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Dear Angels, know and yet-to-be-known, seen and unseen,
the next week and going into Thanksgiving, please remember and acknowledge what it is that you are truly thankful for.
With all of the media and commercial pressure, we have a tendency to get caught up in the meal planning and all of the pre-sale
this or that, but all of it is really a distraction. This is the time of year that you should be counting your blessings,
remembering those you have loved and do love, remembering fond times in your life that you are truly thankful for and forgiving/forgetting
those that are less than memorable...
I've been really sick the past
week to ten days, and on one particular day, I really didn't know if I was going to be here to see the next. That really
got me thinking of all of the things I meant to do--and none of it involved shopping! It got me thinking of the animals
and people that I needed to let know, really know, that I loved them. I need to do that over the next weeks.
When I could get up, I took each RR dogs' face in my hands and made sure we made 100 percent eye contact and I told them that
I love them one at a time. Each and every one of them. I also did the same with the person I see every day. Although
we always say, "I love you," every night, I needed to make sure that it was KNOWN not just said.
And so, I will take this moment to tell YOU that, "I love YOU," and that "We love YOU!" I stand
before you for all of us, human and fur-covered to let you know that we truly count you among our blessings at Thanksgiving-time
and every day really. There isn't a day that I am not grateful for a bed, a blanket or sausage treat or prayer card
or musical card or e-card or a can of dog food or or or...and I bless the person that sent it when received, then again as
we use it and send up a prayer for you and for ALL of you, daily and continually you are prayed for.
The Rescue Ranch has been a miracle--and so many miracles have happened through it and continue to do so. Just
before I got sick, I had to call our distemper genius, Doc Sears, for help. Bunny, a natural survivor of neurologic
distemper, was having terrible, what I thought was seizures. She was scratching up in the air furiously and with great
power. The vet thought she was having break-through seizures from latent distemper virus, though not contagious anymore,
it always stays in the dog's brain CSF (cerebral-spinal fluid) and that we could control them only so long with medication...
One call to Doc and I found out that giving the dog Vitamin A (and
I added in Pycnogenol and Huperzine-A for the brain health and to kill the virus if possible) would 80-90 percent of the time,
solve the problem! All of those supplements and some Nu-Stock cream (amazing stuff for everything "skin"!)
every other day and the "seizures" have stopped! Turns out, after all of these years dealing with Project
Hope and allllll of the distemper cases I have discussed with him, Doc never had a case to mention that the survivors skin
sometimes causes problems and a Vitamin A deficiency can be easily fixed! I thought she was facing the end of her life,
but with the continued help of her loyal sponsor and Doc's kind, always wise words, Bunny is still her funny-bunny self, loving
to dance with me (as long as I hold her if she is out of her wheelchair or doggie cart!). This was truly a happy Thanksgiving
Bunny loves her pizza--so
does the rest of the RR Herd!
Not being able to
write much at all lately, made me think. I am going to give a fellow rescuer the information for this blog so that if
something happens to me or if I need some help keeping up, she will introduce herself and keep you updated on the RR and also
can tell you rescue stories and teach you things to look for and how tor remedy them in your animals. I had planned
on writing at least a few times a week and now find that once a week is all I am managing with everything that happened in
the past two years. (To protect Someone's privacy, I can't go into too much detail but know that it will be two years
in early Dec. since we got the news that something major was wrong. The latest report found that while some things are
stabilized with meds, a few things are worse, but the overall news is that there will be a year three it looks like,
God willing. Another Thanksgiving moment!)
And so our Angels,
know that while I think of writing to each of you and every time I try, some furry something needs water, needs medication,
needs a back rub, needs to go out, needs to come in, on and on or someone not so furry, needs dinner, can't find this or that,
needs help doing that or needs to go there and on and on. My cards are sitting faithfully since last Christmas waiting to
be written and sent and just maybe they will get out this year. The few hours of peace that I get, I try to at least
rest my head, back and eyes. The rest of me just kind of falls into place! I don't tell you this as a complaint--for
I would do this all over again knowing the lives we have saved, continue to save and that we've made a difference in--I just
am asking for your forgiveness in not being as well-mannered as my mother taught me to be, sending out proper "Thank
Wishing everyone a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!
It doesn't matter if you are alone or surrounded by family, have a turkey, or like me/us, will be eating potatoes, vegetables
and applesauce--it matters what is in your heart. Find something to be thankful for, to have a grateful heart for--and
you'll find that every day, more blessings will come into your life.
Sending much Love and ALWAYS, Hugs from the Herd!
Remembering Big Mandy, who became one of our angels
in heaven, three years ago this week. Junie still misses her. So do we.
give thanks for all of the animals that we have had the honor to care for, do care for and for your animals, too.
I think animals, in any form, are truly just LOVE sent down from above, packaged up in many
shapes and sizes
...to make sure we remember that Good/God exists in
August, 2014 (Photographer unknown...)
September, 2016 (...but beloved Creator, known!)
Busy Week--Back by Monday (I hope) Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
This has been a "doctor week" and when that happens,
I get exhausted both emotionally and physically. We had some good news and some not so good news. I am overwhelmed some
times and have to take some quiet time to process it all. I get very introspective during times like this...
Plus, I had promised Someone that if the Astros went to the play-offs, that I would sit and watch the series with
him. I just loved having some of the old Someone back. Even though he isn't much into sports, watching the play-offs
of any sport has always been a tradition with us. We each pick a team if our local team isn't in it--and then get all
excited about the outcome. This time, we both were rooting for the 'stros! I just knew that having the winning
game on Nov. 1--All Saint's Day--that they would win. Texas is such a God-oriented, faith-based place that it was impossible
to not win! Congrats to the team!
the tumor--see entry below) is on a special diet now to help her. For each week, I am cooking a batch meat, veggies
(carrots, broccoli and cauliflower), and potatoes Someone's choice this week is tator tots--hmmm, how 'bout sweet potatoes!
(next week)--since he snacks on her food (yes, it looks yummy even to a non-meat eater!)--before I add the supplements in.
This will eliminate any toxins or stuff in processed food that could be causing a fatty tumor to form. I have to add
in five supplements and a good swirl of olive oil and wait to see if the tumor resolves itself (or starts to shrink) through
the end of the month.) If not, she has to have a needle aspirate to determine the tumor type and then if something bad,
and then surgery to remove it. Let's hope for the best--prayer power!!
Bunny Bun Buns is having a few problems but that will require a full blog to explain the how's and what's and why's!
She is the only neuorologic distemper survivor that is older than eight years old that suddenly began to have issues that
Dr. Sears--THE distemper expert--has heard of (she will be 10 in March). I didn't know that they could have other problems later in life, even with their skin, and so, after a call with Doc today, we will start treating them
with supplements and get her to a vet for more.
Have a wonderful weekend
and hopefully by Monday, I will be able to write more of an update for you.
Sending love and always, Hugs from the Herd!
Little Bitty Bitty Bits is a TIGER when it comes to his treats!
Thank you to Dingo for sending two boxes of these during Hurricane Harvey!
IF you want to/can help, please do--
We need two types of treats and two types of food immediately:
Links: FYI Note: DreamBones are
vegetable-based with chicken strips and tiny chicken bits in the middle, no rawhide. We need as many of the below as can be gifted--on an ongoing basis please.
On amazon.com, click here
On jet.com, HALF PRICE!
DreamBone Rattle Ball Chews
Chewy.com has them on 20% off sale
On Amazon.com, click here (Price the same sale)
Rachel Ray Nutrish individual servings
On amazon.com, click here
servings (all flavors)
On amazon.com, click here
Four to six cases of Merrick tiny can dog food:
(Always any flavor--expensive food but with dogs that are special needs, sick,
recovering, etc. this food makes them WANT to eat!)
Click Here for amazon link (price on the other sites/google?)
amazon credits or a paypal gift (you can use any credit card or pp account)
...to order them
The email to use for any e-gift card or paypal is:
Grateful!! So Grateful!
...."heart" YOU, too!!
Petmountain.com, Chewy.com, amazon.com, jet.com, Walmart.com are all great places to order these items--and I always compare prices!
doggie babies try some, too! These DreamBone chews are like Doggie Catnip--and give the special needs dogs (all of them
really) something yummy and rawhide-free to look forward to!
Shipping address is: Rescue Ranch, 3555 Rayford Road, Suite 45-106, Spring,
(from Papyrus greeting cards: www.papryusonline.com)
A Tumor. Now, benign or not? October 26, 2017 8:30 AM
Maya, a sweet, gentle giant of a dog.
Pretty Miss Maya was acting a little odd lately--she kept laying on
one side and always facing away from me. I have too much dog experience to know when something isn't normal. Dogs
will lay this, that and the other way depending on the day so to see her consistently doing that, I had to do a full body
check. The first week, I wondered if I was imagining it but after the second week I knew I was right to be suspect.
Maya is shy so it while she loves to be petted and to play with her BFF, James,
she doesn't want anyone to be examining her. It took an hour to get her to just stop playing with me to run my hands
all over her body to see if I could feel anything. I know that she has arthritis and thought that maybe one hip was
hurting her--the hip she wasn't laying on. (She takes about four to five supplements daily to help her--glucosamine chondrotrin, MSM, gelatin, turmeric, hyaluronic acid, olive oil, meds
and more! Imagine how long it takes--every day--to mix up each dog's meds and supplements!)
I had my camera with me in case I found something, I could take a photo of it. I find that looking at an injury
or cut or anything irregular in a photo can be better than trying to evaluate it on a moving animal--or person--plus, you
can email it to your vet (hopefully they have email that they will share) to see if it is something to worry about, time for
an exam, or nothing much. The mass was hidden behind her front leg and it was not at all what I was expecting (see photo).
Before I noticed the way she had been laying, I have been making her special higher calorie meals because she seemed to be
losing weight. We are now at the waiting stage to see if what I found is serious or just a by-product
of aging...I am leaning toward the former which has my stomach in a knot.
I had to uncover the mass from her fur and hold up her leg to take a photo.
The mass is about the size of my thumb but a little wider.
I will update you about Miss Maya as soon
as I have some news. In the meantime, prayers are greatly appreciated. She had a very difficult first six years
or so. She was rescued, very ill, and was rehabilitated by a vet. We were asked to give her sanctuary because
of her continued need for medication and need for "medical watch"--and so she was not adoptable. Not because
she isn't the sweetest, most gentle giant (she is very tall!) but because most people don't want to invest the time or the
money it would take to keep her comfortable when they take on a "pet." (Lots of people abandon their animals
when they get sick, even with a minor illnesses. Either they don't have the funds to help them or the time or both.
Sometimes, they just don't want to bother, which breaks my heart.)
We look at things differently at the Rescue Ranch--we do whatever possible to save a life--and
to make sure we provide a happy environment so that the animals know love, have treats and have the best "life"
experience that we can provide, as long as we can, until God calls. We choose hospicing "at home" vs. euthanasia
which is hard on us in many ways but I think it gives the animals time to say good-bye to each other, to us and to life. (Yes--animals
are very aware of each other's condition and yes, they also mourn especially if they were playmates or part of a bonded pair
or group.) Maya is still full of life though so we are not preparing for anything soon, I hope.
Maya and Bunny mostly just hang out together.
When Maya walks away, Bunny follows though.
At least three times his size, Maya and James are the best of friends!
Please help the Rescue Ranch.
We are doing our best, taking care of animals that have no one else to help them
--but we cannot do it alone.
I pray that God
moves your heart to join us on our journey.
