Editor´s Note

This past week was a busy one with all the Halloween/Day of the dead festivities along with opening day at the Old Town Farmers Market on Saturday and the La Cruz Farmers Market on Sunday.
I had friends who rented a big house in Sayulita to celebrate a 40th birthday and in between all these events we spent Saturday night out there. When I’m in Sayulita I love it. The charm, the busy bustle of beautiful people, the eclectic shopping and so many great dining options.
But then I realize it’s more expensive than living in Vancouver, BC and I put it out of mind until next time. But something we can all appreciate about Sayulita is the closeness of the local community.
There have been some very impressive community initiatives in the past few years including the Seniors Community Centre and the the strong animal rescue programs which came in handy when my friends called me in tears, “There’s a dog that keeps coming here and he’s dying and you have to rescue him!!” I said that if he came back before they left I’d do my best to help him out.
Lucky for Mr. Mickey, this old-timer dog came by the house just minutes before everyone was getting ready to leave for their flights back to Canada. I called a friend who lives in Sayulita and he offered to help the dog get to the animal clinic and arrange for his care.
Mickey looks to be about 8 years old and was clearly someone’s beloved pet before he was turned out or got lost or ran away… He is remarkably healthy if only severely malnourished.
He’s on some medications, getting nutrients and will soon be available for fostering.
If you are interested in caring for this very mellow, friendly dog who is comfortable around people and other animals,
please send me an email mmilne@vallartatribune.com

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  1. It would appear that San Francisco has a similar problem with pet animals as does Puerto Vallarta. . The difference , perhaps, is that San Francisco with only 47 square miles in area, has a dog population of well over 70,000 . The animal care center will pick up a stray animal, such as a cat, skunk, raccoon , coyote or sick dog if called … but if on your property and requires trapping, the cost is rather high.

    In San Francisco dogs are kept like one would keep children. Walk down a street in the shopping section of town, one sees a line of dogs on and off leash walking beside their owners. Often with a small plastic bag for picking up dog poop. Some dog owners will look at horror at their dogs mess on the sidewalk, and quickly walk away. When one walks down the sidewalk, one should be looking to avoid the dog poop , also when working in one’s front garden, even if you do not have a dog.

    When I seen the homeless also doing their poop or urination on a public area as do the dogs, I think of my youngest daughter when she was walking but still in diapers. When her two older sisters wanted to go out and play, and their mother was busy on the house interior, the oldest was asked to watch the youngest.

    One day the oldest come home and said that the youngest had pooped on the neighbors steps , as she would pull up her diaper and do her business. My wife went down the street with some paper towels and sponge to clean up the mess, and only saw a wet spot. The two old sisters that live there were sitting in a car parked by the curb and when my wife asked what had happed, she was told that the neighbors dog from across the street had ate it.

    Such is the city dog leash law in San Francisco, where it is ignored by many owners, and you seldom see kids playing on the streets anymore. I remember when I was walking and out of diapers and not yet in school, being allowed to go out and play in our neighborhood, because it was safe, and there were few dogs in the neighborhood.

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