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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Feb. 10, 2013

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Feb. 10, 2013

January was very busy at JERAS. Early in the month, our board member, Billie, took it upon herself to capture & rescue a stray/feral Mama dog and her 6 pups who had been living under someone’s porch in town. The Mama was scared and aggressive and the pups were scared, too. It took her a week, a trap, treats & multiple visits to catch them all. The Mama and 3 pups spent a week here. It was the week we had temps in the teens and wind, so we wrapped their pen in tarps and gave them heat mats and a heat lamp. The Mama was sick, but after 5 days of treatment, bounced back. In the end, all  six pups and the Mama dog found new homes. The pups were caught in the nick of time for socialization. Had they lived as feral dogs much longer, they may never have been able to be socialized with people. Thank you, Billie! Great job!

I do the hoof trimming for the 19 horses & burros here, but sometimes I could really use some help. We consider it a huge blessing that we found a local gal who does a very good natural barefoot trim and is reasonable, too. Anne is also knowledgeable in holistic animal care. With her help, some of the more difficult to handle animals now have nicely trimmed feet. Her website is http://www.naturalhooftrimming.com

Speaking of the equines, we have had some rollicking good fun lately!

Here is another video-   http://youtu.be/TUT3i9pPMkU

We have a new affiliate-

 Valentine’s Day is coming! Get this YUMMY FUDGE and we get 25% of the sale!  http://www.zaramay.com/jeras_fudge_fundraiser/
A large dog sanctuary in Az. is closing and is trying to place many special needs dogs.We offered to take an 11 year old Chow Chow mix who has been deemed to be people and dog aggressive for many years. Her owners of 9 years spent a fortune on vets and a behaviorist.  All they came up with was to put her on a psych drug 4 years ago. She had received multiple yearly vaccinations over her lifetime, too.
Two years ago, the owners gave up and turned her over the the other sanctuary. There, she has lived in her own pen for 2 years and was aloof & sometimes aggressive. It was lucky for her that they took her, as she otherwise would probably have been put to sleep. At any rate, a kindly volunteer transported her here on Feb.5. Upon arrival, she snarled at me a few times. Within 20 minutes, she wanted to be petted.
I immediately put her on a grain-free, venison/potato food, supplements to help with detox, homeopathic remedies that can help with possible vaccinosis and reduced her Elavil to 3/4 pill. We will wean her off the Elavil over several weeks. Thyroid results showed her to be in the normal range for her breed and age.
We renamed her, “Honey”, because of her color and “new” temperament. She loves going for long walks and is living in a nice big pen for now, until we get to see how she will act with other dogs. Today, she met Bear, and all went very well.




Susan Monty did another portrait using our mustang, Rene’. as a model. It is called, “American Beauty”. You can buy prints and cards at Susan’s website. http://www.etsy.com/people/SusanMontyFineArt


We had to get a new computer, because the hard drive on our Mac laptop was worn out after 3 + years and I also had filled up the hard drive. We got another Mac, but a desktop, with a much bigger screen, which will help me see better, as my eyesight is not great anymore. I have not had the time to set it up yet, hopefully, I will do so this week. All the info from the old one will be transferred and the new one has TEN times the memory capacity..woo hoo!

We want to thank our supporters who allow JERAS to continue providing a safe & happy home to 31 rescued animals.


Cathy & the Gang

Categories : News


  1. Zia says:

    Hooray for all the lovely news….Everyone is so frisky and happy at JERAS….the way Life should always be. So, a Happy Valentine Day to each of you and especially Catherine who juggles so well every aspect of this beautiful Rescue Sanctuary. I am always so pleased to hear from you and see your video updates. Be well, warm from those winds, smiling at your sweethearts that you are there for in every way. xxxxZ

  2. madelaine woodman says:

    Hi Cathy, always good to hear from you. I hope Honey is settled in and is more friendly. I am fine here in Florida and I guess the family is fine too. Steven may be going to Saudi Arabia for a couple of years, but he will get home every three months. Life is good. Love you, Madelaine

  3. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Hi! Honey is becoming very friendly and is waiting for her evening walk right now. How exciting for Steven! I hope the new baby is fine. Please send them all my love.

  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Zia!

  5. Chris O'Donnell says:

    What a wonderful sanctuary! A little piece of heaven!

