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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter April 3, 2014
Rhonda, our old beagle with degenerative myelopathy, seems to be holding her own on the aminocaproic acid and neuro-protective supplements. Her hind end is “wonky”, but she is happy, comfortable and fairly active. April 11- Sad update.. a day after I wrote this, Rhonda stopped barking and began to show signs of anxiety and discomfort. She was no longer barking at everything and her silence told me she was not feeling well. Pain/anti-inflammatory meds helped a bit for a day or two, but not much after that. We decided to let her pass on before she became any worse. She is deeply missed. Carson keeps looking for her and Rainy is very sad. She was laid to rest under the tree out back and all her “babies” are with her. I feel a huge void and cannot get used to her no longer being under my feet.
We got word that Mollie, the beagle we saved last fall, was adopted by her foster parents in Ca. That makes us very happy for her. We had to let her go after 2 months because I seem to develop allergies to any new dogs, so taking in more is out of the question. I will concentrate on caring for and cherishing the ones we have, most of whom are seniors now. If I outlive the dogs, I will bring Carter in the house!
One of our board members, Darcy, lost her beloved dog this month and it was very hard for her and her family. He had been a great companion and even befriended the wild mustangs she photographs. However, Darcy has adopted a pup in need and he is a beautiful new addition to their family. This was Rocky greeting a wild stallion several years ago.
Our good friend and supporter, Jodie Sinclair, has a new website. She is an extraordinary equine photographer. http://www.jodiesinclair.smugmug.com
WE ARE IN A CONTEST TO WIN $250 and only have until April 7 to get > 50 downloads. Please help! We have to spend $2800 next week for 2 month’s worth of feed. Shop For YourCause is doing another challenge starting April 01. It is a “Download Challenge” where if we get 50 downloads of our browser extension within one week we win $250. There are multiple organizations participating, but you are only competing against yourselves. If we get the downloads, we win the money. Anyone who has downloaded it previously just needs to re-download it (takes a minute or so), and we will get credit. YOU NEED TO KEEP THE DOWNLOAD FOR 3 MONTHS or we do not get the $ Link- http://
Lucky, the crippled mustang,is doing great since he moved in with Penny and Warrior.
The horses enjoyed some cool weather this week. Knickers, the Arabian stallion, turns an amazing 32 years old this year.
On a very sad note, we had to put Big Rusty to sleep this month. He had an old sacroiliac injury that apparently happened in his early years and arrived here 2 years ago with substantial unsoundness, but was still enjoying life. We had body work done, used supplements, natural hoof trimming and gave him lots of space to move about. He was unwilling to lie down because of his discomfort and never got the REM sleep he needed. We had him tested for Lyme, but he came up negative. In the past few months, he lost the twinkle in his eye and stopped playing with Warrior. After consulting with our vet and with Rusty’s former caretaker, we decided it was time to let him go. He was a real character and it greatly missed.
We were not able to rehabilitate Sienna, the 12 year old quarter horse mare who arrived late last spring. Our vet said her elbow problem was probably developmental orthopedic disease and a permanent problem. We then found out that the rescue who had her from 2010-2012 wanted her back as a permanent resident. When her adopter decided to sell her (several owners ago), they had breached their contract to return her to that rescue. We felt it was in her best interest to return her to C Bar J, her rightful owners. They had really missed her and were glad to come get her. She saw them and hopped right onto their trailer. I do miss her, she is such a sweet mare.
Here’s a gift idea! If you would like to donate $10 or more in the name of a friend, child or relative, just make a donation with a note re: who you would like us to send a personal card to, with their name and address. We have lots of nice cards featuring our animals and can send one along with that animal’s bio to the recipient. just click on our donate button or Paypal the donation to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I turned 60 this month.. which is quite a blessing considering my doctor said I was dying in 1997! I contracted Lyme disease in 1972, was not diagnosed properly for almost 30 years and have 6 autoimmune diseases plus severe chemical sensitivities because of it. I have not been able to go out in public for twenty years, unless I wear my respirator and stay outdoors. I take a lot of supplements and have to continually treat all my “conditions”. I am a firm believer in “mind over matter”. While I deal with daily malaise and pain, I manage to care for the animals by going slow and steady and taking lots of breaks. On my breaks, I try to network animals and causes on the internet, plus look for funding to keep us afloat. Life is what you make it. Anyone with any chronic illness needs to look into Lyme disease, because it is an epidemic and most cases are not diagnosed. You will end up with a myriad of health problems and have doctors treating all your conditions without anyone knowing the cause. I am always willing to share info with people and have already helped about 10 people get a correct diagnosis, after years of them suffering.
Once again, THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS!
March 9 th
Tomorrow is our 4th anniversary of becoming a 501(c)3 How time has passed so quickly!
We have had a very mild winter and sure feel sorry for most of the rest of the country which had such a rough one. The horses are already shedding and a few of the mustangs ask to be hosed down when I am filling the water troughs.
