Friday, October 2, 2015
Not a repeat...one more week to go & some words of wisdom
Fri, October 2, 2015 | link
As it gets harder to write with this cast, my posts are getting shorter. One more painfully long week to go and then
I think I'll be "free" from the giant weight on my arm--that although I am now inconvenienced by it, I was and am
grateful that it fixed me in the beginning.
I'll write more hopefully next week--the tension on trying to keep
my wrist turned to type is just too much to bear for long. I do want to say thank you to our guardian angel and to a
few special angels who sent a peanut butter/food box, and some multi-colored boxes that were left at our mail stop.
I promise that I got your card and will write thank you notes next week--forgive me please!
The dogs are grateful for
your help and so are we. It is going to be at least another month to two before we have an income again so any and all
help is appreciated. Prayers are welcome and much appreciated for we strongly believe that it is God who watches out
for all of us and who even placed this unusual mission before us. Since the Rescue Ranch was truly such an unexpected
turn in our lives, we knew that we had the opportunity to pick it up or to walk away, and chose to walk the path less traveled,
knowing that if He brought it before us, He will always keep an eye on us and make sure that we are not just OK but blessed...
as I was missing some of the dogs that we fostered and adopted out or that spent their last days in our arms, I realized again
how very very blessed we are. We never would have known dogs like this--we knew dogs as pets but now we know them as
the amazing beings that they are. I pray that they now know humans and love because before coming here, they only knew pain,
sorrow and loneliness. Now, they have a huge family and we feel like the parents of many "children" and some
Thank you for understanding my limitations right now. My shiny red cast is now a little raggedy, a little
less shiny but it too, has been used to help the dogs!
Sending love and Hugs from the Herd!!
**A friend sent this
to me but with the cast, I can't do much with graphics right now but it is definitely worth your time to read. You can
substitute people or animals. If you can't read this copy, the original is at http-/www.thatericalper.com/2015/08/16/person-is-asking-for-advice-hn-how-to-deal-with-grief-this-reply-is-incredible/.jpg)
Just click on the "envelop" icon above this blog to send this post to someone else.
Paypal and amazon.com HELP needed ASAP.
E-cards should go to: email@example.com
Surprise packages happily accepted--see the RR Wish Lists above this blog.
will be ours but the blessings will be yours.
Friday, September 25, 2015
One More Week of the Cast and...
Fri, September 25, 2015 | link
Sorry--it has been so long since I've written but it really hurts my hand/arm inside the cast to type. Just one more
week to go and hopefully, my arm will work normally again!
Until then, know that we are all OK. Kasey is slowly getting
weaker (at 15 plus, he is hanging on, not wanting to leave his family). Mama Mia is retaining more water around her heart
and lungs and we have to do meds twice as often now to help her. We would really, really appreciate your prayers for
them. We do believe in the life hereafter but know that the transition will be hard on all of us and we are starting
to brace for what's to come.
Our accounts are all zero'd out and things are needed like food!--so if you can help, we'd
be grateful. A e-card on amazon or paypal would both be most needed and appreciated. Our email to use to send
an e-gift is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pope is here this week and I love his reverence for the sanctity of life--I
just wish he had included animals in his speeches. They have no real advocate to protect them FROM the shelters that
are really kill centers. Some day, should I ever get the chance, I want to have euthanasia or sanctioned mass execution
of animals made a crime. Every time I have to face it--help someone get an animal out before...or hear of an animal
spayed in labor or of one killed because it was pregnant, and, and, and...I feel like my soul fell on a sword. It will
never be the same. To know the innocence and unconditional love of the animals so intimately, they are like two year olds.
Nothing but good should happen to them.
Well, my hand is aching and soon my arm is going to hurt. I can't turn
against the cast for too long without a ton of pain setting in all night.
Remember we love you and didn't forget you.
Hopefully, we'll be back to our weekly updates and Natural News stories in the next week or two.
Hugs from the Herd!
When our stroller miracle arrived, Charlee was the first to jump in! He is one of the lights
of my life and to think that he was rescued by us when he was already in the EU room (euthanasia), is evidence of a
miracle and that he has angels that are watching over him.
Someone who wanted to adopt him, called
us in tears because he was too far into the process and the shelter would not release him anymore for adoption, but we knew
the vet in charge so we able to stop things to run up and save him within the hour. The next day, the woman decided that since
Charlee was now safe and sound, she would not need to adopt him.