Calling all angels--seen
and unseen, known and yet-to-be known.
Links to give/help are above this blog.
This week, funds are especially
needed for doggie medicines.
PS I wrote a little bit about what made me so upset
last week (in addition to finding this mass on Maya) on my other blog, On My Mind. I will write more as soon as I can.
I'm Here! October 25, 2017 8:50 AM
I have to take care of the RR dogs right now and of course, Someone needs help--today is change the sheets, wash the blankets, a must bathe kinda day--for him and some animals alike.
So, if you will come back later today or tomorrow, I will tell you all about what happened last week. I also wanted
to tell you that I feel great--things still may not be perfect but something "changed." I think it was your
prayers--and encouragement--that have changed the feeling in my heart!! I found Hope again.
Sending lots of love, thanks and always, Hugs from the Herd!
Archives: Baby Hope, of Project Hope: The Distemper Project was pure love and joy--and so brave.
She was on oxygen after contracting
bacterial pneumonia which comes along with distemper.
Life at the Rescue Ranch
--but we try to make a difference in the world by helping
animals who have no where to turn.
By becoming a RR Angel--helping in
any way--you, too, share in the blessings of our journey.
Hope snuggling her mama, Cherry.
An introspective bleep in time... October 23, 2017 4:00 AM
had to wrestle with quite a few things emotionally this past week. Thankfully no one has passed on, but I have never
flat-out sobbed, so much, so often, for as long as I can remember--when it didn't involve injury or dying. Please be
patient and know that the Rescue Ranch is fine (just needing angels to help--especially with PayPal and amazon credits
(links for both above this blog) OR click on the angel pic cuddling a dog to read more and to gift the RR if you can.
just wanted y'all to know that I am so grateful for your cards--musical, prayer, mass, e-cards and pretty greeting
cards. They have held me up through a very difficult week. I will write more for this Wednesday. There are important
things that we ALL need to know. I just had to go through it, I guess, to share what I've learned.
know that when you don't hear from me, it is when your help and prayers are needed the most...
love and always Hugs from the Herd!!
I'm stickin' with the animals!!
They will be with us forever,
I am sure of it.
Angels, special prayers have been
asked for Hildy, who is going through cancer treatment
...for a RR angel's friend, diagnosed with the same, but already Stage 4, who lost
his beloved sister this summer. We are here but for the blink of an eye--to learn certain lessons--and then what the future
holds is wonderous, so please have no fear. All of our love and prayers are with you and your families.
I'd be looking into Host Defense Turkey Tail Mushroom supplement ASAP!)
I will back hopefully on Wednesday.
Thank you for
your prayers and for caring.
Rescue Ranch featured NOW (for a week or more) on Walkin'
Pets Site! Pasha and Bitty "stars" are born!! October 12, 2017 1:41 AM
Please read the new story that was posted on the Walkin' Pets site--with new photos!!
Click Here to see Bitty with his toy Turtle and read/see more pics! (If you find this blog entry late, just scroll down the Walkin' Pets blog until you see little Bittle tucked in with his
You will LOVE seeing two of our special, special needs animals and
to read some of their story. In the future, I will have a chance to write more about other animals on this site (I hope).
New Visitors to the Rescue Ranch, we bid you a hardy Texas
"Howdy" or Welcome--and hope that you stop back and visit when you can!
While this last few months has been tough during Hurricane Harvey and the ongoing recovery, things will begin to
normalize within the next week (at least I hope!).
In the meantime,
if you want to learn more about our organization, please click on any of the right hand margin page links and/or click on the Angel pic holding the dog which will take you to a summary of what has and what is going on right now.
We need angels--praying angels, helper angels, spread-the-word angels--and more--both seen and unseen, known and
unknown. Everything Dog is welcome--as long as it comes from the manufacturer. You can also help by giving us
amazon credits or giving on Paypal (links to do so are on this page ABOVE this blog) or click on the white pic of the ANGEL holding the dog and after you read our story, you can decide to help there. It all adds up to allow us to continue to help the Herd
of many who have entrusted us with their lives even if they can't walk (or talk) or even help themselves without the aid of
human intervention. We are committed to seeing them through to the end, and to making the middle the best we possibly
God has brought us this far and I have complete confidence
that He will carry us until our mission is complete.
love and lots of Hugs from the Herd!!!!
Sometimes Bitty and Pasha even sleep together!
grateful for all help.
I need a hug...a big one! October 11, 2017 Too late
Back by Friday, this week, I hope. "Someone" has had a very bad week, couldn't walk for a few days and
had to have lots of tests---and is beginning to be less and less "well" more and more consistently. Now, he
has a dental fistula and his face is all swollen. There is no dental insurance. Little by little, Lewy Body is
breaking down his body and his mind, too. I long for my "normal" life back again but that will never happen.
Learn from this please. Since I am the faithful type, I will fulfill my commitment to make sure all is well, as well
as I can make it--until the very end.
(Lesson learned in disaster
volunteering. A big one--which has left me speechless and heartbroken. More in a few days...)
Please help the RR dogs (all links above this blog). (I am so tired
of trying to carry all of these burdens by myself.) Thank you Chewy's autoshippers--we are up to two so far--and to
our four sponsors who have not forgotten their precious animals they are sponsoring or generally helping the herd. (IF
you want to be a Chewys.com auto-shipper, just send me an email and I will tell you what we need on a regular basis: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Forgive me for not email you to say thank you right now. I pray my thank you's by name and will write to you soon.
Otherwise, the RR bank accounts are depleted after I paid off last month's dog
medications (new bills are already adding up), amazon credits have been gratefully used to order food and supplements to stop
seizures and relieve doggie arthritis pain. We are praying that there are angels out there who hear our prayers--seen
or unseen, known or unknown. Just kind, sweet, caring, loving angels. Only truly, kind people are allowed to be
at the Rescue Ranch.
Our beloved Mama Mia is at
peace. Her soul shot up out of her body and went straight to heaven--literally, on her last breath, she went from laying
down to standing on her back two feet, her body leaping toward the heavens as I held her up in the air with all of my might
and then, she was gone! She was being called, going toward something, saw an opening...I don't know what it was but
it was amazing. It was also amazing to have gone through three hard days with her, of ending her stay on earth, and
then to be a part of her final journey. Yes, I believe there really is life after death. I do not have a single doubt
in my heart or soul. Never ever fear dying--especially if you have lived your life with love and compassion. You
can rest in peace now.
Sending Love and lots of Hugs
from the Herd!
Through many trials, it is still OK to smile--smile big!
Back on Friday! October 4, 2017
things--my eye needs a few more days of resting it before I can write lots. It strains the other eye to try to write
while one eye is covered. Secondly, I have to go help an elderly evacuee reunite with her two little dogs--and some
supplies that were donated to help them. It will be a joyous moment I expect. I will try to get a photo to share
with you as well.
In the meantime, please don't
forget that our Rescue Ranch dogs need help. It is so hard for me to ask you to help them in light of all of the catastrophes
around the world but here, at least you know that your gifts go directly to help the animals 100 percent! (I have my
opinion about giving to those big funds but I will keep it to myself. Someone once told me too much about how the big
Paypal (we need at least $400
right now for doggie medicine); food and treats (if you want to set up a Chewy's auto-ship like a few angels have done monthly
or every six weeks, email me and I will send you a few things that the dogs need all the time: email@example.com
Amazon gift cards/credits would help a lot then I can order what they need (link above the blog); you can even order
from the amazon wish list OR use it to see what the dogs need (just sort by priority in the upper right corner). ALL LINKS
ON THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.
We are all praying (hands joined by paws--for
all hearts pray the same, out of love) for all of the victims and evacuees all over the place--Lord have mercy. Just
always remember that God is greater than anything we can do ourselves so if you ever find yourself in a situation that is
life-challenging, just call out His name--whatever name it is that you use for the Almighty (He doesn't care about names!),
He just cares that you remember that He is there is help. All you have to do is ask.
Love and Hugs to all!
(My eye needs to rest...)
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Our precious baby, Mama Mia, transitioned today into the Great Beyond, we call Heaven. We would be grateful
for any prayers you could send up for her to make her tranisition easier. She did not want to leave her family, which
just about broke my heart, but God called her name and the experience was amazing when she finally was called. I will,
however, because of the tears it will bring all, save the story for a weekend.
In the process, despite medication for "just in case" seizures, she had a couple of very big ones--and
surprised me and even survived another day and a half! I was thrilled to have more time with her. That said, during
one seizure, I was holding her and a rock stiff paw and four nails got into my left eye and scratched the cornea. I
am now typing with one eye full of medicated ointment and a heavy heart so please forgive any mistakes. I hope to be
back on Wednesday.
Mama was with us for eight
years and three months. We guesstimate that she was 14 when she "headed out" as Someone likes to say--to not
upset anyone else (the other dogs). She was the best bed guard dog ever (a simple rumble deep in her throat let me know
if anyone was approaching) and she loved to nuzzle--even in her last days, that we all thankfully spent 100% together.
On the last night, I realized I didn't know how many times she nuzzled my neck before getting comfortable--and finally counted,
after all those years. Five. The answer is five. This brought a new awareness to me--these things we take for granted
every day, we should know and we should live each moment consciously and with a heart and mind filled only of love--Love--for
that is truly all we can "head out" with--the love we gave and the love we received.
Photo Archives: 2016.
I kept singing to Mama and over the days,
as I held her, but I was running out of songs to sing
so I started adding
in the "Happy Brithday" song!
Turns out, that though he passed
so many years ago, it would have been my father's birthday
when I added
it in. I realized this just a little bit ago. Coincidence? Hmmm.
And so, to my sweet baby girl, Mama Mia, and to all the animals
that we have all sent to heaven--and pray to be reunited with in the future--
all send kisses to heaven...so many kisses. Know that you all were--and still--are LOVED!!!!!
(ALL animals are loved!!!!!)
Peace and Prayers Please. Wednesday, September 27, 2017 8:11 PM
Over the next day or two, I will be taking time
to attend to, hold, love on, talk to, pray with and transition my beloved dog, rescued over eight years ago --pregnant with
a head injury and a broken leg after being hit by a car--twenty pound Min Pin, Mama Mia. She has finally reached the end
of her journey and these last hours and minutes are precious, so precious to all of us before God calls her name, her beautiful
name which represents such a beautiful soul.
Please grant us this
time together which Someone and I are sharing so I can finish the last lose ends of getting the displaced--animals and people--out
of shelters and hospitals and vets. The next phase will be helping them with FEMA and homeowners' claims which has already
begun. It is very difficult work and time-consuming so I will take this break to honor Mama and say goodbye before
next week starts, when disaster volunteering begins all over again.
We love you very much.
What is really happening? Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:29 AM
Earthquakes. Hurricanes (or in old Texan-speak, "Hurricans"). Neurotoxins being sprayed
over the Harvey and Irma areas for "mosquito control." Water out or rationed. Gas out or rationed.
Animals lethargic, people all tired. Food not being fully restocked. Possible war on the horizon. A
Comet is about to fly by. Hmmm. Will all of this chaos be extended up the east coast and the west coast? Hurricanes
are coming their way, too, it looks like on the weather reports. Sept. 23 through Oct. 5, or even into the week after, was
supposed to be the worst of it all.
