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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary June 20, 2019 Newsletter

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Summer begins tomorrow, but it has been hot here for weeks, with a few days over 100.

One evening, I found our big resident gopher snake soaking in one of 8 pans of water we put out for the wildlife.

Buddy has a really big “dog” house now. He cannot live inside with me due to my severe allergies and, despite enjoying our outings & playing tag, prefers not to be touched. He does allow (but not enjoy) daily tooth brushing, head rubbing & an occasional brushing. He likes his space, dislikes strangers (everyone except me), failed 2 shelter adoptions and has very specific needs regarding diet & supplements to treat his mitochondrial dysfunction.

I emptied out my 8 X 10 foot shed that is next to the house, insulated it, added self-stick tiles, 2 dog doors, a window, and attached a snake-proof pen to it. Our BOD member Joyce bought him a portable air conditioner.

He loves it. I confine him to his house and snake proof yard (1/4 inch mesh added to kennel panels) at night to avoid the possibility of a rattler bite when I am not monitoring him, as I do all day long. At night, I give him his dinner in his house and he comes into his little yard and barks at me to “go home!”. He waits for me to enter my house before he goes into his house to eat. Such a character & I love him.

Buddy seems to have fully recovered after “crashing” in January from a mandatory rabies booster. He is on about 8 mitochondrial supplements which pulled him through. He loves his daily outing.

We have a quail family with about 30 chicks and wonder how a little quail hen could have incubated so many eggs. They say quail will not adopt chicks from another family.

We also have about 3 juvenile jackrabbits this year. We usually only see adults.

Most of the horses are now “self-trimming”, meaning they wear their own hooves. Lots of movement over abrasive soil does the trick. Here are 25 year old Red’s front hooves. He is a once-wild mustang.

However, a few horses, like Arabian X Penny, need to be trimmed. Penny is now 29 and has gone through quite a bit. She also developed hoof issues in the past few months that I am working to correct. Here she is after I trimmed her this week. All our animals have bio pages on the website. http://www.jersanctuary.org/horses-and-burros/penny/

I seem to be catching more video of Poco scratching itches than singing lately.

He does, however, want to share this handsome pic we just took.

We love seeing the horses play. Here, in the video, are 20 year old Lucky (bay mustang) who was emotionally shut down for months after arriving in 2013 and 24 year old Diego, who had spent his first 20 years literally in solitary confinement, with not even visual contact with other horses. Diego is actually licking Lucky’s chin towards the end. Lucky was found abandoned on the side of a California highway. Unbelievable! For months, he would stand alone, staring at the mountains, as if he needed time to heal himself. Over time, his personality emerged. He is a very compassionate horse who has gone out of his way to welcome newcomers over the past 5 years. He was amazingly sweet towards both Red and Diego, both of whom arrived with emotional and behavioral issues. Despite a bad hip and ringbone, he still plays every day.

Red, the mustang in the photo below and the second video, lived for 4 years without a horse companion before joining us in 2014.

We feel fortunate to be able to give these animals a chance to try and make up for lost time & the abuse & neglect they lived through. As they say, “it is never too late to have a happy childhood.”

Lucky & Diego
Red (25) and Diego (24)

We still have a MATCHING FUNDS DRIVE through mid August. A very generous supporter will match your donations. Thank you! http://www.jersanctuary.org/donate-2/

Love, Cathy & the Gang

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  1. Judy T Torgerson says:

    Always love to read your newsletter Cathy and watch all the videos!

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you, Judy!

  3. jackie carroll says:

    Once again thank you for all yo do for your tribe and thank you for being you Love you

  4. Catherine h Ritlaw says:

    Hi, Jackie! Thank you so much for your support & friendship. Thank you for all you do for your critters. I love you!

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