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October 8 th


JERAS Diary Oct. 6 & 7

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This was the week from hell…starting with me stupidly using the said to be “all natural” shampoo on Tara which left her reeking of (in my opinion) synthetic fragrance. Two baths in my “safe” soap and even a dousing of grain alcohol has still not gotten it all off her. I had 3 days of asthma attacks and headaches and she is still having to stay outdoors. Our weather went from summer to late fall overnight. Then we had 3 days of rain. I had to install a doggie door  and heat lamp in the shed so Tara had a cozy place to go. She has been on a hunger strike and will only eat expensive dog biscuits. Even cooking her some ground turkey  did not work. I am hoping she will be able to come inside within a few more days if it stays sunny and the chemicals on her coat oxidize.

Last Monday, I was working in the yard and suddenly several dogs ganged up on Tara. Fortunately, I was right there and the hose was, too. I was not sure who or what started it. These dogs never fight. She got 2 small punctures and is healing well. Wednesday, I was doing the evening horse feeding and heard commotion. OMG, a pile of dogs again! I ran towards the house screaming. They all dispersed, leaving Maggie running towards the doggie door. Maggie had punctures in the back of her neck and on her chest. A huge seroma/hematoma developed immediately over her heart area. She was pale, but her color returned to normal in about 10 minutes. I honestly was too sick (from the shampoo) to even consider a 20 mile race to the vet, which would have been an after hours emergency call. I opted to treat her myself, pray,  and see how it looked in the AM. I got her started on antibiotics and flushed the wounds with Vetericyn, which my vet calls “holy water”.

I stayed up a good part of the night, as she was in pain. All we had for that was aspirin. I also gave her vitamin K to help clotting and counter the aspirin’s blood thinning effect. By morning, most of the fluid had drained. I flushed the wounds again and put a light pressure bandage around her middle. She had no fever and ate her breakfast. She is walking a bit hunched up and I think she may have bruised or even broken ribs, but the bandage makes her feel better. It is looking pretty good after 2 days and I am praying that not much tissue was damaged and that there will not be sloughing. Oy vey…..

Our vet comes next Tuesday for our yearly ranch call and he can look her over then.

I think that Shyla, who tends to badger the other dogs, must have started both incidents, but Liza then has her prey drive kick in. Someone had yanked Liza’s collar off on the second melee, perhaps trying to help Maggie.

This goes to show that “mob mentality” can apply to animals, too. At any rate, we seemed to be faced with the possibility of putting 2 dogs to sleep, or coming up with a way to keep the old and more timid ones safe.

Today, I was supposed to meet my friend in town, as she gets my groceries since I cannot be out in public at all with my MCS. I also needed to get feed and I had decided to buy 50 feet of fencing and 5 T posts so I could create a yard for Shyla and Liza. Their yard will connect to the dog door that comes into the part of the kitchen that is separated from the rest of the house by a 5 foot high divider and gate. I don’t mind cross fencing the one yard, as we still have the new, big yard where they can all take turns playing for a few hours each day.

I had my coolers and everything else packed up,… had my respirator, cell phone, checkbooks, water to drink. Well, the truck started right up and then died. It looked like I needed to switch gas tanks, which I did. The new battery tried hard, but no luck. My mobile mechanic has been sick and not even answering his phone for 2 months, so I was stuck. Bonnie had to bring all the groceries out here on her way home, as she lives 40 miles north of us.  The feed store delivered later in the day and were kind enough to go by the hardware store and grab the fencing and posts we needed.

I spend a good part of the morning replacing the coconut shell charcoal media that my air purifiers use. This house is environmentally safe, but I need the purifiers to tolerate the books, furniture (what little we have!) and other things that outgas chemicals. Each one holds 7 pounds of charcoal and the filters must be replaced and the units washed before refilling them and reassembling them.

The moon is waxing and that means increased Lyme symptoms at the bacteria go into a growth spurt and your immune system kills more then. I must say the the saccharomyces boulardii I started 2 weeks ago seems to be doing wonders for my gut/ IBD. I have lost 2 inches in waist size- not weight loss, but less inflamed gut. Pretty amazing. It has been shown to put IBD into remission. It helps kill bad bacteria and yeast and encourages the good stuff. You can read about it at Wiki.

I cleaned and powdered the horse’s hooves again today.

Tomorrow is Saturday. I have 5 posts to drive and 50 feet of fence to put up. Then, I can separate Liza and Shyla from the others. I will see if Tara still smells and if she does, I may bathe her again.

I am way behind on emails and Fb messages.

