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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter December 9, 2016
Thank you for voting! We are still in the lead to win $5,000 and the contest ends Jan. 5, 2017. That would buy 20 tons of hay or support the sanctuary entirely for 2 months. http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw
We had to get a new computer & I am still trying to learn the new OS. We got satellite internet (via our phone company), then the satellite company turned us off by accident & we were without internet for 4 days. The tech had to come back out to re-boot the modem. I am still trying to catch up.
Diego was still very lame for another week after the vet opened up a hoof abscess. Since he is not at all cooperative with hoof handling, we ended up getting a small pond liner so I could build him a soaking area. We alternated between Epsom salts and Oxine soaks twice a day and after a week of soaking, he went from very lame one day to fine the next. Then, a few nights ago, he had a mild colic. We were in day 4 of our monthly week of psyllium to prevent sand problems. Sometimes psyllium can set off a gassy colic. I managed to put a dose of Banamine paste into a hollow carrot & he ate it and was OK about an hour later. A lifetime of neglect has set him up for ongoing problems, but at 21 years old, he is pretty amazing & has a great attitude.
Knickers gave us a real scare two weeks ago when he was bitten by a bee. This is the second time he had a severe bee sting reaction, the first time was 2 summers ago. Luckily, both times I saw him right after it happened. He had hives and was having severe respiratory distress. An injection of 10 cc of dexamethasone did the trick. Here in the desert, we have thousands of bees that live underground and are attracted to any water. For some reason, they decided to go after Knickers’ soaked hay pellets that day and they apparently had an argument with him over lunch. After all he has survived in his life, we’d sure hate to lose him to a bee sting.
I added a north wall to the sheep shelter to block our colder winter winds. Both Stripey & Rambeau are nice & wooly for the winter. This is Stripey who arrived 2 summers ago when his owner was moving to town.
Seven years ago, Windy & Rene’, 2 mustang mares, were at a feedlot in danger of shipping to slaughter or ending up back in Mexican style rodeo as tripping horses. Fortunately, we were able to give them a home and they have done a lot of physical and emotional healing since arriving in January 2010. This photo was taken the day they arrived from California. They seemed to be looking out at the mountains and remembering the home they had lost 6 years earlier. When we sent their freeze brands to BLM, we discovered something amazing. It ends up they had both been captured as yearlings together on the Nellis AFB, just about 120 miles north of us. Somehow, through 6 years of captivity & abuse, they ended up together still.
We have lots of ways you can help us & find great holiday gift ideas on our affiliates page: http://www.jersanctuary.org/available-merchandise/
Shannon Story has added more Poco merchandise to her site, too. She gives us all the profits from any Poco items. http://fineartamerica.com/featured/1-poco-the-brave-little-burro-shannon-story.html.
We have had to break ice a few mornings, but consider ourselves very blessed to have moderate Arizona weather, compared to a lot of other regions of the country.
Wishing everyone Happy Holidays & a Merry Christmas. Thank you so much for your support.
Cathy & the Gang
November 10 th
Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter Nov. 10, 2016.
CONTEST to WIN $5,000. Thanks to all who are diligently voting, we are still in the lead to win $5,000 with 2 months of daily voting to go. That would buy 20 tons of hay or support the sanctuary entirely for 2 months. http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw
We are celebrating 2 years since Poco arrived. He’s such a sweet little guy and such an inspiration to so many of us. His book makes a great gift for holiday giving and all the proceeds go to feeding the animals who live here. http://www.jersanctuary.org/available-merchandise/
Our weather has finally cooled down after what felt like an endless summer. The horses & burros all had grown in winter coats and some of the horses were asking to be hosed off right up to late October.
We went to install a new OS into our I-Mac computer in mid October and the installation caused the computer to crash. Apple thought it was because of our slow internet (which is very costly, time-wise). I had to pull out the old laptop. Our phone provider was offering free installation of satellite internet and we just got that last Friday. Then on Monday, someone at the satellite company turned off our service for no reason. We are back on phone internet until Monday. When the satellite is reinstated, we will attempt to re-install the OS in the good computer. If that does not work, we will have to ship it to Las Vegas to see if it can be repaired or the hard drive retrieved. The laptop was pretty worn out already, so we have not been able to post pictures to Facebook for two weeks and may be limping along for awhile longer. We have added a few videos to Youtube.
We got in about 12 tons of Bermuda hay. We use about 4.5 tons a month plus 1500# of hay pellets. We now have 3 horses who eat pellets as most, if not all, of their diet. Even doing dentals, some horses will get so old their teeth are worn to nubs and soaked pellets are a must. The downside is that pellets cost almost 3 times as much as hay (pound for pound). With all the effort to promote the contest, we have not had a fall hay drive, so donations are always very much appreciated and needed.
Today, we had our veterinarian out to sedate and trim Diego’s feet. He had come up lame & we suspected an abscess, but Diego is dangerous to handle due to 20 years of neglect and some well founded resentment towards humans. He kicked me in the chest last winter because I walked past him as he was eating. He was never handled much nor was he taught to allow his feet to be trimmed. Our vet discovered two abscesses and Diego behaved with the help of two sedatives and will be feeling much better now. On top of that, no on was injured in the process.
In light of a terrible breeding/hoarding/neglect situation of more than 800 horses at a “sanctuary” in South Dakota, we urge people to be careful when donating to anyone. Most non profits have profiles on Guidestar and Great NonProfits, where you can view mission statements, financials and see reviews from the public. Generous people are the life blood of any non profit organization and they deserve to know that their donations are being used to help others, and not to cause more suffering.
Guidestar Profile and Reviews- http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/80-0456596/journeys-end-ranch-animal-sanctuary.aspx
So, please keep voting & please say a prayer we can get the good computer up and running. Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. No matter how challenging life is, there is always something to be thankful for.
Cathy & the Gang
October 4 th
Journey’s End Ranch October 4, 2016 Newsletter
The Contest! We are still leading to win $5,000 in our category. This contest has been long & grueling and does not end until Jan. 5. Second place started to gain on us. We need about 800 votes a day to maintain our lead. Winning would buy 400 bales of hay, so please help by voting daily & sharing. Thank you!
Link to vote: http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw
Penny is doing well after her colic, treatment & subsequent passing of 50-100 pounds of sand she must have accumulated in her gut years ago while not being fed enough. She is still on psyllium, one week on & one week off and passes more sand than is normal, but not large amounts. One interesting thing that has happened is Red’s attitude towards me. Red arrived 2 years ago with a history of neglect, stomach ulcers and anxiety. He immediately bonded with Penny. He has not been very friendly to me and it was hard to even get my hands on him to give him a scratch. After he watched me nursing Penny for two weeks, he has decided to by my best buddy. He nickers to me, follows me and is very willing to be touched. Horses are amazing.
Poco had a visitor come all the way from Colorado to meet him! Thank you, Merri!
Old and disabled horses playing in the early morning
Some of the adorable ground squirrels who live here
The water lines in my slab started leaking & tearing up the floor is out of the question. I have done without running water for a few weeks, living out of buckets. I am having plumber out to disconnect lines to house. I dug a 16 foot trench to re-route a new line into house where it will feed a nice, large stainless steel sink. That will be my running water for the future, but it will be a lot better than none at all. I have a big plastic tub in my bathtub & heat the water I put in it with a stock tank heater. Filling the toilet tank by hand is not bad, either. At any rate, I must get back to my plumbing. LOL.
Please continue voting & thank you to all our friends & supporters!
Link to vote: http://www.eaglerarelife.com/content/catherine-ritlaw
Cathy & the gang