Mailing Address: Rescue Ranch, 3555 Rayford Road, Ste.
45-106, Spring, TX 77386. (This location, Value Ship and Print if you need to google it, WILL accept packages
that have not been shipped through a company.)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
I will write more later but I just wanted to tell you that we used our amazon credits for
the first half of the month and now it is at zero--eek! IF you can help, that would be the way help is most needed right
now. (Link above to send an e-credit to email@example.com or to mail a gift card: Rescue Ranch, 3555 Rayford
Road, Ste. 45-106, Spring, TX 77386.
The blessed store, Something Unique, sadly closed this time
last year, which collected enough blankets, beds, food and treats to carry us for months but now there is a huge gap in everything.
Thank you for your compassion and caring. 'Til a little later...
I've been working on the 2016 year in review a little at a time this week. I find myself having
dreams and feelings surfacing that I wasn't expecting. I thought that I could keep it "under wraps" so to
speak while I wrote. Hoping today I can finish it and I'll post a link to the page in this blog. If I don't finish by
the end of Saturday, I'll hold it for next weekend. It really is a weekend read...
Today, I had a
hankering for popcorn. I have an air-popper and was making a bowl for breakfast to go with a few mandarin oranges (yummy).
I melted a little butter and sprinkled a little pink sea salt over the top and was about to go watch the early news and go
back to my ice packs, when I turned around and the entire Rescue Ranch was watching me, waiting for "theirs."
All of the dogs looked as if they were in suspended animation just waiting for their popcorn!
still my heart--I could not walk away from those patient pooches with those expectant eyes so no matter how much I wanted
to get off my feet, I made batch after batch of my popped corn and made them melted butter mixed with almond oil (or coconut
oil or olive oil) for their health. Their meals were all dished out so I added a layer of "yummy" to them--one
handful for the little dogs, two or three for the bigger ones and you could have heard a pin drop as they ate. I even made
a bowl for Mike and covered it for when he got up.
Dogs really love popcorn!! For just a little bit
more, you can buy organic white popcorn in a big one or two pound sack and keep it in the pantry for all of you! (I
don't eat it for nuitrion value but for fiber--and to stop cravings!) I can tell you that they don't like it without even
a hint of the butter-flavor on it, so be sure to use some of the real thing. Butter is better for us, I've learned,
than the substitutes, so I feel no guilt using it. If we don't have a healthy brain and healthy gut, we really can't
live well, so study or research what you are putting into yourself and your pets.
Having spent the past
year intensely learning so very much about nutritional supplement and nutraceuticals to combat diseases, I learned that our
"food" and our pets food'--even the best you could buy, non-GMO, organic, etc. etc.--is lacking many of the nutrients
that we really need because the dirt, the ground, is so depleted after so many years of farming. Therefore, it is critical
to take a high quality vitamin with minerals--not from a box store if possible. They are long-standing, made from cheaper
ingredients and not as helpful to you and hard to digest. For just a few dollars more or even for the same amount, you
can get fresh, vibrant supplements at health or vitamin shoppes. Liquids are easier and faster to be absorbed. Gel caps
better, capsules are good. Big hard caplets are hard and a lot of time are just passed out from one end to the other...watch!
You will see for yourself! (Sorry.)
Our pets need them, too! You can go online and do research or
even just read the ingredients on the ones offered on amazon. Educate yourself and when you get them, if they won't
eat the chewables, just make them into peanut butter balls or butter balls! Cheese works for some, for capsules just
open and mix into their food. At the RR, we mix our own by the pound--since buying massive numbers of capsules would
be too expensive--and just use a little tiny scooper to sprinkle the mix over their food once or twice a week. (I will do
a separate story about how to do this with photos soon.)
The dogs with arthritis and hip dysplasia need
to have supplements (those I order on amazon) five to seven times per week and now, after reading some recent articles, I
am going to add a packet of Knox gelatin to their meals a few times a week or probably buy the jars by the pound and dose
it out that way. (We should do the same every day with joint problems! With vegetarians/vegans like me, we can
get gelatin made from algae instead of animals or krill.)
