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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Well, it was nice while it lasted

We thought that finally the dogs' laundry would get done without a hitch by replacing a machine that we've loved but after 21 service calls in two years, is just too much.  The parts, all shipped ahead to fix it last weekend, were carted away unopened by the service guy, which he exchanged with a slip that said the company decided to "lemon law" the machine and just replace it this week.  Ahhh, but I should have known things would not be so easy...

While the service managers decided that, when it hit the corporate level for a delivery sign-off, they denied it.  What??!!  Now, I have no parts, have to wait for them to be re-delivered/shipped, and then have a repair person here for another four hours to replace the major parts.  They said the visits to determine what was wrong didn't count, only the visits when they actually replaced parts.  Last Sat., would have been the replace parts visit that would have made the difference.

What I learned, is not to let the parts just go back so fast.  I should have said, "Hang on..." and until I see the new machine, I'm not letting them go and closed the door.  This would have cut at least a week or two out of the fix-the-machine-again process.  I also learned, years past, to call the CEO of a company and get ready to work from the top down to retify a situation.  I'm about to do that in this situation if things don't change by the end of the week.

I posted a Go Fund Me link (above in purple)--if you click on it, it will take you to the story I wrote about why we need help and photos of some of the animals we have or are helping.  I will continue to update it daily until our goal is reached.  I would be ever so grateful if you would get the link out/share it/post it/help if you can--we have meds on hold, owe on others, need special foods that are prescription, and on and on. 

I cannot get the medical help that I need, nor can Mike, because everything we make is tied up helping the dogs.  If our angels could just help the dogs for the next few months through the Go Fund Me, then I can go see the doctors I need and spend the money that will be free'd up on the things I need.  Poor Mike has a health issue that may require major surgery and yet he has to delay the tests over months, instead of going to get them all done, because our monthly income goes to the dogs.  If he doesn't make it, because of this delay, not only will I be devastated but the RR will have to come to an immediate halt--and then what??

We had our first angel give today--please be the second, the third, and on...until we can breathe a sigh of relief.  When a family has given all it can, it is time for others to pick up the ball if they really care about doing the right thing--just temporarily. 

Kasey is staggering some and to keep him hydrated, he has to be syringed unflavored pedialyte, which he is beginning to refuse.  Please say a prayer for him.  Just this Christmas, after six years of being apart from his original owner, he received a present from his family who was separated from him on a move for the service.  They never stopped loving him and he always seemed to know that they were out there.  When he smelled the blanket from home that they sent, I saw a tear come out of his eye and I've never seen that before in an animal.  He knew the significance of the gift before him and I will be forever grateful to the angel who found them and to the family for continuing to love him and to care.  It does make a difference, even if you can't see it or feel it, spiritually it makes a difference.

Love.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Footprints Where...?

I had just finished writing my update to you when Mike came home, a few small dogs ran across me and my keyboard and blammo--my whole update was erased!  Ugh.  It's just part of living at the RR--patience.  Lots and lots of patience.

We had some good news this week.  After the 21st visit to fix our washer, the company finally decided to "lemon law" it--giving us a credit (don't know what yet) to put toward a new machine.  The repair man said to get the simplest one available. They last longer.  We didn't have many features, but I guess Hot/Cold, water level and On will be what I'll be looking for!

In the meantime, we have a washer that doesn't spin without manual help.  Yep--and about ten or twelve loads a day that need spinning, which means that we'll be bagging non-urgent laundry (not going to smell up the whole RR) and taking the urgent stuff (after rinsing it) to the laundromat.  Until then, any and all blankets are appreciated.  The more we can avoid having to spend the time and money at the laundromat, the better.  Since the dogs require our attention from 4:30 AM to 4:00 AM (yes--give or take a half hour or so), there isn't any time to go to the laundromat without taking away from other things.)

This past week, I had to go to the doctor (my kidneys are still sick).  I was only planning on being gone for an hour or so but the doctor sent me to a specialist, who sent me for some tests.  When we got home, I was greeted at the door by Miss Millie, which is very unusual.  She was her wiggly-waggly self, happy to see me and happy to be at the door.  Usually, she is in her kennel with Brindy sleeping.  Hmmm, I thought to myself.  