Yesterday, we were warned that after 10 PM everyone should stay in overnight for the next two weeks while the spraying
of Dibrom, a very bad chemical, is being sprayed. (Why this chemical, I have to wonder...) Tonight, I took the night off
from volunteering at the hospital because both Mike and I are exhausted--in fact, he stayed in bed since yesterday, getting
up to eat and go back to sleep. I just happened to be outside when a military C-130 plane just went over head at
about 200 feet--(supposed to be at 300 feet)--and two hours early! I am not a plane expert but it sure looked
like that, going back and forth and back and forth--and we were not in the destruction zone!! The plane engines have
a distinct sound--I heard them last night, too, but was inside in time--and now the smell has began to come inside.
I am so thankful we were at the RR to shut the a/c off to stop the air intake but it still seems so strong still that I
want to vomit. Is there a safe dilution of a neurotoxin--and if I can taste, smell and want to vomit from
it, is it even diluted properly? This is not DEET like everyone thinks of when they think of professional mosquito
control. That is no "picnic" either.
This is important. People
in Florida are trying to file federal lawsuits to stop this chemical, Dibrom, from being used anymore. Europe has banned
it already. Texas is just catching on. Dibrom is an organophosphate--a class that is very dangerous to invertebrates,
from pets to people, to dragon flies to precious bees, etc. It not only can cause neuro (brain) toxic effects--imagine
"Someone" with Lewy Body Disease--being exposed to it just outside playing with the dogs!!--but it's by-product,
or product that it breaks down is ALSO a dangerous organophosphate, to is called Dichlorvos, (see NoSpray.org) which has been shown to increase fighting in lab animals, decrease ability to learn, causes brains defects in pregnant
people and microcephaly In lab animals, it "causes a severe deterioration in their memory and learning functions" according to chemtrailsplanet.net
Here is a key, I think, you NEED to know.
After doing a bunch of research, the reason they spray from dusk 'til dawn, more or less, is well, yes, they majority of
animals and bees, etc. are sleeping--and won't be directly sprayed with this deadly chemical--BUT I think the key is that
one the molecules of the Dibrom are exposed to SUNLIGHT they lose their toxicity. Sooooooo, stay indoors, keep the
a/c off as long as you can stand it (yes, we are getting hot but it is bearable compared to the alternative), do not expose
your car to the spray, it eats metal--and your handles, etc. will all be contaminated if you touch them; your clothes, hair,
skin, etc. will be exposed if you are out at night and so you MUST take everything off before you enter the house, wash it
immediately and take a 20 minute rinse shower--you must detox if you are caught out at night. The most common methods
of absorbing this stuff is through your mouth and eyes BUT the most dangerous is through your lungs. Hold your breath
and RUN inside!! Keep your animals in from dusk to sunlight, until the sun has had a chance to dissolve the Dibrom droplets--it
also depends on the size of the droplets to determine how long this will take...
The docs at the hospital told me they have never seen so many people being
"shipped in" to be treated--lots of the people belong in shelters or temporary housing but to reduce the costs,
they are being sent to the hospitals--for everything from a toe that had a can dropped on it at a store to major psych
issues, especially depression from people losing everything. People are just broken. Only 15 percent of the
flooded people in Texas had flood insurance. I wonder if anyone in Florida did? I spoke with someone with family
in Jacksonville and they are all under water as well--why isn't that on the news? Yesterday, the major shelter in
Houston, holding thousands and thousands of people, was closed without warning. The people were evicted, given a list
of possible places to go to that may honor Fem-ha vouchers--and THE EVACUEES were responsible for figuring out their next
meal/bed/anything. Their cars were underwater so they have no way to get anywhere, no money, cell phones were collected
at the doors of the shelters, they had plastic bags of donated clothes dragging behind them... Despite the huge amount
of money donated to them, the Red X didn't renew the lease on the center/s--the city didn't donate the space--and so a
new class of homeless has been created.
Be kind but be
careful if you decide to help the newly homeless. Desperate people do desperate things. If you want to give them
ten or twenty dollars, or buy them dinner or rent them a hotel room for the night (pay cash--do not leave your credit card
info), ask them to stand back ten feet--be in full light like at a gas station or go in the lobby of the restaurant with
lots of people around and lock your car, get the money out, lock the car when you get out with your gift, and wish them God's
speed. Be careful of hugging--not only is lice easily transferred but so is mold on their clothes and other diseases
after weeks of no baths or showers--and I've heard that some clever (bad) people have devices that scan your wallet and pockets
while they are hugging you!!
They are all so sad about being separated from their animals. The major centers holding the evacuees' animals
shipped out the last of the animals last weekend. Now, they have to find them--I have helped find some, other volunteers
are working on this as well but it is very difficult unless the animals had a collar and tag (or a microchip that
I so dislike because of its cancer risk which is not really a risk but a reality) and the people had photos of the
animals--with them and their people in the photos--which are being used to authenticate ownership. Keep them in your
wallet, tucked in your undies, in a ziplock bag if you ever have a catastrophic emergency. I remember many,
many years back, vets were tattooing the pets rabies' tag number inside their ears so they could be traced back to the
vet--and the vet could reunite the animals with their families. I don't have any tattoos, but when I got so sick from
a stuck gallstone this past summer and found myself writing my name, SSN, and religion with a permanent marker on my arm,
thinking life was just about over (that's how much pain I was in and how sick I was--I didn't even think I'd make it to
the hospital less than ten minutes away), I wondered if that would be a good idea to have all that info on the bottom of
a foot--just in case! Forget about an implanted "chip"--that can get just a little too invasive for me. The latest
thing coming out, I just heard today, are ID bracelets which have "chips" in them--there are all sorts of reasons
to not get one of these as well...
In a few days, we have it set up that people can go to certain windows at the hospital and we will bring their
animals we've located to see them--one family at a time! It gives the people something to look forward to--to continue
to have HOPE--which is powerful. Some animals we are "borrowing" from other rescues or foster homes, a
few we had to agree to take in if we "check" them out--and we will honor that for the people. We've been
having the fosters/rescues that we can find, email photos of the animals in their new homes and have been printing the
pics, delivering them to their owners. The people sleep with their animals pics under their pillows, up next to their
faces, pray for them, pine for them. And these are the lucky ones--the ones that WILL be reunited once the people
have somewhere to live--that allows animals!
I think some organizations give them six months, others a year--the rare few, an unlimited time to be reunited,
to claim their animals. IF that time runs out, the organizations have the right to adopt the animals out. I hope
they don't because it will be a task to find a place to live at all, never mind one that will allow animals, until their
insurance checks come in--Fema-Ha Flood Insurance will take 3-6 months or longer (up to a year)--or not if they have to
rent and start over from scratch. The majority of people have no clue what happened to their animals when they turned
them over to, "the nice person at the shelter who said they'd be reunited when they checked out." The animals
were sent all over the country--yes, that saved their lives so I am grateful for that, but to try to stop the despair, I've
dealt with many states and am still looking for some animals that should have been in X place and have been moved.
Some animals will have been euthanized--due to age, poor health, special needs, etc. and the owners will never know.
If this happens to you, and after trying with all your heart to find your fur babies, please adopt another animal and save
a life in memory of your beloved. Make lemonade out of lemons--even if your heart is breaking--and it will be broken
for a long time, but I can tell you that broken hearts heal eventually and they will never be the same--just different.
Also, please never separate animals that are bonded--bonded pairs, family pets. They need each other to make it
through a disaster, or being surrendered or evacuated, just like we need our loved ones to lean on. Adopt them
At the Rescue
Ranch, we need continued angel help so we can continue. This was is our amazon balance:
cards can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org through an amazon link anywhere on this page, or through the amazon gift
card link above. paypal and our Angel fundraiser are other ways to help as well. Credits go right to our RR account
and can be used to order online or in a store--whatever the animals need. Things right now are "fluid"--no
We can't do this alone--especially
given the situation (click on the angel above or below to read more)! Calling all angels--known and unknown (yet), seen and
unseen. Our God is an awesome God so He will move the hearts that can help us and bless those that do hear Him call...(usually
it is just a whisper--and a tug at your heart that you just cannot ignore).
Sending lots of love and Hugs from the Herd--always!
Chuckles, the Cockatoo, was an evacuee--with his friend
...JJ is right next to Chuckles in a "bird room"--and
after just a day or two to adjust, they are singing and chirping up a storm!
Please say a prayer for their foster mom--she
is not well right now.
I can't help but wonder
what all the mold and dirty water is doing to everyone who entered the disaster area.
knew that I couldn't go in although my instinct was to do just that--especially needing to have "Someone" always
--that's why I am helping now after the people have been evacuated.
At least the risk of exposure to all of the mold and "mosquitoes" is reduced,
Lots of HEB Doggie Sausages and Hamburger treats in the blue bags are needed. They are so helpful behaviorally,
--which is really important during a disaster--and the dogs LOVE them!
They are in the pet isle or perhaps could be ordered online. Get them for your fur babies,
*PPS Dreamballs--in our Amazon Wish List
(link toward the top of this page) are needed--as many as you can send, we need!
please use the "Recommend This Site" button all over this page to pass on this info. We need more angels
and just copying and pasting
into your social media is not helping the animals--or
people--but it is copyright protected as well!
Thank you for respecting
This is what bone-tired looks like...September 16, 2017 12:06
By the time I get to my phone to type or to my laptop,
I am literally falling asleep between words! I wake up, realize I was typing, having to erase all the letters that repetitively
typed by a sleeping finger and try to get yet another word in. Sometimes, I can get a few words in at a time, but a
simple response to an email, which would take less than ten minutes, takes me hours!! So, please forgive me for not
responding immediately to email, comments or thank you's. I will catch up next week.
So many people are in the hospital, either physically sick from the water, bad
food, disorientated, depressed after losing everything and without anyone to even get them a drink! They have lost their
homes and belongings and are so traumatized and just want a hug or someone to hold them--one adult even asked me to rock her
and sing to her and so I did. "Someone" has to go with me and so I wait until he has had his rest time and he is
very good encouraging people to drink, to laugh, to find a little levity in a tragic situation. Many are worried about
their animals and if I can find them, I am having photos emailed to me and printing them out for them. It seems to bring such
comfort, just holding a photo of an animal you pray to be reunited with. Some animals have been sent across the country so
it is going to take a little more research to find them--to even get a photo!
I will write more by Monday or on Monday. I need to take Sunday off to get some rest myself even though some
have been asking if I could just "come by for a little while..." That means hours to me once you walk through
a hospital door! The RR animals have been so patient. They know something is different and have been very patient.
Tomorrow and next week, we'll be able to have more fun with them. In the meantime, they love their treats and foods
that you have sent, but we don't have enough of most things. We need more angels to help, please. I will
say thank you to everyone now--but will answer you individually next week. Please understand. I cannot do anymore.
We are in the middle of a horrific situation, albeit we are safe, but unless you live through this, you can't wrap your mind
around what the consequences are of a catastrophic flood like this. Just helping people navigate their insurance and
flood coverage and take photos and and and...is an enormous task. Many are not willing to even venture outside never
mind help another, sadly.
And, in the meantime, if you could
please help the RR, through the links above--amazon, paypal, click on our Angel fundraiser--gift cards, items from our Amazon
wish list above--all would be of such help!! Any credits, gifts go right to the separate Rescue Ranch account and then
I can order online anything that is needed. We have mail pick-up/delivery once or twice a week if you use our mailing
Thank you so very, very much for understanding,
for your patience, prayers and help. This burden is great but with His and our angels' help, it can be made light!
Love and always, Hugs from the Herd!!