At the time, I was upset but now, I
feel blessed. My life wouldn't be the same, nor would the Rescue Ranch. He is definitely a shining light, just full
of joy and love.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Tue, September 15, 2015 | link
It is extremely difficult writing with one hand in a cast from fingers to almost-elbow. Hopefully in a week or so,
I will get it off. Until then, I have to keep my writing to a minimum or I suffer for days from the pain of trying to
use my casted fingers!
One of the most dangerous things to special needs is infection. They are extremely susceptible,
having either a lowered immune system and/or other medical issues. This past week, Pasha, the largest of our wheelchair
dogs came down with an infection. Being incontinent and rear-paralyzed exposes her to her own poo, constant baths, and urinary
Lots of D-Mannose (supplement) and antibiotics will make her better in a few weeks but
it is a never-ending battle. In a diaper, she is in danger constantly so we don't use diapers but keep her on washable
pee-pads. But, that makes for a mess for all of us when she decides to toddle (pulling herself with her front legs--she
is so brave and I tell her that daily) to go out or to steal another dog's treats--leaving the pads and thankfully, going
across tiled floor and not carpet.
Pasha loves to toss new toys up in the air and catch them and if I go out and when I come back,
she dances and barks up just a storm of happiness! She follows me to wherever I am.
Coming up this month, there are many predictions involving world changes. From the fourth blood moon to
the war overseas and more, please stock up on long-term supplies for you and your pets. Water and a way to collect it/sterilize
it are primary things to study on Youtube. Food for both of you and that you can all eat if things get rough, general
medical supplies, batteries, and more. I don't know if any of the predictions will come true (hope not) but if they
do, just be prepared enough that you can shelter at home, especially if you have pets. Pets are not going to be a top
priority if there is a world crisis/catastrophe, etc.
Vit D3 combined with K2 (made from Natto) and vitamin
C are especially important to have on hand if you are all stuck inside for awhile and can't get out for some sunshine.
You'll have to check with your vet and doc to make sure you and your animals can take them. There are gel caps for people
and power or liquid drops for kids and pets. Learn this stuff now and print out anything you may need to know.
Don't count on clicking the link you've saved on your phone to work, especially if the grid or the 'net goes down, even but
for a short period of time.
My cast hand/wrist is starting to rebel, so its time to go. I'll write
more in a few days.
Hugs from the Herd!!
Note: IF anyone can help, the
RR dogs need right now:
Carivora: Trying to save four dogs' lives right now,
we need at least four bottles. Link: http://www.carnivora.com/order-carnivora.html
Dogswell Happy Hips Chicken Jerky: It is a jump-starter to get weak or sick dogs to start
eating their real meals. Precious stuff. We need at least four 24 oz bags (from any supplier): http://www.petco.com/product/109501/Dogswell-Happy-Hips-Jerky-Dog-Treats.aspx?CoreCat=OnSiteSearch
Natural Balance Limited Ingredients canned foods for dogs with incurable, but manageable, skin
issues/need two cases:http://www.petco.com/product/126541/Natural-Balance-Limited-Ingredient-Diets-Buffalo-And-Sweet-Potato-Canned-Dog-Food.aspx?CoreCat=OnSiteSearch
We are trying to manage month to month right now without an income until at least Nov. Please HELP
the dogs. We have given up everything to try to keep them together and out of shelters.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Before the Cast, Birthday Box Arrived
Wed, September 9, 2015 | link
Charlee listens to our musical birthday card--nearly 15 dogs (and
people) had August birthdays!
Mama Mia, our second most senior dog, listened intently to the
Thank you to those who sent presents--I
wish there were were more angels to help but unfortunately, it seems that no one really cares and this truth really hurts
my heart deeply.
I have a hand in a cast and now, a fractured cheek
bone and possible head trauma (again) and need to go back to bed. I can't stop losing my lunch, so to speak. Please
check back later weekend. Hopefully, I can write more then. Rescue isn't easy, nor is taking care of someone with
Hugs from the Herd! In the meantime, we'll pray
that God grants more people their angel wings. The world needs you...and so does the Rescue Ranch.
Monday, August 31, 2015
New Natural News Story: Don't Miss It!!
