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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter April 16, 2018

We were featured in a very nice article in our local newspaper yesterday. Much thanks to Travis Rains, reporter.

https://kdminer.com/news/2018/apr/15/local-nonprofits-give-animals-second-chances/

Thank you to everyone who donated to my Facebook Birthday fundraiser!

It’s time for new reviews so we can get our 2018 banner. Thank you! https://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/journeys-end-ranch-animal-sanctuary

Our biggest gopher snake is out & about.

thirsty gopher snake

The horses are shedding, Poco is singing and the local ravens must be feeding young, as they come begging for handouts.

raven

Our favorite wild cottontail has become a stalker.

 

We are devoting the rest of this newsletter to the issue of over-vaccinating animals and the risks and damage that can occur.

Love, Cathy & the Gang

Buddy

 

We took in an older dog on March 19.  We have had no dogs since 2014 because I had developed severe allergies (anaphylactic) to dogs. Since then, I have researched a lot and discovered some things I could do to address my out of control immune system. Living without a dog has been almost unbearable. I decided to look for a dog who was not very adoptable or at risk and one who could live outdoors. I found “Buddy”online at the local shelter. He is about 8 years old and was described as a dog who “needed his space”, did not like strangers and would do   best living “in the middle of nowhere”. Well, that sounded right for me. He had been adopted & returned to the local shelter twice between Nov. and March. My friend and our VP, Bonnie, picked him up on my 64th birthday. He arrived and was very skittish. When I saw his paperwork, I discovered that, between the shelter and one local vet, he was given ELEVEN vaccinations over a 4 month period. He’s terribly fearful & I think they damaged his brain. We also had Hemopet (Dr.Jean Dodds) run a thyroid panel and he came in just under mid range “normal”. However, we have had several “subclinical” dogs who had behavioral issues and responded well to low dose thyroxine which bumped them up into the higher normal values. In addition, he was listed as a shepherd mix, but I and 3 other dog knowledgeable people see some Akita in him. He has a few Akita characteristics, such as hiding his poop. Akitas have a very high incidence of thyroid disease and they do best when their thyroid values are in high normal. So, we tried a  low dose of thyroxine and his behavior improved overnight. He is also getting supplements to help him detox,  for liver support and to help with vaccine reactions. He has to live outdoors because of my allergies, but he feels safe here. He sleeps outside my bedroom window & loves  visiting through the glass.  He still tends to run from me in his yard, but if I encourage him to jump up onto his bed, he sits like a statue to be petted.  I call him Buddy. I wear my respirator around him to be safe.
As has happened so often in the past, I ended up researching to help an animal and found something to help me. I googled “healing glial cells” (brain) and found an NIH study on rats infected with Lyme disease and how acetate helped protect their brains. Eureka!  I did more research and found a substance called DCA (dichloroacetate) which is used to treat mitochondrial dysfunction and also shows promise for killing cancer cells. I researched more to discover that chronic infections such as Lyme can cause mitochondrial dysfunction, meaning every cell in your body is not working properly. Mitochondria are involved in cellular energy production and also modulate the immune system. I obtained some DCA and am seeing changes in just a few weeks. One obvious thing is that the toenail I lost many months ago, which had not grown back at all, is now almost all grown in. My pain levels are reduced. I only found the info on DCA because I was googling how I might help Buddy. What a blessing! Buddy seems to be getting more comfortable as time goes by. I did find a small oral “tumor” in the front of his mouth. It could be benign or as bad as oral melanoma, which is quite serious in dogs. Our vet was supposed to be here for a ranch call last week and to look at Buddy’s mouth, but they had to delay the visit until late April. We emailed a picture to them and they think it looks benign, but will see him in a few weeks. Thank goodness! He’s too spooky to put him through the stress of riding in a crate to go all the way into town in the back of the truck. 
The following is his vaccination history. Sorry for ranting, but this is a pet peeve. Veterinary care should improve the lives of animals, not cause them to become ill. We have sent our concerns to both the shelter and local vet.

Buddy, formerly “Ace”

Approx. 8 year old mix, listed as shepherd, but appears to be part Akita.

Adopted  3/19/18 (2 failed adoptions before this)

10/24/17             shelter           Combo & intranasal

11/1/17.               shelter            Rabies

12/1/17.             shelter              Combo & intranasal

(these were all the vaccinations he needed, period)

Adopted out        

12/19/17              Local vet    Combo & intranasal

1/12/18                Local vet   Combo & intranasal   

Returned to shelter

2/26/18                 shelter            Combo & intranasal again!

ELEVEN vaccinations to a senior dog in four months! Blatant malpractice.

Also, either the vet missed his ORAL TUMOR (up front & easy to see)  or it  was not mentioned in  paperwork. 

 Everyone knows the shelter gives vaccinations. The veterinary clinic is AAHA (American Animal Hospital Assn.) certified. AAHA recommends core disease boosters EVERY THREE YEARS.

He is now very fearful. According to the shelter, he had become worse over time. His first adopter had actually taken him in for grooming, so we assume he was much less fearful then, too. We found this online

“According to Dr Jean W Dodds, an eminent vet and researcher, both allergic and autoimmune diseases have been rising since the introduction of modified live virus vaccines.  Autoimmune diseases are where the body attacks self; they include cancer, leukemia, thyroid disease, Addisons, Grave’s disease, autoimmune hemolytic anaemia, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, lupus, thrombocytopenia, organ failure, skin inflammations, and more.

