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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary March 19, 2019 Newsletter

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Cheyenne, 22 year old mustang

Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary March 19, 2019 Newsletter

Well, this newsletter has landed on my 65th birthday. After trudging through the 8 inches of snow we got a month ago, I had a lot of heart pain & difficulty breathing for a few weeks, so I am happy to be here. EKG only showed old damage. I was born with heart defects & Lyme & Valley Fever can do more damage. Last year, I discovered the benefits of hawthorn herb for cardiac issues, proven by much research. I also recently started using PQQ which has numerous health benefits and is extremely safe. Anyone with chronic illness or cognitive dysfunction might want to read the numerous articles published on PQQ.   No more heart pain, but I will be getting an echocardiogram soon.

The snow was pretty, though, and the horses enjoyed it.

Feb. 21st snow

We switched from hay to hay pellets a month ago, as most of the hay in this area is dusty and we had a few horses coughing on and off and I did not tolerate it, either. We are getting bulk pellets, no binders or additives. Sent out samples of bermuda & alfalfa to Equi-Analytical Lab (reasonable at $18 per sample) and results were great, low ESC & WSC  (sugars you want to avoid), balanced minerals & good protein levels. The horses get 3# of alfalfa a day and the rest in bermuda pellets. We had to cut back the bermuda a bit as they were getting a bit chubby. They are fed 3 X a day. They are costing $400 a ton, delivered. Just a bit more than hay costs. There is no dust, no waste and everyone seems happy.


1500# sacks of hay pellets

My neighbors who bought 6 acres from me really wanted the adjoining 6 acres (which I do not use for the sanctuary), so we are doing some trading. They feed the PM meal & set up buckets of pellets for me to feed in the morning. Eventually, they will own the other acreage. This makes it a lot easier for me and it’s a win-win.

We have great board members. Billie volunteers at the spay/neuter clinic, does TNR and transports dogs to rescue groups and new homes. Darcy documents wild horses near Las Vegas and helps gentle newly captured mustang babies. Joyce supports numerous animal welfare organizations. Bonnie, our VP, just took in a senior cat who was pretty much abandoned when her 101 year old neighbor had to go into a retirement home. Sassy lived outdoors or locked in a laundry room her entire life. Bonnie already has 2 rescued cats and an old dog rescued from a hoarder (he does not like cats). She does a lot of animal juggling and kept Sassy in the spare bedroom a few days. Then, she put the dog in the yard, her 2 cats on the porch and gave Sassy the run of the house all day. She said Sassy ran & ran, “played” the piano, climbed on the furniture and had a great time.

“Cuckoo Bird”, the young road runner, was coming by begging for food several times a day. He’d follow me to the house and wait for me to come out with it. Then, he started hanging out on my roof and cooing to me for several hours a day. He began offering me nesting materials and some of the food I had given him. Cute, but worrisome! I really did not want to be courted by a bird. Fortunately, the weather just warmed up, lizards are out and Cuckoo Bird seems to be catching his own meals. What a nut!

Cuckoo on the shed roof offering me nesting materials

He is cute, though

Our neighbors had some rabbits dig out months ago and one decided to move here. They said he was an outcast. I left one gate to our rabbit pen open one day (ours were confined in cages inside for a few hours) and sure, enough, Black Bunny ran right in. We lost a rabbit to a small Mohave rattler last year (not sure how he thought he was going to eat a 10# rabbit) so I am just about to complete 3 adjoining pens which will be snake proof  (1/4 inch mesh around outside and under the dirt floor). We already had the kennel panels, so only had to buy hardware cloth. The pens are attached to the shed that has an A/C. The buns will have misters to keep cool, but if that is not enough, I will cut holes into the shed and put crates inside for them to be able to go into.

Black Bunny

Bunny pens in progress

Poco has a song



Lucky, who arrived in 2013 and is now 20, has pretty severe ringbone, but still gets frisky.

His story started out sad, but he is happy here.

Thank you to all our friends & supporters. We depend on you to continue providing a safe & happy home to 12 horses, 4 burros and some other various critters. Rambeau says “thank you”.

Rambeau with his “old sheep” teeth


Cathy & the Gang








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  1. Chris Mehling says:

    Thanks for the update and for the care you take for your charges. Be sure to take as much care for yourself!

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Chris, I do!!

  3. Judy Torgerson says:

    Such a lovely newsletter, Cathy! I love the win-win situation for you – just a little less work for you! Great newsletter, I always look forward to reading it.

  4. Catherine Ritlaw says:

    thank you, Judy! It’s working out well.

  5. jackie carroll says:

    So glad you are feeling better, you are a super lady and your ‘kids’ are so well looked after. Please be dafe, love you from the gang and me

  6. Catherine Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Jackie. Love to all of you!

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