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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter August 3, 2016

We have had very hot weather all month with afternoon temps usually over 100 degrees. We also got some good monsoonal rain this past week. Last night, I had to go feed in a lightening storm and there were quite a few close strikes, including one that hit our transformer on the power pole. Fortunately, Unisouce came out in an hour & we had power back before dark.

We are still winning in the contest to receive $5000 if we win our category. That would support the sanctuary for 2 months! Please vote and share daily. Thank you!

Link to vote-http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw

Our neighbors and hay supplier had a 25 year old BLM mustang mare since rescuing her about 8 years ago. They had used her for riding until she was kicked and injured a few months ago. We offered her a home so that they would have space to take in another rescue, as they help a lot of local horses in need by rehabbing and rehoming them. Dakota is gorgeous and very easy to handle. We have her on joint and other supplements and she is doing very well. Warrior has claimed her as his  and this has added a sparkle to his eye!

Dakota, 25 year old mustang mare

Dakota, 25 year old mustang mare

Dakota following Red (our 22 year old mustang)

Dakota following Red (our 22 year old mustang)

Poco was very quiet most of the month but has started singing for his lunch again since the weather cooled a bit.

 

We got another 13 tons of nice Bermuda grass hay.

Sunset August 2

I managed to do hoof trims on all 10 burros and 4 horses this past month.

Julio hoof

Julio hoof

We have had gorgeous sunsets with the monsoon.

sunset August 2

sunset August 2

On a personal note, I am seeing improvement in my health thanks to my friend, Jeannie, who posted an article to me. The article was about the herbal sweetener stevia & how it kills Lyme bacteria. WOW! Unlike many people with Lyme, I do not want to kill the bacteria. I have mutated Lyme, it is not “curable” and my immune system already kills too much. The released toxins set off my 6 autoimmune diseases. I have been using stevia (considered a safe herbal, no calorie sweetener) for twenty years! I immediately stopped using it about 3 weeks ago. Within days, I felt slightly better. I also doubled my dose of turmeric, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and blocks some of the immune activation I deal with. I am so grateful to Jeannie!

Please continue to vote, as winning the contest category would cover our winter hay & pellet supply. Link to vote-http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw

Thank you!

Cathy & The Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter July 2, 2016

June brought unusually high temperatures and rattlesnakes. I had gotten a little Rex rabbit from my friend to try as an indoor pet, but started having allergic reactions after a few days, so tried moving him out into a pen I put up next to Ebony & Ivory’s big pen. His first day out, a Western Diamondback bit him in the face & throat. I treated him, he is OK now & returned to my friend. A week later, I found Rambeau with a swollen face in the morning. Sheep are very sensitive to venom, but he came through it beautifully. Please go to this link to see what I have learned about treating these bites successfully. I first posted it 5 years ago & have added additional info.

Patty survives snakebite, we credit Jernigan remedy

I managed to dispatch the snake that bit the rabbit. For years, I had relocated rattlers out of their home territory, because moving them a short way means they just come back. Then I learned that a least 50% of relocated rattlers die. Moving them 5 miles is dangerous for me, because I’d end up on remote dirt roads in my 42 year old truck and breaking down in places like this can cost one their life. So, I feel I have no choice but to do away with them, because the sanctuary  animals must come first. The other day, I got a Mohave green rattler that appeared to be living under the slab the feed shed sits on. They are extremely venomous.

http://videos.howstuffworks.com/animal-planet/31740-the-jeff-corwin-experience-mojave-green-rattlesnake-video.htm

On Animal Planet’s “The Jeff Corwin Experience,” Jeff finds a Mojave green rattlesnake. This snake is one of the most venomous rattlesnakes in the world.

Keeping everyone fed and with clean water is taking up a good part of the day. As always, some of the horses line up to be hosed off

Despite the heat, even the old horses will play.

 

We do love seeing our non-venomous snakes, such as this California King snake, that will actually eat rattlers.

King Snake

King Snake

Poco ordered another hundred books, so visit our affiliates page if you want one. Thank you!

Poco looking handsome

Poco looking handsome

We are leading in our category in the contest & ask that you vote daily & share, as winning the category would be $5,000, enough to support all 26 sanctuary animals for two months. Thank you!

link to vote:

http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw

 

Thank you for your support, for sharing & for voting.

Love,

Cathy & The Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch June 3, 2016 Newsletter

It is a great honor that my friend and JERAS supporter, Judy, entered me in a contest whose top prize is $50,000! There are also smaller cash prizes and winning anything would be wonderful for the sanctuary. It looks like we are ahead in my category and winning that $5,000 would support the sanctuary for 2 months!

The following is taken from the Facebook event that Judy is running to help  get votes.”A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than one’s self.” Catherine Ritlaw is our Hero. Click on this link to Vote for Catherine Ritlaw so we can make sure she wins the $50,000 charitable donation to provide food, shelter and veterinarian care for the animals at Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary. Catherine is the sole provider and caretaker for the fourteen horses, ten burros and two sheep that currently have found sanctuary at Journey’s End Ranch. ~
PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK EVERY DAY :

http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw

I don’t consider myself a “hero”, but I do work hard to provide a happy home to the animals because animals have brought great joy to me for 62 years and so many are neglected, abandoned and abused by my fellow humans. So many do not receive the care and respect they deserve.

Wow, Cushing’s disease is so insidious! Penny, our 26 year old mare, seemed fine until she was slow to shed out. She had also lost some muscle mass along her topline, but we assumed it was old age. The shedding issue caused us to think Cushings Disease and she went on a trial of Pergolide a few weeks ago. She has shed out, is shiny, is gaining muscle and is much more lively. We are getting the Pergoglide from a compounding pharmacy (Wedgewood) for about $25 a month. Not bad for a new lease on life for this old girl.

Penny

Big news!  The halter Cheyenne had been wearing for 10 years finally fell off! She arrived here wearing it 4 years ago and, despite trying to desensitize her for weeks, she remained extremely fearful and dangerously defensive regarding being touched. She has extreme  issues with past abuse.

Cheyenne, naked at last

Cheyenne, naked at last

We have had lots of gopher snakes, a few coachwhip snakes and one beautiful California king snake (photo) on the ranch. We also had a run in with a rattler last weekend. The non-venomous snakes compete with rattlers and we are always happy to see them.

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june 3 king snake

 

Poco has been singing a lot!

We just hit 100 degrees yesterday and some of the horses ask to be hosed off.

I love getting up in the morning to see the old and handicapped horses playing & enjoying life, despite their age, injuries and orthopedic issues.

I got a pair of baby goats to have as my pets since I became so dog allergic 2 years ago. It has been heartbreaking to see the empty yard and now there are a pair of “Mini Nubian” (Nubian X Nigerian Dwarf) brothers to enjoy playing with and watching. Thank you, Annie, for these sweet boys! They arrived yesterday.

Baby goats!

Baby goats!

 

As always, we want to thank our friends & supporters. Without you, the sanctuary would not exist.

Please try to vote in the contest, daily, if possible. http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw

Please share our newsletter. 

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

 

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