I hope the Good Lord moves your heart to help
the Rescue Ranch regularly. I have realized after reading a very lengthy article about someone who had a near-death
experience, that God is not punishing us with all with have to deal with in all of our lives, but in fact, is hammering us
from a "steel" with defects into a purer form. With every hardship that we face personally or with an animal,
we grow, we learn, we can reflect on what to change or on what we can do better and so much more.
of all, this journey of nearly ten years of living 24/7 with the animals with all types of disorders, missing parts, needs,
I can see that everyone is the same; that time is precious--every tick of the clock counts; and that love is the key to everything.
When all is said and done, it will be only the lessons you learned and the love you earned/experienced/shared/gave, etc. that
you can bring with you. This is the time to earn that love--there is no time when your time is "up."
Just something to really think about.
Sending love from and always, Hugs from the Herd!
Archives: 2007 The original Rescue Ranch dogs...Big Mebs, was rescued when her mama had
a litter of 16 pups (eek) and they began dying from lack of milk and the weight of the "puppy pile"; Poppy,
fluffy Poppy Pops, was rescued from a bale of barbed wire--imagine the damage that his struggle to get lose caused to his
skin that we had to repair and get his fur to grow back (he was practically hairless); and Kasey Kase, who lost his way when
his beloved soldier was deployed, jumped into my lap while we were on vacation and with permission, wound up coming back with
us as the third RR dog--and from there, so very very many have followed, been saved, have lived--all because of your help,
our hands and the Grace of God.. Some have found homes, some stayed until God called and others are here, living their
lives out with dignity and love. All know love, knew love and remain loved...
Declaring the night off a few weeks ago, I am getting ready to watch the red carpet and the Golden Globes. I don't
care much about the celebrities but I am a movie buff and really enjoy the evening gowns (go figure since I spend my
life in sweats and a cotton shirt!). I used to draw/design elaborate gowns when I was younger--and even sewed my own
doll and animal dresses and my own clothes. My parents should have encouraged me to go to fashion school but I don't
think any of us thought there was a future in it.
In the meantime, all of the dogs get a chew bone to keep
them busy! Mike gets a pizza and I get to sit/lay on ice and watch my show. Thank you to our "food angel"
who sends an occasional gift cards for dinner which makes life so much easier. I save them and on nights like tonight,
when Mike's illness is active or I just need to lay down on ice, they come in great "handy."
angel sent a box with beloved marrow bones and dingo balls and some of these (below) sweet potato bones. The first two,
we knew are big hits but this is the first order of the straight bones instead of the ring form we normally ask for to keep
expenses down (two to a pack instead of singles). These are much heavier and long-lasting--and worth the expense--and
if you are considering sending any bones/chews for the dogs, please consider these! We need an infinite number of bones/chews
of all types, so just figure out your budget and send what you can. When there is enough for everyone, it is bone day--which
I would like to have at least once a week..
The other thing that is happily welcome anytime is Merrick's training treats--I use them for both training
and for sprinkling on top of the big dog's kibble once a week to make their dinner more fun! I use two bags at a time
but again, stick to your budget!! (and please try some of these things for your doggie, too! We are like the "Test Kitchen"
of everything dog!)
(Other ideas below in the last few posts...but truly, Everything Dog is welcome!!)
Archives: Big Mandy and Me in a photo taken by the staff
photographer of the Cesar Milan show, the dog trainer, when he came to Houston and we gave his staff a tour of the area (before
Mike got sick). I'd like to find that smile again--maybe it's in my pocket? Every once in awhile it pops out though.
God called Big Mandy in 2014, but there isn't a day that goes by that we don't miss her and send her prayers and love.
Everything is about energy...think about that. Our loved ones are just a thought or word or prayer away.
Sending love and Hugs from the Herd and their people--
Writing from my phone with my back packed with ice getting ready for the day to start--so
hope you can read this!