Rhonda, our 11 year old beagle who arrived 2 years ago, appears to have degenerative myelopathy. I noticed her rear end was weak when we got her out of the local shelter 2 years ago. With lots of room to run, she got stronger. Several months ago, she started getting a bit wobbly and ataxic in her hind end. She has no pain. I always try to avoid running to the vet for every issue that comes up, as we cannot afford to and I am an enthusiastic problem-solver. I did a little internet research and found that degenerative myelopathy is the only hind end disorder with no pain involved. Usually, a dog is paralyzed within 6 months to a year of developing any symptoms. However, I am a huge fan of supplements and I feel some that I have been giving her for 2 years have slowed the progression. This article was very informative. http://www.examiner.com/article/dr-r-m-clemmons-and-the-fight-against-degenerative-myelopathy-of-german-shepherd-dogs the drug used to delay the progression of this condition is expensive, but I just found a compounding pharmacy that is said to be much cheaper and will have our vet call them tomorrow (update, we can get it for $17 a month and it is on its way). At any rate, we will continue with supplements and give her the best quality of life possible until her hind end gives out. Rhonda is very high strung and has some anxiety issues, so a cart/wheelchair would not be a solution in my opinion. She also needs to be able to get through the dog doors and our terrain is not level or smooth. Rhonda is the most joyful and funny little girl, her tail is always wagging, and she is often baying her head off. She was found on the streets and was never claimed from the local shelter. She had never been spayed and she protects her collection of stuffed animals and carries them around, so it seems she had been used as a breeder until no longer “useful”. The extensive dental she required 2 years ago left her with a lot of missing teeth and her smile always reminds me of a Jack-o-lantern. Taking in old and ill animals is always inviting heartbreak, but the joy they experience by being given a new life makes it worthwhile.
Carson is starting to feel his age, but is still active and a source of constant amusement for me. He is the smartest, most obstinate, bossy dog I have ever met. I love him so much!
Jabari, the basenji we took in from the horrific OAS hoarding situation, has gone to a wonderful new home after being with us for medical care and rehab for 5 weeks. He was somewhat intimidated by our other boisterous dogs and our friend, Keith (a BRAT volunteer) found him a home with a man who was raised with basenjis and with two daughters who have bonded with Jabari. They were willing to deal with Jabari’s Fanconi syndrome and need for testing, supplements and thyroid medicine for the rest of his life. Jabari is about 6 years old and went through living hell at OAS, where dogs were kept crated for months to years, in a metal building. They were fed unrefrigerated raw meat, and were only fed every other day. No one knows his history, but his new family has found him to be very smart, playful and entertaining. It is a miracle he survived and it is no wonder he was aggressive when he first arrived in Arizona. With medical care, good nutrition, love and patience, he has blossomed. We are so grateful to Keith, Bernard, Kenzie and Kiana!
Our Vice President, Bonnie, who lives 40 miles north of JERAS, had been feeding an an abandoned dog for a few weeks. He was in a yard down the road from her. When no one claimed him, she took pictures, we networked him and within days, he had been transported to Las Vegas where a rescue group took care of his veterinary needs, neutered him, had him groomed and placed him in a loving home. Thank you, Bonnie, Beth Snook of Niki’s Pals(who transported him) and So NV Australian Shepherd Rescue! It really does “take a village”.
Bear and Maggie got early haircuts and both are very happy. Bear is actually doing pirouettes and I keep thinking we have acquired a black poodle. Apparently, Bear is not crazy about his Chow Chow coat and getting rid of it has been a blessing for him. He was a once-feral dog and has been with us for 9 years.
Our local shelter/animal control has a new manager. Mary used to work for our vet and had been a shelter manager in Ca. for 8 years at one time. Things are really improving there now and they actually have a Facebook page up, too. We are thrilled to know that many more local animals will be saved now. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Western-Arizona-Humane-Society-Kingman/667763806617095 We have fostered 6 dogs from that shelter in the past few years and try to network the dogs and cats there as much as time allows me to.
Sienna, the quarter horse mare we took in last spring, is never going to be sound and is going to live permanently at a rescue who adopted her out 2 years ago. When the adopter decided they no longer wanted her, they violated their contract and sold her, instead of returning her to C Bar J Rescue. She went through another two homes and was then “free” on Craig’s list. I thought we might be able to rehab her with body work and hoof trimming, but she has arthritis in an elbow and will not be rideable. We are happy that C Bar J wants her back as a permanent resident and it will lessen my work load and help our finances.
Our bank account was very low and had me extremely worried, as these animals have to be fed. We have a wonderful new supporter whose generosity has come to our immediate rescue, but we still need to broaden our donor base to afford some future security for these horses, burros, dogs, pigs and sheep. Please help if you can or at least share our website, Facebook page and Affiliates page. I can care for the animals, but funding is needed to buy the feed and supplies they require. I am turning SIXTY this month, so please make it a happy birthday by helping us. Thank you!
