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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary April 18, 2019 Newsletter

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Last month, we wrote about mitochondrial dysfunction, chronic illness, and how taking supplements to help mitochondrial function have helped me & a few of my friends. I only stumbled upon the subject because I was trying to help Buddy with his behavioral issues. It was all new to me. Well, Buddy, a senior dog, had spent 4 months at the shelter, was adopted out twice & returned twice. Between the shelter and one of the adopter’s vets, he received a whopping 11 vaccinations in that 4 month period. He also had serious dental disease that had been ignored. The shelter said he had become more fearful over time. We started him on a few supplements shown to help mito function a year ago & he was doing well and was doing 1 & 1/2 mile outings daily until he got a legally required rabies booster this past January. Within days, he only wanted to go 1/4 mile and was not feeling up to par. Blood work showed nothing seriously out of normal. We added a few more mito supplements and they pulled him out of the slump just in time for him to have another carnassial tooth extraction last month. He is now doing a mile a day, seems stronger and is calmer and less fearful. Vaccine components can cause mito dysfunction. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3924342/

Mito dysfunction is involved with a myriad of mental and physical illnesses and also common in chronic pain conditions.



At any rate, this is something most vets and doctors know little, if anything, about. You don’t need fancy diagnostics. If you or you pet are unwell, try a few supplements. We always google the supplement/the species to be sure using anything is safe.

Well, Poco has become a nesting donor! Our friend was over here and saw a raven sitting on his back, plucking out winter hair. Poco did not seem to mind.

We also sawed off Poco’s excess hoof material a few weeks ago.

As always, Poco does a lot of singing.

The lizards (food) are out and Cuckoo Bird (roadrunner) had disappeared, but came by once to sit on the roof and coo to me for a few minutes.

Well, big surprise. The black bunny who showed up here was a pregnant female. She now has a litter of 6 who are two weeks old. Lo and behold, another bunny showed up & was hanging around with no apparent intention of returning home (neighbors). So, I expanded my bunny pen project and we now have 4 pens, all bunnies are happy. This is Snowflake, whom we think is a young male.

Our gigantic resident gopher snake has been around, usually comes out from under house where he has probably decimated the kangaroo rat population. Our rabbit pens were built to keep out rattlers, as they are not good climbers. Gopher snakes will not bother big adult rabbits, but the babies were unexpected. “Kaa” has cruised around the outside of the rabbit pens a few times, but never even bothered attempting to scale the 3 foot mesh fence while I was watching. So, everyone seems to be safe. He may be too fat for climbing. We love our non venomous snakes because they control small rodents and also deter rattlers.

The horses are all doing great on hay pellets and are almost shed out with nice, shiny coats.

Diego (24) and Penny (29) mutual grooming

Happy, healthy horses like to play, even the seniors. This is Diego (24) and Red (25).

We have another delivery of hay pellets coming in the next week or so and truly appreciate your support. Your donations allow us to provide a safe & happy home to 12 horses, 4 burros, 2 sheep & 4 bunnies,


Cathy & The Gang

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  1. Aine O'Brocken says:

    Always so fascinating, Cathy.

  2. Judy Torgerson says:

    Lovely, lovely newsletter Cathy!

    Love, Judy

  3. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Aine! I am always amazed at how much there is to learn… but that is how I have kept myself & some of the animals alive..you must be proactive .

  4. jackie carroll says:

    Thank you for all you do and thank you for all the help you gave me with Spirit. Love you

  5. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Hi, Jackie, I know how much you loved him and did for him. Love you, too.

  6. Bonnie Bates says:

    Really great news letter, finally at library to read it. I know how hard it is physically to do all you do.

  7. Thank you, Bon!!! Love you!

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