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  1. I totally agree with Xena , bring all the pet's health records. You never know if that informaion has flowed down to the actual people who are there when the pets come through Customs. Or how that person understands the rules, or what kind of a mood they are in, etc.. When I am meeting people coming into Guad airport with their pet, and I have always asked Vet Lena to meet me there to avoid any sort of 'mis-underatndings' that delays the pet getting through Customs. One time a dog had been chewing on the crate door due to nervousnes [ I guess ] during the flight, the dog's gums were a bit red and irritated, and they were going to hold up the dog in some kind of quarentine. Our Vet had a spirited discussion with them about the situation, and the dog left the airport without further delay or any kind of extra fee needed to be paid. I looked up the small Vet fee for coming to the airport as an investment to eliminated the nonsense / BS that can occur. And I make sure that the pet crate is listed as 'baggage', not cargo .. one person coming in was told the crate needed to be listed as 'cargo ' The flight was a late arrival , the Guad. Aduna was not open, the people came out through Customs, but the pet crate went to a seperate building at the airport until the next morning - the poor dog stayed in the crate without water - food for more than 20 plus hours, until the dog got 'bailed out' of the Aduna late the next morning because the owners paid extra fees to move the process along..
  2. Besides liking particular foods that only comes in a can, like Bushes' baked beans, etc.. having a supply of canned food, is a very practical thing. If you have ever lived in an area or situation that a natural disaster ocurred [ earthquake, hurricane, tornado, etc ..] occurred, or a ' man-made 'disaster ' [ ie. trucking strikes - yes that happens ] you will know the value of having non-perishible foods on hand in your pantry. I lived in CA and near the Loma Pietra [ good sized ] earthquake when it occurred. Roads were destroyed, some bridges down, massive power outages , many gas pumps not working in a large surrounding area, etc.. that meant no perisible food deliveries, no power to refrigerate , no going to the local grocey store or larger food stores, etc.. Banks were closed , no ATMs working - a good reason to keep some money in the household for these type of situations. I am not a militant survivalist , I just try to be smart , plan ahead and try to be prepared . If you think it can not happen here.. just look across the lake to Mt Garcia, and know how this lake was created.. and it's 'cousin' in Colima who gets a bit pesky at times.. I was here when that 'water'event' hit SJC, my canned food pantry provided food for many people when the church had a feeding program for those who lost their ability to feed themselves / family for a few days. I prefer to be the "ant" and not the 'grasshopper' , in time of these kind of situations.
  3. I do not know that there are " the best" pet charities. There are two dog shelters: The Ranch and Lucky Dog. There is one cat shelter run by LFA with an associated pet food store, There are two spay / neuter organizations - one at each end of the lake, due to two different municipalities they must engage in their work . The purpose of these two organizations is to provide free spay/neuter services for those Mexican Nationals who may not have the financial means for this and/ or have physical access to a Vet for these services. They also do education at these clinics about respect for animals, and also do vaccinations. They are staffed by volunteers, and have fund raisers and accept donations as the surgical supplies are not inexpensive. Due to their on-going work at lakeside there really is less unwanted puppies and kittens as to compared to years ago - I know this from my 13 years of fostering kittens and puppies that were found tossed in the garbage, or worse, etc.. . And through education there has actually been an increase of male dogs and cats being brought to the clinics by their owners - that is also an improvement. Many Mexicans really do love their pets, but due to economics, have to make decisions about their human family's financial needs or sterlization for their pets. These two organizations do take this burden off the 'bread-winner' in the family , and in general it helps the community at lakeside . As soon as I can get the current /accurate contact information for these two groups, I will add it to this posting. I will not engage in a 'debate' as to who is more deserving of these spay / neutering services.. an ex-pat living on a pension or a Mexican family whose bread-winner is earning 50 - 75 pesos / an hour, 5 and 1/2 days/week, and supporting their family. The programs were set up for Mexican Nationals. The belief is, if there is less unwanted kittens / puppies being born, it is a benefit to all involved who care about the pet over-population, including the local shelters . Many of the volunteers who give their time to these s/p groups, volunteer at both organizations when they have a sterlization clinic,, as well volunteering at the two dog shelters. I am not naive to think this will deal with the 'dumping' of dogs in particular, but it will slow down the unwanted births / pet over-pupulation. These two group although seperated by official municipality lines, they help each other with the same goal. Chapala, East end of the Lake - Operacion Amor : Cameron Peters<zo-onna@hotmail.com>, Jocotopec, West end of the lake: Tails of Mexico - Susan Watkins : <susan_watkins@outlook.com> or tailsofmexico@hotmail.com
  4. Like Mt Mama , I know Vivien, she has lived here for many years and very involved with dogs and she is not a novice or amateur in this area of whether to take a dog in or not.... she would not 'take in' a dog if it were not indicated. She has checked out the found area, and there are no 'lost' posters in the area... . Vivien has already put up 'found' posters as well as checking local Vet in hopes some Vet would recognize this dog. What is of good cause for concern, this dog has had recent surgery with sticthes intact and a potential for infection if she were out there on her own trying to survive... Quite honestly, it is a bit of a romatic notion that all lost dogs can find their way home, like in the Lassie movies.. Somedogs , as bright as we think they are, just can not do that, as much as we would hope that our lost dog would make a bee-line back home.. I had one get out.. lost for days.. even though she had had walks around where she lived, once she was out on her own, her homing GPS sklls were nil...she was terrified, running in a scattered way , trying to hide from unknown scary things, dealing with weather unprotected from rain/thunder/lightening, and etc.. someone did find my girl, take her in and and because she had a collar and ID tag on, the person called me and she returned home .. and for that I was and am thankful. With no ID on this dog, it is a challenge to find it's owner, but Vivien is working very hard to make this re-union happen.
