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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter February 28, 2013

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter February 28, 2013

Honey, the senior chow chow mix we took in 3 weeks ago, with a lifelong history of “aggression”,  is now weaned off the Elavil and has been on SAMe for 4 days, which seems to be transforming her. She is happier, playful towards me and was trying to play with several of the other females today ( I kept her on a long leash while I had her out in the big exercise yard with the other girls).  She enjoys being brushed, lets me brush her teeth and let me cut her nails. She sleeps in the house at night, gets several hours a day of play time with Bear in the big yard and has her own large pen where she enjoys her privacy the rest of the day. I take her for a one mile walk every evening.

Honey enjoying a chewie


We had a great day Tuesday- Anne, the hoof trimmer/body worker did Big Rusty and Warrior’s feet and did a lot of body work on them…Warrior got so relaxed he fell asleep & fell over…Rusty’s neck, shoulders, ribs and hind end were out (years of no one noticing he was in pain before he came here)… he just loved the body work. got calmer, was yawning, and is now standing with his weight on all 4 feet and also eating better and spending more time eating…he needs to gain weight, but must have been too uncomfortable to spend much time chewing in the past….we vaccinated Julio for tetanus (he will be castrated soon), clipped Maggie’s nails… then, later on, Honey was actually playful towards me- first time since arriving 3 weeks ago….she was even wagging her tail at Anne, the trimmer.


Carson’s abscessed carnassial tooth is responding well to Keflex, and our vet agrees that we should keep him on it and, hopefully, buy him considerable time… he is old and has numerous other health challenges (including Addison’s disease), is easily stressed and very aggressive towards strangers. We will manage him conservatively at home and will not put him through the ordeal of dental surgery. He arrived in very bad shape in June 2010 and has had almost 3 very happy years here and is feeling very spunky still.
Please vote for Carson so he can be featured on the Furever Rescued calendar! thank you!


Carson's shelter photo May 2010

Carson Feb. 2013


Our hay supply is dwindling and we will be searching for the best deal we can get on hay soon. We may just buy several month’s worth of 2012 hay to get us through until the 2013 harvest becomes available.

Knickers, our 30 year old Arabian stallion, still puts on a show every day.

new Susan Monty painting using JERAS animals, almost finished

We want to thank all our supporters for being a part of the JERAS family and for enabling us to care for these formerly abused, neglected and unwanted animals. We can only provide them with a safe and happy home because of your generosity!

Cathy & the Gang

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  1. jackie says:

    Thank you for all you do. I am so glad that Warrior was so relaxed, Eyore falls asleep when I massage him, so I have to make sure I catch him when he starts to topple!! Really glad that Mr Carson is doing well on the Keflex. Please take care of you too. My love to the ‘boss’ horse, or him who thinks he is my Knickers. Love you

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Jackie! Give your babies a hug and two hugs for Spirit. Hope your weather is improving!

  3. Marcia Hatt says:

    Highlight of my day… 🙂 The birds are great. it’s just amazing how well Honey is doing and sad she seems to have been mislabeled all her life until now. Hope Carson isn’t in any pain… that vid makes it hard to believe he has any aggression… I know what you do is tough work but from the outside looking in it sure seems like a piece of heaven on earth.

  4. Judy says:

    Hi Cathy,
    You are doing a Wonderful Job.

  5. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Judy and Marcia! It’s hard to understand how Honey was labeled as “aggressive”..chows are not always good with same sex dogs, but she is certainly behaving well towards humans now. Carson is in no pain and is loving towards me, just highly suspicious of strangers (which is everyone but me, LOL). The work is very gratifying. 🙂

  6. Trish Ranstrom says:

    Wonderful news all around, SO glad to hear Carson is responding well. TY for sharing!

  7. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Trish… he is feeling great! So happy here!

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