    Thank you for all that you do for the animals.

  6. Kathleen (Kat) Green says:

    OMG, Catherine, I love your newsletters and videos.
    There’s never a dull moment around the Ranch! I love
    hearing from you.

    I’ve found a Hot! fundraising idea that’s Free
    to the Advertisers that pay to be seen. Im doing my due
    diligence and should be ready to present the info to you by
    Friday. Your 501c will sign up for Free and so will everyone
    who wants to help you. Watch the fun and money roll in. I
    better shut up before I let the cat out of the bag before I
    get things put together. This can help any business that helps
    you and you will get the matching funds they get for introducing
    them to it. It has taken me awhile to find what I was looking for. I had faith it would come. The basket business is not a good
    fundraising avenue. I had to find something that people didn’t have to spend money on but liked to participate in and WaLa! Found it!
    Just love the story about Honey! She’s a lucky lady to have stumbled on your turf! She’s in heaven in your camp!lol The horses really express their happiness in such a wonderful way.
    Will get in touch on Friday to share the new moneymaker for ALL
    of you incredible humans who help the animals in need.
    Luv ya,
    Kat Green
    (505)715-1142 New Cell

  7. Kathleen (Kat) Green says:

    Mistake in my msg.

    Advertisers do pay to be seen. That’s where the money comes from.
    And it’s Not Text msgs. No one gets bugged. It’s fun and so people want to participate. When they do, you get paid.

    Just wanted to correct the mistake.


  8. Linda Bain says:

    I’m so thrilled seeing all the fun Honey is having with Bear. After years of being holed up and alone to find out she’s a happy and easy going girl is fantastic, and watching the horses running and playing..Wow! How much better can things go? Good Luck with everyone and hope things just get better and better! Love ya, Linda

  9. Kathleen (Kat) Green says:

    Bear sure loves his Honey! Cute video that
    certainly defies “killer” judgments made by

  10. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Kathleen. Not sure what was going on … maybe her owner of 9 years had issues she was picking up on or something

  11. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Linda, and thank you for your support that helps make it all happen!

  12. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thanks! Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve! LOL

  13. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Chris, and thanks for sharing our newsletters and for all the networking and other things you do to help animals!

  14. Sharon Jacobs-Salinas says:

    Cathy, I watched both vids of the horses running and playing. WOW! Were they having great fun, or what…LOL! Another “WOW” for Mariah. Watching her run was simply beautiful! I didn’t see Knickers in the 1st vid, but he was strutting his stuff in the second (xtra Y-Tube). Who’s that hanging with Scout (light mane/tail)? Been a while since I’ve been online, so I’m not familiar with the new ‘Horse Gang’ members. You keep me laughing with some of your vid comments…I love ’em…you’re such a hoot. LOL! All the horses look GREAT. Old Bear still the same, bless his bones; love that pupper. Honey IS very lucky to be at JERAS as were the stray mamma and her pups.
    God bless you, sweetie; you’re a true gem; a wonderment.
    Love ya, Cathy,

  15. Sharon Jacobs-Salinas says:


    Love ya!

  16. Sharon Jacobs-Salinas says:

    Mistake in msg. BEAUTFUL RENE RUNNING (xtra YT vid)! Oh, heck, they’re ALL BEAUTIFUL TO WATCH, ALWAYS 🙂

    Lub ya,

  17. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Sharon! The big sorrel mustang is Cheyenne, came last summer. She is 16 and has had some sort of abuse, she is untouchable, and has been wearing that halter for 7 years…she feels safe with Scout and he seems to adore her

  18. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Same to you! <3 you!

  19. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    LOL! Rene’ had a good hoof trim last month and is feeling very well, despite her old injuries from the rodeo. She is a character & is my favorite mare.

  20. Catherine, The horses are beautiful!! Watching the horses running and playing..Wow! Now, I can see where Raven gets his play from. He does a lot of this at the Ranch.I’m so thrilled seeing all the fun Honey is having with Bear. She’s a happy and easy going girl is fantastic! How much better can things get? Good Luck with everyone and hope things just get better and better! Love, Deborah.

  21. jackie says:

    We will always be there for you and your ‘kids’ love you

  22. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you, Deb & Jackie!

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