Whenever I get home, I always go around an greet each dog by name and give them a treat--even if it is just a cookie or a bite of a burger.  I started to watch Millie, running in and out of my bedroom and in and out of the dining room.  I decided to follow her, since that is usually their way of signaling you to come.  I found that Millie had napped smack-dab in the middle of my bed and then went to the dining room and had a small feast.  She had found the treat bucket that I keep near my computer for dogs who visit me while I'm writing--and she ate almost every last treat.  There wasn't much left in each bag but there was lots of torn open bags all over the place...

Then I looked up.  I'd like to say I'm the pristine housekeeper that my mother was (God bless her), but my priorities are always medicine, comforting the dying, the sick, bandaging wounds and unfortunately, not dusting as regularly as I should.  There, on the top of the dining room table, from start to finish was a line of Millie paw prints!  She had jumped up on my chair and I guess, decided to walk the length of the table to look out of the window?? behind it.  I couldn't help to get my camera and belly laugh.  This was just too funny and Millie was just too proud of herself!  She could have done lots of "damage" to the treats that came in for the holidays but she didn't open one package. I had been worried that she would need her stomach pumped!

We had to start a fund-raiser this month to offset some of the dogs' expenses.  I'm not getting the care that I need and now with the new year's deductible, we are really behind.  I also need to get little Bellie to the orthopedic specialist (she is going to need surgery and a plate and pins, I'm sure) before she has to have her little paw amputated.  I would be ever so grateful if you would post, share, pass on the link below (be sure to read the story and view the pics I've posted there, too):

http://www.gofundme.com/helptheRescueRanch

We just lived through six months without a refrigerator (an angel graced us with a new one!) and now, have so many other things to replace but can't.  We have personally supported all expenses of the RR but need a break for a month or two to take care of ourselvesWhen I went to pay for dog food the other day and my envelop was empty, I knew that we needed help.

Kasey and Mama Mia are holding on but each day, I see a marked decline.  It is extremely difficult caring for one animal who is about to pass on, but I feel like I am split in two, trying to give each equal time and care.  I keep thinking that this will be the last kiss or the last pet or last massage or last song that they will hear and they don't want to rest in the same room, although during the wee hours of the morning, I make it mandatory so at least I can keep my kidneys on a heating pad for a few hours.

Every animal has their favorite spots, foods, likes, dislikes just like people and we try to honor them as much as possible, as often as possible. The end of life, especially, is taken very seriously.  When they have their heads or whole bodies laying on me, I sing to them like my mother sung to me as a child as I was falling asleep.  I try to remember the songs and have been known to even look up the lyrics of songs that were before my time. I don't know that they understand the songs, per se, but they do understand the compassion and love.  That's all I can ask.  That all animals pass on knowing that someone loved them. 

Time to say good night for now. The dinner bell is ringing on the stove. I tossed together a RR meatloaf for the dogs who can't eat kibble or won't eat canned food.  (The sicker they get, the pickier they get.  Making things they want to eat is much easier than syringe-feeding!) Meat, baby spinach chopped up, peas and carrots, bread crumbs, eggs all mixed together and covered and baked in hickory ketsup will satisfy picky eaters--and even a tired husband or kids, too!

Again, please pass on the http://www.gofundme.com/helptheRescueRanch link far and wide.  The more people who have the opportunity to help placed before them, the more who will be blessed.  For it is, as St. Francis of Assisi taught, in giving that we receive.  It is in helping others with our time, our resources, our prayers, our anything, that we gain brownie points whether in heaven or on earth, I'm not sure. What I do know for sure, is that it feels so much better to help than to need help.  In this case, we give our lives, our time, our resources but they can only go so far sometimes and this is one of those times.

Hugs from the Herd.

Grateful.

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 Kasey loved jumping up on warm, clean laundry that I was trying to fold!

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Baby Millie was found by a Good Samaritan wandering her neighborhood with a crushed jaw.  The bones were sticking out like elephant tusks out of her lower broken jaw.  Our angels helped her and she had surgery that saved her mouth and her life...(she actually had to go in four times!)

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Happy-go-lucky, wiggly-waggly Millie is now over 60 lbs of sweetness.  She lost several teeth in the incident, one of which was her bottom canine, so her tongue sort of hangs over to one side and she is one of the dogs that we ask for soft treats and chews for.  She would love to be adopted by a family with a large, fenced yard but only if her BFF, Brindy, could go with her (see the photo of them both on http://www.gofundme.com/helptheRescueRanch).

Now, to the garage...(see first update today below).  Never a dull moment here, that's for sure!

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Lord Have Mercy!