We will be getting some horse related donations to use as gifts for the some of  the hay drive donors.  Lisa Ross-Williams  and her husband will donate two 40″ Equi-Spirit balls to this. One Ultimate Cordura valued at $169 and one regular ES ball valued at $123.THANK YOU LISA AND KENNY!

Another Fb friend, Jessica Lynn Millet will donate herbal dewormer and Equine Zyne.

Monica Wilson sent some great prints of the JERAS animals which she has turned into artwork. I will mat them and they will be added to the gifts that randomly-chosen donors will receive.

Go to this link for other gifts:

Here is the Stay Classy link to the hay funds drive-

 As part of this event, you can create a personal fundraising page and raise money for the cause.

Finally, our new friend, Kathleen Green, will be helping us with on online jewelry event.  If you are interested in coming to this event or have friends or family who would like to attend this online jewelry event and want to receive an e invitation, please send your email addresses to: and say you you want to attend the JERAS event .

The event:

Catalog of  jewelry

We are trying everything and every way we can to keep getting the funding needed to care for these animals. As this week shows, most of them are not adoptable  due to behavioral and/or health issues. We need your help and we are very grateful to our friends and supporters.

Maggie on newly washed blankets- Sept. 2011

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September 29 th


JERAS Daily Diary Sept. 28

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I did all the morning chores, let the dogs into the new yard to play for awhile and tried to catch up with emails. I have a lot of Lyme die-off and malaise. It is still hot, too. At noon, I decided to try booting Rene’ to soak her feet and give them a bit of a trim. Surprisingly, she was fine about the boots, but did a little hop and slammed down on my foot. I have a very bruised toe, swollen, but I don’t think broken. Tonka broke 2 of my toes last year…it just goes with the territory. I have been limping all afternoon.

Rene' -first time in soaking boots


I spent a lot of time on the computer networking animals in need and promoting our hay drive. Susan Monty will be donating 3 prints of our horses to use as thank you gifts.

We need ~$3500 to  get from late October through March. I think we will give all the people who donate through the Stay Classy link a chance to receive some artwork and collectibles. You cannot have “raffles” online, but we can randomly pick  some donors to send thank you gifts to. So, from now until the end of October, we will be having our campaign. As part of this event, you can create a personal fundraising page and raise money for the cause.

a portrait of Windy and Scout by Susan Monty

I need to get the vet out in the next week or so for our annual inspection, renew the Az. Equine Rescue License, examine the dogs and take blood for thyroid checks, and check Raven, who seems like he may have some joint issues. Unfortunately, he was raised on straight alfalfa and the mineral imbalances can cause DOD (developmental orthopedic disease). When I handle his feet, his joints crackle and he wears his hooves abnormally, which can both be signs of joint damage. It would be a shame, as he is only 5 and was never even ridden. The ignorance out there breaks my heart, so many animals suffer because people do not do research on proper care, even though they may mean well. C’est la vie.

Helloooo from Raven!

I am going to limp through washing my dishes and dog dishes and try to maybe get 8 hours sleep for once. LOL.

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September 28 th


JERAS Daily Diary Sept. 27

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Busy day, doing all the regular chores, plus going for the mail which takes an hour. I took bits and pieces if video throughout the day and will add it here when it is finished uploading to Youtube.

Carson is still feeling pretty well, it is always a challenge managing his adrenal disease and meds when he is so easily stressed by so many things. He is such a happy character when he feels well, but tends to be a control freak and stresses himself.

The dogs think the new yard is a lot of fun, they come back into the house all nice & tired out. Shyla is behaving so well after two days on saccharomyces boullardii which is apparently killing off bad gut pathogens which were affecting her behavior. She is even playing fetch with me at night.

Our friend Deb Gulley created a Stay Classy page to help with our hay funds drive. Thank you Debbie!

We will be randomly selecting donors to our hay funds drive and they will receive gifts of collectibles and art work. We have 3 Arabian horse plates that will be just a few things given away at the end of October. Susan Monty is donating matted prints of her portraits of JERAS horses and we will put up packages of our greeting cards. I will add as many things as I can come up with so that there will be a lot of donors who will receive something. Our goal is to raise $3500 to get us through March.

two of the collectible plates


We want to thank all the wonderful people we know who have been in Washington D.C. rallying and lobbying on behalf of America’s horses. They are bringing awareness to the issues of wild horse roundups and horse slaughter. Debbie Gulley’s 2 daughters are among them.

I will come back to add the Youtube link if it ever completes uploading.





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