  5. Vivien, I have made a few phones to Vet ..got no's from: Luis, Memo, Berenice, Pet Care in Riberas, and 'don't think so' from Pepe. and the person who answered the cell # at the Ladron office was not in the office when I spoke to her - would have to check records tomorrow.. This may help you some from driving around tomorrow.. but possibly located the spay Vet. - . Hector Ramize Hernandez [ 331 007 0524 ] . He said he has done a surgery on a female Shepperd. I explained a search was on to find the dog's owner. as it was found but had no collar or ID tag... I asked him if he had records - info about the owner, he said he did not . I told him if the owner comes in to talk with him about the female surgery, I asked him to have the owner call The Ranch, as I did not have your phone number - sorry did not think to say look at the webboard . Good Luck.
  6. I am sure you have already thought of this and are checking.. take her picture to local Vets and see if they did the surgery and can direct you to her owner. Thank you for caring about her, and trying to locate her owners.
  7. Yes, it looks like the same individual.. different name.. a PM sent to Mod . Part of the problem and more the solution.. people need to stop buying these puppies , as the shelters are full of pups and dogs in need of a home.. when the profit is removed, the 'breeder' if that is the term, will get the idea. Quite a while back at one of the Wednesday tianguis there was a man walking up and down the street holding up puppies for sale. Someone said to him , which was then translated into Spanish for him , and themany of the people standing around him so he / they would understand what was being said: Get a job and stop being a Pimp for your dog. There was alot of laughter and applause , and he left and never came back on any other Wed. selling his puppies.. maybe this applies here.
  8. This is an option you might explore... There is a gentleman who lives locally, his name is Alex Peterson who brings packages sent to him at a Laredo address and brings them to lakeside about once a month. I have found his fees very reasonable. this is his e- mail address: rapidpackman at gmail.com .. substitute the 'at' with a @ .. That would be the second leg of getting your books and telescope here. . Check out sending it from your location to Alex at his Laredo, Texas address via GreyHound bus - they do ship packages in the US . They have a very good on-line system to figure out the cost of sending the package(s) .. you would would need to have a guess for the dimensions of the package... and they will insure each package ,up to $1,000 USD.. I do not believe they are 'cheap' , maybe easonable compared to airline luggae - I don't know .. but it might be an option for you .. This way you can figure out if you want to use this method, air lines luggage costs , or ?? PS .. if you can not get your small telescope sent down, contact me.. I have a small Tasco 20X-60X50mm zoom telescope that you can have, that belonged to my husband.
  9. For those of you who think and plan ahead, there is a way that you can organize yourself to provide information to others about the care of your pets in the event you are no longer able to do this because of illness, or your death. Years ago when Anita's Animals was a rescue shelter and had a website, I wrote a short notice and provided a form called; GodParents to help with the planning for the future care of your family pet when needed. Lucky Dog has this organizational aide on their website under heading "Miscellaneous Information" - it is called: Pet Caregiver – Who Will Care For Your Pet If You Can’t? . Google: Lucky Dog , then Misc Info, then Pet Caregiver, and then click on " Pet Care " - the form will come up and you can use this to help organize the information, BEFORE something unexpected might occur. It is similar to packing your parachute before you take off, rather than scrambling [ or someone else ] doing this when there is a problem with the plane.. Without sounding too preachy, when you take a pet into your family, it is your obligation to take care of that pet during it's whole life, whether you yourself are on earth or elsewhere. I know people love their pets .. this is to help with organizing needed information, and ensure that in the event you are no longer are able to do that, you have taken care of that obligation while you are able to and provide for your beloved family pet.
