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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

https://www.brownscremationservice.com/notices/Moreau-Kates

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.

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Love,

Cathy & the Gang

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Share this!  FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailJourney’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary February 18, 2019 Newsletter

Hi! This will be short because I fell & hit my head, tweaked my neck 2 days ago & now it is snowing here.

Feb. 18 snow

We lost Warrior last month. One day, he just could not walk anymore, despite medication & supplements. He truly lived up to his name & is sorely missed.

Warrior

In Memory of Warrior

Our nutty roadrunner comes daily for a meal and brought a friend yesterday.

 

We had some grading done right before we got an inch & a half of rain the other day. We filled in the big hole Bayron had dug while playing, buried some old moldy hay debris and made a trench to run water away from the hay shed.

We are going to be feeding pure hay pellets instead of hay, as the local hay tends to be very dusty and is not good for the animals’ lungs or mine. We had a lab analysis and both the Bermuda and alfalfa pellets tested very well, with low NSC/ESC (simple sugars). This is important to avoid issues with insulin resistance and laminitis.We just got 9 tons delivered. The price is slightly higher than bales, but there will be zero waste & it is easier for the tooth challenged old horses to eat & digest. This load cost $3500 and will hopefully last about 2 & 1/2 months. Your donations are appreciated!

1500# bags of hay pellets

Poco prefers pellets to hay and sings for his.

The old horses feel frisky despite their ages. Here are Penny (29), Dakota (28) and Red (25) taking a little canter.

Rambeau is always amusing.

Buddy just loves his daily scooter trips

Well, still snowing, work to do.
Thank you for your support!

Love,
Cathy & the Gang

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Share this!  FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailJourney’s End Ranch January 17, 2019 Newsletter

Our winter has been mild so far, with just a few nights in the 20s. We got more than 1 & 1/2 inches of rain this week with more on the way.

Buddy is really enjoying his daily “walk” with the electric scooter. He leads the way at a steady trot and we are going 1 & 1/2 miles. He then takes a long snooze.

The young roadrunner shows up almost daily for a meal. There really is not much natural food for them in this weather as they mainly eat reptiles and bugs.

We now have 10 horses and burros between the ages of 20 and 31. Lucky turns 20 this year and is a BLM mustang who was literally dumped on the side of a Ca. highway in 2013. He ended up at an animal shelter and was going to be put down because he is not usable due to fairly severe ringbone in his front feet. He does have saddle scars, so someone used him up and then dumped him. With proper nutrition and room to move 24/7, he does very well.

Diego turns 24 this year and also is doing well despite a history of chronic laminitis and a foot with pedal osteitis.

Here were the old horses playing Christmas eve.

Stripey, the old and dangerously aggressive Barbados ram, was getting very arthritic and losing weight. We started him on some grain and joint supplements and he is bouncing back. He arrived 4 years ago and was already 7. His previous owner stated he “plays rough.” He actually would batter you to death if given a chance. He must be tied up to clean his pen or trim his feet.

Stripey


Both sheep love their daily graham cracker. Rambeau is also old and has “old sheep” teeth.

Smiley Rambeau

I can no longer tolerate handling hay because of the Valley Fever/lung issues I have, so we will be switching to hay pellets. We already have some horses on these same pellets- no binders or additives. Our hay guy deals with the milling company and can bring us 10- 1500# bags every 2 months. We will store them in the hay shed as soon as the hay is used up, mid February. They are a bit more expensive than hay, but there will be no waste and they are more digestible.

It would not be a newsletter without a song from Poco. He is 16 this year.

Thank you for your support! We depend on your donations and sharing our news to continue providing a safe and happy home to 17 equines, 2 sheep, 2 rabbits and Buddy the dog.

Love,
Cathy & the Gang

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