I was planning on writing a 2016 year in review summary
yesterday but Mike had a very bad fall and Rocky Rocks strained his thigh ligament (don't remember it's name right about now).
will be fine. He just needs to wear his leg brace again for a few months. He had gotten so much stronger that he forgot he
had issues and came in holding his foot up in the air after a good play session with little Gracie, his BFF.
helped me assess Rocky's ailment--I always start looking for urgent stuff like blood or something between the toes, pads.
When I was done, Mike went to stand up but his center of balance has changed both strength and brain-wise and he fell and
fell and fell, like he was cart-wheeling. Eek!
The very medical kit I had taken out in case Rocky
needed first aid, I wound up using to bandage Mike's bicep and elbow. He still thinks he's invincible but the dripping blood
made him cooperate with me. He will be a little sore for a few days but none the worse overall. Thankfully, he didn't
hit his head or do any serious damage.
Please read the updates below and on Mike's page to catch up. I
will write early in the week but will save the year in review for next weekend. It's taken me months to even be able
to write about some of it.
The weather is so cold here that we had a pile of snow or ice crystals
that looked like snow out on the property tonight. Keep your pipes, people, pets and plants warm--the damage can be irreversible.
Dogs should just go out to potty and come in right away. Animals in barns or kennels need extra
hay--and remember their water can freeze so keep an eye on that. Cats, well, they should just roll over in a sun beam and
catch the rest of their majestic nap!
Remember that we love you--we always thank God for our angels seen
and unseen, known and yet to be known.
I hope you take a few minutes to read it--not only to catch up on our lives but to know what
to expect should any of the seven dementias cross your life. (Please try to avoid them at all cost--sleep, especially
10 PM to 4 AM (key hours for brain health), limit stress, eat coconut oil--3 to 6 TBS--and turmeric/curcumin with black
pepper/bioperine to start!* (*Consult you doc especially for the curcumin if you have gall bladder issues.)
will write the 2016 Rescue Ranch update and post it Friday. I want you to be able to read it at home or over the weekend.
You could get a little weepy...plus my "sitting time" at the computer has just run out and my back needs
to get back on ice packs! If the pain gets away from me, it is beyond unbearable.
Bitty is shopping with
me for his hide-a-bed cat house that his sponsor is helping him save for. The last one he had was used so much it tore
off the frame (see photo below). I am trying to find him a new one.
I don't get notes with the Jet
boxes and "green" food or pumpkin but "Thank You!" to those who are sending it. (Link above this blog.)
It is so silly that we can all only order a limited number of cans when everyone here LOVES it (try it for your dogs, too!).
I mix it with kibble and water to stretch it out for everyone but Bunny--she will only eat it "straight."
She's lovingly entitled!
In addition to amazon credits, generic Visa cards or e-credits or any number of
e-cards (see Mike's page), the dogs need more 50 x 60 softie fleece single or double-layer blankets--the soft fleece type,
used or new but clean, please. Dozens are needed so don't feel like you can over-send. They also need big dog
chew bones--see links on the right or at Walmart, there are basted knot bones, five in a package or Dingo six to a package
size at Pet Mountain (link above).
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If you or your animals have cancer, please research TURKEY TAIL MUSHROOM supplements, specifically Host Defense brand
(organic) used in the studies--you can find this exact one online at the vitaminshoppe.com or in some of their stores.
Major studies just came out with significant findings--so google it! I have had a dog on it for
over four months and it is reducing tumors when she had just days to live according to the vet. The dog at 20 lbs gets
1-2 grams (1-2 capsules per day) which took about a month to build up to in divided doses.
in the study took at least 7-9 grams for at least three months, with some after that as maintenance (weight-based).
It is about $30 for 60 capsules or 60 grams so it's affordable. Gradually increase the dose or you can get GI upset.
I can't promise anything but I was using this before the studies were plastered all over and their results were incredible!
I wonder if we should just take them for prevention, too!?
