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Why Do Dogs Follow You Into The Bathroom?

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Having a loyal pup... in the household certainly ensures an incredible amount of love from dog to owner, in a true “man’s best friend” fashion. Understanding your dog is fairly easy and it’s not hard to understand your pup wants to give you some delightful bits of love with kisses, but dogs can often behave in a more subtle manner…
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Rob's Ramblings: Packing Donations for the Trip South

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We met some people at a local thrift store today who were looking at clothing and other items to donate during their first trip south, planned later this fall. Here are some ideas and comments from fellow Snowbirds who winter in Jaltemba Bay and other Mexican locations, who also donate time and resources while in Mexico. First, lets…

Three Regional Special Needs Schools Travel to La Peñita as part of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P)

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Over 100 children, parents, teachers and school directors from three special needs schools visited the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita this past Thursday. George Leavitt, founder of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.), and his team of volunteers are working hard to turn the Hilltop Refugio into a safe, fun and educational place…
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Announcing the 1st Annual Trail Ride and 2nd Annual Pony Up! for J.E.E.P. Fundraiser

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Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) founders, George and Loretta Leavitt, their dedicated volunteers and junior trainers work year-round to care for their rescue horses. J.E.E.P. is holding two fun events to raise funds to build a shade structure at the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita and to pay for the ongoing cost of feed, medication…

J.E.E.P. Rescued Horses Get Branded

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The Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) rescue horses in La Peñita had a special visitor on Friday afternoon. Dr. David El Fego Flores Alcalde, a veterinarian from Zacatecas, came to brand the horses using a “new to the area” method. Instead of marking the animals with a red-hot branding iron like we are used to seeing in…
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Rob's Ramblings: Make Sure Your Vacation Counts

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Many of us have taken our first trip to a new country under the great deal of an all-inclusive resort. Plenty of sun, a sandy beach, and lots to eat and drink for a week. For those that don't leave the gates of the resort, you really don't get a chance to see the new country or area, or knowledge of the people and culture of this new…
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George and Loretta Leavitt, J.E.E.P. Founders, are recognized in the "2013 Real Heroes of Mexico"

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The MEXICO Report just announced the "2013 Real Heroes of Mexico." This year's book showcases 30 profiles of those making a difference in Mexico. We, at Jaltemba Bay Life, are thrilled to announce that George and Loretta Leavitt, founders of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) in La Peñita, are among those being recognized. The…

Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P) Unites Special Horses with Special Needs Children

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When George Leavitt, founder of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.), says "mis caballos especiales están aquí para sus niños muy especiales, de mi corazon," he really means it. For those of you who don't speak Spanish, his short but meaningful introduction translates to "my special horses are here for your very special children,…

J.E.E.P. Stables are Taking Shape

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Earlier today, the last of the panels were transported up the hill to the new Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita. When completed, these stables will be home for the J.E.E.P. rescue horses. And as you can see we had lots of help. It was indeed an exciting day for everyone involved. It was hot and dirty, but no one complained; just a lot of…

How The Filly Got Her Name

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During the Pony UP! for J.E.E.P. Fundraiser two weeks ago, event-goers got a chance to bid in the "Name the Filly" Live Auction. The lucky winner would give this little rescue horse her name, and a new beginning. My dear husband, David, bid on the filly and "won" the naming rights. And bless his heart, he passed this honor on to me. The…

Word of Mouth

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The old black jeep shutters and rattles down the pothole filled road. Even the potholes have potholes. As the jeep merrily bounces, I too am bouncing. Trying to stay in the seat but mostly airborne as I clench the roll bar with my right hand. I would use my left hand to grab onto anything, ANYTHING..., but there is nothing to be had. I…

In Memory of "Chance"

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"Chance" was rescued a week ago by George Leavitt and his new large animal rescue group called Hilltop Refugio / Jaltemba Equine Education Program (J.E.E.P.). Chance was a 4-year-old Appaloosa who was literally starving when Donna Brownfield discovered him and the six others in their herd a few weeks back. The seven horses had no food…

Hilltop Refugio to the Rescue

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Due to generous donations from many people, George Leavitt was able to purchase the 7 starving horses reported on in our previous article. This is the first step towards establishing the Hilltop Refugio / Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.). This past Saturday, January 5, the animals were picked up and transported to a property…