I'll be back later with an update about the RR doggies. Promise!

Sunday night, just as I thought all was well and everyone was asleep so I could write a little bit, our water heater hose broke and flooded the garage!!  There are still boxes and boxes of things we haven't opened for years that need to be torn open and discarded, letting the contents dry out if possible.  I was kicking myself because I remember when I was little, and our basement flooded, that my mother told me never put anything on the floor when storing it.  Always put it on something to get boxes, especially, off the concrete.

We were lucky that it only flooded for the night and not overnight.  Mike went to do some doggie laundry around 2 AM and there was no hot water.  After having so much trouble with the washer, he checked it out and then went to the garage!  Yikes.  The main water to the whole RR had to be shut off for nearly 24 hours while it was getting fixed/waiting for it to be fixed.  Thankfully, with my kidney infection, I can only drink water that is distilled and had some gallons set aside that I shared with the dogs.  We just couldn't take a shower but that is the least of the issues!  

Life is never dull here, that's for sure!!

Please check in later.  Hopefully, by late afternoon.  I have a hysterically funny story to share with you--at least we think so!

Hugs from the Herd!

 

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Mud and More Mud!

I'd like to tell you that my Friday update is ready to be posted.  I'd like to be on vacation on an island, resting for the first time in years, drinking fresh pineapple juice, too.  But, the truth is, I am exhausted as usual.  I've tried for two solid days to sit down and write to you but this dog need a bath, the other needs a drink...a bone, food, medicine, potty, medicine, has to be held and on and on and in the middle of it all, I had to pass a kidney stone.  THAT is NO FUN.  Thankfully, I wasn't the only one here when it happened. Thankfully.

So, I'll write more over the weekend--plan on checking in on Monday.  I finally found out what was wrong with my camera.  After 40,000 plus photos, the storage card went bad.  Ten dollars later, it works again, although it is getting tired.  The time between photos is considerably slower.  I totally understand.  The last photos on the last card were of Monroe's last night with us.  I was able to crop out the defect that the card left on most of the photos, but I'd really like to get the last fifty or so photos off of the card.  I don't know what I'm missing but something this important can't be recreated another day...

I've got the list together of our Christmas angels--and of the angels who helped this last year.  Hopefully, Mike can help me so I can type while he reads them to me.  I can tell you that I cried when I saw how thoughtful each one of you were.  For two years, I had wanted a pink carry bag for the babies who can't walk and when I  saw it, I could not believe it was not a photo on my computer!  When I saw the variety of bones and treats and a snowflake containing a gift card arrived...how truly thoughtful of all of you. Something Unique is going to be bringing up their treasures soon, so I'll have more names to add.

A dog is jumping a baby gate to go out, two need ear drops, three need medicine mashed into dinner, three left to go out for the night, my best friend is moving far away and I don't think I'll have time to go say good-bye...We did get to share dinner last weekend, just in case.  I know I'll see her again, some day, some way.

'Til Monday--

Love and Hugs from the Herd--

Jane

PS  The amazon credit is just over $26.00 for the month of January.  If you could do your online shopping through the RR amazon link (it is already encoded so the RR gets a small credit for each sale), then amazon the company can pitch in, too!!  They process everything, keep your info private and just send us an update at the end of the month of what the credit will be.  PLEASE use the Rescue Ranch Associates Link--you don't have to enter any info, just shop! and copy and paste it/post it far and wide. Some day, maybe it will support the RR expenses...

Start Shopping Here: 

http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&tag=rescranc-20

In case you need to know what is really needed right now, Walgreen's and Amazon gift cards and blankets of all sizes, shapes and colors.  

For the 21st time, the washer is down again in the past two years BUT we have a refrigerator--but no microwave, almost no TV (lemon TV) and the vacuum is on its last toes (not even feet). The baby Chi, Bellie, need surgery--her foot is swiveling/disconnected but we need sponsors--and medicine and supplies and food, so I'm going to set up a fund-raiser online and will post the link here soon.  My purple envelop with the RR money is empty.  It's been a hard couple of months. Some how, some way, God will find a way.  He has so many times before and He won't fail us now.

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Pasha, out of her wheelchair, is so happy to be spending time with her buddy, Girl, the Texas Pearl.

Pasha needs a special urine-barrier ointment kept on her skin twice a day--so does Bitty Bits.

The expenses of each animal, when added together, are staggering.  Please help if and when you can. 

Thank you!

 

 

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