Mon, August 31, 2015 | link
While my cast hand is hurting, I wanted to get this link to you so you avoid what I went through:
Be sure to pass it on from the story--using facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc. or using the "envelop" icon
on this page (above)--and please help the Rescue Ranch dogs, too, if you can. (Just click on the cartoon dog/piggy bank above
to go to our most recent fundraiser.
Grateful. Hugs from the Herd!!
Emmy and Clifford were the only two of Black Beauty's puppies--the rest were all black like their mama.
Clifford passed away after he was adopted, having had a reaction to anesthesia. He is buried with the other Rescue Ranch
angels that passed. This is a story that I need to tell but it will probably be when I write the book about living at
the Rescue Ranch for ten years now. I have to have great strength of heart--and spirit--to tell Clifford's story but I at
least know that he is at rest and at peace.
Sweet baby Clifford and my beautiful Beauty. She was so pregnant when we rescued her that
she had her first puppy on the backseat of our car! I had to take my sweater off, jump in the back seat and wrap the
puppy up to keep it warm until we got home--quickly!!
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Sat, August 29, 2015 | link
We go through a lot of supplements at the RR, so we keep the medical bills to a minimum unless there is surgery needed.
thing I learned, by having so many incontinent or semi-continent dogs that could get frequent urine infections--y'all should
learn how to hand express urine and how to hand express poopy-doop while you are not under pressure to do so--is how to help
them along and keep them on preventatives. We have to do this potty routine many times each day for many animals, so
we go through lots of A/D ointment (for baby diaper rash--because it helps things move along faster without any pain) and
we also give the dogs Cranberry with D-Mannose. It is really the D-Mannose that clears up bladder and kidney infections!
(A Natural News story is in the works for both of these supplements.)
Since the Vitaminshoppe.com is having a BOGO sale NOW through the end of September, so if anyone feels so moved, we need four bottles of the Cranberry
400 mg with D-Mannose 1000 mg for the month; ; and two bottles of NAC--N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine 600 mg (biggest bottles--since
one would be a BOGO), that story coming soon as well.
NAC is AMAZING stuff for anyone with dogs (check for other animals)
or humans with biofilms or mucus. What I've learned is that the diseases we get/our dogs get like pneumonia, cover themselves
with a biofilm--or what we think is mucus and so the antibiotics or supplements/herbs, etc. cannot penetrate it to kill say,
the virus. It helps heavy heartworm positive dogs when they are coughing, we mix an open capsule with a spoonful of
peanut butter and in about 15 minutes all is well for 8-12 hours. Sick people can take four NAC at a time and must take three
D-Mannose or 3,000 mg at a time 3-4 times a day to get rid of a urine infection so the experts told me.
(I would personally
start low--for animals or people--and always do--just to make sure that there is no reaction, especially like a throat or
eyes swelling shut or a flushed face that develops hives that won't go down. If all is well, then work up to the suggested
dose. I have never seen a reaction to these two but still build up slowly.)
NAC, or we say just "knack" eats
away the biofilm, say an hour before giving the treatment or meds. You have to do this all the time and sometimes just
by itself--always after food. I think this and D-Mannose are two of the most important things we should all have in
Just so you see what the dogs need, here are the links:
THE NAC: http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/p/nac-n-acetyl-l-cysteine-200-capsules/vs-1696#.VeJm7RfxjYI
FOR THE Cranberry with D-Mannose: http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/p/cranberry-d-mannose-60-veggie-caps/vs-2360#.VeJnmhfxjYI
There is also free shipping over $25 and you can build up points to get credit at the end of
IF you can send one or any, we'd be extremely grateful. We are living month to month, praying and hoping
that something will change and we won't be on "alert" --at least for awhile. (Don't worry about too much being
sent! We use that much (above) every month--and probably will for years.
Bitty lost ALL of his parts--yep even that one, poor thing--due to very severe human abuse, and he did not like wearing
diapers. Neither do Pasha, Bunny, Kasey, or any of the others so we had a vet teach us how to express the dogs outside
and we get it done. It isn't my favorite thing in the world to do, but I do it. It helps them live, live normally
(more or less) and they line up for their 'turn.' This is why "going out" at the Rescue Ranch takes hours--three
times a day at least. So, when your well-dog stands at the dog, wagging his/her tail to go out, happily get up and open the
door!! (Think of me doing a bedtime potty run at 2 AM--with a cast to boot!)
