|SNORKELING IN THE BAY - CARMEN DE ALBA WITH MY GRANDDAUGHTER GIPSY, 7|
|KARLA DE LA PEÑA Y CAPITÁN DANIEL|
|Nietas Stella y Gipsy y su amiga Landri|
The water was a very deep blue and very, very clear. A large pod of dolphins raced towards us far out into the bay as the young girls shrieked with excitement and joy. They had never seen dolphins before, and this was the very best way to see them - wild and free, curious, breaching and curving gracefully through the water. We could almost reach down and touch them as they raced next to the panga.
Carmen de Alba was the first to jump in, and held her arm high up with a finger pointing down to indicate that she was swimming directly above a dolphin. The captain told me after I got back into the panga that one had been swimming two feet away from me.
|LA COSTA AL SUR DE BOCA|
After perfect snorkeling in a gorgeous cove with an assortment of tropical fish, we found ourselves next to another pod of dolphins and followed them along the rocky coastline before going back to Boca.
|BEAUTIFUL COVE SOUTH OF LAS ÁNIMAS FOR SNORKELING. ENSENADA HERMOSA PARA EL BUCEO AL SUR DE LAS ÁNIMAS.|
Fish we snorkeled with included (top to bottom): damsel fish,
king angel fish and sargeant fish
|MI NIETA GIPSY, 7 AÑOS|
RESCUED: An eight-week old puppy in Boca de Tomatlán on Sunday, July 2nd. This was her second rescue. The day before, a seven-year old boy named Jonathan Eligo Hernandez Cortez .found the tiny tan and white female puppy wandering on the street and took her home. He named the puppy "Capuchina" and promised Karla he would take care of it and prepare the puppy for adoption. It was immediately dewormed and treated for fleas and ticks by Dr. Pamela Rojas in Boca.
A few hours after rescuing the puppy, Jonathan jumped from the pier with playmates and smashed his face into a boat. He had lost a great deal of blood before being rushed to the emergency at the regional public hospital in Vallarta, where his jaw was confirmed broken. Jonathan went by ambulance with his father and step-mother to the Guadalajara Hospital Civil Guadalajara on Monday to wait for surgery, which was scheduled for Saturday, July 8th. The Boca community raised money for the trip for this very, very impoverished family. His father is a hard-working cleaning man and also does odd jobs in Boca.
It was after our panga outing that Karla de la Peña showed my granddaughters and me Jonathan´s home on the beach. Next to a restaurant, it is a dark bodega with a dirt floor and a sheet dividing the room in half. Jonathan and his family had been in the hospital for 24 hours and the little puppy was hiding under a bed.
|LANDRI AHERN, GRANDDAUGHTERS GIPSY AND STELLA GREGOR AND CAPUCHINA|
|"CHAPARRO" - MASCOTA DE LA POLICÍA|
INFONAVIT: A neighborhood with mostly one-story cement homes northeast of centro Vallarta, turning east just before arriving at the municipality of Pitillal. The clinic was held in an almost-empty police station, where "Chaparro" ("Shorty"), a short-legged, mixed-breed dog, has been living for several years. The kibble left out in a bowl for him the night before had been soaked by the heavy rainfall. Glad for the rain, it has been very hot and humid.
|CLÍNICA EN INFONAVIT|
I arrived about 8:30 with volunteer Ian Duncanson and "Nigel," an adorable kitten rescued by Anna Laurita of DavannaYoga. Only seven animals had been registered by that time. Volunteer Cielo Vierya Romeo thought it was because of the rain the night before. A couple of young women came in with a thin, black mama dog and her four pretty 2-month old puppies. The mama, whose teats still drooped heavy with milk and who was infected with mange, had been spayed the day before at the clinic and it was now turn for the puppies.
|VOLUNTARIAS TRAERON UNA MAMÁ CON SARNA Y 4 HERMOSOS CACHORRITOS DE COLONIA INDEPENDENCIA. A LA CLÍNICA EN INFONAVIT.|
While there, Cielo received a call from a volunteer at the UMA/Calle Cero massive, free sterilization day, saying that pets with fleas and ticks were being turned away. She asked that those pet owners be sent to PEACEAnimals clinic. As approximately 80% of owned pets spend time on the streets, it is impossible to avoid ticks and fleas.