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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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Full moon rising

It’s been a hot month with many days over 100 degrees. Even the moon looked fiery last Thursday.

Thank you to all who donated towards our matching funds drive. We brought in $2000 in extra support which was matched.

We still have the baby quail which got separated from their family 6 weeks ago. They are flying around their enclosure and are ready to go, except we are waiting for more favorable weather. For now, they have all the food and water they want.

Kaa, the gopher snake, was here for a drink and soaking early this morning. We always have bees swarming the water pans, but he did not seem to mind. I got bitten 2 days ago and had a fairly severe local reaction. A bee expert said this kind of bee comes to drink right before dying.

Little Chico injured his eye. We suspect Poco poked him playing, as he had a fly mash on the day it happened and ended up with a scratched cornea. He was head shy around Poco for a few days. It required 12 days of eye ointment 3 times a day and he has also been on benadryl. He now has a special mask that has a visor to hold the mesh away from his eyes. He likes it.

Poco has been singing a lot.

We did get 2 rain storms that gave us 1 & 1/2 inches of rain, which was nice.

Good news for Arizona wildlife. No more predator killing contests. We live in harmony with coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions in our area.

This is not a concern for us, no water here! However, there have been dogs dying from toxic algae blooms around the United States. We just found this current map, PLEASE take a look if you are taking your pets to lakes or other bodies of water. We have seen some heart breaking stories.


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Summer is here! We have been hitting 100 degrees or a bit hotter ever day. The horses and burros have multiple shelters which they sometimes use to escape the sun. Buddy the dog spends a lot of time in his air conditioned shed. Our domestic rabbits get their well-shaded pens hosed down and are not showing signs of stress. The wild animals have 8 pans of water which they are really going through, requiring re-filing several times a day. One bold baby cottontail prefers the bird bath and climbs in to drink and perhaps cool off.

Buddy still insists on his early morning trot with the electric scooter and I usually hose him off before we go, which keeps him cool.

We have a bumper crop of wildlife babies this year. Dozens of quail show up daily. There are juvenile cottontails & jackrabbits everywhere. Cuckoo Bird (roadrunner) has shown up with his mate to drink, but we don’t know if they raised young or not. We are raising 2 tiny baby quail who got stranded and separated from their family. They have been here 2 weeks and are wild as can be. They are living in a fabric & mesh puppy play pen we had stored away. The photo is from 9 days ago.

We are adjacent to Federal and State lands and people sometimes are in the area target shooting. Poor Windy, rescued from going to slaughter in 2010, gets stressed even with the gunshots 1/2 mile or more from us. She goes into the shelter and paws at the inside wall. Her history (along with Rene’, who she came with) is that of being used in horse tripping, a very cruel, and in most places, illegal “sport”. Maybe she was also exposed to gunshots or maybe it goes back to her first year on the Nellis Air Force Base. If only they could tell us.

Windy & Rene’, mustangs

Poco says “hello!”

I do the hoof trimming and hooves in the desert are hard as steel, even with overflowing the water tubs so they get some moisture. I just found a new type of hoof rasp that is many times more efficient. I am very pleased! It is a Dymondback Rasp from Cody James Tools. It is made to allow for refills, instead of discarding the entire rasp & they offer fine, medium and aggressive blades.

What I thought was a knee injury is actually a Valley Fever infection in my knee. Unfortunately, I was misdiagnosed with “asthma” more than 20 years ago, only to discover It was VF, which I did not need on top of Lyme I contracted in 1972. I increased my anti-fungal and have less pain now. There is no cure for either late stage, disseminated Lyme or VF, all one can do is try to control them & detox the toxins they produce. My Dad is getting hospice care in his home in Colorado & I have not been able to travel for many years, so thank goodness for the telephone. I am very thankful that my neighbors are doing most of the feeding, 3 times a day, in trade for some land I own which will double the size of their place. I am spending 2 hours a day just watering, the horses are going through 30 gallons a day each! Many of my childhood friends are no longer alive, so I count my blessings as long as I am breathing and on my feet.

We spent $700 at the feed store this week and have a $3500 hay pellet delivery coming tomorrow. That is 12- 1500# bags of hay pellets, which will last about 3 months for 12 horses, 4 burros & the 1 sheep. As always most of our funds are spent on feed, supplements & a few supplies.

1500# sacks of hay pellets

We have a very generous supporter who will double your donations through mid August. Please consider helping.


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