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Friday, January 13, 2012

Today's Story in My Houston Chron Blog

Please read my story today in From Under the Bridge, a Houston Chronicle blog:

It is so very important to consider the well-being of your animals, too, when extreme weather comes along.

Thank you so much for caring. Especially for caring.


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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Country Stores Are Amazing

There are so many things at country stores that are of great use to animal rescuers. Vet-wrap (self-stick bandages); povidone iodine (rinse for wounds); syringes; vaccines (not rabies--that is a vet-only kinda thing); diatomateous earth (for worming and fleas) and more. Not only is the selection tremendous but the prices are so much less than buying these supplies at a Walgreen's or even at a major big box store.

What I like about these stores, too, is the selection of good foods for everything from gerbils and birds to dogs, cats, horses, even goats.They usually carry good foods--so good, that I find myself buying all kinds of things for the animals to try and always buying their favorites when I can. I could spend a few hours at our feed store just looking around and reading the labels on new things.

If you foster animals until they are adopted like I do, or even if you are an animal lover/caretaker, do a search in your area for "country store" or "feed store" and go take a look. They are even great places to find gifts for birthdays and holidays for non-animal lovers. You'd be amazed at what you'd find.

Thanks for stopping by, for listening and for caring.

Especially for caring.


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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Thank You RR Angels and Something Unique Customers!

Over the weekend, we got a delivery of all of the things that the customers of Something Unique in Pearland, TX collected over the month of December. It was a bright, shining light to see that people cared like that!

Blankets, Dingos, treats, even stairs for the Bitties--which they can use to watch out the windows, I'm sure--Bitty, himself, is always on his tippy toes trying to see over the windowsills!  There was even a Christmas present for me and Mike from Michelle, the store's owner--a very unexpected surprise. I was really touched by the effort and thought that went into doing something so nice for the RR animals.

Just a few days before a box of fleece blankets arrived from another RR Angel--and with perfect timing. I had to change the Bitties blankets and was not up to doing the laundry. I had pulled out all of the blankets from their beds and crates and realized that there weren't any others available and everyone wanted to go to bed. Then, I remembered the box--and was so very, very thankful that I could unwrap the blankets and put the baby dogs to bed. It was perfect timing.

Just like the delivery from Something Unique--the treat box was close to empty and the dogs require a lot of things to chew on--or they use the dining table leg! Now, with wet, soggy, cold weather, they don't want to be out playing and so having bones and chews available is critical. Just like with the blanket box, they arrived with perfect timing, too. Thank God and thank you RR Angels.

Sending you lots of love from the RR--


PS  It is not animal-related but it is a pretty neat true story--please read the "carrot story" on my Houston Chron blog which will be posted by Wed: 

PPS Don't forget to use our Amazon link to do your shopping--so far, our Jan, 2012 month-to-date credits are $1.00.  That's the total income of the RR so far this month, so please click on "Recommend" our website--the more people we can reach, perhaps the more people will help. Thank you!


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Don't forget them...Squirrels need food and water, too! 


Everything for the Dogs Needed! 

Surprise Boxes, In Memorandum Gifts and Cards, Gift Cards, etc. can all be sent to:

Rescue Ranch, 3555 Rayford Road, Ste. 45-106, Spring, TX  77386



It's the beloved Hummingbird season--be sure to leave CLEAR sugar water out for them NOT the RED one.  The dye causesmany health problems.  You can get the power pre-made or simply boil it on the stove and let it cool.  (The syrup recipe is at the bottom of this page, just under the blog post calendar.) 

Directions for making safe hummingbird food:
  1. Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water and bring to a boil to kill any bacteria or mold present.
  2. Cool and fill feeder.
  3. Extra sugar water may be stored in a refrigerator, preferrably in a glass jar.
  4. Red dye should not be added and do not buy pre-made solution with the red dye.

Five Best Flowers to Plant to Attract Humming Birds (Hummers)

1.  Rose of Sharon—variety of colors; needs good drainage, don’t over water; can prune into a tree shape.
2.  Trumpet Honeysuckle—“Hummingbird vine” grows in clusters and climbs up fences or houses, or a trellis.  Can spread quickly so think where you want it to really “bloom.”
3.  Fireweed—pink or purple and prefers loose soil.  
4.  Bee Balm—spunky, spiky flower, low maintenance, looks like a daisy but pointer. Variety of colors.
5.  Larkspur—known also as delphinium; tall plants (up to five feet) with long flowers with lots of nectar inside; three colors.


*Plant large patches of each plant so the hummers can see them better.  Hummers see in UV light, so this will help them.  
*Make sure the flower beds are near some type of taller foliage like tall shrubs or trees, which they will build their nests in and will have quick cover if a predator approaches.
 *Be patient.  It takes a little time but they will find “you.”  Making sugar syrup (recipe above) without the typical red (a poison to them) food coloring and use a container with RED on it to attract them faster!  If possible, make a hood or shield the    nectar you make from the heat of the sun and wash the container out with soap and water every week and let it dry before refilling.


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