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Journey’s End Ranch News July 17, 2018

First of all, we experienced the craziest storm I have ever lived through, including East coast hurricanes and blizzards. Monday, July 9, just as I was going out to feed dinner, a dust storm blew in, followed by 2 inches of rain in an hour. Winds in our area were clocked at 75 mph! The rain was blowing horizontally, almost a whiteout and lightening was exploding right overhead. I had no choice but to feed. At one point, the wind was so strong that I took refuge in the burro shelter and it was rocking back and forth about 6 inches. I have never felt so connected to Nature in my life, it was surreal and exhilarating. All the animals survived just fine. The hay in the shed stayed dry. About 10 gallons of water blew through the cracks around my front door and I had some mopping to do when I came in. The neighbor’s teepee was destroyed. Phew!

I had a phone interview for a radio show that highlights non profits. It is called, “Give a Little, Give a Lot” and airs on DCN Internet Radio. I hope they use our interview and I hope it helps.

Penny came up with some hind end issue that our vet suspects it is spinal or pelvic arthritis. She is 28 and not too uncomfortable. She just walks slowly. She is getting an anti-inflammatory and always gets turmeric and pepper, which is a natural anti-inflammatory combo. She is eating well and happy and we don’t believe it is time to let her go quite yet. Better to wait and see if she improves or gets worse. Aug. 8 update, she is walking better .

Penny, April 2017


Our black bunny, Blackie, became sick suddenly and we suspected possibly a snake bite, but he never developed swelling. We treated him for one day and he died that night. It was very sad, but at least he had some good times here and did not end up on someone’s dinner table as he might have. Scooter was quite sad, so our neighbors gave us a tiny baby albino bunny, who is named “Fluffy”, after the white rabbit I had as a kid. Fluffy is in a 1/2 inch mesh, snake proof  wire cage until he gets a bit bigger and then can go into bigger, elevated cage. Our neighbors also raise rabbits for meat, so Fluffy got lucky.He has been here 2 weeks. Scooter is in his big elevated cage, too, until snake season is over, just in case. Scooter is happy again.



The rats love their mister and the rabbits have one, too.

I sawed off Poco’s extra hoof material, which takes about 30 minutes of sawing by hand, it is very dense.

The heat and humidity are hard to deal with, but we have 9 months of beautiful, mild weather, so we can’t complain too much.

Thank you for your support! We will be having a hay drive soon and donations will be matched.


Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter June 16, 2018

Warm weather has finally hit us, with a few days of 100 degrees this past week, but cooler today, thank goodness. We also have had almost daily strong winds. Dumping, scrubbing and refilling water tubs takes more time than feeding the horses and burros.

Windy, one of our 16 year old mustang mares, got a laceration on her face. It may have been a bite or kick or she may have cut herself on a small piece of metal trim I found the horses had pulled out from one shelter, leaving it sticking out a few inches. At any rate, she is halter broke but very fearful due to abuse while used in “horse tripping” years ago before being rescued. We closed her into Knickers’ old corral so I could hose it if needed and also gave her oral antibiotics and some herbals to help her heal, which she did. After a 8 days, I turned her out and she was quite calm but all the others decided it deserved a celebration.

Poco sings a lot, as usual. He is such a cheerful boy despite his handicap and is a reminder to always be strong and grateful.

We have some sad news. Noel, the packrat, passed away. After a year and a half of relocating him due to his destructiveness, he ended up living in captivity another year and a half. Solitary and secretive in the wild, he seemed quite content to live safely and well fed in his big cage. He enjoyed getting new trinkets and colorful objects on a regular basis and would redecorate his cage almost nightly.



We got 13 tons of new Bermuda grass hay in June 3, which will last about 100 days.

Buddy’s mouth has healed nicely after his dental surgery and cleaning 5 weeks ago. He is a very “different” dog, preferring to play tag than to be petted. His favorite game is darting in and out at me to then receive a biscuit or bit of meat. He also likes to run around me barking as if he will attack, but it’s all a game. I adore him.

Buddy, biscuit time

As always, thank you for your support.


Cathy & the Gang

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Journey’s End Ranch Newsletter May 16, 2018

What a month! Had some challenges, but we made it through.

We had some really hot days and some days of 40-50 mph winds, which makes feeding hay a lot of fun. Now, we have cooled down to the 80’s.

Our veterinarian was out April 30th to sedate Diego so his front feet could be trimmed and he could have a dental. Diego was never really trained during his first 20 years and is hard to catch and handle. Our neighbor, Mary Ann, whom Diego adores, came to help & he behaved a lot better than he did in the past.