Over by Far! September 12, 2017 11: 09 PM
Harvey has left such a mark on Texas that I cannot begin to explain it. From 4-5 AM until we literally drop, we are
working to help people who are stranded, need evacuation, food, water, legal help, more. Tonight, I called a rescuer
who wound up in the hospital today with Toxic Mold Poisoning from being in a flooded house for so many days and the hospital
was connecting me to every senior they could to offer help, solace, someone to just unload to...they gave me their troubles,
names, addresses, injury report, house update, on and on and on and I don't even know them. They are just in such trouble
that a living, breathing--walking body--is a human who can help even with a listening ear and kind word. It is just
During the past week, an amazing number of rescuers and rescues have working together to get animals to safety.
Vets have even taken in animals for treatment, grooming, etc. It has been simply a Miracle of God, and there is no
other way to explain all that has/is happening.
People from all over the country, and locals, who don’t
know each other, who just love animals, have taken off from work—pay or no pay—to save both the animals and
the rescuers. They have driven hundreds and thousands of miles on their own to help, bought food for the
animals, food for the rescuers, sent water, drinks, so many things like paper towels, TP, baby wipes, contractor bags for
clean-up, bleach—and my favorite, is the rescuer, who stopped at many stores to buy Yoplait Vanilla Bean Yogurt for
a rescuer who had such a hankering for it and was so hungry that she ate at least six of them this morning before lunch!!
A special thanks to
Best Friends in Utah who has been instrumental in all of this—not the Red X or Fema-Ha or the Humane Society, etc. so if you want to send
a thank you, that’s where it should be going in my humble opinion. Small Paw Rescue, in honor of Karla has been literally a Godsend and all of their friends, fosters, rescuers, more. I
can't forget Emma from LaPorte, the bird rescuer, has been amazing beyond the call of duty—and her husband as well.
So many willing people, it is like watching the miraculous before your eyes.
There is a great need still at the Montgomery County
Fair Grounds—in Conroe, Texas. They need volunteers to do laundry at the Washeteria (that’s
what we call the Laundromat in Texas-speak). They need food, money for medicines, FOSTERS to hold onto
people’s animals who have lost their homes and ADOPTERS for those animals who are now considered abandoned.
Their number is 936-442-7738. Volunteers to just Kitty-Kuddle and Dog Walkers! An hour one time or every day
or whatever you can manage.
The city of Beaumont just got their water back on but it is like a war zone. The doctors told
me that people are coming to the hospitals on "barges" there are so many in need now. No one has had showers for
weeks. They have lost 20-30 lbs a piece in just weeks from stress and lack of nutrition and the exposure to toxic
mold. Fema-Ha is only offering shelters now to people instead of hotel vouchers or apartments, etc. or
a bus ride…to a camp somewhere, to be seen or not--sometime in the future. No one knows where family
members are going to—they are being separated all over the country. Their pets, promised to be reunited with
them, are being adopted out, in other states. They have lost literally everything if they didn't have flood insurance
I thank anyone who has helped and continues to help the RR in anyway—for we cannot continue to help so many
others without having the resources to help the dogs here. Angels are needed—and amazon, paypal
or on our angel fundraiser gifts are greatly needed. They are immediately credited to the RR account so
I can order whatever the dogs needed. I have one with a cyst over his leg now; another with mastitis;
one in congestive heart failure; six with bronchitis from this damp, nasty weather, on and on. They all
need to be vetted and wormed and treated after a flood like this and at $35-$70 per animal, it is expensive!!
Calling all angels!
When I am not helping someone in crisis even as I write, I need to write another
story about everything you need to know about flooding, FEMA claims and how to handle it all. IF you have
been flooded, IMMEDIATELY get online or have a friend do it and find a PUBLIC ADJUSTER company and hire them.
You will be put on a huge waiting list. Ask for them to FAX you the contract so you can review it--and get it in.
You will be skipped to the head of the line!! Take photos of every single inch, inside and outside of your dwelling--even
opening drawers, cabinets, closets. It is all covered past three days with toxic mold exposure. They do
not charge up front but get 10% of the recovery of your home and contents but they get much more from Fema-Ha than you could
ever get on your own. I saw it happen yesterday and I am a believer now! From what
I could do for someone to what I saw that they could do when I called them on the spot for help, was to get four times the
advance!! So heed this advice please.
IF you do not have flood insurance, buy it now. There
is a thirty day waiting period but get it EVEN if you are not in a flood zone. So many Houstonians, yet
85 percent did not have it. They have lost everything. So, unless you are rich, having
$250,000 for your home and $100,000 for contents is the difference between living under a bridge or with the in-laws!
The deductibles vary, depending on area it seems. Yesterday, it was only $1250 deductible on the
rescuer's home and the same on her contents which is better than the much higher numbers I have heard. RUN
don’t walk to get that insurance—please--even if you live high on a hill! The water in some homes, came
up through the ground--through the drains and showers and toilets--regardless of how how the hill was!
Again, the RR needs
our angels. With the complications of the whole situation, online credits are the best way to help right
now. Note: (Crayola angel—we need doggie sausages and hamburgers whenever you are making a collection
again.) Gift cards for everywhere and e-cards are very much welcome as well. Taco Bell and McDonalds, especially right
now, for the dogs who are sick and will only eat McNuggets or chicken taco rolls (and their people).
May God move your soul to help an animal or someone, someway--every chance you get.
You will be blessed for doing so.
Pasha and Bunny--two of our four wheelchair (or cart)
To Help the Rescue Ranch/also
see links above this blog, too:
E-cards go to: email@example.com
Address: Rescue Ranch, 3555 Rayford Road, Ste. 45-106, Spring, TX 77386
For those who have
asked, Yes, the Conroe Dam did let out a huge amount of water that was extremely damaging. It went around
the RR and headed south and wiped out quite a bit of the affluent town of Kingwood—which is next to Lake Houston.
I will NEVER live near water again—within hundreds of miles at least and will never live in a single story anything
again. You must have a second story to at least store things in and/or take shelter and an attic exit in
case you wind up on the roof! At the very least, put a hatchet and a bright color sheet or banner (to catch the
attention of helicopters) in the attic now in case you find yourself trying to break out so you can breathe! Emergencies
don't come with much of a warning at all.
HERO Mama Dog!!!! God Bless Her. I can't imagine what she went through....(see below)
(She has a forever home now with her rescuer!)
PS Whoever left the new mother dog with her three newborn puppies
locked in the garage, you need to know that she moved them higher and higher as the water rose, until there was no more
room in the garage and all of her babies died. She doggie-paddled for days, breathing the air near the
roof. Saving yourself while your animals perish is NOT morally correct or acceptable. I
would die before I would let an animal die—even one I didn’t know. (I will need to leave my
personal commentary out from here on about the situation--but it sure is at the tip of my tongue!)
*Prayers needed for a RR angel who is going in for dental surgery this week and
is in need of prayer support. Her situation is beyond my imagination or tolerance for anything dental—nevermind
*Prayers needed for a rescue angel who was just taken to the hospital, wanting to give up on life after having
her animal evacuated and her house flooded (yes, she has insurance but no where to live for close to 6 months or so--they
were trying to get her to live in a shelter at nearly 80! I offered the RR but we live too far from where she lives---BUT
if anyone in the Beaumont area, or driving distance to, has a room to rent, a cottage, anything, please email me. The
situation is urgent and immediate.
*Prayers needed for a RR angel who has lost her hearing in one hear after dental
work and has been suffering for months.
*Prayers needed for a RR Angel and family whose spouse was let go of his job with Stage 4 cancer. His wife
is suffering with various illnesses as well.
I have seen the Hand of God at work, and I KNOW that HE can and will
perform miracles if we just ask.
It is just that simple. Just even start with, "Hey, God..." He will hear you. Promise.
Just remember to say, "Thank you"--in advance--having
Faith and HOPE of things yet to come, just not yet seen!
IRMA: September 6, 2017 2:10
While it it personally traumatizing to even watch the new storm blasting its way
through innocent islands on its way to Florida, instead of giving in to my instinct to pull my quilt over my head, I need
some tips to reach people in the path of the new storm:
It is now $99 (yep) for a $20 flat of water in some places. It is truly priceless
so stock up, storm or not. Rotate it. The gallon jugs degrade and split open so you are better off with flats of bottles.
You should be drinking half your body weight in only water each day. Weigh 200 lbs? Line up 100 ozs in the AM and slug it
down by supper so you are not up all night! Soda, coffee, etc. does not count into that number.
There is more to "no" air conditioning and fans than meets the eye. Disease spreads easier. The
hot, humid conditions are dehumanizing and physically weakening. Waking up with wet clothes, wet bed, thirsty, getting
pneumonia from the humid, stagnant, infected air--the smell is unbelievable and pervasive--and then there are the bugs! It
is all NO fun.
IF you are able, get battery-operated fans or individual room air conditioners with individual solar chargers and
move everything into that room. If you can't do that like us, freeze wet facecloths flat and in the shape of a C--to wrap
around the back of your neck. Freeze water bottles (four will make five, 3/4 fulls, so the water has expansion room to freeze).
Freeze all deli containers, plastic butter containers, etc. Now, with 3/4 full of water. It takes a few days for them to
fully freeze--put them in your animal/s' water dishes, in front of fans, under your pillow. Plan now. Stay prepared!
Cash vs. Credit:
No cash was accepted for the first week for supplies,
then restaurants. Credit or debit only. It is not possible to rob, I guess, but people are starving. If you
do not have a card, buy a generic Visa card now at the grocery store--it never expires--and tuck it away.
...speaking of which, no matter how sick of cheese sandwiches
or PBJ you are, wait a week or two after the power comes back to eat out or drive-through. So many people now have food
poisoning or are sick to their stomachs, coming and going--the restaurant owners (most) did not discard what was in the
fridges before the storm, and despite electricity going on and off and aging, they are trying to make up for lost revenue.
You need to have a room with no mirrors, big glass windows or any glass, outside walls...put your supplies in it
along with mattresses,quilts, pillows, crates for pets, etc. WATER.
This was unexpected. Yes, have some stored away. Every month, if you are
on regular meds, take out ten pills or ten percent and put them away! Why?? First, storms close stores and--pharmacies.
Next, things are back-ordered when they reopen. I had a prescription for medicine that was critical but the day
before Harvey, I was told it was three days too early to refill. Two weeks later, I finally was able to get it. Imagine
what could have happened if I wasn't prepared. Some docs are insisting that flood-ravaged people come in to get refills when
they could easily call in refills. People cannot drive, leave their homes unattended due to looting and are suffering
and will probably die from this. The docs need the $200 office visit fees (in Someone's case they are more like $650 a visit!)
they bill your insurance to pay their mortgages! Pharmacies will even deliver or people are even using Uber and walking
into the deep water to meet them as far as the cars can drive!
FEM-HA and the Red X:
Freedom or camp cities? A night or two of a donated cot then a bus ride to...or out on the street.
No warm meals being served, no water trucks, no supplies. Delusional or illusion--million dollar commercials for more and
more money. Why? Do not allow anyone to separate you from your animals. Make a fuss. To avoid crowd unrest, they
will leave you alone. Why? Now, on the news, we are being told that it is too difficult to reunite owners and pets so they
are being sent all over the country to be adopted out. Once adopted, unless the people give you back your animal voluntarily,
you have little recourse legally to recover your animals.
Stay away, far away, from nuc power plants, chemical factories, glass, etc. You may have to walk through it,
have the storm destroy it overhead, inhale it. Go inland or go high--or both.
