Friday, February 21, 2014
For it is in giving that we receive. St. Francis of Assisi
Fri, February 21, 2014 | link
I finally found out who was person who so succinctly captured this spiritual law. St. Francis of Assisi--the patron
Saint of animals of course!
We have great needs here for only the animals--no overhead or salaries or extra expenses--but
we get very little help, sometimes none. We count on getting at least a few hundred dollars from our Shop Amazon program--on
which you shop for yourself through any of our amazon links/banners/boxes throughout the site and that company processes everything
privately--keeps your info private--but gives back out of their funds, a small percentage to help the animals. That
percentage is based on the sales that came through the Rescue Ranch links, etc. It is a way to help without costing you a
This month, February--with just a week to go--the credit is only at just over $18.00. I am sure lots of
people are shopping online but forget that, without spending any more money, they could be allowing amazon to help animals
with your grace. PLEASE use any of the starting spots on this site or through my Houston Chronicle blog, http://blog.chron.com/fromunderthebridge.
No one gets paid for helping the animals--despite their care being a double-full-time job. They are just near
and dear to my heart. I wanted to right the wrongs that were done to them by others and show them true unconditional love
without letting a shelter just putting them down because they couldn't walk. Finding a wheelchair, therapy, supplement
and meds and lots of friends and family give them a full life--instead of leaving this world in pain and with bad memories.
help the Rescue Ranch animals. The needs are endless but the blessings are great. How could God not bless someone
who helps animals who are virtually helpless? He will. I know it to be true. I am going to ask now, "God
help." Those who are meant to hear Him will. Sadly, others will turn a deaf ear to the prayer/need.
I look forward
to having you join us as we create a safe place for unwanted animals can thrive.
Thank you for listening--and for caring.
Especially for caring.
Click Here to go to our Shop Amazon page or click on ANY banner/box for another product and just start shopping!
With a need of $2200/month, this makes me
sad to see:
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Stop By after the Weekend/So Sorry
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If you are interested in my training tips for the 'Doomsday Preppers' story, I am working on it and will post it later today. Please stop by again. If you think I left some issue out about pets
or want me to write about it some more, you can email me at: email@example.com
Please help the Rescue Ranch dogs.
I do as much as I can but so much more help is needed. Right now, there is a $900 medicine bill due and no funds to
pay it. If you can help, please click on any Give Now button or page--which all go to a secure server--or the Mailing address/Wish list is available, too.
Remember, when you help the helpless, the blessing is really yours to receive.
so much for caring about animals!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
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The past month has been a challenge, no doubt. Between personal illness and a spouse's surgery, it seems like I had
to use my medical skills from taking care of the animals to taking care of the people who care for them! I am exhausted
and find myself out of energy to even write before I go to sleep.
The dogs at the Rescue Ranch were graced with a carload
of wonderful things--the Something Unique Christmas collection--that ran through the end of January (you can still drop off there if you want--see Wish List). There was cozy dog beds and blankets; food and treats; even butterflies for the "hxir" of the Butterfly Girls,
Bunny and Pasha. Everything has been such a blessing during this time. I am forever grateful.
We miss our Big
ada, who passed away in October. She is never far from our thoughts or conversation. She had "adopted"
the little Chi sisters in wheelchairs and used to sit next to their playpen or bed or let them sit with her on her bed. She
always offered them the opportunity to nurse, even though they had long outgrown that and she was so ill with mammary cancer.
The unconditional love between the animals always amazes me. It makes my eyes tear up even now thinking of her grace and caring.
She always made me laugh.
PS It appears that my draft of this entry was published by accident! Oops. There were
lots of X's where the letter ''a' goes. That key on my computer is jammed so I have to copy each one and insert it, sometimes
hundreds of times, by hand into my stories and blog entries. It is getting time for a new laptop for sure. Here's
Sending Hugs from the Herd!
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Wow! Holy Cow, It's 2014
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First, I'd like to wish everyone a very merry/happy/blessed new year! I sure hope that 2014 is much better than last
year. Whew--that was a difficult year. We lost our beloved ada in October but she put up a long fight and she healed
spiritually which puts my heart to rest.
Right now, I am going to work on developing the shopping portal that is basically
a link to a kazillion stores--through which you get their best deals and some specials that are not even advertised.
It will take me a week or so to get it going but you can click on any of the logos on the Virtual Mall and go right to their
Each company who advertises on this site gives back a small percentage to help the animals. It may
take 200 people (or more) to shop every month through this site but eventually we'll be able to support the Rescue Ranch animals'
needs through the contributiions of our angels (where are you??) and from the stores. It will take awhile, so please
pass along this site URL: www.firststop-laststop.com and you can 1)Shop amazon to help; Give Now directly online through PayPal
or credit card; or 3)Shop through the links on our Virtual Mall! You have to Start on these links for us to get credit
because the stores and amazon have encoded our info right into the link!
I'll have more news soon--if you haven't yet,
please subscribe to my blog on the Houston Chronicle (go to the left and click on the link). The subscribtion box is to the
top right of each and every story--that way you will receive an immediate notification of new stories in the Inbox that you
Love and hugs to all. Thank you for helping special needs dogs that everyone else would have forgotten.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Merry Christmas to Everyone--People and Fur-babies, too!
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Wishing all of my readers, the Rescue Ranch angels--seen and unseen--our friends and the community of animal lovers a wonderful
holiday full of peace, love and joy.
I've noticed as I continue in this work, that it is far more important that
animals have what they need to thrive or to even just stay alive--like in the case of shelter animals--than it is for me to
have anything other than the minimal sustanence that I need to survive and a roof over my head. Nothing else really
matters after awhile--when new shoes could buy a bed or a new dress could buy a week of food, they don't matter anymore. Christmas
becomes really a celebration of the birth of Christ and no longer the toy-filled, day of "presents wrapped in all their
glory under the tree" that I grew up with--and those happy, beautiful memories which have carried me for years. I wish
I could share my thankfulness with our parents but I know that they are watching over us and see how our lives have transitioned.
Thankfully, I have the "luxury" to decide this--to take on the care of such disabled and terminally ill animals.
It does come with a price though. My heart must look like a puzzle by now--pieces of it have been torn out and went up to
heaven while other pieces have been left behind by those I have cared for and fell in love for so deeply. The respect
that is developed at the end-of-life stages is different than just being a pet and an owner. The pain that goes with the spiritual
growth is equally great and equally miraculous as the growth that comes along with it.
I miss my big dog & friend, Ada, a lot right now. She made me laugh every day and not many can dogs or
people can do that. Eventually, I'll find another path to joy--which took years to get to, after going through so much
sorrow to establish the treatment for canine distemper with Project Hope. It's ironic that a terminally ill dog showed me
how to laugh again. I look forward--with gusto--to the day that I see her again at the Rainbow Bridge--it will be Christmas/New
Years/Birthdays and the celebration of a million other holidays rolled into one single second!
What I've learned is
that you should celebrate/remember/make memories today--this day--this holiday--for the next may be very different, may not
happen, may be delayed or may be even better. We hope and count on them all to be the same for years to come but the
truth is, that at any minute, life could change so enjoy the present moment and luxuriate in every good and every difficult
Sending love and hugs to all who haved helped, cared, prayed, the wish-we-could-haves..We know you will when
you can. God knows who you all are and we love you just simply for caring. Really caring.