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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter April 9, 2017
We had some crazy weather this past month, with a few severe wind storms and a dust storm.
The horses have been playful in the cool weather.
Poco has been singing up a storm.
Poco came up very lame on his “bad” foot 2 weeks ago. I had a hard time figuring out if it was an issue with his deformed foot or a sprained fetlock joint. We gave him an anti-inflammatory for a few days with no improvement, which indicated it was not his joint. Then a soft spot appeared at the hairline above his foot. Abscess! That explained the severe pain. Despite regular flushing with a disinfectant, the crack in his deformed foot sometimes allows bacteria to enter and cause an infection. We soaked him in epsom salt and iodine a few days and it broke open at the hairline. After draining & flushing for a few days, he healed up and was once again using that leg. He is such a trooper.
Our Vice President, Bonnie, adopted one of the dogs rescued from a local hoarding situation. After the place was shut down, someone had adopted him 2 months ago, then dumped him at our local shelter. He had already endured at least 7 years of living neglected and outdoors with the hoarder who had > 250 dogs & cats. He is 9 years old and just now learning how to live in a home, get daily walks and good care. She has named him Toby.
We have a few gopher snakes cruising around. Since they compete with rattlers, we are glad to have them.
Our contest winnings covered a semi load of beautiful new hay. We got half delivered yesterday and the other half will be here in a few weeks.
Thank you for your votes!
On a personal note- I had barely been able to breathe or walk for months. I already take 3 meds for reactive airway disease and Lyme arthritis is something I just live with. Mold exposures make my legs wobbly.I thought I was just getting much worse. Thankfully, I did some research and discovered the weird rash I had in Dec. was a very distinctive Valley Fever rash. Valley Fever is a fungal infection caused by spores found in the desert soil. It affects the lungs, joints and any other organs and can be fatal. I started taking an anti-fungal and nebulizing a few different anti-microbial substances that I tolerate. I had some immediate improvement, but then started going downhill again in a few weeks. I then suspected a secondary bacterial pneumonia. I started Keflex and had immediate improvement. So, I had been walking around with double pneumonia for months. With my severe chemical sensitivities, I cannot go in to the hospital for tests or scans, so I am on my own. I also must be careful with any drugs, because my liver cannot detoxify many of them well. Another interesting thing is that the chronic heart pain I have had for 4 years went away. I read that Keflex is used for bacterial endocarditis, so I probably had an infection in my heart, too. At any rate, I am optimistic now, though still very ill. It goes to show we must never give up & must always keep looking for answers.
Thank you for your support.
Cathy & The Gang
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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter March 9, 2017
Great news! We won the Eagle Rare Life prize for my entry in the Survivor category & will receive $5,000. Thank you for voting over the 6 month period. The votes got us into the top 30, from which 7 winners were chosen by Eagle Rare. They decided winners by which stories they found the most inspiring. We are very grateful! The funds will go towards purchasing hay and hay pellets.
Local papers also covered the story.
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We also just received our 2017 banner from Great Nonprofits. We needed new reviews and, thanks to our supporters, got the number required very quickly.
One of our board members had a nice story on Facebook. Thank you, Darcy!
We decided to place 6 of our burros with a wonderful national burro rescue/sanctuary organization, to lessen my work load. My health issues are a daily challenge, and they will get further training and handling before being offered to adoptive homes. The organization (Peaceful Valley) microchips all animals and retains legal ownership, thus insuring a safe future. The 6 arrived safely in Texas in mid February. We sent them with enough funds to feed them for a year. We have a contract with a wild horse sanctuary for some of our other horses and burros, leaving them property and life insurance when the time comes. So, we now have 15 horses, 4 burros and 2 sheep. Poco and his buddy Chico are here and also our 2 original jennies who have been here for 13 years. It was a hard decision to make, but we feel the best for all involved, especially the 2 burros born here in 2012, who have very long lives ahead of them.
Poco has been singing a lot.
All the animals have been very playful.
All of the horses and burros are shedding like crazy, very early, but the weather has been warm. I have some electric fence repair to do, as our winds are hard on the fencing.
Once again, thank you for your support and your votes!
Cathy and the Gang
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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Feb. 9, 2017
The past month was fairly uneventful, thank goodness. Our weather was mild, except for a bit of snow on Jan. 24. I started repairing some of the electric fence that has succumbed to our frequent high winds. Our original fenced acreage is done with Horse Guard brand, and is 11 years old and still in great shape. The acreage where the old & disabled horses are was done in 2012 & I used less expensive, easier to install materials and have learned my lesson. It has not faired well. Fortunately, buying & installing T posts is the major expense when fencing, and T posts last many years. I am just having to replace insulators and electric tape and wire.
We returned the internet satellite system which hardly worked and are back on the old, slow DSL. We are stuck with the constraints our phone company imposes, and they admit the transmission capability out here is inferior. It takes about 3 hours to load a one minute video to Youtube. However, we managed a few.
Poco and burro play . .
We are hoping & praying to receive good news later this month regarding the contest we were in. Thank you again for all the voting support. Winning $5000 would be a real blessing.
I ordered an electric pruning saw in an attempt to find an easier way to cut off Poco’s deformed foot every few months. It barely made a dent, so I had to saw by hand as usual. We got a refund on the saw.
Thank you for your support.
Cathy & the Gang