I am currently very, very sick with an e-coli infection of my kidneys. I am trying to get better but have gotten
worse. I keep hearing, "Hospital, hospital, hospital..." for a week or so from the doctors but that is not
possible. Not only do we have a twenty percent deductible but I am worried that no one will be able to supervise such a complicated
medication and care schedule for the RR dogs. (Bad water, from when our water main in the area broke, is most likely the source
(I had this infection brewing apparently when I inhaled a peanut and attributed the pain in my back and lack
of energy, etc. to that. I was wrong. When I went for a CAT scan of my lungs, I could not lay on the table without
excrutiating pain--my kidneys! OMG. I had been so depleted by caring for the hospicing dogs and thought the pain was
from the peanut, that I missed the warning signs until it was very advanced. The first medication turned out to be ineffective
against the strain according to cultures; the next one, I had a terrible allergic reaction to; now, waiting on the next, which
the doc says needs to be in an IV. I haven't been able to eat in weeks and for certain, I can tell you that kidney pain
really is as bad as it is rumored to be. I cry more than I'd like to admit, despite pain management assistance. Right
now, I had to have a test to see if I have an abscess in one of the kidneys which means surgery. Eek!)
still caring for three hospicing dogs (in addition to all of the other special needs dogs here). Life is not easy, by
a long-shot. In addtion, we had a dog go spontaneously blind thre weeks ago and have had to uncover the reason for that.
I hope that she is on the mend but I am not.
We welcome all prayers. We firmly believe that it through Him that
we can do all things, especially when we are weak.
We also welcome your sponsorship, helping with the dogs' needs.
Currently, there is a great need for:
*Towels (all sizes--washed and gently used are fine)
*canned dog food
(especially the "cat can" size, since they are easy to feed)
*little dog beds (under 40 lbs)
treats (anything non-crunchy/for mouth injury dogs and seniors)
*gift cards to Walgreen's (for medical supplies,
meds, etc. We currently have a prescription for a dog there for nearly $300 that needs a sponsor--and that is just one
*soft, squeaky toys for dogs ten lbs (no balls please--choking hazard)
*fleece blankets about
50 x 60 inches--lots and lots and lots.
*Happy Hips dehydrated chicken or duck/not the rice and...option. This
is VIP to get sick animals to just start eating.
It would also help a lot if you would do your shopping
through our amazon portal. The extra 50 to $100 per month credit that that brings in helps, too. (IN NOV, so far,
there is only a $15 amazon credit...Christmas/Hanukkah shopping through our amazon link would mean a whole lot!)
more people who use it, the more we can order the things that we need for the dogs. The link to use, bookmark, post, share,
twitter, facebook, etc. is:
(The link will take you to amazon's home page to start shopping and the RR info is already encoded
in the link so you don't have to do anything but shop. Everything is kept private by amazon and they process your order
as normal. IF you click on the first pop-up window and elect a charity for their Smile program, the RR will NOT get
any credit for your purchases so please just click, "No Thanks," on the amazon pop-up if you want to help the RR
Please don't think because I am sick and my writing is behind that the Rescue Ranch doesn't
need you. It need your help more than ever in fact. I am fighting for my life and having less to worry about,
would help me greatly.
I am going to try to write a little bit on my Houston Chronicle blog as I can. It is very
difficult right now but I've learned some things about doggie health and used some products that you MUST know about.
Especially about the mutations of Bordatella and their severe dangers and consequences. Your animals are NOT necessarily
covered even if they have been given the Bordatella intra-nasal vaccine every six months. Keeping exposure to public
places and strange dogs down, pet stores included, is your best defense. I once was such a dog park advocate (and still am
in my heart) that I helped found one but now, I know too much about disease transmission. The new strains can cause
blindness, can infect YOU and more...You'd be best to go to my Chron blog and register to get my stories in your inbox since
I cannot write regularly right now.
Just Go to: http://blog.chron.com/fromunderthebridge and look on the right side for a box to just enter your email address in.
It takes a village,
a lot of angels, blessings from above and more to do the work that we do here. Please become a part of it. You will
be blessed for helping others. I may be struggling with my health, but don't think for a minute that I don't consider
myself blessed every minute of every day. I know that joy and happiness awaits me in the Great Beyond and don't doubt
for a minute that the lives that I've helped to save or loved until the end will be there to celebrate with me.
you for caring. Really truly caring. Truly.
Mama Mia was a peacock for Halloween! She is probably not going to see another, so I wanted to take a photo
to remember her by. She has slept at my side every night for five years since we rescued her--head injury, broken leg,
heart issues and very pregnant! What a tiger she has been--all 30 lbs of her little self. God blessed our lives
with her, as He has done with so many others...Love and Hugs from the Herd.
Give Now to Help the Rescue Ranch: Click Here to go to our secure page
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I pray
for all of you daily, almost hourly. Your acts of compassion and mercy are constantly a source of my thoughts and prayers
while I change someone's diapers or bandages or syringe water into their weak mouths. YOU have made a difference in
their world. The Rescue Ranch miracle is in your heavenly credits, so to speak, too...
like every time I need something urgently, I can search through your kind gifts and find the PERFECT solution. When
in doubt, e.g. things you may not be using anymore for your pet's health because they recovered or God called them home, are
welcome. Just take your name and any personal info off of the packaging. Just leave the strength and name of the stuff
on the package or write a note with it. So many times, people who have done this, even with a handful left, have saved
a life in the very middle of the night.
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.
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--