While the roof is still, Thank God, on the RR, the storm
and its aftermath is far from over. There are three more on the way and a comet due to swing by Sept. 23-Oct. 4 or so which
can cause all types of disasters around the country just by its magnetic pull/upset alone. The Yellowstone Caldera is having
thousands of quakes a day, putting us all at risk. Fires are polluting the air...more.
will try to write more soon. Difficult is an understatement right now. Please help the Rescue Ranch through our angel
fundraiser or other links. We stand together with all of our angels to help YOU when and if the time comes. If not the RR,
show mercy when you can, as often as you can.
God bless y'all. Please take my words seriously.
ALL of them.
P.S. Sorry for all errors. Phone misbehaving terribly. Grateful for
ALL Help. Please find the Angel pic fundraiser and give whatever you can...
Archives: Preciee, aka Precious, just loves her Twinkies----
Thanks to our Twinkie Angel!
Precious on her first day at the RR--before two eye-loss surgeries.
Her other eye was "popped" with a stick by some cruel kids and
then she was left behind by a rescue, who took her three friends.
I was appalled.
(The gloves were to keep her open-to-the-skull
eyeball hole as sterile as possible.)
Preciee is still a little feral--which make her unadoptable but she
does such a cute dancey-prance when she wants to go out!
Fake News: All
is NOT Sunny and Bright in the Southeast!!!!! Please do not let them tell you that!!! Sept. 2, 2017 8:17 AM
As you know, the catastrophe in southeast Houston, then all of southeast Texas, started
with Hurricane Harvey warnings. Landfall was hundreds of miles away a little northeast of a city of 300,000, Corpus
Christi. Little towns of 10,000 or less were hit hard, taking out many/most of their buildings, private and public,
and the undeniable sigh of relief (and terrible sadness) was heard in Houston. Then the rain bands started and wouldn't
leave. Houston would be flooded beyond recognition--a main energy pipelines from Houston to New Jersey has been taken
down, energy company headquarters are shuttered and twenty refineries--on the coastline--all shut off. The impact around
the country will be felt for a long-time.
The flood waters overwhelmed
the bayous (kind of a biggish pond/lake with a meandering river that leads to a larger body of water that dumps into the
Gulf of Mexico), the lakes, the rivers, then the dams...DESPITE what the news is telling you, we are under a flood threat
until at least September 20!! Do you know how that kind of stress can wear you out!? At the jump of a hat (some
other area dam/flood evacuees had FIVE minutes to evacuate), we have to be ready for anything. That, you maybe could
guess, wouldn't be so easy at the Rescue Ranch. We would not be able to leave some of the animals behind so we would
stay, whatever stay would mean. BUT, I've made a decision that we need to work toward finding an animal transport
trailer that we can park inside and that would hold all the big dog crates in case of any emergency. The little and
tiny dogs crates would fit in the cars. (FYI, every animal needs to be crated--even birds, turtles, etc., just in
case you have to check in at a shelter, camp ground or someone's backyard--that goes for private pets as well.
Always have a crate for every animals or groups of animals who, say, may sleep together.)
In Houston, from the north, the threat of Lake Conroe and Lake Livingston dams breaking is no joke. The controlled-release
program is taking the pressure off of the dam--they don't want everyone 20 feet (give or take) under water or crushed by
the power of the water if the dam broke BUT this release has consciously and deliberately compromised whole neighborhoods!!
Really nice homes, with beach access, boats, slips to park them at, all drowned on purpose. It is the same with the
Addicks and Barkers dams--sitting in the middle of this mess. The land should have NEVER been sold to builders to
build gigantic neighborhoods when the cities knew that the danger was great. In addition the water working its way
down from 150 or so miles upstream down to the Gulf of Mexico is causing evacuation RIGHT NOW as I write--of neighborhoods
downstream--the great volume of water is beginning to swell out of the river banks and into those neighborhoods!
There is NO WATER east of the city, in the Beaumont area. The main pump went out a few days ago and they
didn't have a back up or back up parts! Now, the town has to bring in a pump on one of those oversize trailers over
highways that are underwater or about to be underwater. People who filled their tubs and washing machines at least
have water to wash their hair and flush their toilets--and if they were smart, have bottled water for themselves and their
pets (you can't drink water under an alert unless it has been boiled and left to cool) The problem
is that many people do not even have electricity and the Red Cross is no where to be seen...and so they are drinking the
puddles from the street! (You can use water from puddles, but it needs to be strained, treated or boiled--they are
drinking it raw.)
Local people are so afraid of the gas running out
for their vehicles and for their generators (we don't have one of those either), that they are actually taking large garbage
cans and other containers to the pumps and filling them! It is causing huge problems like anger and frustration of
the "just cars needing gas" drivers. People are so tired and on edge, that some event could happen...Plus,
gas keeps better IN a car than in a container so if you can, fill up your cars and don't drive around, even if you can!
Animals are being evacuated out of the area--despite what they learned from the heart-break of Katrina, people
still evacuated and left their pets behind! Some left them inside their homes, others set them free on the hope that
they would find high ground (this is what you do during an emergency with horses or cows if you can't move them all).
So, there are lots of lots of animals running lose all over the place. We are feeding those we can't catch--"the
roamers"--and shelters from all over the country (I hope) are volunteering to take animals--but they need local
people to their state to ADOPT or FOSTER the flood animals--so they can take in more animals! One of the shelters
in the Beaumont area burned down before this storm due to a faulty laundry dryer left on after it was locked up and not
only did the animals perish (we are all heart-broken about it) but there is no shelter for the animals in that area to go
to to even be rescued. I've heard rumors that people are just shooting the dogs who will begin in run in packs (many
harmless) and those hungry dogs, if not fed, even by neighbors leaving out food, will eat cats, take down larger animals
just because they are hungry or are being found starved to death or drown on the side of the streets. (I cried for
hours yesterday morning over all of this.)
IF you gave to the Red
Cross and/or FEMA, please start making calls to ask exactly what they are doing, have done, are planning on doing.
While executives' salaries are paid for another year, people in need of simple apartment vouchers, food stamps ($50 is the
max not per week but for this emergency--are you kidding?? when their are no jobs,
no cars, no way to get around...$600 for living. Ugh!). So many need beds (they are sleeping on the damp concrete floors--and
all of those millions of dollars that you gave, should be used and now. They are literally taking applications using
volunteers and turning now homeless people away, telling them that they will have to wait to be screened...and in the mean
time, people are living in parks, in the back of pick-ups--their animals with them on leashes due to full shelters and/or
not wanting to be separated from their animals. IF you live within driving distance, pick a place, load up a car or
truck with water, pet food, and non-perishable foods, pillows and blankets--oh, yes, black, contractor-grade plastic bags--because
these people don't have suitcases to carry their stuff, they are walking from place to place with their few possessions
in a plastic bag! People who before this had homes, cars, good jobs, private schools. The banks are closed and only
VISA can go so far, especially when the stores are near-bare. And sadly, all "aliens” who are great people, lost
everything, don't qualify for aid. FEMA and the Red Cross only see "legal" while churches, private groups, hopefully
JJWatts, will see "living" and help everyone. (I will bite my tongue here.)
There is another storm coming across Mexico that may/probably bring rain starting Sunday or Monday. Inches
matter, so the weather TV people are actually telling us "let's just skip talking about that storm for now..."
and are focusing everyone instead on Hurricane Irma that may hit Miami or the east coast. IF they exist, we are going
to get some more sandbags because we should have sandbagged the big outside a/c condenser (who knew!) and the doors that
we couldn't do before because we ran out of the sandbags that we had and the stores were all closed right after that.
There was no option to go back for more. I think that is what is affecting everyone--IF you can buy something, they
are getting MORE because you just don't know when you can get any.
TV is intermittent as is the electric and my cell phone has a mind of its own IF and when it works but my radio, my trusty
radio--night in and night out--tells the truth, show after show after show. The situation in the south is really,
really bad. The smell is awful, the water level high--even the water table in the ground is up to squishes-deep-into-water-when-you-step-saturated,
supplies are scarce and if people from out of town don't help us we can't make it, and none is counted on through the Red
Cross and FEMA, but people are going directly through local organizations, churches, animal shelters, more, we won't make
it. (The Rescue Ranch mail address is now able to accept packages and we can get deliveries from it so if you can,
please GIVE on our angel fundraiser or through paypal or amazon links so I can order what we need the most. If you
want to order yourselves, long-term non-rawhide bones and Dream balls for the little dogs (see them on our amazon wish list
above) are needed in addition to food. We have to keep the animals busy, in addition to their disabilities, now they
can't go out much either. Wheelchairs and strollers don't work in MUD!) Zip codes in 77713, 77714, 77715 all
need water--search for a church that is open or I can give you an address to mail it to volunteers who will distribute it.)
Order from manufactures, please, or large distributors since private packages, dinners, products are being returned.)
The sky is grey-yellow--impending storm? I am coming out the
other side of pneumonia but can't shake it yet. Someone else is getting it now. The air is so full of water
that when we can turn on the dehumidifiers, we get gallons of water out of the air in an hour--it is absolutely amazing.
Everything is sticky wet--inside--and four feet off the floor. If you are NOT in the flooded areas, especially if
you are not in Houston, please HELP someone, somehow. I am sure if this ever happened to you, Houston would more than
return the favor!!
Oh, this is important to locals but to everyone
who has FEMA Flood insurance! Filing a FEMA claim--and actually getting paid, is complicated. Helping a rescuer
file one, I have learned enough to write a book. Even just getting the claim filed, in the system, was a half day chore.
Once a claim comes up, FEMA sends claim adjusters out and you need to have zillions of photos of every square inch of what
you are claiming as flooded. Serial numbers and models of all appliances, from the coffee maker to the oven.
Everything is a "line item" and if you cannot document it, they will deny it. Sheet rock should be cut four
feet up from the floor or eight--or they will actually deny the delta (difference) if you say, cut out five feet from the
floor and the sheetrockers have to do extra labor to install the stuff! They tell you to video your possessions ahead of
time to prove your claim but video isn't worth more than a hill of beans! Take PHOTOS of each and every item, the
inside condition of your property before a catastrophe! Put them away, email them to someone across the country, store
them in the "cloud."
Here is the tip
of all tips if you need to file a FEMA Flood Insurance Claim or Major Insurance Claim: No one tells you that there are "Public
Adjusters" you can hire--for ten percent of the total when recovered--and who will get your claim ready for the
FEMA adjusters (which is no small project!) and fight for your rights, for your reimbursements, for the max benefit you
are entitled to! They will usually get you more than that ten percent you need to give them when the check comes in--and
when I heard this is what the wealthy people do, I began to look into it--and my fellow rescuer is going to hire one, too!
(Max FEMA benefit is $250,000 for the house/footprint of the building and $100,000 for contents (you can take the soaking
wet things out but keep them on the property for the inspectors to review.) FEMA Deductible is $5,000 not $50,000 like
we thought before and there is about 30 percent depreciation of anything, sheetrock included! IF you can provide receipts
for expensive items, you have a better chance of getting paid for the higher value, minus depreciation. There is no winning
in filing a FEMA claim, it is just a stop-gap from keeping you from destitution but if you can get it, no matter where you
live, flood pain or not, get it.
$450 dollars a years, Flood Insurance is the difference between hope and walking around holding a black, plastic bag. Make
sure you have the wind and hurricane rider on your homeowners. Get renter's insurance. Make sure you have replacement
value insurance on your homes AND cars or change insurance companies. Do it now. I do not say that without heart--because
this situation is a heart-breaker. WHY were all of these builders allowed to build those neighborhoods on flood land; why
is FEMA and the Red Cross allowed to "fundraise" so many millions when they may have already pulled out of this
area--and people are drinking brown puddles of mud and thousands upon thousands are homeless!? It makes me mad to
see a lot of this happening, so protect yourselves and your animals as best you can--now--for any reason, for any time.