  10. I was straining my brain to remember this.. I was thinking it was some kind of alternative emergency "plan" geared to ex-pats.. .. so I resorted to Mr Google .. there are many posts on the webboard, dated October 23, 2014 about this proposed plan, that I think did not take off. I Googled " ' First Response ' Ajijic Mexico " , and the many posts about this topic on this webboard will be available to read" .. such as: Report post Posted October 23, 2014 I hope I'm not speaking out of turn here but I have gone to an informaitonal meeting about First Response and the following is some of the information in their brochure: First Response is an an emergency room to be located at Lakeside with its own two ambulances. It will be staffed by emergency and ICU bilingual doctors 24/7. It is a members' only group limited to a maximum of 600 members. You pay a membership fee and a monthly fee. All pre-existing conditions and ages accepted. They will have diagnostic equipment, including 12 minute blood chemistry equipment (6th in all of Mexico.) There are other features, some of which are your medical records computerized, a medical advocate in case of hospitalization, your home location mapped into their system (I think there is some kind of beacon installed on your house,) black widow/brown recluse/scorpion/rattlesnake antidotes in stock, a pharmacy that will sell you your medications monthly at best prices (you pay, of course, but supposedly better prices than any pharmacy.) Their stated goals are: Give members peace of mind. Avoid unnecessary hospitalization. Speed up vital diagnostics and treatment Keep members healthy. Save members money. It will be located in Riberas, across the street from the Animal Shelter, where the dog shelter used to be. Planned opening is December 1. If interested you need to contact veterinarian Hector Ladron de Guevara at the vet clinic next to the Animal Shelter to be invited to an informational meeting. The meetings are very small groups so you can ask all your questions,
  11. Last week I stopped by La Ceiba to get two salads to go. They have a choice of 3 salads: a pear and Roquefort cheese. I opted for the chicken Cesar - which was very good. The dressing was good, chunks of grilled chicken, fresh parmesan, fresh lettuce and home made croutons. I also tried the Campestre salad - Fresh lettuce, a large portion of sliced zucchini, sprouts, sliced onion, a few tomatoes, and several thinly slices of ham stuffed with cheese inside . I would have these two choices again. Yesterday I ate there with some friends. I had the shrimp with garlic sauce... it was enough garlic without over-powering the flavor of the shrimp. There were 12 large shrimp with this dish [ and no tails on the shrimp, which I find 'unnecessary' ] . They were cooked correctly - pink, tender and not 'tough' like I have had at some other restaurants. The dish was listed to be accompanied by rice and a salad. However the staff were very accommodating, and allowed the diners to substitute the rice for roasted potatoes or freshly made [ when ordered ] sweet potato chips. Those who order the s/p chips were very pleased. There were a few choices as to how you wanted the shrimp. I'll be back.. when you can please all the diners [ 8 ] at the same table, that speaks well of the restaurant. Good staff service and accommodating, food was very good, , wide enough menu choices, and prices very reasonable. The only down side is limited parking in front of the restaurant if there are many people. I parked across the road , in the shade of the trees on the Carretera.
  12. In San Juan Cosala - : Jose Teleservicios Calverio. [ 387 ] 761-0379. Carretera Chapala-Jocotepec # 43-A . 4.5 blocks into San Juan on left, between del Cardenal and Iturbide.. [ thanks Computer Guy , who previously posted this info in November ]
  13. I started this post for one purpose only , and have now asked one of the Moderators to close the post . From the initial post it has gone so far afield from where it started, to the point where some people make it look like three year olds having a pissing contest about who is right or wrong about IMMS / SP coverage, freedom of speech , writing skills and etc.. . This was not the topic of this initial post. IF IMMS / SP health coverage was an important topic for educational purposes and that person(s) wanted to inform others, , another thread should have been started with this topic, and not hi-jack this initial posting . I rarely post on this webboard , and seeing how this topic ran amuck, reinforces why I do not post often. I believe I am not the only person who utilizes this board who must feel as frustrated as I am right now when a topic goes totally off-tilt when there is no reason for that to happen. It is always a personal choice to help another person in any given situation. Many people have contacted me and offered help for this family, and that is appreciated. The Moderator may not like what and how I have expressed myself , and delete my posting, that is fine.
