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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Oct. 18, 2018

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Oct. 18, 2018

We want to thank everyone who helped with our matching funds hay drive by sharing & donating. We received  or will receive approximately $4000 between mid August and the end of September, which will be matched. Donations made through Facebook Birthday fundraisers and the Fb donate button are slow to come in, but they will be included. We also do not get the donor names on most of the Fb donations, as Fb issues a receipt, but THANK YOU to all!

We received a phone call from Cerbat Dental Group  http://www.lowrydentistry.com/   in Kingman saying they have chosen us as their “Charity of the Month” and will send us a donation. It was a surprise & is greatly appreciated. They found us through our website.

Our weather turned from summer to winter overnight. We have gone into the 40s at night and 60s to low 70s in the afternoons. The rabbits are thrilled and my personal pet rats have a heat mat at night. Every species has different temperature tolerances. I am very happy not to have to be watering so much. The horses and burros are enjoying the coolness.


Buddy has a heated bed and wears a coat at night. As much as I don’t like medicating anyone, I decided to try him on low dose elavil for his fear and anxiety. It has made a big difference and our vet agreed it was worth a try. Hopefully, he can wean off it over time, but for now, it is enabling us to do behavior modification. Now that he is not terrified of being leashed, we are taking a morning walk. He really looks forward to it. I use a 26 foot Flexi which gives him the space he needs to feel relaxed. Between a chronically swollen right foot and some “foot drop” with my left foot from Valley Fever and spinal arthritis, walking can be difficult for me. However, as they say, “use it or lose it!”  Forcing myself to walk this extra 1/2 to 1 mile a day seems to be helping me.

Buddy on a walk

I used my own funds to get a small shed and build a platform to use as a big house for Buddy. So far, he prefers his quonset shelter. There is no way to know what happened in his past, but he sure does not want to be confined. I left the doors off for now. If he becomes comfortable with it, I can add a dog door, window and then a small A/C that I already have next summer.


Buddy not thrilled


Poco arrived 4 years ago this month. Time has really gone by quickly. He is such a sweet guy and an inspiration to everyone who learns of his story. I gave up on trying to trim his feet by lifting them, as it is too hard on both of us because he cannot stand well on 2 good feet and his deformed foot. So, now, I let him stand and I use pruning shears/hoof shears to cut off his excess hoof wall while he stands. I have to almost lie on the ground to do so and I use a hoof pick to dig the dirt out from under the part of the hoof I want to nip off. He is very trustworthy, so it works. Years ago, my carpenter friend used to say, “first, you have to be smarter than the wood.”  I find this to be good advice in almost all situations. Or, as the Buddhists say, “everything is workable.”

Poco telling Chico who is boss


We have a pair of roadrunners who visit and then a juvenile started showing up alone, and seemed to be begging for food. We put out bird seed for the birds and a little dog food for the ravens, but roadrunners mostly eat lizards, snakes and carrion. This young bird was waiting on my doorstep one morning.  I got a bit of raw chicken and he gobbled it up. He had another piece that evening. It seems to be what he needed to “recharge” as I saw him foraging a day later.



I moved onto this acreage 16 years ago this month, arriving with 2 horses, 2 goats, 4 dogs, a pig, 5 guinea pigs and a rabbit. Two weeks after moving in, my 13 year old basenji became separated from the group on a walk and I never found him. It was the most heartbreaking, tragic event in my entire life. It was then I vowed to devote the rest of my life to helping as many animals as I could. We became a Non Profit in fall of 2009. October is a hard month for me still, but life goes on.

my beloved Rafiki


Thank you for your support.


Cathy & the Gang

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  1. jackie carroll says:

    Thank you, my friend, for all you do even with your disabilities. Your horses and donkeys and other animals couldn’t do without you and neigher can I. Love you

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Jackie and thanks for your support. They give me purpose & they deserve to be safe & happy. Love you, too!

  3. Terry says:

    Happy to see Poco still doing okay at your place! For Buddy, have you thought about trying CBD oil? You should, it’s very good for anxiety, I use it myself. So sad about Rafiki, the hardest thing is not knowing, I know that very well.

  4. Lisa Ross-Williams says:

    Cathy, have you tried hemp cbd oil for Buddy?

  5. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Will try CBD oil, TY! Yes, no closure is the hardest part, though I am sure Rafiki met his fate with a predator. I looked for weeks, he was tattooed and had tags.

  6. Christine Mehling says:

    Congrats on the great Hay Drive.
    Hope you and your charges have a safe cozy Fall – your kindness and caring is a beacon of goodness in these trying times!

  7. Shannon Story says:

    Thank you for everything you do for the gang. If I win the billion tonight, I’ll remember you all bigly.

  8. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Chris! It’s nice being cool!

  9. DIANE M KASTEL says:


  10. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Shannon! Wouldn’t that be great?

  11. Judy T Torgerson says:

    Lovely letter as usual, Cathy. Loved the picture of Buddy and his hopefully new “room”!


  12. catherine ritaw says:

    Thank you, Diane & Judy!

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