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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter June 16, 2018

Warm weather has finally hit us, with a few days of 100 degrees this past week, but cooler today, thank goodness. We also have had almost daily strong winds. Dumping, scrubbing and refilling water tubs takes more time than feeding the horses and burros.

Windy, one of our 16 year old mustang mares, got a laceration on her face. It may have been a bite or kick or she may have cut herself on a small piece of metal trim I found the horses had pulled out from one shelter, leaving it sticking out a few inches. At any rate, she is halter broke but very fearful due to abuse while used in “horse tripping” years ago before being rescued. We closed her into Knickers’ old corral so I could hose it if needed and also gave her oral antibiotics and some herbals to help her heal, which she did. After a 8 days, I turned her out and she was quite calm but all the others decided it deserved a celebration.

Poco sings a lot, as usual. He is such a cheerful boy despite his handicap and is a reminder to always be strong and grateful.

We have some sad news. Noel, the packrat, passed away. After a year and a half of relocating him due to his destructiveness, he ended up living in captivity another year and a half. Solitary and secretive in the wild, he seemed quite content to live safely and well fed in his big cage. He enjoyed getting new trinkets and colorful objects on a regular basis and would redecorate his cage almost nightly.



We got 13 tons of new Bermuda grass hay in June 3, which will last about 100 days.

Buddy’s mouth has healed nicely after his dental surgery and cleaning 5 weeks ago. He is a very “different” dog, preferring to play tag than to be petted. His favorite game is darting in and out at me to then receive a biscuit or bit of meat. He also likes to run around me barking as if he will attack, but it’s all a game. I adore him.

Buddy, biscuit time

As always, thank you for your support.


Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter May 16, 2018

What a month! Had some challenges, but we made it through.

We had some really hot days and some days of 40-50 mph winds, which makes feeding hay a lot of fun. Now, we have cooled down to the 80’s.

Our veterinarian was out April 30th to sedate Diego so his front feet could be trimmed and he could have a dental. Diego was never really trained during his first 20 years and is hard to catch and handle. Our neighbor, Mary Ann, whom Diego adores, came to help & he behaved a lot better than he did in the past.

Dr. Waldron doing dental

Getting his wonky feet trimmed

Diego has pedal osteitis and  coffin bone rotation in one foot from years of neglect. He likes to grow all his feet at very steep angles. When a pro trimmer adjusted them somewhat in 2015 after he arrived, he ended up with severe laminitis. So, we have learned to leave it alone. He now runs & plays daily with feet the way he wants them.

Then, I had to catch Buddy, who is still very fearful, so Dr. Waldron could examine his mouth. It was even worse than I thought. He had periodontal disease, 2 epuli (growths), a badly infected carnassial tooth and tartar. He was started on antibiotics pending a dental on May 10. I had to take him in very early in the morning and was not even sure I could load him into the crate in my truck. He surprised me by running up the ramp I had put there and going into the crate easily, even though he was terrified. The vet sedated him out in the truck and they wheeled him inside on a gurney after he was snoozing. I waited out back for 3 hours until he was ready to go home. He had a total of 5 extractions, 3 which were complicated. The 2 epuli were removed and his teeth cleaned. The poor dog was in pain for who knows how long. I am not happy that the vet another adopter took him to twice last December apparently never looked at his mouth. He is still on soft food, his mouth looks great & I am sure he feels better. He will be on antibiotics another 4 days.

Buddy the day after, just a bit wary!

We got Buddy’s DNA results & were surprised, as most of us were wrong, except for Debbie, the vet tech, who  thought she saw shar-pei and cattle dog.

25% Amer. Staffordshire Terrier

12.5% Aust. Cattle Dog

12.5% Chinese Shar-Pei

12.5% Chow Chow

12.5% Siberian Husky

12.5% White Swiss Shepherd (new one to us!)

12,5%  (herding, hound, sighthound)

Buddy got his own CD player today so he can listen to “Through A Dog’s Ear”, special calming piano music for dogs. I will play it 4 or 5 times a day for him.