If you have trouble finding the Host Defense
Turkey Tail Mushroom supplements, their phone number is: 877-504-6926 Website: hostdefense.com UPC: 6 33422 02732 6
Bitty Bits in his original "cat house." When he arrived at the Rescue Ranch, he
was temporary being called Dizzy after the jazz musician by his original rescuer. But, after caring for him, all three pounds,
and taking care of all of his surgery wounds (he lost his penis, tail and more) for months, Bitty Bitty Bits just became natural.
He loves his name and dances to it whenever I call him and play! I found this one in Walgreen's.
Credits or e-cards to: amazon, vitaminshoppe.com, walmart, target, petco, visa gift cards MUCH needed.
I am here but spent my allotted computer time/sitting on reading emails. Please
check back tomorrow (later afternoon) for an update. I can avoid surgery on my back if I listen to doctor's orders--and surgery
is the last thing I need or want. (My posts from bed/on my phone show up in really tiny print--sorry! I don't know how
to fix that!)
Still working on my thank you's so please be patient with me. Every single thing you've
done, from sending a special ornament from Bethlahem to "green" dog food to giving anything, we thank you and are
extremely, extremely grateful. Just please be patient with me/us for a little bit longer.
Wishing all of our angels, seen and unseen--known and yet-to-be-known, a truly blessed year to come.
We'll be back on Tuesday later afternoon. No vacation going on (I wish). Just need to get my
thank you's from 2016 finished before the next year begins!
care of a progressing dementia patient, no matter what plans or intentions you may have, I can tell you that all get put to
the side sometimes for days or weeks at a time.
Please accept my
humble thanks and sincere apologies for anything you are doing, and are continuing to do, to help the Rescue Ranch. It would
be utterly impossible to continue without your help and prayers.
am completely beside myself but continue to give the dogs your blankets, food, treats, new collars, toys...as you wish. The
dogs sniff, dance, bark happily and know that there are angels helping them. After years of living with so many animals, I
am convinced that animals are smarter and more intuitive--and even more kind to each other and concerned about the other's
well-being, than people!
My picture sending is behind because many
times the camera is missing and could show up on the top of the frig, hanging from a laundry hook or used by a "famous"
photographer who fell asleep on top of it.
Being able to put aside
all life planning and expectations and logic, while still remaining sane, is my resolution for the New Year! Now, if I could
add "calmly"--without panic and utter disbelief at what is happening, that would be a much prayed for blessing.
Loving you all. Wishing you wondrous gifts and blessings this year and always!
Hi Angels, known and yet-to-be-known, seen and unseen,
Just a quick check-in during what is supposed
to be a week of bed rest for my back. There is a new medicine for bone fractures that is inhaled and speeds up the healing
process and lessens the pain but you have to give it time to work! Another set of tests coming and hopefully just six
more weeks or so until I'm back to being able to sit for more than five or ten minutes at a time. It isn't the sitting
so much that hurts. That is just painful. It is getting up and the pressure being relieved on your tailbone that
totally levels you. It is outrageous pain no doubt.
Just as I had my thank you emails and cards set
to send to our angels/sponsors, I heard a dog and its human in trouble. The dog had gotten its leash wrapped around
its foot and it was trying to bite off its foot to get the leash off. (Yes, they will try to do that by instinct.)
I have learned enough to assess the situation--and then leave it to go get the proper tools--and come back, instead of trying
to try to deal with it right there.
But, when I came back with the scissors and a muzzle, as I went
to put it on the panicked dog, my forearm "got it"--well, let's just say, it is wrapped and bandaged and writing
is off the table for a few more days. I got the muzzle on the dog--he tried to take it off with his front feet so I
had to pin him down and cut off the leash and then cut off the loop that was cutting off the circulation around his foot.
Having a hysterical owner trying to work with me was nerve-wracking but all's well and in less than a minute, he was up, his
toes were back to normal and they walked home, his tail wagging happily.
I realized last night, as I lay
in bed listening to everyone sleeping, that being a rescuer is more than taking animals from shelters and getting them adopted.
