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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Sept. 21, 2019

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Summer is over! We are glad to have cooler weather after a long, hot summer.

We released the orphaned quail after 8 weeks and they were happy to fly off. We still have dozens coming daily to eat and drink.

Cuckoo Bird (roadrunner) has shown up a few times, once with his mate. He was following me around begging, so, of course, he got a bit to eat.

Jovita is about to turn 15. It seems like yesterday that she was born. Her mother, Serena, was captured by the BLM about 40 miles south of us and delivered Jo 6 months later. They are inseparable. Jo was bitten by a rattler at about 2 years of age and it took several visits from our vet to save her.

Serena & Jovita

We trimmed Poco’s feet and sawed off some of his deformed hoof. Now that it is cooler, we have seen him playing with Chico a few times.

Red, a 25 year old mustang, arrived 5 years ago and continues to thrive after years of confinement in a pen.

It was thrilling to see him the first time he was turned out with the others on 3 acres.

Forty seven years ago, I was fortunate to be accepted into SUNY Delhi’s Veterinary Technology program. It was the first college in the country to offer these courses and we had several veterinarians as professors. Dr. Walter Collins was my student advisor, a great teacher and wonderful person. He passed away earlier this year and I found this glowing article about him.

We have another delivery of hay pellets coming in a week, which runs ~$3500 for a 3 month supply to feed 12 horse and 4 burros. Donations are always needed & greatly appreciated.

We also appreciate Facebook friends who choose us for their birthday fundraisers. Nancy Finn, a loyal supporter, just raised $500 from her birthday. She also sells great stuff on Etsy and we receive a % of her sales. “Its all about One Of a Kind and vintage finds!”


Cathy & the Gang

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  1. Chris Mehling says:

    Thanks for the updates! And thank you for creating such a loving JERAS home for all your charges. Happy Fall!

  2. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Hi, Chris! Thank you! Happy fall to you!

  3. Ellen Goodman says:

    Thanks, Cathy, for the update and for all your hard work. It’s both heartbreaking and heartwarming to see the horses who have lost so much but thanks to you at least have some security and a place to run.

  4. Judy Torgerson says:

    As usual, Cathy a beautiful news letter! Loved the videos and the story about Doctor Collins!

    Love you!

  5. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you so much, Judy!
    Love you!

  6. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Ellen, & thank you for your support!

  7. kathryn szydlowski says:


  8. Catherine Ritlaw says:

    Hi, Kathryn! I believe he does, he is an old soul

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