Dr. Waldron doing dental

Getting his wonky feet trimmed

Diego has pedal osteitis and  coffin bone rotation in one foot from years of neglect. He likes to grow all his feet at very steep angles. When a pro trimmer adjusted them somewhat in 2015 after he arrived, he ended up with severe laminitis. So, we have learned to leave it alone. He now runs & plays daily with feet the way he wants them.

Then, I had to catch Buddy, who is still very fearful, so Dr. Waldron could examine his mouth. It was even worse than I thought. He had periodontal disease, 2 epuli (growths), a badly infected carnassial tooth and tartar. He was started on antibiotics pending a dental on May 10. I had to take him in very early in the morning and was not even sure I could load him into the crate in my truck. He surprised me by running up the ramp I had put there and going into the crate easily, even though he was terrified. The vet sedated him out in the truck and they wheeled him inside on a gurney after he was snoozing. I waited out back for 3 hours until he was ready to go home. He had a total of 5 extractions, 3 which were complicated. The 2 epuli were removed and his teeth cleaned. The poor dog was in pain for who knows how long. I am not happy that the vet another adopter took him to twice last December apparently never looked at his mouth. He is still on soft food, his mouth looks great & I am sure he feels better. He will be on antibiotics another 4 days.

Buddy the day after, just a bit wary!

We got Buddy’s DNA results & were surprised, as most of us were wrong, except for Debbie, the vet tech, who  thought she saw shar-pei and cattle dog.

25% Amer. Staffordshire Terrier

12.5% Aust. Cattle Dog

12.5% Chinese Shar-Pei

12.5% Chow Chow

12.5% Siberian Husky

12.5% White Swiss Shepherd (new one to us!)

12,5%  (herding, hound, sighthound)

Buddy got his own CD player today so he can listen to “Through A Dog’s Ear”, special calming piano music for dogs. I will play it 4 or 5 times a day for him.

Me update, never a dull moment. I had been feeling very weak and lightheaded. Then my blood pressure went a bit wonky and pulse dropped 30 points. My friend and our VP, Bonnie, took me to our great hospital (KRMC) and the phlebotomist drew blood outside & then they got me in & out in 5 minutes for an EKG. With severe chemical sensitivities, even entering a building wearing a chemical respirator is tricky. I was born with a murmur & 2 holes in my heart, and 46 years of Lyme has taken its toll, but, all that showed up was old damage, thank goodness. I then realized it may be Valley Fever rebounding since I had taken a break from anti-fungals, which are hard on your liver. I think the VF rebounded in my brain & sinuses, because after I got back on the anti-fungal & got my head cleared, I was OK again. Sheesh…

Then, since I felt improved, I decided to trim Dakota’s feet and try out the new compound nippers we had gotten (Bud’s). Well, I was working on first front hoof when she pulled her foot away & it grazed and then landed on the back of my left hand. Despite a kevlar glove, I lost skin & flesh. I also ended up with a lot of bruising, but thankfully, nothing broken. I still had to finish her 2 front feet, too, which I did on an adrenaline high. LOL.

May 3 ouch!

May 6, treated with charcoal & colloidal siver

I did use some antibiotic ointment, but mostly colloidal silver and activated charcoal, shown in studies to really promote healing & fight infection. It now is close to healed, though still pain on & off from the crushing. Watching anything heal always amazes me.

We got our 2018 Great Nonprofits banner, thanks to 10 or more good reviews this year. Thank you!

I went to shear Rambeau only to discover our 35 year old Oster clippers were not holding the blades tightly. I attacked him with scissors to at least get some wool off. One of our Facebook friends saw the post and donated 4 sets of Oster clippers! Now, I can do a proper job as soon as my hand is a few more days improved. Thank you, Karen!

Rambeau with his terrible haircut, sleeping in his hay

Our favorite, “tame” wild bunny, “Broken Ears” has not been here in weeks. He had been losing weight and had sniffles after being injured in a fight a few months ago. He was a tough little guy who often took off on “walkabouts” during the spring mating season. He was at our neighbors a few days after he was last here…but now seems to be gone. I miss him so much. He was losing weight despite lots of food & I could feel all his bones when I petted him (yes, he allowed that). He was at least 3-4 years old and cottontails have a short life expectancy in the desert.

Broken Ears April 2

I caught a great video of our big gopher snake climbing the pine tree.





The old and “damaged” horses continue to act like crazy kids.

We are so grateful to our friends and donors, without whom we could not continue to provide a safe haven for so many animals, domestic and wild.

Love, Cathy & the Gang

Lucky, 19 year old mustang who arrived 5 years ago

Warrior, 29 year old mustang, here since 2012

Poco, our brave little burro

Poco said to remind everyone that he has books available!


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