Sunday, August 17, 2014
Life's Throwing More Curve Balls...
Sun, August 17, 2014 | link
Sorry, still in fetal position after last few days. (Read update at https://www.facebook.com/hopeformany.org.Rescue.Ranch.) Four dogs needing end of life care plus all that. Sometimes I just need to take a few days off from writing.
Think I need to write a book and tell it all at one time! Will be back soon--promise.
Bitty Bits LOVES his new bed and new blanket (thank you). He doesn't mind that it's pink either!
you to all of the angels who I count on my hand who sent in quilts and treats and capstar and beds and surprise boxes!
You are amazing and every one gives us the strength to continue on because it so brightens the animals' day! YOU made
a difference with your life whether you can see it or not.
I have a list of angels and will get some more photos
posted as soon as things get back on track (see facebook update---you don't have to have an account to read it, just to comment
Hugs from the Herd...
Please, please, please...
Use the BLUE LINKS ABOVE
Shop for yourself--and/or for the RR Dogs.
will help a little here and a little there.
The dogs have huge needs--every bit helps.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Help The RR Dogs and Get Greaaaaattttt Deals for You
Tue, August 12, 2014 | link
Help Rescued Animals and help yourself, too! Sign up for free Groupon access--pet sales (amazing),
coupons to big box stores and more, more, more. Each person who signs up and orders anything, the company will give $10
toward helping the Rescue Ranch dogs (http://hopeformany.org/) Link to sign up: https://www.groupon.com/visitor_referral/h/ad211244-33af-486e-89d6-1c39176e0f9b You really won't regret it. Check it daily/every few days for amazing coupons and sales! Please pass this on! Please
use the BLUE LINKS above this blog post to help. Please. Thanks!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Sun, July 27, 2014 | link
Pneumonia and a very bad case of food poisoning has temporarily slowed down Jane's writing. Hopefully in a few days,
she'll feel a iittle better. In the meantime, please use the blue links above to help the Rescue Ranch animals. They
would be grateful!
Thank you for your prayers and help!
Bunny is a pizza fanatic!
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Happy Independence Day/Weekend!
Sat, July 5, 2014 | link
Hope you are getting a chance to have some great food and time with the family and friends. We realized at about
midnight on the 4th that we forgot to get anything special for salad or for dinner for the 4th so we wound up sharing soup
and a piece of cake with all of the dogs!
I started making the bacon yogurt treat, too, during the Ba-Bam of
the fireworks, which kept everyone quiet and calm. The smell of the bacon crisping and the company of both of us nearby,
plus Tomlyn's Calming Tabs, made the situation very peaceful. Normally, a firework night could be a bark-a-thon.
(I'll add them on to the RR amazon Wish List so you know which ones really work and can get them in stock for the next storm
and of course, for New Year's.)
I have to get to writing about five dogs stuck in an isolated shelter who need forever
homes. They don't get much traffic and the poor dogs are stuck--for now. I don't know how long they have left.
I hope you take a look at them. Please share this story!
Story:Remote TX Shelter
Pleads: Dogs Need Exposure & Homes
Story Link: http://blog.chron.com/fromunderthebridge/2014/07/remote-tx-shelter-pleads-dogs-need-exposure-homes/
This weekend, Petco is having a nationwide adoption event as well, so please try to go and share some love with the
animals and maybe go in and buy them some treats and/or bones if you can't take one home. Of course, ideally, adoption
or fostering would be what they really need.
I've had less time than I thought I would this weekend to catch
up on my paperwork and "thank you" notes. I hope you'll be patient with me. The RR dogs are grateful
for the Capstar, comforters, dog food, treats and other things that you've been kind enough to send! Please continue
to do so as you can or maybe some new people will take a turn. One thing that there is not is funds for medicine.
I think there is less than $10 in the account. If you don't want to go to the secure "Give Now" page and give
a gift through paypal or credit cards, you can always mail a gift card or send an e-gift card! Walgreen's would be the number one choice right now. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org for paypal and e-cards
and the mailing address is: Rescue Ranch, 945 McKinney Street, MS 242, Houston, TX 77002 Using any of the BLUE
Links above this blog will help the Rescue Ranch, too, even if the shopping is for you and not for the dogs.
us has a milestone birthday this weekend and although there aren't any presents to open, there is a cute cake that is more
or less still in one piece. I'll post a photo of it later or tomorrow. A whole bunch of the dogs have birthdays
this month, too, so it is going to be a birthday for many! Everyone will get a bite of cake, some bacon yogurt and a
Mac and Cheese dinner. That will be a very special day!
I hope you follow me on facebook, too. There are
lots of neat stories that I post and quotes, pictures, that are easier to post there and easier for you to see. Just
click on: https://www.facebook.com/hopeformany.org.Rescue.Ranch and be sure to click the "Page Like" button next to the left top 501 number! (My first page is full with 5,000
friends--the limit. The new page has no limit, so I'm hoping that everyone can transfer over to this new page. If not,
I'll keep bringing things over to it so you can enjoy them, too!) I would be grateful if you could please share both
this site URL: http://hopeformany.org and the facebook page URL above with your friends--remember the more people we reach, the more animals we can save!
last night, I was cooking the bacon during the fireworks and took a little, mixed in some eggs and chopped apple and veggies--it
turned green like green eggs and ham from Dr. Seuss!!--but both Mike and the dogs loved it. (I added some slices of
American Chsses, too, to ensure they'd eat it. I think I added too many green things! Oops!
Enjoy your holiday.