It is being willing to use your life to save lives, no matter what it takes. I am sure other true rescuers have the
scars to prove it, too! No longer are they permenant marks on my body but each tells a story of a life saved, each life
rescued from any number of things. Both Mike and I have a whole bunch of them and I am sure a lot of you do, too.
Congratulations. You are using your life to make a difference in this world. I hope y'all do in some way or another.
time is about up for sitting now but know that I will be writing to you, one way or another, our angels. Have a Happy
New Year--and a safe New Year's Eve and next week, we'll get back to Rescue Ranch stories and more. Please register
on Mike's page for updates on his condition--https://www.gofundme.com/leveledbylewybody. I will be writing a new update as soon as I can sit a little longer and my arm stops throbbing!
are so truly grateful for your prayers, cards, emails and help. It is only with your help that the Rescue Ranch can
continue. Amazon credits are the number one thing needed (link above this blog to send an e-credit). This past
month, we went through 14 cases of canned dog food and (12) 50 lb bags of food plus cases of canned sweet potatoes,
canned pumpkin, mac and cheese (to make Sunday everything-left-over "soup" for the dogs), two cases of a/d prescription
food, nevermind the medicines and supplements like Bitty's eye ointment, cranberry with D-mannose, NAC, probiotics, arthritis
meds for three big dogs, Baytil and amoxicillan, and on and on. Any and all help is needed and much appreciated!
that we love you lots and thank God for you every single day. You are amazing.
Sending Hugs from
the Herd always--
The only jade green-eyed dog I've ever seen..."Jade" D. Jade fits
into a lot of outfits so she is often the one who gets dressed up the most! It may last all of five minutes if I'm lucky enough
to get a photo.
Christmastime for us is more about the spiritual side of this time of year than the material. We honor the birth
of Christ even if we may not be able to get to a church, we can still say a prayer and observe some quiet, thoughtful time
to reflect on everything that this means in our lives. We also celebrate Hanukkah for our dogs who were originally with Jewish
families or guardians. A cookie, a bite of cake, admiring a string of lights Mike wrapped around a three foot tree (to
surprise me...because I just assumed our "Christmas iight days" were over) on the counter and some holiday music
all will make this week special for all of us.
That said, when I was younger, and I have said this before,
my parents gave me some of the best memories during this time that will hold me over during rough times for the rest of my
life. They didn't give extravagant things but it was extra special family time--to bake cookies and decorate them; to
go to church together; to have special meals; to sit and drink hot cocoa (with extra marshmallows) and admire the tree, our
special angel on top, and listen to Christmas music, our animals nearby; to finding the perfect gift, no matter what it was,
to make each other smile. I can live the rest of my life thinking back to all of those holidays as if I were right there.
I hope that you are able to give this gift to your family as well. It is truly priceless.
In my twenties,
a children's book crossed my path around this time of year. I wanted to share the poem with you here that the book was compiled
from. If you get a chance to give the book to someone, little or big or even to yourself, it will change their/your
lives. It is simple but profound. Sweet and bittersweet but the sweet outweighs the bitter. It may make you cry
but not from sadness. You heart will grow at least an inch...
After the holidays, I will update you on
"Everything Rescue Ranch"--until then, know that we love you and that the Herd, all of the Herd, in heaven and on
earth, send their best wishes and thank you's for helping them year after year and for letting them have lives that are full
of love, warm beds, chews and bones and full tummies.
We are all truly grateful for your kindnesses
and compassion. Those are words that I do not write lightly--I really mean it. You are making a difference in
this world--to one animal, many animals, animals around the world by helping the Rescue Ranch. May you be blessed this
holiday and in the coming year in more ways than you can imagine possible.
The Giving Tree - Poem by Shel Silverstein
Once there was a tree.... and she loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come and he would gather
her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest.
He would climb up her trunk and
swing from her branches and eat apples.
And they would play hide-and-go-seek. And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade.
