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Journey’s End Ranch News July 17, 2018

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Journey’s End Ranch News July 17, 2018

First of all, we experienced the craziest storm I have ever lived through, including East coast hurricanes and blizzards. Monday, July 9, just as I was going out to feed dinner, a dust storm blew in, followed by 2 inches of rain in an hour. Winds in our area were clocked at 75 mph! The rain was blowing horizontally, almost a whiteout and lightening was exploding right overhead. I had no choice but to feed. At one point, the wind was so strong that I took refuge in the burro shelter and it was rocking back and forth about 6 inches. I have never felt so connected to Nature in my life, it was surreal and exhilarating. All the animals survived just fine. The hay in the shed stayed dry. About 10 gallons of water blew through the cracks around my front door and I had some mopping to do when I came in. The neighbor’s teepee was destroyed. Phew!

I had a phone interview for a radio show that highlights non profits. It is called, “Give a Little, Give a Lot” and airs on DCN Internet Radio. I hope they use our interview and I hope it helps.

Penny came up with some hind end issue that our vet suspects it is spinal or pelvic arthritis. She is 28 and not too uncomfortable. She just walks slowly. She is getting an anti-inflammatory and always gets turmeric and pepper, which is a natural anti-inflammatory combo. She is eating well and happy and we don’t believe it is time to let her go quite yet. Better to wait and see if she improves or gets worse. Aug. 8 update, she is walking better .

Penny, April 2017


Our black bunny, Blackie, became sick suddenly and we suspected possibly a snake bite, but he never developed swelling. We treated him for one day and he died that night. It was very sad, but at least he had some good times here and did not end up on someone’s dinner table as he might have. Scooter was quite sad, so our neighbors gave us a tiny baby albino bunny, who is named “Fluffy”, after the white rabbit I had as a kid. Fluffy is in a 1/2 inch mesh, snake proof  wire cage until he gets a bit bigger and then can go into bigger, elevated cage. Our neighbors also raise rabbits for meat, so Fluffy got lucky.He has been here 2 weeks. Scooter is in his big elevated cage, too, until snake season is over, just in case. Scooter is happy again.



The rats love their mister and the rabbits have one, too.

I sawed off Poco’s extra hoof material, which takes about 30 minutes of sawing by hand, it is very dense.

The heat and humidity are hard to deal with, but we have 9 months of beautiful, mild weather, so we can’t complain too much.

Thank you for your support! We will be having a hay drive soon and donations will be matched.


Cathy & the Gang

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  1. jackie carroll says:

    Thank you for all the news. When your hay drive starts, please put my donation towards it, if that will help. Love to you and the gang and thank you for the beautiful picture of The Warrior. It is up on my wall next to Lord Knickers and Poco

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Jackie & will do! Love to your babies & hugs to Spirit.

  3. Lisa Koehl says:

    Love you all and love reading the newsletter XO

  4. Lisa Koehl says:

    When does the hay drive begin?? So I may contribute

  5. Judy Torgerson says:

    Loved the letter as usual, Cathy!

  6. Catherine h Ritlaw says:

    thank you, Lisa & Judy!

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