Yesterday we attended a gala champagne brunch on a little palm fringed island. It was the annual fundraiser for Amigos de los Animales, the best known of several groups that help abandoned and homeless dogs and cats in Mazatlan.
This intricately carved watermelon graced one of the serving tables.
We dressed up and took the water taxi to the island where we were served an authentic Mexican brunch and all the champagne and fresh-squeezed orange juice we could drink.
There were around 200 people, most of them English speaking, getting tipsy and bidding on a vast selection of silent auction items, plus raffle and 50/50 tickets.
I think it was a big success, thanks to the organization skills of a small group of people including our friend Peggy seen here at the right attending to some paperwork.
We came home with gift certificates to two restaurants--always a good idea when you're on vacation.
I think that Amigos de los Animales and other groups are having a positive effect here. We see a lot fewer stray dogs than we did five years ago. Still, there are some, like the poor little she-dog, obviously nursing puppies, that was licking something off the street the other night. I've taken to carrying some dry dog food in my bag so I can feed her if I run into her again.
Today is a slow day as we are recovering from unaccustomed champagne intake. It's all for a good cause, right?