line to enter the main cemetery on the Day of the Dead. Once inside, we listened to mariachis playing joyfully at a grave site and saw two roosters in a cage on top of a tombstone - both places showing what someone had loved.
|SUGAR SKULLS AND OTHER SWEETS SOLD A WEEK IN ADVANCE FOR DAY OF THE DEAD "ALTARS" AND DISPLAYS IN CEMETERIES - PLAZA IN GUANAJUATO - DULCES EN VENTA UNA SEMANA ANTES DEL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS - GUANAJUATO|
MERCADO LOS MANGOS - With the soon-to-arrive "high season," the farmers/artisans market has reopened at the Los Mangos library. Appealing products, grass and the shade of mature mango trees make this outing a very pleasant one. Open Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM 1001 Francisco Villa - a couple of blocks before the turn to Costco.
|MERCADO BIBLIOTECA LOS MANGOS|
Also just open - the Saturday market at Lázaro Cárdenas park. It was once a real park, but is now a cemented plaza with a few trees and some grass. This market has been in business for several years and has a much larger selection than the Los Mangos Library market. It´s also hotter and more crowded. Open 10 AM-2PM. And ff wondering about the weather in Puerto Vallarta - it´s HOT. Temperatures hover at about 90 degrees fahrenheit, humidity is 81% and the water in the Bay of Banderas is 84 degrees fahrenheit.
|MERCADO SÁBADO EN EL PARQUE DE LÁZARO CÁRDENAS - MÚSICA DE LOS HUICHOLES|
On Sunday morning, my husband and I walked to the isla Cuale with our dogs. Passing a teen-age boy holding a black open backpack next to his chest, I asked if there was a kitten inside. Yes.
It was a very small, white kitten with one green eye and one blue eye. It had just been rescued at the cultural center and still too small for surgery. The boy will be back the first week of December.
|CLÍNICAS GRATIS DE PFL - PRIMER DOMINGO DE CADA MÉS . CENTRO DE CULTURA - ISLA CUALE|
|CLASES, ETC. - CENTRO DE CULTURA - ISLA CUALE|
VALLE DE BANDERAS ("Valley of Flags") in a municipality in the area of the Bay of Banderas, in the next door state of Nayarit. The quickest way to arrive takes 50 minutes and is via highway 200 to the beach town of Bucerias and then inland. One can also go via an inland turn at Mezcales, but it takes 20 minutes longer. I took this route on my way to the clinic. Passing through the small towns, named mostly after saints, were numerous stands at the plazas selling real and artificial flowers for Day of the Dead.
Past all the towns is the valley, which is very green and very beautiful, filled with mango orchards, palms, some blue-green agave, and lavender and pink wildflowers. In the distance, the dark, jagged foothills of the Sierra Madres are a dramatic backdrop for the orchards and brown horses tethered to generous shade trees in green fields.
|VISTA DE LA CLÍNICA EN VALLE DE BANDERAS|
Pennants and colorful. plastic square cut-outs hung over the main street of the attractive, cobbled town of the Valley of Banderas.The large, cement church at the square was waiting to be painted and the bandstand,
|PLAZA PRINCIPAL - VALLE DE BANDERAS|
The clinic took place on the ground floor of a popular gym next to a small air strip. The clinic was slightly under-attended on Thursday, perhaps because it was not a central location or because residents were observing the Day of the Dead. I drove back to the plaza to look for dogs with "Pilas," a tall, attractive man from La Cruz who had brought his large dog to the clinic. The only dog left on the large square was a sleeping grey and white homeless male Pit Bull mix that had already been neutered.
|CALLEJERO YA ESTERILIZADO ANTES DE NUESTRA CLÍNICA - EN LA PLAZA DE VALLE DE BANDERAS|
A block away I saw a young boy with his father walking a purebred female Staffordshire Pit Bull on a chain. The father said someone had given him the dog and he wanted her to have babies. After a rather lengthy discussion on the merits of spay/neuter, they all drove back to the clinic with us.
|STAFFORDSHIRE PIT BULL HEMBRA - CLÍNICA EN VALLE DE BANDERAS|
Valle de Banderas is a ranch and agricultural area, and rancheros are very resistant to sterilizing their male dogs. One man living around the corner from the gym told me that he didn´t want his male dog fixed because it would "work less" for him.
|RECOGIENDO PERROS EN EL BASURERO DEL VALLE DE BANDERAS - PARA LA CLÍNICA GRATIS|
Henrietta Hummel, originally from Germany and now living in the Valley de Banderas, drove to the town dump on Friday, situated 10 minutes west of town. With help, she brought back twelve "sweet" homeless dogs for sterilization. On Saturday, she and her friend Amelia, who owns the gym, were able to bring in nine dogs from the dump. Sadly, there are approximately 100 dogs living there. The grateful manager of the dump site gave Henrietta 1,000 pesos for her gas and time.
STERILIZATIONS AT VALLE DE BANDERAS - November 1-4
|COLLECTING HOMELESS DOGS AT THE TOWN DUMP TO TAKE TO CLINIC- VALLE DE BANDERAS - RECOGIENDO PERROS VIVIENDO EN EL BASURERO PARA LLEVARLOS A LA CLÍNICA.|
Note the more than three-to-one female to male ratio.
Male cats - 7; Female cats - 24; Male dogs - 20; Female dogs - 63
PLUS: Pregnancies terminated for 1 dog with 12 fetuses; 1 dog with 10 fetuses; 1 dog with 8 fetuses; 1 cat with 4 fetuses
34 animals not born to suffer.
|CLÍNICA EN VALLE DE BANDERAS|
THIS CLINIC WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GRANT FROM THE FONDATION MARCHIG. www.marchigtrust.org
The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust was established in 1989 by the late
Madame Jeanne Marchig of Geneva, because of her deep concern for nature and
animals and in memory of her husband, the painter Giannino Marchig.
