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JERAS Diary Oct. 6 & 7

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This was the week from hell…starting with me stupidly using the said to be “all natural” shampoo on Tara which left her reeking of (in my opinion) synthetic fragrance. Two baths in my “safe” soap and even a dousing of grain alcohol has still not gotten it all off her. I had 3 days of asthma attacks and headaches and she is still having to stay outdoors. Our weather went from summer to late fall overnight. Then we had 3 days of rain. I had to install a doggie door  and heat lamp in the shed so Tara had a cozy place to go. She has been on a hunger strike and will only eat expensive dog biscuits. Even cooking her some ground turkey  did not work. I am hoping she will be able to come inside within a few more days if it stays sunny and the chemicals on her coat oxidize.

Last Monday, I was working in the yard and suddenly several dogs ganged up on Tara. Fortunately, I was right there and the hose was, too. I was not sure who or what started it. These dogs never fight. She got 2 small punctures and is healing well. Wednesday, I was doing the evening horse feeding and heard commotion. OMG, a pile of dogs again! I ran towards the house screaming. They all dispersed, leaving Maggie running towards the doggie door. Maggie had punctures in the back of her neck and on her chest. A huge seroma/hematoma developed immediately over her heart area. She was pale, but her color returned to normal in about 10 minutes. I honestly was too sick (from the shampoo) to even consider a 20 mile race to the vet, which would have been an after hours emergency call. I opted to treat her myself, pray,  and see how it looked in the AM. I got her started on antibiotics and flushed the wounds with Vetericyn, which my vet calls “holy water”.

I stayed up a good part of the night, as she was in pain. All we had for that was aspirin. I also gave her vitamin K to help clotting and counter the aspirin’s blood thinning effect. By morning, most of the fluid had drained. I flushed the wounds again and put a light pressure bandage around her middle. She had no fever and ate her breakfast. She is walking a bit hunched up and I think she may have bruised or even broken ribs, but the bandage makes her feel better. It is looking pretty good after 2 days and I am praying that not much tissue was damaged and that there will not be sloughing. Oy vey…..

Our vet comes next Tuesday for our yearly ranch call and he can look her over then.

I think that Shyla, who tends to badger the other dogs, must have started both incidents, but Liza then has her prey drive kick in. Someone had yanked Liza’s collar off on the second melee, perhaps trying to help Maggie.

This goes to show that “mob mentality” can apply to animals, too. At any rate, we seemed to be faced with the possibility of putting 2 dogs to sleep, or coming up with a way to keep the old and more timid ones safe.

Today, I was supposed to meet my friend in town, as she gets my groceries since I cannot be out in public at all with my MCS. I also needed to get feed and I had decided to buy 50 feet of fencing and 5 T posts so I could create a yard for Shyla and Liza. Their yard will connect to the dog door that comes into the part of the kitchen that is separated from the rest of the house by a 5 foot high divider and gate. I don’t mind cross fencing the one yard, as we still have the new, big yard where they can all take turns playing for a few hours each day.

I had my coolers and everything else packed up,… had my respirator, cell phone, checkbooks, water to drink. Well, the truck started right up and then died. It looked like I needed to switch gas tanks, which I did. The new battery tried hard, but no luck. My mobile mechanic has been sick and not even answering his phone for 2 months, so I was stuck. Bonnie had to bring all the groceries out here on her way home, as she lives 40 miles north of us.  The feed store delivered later in the day and were kind enough to go by the hardware store and grab the fencing and posts we needed.

I spend a good part of the morning replacing the coconut shell charcoal media that my air purifiers use. This house is environmentally safe, but I need the purifiers to tolerate the books, furniture (what little we have!) and other things that outgas chemicals. Each one holds 7 pounds of charcoal and the filters must be replaced and the units washed before refilling them and reassembling them.

The moon is waxing and that means increased Lyme symptoms at the bacteria go into a growth spurt and your immune system kills more then. I must say the the saccharomyces boulardii I started 2 weeks ago seems to be doing wonders for my gut/ IBD. I have lost 2 inches in waist size- not weight loss, but less inflamed gut. Pretty amazing. It has been shown to put IBD into remission. It helps kill bad bacteria and yeast and encourages the good stuff. You can read about it at Wiki.

I cleaned and powdered the horse’s hooves again today.

Tomorrow is Saturday. I have 5 posts to drive and 50 feet of fence to put up. Then, I can separate Liza and Shyla from the others. I will see if Tara still smells and if she does, I may bathe her again.

I am way behind on emails and Fb messages.

We will be getting some horse related donations to use as gifts for the some of  the hay drive donors.  Lisa Ross-Williams  and her husband will donate two 40″ Equi-Spirit balls to this. One Ultimate Cordura valued at $169 and one regular ES ball valued at $123.THANK YOU LISA AND KENNY!


Another Fb friend, Jessica Lynn Millet will donate herbal dewormer and Equine Zyne.

Monica Wilson sent some great prints of the JERAS animals which she has turned into artwork. I will mat them and they will be added to the gifts that randomly-chosen donors will receive.

Go to this link for other gifts:


Here is the Stay Classy link to the hay funds drive-

 As part of this event, you can create a personal fundraising page and raise money for the cause.

Finally, our new friend, Kathleen Green, will be helping us with on online jewelry event.  If you are interested in coming to this event or have friends or family who would like to attend this online jewelry event and want to receive an e invitation, please send your email addresses to: katgreenstar@gmail.com and say you you want to attend the JERAS event .

The event:


Catalog of  jewelry

We are trying everything and every way we can to keep getting the funding needed to care for these animals. As this week shows, most of them are not adoptable  due to behavioral and/or health issues. We need your help and we are very grateful to our friends and supporters.

Maggie on newly washed blankets- Sept. 2011

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  1. kathy obryan says:

    my fav to treat puncture wound is ….betadine! &I don’t ‘cover or bandage’. My dogs are pretty good these days….altho Hopscotch (15 yrs) is holding up his front paw, limping…oops! – He could never stay outdoors..he’d climb fence, jump out…try to manouver into house! They even managed to climb on the roof! The 4 new stray rescues are holy terrors…but are doing ok, mainly cause my pets are letting them have their way…eat 1st, etc.!! I was looking around my yard- all pets are from pg strays or drop-offs. I’d like to help the dog lb pets…when I get new facility.

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    betadine is good but I react to it. She needed a pressure bandage because of the seroma/hematoma. it needed to be kept from re-filling. glad you took in the beagles!

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