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Happy New Year!

We have had a very mild winter so far. That’s nice now but wondering how hot next summer will be.

Windy & Rene’ have now been with us 10 years. They were saved just in time to prevent them from going back into “horse tripping” or, more probably, to slaughter. They are now 18 years old.

Windy & Rene’, mustangs

We decided to install electric mesh fence around Poco & Chico’s area to keep predators or stray dogs out, since Poco is disabled and Chico is very tiny and old. Poco really attacked a loose dog 2 years ago, but he would be no match against a pack. Burros are naturally inclined to chase & attack predators, so many farmers and ranchers use them out with their sheep or cattle as protection. This makes more sense than the killing of predators, which science has proven to be futile, as they will just reproduce more with larger litters. It’s always best to work with Nature, and not against her.

Poco had a different song today.

“Cuckoo Bird” roadrunner has been bringing his wife for breakfast. They are so silly

Now that the snakes are hibernating, the kangaroo rats are back. They are actually related to gophers.They are very cute & entertaining and have little fear of humans. I have even petted one now & then.

The horses are enjoying the cool weather and a lot of playing goes on. This is Red, a 26 year old mustang and Diego, a 25 year old colonial Spanish horse who lived alone for his first 20 years and had no social skills when he arrived in 2015. Our main objective is to have happy animals. We provide a natural environment, proper nutrition, space, shelter, clean water and, most importantly, the companionship of others of their kind. Many horses are kept cooped up, isolated and fed processed, unnatural diets. This is still considered “normal” by some people, but it’s not for us. Despite age, injuries and some chronic conditions, our animals are active and happy.

One of my pet goldfish, who lives in a 100 gal tub with 3 others, developed a fungus on its dorsal fin. I started soaking their food pellets with a few drops of Jernigan Pomifitrin (anti fungal herbs) and it was gone in 10 days.

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I have been going through old family photos and found this one of my grandfather, Charles Ott. He served as a Sgt. in the campaign against Pancho Villa in 1916 in Texas/Mexico and then in Europe in WWI. Upon returning, he met my grandmother & they then shared more than 40 happy years until his death in 1960. He was an animal lover & very compassionate, and I still miss him. Here he was in the 1920s with their German Shepherd, Dolf.

Wishing everyone a happy new year. Thank you to our supporters. Without you, we would not continue to exist and provide a safe home to 16 equines, 5 rabbits, a dog, a sheep and dozens of wild critters.


Cathy & the Gang

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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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Everyone here is fine & we have had beautiful, mild weather.

I am dedicating this newsletter to my Dad, who passed away Nov. 1, 2019

Moreau “Mike” Kates passed at Hope West in Grand Junction, Colorado on November 1, 2019.

“Mike was born November 9, 1931 in NYC. He attended Evander Childs High School in the Bronx. He married H. Patricia Ott in June 1950. He served in the U.S. Army 1952-1954 stationed at Ft. Benning, GA. Taught communication equipment. After being discharged, the family returned to NYC where Mike worked for Bigelow-Sanford Carpets and became production manager. He attended NYU at night and received a degree in business. He was a member of the NY Athletic Club. His daughter, Cathy, has fond recollections of the times they spent horseback riding, fishing, swimming, and water skiing at their summer home in CT, snow skiing and practicing archery and riflery. She recalls shooting him with a target arrow by accident and he did not even get angry. He was always fun to be with.

Mike volunteered with the San Diego Sheriff Department for 10 years. After moving to Grand Junction in 2005 he volunteered with Mesa County Sheriff’s Department for 8 years, also volunteered at CBI for one year. He received awards while employed at Lockheed Martin for teamwork. Received NOVA award in 1995.

Mike was a member of Knights of Columbus 2005-2007 in San Diego. Transferred to Immaculate Heart of Mary council in 2007 until present. He was treasurer in the council for 9 years. He received numerous awards, Knights of the year in 2004 and 2007. Received Service award in 2014.

Mike will be dearly missed by his daughter and all who his life touched.

The Vigil service by Knights of Columbus will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary on Thursday, November 14 at 7 pm. The memorial service will be held Friday, November 15th at 10:00 am. Interment at the Veteran’s Cemetery on November 18th at Riverside Parkway at 1 pm.”

He loved dogs and the ashes of his beloved dog, Clyde, were included in the columbarium with my Dad’s.

Word Press won’t let me edit photo sizes, but there are photos at the obituary site and on Facebook, should anyone want to see. I miss him and am trying to adjust to life without a father.


Cathy & the Gang

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