The objects of the Trust are to protect animals and to promote and encourage practical work in preventing animal cruelty and the relief of animal suffering.
(Two grants were given - $5, 000 USD from the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, headquartered in Scotland and $5,000 USD from the Fondation Marchig, headquartered in Switzerland. This is the fourth clinic @$1,800 USD sponsored by Marchig).
|WAITING FOR SURGERY AND FOR ADOPTION - 5 FOUR-MONTH OLD PUPPIES. ESPERANDO ESTERILIZACIÓN Y ADOPCIÓN - 5 CACHORRITOS DE 4 MESES - VALLE DE BANDERAS|
DONATIONS AT VALLE DE BANDERAS CLINIC: 1,310 pesos
Daily lunches for the vet team.
DONATIONS AT LA DESEMBOCADA CLINIC October 25-28: 820 pesos
|"PILAS" CON SU MASCOTA - VALLE DE BANDERAS|
Michael Turner - $50 USD (monthly)
Jan Lavander - 1,000 pesos
|LLEVANDO PERROS DEL BASURERO A LA CLÍNICA EN VALLE DE BANDERAS. COLLECTING DOGS THAT LIVE AT THE DUMP FOR THE CLINIC IN VALLE DE BANDERAS.|
|REGISTRANDO PERROS DEL BASURERO (DUMP) - VALLE DE BANDERAS|
Neutering a dog or cat is quick and uncomplicated. Spaying a dog or cat takes longer because ovaries are involved, and in small animals, they are very small. There are vets who leave in the ovaries because they don´t have the skill to perform the surgery. The cat or dog can´t get pregnant, but does go into heat and if not kept secure, will be mounted by male animals and possibly injured.
Surgery time, which does not include checking vital signs, tranquilizing, anesthetizing, shaving, inserting and removing breathing tubes (dogs only), requires 6-10 minutes for female cats and 3 minutes for male cats. For female dogs, surgery takes 10-15 minutes and 18 minutes if pregnant. Male dogs require 8 minutes of surgery. Female cats and dogs with owners are tattooed immediately after surgery with blue ink. Homeless female dogs are also tattooed. The ears of homeless cats are clipped to show they have been sterilized, which saves a potential rescuer from taking the animal to a clinic or vet for spay/neuter.
|INCISION - ESTERLIZACÍON DE UNA PERRA Y DESPUÉS|
TINTA AZUL PARA EL TATTOO QUE DICE QUE EL ANIMAL
ESTÁ ESTERILIZADO. FOTOS SACADAS EN UNA
CLÍNICA DE PEACEANIMALS PHOTOS TAKEN AT
|VET TECH LESLIE CARATACHEA - CLÍNICA EN VALLE DE BANDERAS|
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 clinic. In 2016, PEACEAnimals sterilized 5,403 cats and dogs.
LAILA SOS FUND: There were 365 pesos remaining after the 1,000 pesos spent on 5 chemo treatments for the male Pit Bull with TVT. This money was given to Maritza Liney Gutierrez to pay for a distemper vaccine, deworming and food for a street dog she rescued. The dog is now in a foster home in Sayulita.
|RESCATADO Y EN CASA PUENTE EN SAYULITA. LOS ÚLTIMOS FONDOS DE LAILA SOS DE 365 PESOS FUERON DONADOS PARA UNA VACUNA, ALIMENTO Y TRATAMIENTO PARA GUSANOS|
FOR INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING:
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.
If directions needed, please call our dedicated line (directions are only in Spanish) or refer to our website or this blog: 113 3955
COST FOR ONE SURGERY WEEK CLINIC IS APPROXIMATELY $1,800 USD.
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.
PEACEANIMALS VET TEAM - EL EQUIPO DE PEACEANIMALS - DR. ANTHONY, LESLIE, DR. POLI Y DR. PACHECO
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.
Banderas Bay Charities, Inc (BBC, Inc) offers tax-deductible receipts in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
505 N Tomahawk Is Dr Portland, OR 97217
503 285 4007
Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
Los animales no necesitan tener una camada para completar su ciclo vital, puesto que no existe una relación consciente con la reproducción como parte necesaria de su bienestar emocional.
PARA FOTOS,/NOMBRES Y INFORMACIÓN DE LOS PERROS EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO QUE NECESITAN HOGARES:
PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES- LLAME A LA POLICA - 911 - Y PIDA LA PATROLLA VERDE o al centro de acopio 293 3690
LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECIÓNES Y COMO LLEGAR (EN ESPAÑOL) A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA: (322) 113 3955
NECESITAMOS LUGARES PARA NUESTRAS CLÍNICAS EN COLONIAS Y PUEBLOS. PRECISO: BAÑO, ELECTRICIDAD, AGUA Y PARA ESTACIONARSE.
INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL SOBRE LA ESTERILIZACIÓN PARA MASCOTAS Y LAS CLÍNICAS GRATIS EN NUESTRO WEBSITE - www.peaceanimals.org
NECESITAMOS SU APOYO. FAVOR DE DONAR ALMUERZOS PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO. NOS CUESTA 1,120 PESOS LA SEMANA PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO DE 4 PERSONAS. CON SUS DONACIÓNES DE COMIDA, PODEMOS USAR ESTE DINERO PARA SUMINISTROS. FAVOR DE CONFIRMAR CUÁL DÍA DE LA SEMANA PUEDEN. LESLIE VA HACER EL HORARIO PARA ALMUERZOS. GRACIAS.
TAMBIÉN NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, POR FAVOR.
GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.
Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de la mesa directiva