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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter April 3, 2014

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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter April 3, 2014

 

Rhonda, our old beagle with degenerative myelopathy, seems to be holding her own on the aminocaproic acid and neuro-protective supplements. Her hind end is “wonky”, but she is happy, comfortable and fairly active. April 11- Sad update.. a day after I wrote this, Rhonda stopped barking and began to show signs of anxiety and discomfort. She was no longer barking at everything and her silence told me she was not feeling well. Pain/anti-inflammatory meds helped a bit for a day or two, but not much after that. We decided to let her pass on before she became any worse. She is deeply missed. Carson keeps looking for her and Rainy is very sad. She was laid to rest under the tree out back and all her “babies” are with her. I feel a huge void and cannot get used to her no longer being under my feet.

Rhonda March 2014

Rhonda March 2014

We got word that Mollie, the beagle we saved last fall, was adopted by her foster parents in Ca. That makes us very happy for her. We had to let her go after 2 months because I seem to develop allergies to any new dogs, so taking in more is out of the question. I will concentrate on caring for and cherishing the ones we have, most of whom are seniors now. If I outlive the dogs, I will bring Carter in the house!

Carter

Carter

One of our board members, Darcy, lost her beloved dog this month and it was very hard for her and her family. He had been a great companion and even befriended the wild mustangs she photographs. However, Darcy has adopted a pup in need and he is a beautiful new addition to their family. This was Rocky greeting a wild stallion several years ago.

Rocky, ambassador for his breed & greatly missed

Rocky, ambassador for his breed & greatly missed

Our good friend and supporter, Jodie Sinclair, has a new website. She is an extraordinary equine photographer.  http://www.jodiesinclair.smugmug.com

 

WE ARE IN A CONTEST TO WIN $250 and only have until April 7 to get > 50 downloads. Please help! We have to spend $2800 next week for 2 month’s worth of feed. Shop For YourCause is doing another challenge starting April 01. It is a “Download Challenge” where if we get 50 downloads of our browser extension within one week we win $250. There are multiple organizations participating, but you are only competing against yourselves. If we get the downloads, we win the money. Anyone who has downloaded it previously just needs to re-download it (takes a minute or so), and we will get credit. YOU NEED TO KEEP THE DOWNLOAD FOR 3 MONTHS or we do not get the $ Link-  http://www.shopforyourcause.com/challenge-landing?cause=1502320 Then choose Journey’s End Ranch  Thank you!

Please download the shopping reminder above. Thank you!

Please download the shopping reminder above. Thank you!

Lucky, the crippled mustang,is doing great since he moved in with Penny and Warrior.

The horses enjoyed some cool weather this week. Knickers, the Arabian stallion, turns an amazing 32 years old this year.

On a very sad note, we had to put Big Rusty to sleep  this month. He had an old sacroiliac injury that apparently happened in his early years and arrived here 2 years ago with substantial unsoundness, but was still enjoying life. We had body work done, used supplements, natural hoof trimming and gave him lots of space to move about. He was unwilling to lie down because of his discomfort and never got the REM sleep he needed. We had him tested for Lyme, but he came up negative. In the past few months, he lost the twinkle in his eye and stopped playing with Warrior. After consulting with our vet and with Rusty’s former caretaker, we decided it was time to let him go. He was a real character and it greatly missed.

Big Rusty in spring 2013

Big Rusty in spring 2013

We were not able to rehabilitate Sienna, the 12 year old quarter horse mare who arrived late last spring. Our vet said her elbow problem was probably developmental orthopedic disease and a permanent problem. We then found out that the rescue who had her from 2010-2012 wanted her back as a permanent resident. When her adopter decided to sell her (several owners ago), they had breached their contract to return her to that rescue. We felt it was in her best interest to return her to C Bar J, her rightful owners. They had really missed her and were glad to come get her. She saw them and hopped right onto their trailer. I do miss her, she is such a sweet mare.

DSCF0930 Sienna

Here’s a gift idea! If you would like to donate $10 or more in the name of a friend, child or relative, just make a donation with a note re: who you would like us to send a personal card to, with their name and address. We have lots of nice cards featuring our animals and can send one along with that animal’s bio to the recipient. just click on our donate button or Paypal the donation to: jeranimalsanctuary@frontier.com

Penny

Penny

 

 

I turned 60 this month.. which is quite a blessing considering my doctor said I was dying in 1997! I contracted Lyme disease in 1972, was not diagnosed properly for almost 30 years and have 6 autoimmune diseases plus severe chemical sensitivities because of it. I have not been able to go out in public for twenty years, unless I wear my respirator and stay outdoors. I take a lot of supplements and have to continually treat all my “conditions”.  I am a firm believer in “mind over matter”. While I deal with daily malaise and pain, I manage to care for the animals by going slow and steady and taking lots of breaks. On my breaks, I try to network animals and causes on the internet, plus look for funding to keep us afloat. Life is what you make it. Anyone with any chronic illness needs to look into Lyme disease, because it is an epidemic and most cases are not diagnosed. You will end up with a myriad of health problems and have doctors treating all your conditions without anyone knowing the cause. I am always willing to share info with people and have already helped about 10 people get a correct diagnosis, after years of them suffering.

 

Once again, THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS!

Love, Cathy & the Gang Carson and me, March 2014

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Comments

  1. Sharon Jacobs-Salinas says:

    Cathy, so sorry about Rusty 🙁 I know that was hard for you, but it always is. R.I.P beautiful Rusty. I’m thrilled to see Lucky so full of energy, kicking up his heals and aggravating Penny and Warrior…who didn’t seem like they wanted to play … LOL! Great job you do with these mustangs and all the other critters; always love your videos. I downloaded whatever was supposed to be downloaded for the new CHALLENGE this month. Will keep it on my computer for 3 months as instructed by Shop for Your Cause…GOOD LUCK! I know you need the money!

    Love to you and the Gang,
    Sharon

  2. cathy ritlaw says:

    Thank you so much, Sharon. Big Rusty is missed, but life goes on and we have to concentrate on the positive. Love you & thank you for downloading the shopping reminder! I hope your beautiful Midnight is doing well!

  3. Patricia Ranstrom says:

    My deepest sympathy and support for all of you. Loosing Rusty and Rhonda both, just really sad and sorrowful April news….once again, how and why is it “April is the cruelest month”.
    Hugs for you and Carson. Thinking of all of you and wish for peace in your hearts.xoxoxo

  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    It’s worse, Carson is having trouble walking since last night. He has been “running out of gas”.. I don’t think he has much time. My two favorite dogs of the >40 I have lived with..Thank you, Trish…<3 May 3… well, Carson has rallied again.. 🙂

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