Rob’s Ramblings: A Christmas Gift that Keeps on Giving

Are you having trouble deciding on a Christmas gift for someone? Maybe it’s a spouse that really doesn’t need anything or a child that really loves animals? Here’s a gift idea that will keep on giving for years to come.

Many people in the Jaltemba Bay area have heard of the new Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) and their Hilltop Refugio. Also, many people familiar with Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) will know that our adoption cats and one dog are currently on the site awaiting homes. The refuge is located at the peak of the hill above La Peñita with stunning 360-degree views over the whole bay, as well as valley behind town. Construction is underway for additional stables and facilities for the animals.

One piece of construction that needs to be completed is for people visiting the site. There is space available for a patio at the edge of one stable which is a great location for tables and chairs. This patio might be used for people visiting the horses, cats and dogs, as well as being a great place to view the bay.

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George Leavitt walking through the plans for the patio.

Each square meter of concrete pad will cost roughly $150 pesos and we plan to cover the patio with roofing to provide shade. The initial plan is for about 40 square meters of patio and there is opportunity to increase the patio as funds become available.

So, whether you love horses, dogs or cats, or simply want a place to sit and enjoy the view, maybe consider buying a few square meters of concrete. It will be there to enjoy for years to come.

by Rob Erickson

About Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) Jaltemba Equine Education Project was established in December 2012 by George & Loretta Leavitt to help large animals like horses, donkeys and mules who are ill, malnourished or being mistreated in Jaltemba Bay, Nayarit, Mexico. To learn more or to make a one-time gift or recurring donation, visit Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.)

Your donation will help J.E.E.P. buy food, shelter, medication and the equipment necessary to care for our rescue horses. Remember, donations of tack and gear, both new and used are always needed and much appreciated.

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6 Reviews on “Rob’s Ramblings: A Christmas Gift that Keeps on Giving”

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    Thanks for Brian Emmons from Rincon de Guayabitos for dropping off his bucket of spare coins for the cement pad project. After sorting and a trip to the bank, the project received a boost of 1,948 pesos. Thanks Brian, and I will include your name on the project email list for the day we pour the pads.

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    Of the six cats on-site, three are spoken for (two are flying north in a few weeks and one grey female going home with construction Maestro Carlos). The other three are also social, and still need homes. George has suggested one or two as on-site rodent control, so first-come-first-choice. One rescue dog on site, which we are fattening-up with chicken-and-rice left overs, and some more parasite meds. Very friendly/ social dog, that obviously came from a loving home in the past.

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    Great article, Rob! Glad you keep on top of what is happening at JEEP and let us know through your write-ups. I am sure that George and Loretta would be thankful for any support for the horses. I will ask around for used tack donations before our next trip down, as we do live in horse country (Langley)! Do you have any more information on the plans for the dogs and cats of JBAR, that you mentioned in the article?

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    Further to my note above, I am going to gather some small beach /river pebbles and bed them into the wet cement. I plan to lay out names of all the JEEP horses. Heather and I are buying a few square meters of pad as well, and we plan to include the names of our cats, past and present (i.e.: children-to-childless-couple). Rob

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    Thanks Rob for a great idea. Might I suggest, that we let the people donating concrete and other things, to come put thier initials in the concrete? That might add a bit of incentive and I think it would be nice to see too.

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      Great idea Gail. Hopefully the folks are around that day we do the pads. Also, will get the link to pay online updated on the article. Some people at the LP trailer park are into "personalized stepping stones" so these could be bedded into the concrete as well. Rob

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