Praying for all--all hands and paws joined in faith and hope--thanking
God that we are all OK at the Rescue Ranch, as OK as one can be under these circumstances. We are alive. We
are together. We are able, with the Grace of God, to handle whatever comes up at this point. We just need help
going forward. It is going to be a long recovery, no literal "life boats" in sight unless YOU help.
Add to it all, taking care of a progressing, terminally ill person, whose brain is deteriorating is a feat of my will. I
hope someone has a mountain top I can recover on for a few years because, after this is all over, I am going to need it.
Thanking God that I am alive enough to need it...
Sending lots of love
and always, Hugs from the Herd
(PS I will get to email later today or tomorrow
when we have consistent service. First, I have to prepare again for this new storm while I can...)
Little Jade, the only dog I've ever met with jade-green
eyes, was surrendered to us when her parents rented a home that had a "no dog" policy.
While they had five dogs, Miss Jade-D-Jade, all eight pounds of her--has THE loudest,
sharpest bark ever and they were afraid that they would be evicted!
While Chippie-Chips (aka Panda or
Bellie originally), the potato chip fanatic--who has an even louder voice that Jade!--can't walk at all anymore, got ready
to go sit on a pad on the porch to get a little fresh air. She and her sister, Sissy, brave brave Sissy, were left
out in a field with front legs broken in three places--screaming in pain--until someone cutting through the field to get
to work at a vet's office (thank God), came across them! I still hurt for what happened to them.
After three operations, Sissy can limp-walk but Chips'
top half of one leg is pointing backward now, almost 100 percent parallel to her body. The inhumanness of "man"
cuts my heart to shreds sometimes--then, it is bolstered once again by unexpected acts of kindness.
Miss Penny, with incredible golden
eyes, is Someone's constant companion. She was surrendered by the family of an elderly woman because she was obese.
The woman had dementia (now I understand...) and was placing plates of treats all over the house and yard, thinking that
her pets would pace themselves all day and instead, Penny raced to eat them all!! Less than six months of giving her
two thirds dinner plus one third vegetables (like pumpkin, green beens--and not starving the animals by just reducing their
food quantity), she was down to her normal weight in months and even though she naps with me, she sleeps glued next to "Someone"!
Penny sure knows how to attack a birthday cake! She loves cake as
much as her daddy does!
They are two peas in a pod!
Just a PS: Going through the photo logs to to share some with you, I see pics of a lot of dogs that we either got
well and adopted out or those who were ill with say, advanced cancer when surrendered (which is heart-breaking alone), and
I spent nearly every waking hour taking care of them. Each passed in my arms or in bed laying on my chest or on their
beds with me laying next to them. As many tears as each of these "photo sharings" bring, I realize that all
of the animals live in my heart, in our hearts, and I just know that there really will be a joyous, oh-so-joyous reunion
when God calls my own name. Everyone will be well, happy and young again--and I will be oh-so-VERY-happy to see them
...at least New Orleans has water pumps! Houston is flat and has nothing
to get this water moving!
Over 2400 water rescues in last 24 hrs. Things are NOT OK here.
Houston's main water pumps for fresh water failing today. People being asked not to flush toilets now!
The Red Cross is MIA--on a nice paid vacation perhaps?
Did you know only 15% of
people in the Houston area had FEMA flood insurance!?
This situation will cost many
their homes--and lives.
Only if the outside world helps us, can we make it.
This is a year-long recovery. Please help us get on our feet again.
We thought Hurricane Harvey was over. We had one quiet
day: Aug. 31, 2017 5:48 AM
One day of peace then...I re-hurt my knee yesterday when
Someone tripped over it. I had it up in the air, resting, to relieve the pressure. He thought he could step over it.
Eek!! I've been up all night icing it. I've also been monitoring the news and trying to keep my intermittent fever and stress-nausea
Dawn evacuations have been issued for the areas/neighborhoods at Addicks
and Barker Dams, Reservoirs but there is much confusion. IF you leave, you cannot return, even to check your property so many
want to know why they are being evacuated almost prematurely. Ironically, right before Someone was found to have a terminal
illness, he wanted to move the RR over that way exactly. His company's headquarters and his office are/were directly
on the Addicks Dam!
The water is full of snakes, so are the street and the gutters.
We've been told to clean them out, we've also been told they may have 'gators living in them! The 'gator zoo was also
flooded (90 miles from us) and the animals were about to float out, probably have by now!
ants, which sting, twirling in a circle repeatedly stinging, are not killed by water per se. In fact, they join together to
make a "raft."
Three times in my time at the RR, I have been attacked. They attack like a beehive under attack. Water from a hose won't kill them, but the pressure will blast them off--then run! If one is mad, fifty are mad. There
is no easy way out.
*The stuff to treat the stings (they sting five or six times each--and
each sting forms a white pustule) contains 99% ammonia! I pour some in a small dish and use a Q-tip and dot and soak
each sting repeatedly every few hours. Do not itch or open those pustules. Use ice in a sock or facecloth to keep the pain
down. I take Benadryl, too, if you can take it. If severely stung, go get immediate medical care.
If you see one of those floating "rafts" of fire ants, Do Not Touch!! That said, get out the blue Dawn dish
soap (everyone should have some and ammonia--there are so many uses for both), and squirt the Dawn around the "raft"
in a close circle. It will disrupt the water tension and they will sink!
Sink holes, bridges collapsing,
water pumps failing, dams and levys cracking or on the verge of spilling over uncontrolled, shelters more than twice their
capacity...most stores can't restock, roads down or blocked. Our own people, if they can, are going to the shelter to house
families who have lost everything--just like we all did for Katrina and Rita! (Stories for another time!)
the "bright" side, in addition to the 1200 National Guard members we have, 10,000 are expected to arrive today or
soon. Flat-bottom boat owners from all over the south are coming in. Now, there are even air boats, canoes,
fishing boats, so many types are rescuing people now, who had enough food and clean water to last a week, are now starving
and/or are out of fresh water and dogs, cats, birds and their people are heading to shelters. We are fine since we prepared
for three weeks or longer if need be-- the freezer is half full of water and half full with food plus we have four boxes left
of marshmallow treats and Velveeta and processed cheese slices but we will have depleted our dog food "bank" if
this keeps extending so Please Give, especially today, the designated Day of Giving nationally for Houston. Amazon is
delivering, even by drone! Credits on paypal and our angel fundraiser will allow me to order what we are running out of!
heard "Hurrahs!!" on the emergency radio--police officers from around the country are arriving enmass (lots) to
relieve our exhausted hereos. Volunteers are cooking/serving 24/7 at the police, fire and coast guard stations--some of whom
are sleeping in their high water tanks, poor guys, just in case, I guess. Local restaurants are supplying warm food. One amazing
person from Chicago called Subway and ordered 300 sandwiches to be delivered to a police station, I think! (Writing that,
maybe Subway should be donating, too, like all the rest. Hmmm.)
"Mattress Mac," Jim McInvale,
a local furniture store owner and esteemed local hero for many years, opened both of his stores to evacuees. They can
rest on $8,000 mattresses, watch the TV screen that must be a half mile long, installed high up on a large wall, sitting in
a new recliner--plus he is providing food, good food, for all, inviting restaurants in, too, who want to--and can serve. Every
year on his birthday, Mac has an all day BBQ--with birthday cake, free to all. "Someone" always made it a must-do.
I went along to visit the parrots at the gigantic store since I don't eat meat.
you have relatives on the east coast, something just happened to a major pipeline of gas that supplies tthat part of the country--plus
the refineries are shut off. Tell them to fill their gas tanks and you, too, do so immediately, just in case.
The estimate is three weeks to fix it--or more!!
More rain is predicted to start Sunday or Monday. I
pray that enough water dries up or drains down before that so it doesn't put people in more danger.
those needing to file a FEMA flood insurance claim, or need FEMA help, please get registered today. Take lots of
photos, make a list of damages, (and n eeds i f you needed temporary housing, for instance) suspected damages and register
online AND report FEMA property insurance claims to your homeowner's insurance agent. That agent will arrange for a
FEMA inspector to come out. (http://Disasterassistance.gov seems to be a site that has been on the news a lot.) As of
Sept. 1, the FEMA rules change--not in our favor--that is why filing today is so important. Just get registered if you
are going to need help or will be filing a claim.
Oh, stores and evacuated homes
are being looted but something not expected, is that the few places that are open in flood zones, people are telling
me No Cash is being accepted!! Credit or Debit only--it can't be stolen, I guess! Hopefully, that will change after the crisis.
keep up your prayer blanket for the RR and for the area. It is extremely difficult right now, even though the dogs deserve
gold medals for good behavior!! While they can thankfully go outside for a few days, they want to drink from our new pond--courtesy
of Harvey--and puddles, which is a huge health problem. Never mind, having to manage Someone with increasing dementia
from Lewy Body Disease. His medicine keeps him sleeping almost all day but he is up most of the night--TV keeps him
passively occupied thank goodness. For a few hours a night though, "argumentative" is the kind word I would
use to describe his current disease stage--constant and sometimes, relentless. His sleeping time is a relief of s sorts and
then time for me to start the day over again, depleted emotionally almost more than physically.
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Never forget--we are ALL "Texas Strong!!"
Love and always, Hugs from the Herd!!
Hurricane Harvey: August 29, 2017 11:45 AM
Our heroes! We are so grateful to all of the paid professionals and unpaid volunteers
sacrificing their time and risking their lives to help all of us. This pic was on the news this morning and just captures
the exhaustion we all are feeling.
A TV screen-shot of a major Houston highway--filled mostly with flat-bottom
boats. People who have to go out are driving on the wrong side of the freeway, right along with right-side traffic
coming directly at them! It is terrifying to watch, not only because of the depth of the water and waves but also because
of the traffic violations/dangers.
On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (ironically), the storm that leveled
New Orleans, people are trying very hard to save their animals--whether they are staying with them, bringing them to
the shelters, taking them along in the rescue by boat or even carrying them to keep their head's above water--and away from
the snakes and alligators that are in the water!
This morning's weather update. We've had 49.2 inches of rain so far
with another 12 inches expected today and tomorrow. The danger will then be all of the water winding its way past all
of us to the Gulf of Mexico. The controlled levy releases are expected to continue through Sept. 20!!--but already
this morning, a breach of a dam happened, giving people just minutes to leave and another is leaking out the north, rear side
into a neighborhood. So very many people will or have already lost their homes.
We are, say, twenty miles south of the Lake Conroe controlled dam release and now, if you look at the map above,
a gigantic (Lake) Livingston started a controlled release--unannounced--overnight, all meant to flow into the San Jacinto
river, too, which has no room for more water before it floods...
still walking with the Hand of God over us. We have a new, deep pond on the property that will need to be filled in next
week with a bulldozer and fill dirt and a fallen 8 ft tree that fell over just because the ground is too sodden
to support its' root system. Both, so far, are far enough away from the foundation to not be a threat.
I had to dig an emergency trench a few nights ago and had no time for rain boots or a plastic-bag
"coat." I ran out in socks and pj's. When I was done, leaning on one crutch (due to last week's knee injury)
and trenching with a shovel in the other arm, I was so tired and well, I made a stupid decision and I lay down still wet to
just rest my knee--and fell asleep for a bit. Now, I am getting a deep chest cold. Thankfully, I know what dog medicine
I can take for the interim but I may not have anything strong enough to get rid of it.
