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Journey’s End Ranch May 19, 2019 Newsletter

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We had a lot happening this past month.

The semi-feral rabbit who moved in and had 6 babies was a great mother. It was fun watching them grow, but always a bit painful knowing they would have to go to new homes. We did keep one, shy black female.

One day, I went out to feed lunch and found “Cuckoo Bird”, the roadrunner, in one of the water tubs. He was afloat, head out of the water, but soaked and hypothermic. I put him in a box on a heat mat and he had fully recovered in a few hours. I was trying to move the box he was in out of the shed to release him when he escaped. He spent about 10 minutes zooming around in the shed, knocking things off shelves, before he finally saw the open door and left. Naughty Cuckoo Bird!

Poco’s little friend, Chico, had a mild colic one morning, he was lying down and not interested in eating. We gave him some milk of magnesia in a bit of rabbit food (tempting enough to get him to eat it) and he had recovered within an hour. Our vet says to try milk of magnesia first, unless the animal is really in distress. Even then, he says to try it while waiting for the vet to arrive. Chico is more than 30 years old, which is very old for a mini donkey.

Chico & Poco

Dakota, a 28 year old mustang, is blooming & gaining weight on some PQQ, a supplement which treats mitochondrial dysfunction, which most chronically ill people and animals suffer from. We also believe she has Valley Fever & is on an herbal product that helps with that. She came to us 3 years ago after being injured by another horse at her old home. She is now active, moving well and cheerful. It had been very hard to keep weight on her and she had signs of joint and muscle discomfort and was cranky.


We seem to have a bumper crop of rattlers this year, having to deal with 3 of them in the past 2 weeks. We have 4 solar powered repellers around the house and have been using Snake Mace again this year. The few who have crossed over the herbal Snake Mace have been dazed and pretty much incapacitated, as it affects their sense of smell and orientation. This is a good time to share a discovery we made more than 10 years ago . I asked Dr. Sara Jernigan if someone might be able to research this, as herbal remedies are used worldwide to treat venomous snake bites. She has sent my observations to someone who might be able to prove their validity.

At any rate, we are glad we built the 4 snake-proof rabbit pens and thankful that Buddy seems to be snake-wise. I, myself, take so much Jernigan Antitox for my Lyme disease that I am probably immune to snake venom… or at least I tell myself.

On a sad note, we lost Stripey, the rather aggressive, old Barbados ram. Stripey was an older Barbados ram whose owner could no longer afford him. He joined us June 23, 2015. Stripey was very aggressive and dangerous around humans and Rambeau became afraid of him, so they had adjoining pens. Stripey’s problem was that his owner of 7 years had never neutered him. He was too old to do so when he came here & the vet said it would not stop his aggression at that age. It was not his fault. He had arrived here emaciated, so probably had not gotten very good care. In the past 2 months, Stripey was going downhill, arthritic & losing weight. We kept him going on concentrates & joint supplements, but he went down one evening and I found him, barely conscious. It was time to let him go. Poor old, ornery guy.

The horses & burros are doing well on pure hay pellets. A few who had trouble keeping weight on are in good flesh. Everyone is shiny, active & playful.

Diego is now 24 and look at him. He had a rough life for his first 20 years and is proof that space, companionship & good nutrition can do wonders, despite his chronic hoof conditions and lack of care in his past.

It isn’t a newsletter without a Poco song.

We have a wonderful supporter who has offered to match all donations made in the next 3 months so we will be ready for our next purchase of pellets and other things like supplements and future veterinary bills.

Your donations allow us to provide a safe & happy home to 12 horses, 4 burros, 5 bunnies, a sheep & Buddy, the dog. Thank you!


Cathy & The Gang

Categories : News


  1. jackie carroll says:

    Love you

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Love you, too, Jackie!

  3. Judy Torgerson says:

    A lovely letter as usual Cathy! I always look forward to reading it.

  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Hi, Judy! Thank you!

  5. Laura Klutey says:

    I always enjoy your newsletter, my friend….❤️

  6. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you! <3

  7. pamela Brokenwolf Gardner says:

    They are look so healthy and happy. Thank you Catherine always!

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