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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Dec.17, 2018

What a month we had! Diego came up with a cough and snotty nose. We spoke to our veterinarian who told us there was a strep equi infection spreading around and some of the horses  that had tested positive for the bacteria had no contact with other horses other than their herd mates. We are double fenced, so ours cannot even get close to wild horses or people out riding. Strep equi can cause infections ranging from mild to full blown strangles. Some horses are immune or have some immunity. Over a ten day period, we had to treat 5 horses and one burro with penicillin injections. We did not have the vet out, as he said it was not needed as long as the injections were working and no one was very sick. Everyone has recovered now. We had locked Rusty into the corral because he had the worst cough and we wanted him to rest away from the 5 mustangs he lives with. The day he was turned back out caused them to get excited and everyone was running & playing.

 



Poco has been very vocal every day.

We now have a very hungry juvenile road runner to feed. They mainly exist on reptiles, bugs, and small rodents and birds, but it apparently was not getting enough. There are few bugs now and no reptiles.I read they will eat 10% of their diet in seeds in winter, but this one is not interested in bird seed.

Buddy has been enjoying a mile of trotting (he sets the pace) with the electric scooter I bought, which is something I could never do on foot.

Buddy relaxing after his outing

Our weather has been mild, most nights staying above freezing, so no ice to deal with. Days have been in the 50s.

We’d like to thank our supporters and wish everyone Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Love,Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch November 18, 2018 Newsletter

This probably won’t be much of a newsletter as I am too saddened by the fire in Paradise, Ca. I lived 20 miles south of that beautiful town from 1978-93 and have many memories of days spent up there. As of now, >70 are confirmed dead and > 1200 missing people and many animals dead, injured and missing. There are groups on Facebook sharing info & I am spending a lot of time doing that. It is gut-wrenching.

On a brighter note, I decided to borrow on my home equity to get  an electric scooter so I can take Buddy for a decent walk and not be limping along behind him. I got a great deal on this from Gold Medical, $800 less than most sellers. Buddy caught right on. This morning, I took him on foot & he kept looking back at me as if to say, “can’t you go any faster?”

Electric scooter

 

I was also able to wean Buddy off Elavil after starting just 2-3 drops a day of Medterra CBD oil. He is calmer, happier and less anxiety. Much thanks to our friends who recommended it last month!

Buddy relaxing afer an outing

I had a handle break off a pot with hot water I was carrying and ended up with second degree burns on my left foot. Never a dull moment…

We found out that Apple does not support the video camera we have, thus the on & off ability to use I-Movie. It worked for a few months but then got worse and finally quit. We have been able to take short clips with the Canon camera we use for still pics.

Poco was happy to be able to share his songs again.

The colder weather has all the wild birds very hungry.

The horses are more active, too. This is 3 of the seniors, aged 19-24.

..and more play time

Warrior is now our most senior horse, and will be turning 30. He is a formerly wild mustang, seized by the authorities for abuse in 2012 and then ended up at a municipal shelter & was about to be euthanized. He has a bad knee, narcolepsy and has survived 3 strokes. He still lives up to his name.

Warrior

We got 256 bales of Bermuda hay which will last > 3 months.

Nov. 3 hay delivery

Many thanks to our donors and to all our Facebook friends who did Birthday Fundraisers for us! Thank you to our wonderful benefactor who matched donations, too!

You can check out our affiliates page for Holiday gifts which sales benefit us, too. http://www.jersanctuary.org/available-merchandise/.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Love, Cathy & The Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Oct. 18, 2018

We want to thank everyone who helped with our matching funds hay drive by sharing & donating. We received  or will receive approximately $4000 between mid August and the end of September, which will be matched. Donations made through Facebook Birthday fundraisers and the Fb donate button are slow to come in, but they will be included. We also do not get the donor names on most of the Fb donations, as Fb issues a receipt, but THANK YOU to all!

We received a phone call from Cerbat Dental Group  http://www.lowrydentistry.com/   in Kingman saying they have chosen us as their “Charity of the Month” and will send us a donation. It was a surprise & is greatly appreciated. They found us through our website.

Our weather turned from summer to winter overnight. We have gone into the 40s at night and 60s to low 70s in the afternoons. The rabbits are thrilled and my personal pet rats have a heat mat at night. Every species has different temperature tolerances. I am very happy not to have to be watering so much. The horses and burros are enjoying the coolness.

mustangs

Buddy has a heated bed and wears a coat at night. As much as I don’t like medicating anyone, I decided to try him on low dose elavil for his fear and anxiety. It has made a big difference and our vet agreed it was worth a try. Hopefully, he can wean off it over time, but for now, it is enabling us to do behavior modification. Now that he is not terrified of being leashed, we are taking a morning walk. He really looks forward to it. I use a 26 foot Flexi which gives him the space he needs to feel relaxed. Between a chronically swollen right foot and some “foot drop” with my left foot from Valley Fever and spinal arthritis, walking can be difficult for me. However, as they say, “use it or lose it!”  Forcing myself to walk this extra 1/2 to 1 mile a day seems to be helping me.

Buddy on a walk

I used my own funds to get a small shed and build a platform to use as a big house for Buddy. So far, he prefers his quonset shelter. There is no way to know what happened in his past, but he sure does not want to be confined. I left the doors off for now. If he becomes comfortable with it, I can add a dog door, window and then a small A/C that I already have next summer.

 

Buddy not thrilled

 

Poco arrived 4 years ago this month. Time has really gone by quickly. He is such a sweet guy and an inspiration to everyone who learns of his story. I gave up on trying to trim his feet by lifting them, as it is too hard on both of us because he cannot stand well on 2 good feet and his deformed foot. So, now, I let him stand and I use pruning shears/hoof shears to cut off his excess hoof wall while he stands. I have to almost lie on the ground to do so and I use a hoof pick to dig the dirt out from under the part of the hoof I want to nip off. He is very trustworthy, so it works. Years ago, my carpenter friend used to say, “first, you have to be smarter than the wood.”  I find this to be good advice in almost all situations. Or, as the Buddhists say, “everything is workable.”

Poco telling Chico who is boss

Poco

We have a pair of roadrunners who visit and then a juvenile started showing up alone, and seemed to be begging for food. We put out bird seed for the birds and a little dog food for the ravens, but roadrunners mostly eat lizards, snakes and carrion. This young bird was waiting on my doorstep one morning.  I got a bit of raw chicken and he gobbled it up. He had another piece that evening. It seems to be what he needed to “recharge” as I saw him foraging a day later.

Roadrunner

 

I moved onto this acreage 16 years ago this month, arriving with 2 horses, 2 goats, 4 dogs, a pig, 5 guinea pigs and a rabbit. Two weeks after moving in, my 13 year old basenji became separated from the group on a walk and I never found him. It was the most heartbreaking, tragic event in my entire life. It was then I vowed to devote the rest of my life to helping as many animals as I could. We became a Non Profit in fall of 2009. October is a hard month for me still, but life goes on.

my beloved Rafiki

 

Thank you for your support.

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

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