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October 22 nd

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JERAS Diary Oct. 21/ lab results and more

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Since the weather is cooling off, I am working on outdoor projects. I am about to build a room inside the big metal shed so I can empty the small storage shed by the house and move those things to the new little room (walk-in closet, actually). I already have a doggie door going into the shed by the house and I will fix it up so the dogs in that yard have somewhere to go for a nap if they want to.

I took Flash for a short ride yesterday, just around his 2 acre paddock. He is the most agreeable little guy and really enjoys the attention, as he seems to like the company of humans more than horses- very strange indeed. I automatically call him “Rusty” because he looks like a “Rusty” to me and “Flash” does not roll off the tongue easily. So, I guess he is getting a new name.

Flash late August, before gaining the rest of his weight

The lab results came back on the dogs. Carson is at the correct dosage of florinef. I am in the process of reducing his prednisolone and hopefully he will be able to feel well on 5 mg. a day. Hemopet was surprised that 2 of the dogs seem like they no longer need thyroxine and 2 look like they need less than the doses they required a year ago. I think the fact we detox them and also use Jernigan antimicrobial remedies may be allowing their thyroid glands to actually recover. Dr. Dodds, in her book, The Canine Thyroid Epidemic, says that toxins, bacteria and viruses can damage the thyroid gland. It makes sense to me that you can help the gland heal by killing pathogens and using substances that remove toxins, such as zeolite and Jernigan Neuro Antitox. Please see our webpage http://www.jersanctuary.org/natural-and-organic-care/rehab-dogs/

I soaked and trimmed Rene’s feet today and started cleaning the shed. I am going to be cleaning and rearranging the big shed tomorrow to make room for the walls I will be building after I run to get the lumber and wallboard Monday. I hope to be able to work with Rusty again Sunday.

 

 

 

 

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October 18 th

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JERAS Diary Oct. 18/vet visit

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This morning, our veterinarian and his technician came out to draw blood from 9 dogs to send to Hemopet for  thyroid levels to be checked and also CBC’s and serum chemistries for Tara and Carson, 2 of the older dogs. We will see if Carson is on the correct dosage of Florinef for his adrenals, depending on his serum electrolytes. I had to get up at 4:45 AM to pill the dogs, as the blood needs to be drawn 4-6 hours post pill. The dogs thought I was crazy, but we all got to go back to bed for another hour afterwards.

Dr.Waldron did a soundness exam on Raven and feels he is OK despite his moving a bit funny. He  thinks I need to trim him a little differently and recommends I back up his toes a little, which I will do in a day or two.

Carson had to have a tranquilizer before they arrived and I had to put my homemade chicken wire “cage” over his head, because a muzzle is no match for him. He was pretty good for the  blood draw and a toe nail trim. It is not his fault someone abused him in the past and caused him to be so defensive. He is really scared, and snapping is his way of trying to protect himself. He has been snoozing all day now.

Rainy, Mocha and Maggie were well-behaved and Shyla, Liza, Missy, Bear and Tara acted  crazy,…..but they are not used to strangers and are either scared or overly exhuberant with the vet. (My crazy spell check does not know “exhuberant” is a word…shame on Apple!). Bear and Missy were very excited to see the men, barking and jumping up & down. Missy also needed a rabies vaccination. Bear fell in love with Frank, the vet tech.

Then Dr. Waldron had to look over the premises and horses for the many pages of the Equine License renewal form.

After they got back to the hospital, they separated the blood for the serum samples and packed it in the box I sent and our board member, Shauna Davis, was kind enough to run over there and get the box to the Post Office in time for it to reach the lab in Ca. tomorrow. Thank you, Shauna!

I took all the dogs, except Carson, out to play afterwards. I still need to add today’s info to all the animals’ charts.I’m a little hung over from the muscle relaxant I took last night after Shyla knocked me down yesterday and between that and getting up early and stressing over handling Carson safely, I am a bit pooped. Despite wearing my respirator and taking 10 mg. of prednisone, I have somewhat of a chemical brain reaction going on, too. That is the price I pay for being near people with “ordinary”, man-made chemicals on their bodies & clothing. I am happy it went OK and that we are good for another year, except for small things that may come up.

Later, I will get to about 300 emails that came in. I also ordered some nice photo mats to put the photos Monica gave us in as gifts for some hay fund donors at the end of the hay drive this month. I really love this one!

Monica Wilson's rendition of "Kola"

http://www.jersanctuary.org/2011/09/jeras-hay-drive-gifts-for-donors/

There is a part 2 installment of the interview with the former kill buyer. If you want to TRUTH about horse slaughter, you need to see it….but it is not for the faint-hearted. Anyone who approves of horse slaughter must be a sociopath, in our opinion. It never was and never will be “humane”. This man describes US Government contracts to ship wild horses to slaughter, thoroughbreds, sick horses, injured horses……..absolutely horrible treatment of American horses shipping to American slaughterhouses in the past. There are now those who are clamoring to reopen our slaughterhouses….they are greedy people with no consciences. Please urge your Reps in Washington to support  the new bills which will ban slaughter forever: S 1176 and HR 2966. You can reach them at (202) 225-3121.

 

Observations and Opinions of a Horse Killer (Part 1)

http://youtu.be/GfzX4Fx5xuE

 

Observations and Opinions of a Horse Killer (Part 2)

 http://youtu.be/m8ZNiRV5-Mw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 10 th

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JERAS Daily Diary Oct. 9

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I did all the AM chores, getting used to the new dog arrangements, and it is actually working well with the Shyla and Liza separated from the others. Everyone is calmer.

I shuffled dogs around and everyone got ample  play time in the big yard and I got my mile walk in, too.

I cleaned the pig and sheep pens and cleaned and sprayed a lot of hooves.

I sprayed Tara with vinegar and then gave her a 3rd bath, still trying to get all the fragrance off her coat. I will be calling the fragrance company tomorrow to see what it actually is, as I am certain it is not “natural”. My lungs still react to being near Tara and she is making me hand feed her because she is upset about having to stay outdoors.

Maggie wanted her bandages off, so I removed them. There is a lot of bruising and one small puncture still open, but not infected. My neighbor stopped by with carburetor spray and the truck started right up. Thank goodness! Maggie felt well enough to run along the fence as he was driving off.

I am trying to gets tons of paperwork/lab forms ready for the vet visit Tuesday. I have 9 Hemopet thyroid forms to fill out and the Az. Equine Rescue renewal papers. It is 5PM and I have not gotten to several hundred emails yet. Time to wash dog dishes feed the  horses and then give all the dogs their meds.

Liza and Shyla

I have had a Lyme headache since yesterday, courtesy of the waxing moon. I used to love the full moon, not anymore…LOL

Oh, and thinking of John Lennon on what would have been his 71st Birthday. Still miss him.

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