Me update, never a dull moment. I had been feeling very weak and lightheaded. Then my blood pressure went a bit wonky and pulse dropped 30 points. My friend and our VP, Bonnie, took me to our great hospital (KRMC) and the phlebotomist drew blood outside & then they got me in & out in 5 minutes for an EKG. With severe chemical sensitivities, even entering a building wearing a chemical respirator is tricky. I was born with a murmur & 2 holes in my heart, and 46 years of Lyme has taken its toll, but, all that showed up was old damage, thank goodness. I then realized it may be Valley Fever rebounding since I had taken a break from anti-fungals, which are hard on your liver. I think the VF rebounded in my brain & sinuses, because after I got back on the anti-fungal & got my head cleared, I was OK again. Sheesh…

Then, since I felt improved, I decided to trim Dakota’s feet and try out the new compound nippers we had gotten (Bud’s). Well, I was working on first front hoof when she pulled her foot away & it grazed and then landed on the back of my left hand. Despite a kevlar glove, I lost skin & flesh. I also ended up with a lot of bruising, but thankfully, nothing broken. I still had to finish her 2 front feet, too, which I did on an adrenaline high. LOL.

May 3 ouch!

May 6, treated with charcoal & colloidal siver

I did use some antibiotic ointment, but mostly colloidal silver and activated charcoal, shown in studies to really promote healing & fight infection. It now is close to healed, though still pain on & off from the crushing. Watching anything heal always amazes me.

We got our 2018 Great Nonprofits banner, thanks to 10 or more good reviews this year. Thank you!

I went to shear Rambeau only to discover our 35 year old Oster clippers were not holding the blades tightly. I attacked him with scissors to at least get some wool off. One of our Facebook friends saw the post and donated 4 sets of Oster clippers! Now, I can do a proper job as soon as my hand is a few more days improved. Thank you, Karen!

Rambeau with his terrible haircut, sleeping in his hay

Our favorite, “tame” wild bunny, “Broken Ears” has not been here in weeks. He had been losing weight and had sniffles after being injured in a fight a few months ago. He was a tough little guy who often took off on “walkabouts” during the spring mating season. He was at our neighbors a few days after he was last here…but now seems to be gone. I miss him so much. He was losing weight despite lots of food & I could feel all his bones when I petted him (yes, he allowed that). He was at least 3-4 years old and cottontails have a short life expectancy in the desert.

Broken Ears April 2

I caught a great video of our big gopher snake climbing the pine tree.





The old and “damaged” horses continue to act like crazy kids.

We are so grateful to our friends and donors, without whom we could not continue to provide a safe haven for so many animals, domestic and wild.

Love, Cathy & the Gang

Lucky, 19 year old mustang who arrived 5 years ago

Warrior, 29 year old mustang, here since 2012

Poco, our brave little burro

Poco said to remind everyone that he has books available!


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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter April 16, 2018

We were featured in a very nice article in our local newspaper yesterday. Much thanks to Travis Rains, reporter.

Thank you to everyone who donated to my Facebook Birthday fundraiser!

It’s time for new reviews so we can get our 2018 banner. Thank you!

Our biggest gopher snake is out & about.

thirsty gopher snake

The horses are shedding, Poco is singing and the local ravens must be feeding young, as they come begging for handouts.


Our favorite wild cottontail has become a stalker.


We are devoting the rest of this newsletter to the issue of over-vaccinating animals and the risks and damage that can occur.

