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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.


Cathy & the Gang

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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.


Cathy & the Gang

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Summer begins tomorrow, but it has been hot here for weeks, with a few days over 100.

One evening, I found our big resident gopher snake soaking in one of 8 pans of water we put out for the wildlife.

Buddy has a really big “dog” house now. He cannot live inside with me due to my severe allergies and, despite enjoying our outings & playing tag, prefers not to be touched. He does allow (but not enjoy) daily tooth brushing, head rubbing & an occasional brushing. He likes his space, dislikes strangers (everyone except me), failed 2 shelter adoptions and has very specific needs regarding diet & supplements to treat his mitochondrial dysfunction.

I emptied out my 8 X 10 foot shed that is next to the house, insulated it, added self-stick tiles, 2 dog doors, a window, and attached a snake-proof pen to it. Our BOD member Joyce bought him a portable air conditioner.

He loves it. I confine him to his house and snake proof yard (1/4 inch mesh added to kennel panels) at night to avoid the possibility of a rattler bite when I am not monitoring him, as I do all day long. At night, I give him his dinner in his house and he comes into his little yard and barks at me to “go home!”. He waits for me to enter my house before he goes into his house to eat. Such a character & I love him.

Buddy seems to have fully recovered after “crashing” in January from a mandatory rabies booster. He is on about 8 mitochondrial supplements which pulled him through. He loves his daily outing.

We have a quail family with about 30 chicks and wonder how a little quail hen could have incubated so many eggs. They say quail will not adopt chicks from another family.

We also have about 3 juvenile jackrabbits this year. We usually only see adults.

Most of the horses are now “self-trimming”, meaning they wear their own hooves. Lots of movement over abrasive soil does the trick. Here are 25 year old Red’s front hooves. He is a once-wild mustang.

However, a few horses, like Arabian X Penny, need to be trimmed. Penny is now 29 and has gone through quite a bit. She also developed hoof issues in the past few months that I am working to correct. Here she is after I trimmed her this week. All our animals have bio pages on the website.

I seem to be catching more video of Poco scratching itches than singing lately.

He does, however, want to share this handsome pic we just took.

We love seeing the horses play. Here, in the video, are 20 year old Lucky (bay mustang) who was emotionally shut down for months after arriving in 2013 and 24 year old Diego, who had spent his first 20 years literally in solitary confinement, with not even visual contact with other horses. Diego is actually licking Lucky’s chin towards the end. Lucky was found abandoned on the side of a California highway. Unbelievable! For months, he would stand alone, staring at the mountains, as if he needed time to heal himself. Over time, his personality emerged. He is a very compassionate horse who has gone out of his way to welcome newcomers over the past 5 years. He was amazingly sweet towards both Red and Diego, both of whom arrived with emotional and behavioral issues. Despite a bad hip and ringbone, he still plays every day.

Red, the mustang in the photo below and the second video, lived for 4 years without a horse companion before joining us in 2014.

We feel fortunate to be able to give these animals a chance to try and make up for lost time & the abuse & neglect they lived through. As they say, “it is never too late to have a happy childhood.”

Lucky & Diego
Red (25) and Diego (24)

We still have a MATCHING FUNDS DRIVE through mid August. A very generous supporter will match your donations. Thank you!

Love, Cathy & the Gang

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