Girl, our Texas Pearl, suddenly has developed mastitis (very bad if not treated soon--I do have some doggie mastitis
cream that I am using and anitbiotics) and a few others have a cough. A vet visit is in order as soon as we can get out. This massive
humidity and amount of water is not good for any of us.
(Ugh. They just announced
that the San Jacinto river is going to crest later today--before the next 12 inches of rain even. It will be weeks yet before
we all know if we are "safe.")
The city of Houston is under at
least ten feet of water before the water from the releases and dam breaks and leaks get there. Thankfully, there are some
high spots where people are safe or can head to. Lots of major businesses are going to need to relocate or convert to
a work-from-home work force for months. Bayous, creeks, rivers, lakes, rain... the situation is so "fluid" (pardon
the pun) and unpredictable. Ugh.
This storm is heading tonight
and tomorrow to Beaumont, on the Louisiana border almost and a major refinery center. Already, sections of town are
impassable and one Rescuer called me late this morning hysterical because her home and rescue are flooding inside. She
has all 50-70 animals inside because of the impending storm. Bags of litter and sacks of food now become indoor sand bags.
I also called a neighbor across the street from her to see if he and his wife can go help her. She is nearly
80 years old and panic-stricken! Her volunteers tried to get there but the roads are flooded even to big trucks!
Boats only now...
What I need you to take-away from all of this is that you
need to always be prepared for emergencies. Stock first aid supplies, medicines, rotate foods and pet food, batteries,
flashlights, and especially water. When this is over, I will make a list of items in each category that are must-haves
to work on accumulating now. When an event comes, it is too late. Everything will be sold out and/or your roads will
be closed, rain or shine, depending on the situation.
The breakfast of RR champions (above)! (Yes, I do have bread. I just
need the sugar for extra energy since I don't drink coffee and I am bleary-eyed--and these are really delicious like home-made!)
Please keep up your prayers as we will do the same for you. I just keep reminding myself that
when we are weak, He is strong. I can't do any more than maintain everyone/thing so this is a time when you just have
to "rest in the Lord." "Someone" is sleeping through most of this which is best. The situation causes
great anxiety and stress for him.
Sending love and always, Hugs from the (very
Still trying to keep a sense of humor! We may need a real Ark
before this is over!!
Writing about "Arks" brought back memories...
Carole and her Ginger, a Project Hope blood donor dog. Before Carole unexpectedly passed away last year from a minor procedure, she called her growing family
of rescue dogs, "The Ark." They were all so happy together.
Carole's Ark! She had just added a sweet grey puppy to her Ark, who is
not in this photo. She was a pharmacist and her research--and unconditional love, help and caring--were irreplaceable
and so precious to the RR. Carole is another angel who we now know in heaven.
Carole is a "Forever
Rescue Ranch Angel"
--and will never be
forgotten--nor will her dogs!
I have had an incredibly difficult time getting this story formatted today. I hope you can read it. Sorry it is
not set up how I would have liked to have done it!
Hurricane Harvey: August 27, 2017 7:30 PM
The rain is flooding everyone, everywhere. Over 300 rivers, lakes and bayous in the greater
Houston area are out of their banks (overflowing) and the extra "controlled water release program" is flooding neighborhoods
beyond repair starting at 2 AM tonight or really Monday early morning. This is so there isn't a sudden dam break that could
kill a lot of people not just flood their homes. Just now they announced on the radio that more neighborhoods WILL be flooded
tonight naturally AND on purpose--for at least two months the homes could be flooded to indefinitely--especially on the back
side, behind the lakes, etc. where they release the controlled water flooding. Some of those people don't even have
flood insurance and even if they do, the deductible is like $50,000 or some very high number! Then insurance companies
will argue if the flooding is a FEMA flood insurance issue or homeowner's insurance--which doesn't cover water coming in from
the outside or if you don't have the wind/storm rider, they will opt out of providing coverage totally! While the news
people are telling those people to pack their cars now, get some sleep and then leave at dawn, saying good-bye to their homes
perhaps forever, who the heck could sleep knowing that--and they can't stay or they will be drowned. This situation
What is interesting and we all need to learn from this is, that the
water is so high both in the city (Houston) and north of us, it is coming in the SECOND floor windows! But what's worse is
that people think they are secure and go to sleep but their houses are getting flooded by the immense volume of water
coming UP through the shower and bath drains and toilets!!! Guess there is a good reason I read an
article from Canada which instructed how to sandbag or seal those drains besides just keeping the tubs full of clean
water in case you run out of bottled! Since it is very dirty waste water coming up through the drain system, people are trying
to get to shelters--but authorities are telling them to stay home UNLESS the water rises to life-threatening levels inside!
Instead of waiting, people are emptying their refrigerators (they float) or blowing up pool floats and boats and putting their
belongings (a change of clothes, blanket and pillow mostly), their kids and/or pets in them and walking through snake-infested,
chemical and waste infected water up to their armpits!
While the officials are
telling people that pets are accepted at shelters, it is not like Fluffy, Brutis and Bradley are sleeping next to you. After
they inspect everything you bring in to a designated shelter, taking away anything they don't approve of, they take record
of all documents required to get in like licenses, passport, etc. and then they TAKE away the pets, some to be housed
in a crated pet section with hay bedding, while others go to other locations--like distemper-exposed shelters. Animals
running around lose are captured and gulp, because there are no public adoptions going on or any way for their owners
to find them, most of their lives are cut short...or people are staying in their homes, again, risking life and death, to
be with their animals.
All schools, stores, gas stations and more are
closed probably through this week, possibly through the second week!! Cheese sandwiches will sustain us and the dog food
that you sent before this and that we bought before the eclipse will hold us over. (For those needing to raid the pantry or
garden to feed your dogs and cats, please see my other blog on this site, On My Mind, for the link to my research regarding People Foods your pets can and cannot eat).
We will be completely resource depleted when this is over so if you are not in the flood area, please GIVE on our
fundraiser/see the angel holding the dog fundraiser pic (look for her above or below this blog) and click on the link under her). PLEASE, if you live out of the Texas flood zone. Then I can order more food and Dingo Ringos--and chicken Dream
rattle balls for the little dogs (they are on our Amazon wish list/link above if you want to see what they are for your sweet
babies) to be delivered this time so I don't blow out another knee trying to carry it myself!
Right now, the Hand of God is still thankfully over the Rescue Ranch and we are walking by faith and not by
sight. Keep praying please as we are doing for all of you. It is working. Of course, He expects us to be good
stewards as well. After sandbagging at 1:30 AM, clearing gutters out and digging trenches that lead water to the storm drains
are just a few odd jobs that replaced another night of sleep. Cleaning out the street storm drains will most likely be Monday's
(Thank you to our angel who read that I was craving a banana split
and sent a Dairy Queen e-card. Not only did that make me "smile big" as my mother used to say, but it
also gives me something to look forward to!! Boy, do I need that. The new quilts that arrived before the storm and our blanket
stock are keeping every dog warm and cozy. Thank you all in fact.)
The very sore throat I've developed is minor, compared to what is happening just twenty miles south or north of us.
It is a tragic situation in Texas generally. My heart is just breaking for everyone. One of the saddest things,
is that is undocumented/illegal people, who do much of the critically needed farm work and restaurant labor, need to leave
their homes to get to safe places, but there are checkpoints on the highways leaving the area set up to check for "papers."
Usually, these are all closed during an emergency of this proportion just so lives can be saved. Now, these people are
staying home, risking life and death, to avoid immigration deporting them during this catastrophe. Can't an exception
be made at this point? The situation is getting worse not better.
and if anything changes, I will update you tomorrow. I am worried about our angels especially south, west, and in the
city and in San Antonio--all of you! Angels, please check in if you can. If you need anything, if we can help,
Sending courage, strength, love and hugs. Remember, when we are weak,
He is strong. Turn your burdens over to God and rest easy--knowing that He will work it all out, regardless of what
happens. Grateful always, love you all and please be safe. Very safe.
An angel's beloved dog, Cookie, passed on. She
was the center of her
mama's world and heart. More kisses being
sent to heaven...
My love-bug, Junie, who just wants to just breathe in
the same the space I'm in she loves me so much, and I, her...
Junie (our female version of Junior), and her Mama
Mia--are almost identical twins!
Hurricane Harvey Update: Aug. 27, 2017 1:45 AM
Hearing that Lake Conroe (north of the RR) just reached the top of
its banks and water is being released and more than 6 feet and rising of water is in homes south of the city--plus in the
city, water rescues are taking place from people's attics, I decided it was time to sandbag the entrances. I took Someone outside with me. We used half of the 1200 pounds
for each of two doors. That was it. The third door stands "open" but it is a step higher than the others. The garage and storage unit are on
a slight hill so here's to hoping!
This is what 600 pounds of masonry sand bags looks like. It took ten/60 pound bags to do this to each of two
doors and we could have easily used another 1200 pounds!
Here are some other
ways to sandbag--if you are desperate, use Ziplock freezer bags, filled with a mix
of rocks and dirt. Just make sure the end of one is covered by the next and stack in a brick/alternating rows pattern not
just stacks of bags.
Going to put my knee on ice and lay down, on alert for toradoes and flooding. Do the
best you can and ask for heavenly hope with the rest.
Happy National (wet) Dog Day!
Sometimes we just have to laugh!
For those of you not in southeast Texas, there are some great sales today to celebrate this
"holiday." For those who live down here, I feel your pain!
We just had a twenty minute
break between the "trains" or bands of rain, thunder and some lightning. Enough though to get the big dogs
out thankfully. The little dogs have a choice between running out, getting soaked and towel-dried or using the wee-wee
pad area we set up inside a doggie playpen. We even have another to set up if need be!
are north of Houston, between Lake Conroe and the west fork of the San Jacinto river, both of which have earthen dams and
walls and are reaching their banks or tops so they began earlier slowly releasing water to let some pressure off. While
the streets and underpasses are deep swimming pools, and some very nice neighborhoods are at great risk of being flooded out
by this water release program, so far we are soaked but OK as long as the dams hold out.
We are going to
run out of Dingo Ringos which is a VIP emergency with special needs dogs. If they can't get out in their wheelchairs
or doggie stroller, they need chews like that for activity. I realized this week that they also use their mouths to
play--with my fingers! I have been doing it for so long it was just second nature to me.
IF you want to help replenish this critical RR item, there is a http://www.Petmountain.com link and Wish List on this page
(or you can just order on their site)--they have the best prices for Dingo Ringos!--or if you make a paypal gift to email@example.com
(link above), I can order them from my phone now for delivery toward the end of the week. We need as many as possible
so just figure out your budget.
This storm is eventually expected to go back offshore and come
back as a Hurricane--with Houston as its initial landing zone. Depending on the amount of water falling, we may need
an Ark to get out of the area! I sure hope not! (My friend, Carole, who passed away last year after a very minor
procedure, used to call her bunch of rescue dogs an "Ark" after I started calling ours a Herd, the larger it got,
it had to be called a Herd!!)
Saving my phone so I can check in hopefully
tonight. (Sorry in advance for format issues or text sizes. I don't know how to fix these issues on my phone.)
Love and RR hugs to all!
The news report just said we are going to get 12-18 inches
in the next train--or twelve hours. This will devastate many--and there is lots more to come. The problem is that the
ground is saturated and can't absorb the rain this fast PLUS the very wet ground is going to cause many trees to just fall
over, causes untold damage--No wind needed!
be careful and stay safe. Love you.
