Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Life at the Rescue Ranch
Tue, March 25, 2014 | link
I stood up today after writing for hours. My legs were stiff and my knees hurt a little bit. I said, "Boy,
my legs hurt!" to the dogs as I stood over Bunny and Pasha who were sleeping at my feet. I took it all back and
apologized to them for complaining. Pasha's back legs don't work (she was paralyzed after breaking her back/hit by a
car) and Bunny's front legs only "swim" along the floor to propel her but don't support her weight. Both of
them would be happy to say that their legs "hurt" after using them!
Dealing with special needs animals, life
is completely different from having "normal" pets/animals. We have to feed many of them by hand; do medicine
four times a day for some, twice a day for most; had to learn how to express their bladders (make them manually pee and poo)
and have to clean up constantly--there's throw-up, slobber, incontinence, aging issues, etc. etc. Plus, as the animals
age, their one disability becomes more complicated by normal aging limitations or by advancing complications like deafness
and blindness. Having to communicate in doggie "sign language" is something we had to invent to communicate with
I keep praying every night that someone will help us get to Our Dream so that we can help more animals. We have learned so much that is highly specialized knowledge that could only be learned
"on the job" so to speak by living and breathing with special needs animals for years. If we have a piece of property
and the funds to build a facility to help others, we could educate owners and rescuers, help more animals and make a bigger
difference in this world. Of course, we help whenever possible (at no charge) on the distemper issues and helping people whose animals are now disabled to cope with the special issues, some of which I could never even dream
Eye issues are really the most uncomfortable. We feel so helpless and yet, we have eye experts to advise
us. Last month, little Bitty--a little Chihuahua who lost his genitals and more to human abuse (prior to getting here),
looked at me one morning with a white "star" in his eye. It became a milky pond in the cornea. I didn't
think it was a cateract so he went to the eye specialist. The "star" was the hole in the tissue--due to aging
or some breeds have a weakness there--that allowed the jelly of the eye to seep into the front. He can still see but
we are trying to avoid surgery through medication that allows the white stuff to drain through the front of the eye by osmosis
really. Here's to hoping...
Mandy, the Saint, developed a lump on her foot but with first aid and TLC, it seems
to be healing. I thought she may have developed a tumor and was hoping not. Slowly but surely it is healing over
and hopefully it will eventually go away. Kasey, the Cocker, has pretty much lost his hearing but he can feel the vibration
of the lawn mover or door opener and barks non-stop since he doesn't know that it stopped, I guess. Girl is missing her BFF,
ada, and is quiet and a little depressed. I am trying to cheer her up but I, too, miss ada, so we just hug it out when
we get sad. (My computer doesn't want to type capital "a's"right now! She's tired after seven years of service and
thousands of animals saved, millions of words typed!)
There are so many different animals who need help, I know, but
I hope you consider helping us with the Rescue Ranch. Through our collective efforts, now the serum for distemper is
being used all over the world. That started four years ago this March--how time flies. Through rescues and vets
wanting to save animals that they knew needed extra special care, we couldn't say no so here we sit but cannot do this alone.
is here so be careful of the things you are putting down outside to make the lawn green or to kill weeds, feed the flowers,
etc. Check to make sure everything is animal-safe if you have pets or kids. Some things can be picked up in their paws
or skin and make them sick and others can't be eaten like the Sago Palm nuts can easily kill dogs. (I love the experts
at my local nursery--I can call them for anything or even email photos of problems with a tree or bush, for instance, and
they'll tell me what to do.)
Sending Hugs from the Herd--
Thank you angels who have send Dingos and Surprise Boxes!!
The dogs just love getting them! Mama Mia even opened one herself last Sunday morning. I woke up to find her eating
dried duck and sitting on an open bag of Pup-er-oni!! I think dogs' noses can smell 10,000 times more than we can, including
through boxes!! She was one happy camper, chewing on her treats, not sharing with anyone! Love.
Ranch Mailing address: Rescue Ranch, 945 McKinney Street, Unit 242, Houston, TX 77002 You can click
on the link above to view the RR Wish List on amazon or go to the bigger Wish List on this site that includes a little bit
of everything. Most needed: Dingo brand chews/bones/any size or shape; canned dog food; twin comforters; gift cards
to Walgreen's, amazon or Petsmart/Petco.
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
Thu, February 20, 2014 | link
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
Thu, February 13, 2014 | link
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
Wed, January 15, 2014 | link
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.