We also seem to have a tremendous number of dogs with behavioural problems, largely due to over-vaccination and processed pet food.  Vaccines are known to cause inflammation of the brain, as well as lesions throughout the brain and central nervous system.  The medical term for this is ‘encephalitis’, and vaccine’s role is acknowledged in the Merck Manual.  Merck is a vaccine manufacturer.”

         

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter March 16, 2018

Winter arrived late here, with colder weather, windy days and some rain in the past month. Nevertheless, the horses are already starting to shed out. We have had some beautiful skies, too.

sunrise March 14

A representative from Farnam had offered free fly masks to horse rescues. We requested 6 and received a lot more than that! I think we are set for life, now. They are greatly appreciated!

The Sanctuary just celebrated 8 years since becoming a 501C3 Non Profit. Time flies when you stay busy. We owe our existence to the wonderful people who support us and also to several organizations who have given grants over the years.

Dakota, the old mustang mare we suspected of having Valley Fever, is doing very well after a month on Jernigan‘s Yeast Ease, Pomifitrin and Neuro Antitox.She is more active, breathing well and has gained weight. I myself have also improved using Yeast Ease, so, we can only conclude it helps treat the Valley Fever fungus. 10 years ago, we made the discovery that Jernigan Neuro AntiTox seems to detox rattlesnake venom. We have treated a horse, burro, rabbit, sheep and 5 dogs who were bitten. They already had swelling, so these were not “dry bites”. All recovered quickly and did not require the vet. One dog was bitten by a very toxic Mohave Rattler. I myself have taken Neuro Antitox for 10 years as it detoxes Lyme toxins (mostly ammonia). I did some research & discovered that Valley Fever produces ammonia in the lungs and probably other organs. How or why it seems to work with snake bites is a mystery, but the proof is in the pudding, as they say.

Patty survives snakebite, we credit Jernigan remedy

We are now an affiliate and anyone ordering and using our coupon code “Ritlaw 1”  gets free shipping & the sanctuary will get 25% of the sale.  https://www.jnutra.com/

Everyone is frisky with the cool weather.

 

 

Poco still sings up a storm.

Windy, 16 year old mustang used in cruel “horse tripping” before joining us 8 years ago.

 

Tomorrow, my pet rats will be one year old. It’s a milestone as life expectancy is about 3 years. Monday, I turn 64, and I plan to play the Beatles’ song, “When I’m 64” to celebrate.

my personal pet rats, Nevada, Socks & Daisy

 

Thank you for your support. Wishing everyone a Happy Easter and Spring Solstice.

Love,

Cathy & the Gang

 

 

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Journey’s End Ranch Feb. 15, 2018 Newsletter

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Journey’s End Ranch Feb. 15, 2018 Newsletter

First of all, we are very grateful to all the donors who helped us achieve $5000 in matching funds during December & January. THANK YOU!  We got an $1100 feed delivery of hay pellets, supplements and bird seed  Tuesday and have 256 bales of Bermuda hay coming this weekend.

Our winter had been unusually dry until this week. We still haven’t gotten much rain, just enough to settle the dust & make for pretty skies. This rainbow appeared the morning after my dear lifelong friend passed away Feb. 13. Please say a prayer for her family & friends. She will be sorely missed.

Rainbow Feb. 13

Rene’, a 16 year old mustang, had developed a cough from hay dust. The hay grown & baled in the desert Southwest tends to be dusty, which is better than moldy, but it can cause problems. We closed her into the corral with her friend Windy for about 10 days in order to give her soaked hay and anti-inflammatory herbs. She is now OK.

Rene'(roan) and Windy (dun)

I gave Poco a hoof trim. I have to trim his 3 good feet with him standing on them, which is tricky, but I am learning. I use a little saw and pruning shears. Then I slip the rasp underneath to smooth things out. Holding a foot up is too difficult because he ends up trying to balance on just 2 good feet.

Poco hoof.   Poco has the most amazing whiskers!

Poco whiskers

 

 

The quail, doves, sparrows and blackbirds have been very numerous.

Bunnies and squirrels also show up for a little birdseed.

Harris antelope ground squirrel

 

We had a huge problem with bees swarming the hay pellets. They are pure hay, no molasses. The vets believe we lost Knickers because his anaphylactic reaction to the bee sting in July had caused him nerve damage in his lower spine. He was a bit wobbly for a few weeks, then had a fatal colic. The spinal nerves can affect the gut. I had been searching for a deterrent that was also palatable and safe to add to the pellets. I finally found someone on a forum mention peppermint. I mixed up a bit of peppermint oil in a spay bottle of water and it works!  The horses and burros don’t mind it. The bees come in, take a whiff and leave. I deeply regret not finding this info sooner.

My grandmother  was born on this day in 1901. She and my grandfather had a huge impact on my early life. They were both compassionate and courageous people.”Pop” even ran out into NYC traffic to rescue an injured  pigeon I had pointed out to him. He was a decorated veteran of WWI. He had worked in a livery stable from an early age when his father had died leaving a wife and children in a time when there were no social safety nets. He spoke with sadness of all the horses he saw killed during the war.

“Nanny”, my maternal grandmother

 

Charles Ott, WWI

 

Thank you again for helping us reach our donation goal. Thank you to our benefactor who matched the donations! We feel very blessed to be able to provide a safe home for 4 burros, 13 horses, the 2 sheep,  bunnies and wildlife.

Love

Cathy & the Gang

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