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JERAS Newsletter Jan. 3, 2013

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JERAS Newsletter

We hope everyone had happy holidays. We had a great year, thanks to our supporters and receiving grants from Pepsi, ASPCA and Chase. We were able to expand by adding shelters, a hay shed and more fencing. We took in 5 additional horses in need and 3 more burros, two of whom were pregnant and presented us with 2 beautiful babies in 2012. We fostered 4 dogs who went on to great homes and took in another who is a permanent resident here.

Nina gave birth to Julio on Nov. 28 and he sure is a character. He is very cute, playful and all boy. Now that he is a month old, he and Florencia are beginning to play together. Flo is now 6 months old.


Warrior, the 23 year old mustang who joined us in November, is doing well, despite his fairly severe arthritis. He is getting along well with Big Rusty and Penny. He and Rusty like to play some “stallion” games, such as biting at each other & sparring. Warrior was a wild stallion for his first 6 years and Rusty was gelded at age 7, so they both feel pretty macho.


The dogs got some elk antlers for Christmas. Deer shed their antlers yearly, and we found a seller who collects shed antlers an cuts them up to sell as dog chews.

Raindance working on an antler

We got Maggie a plush ball on a rope, but Carson stole it.


We are battling Maggie’s dementia (cognitive dysfunction) and have her on vitamin c, b vitamins, SAMe, CoQ10, glutathione, zeolite and Neutricks. The Neutricks seem to help the most. She is 12 years old, but has had some neurological issues since being found as a stray puppy years ago. She used to have rage attacks, but several years of giving her Jernigan Lyme remedies cured her of them, so we suspect she had Lyme or another tick disease most of her life. She is still happy and active, with just some disorientation in the evening hours. She still loves to dig, too!


We have been having a cold spell, with night temperatures hitting the low to mid 20’s.  That means having to break ice from all the water troughs in the morning. Getting out to feed before the sun rises is easier when  I sometimes have great sunrises to greet me.


Here are a few videos.


Thank you for your support and for caring!

Cathy & the JERAS Gang

Categories : News


  1. Susan Ward says:

    GSD you had some great news with the grants! So deserving! Enjoyed the updates!!

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Susan! We were thrilled!

  3. Martine Michelle says:

    Happy New Year!
    Congratulations on the new babies & on receiving the grant. The ‘residents’ seem happy & healthy, what a joy! Reading about Maggie’s dementia & treatment, I hope you can tell me where to purchase the supplements as our 15 year old Mojo is having similar ‘moments’.
    Merci beaucoup!
    Toronto, Canada

  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you! We get most of our supplements from http://www.swansonvitamins.com … we did find the Neutricks cheaper on Amazon, though. The glutathione is something I must use myself, I get it here- http://www.wellnesshealth.com/content.asp?id=340724
    Feel free to email me if you have any questions or need help.

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