As Sarah Walker’s big smile indicates, it was an incredible afternoon for the cause… JBAR “Paws for the Cause” that is. Sarah’s fundraising event for Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue could only be described as a barking good time! Held Monday, December 10th on the manicured grounds of Thomas Bartlett’s hacienda in La Peñita, it was a perfect setting for people, their pets and anyone who wanted to give a little something (or a lot) towards the betterment of pets in the Jaltemba Bay area.
I decided to sit back with my camera and enjoy the view. It was very satisfying to see so many dogs from past spay and neuter clinics! My favourite pooch was without a doubt, “Floppy Fred.” He was a patient from the JBAR clinic held this past November in Guayabitos. Floppy, as he was dubbed at that clinic, was quickly adopted by Stella who changed his name to Fred, but not quick enough and now his double name has stuck. His soulful look kept me coming back to him as the next set of photos will show.
His Christmas hat kept falling over his eyes, but that didn’t stop him from spotting his lookalikes! Apparently Bassett Hound heaven involves playing with similar long-eared new friends, and chewing on their ears! Thank you Janet for bringing “Archie and Monty” to this event where “Fred” discovered himself, so to speak.
Along with Antonia’s tacos, there were beverages and cake, plus people could get their photos taken with their pets and take away a printed copy. This service was provided by Melanie Blair of Beach Dog Boarding & Salon in Lo de Marcos. Tickets were sold at $20 pesos each, and each item/event was worth so many pesos – a taco was one ticket, as was a beverage. If you wanted to bid in the silent auction you bid with tickets.
Griffon was happy to have won a doggie toy with his bid, and his dog “Dexter” is sure to be thrilled about it. But Dexter was not so thrilled with the idea of playing in the fountain… too much like taking a bath?
The above three photos are from the Best Dressed Dog Contest, with prizes awarded to “Chivo” for 1st Place in the red-themed costume (he is also up for adoption), 2nd Place went to “Gracie” in her blue and white sailor suit with owner Debra so happy to be there, and 3rd Place went to the cutest little duo ever, “Mia and Miko” the chihuahuas pups owned by Mateja.
The following three photos are from the Most Talented Dog Contest which was won by “Spritz” who wowed us with his whirls and turns, 2nd Place went to the blood donor queen “Reyna” who donated her prize to “Lody” who did a very admirable roll over, and 3rd Place was taken by my favourite pooch “Floppy Fred” for his very solemn pawshake.
The 50/50 Draw was won by Susana Campbell – who didn’t take a second to even think about handing her half of the winnings over to Lin Chimes, founder of JBAR.
All said and done, it was a fantastic afternoon. The total pesos raised for the cause were just over $25,000. Thank you to everyone for the donations and for bringing your pets.
The following photos are of just some of the attending pets and some of their caretakers!
For more information, visit the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue webpage.
About the Author: Tosia Archer spends her winter living near El Tonino (a 20 minute drive north from La Peñita) along with her husband David and their Mexican adopted pets: dogs Agua Chili Bob and Momz, and their cat Blanca. They all travel south together by truck from Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada each fall and return there to work each spring. She enjoys photographing local wildlife and flowers, whale watching and then rendering what she has seen into watercolour art. She volunteers with JBAR and is a member of the Guayabitos Artists Collective and Writers Who Love Mexico. Tosia is also part of the Jaltemba Bay Life Team.
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