And the boy loved the tree.... very much. And the tree was happy.
But time went by. And the boy grew older. And the tree was often alone.
Then one day the boy came
to the tree and the tree said, 'Come, Boy, come and climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and eat apples
and play in my shade and be happy.'
'I am too big to climb and play' said the boy. 'I
want to buy things and have fun. I want some money?' 'I'm sorry,' said the tree, 'but I have no money. I
have only leaves and apples.
Take my apples, Boy, and sell them in the city. Then you will
have money and you will be happy.' And so the boy climbed up the tree and gathered her apples and carried
them away. And the tree was happy.
But the boy stayed away for a long time.... and the
tree was sad. And then one day the boy came back and the tree shook with joy and she said, 'Come, Boy, climb
up my trunk and swing from my branches and be happy.'
'I am too busy to climb trees,' said the
boy. 'I want a house to keep me warm,' he said. 'I want a wife and I want children, and so I need a house. Can you give me a house ?'
' I have no house,' said the tree. 'The forest is my house, but you may cut off my branches and build a house. Then you will be happy.'
And so the boy
cut off her branches and carried them away to build his house. And the tree was happy.
But the boy stayed away for a long time. And when he came back, the tree was so happy she could hardly speak.
'Come, Boy,' she whispered, 'come and play.' 'I am too old and sad to play,' said the boy.
'I want a boat that will take me far away from here. Can you give me a boat?'
my trunk and make a boat,' said the tree. 'Then you can sail away... and be happy.'
And so the boy cut down her trunk and made a boat and sailed away. And the tree was happy ... but not really.
And after a long time the boy came back again.
'I am sorry, Boy,' said the tree,'
but I have nothing left to give you -
My apples are gone.' 'My teeth are too weak for apples,'
said the boy.
'My branches are gone,' said the tree. ' You cannot swing on them - '
am too old to swing on branches,' said the boy.
'My trunk is gone, ' said the tree. 'You
cannot climb - ' 'I am too tired to climb' said the boy.
'I am sorry,' sighed the tree. 'I
wish that I could give you something.... but I have nothing left. I am just an old stump. I am sorry....'
'I don't need very much now,' said the boy. 'just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired.'
'Well,' said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could, 'well, an old stump is good for sitting
and resting Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest.' And the boy did.
Every year for as long as I can remember, Mike and I drive around with lots of dogs in the car looking
at Christmas lights. We usually did five or six shifts to make sure all the dogs went for a ride in the car! This year may
be our last (hopefully not) and it was by ourselves because that was all I could manage. There was me in a spine stabilizer
(fractured spine) watching over Mike who was thankfully "able" this night, as we stopped and took this photo to
share with you. Mike had me take it about 25 times to make sure I had one that "our angels" could see clearly!
This holiday will be bittersweet for me, trying to make it as simple
and sweet as I can for someone who may not be here next year--or may not know my name. Make every day special. Don't
let the words, "I love you," be used sparingly with your family or your animals. Life is fragile and so very
precious and really you do not know when it will be over so...Go to sleep, assured that you did your best, that you made a
difference with your life and that if God called your name in that moment, know that you would be at peace.
RR Archives: Yukie, Poppy, Kasey and Abby, Christmas, 2007
(These were the only four dogs we could wrangle to sit still for a photo--with the Santa hat that Kasey
tossed off right before I hit the camera button.)
It's the beloved Hummingbird season--be sure to leave CLEAR sugar water out for them NOT
the RED one. The dye causesmany health problems. You can get the power pre-made or simply boil it on the stove
and let it cool. (The syrup recipe is at the bottom of this page, just under the blog post calendar.)
Directions for making safe hummingbird food:
Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water and bring to a boil to kill any bacteria or mold present.
Cool and fill feeder.
Extra sugar water may be stored in a refrigerator,
preferrably in a glass jar.
dye should not be added and do not buy pre-made solution with the red dye.
"For it is in giving that we receive." St. Francis of Assisi
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the way to bring blessings into your own life.**
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