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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter December 20, 2019

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We got 6 inches of rain in several storms in a 2 week period. That is more than half of our average yearly rainfall. Despite the colder temps, a few things are sprouting, which is good news for the wildlife.

Cuckoo Bird (roadrunner) and his mate come often for a meal. Sometimes they puff themselves up and look quite large.

The wild birds are very hungry in this colder weather. A scoop of bird seed draws quite a crowd!

All the horses, burros and other sanctuary animals are fine. Poco continues to sing daily.

Buddy’s favorite daily activity is our 1 mile scooter “run” with the electric scooter. He is doing great on homemade food and a lot of supplements to address his various physical & mental issues. He is very active & happy now. He arrived almost 2 years ago at age 8 or so.

Christmas will be hard now that my Dad is gone. I am the last in my direct family line. I remember wonderful childhood Christmases as if they were last week. This was 1956 with my favorite men, my maternal grandfather, Charlie Ott and my Dad, Mike Kates. Both were animal lovers.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.


Cathy & the Gang

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  1. Betsy Carey says:

    Merry Christmas!

  2. jackie carroll says:

    Happy Christmas to you and your gang and thank you for all the help once again this year. Love you from the gang and me xx

  3. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Betsy!

  4. Nancy finn says:

    Thank you for all you do for the animals! Thinking of you this holiday season Catherine. Will continue to donate through my EBay sales again in 2020!

  5. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Nancy! Merry Christmas!

  6. Martine Michelle says:

    Hello Cathy & gang,
    Wishing you a healthy, happy Holiday Season and a joyful New Year!
    Smiles & hugs,
    Martine & Greg
    Toronto, Canada
    PS Buddy is looking well, you can see him smile. (:)

  7. Pat Murphy says:

    Merry Christmas! Keep up the great work you do caring for all those animals.
    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Orange County)

  8. Chris Mehling says:

    Dear Cathy,
    Merry Christmas to you and the gang and thank you for all you do for them (Buddy is looking soooooooo happy!).
    Am sending care and wishing your memories can bring you happiness for the good times you did have with your dad.
    with affection,

  9. Shannon says:

    sending you and the gang, best wishes, fond memories and know that you are loved by many!

  10. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Shannon! Merry Christmas!

  11. Katrin Winterer says:

    Wishing you and the gang Peace, Love and Light and, most importantly, Good Health to you.
    Warm wishes,

  12. Lynne says:

    Cathy, I understand so well. I miss my father everyday too. Let’s ensure that the animals help soothe us. Lynne

  13. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Katrin! Merry Christmas!

  14. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Hi, Lynne. Animals are the best therapy! Thank you

  15. Judy Torgerson says:

    Dear Cathy, another lovely newsletter. It’s going to be a different Christmas this year without your Dad. But he is with all the animals he loved and his legacy does run through you and your daily life. You are such a caring a loving person to all the rescues you have taken in. Have a lovely Christmas and it will get better in the New Year.

    Love, Judy

  16. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you! I am researching old family members & “meeting” ppl I never knew. It feels good!

  17. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you, Chris! I am happy for Buddy, too. Remembering lots of good times.

  18. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank You!

  19. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you! Have wonderful Holidays! Stay warm!

  20. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you!

  21. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Same to you & thank you for your support!. Love you, too

  22. kathryn szydlowski says:

    Merry Christmas Poco You Sing Beautifully !!!

    May Angels Protect You All And Keep You Safe.

  23. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Kathryn!

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