Love, Cathy & the Gang



We took in an older dog on March 19.  We have had no dogs since 2014 because I had developed severe allergies (anaphylactic) to dogs. Since then, I have researched a lot and discovered some things I could do to address my out of control immune system. Living without a dog has been almost unbearable. I decided to look for a dog who was not very adoptable or at risk and one who could live outdoors. I found “Buddy”online at the local shelter. He is about 8 years old and was described as a dog who “needed his space”, did not like strangers and would do   best living “in the middle of nowhere”. Well, that sounded right for me. He had been adopted & returned to the local shelter twice between Nov. and March. My friend and our VP, Bonnie, picked him up on my 64th birthday. He arrived and was very skittish. When I saw his paperwork, I discovered that, between the shelter and one local vet, he was given ELEVEN vaccinations over a 4 month period. He’s terribly fearful & I think they damaged his brain. We also had Hemopet (Dr.Jean Dodds) run a thyroid panel and he came in just under mid range “normal”. However, we have had several “subclinical” dogs who had behavioral issues and responded well to low dose thyroxine which bumped them up into the higher normal values. In addition, he was listed as a shepherd mix, but I and 3 other dog knowledgeable people see some Akita in him. He has a few Akita characteristics, such as hiding his poop. Akitas have a very high incidence of thyroid disease and they do best when their thyroid values are in high normal. So, we tried a  low dose of thyroxine and his behavior improved overnight. He is also getting supplements to help him detox,  for liver support and to help with vaccine reactions. He has to live outdoors because of my allergies, but he feels safe here. He sleeps outside my bedroom window & loves  visiting through the glass.  He still tends to run from me in his yard, but if I encourage him to jump up onto his bed, he sits like a statue to be petted.  I call him Buddy. I wear my respirator around him to be safe.
As has happened so often in the past, I ended up researching to help an animal and found something to help me. I googled “healing glial cells” (brain) and found an NIH study on rats infected with Lyme disease and how acetate helped protect their brains. Eureka!  I did more research and found a substance called DCA (dichloroacetate) which is used to treat mitochondrial dysfunction and also shows promise for killing cancer cells. I researched more to discover that chronic infections such as Lyme can cause mitochondrial dysfunction, meaning every cell in your body is not working properly. Mitochondria are involved in cellular energy production and also modulate the immune system. I obtained some DCA and am seeing changes in just a few weeks. One obvious thing is that the toenail I lost many months ago, which had not grown back at all, is now almost all grown in. My pain levels are reduced. I only found the info on DCA because I was googling how I might help Buddy. What a blessing! Buddy seems to be getting more comfortable as time goes by. I did find a small oral “tumor” in the front of his mouth. It could be benign or as bad as oral melanoma, which is quite serious in dogs. Our vet was supposed to be here for a ranch call last week and to look at Buddy’s mouth, but they had to delay the visit until late April. We emailed a picture to them and they think it looks benign, but will see him in a few weeks. Thank goodness! He’s too spooky to put him through the stress of riding in a crate to go all the way into town in the back of the truck. 
The following is his vaccination history. Sorry for ranting, but this is a pet peeve. Veterinary care should improve the lives of animals, not cause them to become ill. We have sent our concerns to both the shelter and local vet.

Buddy, formerly “Ace”

Approx. 8 year old mix, listed as shepherd, but appears to be part Akita.

Adopted  3/19/18 (2 failed adoptions before this)

10/24/17             shelter           Combo & intranasal

11/1/17.               shelter            Rabies

12/1/17.             shelter              Combo & intranasal

(these were all the vaccinations he needed, period)

Adopted out        

12/19/17              Local vet    Combo & intranasal

1/12/18                Local vet   Combo & intranasal   

Returned to shelter

2/26/18                 shelter            Combo & intranasal again!

ELEVEN vaccinations to a senior dog in four months! Blatant malpractice.

Also, either the vet missed his ORAL TUMOR (up front & easy to see)  or it  was not mentioned in  paperwork. 

 Everyone knows the shelter gives vaccinations. The veterinary clinic is AAHA (American Animal Hospital Assn.) certified. AAHA recommends core disease boosters EVERY THREE YEARS.

He is now very fearful. According to the shelter, he had become worse over time. His first adopter had actually taken him in for grooming, so we assume he was much less fearful then, too. We found this online

“According to Dr Jean W Dodds, an eminent vet and researcher, both allergic and autoimmune diseases have been rising since the introduction of modified live virus vaccines.  Autoimmune diseases are where the body attacks self; they include cancer, leukemia, thyroid disease, Addisons, Grave’s disease, autoimmune hemolytic anaemia, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, lupus, thrombocytopenia, organ failure, skin inflammations, and more.

We also seem to have a tremendous number of dogs with behavioural problems, largely due to over-vaccination and processed pet food.  Vaccines are known to cause inflammation of the brain, as well as lesions throughout the brain and central nervous system.  The medical term for this is ‘encephalitis’, and vaccine’s role is acknowledged in the Merck Manual.  Merck is a vaccine manufacturer.”


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