  14. Ladies and Gentlemen - The purpose of this post was to ask for help for a Mexican family, without posting a whole lot of personal information about the situation. As a FYI the person is in an IMMS hospital. However , there are always expenses involved for families when a person is ill, is hospitalized and needing surgery, with needed follow up aftercare and those associated expenses.. Alan, thank you for the specific coverage information. Bontepar, I am happy for your wonderful foresight and financial situation to take advantage of the Mexican health care system to take care of your health needs. Not all Mexican Nationals are as fortunate as you financially . Reading the post, your options were to help or not help or by pass the posting, and avoid a back and forth [ snarky ] exchange about who is right or wrong about the health care system, which ultimately dilutes the purpose of the initial post., . . Help if you like, or ………………...
  15. Several of you may know of, or have used the services of the small appliance / TV repair shop in SJC. This is a long established three generation family shop, and it is the son Jesus, whose wife is hospitalized and in need of urgent surgery. As we all know medical - hospital expenses and after-care are expensive and have to be paid out of pocket. Several local people have started a collection to help this family in need. If you would like to help, please send me a PM, and I can direct you to the person organizing this effort. You can also stop by the shop and offer a donation , etc.. Your kindness and help is appreciated ! This matter is serious, and I ask that people be respectful by making posting that are helpful and not frivolous, as sometimes happens with other posts.
  16. 2:30 PM - Los Sabinos BP station still open - short lines . .. difficult to believe they still have gas since early this morning..
  17. The West BP/ La Canacita was closed today. However, yesterday a friend called me at 11A they had gas - went there ASAP . I was in line only 35 minutes, and able to fill. No limited. Posted price was 20.17 / Liter = $3.98 / gallon [ based on my intake of Liters and pesos paid math. ] There were long lines from the East and the West , very well organized by the station men, and people were polite waiting. Another friend called me at 2 PM or so, she was in line at that time .. so they pumped at least 3 hours yesterday.. The Pemex closest to Arileo was closed yesterday and today ..
  18. Gas station report: To and from Chapala :. Going at 12:30PM, coming back: 2:40PM East of / Near Arileo - Open with LONG line from the east well past La Cristina , one poor guy pushing his car, And the other long line - up that side road at the station up the mountain on BOTH trips.. stations at : La Canacita , Ajjic and Libermiento - closed on both trips …. ropes up , no cars at pumps, etc.. Coming into Chapala via Libermiento approach.. a LONG zig-zag-zig line on numerous streets in town - both trips ..
  19. Hi ! I would think the simplest and most accurate way to find out the information to answer your question, would be to contact Dr Leon himself.
  20. I had to make a mandatory trip tp Costco this morning.. dang cats and dogs want food.. I was worrying that there would be no deliveries of supplies.. but they got there.. happy for me and my large pet family. Was surprised how many people were shopping. And to add to excitement, there was work in the median area after the second tunnel .. was wondering if they were building another tunnel. So a little delay goin "in" [ to Costco ] but not on the way home.. just moving traffic to different lanes each trip .... 10AM trip: SJC - closed El Chante - two lines from the east and the west, at least 45-50 cars in each line and orderly - but gas station closed Going to Costco via Joco by pass .. the very first gas station on the left / mountain side, near an over pass: 45 - 50 cars in each line from the east and west, and station closed. The next gas station out in the middle of the highway on the right - closed. One station on the left past near interchange / intersection prior to the shopping mall on the left mall on the hill - station closed, but at least 45 cars waiting in line. all other gas station seen on the way to Costco - closed.... 1PM return trip : the last gas station prior to the Joco by pass, on the right near an over-pass: earlier with 2 long lines, now with: only one line of 45 cars from the west, and station open. El Chante.. only one line of about 35 car, but cones up indicating station closed.. All other stations seen previously as closed, were still closed on trip back.
  21. 12:30 PM trip .. NO gas at : Libermiento , Ajijic, BP at La Canacita / Los Sabinos, the one after that one mt. side before Arileo / SJC fish restaurants, [ there was a line there this 9:30A - none now ] and SJC .
  22. Focaccia is open, they are NOT closing ... ..A group of 8 people had lunch today at Focaccia's restaurant. Several people had their great salads, a few had a pasta dish and one person who had the fajitas - said it was very good. They are closed on Tuesdays.. and this one particular day - Sunday January 20th they will be closed , so they could attend a family event. Their normal hours are: 12 noon - 8:30PM : Monday , Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Sunday 12 noon- 7:30PM cell # 332 165 4396
  23. Hi ! I saw your concerned posting.. and tried his home and cell # and got him just now [ 4:32P ] .. not sure how I got him when I called .. .. I just got off the phone with Alex.. let him you, you have posted a note on the webboard.... Told him what you had written. Alex said : yes, he IS picking you up as previously planned.. he mentioned when you book a ride with him you do not need to confirm.. Sorry you got nervous.. hope the trip goes uneventfully..
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