Hurricane Harvey: Update #2 9:00 AM Saturday,
August 26, 2017
No sleep all night. Occasional thunder and lightning right now,
the kind that makes you leap off the bed.
First two sandbags used just now. It is raining so hard that
it is coming right out of the gutters making an unwelcome pond next to the side of the back porch.
is out. Still have electricity. Don't know for how much longer. Radio with lots of batteries keeping me up to speed.
know it's a serious storm when every fifteen minutes or so, the news people tell you to make sure that your Social Security
number should be written in permanent marker inside your ARM--on your skin. Think about that for a minute.
or fear? Walk in faith always regardless of the outcome. Worry does nothing but make you tired and stressed and doesn't change
To everyone in Texas, stay calm. Beside the tremendous damage where Harvey came aground, there
has already been a tornado that affected fifty homes. Warnings for many more are setting off the alerts on my phone.
Please go out and clean out your own storm drains occasionally. This will help keep the water draining as best it can and
slow down or stop your home from flooding. Some bayous are overflowing their banks already--rivers and lakes are expected
to follow suit--and a "massive" flooding warning has been issued which affects over 4 million of us through at least
Be sure to write down or print the alternative/people foods dogs and cats can eat--the link
is on my 'On My Mind' blog page on this site. I tried to put together something you can use if we are stuck in
this situation longer than you/I planned. (The link to the blog is on your left in the navigation bar.)
will try to check in later today or sooner if something major happens. Help each other and we will all be OK in the
God be with you, Texas, and blessings to everyone. Always remember that we love you.
This pic was taken just two days ago--by yesterday
afternoon, nary any item was left. We forgot to get TP--oops! That said, when I bought the Sam's Club package of baby wipes
last week, everyone laughed at me. Nobody is laughing now!! Trust your instincts--always.
Tornado two touch-down just announced. About thirty miles from here. Houses
where people were, or opted to evacuate, are being vandalized now! Keep praying and walking by faith not by sight!
Pasha and Girl, the Texas Pearl.
Wait 'til you see the new pics of Pasha in her drag bag and
Bittie in his suspenders and diapers!
(I just have to download the camera!
Sorry I'm so slow doing "extra" things these days.)
Hurricane Harvey: Update 7:00 PM Friday
Please learn from our experience.
This is about being prepared for any emergency not just this particular Hurricane...
Harvey just reached Category 4 status, already catastrophic. I hope to God it does not
go to a 5. It won't reach us until over night. It is going to circle back on the Houston area after it passes
over--they predict about a five day deluge.
There is a increasing danger of trees falling down--before it was from the wind. Now, they expect the ground
to be so saturated that the trees will just fall over from the ground saturation. The trees are 30-40 feet tall.
Last hurricane, one of our neighbor's trees fell over and crashed through one side of the RR fencing. Thankfully,
their insurance replaced it. We just had to leash-walk everyone for about a week which was no picnic!
The water coming out of the facets and tubs
is already grey water--first it was dark brown then it turned dark grey. IF anyone reads this and winds up running
out of water, either catch the rain or get fresh ponding water, strain it through t-shirts or cheesecloth--using a new
spot each time until the water is clear--and then add about five drops of UNSCENTED bleach per gallon and let it sit for
a few hours. We have baby pools for the dogs to play in that we are washing out and going to set out to siphon if
need be. I hope not but at least it can be used for cleaning if not for drinking.
Sandbags: 1200 pounds of sand made 19 large sandbags (two or three
times the size of the white disposable ones you see on TV which hold about 30 lbs of sand) plus 20 tiny ones to cover
the weep holes between the brick on the outside of the building (how they build in the humid South, to allow air to flow
between the frame and insulation and the brick exterior). Thankfully, under these circumstances, sand was extremely,
extremely inexpensive--just hard to find! Most sand sold out by yesterday morning and sandbags but after working on
this for hours on the phone, I found a little place off the beaten path who still had sand piles. I want to humbly
thank the young man who filled the big sand bags shovel by shovel and who loaded them in two loads in my car. They
were too heavy to take at one time in the car. He helped me out of the kindness of his heart when he saw me on crutches
and with a big knee brace and "Someone" stood there watching (who is getting weaker by the month). I explained
that Someone had a disability and so the young man did ten with a real shovel and said come back in an hour for the other
ten--one of which I had to make into little ones using zip lock freezer bags, some rocks for more weight, a garden bulb
shovel (can't think of the name right now so tired). I only had $8 left to give him but I would have given him so
much more for this kindness. (PS You need to use masonry sand we learned. It is heavier. There are six other
types that people have been using but could get washed away. Rushing water is powerful.) My plan was to get the sand
back to the RR, put a baby pool in the middle of the main floor, sit down and start filling bags with my garden trowel
(is that the name"). I would still be filling sandbags all night if not for
the kindness of a stranger. I am still so tired...and there is so much more to do.
The stores are bare--a bag of straws here, a can of Pringles there.
The bread isle is completely bare--and was since yesterday afternoon. We are A-OK with bread, processed cheese
sandwiches and some sprouts or there is always Someone's dented can collect that may come in handy. Velveeta, crackers,
already popped corned, marshmallow treats for dessert (they are just like we used to make!). I didn't remember at
the store but fruit cocktail cups or cans would have been a good find. You could eat the fruit and drink the liquid!
The fresh foods like fruits, salads, etc. were all heavily discounted so for a day, we will eat well, take showers and
then "camp out" inside for a week or so. Please do not panic if I haven't update this blog page. If
we lose cell phones, I will not be able to post until they are restored.
Electricity going out already where the storm is first going to come ashore. Last hurricane,
we had to go nine days without it. I have lots of rope and clothes pins to hang outside once the rain stops.
Tubs make wonderful washing bins--roll up your pants and start "grape stomping." I imagined that I'm either
Lucy or Ethel (remember that episode from "I Love Lucy"? This time, with my knee between surgery or not,
Someone is going to have to take over the job--and with supervision and directions, should be able to (here's to hoping.)
The gas pumps are out--or shut down.
Two tornado warnings so far. Many more to come I'm guessing. Flood warning already. We have been
warned to expect 35-40 inches of water--up from 30 this morning. Already started sprinkling. 2 - 4 inches
have fallen already south of Houston.
be safe all TX angels. It looks like it is heading to New Orleans after this. I heard that they are desperately
clearing drains, digging trenches and making sure pumps are all working at full capacity if need be.
All prayers are appreciated for everyone in the path of this storm.
Truly. Oh, I received an email that our TX angel who was in the ER overnight was released!! He needs follow-up
care and broke a toe through it all but lived to see more years. His famiy is grateful for all prayer support.
God does hear them. Really.
to keep going. The radio, flashlights and seven little tiny fans need new batteries (which would have been impossible
to get days ago unless you had previously stocked some!) Ice was made last week in clean deli and butter containers.
I added 3/4 filled water bottles yesterday in case the people (us) need something cold to drink as they melt or to hold
on a hot forehead plus they more ice you have, you can move some into the refrigerator to keep things cold and then when
it melts, it is the best, refreshing cold water to give to the animals or to drink yourself! The roll of 6 mil thick
plastic is out again along with rolls of duct tape to cover over any broken windows (hope it won't be needed again--God
hear our prayers...).
all. Please be safe. Saving life is far more important than saving say, a couch, so do whatever is needed to
do so. One man being interviewed on TV said, "We can always buy a new couch--or live without it--but we can't
buy a new life." This experience will be rough but other than having the funds to buy a generator, we are
as prepared as the last of my Visa cards could handle. I pray that those who are not in the path of this giant,
will help the RR now (using any link above this post) so when it is over, we will have the funds to restock food, buy
medicine, supplies, etc. We will be depleted of everything when this is over--except love and faith--and always Hope.
We rest in His
hands. Remember, you have a choice between fear and faith.
is not only less stressful but it is powerful. Very powerful.
We love you always. Never
Hurricane Harvey about to Hit...Friday, August 25, 2017
a little trouble with my blog, I thought I would just update you so you can all rest a little easier...
what we are seeing on the freeway...
There is nothing that can quite prepare you for a
situation like this. I thanked God today that I followed my advice on my On My Mind blog on this site for preparing
ahead of time for virtually any emergency! After going to my knee doctor, we went to get prescriptions filled, a touch
more water, more non-perishable foods. Oh, yes, two trips to make sure the cars are filled in case we have to evacuate.
I don't know how we could do it but with God, I have learned that all things are possible!
The lines to get anything or anywhere were outrageous. People were driving like maniacs even
though the roads were packed. No one could find water and they were panicking, going from big store to big store. The
stores even had security out front announcing that the water was gone so people could just turn around and walk away. When
we went to the second Wal-Mart to get Bitty some dried goat's milk that we rehydrate for him every day, we could
only find infant formulas and we read their ingredients lists until we found a 0-3 month old formula that would
make do. He needed one with no added iron, no high fructose corn syrup and non-GMO, hard things to find in the middle
of a mass panic before a Category 3 or 4 hurricane!!
store still had water in a dispenser in the far back if you brought your own container. My doctor's husband had tried
to find water while I was at their office but all he came back with was a can of corn--so I called to let them know
where the water was and although the line was deep, at least they could get it. The manager said they are trucking
in giant truckloads of water from hundreds of miles away but in less than an hour and a half, they are out again. All
trucking comes to a halt mid- day today.
The gas lines
were outrageous in more than one way. First, the sheer number of people was amazing but then, many had extra gas cans
that they kept filling and filling, taking so much time. Plus, there was no orderly waiting in line all facing the same direction.
Ha! People cut the lines, backed in, went forward, whatever it took. Civility lost today and we live in a nice area--and the
storm--or desperation after the storm hasn't even begun!
surprised me was that there WAS dog kibble and cat food on the shelves! That was my biggest fear last week but I could see
in people's eyes, animals were not first on their mind. The ranchers and farmers around us of course were
prepared, but it is the single, younger pet owners that I worry about.
The sand bags come in at dawn so I calculated enough for two or three doorways and if I can get
enough, the garage and storage door entrances. I think it is going to be a fill 'em yourself project
so putting the crutches down, I may find myself sitting in sand, filling bags. Someone isn't capable of doing
that unfortunately. Association between doing a task and standing there watching is the disconnect, even if I am
struggling. I am already exhausted from my pinkie toes to my puffy eyes but I need to push through another
half day--then the silence starts before the massive storm.
We are 90 miles or so inland so while the storm surge won't get here, the rivers and lakes and earthen dams are
all a concern. The city of Houston concreted nearly all land and so the drainage is almost nill. I would
expect much loss there. The last hurricane was not as big and over 20,000 homes were lost. After the sandbags, I just
need to get my supplies together in case windows break and calming tabs out for the dogs.
I will try to update you as I can, if I can. We expect the electricity to go out nevermind
the TV and the internet. All will depend on what my cellphone can do and how long it holds up.
Please don't worry. In life, we have to make a huge choice--to walk in faith or
to walk in fear. You know that I always choose faith and always have Hope. Please just stand with all of us in the path
of this storm in faith and in prayer.
in advance for format or other errors. I am doing the best I can with the tools I will hopefully have.
Sending much love and always, Hugs from the Herd!!!
PS One of our TX angels has been sent to the ER tonight with possible cardiac issues. Please say
a prayer for him. God will know who you meant it for. Thank you!
Grateful always. Never
forget to help an animal or person in need if God has them cross your path. It is an opportunity in disguise for YOU
to be blessed really.