Thank you for your prayers and good deeds. We get back ten-fold the good--or the bad--that we do for/to others, some
day, some way. It is a spiritual law so if not the Rescue Ranch, please help someone or some animals as often as you
can. It really does make a difference in your life.
Hugs from the Herd--
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
It's Been Mostly Medical
Wed, July 2, 2014 | link
Baby and Jade had to be patient for the past few days. We had so many medical issues going on that
they had to keep each other busy while I was busy. Happy little dogs during the day but Baby has night terrors--I think
nightmare from when she was hit by a car before getting here--so she has to sleep by herself in a baby playpen or she wakes
up and takes out her nightmare on whoever is the nearest! Poor girl.
A few nights ago, I was sitting on the couch watching TV. On one
end of the couch is a blanket for a dog or two to lay on and keep me company. Usually, it is whoever is not feeling
well or I have to monitor their bandages or heart rate, etc. I got up to go get a soda and was shocked to see several
puddles of bright red blood on the blanket--and no dog in sight. I screamed for Mike to come help me. We needed to find
the problem sooner than later.
There was no reason for the blood so I
was really perplexed. I've learned in that type of situation, the fastest way to figure out who the injured is, is to
close your eyes and feel every inch of their body, including the bottom of their feet until you feel "wet."
You then take a sterile gauze pad and dab the area until you find the exact injury. I didn't have to do that.
I felt Mama Mia's foot and saw that she had torn a nail. She had just come in from running with her buddies. Nails
can be great bleeders and need to be stopped quickly. The blood loss can threaten their life in some cases.
Thankfully, I had the stop-bleeding powder and after washing her foot off in the
tub, I put it on a dry white towel and doused it with the powder. I could tell that the bleeding had stopped by the
imprint on the white towel. I wrapped her foot up with some Neosporin (with no pain stuff added for dogs) and gauze
bandaged her foot, up her leg to keep the bandage on overnight. All is well.
Last night, Monroe has a diabetic reaction of some sort. He threw up his dinner and then started shaking
and stumbling. I've been up all night monitoring him and doling out Karo syrup and water, a little bit of soup and some
of his fav treats. He seems to be stable and napping right now. I really didn't know if he was getting called
by the Big Guy upstairs or not and kept crying. He's been such a good and easy dog to have around and I know his love,
Marilyn, is awaiting his company. I'll be so happy for both of them despite my tears.
Needless to say, I'm exhausted but I wanted to share a special doggie treat with you that I was going to make
today but may wait 'til later! Half of the idea came from a new cookbook I'm going to write about in the Houston Chronicle
and half from a food blog for people.
Cook three strips of bacon
(with the fat) and crumble/stir into a cup of plain yogurt--then either put a big spoon of pnut butter into a Kong to clog
the bottom hole and fill with this mix and freeze OR take a banana, cut in half--then use an apple corer and core each half,
freeze. When solid, make the bacon yogurt and put in a zip-lock bag, cut off a corner and "pipe" the yogurt
mix into the bananas and refreeze or give as is.
I'm going to
add in some frozen peas and carrots and some freeze-dried veggies so the animals get more zip out of their treat. You
could add coconut oil (it is solid) and great for their coats; put half pnut butter, half yogurt; fill paper cupcake
molds and freeze or oil an ice cube tray and fill with the mix and dump them out and put in the dog's dishes. Often,
I'll use the oiled muffin TOP pans to make frozen treats--that way they are not too wide but a nice size for a treat.(You
don't have to oil if you let melt for a few minutes or just touch the bottom of the pans in hot water to loosen the treats
Monroe has pretty much lost his eyesight but can see sunlight.
Mama is enjoying a surprise box of Dingos and Snuggies that was sent in a few years ago (Thank you!!). Speaking of which...I
have a list of "thank you's" to publish later for the months of May and June. We've gotten some of the things
of the dogs' amazon Wish List (blue links above this blog). I'm happier to see Capstar or dog food than I would be to
be getting something for myself because I know what a difference your caring makes to the dogs. You make their lives
whole--by giving them joy. They sure do know when a box for them arrives. Everyone has to sniff it all over before
it can be opened (which can take an hour) and then the same thing happens once it is opened! Animals are smarter than
I hope you read the article today in my Houston Chronicle blog
about tick-borne Erhlichiosis. Even though the title is about the new test that was approved, there is a whole lot of
information that you should read up about. Cats, dogs and people can get it! The blog URL is: http://blog.chron.com/fromunderthebridge
Thank you all for being so sweet and helping the RR dogs. We have
been averaging $50/month on shopping amazon/amazon gives the RR a credit from your own sales (Link also right above this blog)
but in June, it is over $110!! That is amazing. Little by little, we'll get up to the $2200 that they need--there
is no overhead and all volunteers but medicine, food, supplies and bones to keep disabled dogs busy is a big expense.
We gave up any far-away thoughts of our retirement and any hope of a new car anytime soon. We just don't want to lose
the RR--that will leave all of us homeless which defeats the whole purpose of our efforts!
"til later--Hugs from the Herd!
use the amazon links above as often as you can! Most of the stuff we buy in the store is online and there is no shipping
charge if you watch the suppliers' offers or buy the annual Prime membership (free 30 day trial link above, too). Delivered
right to your office or house, you don't have to struggle to pack up the car and unpack it. It is so much easy to shop
PS Just in case you want to get the Doggie Cookbook or the
blood-stop powder before my stories come out, I put them at the very top of the RR amazon Wish List--so when you click on
the link (above) they will be right there to review and order. (I couldn't add links into this part of the blog so that's
the easiest/best way I could let you get them faster.) Hugs!