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October 13, 2010

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We had the Vet out yesterday to take blood samples from 5 dogs, give 4 rabies vaccs and to check Tonka and Raven. Raven has a small scratch on his cornea, already healing since I have been treating it for a few days with antibiotic ointment. He was so sweet and totally compliant with the exam. Tonka is indeed totally blind in one eye, but his other eye is OK.

We also had the vet do an inspection so we can get licensed by the State Dept. of Ag. as an equine rescue. It is not mandatory, but we think it is helpful these days, with some “rescues” being discovered to be scammers. The animals and premises got the approval of our vet.

Carson had to be slightly tranquilized and muzzled. I often think we tend to miss the silver lining in our “clouds”. Had the shelter in Ca. known that he might be a biter, he would have been killed there. He was so incredibly ill and debilitated, that the “real” (feisty) Carson was not seen by them. So, in a way, his chronic illness and even his becoming a stray was a blessing, because it allowed him to be captured and then to be rescued on Facebook and come to us. He is an old man, but enjoys his second chance at life, his new friends, good food, chewies, medical care and his new “Mom” here.

So, always look for the bright side as you travel through life.

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  1. Darcy says:

    wow great news on getting licensed as an equine rescue :), congrats! (a tiny bit early) 🙂

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you!

  3. Monica & Baxter says:

    Your so right Cathy! So many don’t make it for that reason. When I volunteered at Wayside, a dog came back because he “nipped” at a child! They put him down! Good lord! That is not a reason to put a dog down! He didn’t bite, he just let the kid know, “give me some space!” And why couldn’t they place him in a home without kids, like they did others? It really upset me. No, it pissed me off. You are an angel Cathy and Carson knows this! Sometimes they bite because they just don’t feel good, not because they’re vicious.

  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    We are still battling his skin yeast infection. We have a better anti-fungal coming. He is cranky when he is itchy- can’t blame him. Any behavioral problems they have were caused by humans, we should remember that.

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