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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wow It's Been a Longgggg Time!

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 of this.)

(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!)

We are 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)

*soft dog 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 of many!!)

*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!)

The 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 dogs.)


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: 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.

Thank 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.



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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...

It seems 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.  

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Life's Throwing More Curve Balls...

Sorry, still in fetal position after last few days.  (Read update at 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!  

Thank 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 under it.)

Hugs from the Herd...


Please, please, please...

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Shop for yourself--and/or for the RR Dogs. 

Amazon will help a little here and a little there.  

The dogs have huge needs--every bit helps.

 Thank you kindly.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Help The RR Dogs and Get Greaaaaattttt Deals for You

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 ( Link to sign up: 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!




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Sunday, July 27, 2014

So Sick

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!

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy Independence Day/Weekend!

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:

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 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.

One of 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: 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: and the facebook page URL above with your friends--remember the more people we reach, the more animals we can save!

Oh, 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--


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