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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter July 6, 2014

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We want to thank everyone who kept voting through the month of June in the Shop For Your Cause contest. We won $1000, which will buy a month’s worth of hay for the horses and burros. My friend, Judy, tirelessly ran our voting campaign on Facebook and it really paid off. Thank you, Judy! Our supporters are wonderful! .


We also received our 2014 Great Nonprofits banner, thanks to all the great reviews we received from our friends and supporters. Thank you! great nonprofits  2014   .

Our friend and superb artist, Susan Monty, just finished a new painting using our Windy, mustang mare,  as the model. Susan has used our animals in a lot of her paintings and she donates to rescues and advocates for animals. You can buy paintings, prints and notecards at her Etsy site- https://www.etsy.com/shop/SusanMontyFineArt?page=1


The new hay crop will be available soon and we hope the price for grass hay will be coming down a bit.We use 3 tons a month for the 18 equines who eat hay. Knickers can only eat soaked pellets, with his 32 year old teeth.

Knickers at 32

Knickers at 32


Knicky showing off

Knicky showing off

Lucky(16) and Warrior(25), the two mustangs with permanent joint injuries, are looking and feeling well.



DSCF0348 Lucky



We received a $2000 grant from ASPCA to install a shelter for the burros. We have the building permit and the shed company anticipates installation before the end of July. The burros will love it! It will be the same as the mustang shelter. Much thanks to ASPCA! DSCF8598 shed   .

Our friend,Christine, who runs a horse rescue 3 hours east of us, is also an equine dental tech. She will be coming soon to check horse and burro teeth and do dentals on those who need them.


Rambeau got a haircut, thanks to our friend Annie, who has sheep shears. He feels much cooler now.

Rambeau June 2014

Rambeau June 2014

It is horribly painful to share this next news. For years, we had 8- 10 dogs at our animal rescue. I ended up finding out I am severely allergic to dogs and had been “masked” to my allergies, but the dander had been causing severe inflammation, probably for years. I already have many conditions caused by 42 years of Lyme disease which went undiagnosed for 29 years. It’s hard to sort out what is what. A veterinarian/researcher at Cambridge University found the dog dander protein that causes these life threatening reactions and the mechanism by which they occur. Her paper was just published a year ago. Dander sets off “TLR4′s” in certain people. She has told me that she is working with drug companies to develop a TLR4 blocker drug and might have something in about 5 years. These toll like receptors are involved in many inflammatory diseases- IBD, asthma, brain allergies, chemical sensitivities, and more. In May of 2014, my reactions escalated and were life threatening. We had to part with the 8 dogs we had, some were not placeable due to age, behavior and health issues. It was the worst thing I have dealt with in my 60 years. I am beyond heartbroken and devastated, but there are 19 equines and a sheep depending on me, so life must go on. Another small local sanctuary took anyone they could and we thank them. We are continuing to support them. I will continue to help save dogs by networking to my thousands of contacts and by assisting in “pulling” them from shelters we are affiliated with and helping to find transportation to their new homes. Since the dogs have been gone, we have an explosion of wildlife coming to eat the wild bird seed- many more doves, quail, songbirds and both desert cottontails and jackrabbits. One dove actually comes and looks in my kitchen window early in the morning, asking me where breakfast is. The coyotes who come for a drink now trot boldly past the house. Whether we like it or not, life goes on. All I can do is dedicate the rest of my life to doing as much good as I can in their honor. I must try to be the courageous being that Carson was. I miss them all so very, very much.


Love, Cathy & The Gang Image

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  1. Trish Ranstrom says:

    Life does go on and I would have found my life much emptier if we had lost you. You have helped hundreds of dogs and those recently lost are now beautiful spirits embodied in your aura, with you forever, keeping your spirit strong to go on. Big Hugs and Love from me & Luke.

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you, Trish. Words cannot express how I feel now.I do appreciate your support. Give Luke a big hug!

  3. patricia field says:

    I really can’t express how I feel only that the animals and I love you very much.

  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you so very much, Patricia. It is a comfort to know people understand. <3 you, too.

  5. Lisa Koehl says:

    We love you and thank you for all that you do and continue to do {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you, Lisa. Love you, too.

  7. Christy Lee says:

    Ow, how awful…I am so sorry, Cathy….so VERY sorry.

  8. Cathy says:

    Thank you, Christy..it’s very hard.. but he equines and Rambeau need me so I must carry on. <3

  9. Joy Ramos says:

    Cathy, I am so sorry you have had to go through all of this. My heart breaks for you.

  10. Cathy says:

    Thank you, Joy.. it really hasn’t gotten better, just need to get used to it, I guess. <3 you

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