Here’s a gift idea! You can make a donation to us in behalf of someone else, such as your grandkids, and we will send one of our photo cards to them, with the story of the animal featured. Just make a donation of $10 or more and be sure to include a note and the name and address of the recipient when using Paypal or sending a check. Thank you!
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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter Feb. 6, 2014
The new pigs, Benton & Carter are settled in and are happy here. They are very active compared to our little Wilbur, whom we lost to old age in December.
A friend of ours told us about a program where we can earn funding every time you shop and use your Smith’s, Fred Meyer or Kroger card! This can be a HUGE help to us. It is easy to sign up and once you do, there is nothing else to think about… Please go to the link below. Thank you!
We came in second in the Shop For Your Cause Contest, so did not win any funds. However, you can vote for us in a FedEx contest- see below.
We are also in a new grant contest. The grand prize is $25,000, but we would be thrilled to get one of the $1000 grants.http://smallbusinessgrant.fedex.com/Gallery/Detail/69cf3173-1192-4566-928d-c05d8eb14e5d It is daily voting until Feb. 23 and we sure could us the funding.
We had been following the story of the dogs kept in deplorable conditions at a “sanctuary” in Washington State. It seemed serendipitous that all of them ended up near us and that there was one basenji in the bunch, as I have been involved with the breed since 1976 and know that they can have special needs and challenges. Jabari is doing very well on the Gonto Fanconi protocol which involves special feeding, & supplements. The addition of low dose thyroxine also changed his temperament dramatically.
We also took in a little basenji that came from the horrible OAS hoarding case in Washington state. 124 dogs were transported to our area in Az. with the help of Guardians of Rescue (a NY group). Since I have been involved with basenjis since 1976, we decided to see if he might fit in here. A national basenji rescue group will be his safety net should he not be able to stay with us. He can be snappy, but he has been through a lot. We had full blood work done. It turns out he needed to be on a low dose of thyroxine and his temperament improved overnight. A few of his electrolyte values were a bit off. Unfortunately, when we tested his urine at home, it showed a slight amount of glucose. It seems he has early Fanconi disease, genetic in some basenjis. It requires micromanagement with blood tests and supplements to enable the dog to lead a long and happy life. Otherwise, the kidney damages progresses and it is fatal. . Here is one story about OAS- http://www.seattledogspot.com/blog/dog-blog/post/the-dogs-are-safe-but-is-olympic-animal-sanctuary-saga-over . The dogs actually ended up in Golden Valley, Az.. on the premises of a rescue that has a relationship with GOR. That is only 25 miles from us and our board member, Billie, brought him here on Friday Jan. 10. Here is more of his story. http://www.jersanctuary.org/2014/01/jabari-basenji/
I wish I had had the video camera this morning, as Lucky (the crippled mustang) was feeling well enough to be running, bucking & rearing. Having the proper diet, a few supplements, proper hoof trimming and room to move about is slowly helping him.
With the cool weather, all the horses and burros are playful. Rambeau (the ram) and Knickers (our old Arabian stallion) have developed a real friendship and like to race up and down and play along their shared fence line. They look just like a cutting horse working a cow. Rambeau butts at the fence, knowing he can be brave because the fence protects him from Knickers.
It was an honor to get chosen to be “ambushed” by Art Ambush- https://www.facebook.com/artambushproject and we received a beautiful print from Judy Clements of LensTripping Photography https://www.facebook.com/LensTrippingPhotography?ref=br_tf
Art Ambush Project says, “This is a movement about good tidings and art. It’s not about money, it’s not about fame, it is about giving people, unsung heroes, people in need, people who need a reminder that there are some people in the world notice the difference they make, it is about giving beauty to those people. ”
That made my day!
We also received a gallon of Path-Away as a gift which was a nice surprise! This is a great, natural antimicrobial product. http://www.path-away.com I had told Art Martin, who developed Path-Away, that it was effective for hoof infections and he ended up in Saudi Arabia where he is supplying it to the Prince to use in his racing stable.
We had another nice surprise, too, when we received a DVD copy of “American Mustang”, from the producer of this wonderful new film which will do a lot to inform the public about the plight of America’s wild horses & burros. https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Mustang-The-Movie/295659820548926 Thank you to Heather Roark!
Carson is the featured dog for February in the Furever Rescued calendar and this is the final year it will be published. We are so happy and honored that he made it into the calendar. Thank you, Jessica Price. This is the photo they used.
We got in 200 bales of hay so we can make it until the new harvest in June. That cost $3100 and is about a 3 month supply. In June, we will need about $7000 to stock up on hay at the best prices. In addition to feeding 21 horses & burros, we are home to 10 dogs, 2 pigs and the sheep. Donations are greatly needed & appreciated. Thank you to all of our loyal supporters!
Cathy & The Gang