RR Mailing Address: Rescue
Ranch, 945 McKinney Street, Unit 242, Houston, TX 77002
Hugs from the Herd!!
Cast Hinders, Angels Help the Animals Everywhere Please
Sat, August 29, 2015 | link
In most of the country, it back to school time again and nearly everyone ('cept us) has been preoccupied with getting new
clothes and lots of learning supplies stocked up. The only thing we use at the Rescue Ranch is white boards (so they can be
changed day-to-day) and lots of Sharpie fine and super fine markers. Their lettering is dark, doesn't smudge and can't
be easily mistaken. The only problem we have is keeping track of them. When you need one, I keep wondering where
they wandered off to!
The rescues are full right now, or near-full, which means that the shelters will be backing up
and millions (yep) of cute, loving, adoptable animals will be methodically killed. Please, I beg you, to open your heart
and your home and take in an extra fur baby. There are dogs, cats, hamsters, horses--basically from the biggest to the
smallest living things needs safe haven. Just make a little difference. Even if you bring one home and find a
home for it, that counts. (Search by animal type and zip code on petfinder.com)
Make posters at work and keep them circulating until someone falls in love. Once you make sure the animal is
going to a good home, you can do it again! You'd be surprised what a bath and a week in a calm environment, not knowing
that you are next in line to die, will do for an animal's personality. They calm down, begin to love again, are no longer
in fear of their lives (yes, animals can smell death and yet they follow their executioners obediently into the room of death.
The next day, the dump truck comes and their sweet, loving, dead bodies are literally shoveled into the back of the truck
and taken to a mass grave or to an incinerator. No kidding.
I personally couldn't and still can't stand what is
happening to our animals. My heart is broken every day I think about what is going on right before us. I've called
many a friend who have told me that one animal is enough and begged them to take another--in fact, two animals seem to be
happier that a single animal! I finally had to give my sheer agony to God, and it is not just mine. Lots of rescuers
around the world try to make a difference, but without support, they can only feed so many.
Some rescuers starve
at the end of the month when money is scarce, giving their rescues the only food that is left in the house. Knowing
that so many people could make a difference if they just did a little something, kills me. I almost wonder if Starbucks
has a secret plot to get people addicted to pricey coffee so they spend their discretionary income on latte batte's and not
on the things that matter like helping the homeless or a vet, saving an animal/helping a rescue group, sponsoring a child...
about this? What will matter when you stand in front of the Big Guy upstairs? He's going to ask/or will know that
you did good things with your life--and won't care a lick if you enjoyed your extra whipped cream! "Forever" is
a long time, so I'd rather err on the side of helping/doing good. What about you?
I am still stuck in a cast, on my
primary hand of course, so while I can't do much, you can tell that I've been reading a lot, maybe more than I should but
knowing the truth, as devastating as it is, can only help us to find a solution. Burying my head in the sand doesn't
At night, I say good-night to each animal by name. It takes awhile but I think that they deserve
to be recognized for the precious creations that they are. During the day, when I hand out the treats that you've so
generously sent in or sponsored, I call each animal by name again and they love it! Animals are smarter and I think much more
spiritual than we give them credit for. I sometimes wonder, when they surround me when I don't feel good or hear me
crying and come to comfort me, if they are really angels in disguise. Hmmm. I wouldn't be surprised.
have to stop writing my arm is swelling inside the cast. The doc gave me a note to give to an ER doc to cut it open
and recast it a different way if my fingers and elbow begin to lack blood flow. That's the problem when you have soft
tissue damage and bone fractures. The bruising underneath swells, so keeping my hand above my heart (like on a pillow
in bed--boring!) is what I really need to be doing.
I spent the last few days writing a new story for Natural News---a
little bit at a time--but I'm waiting for the editors to approve and publish it. As soon as they do, I'll have the link
as a new blog post for you. I'd imagine by Monday afternoon. You'll want to read it and pass it on. (I'm starting
to feel stronger and once I get this cast off, I'm going to go back to writing at least three or four times a week, I hope.)
our angels for listening and hopefully for helping the RR animals or animals in a shelter near you. Did you know that
at most shelters, you can show up on the weekend and walk dogs/cuddle kitties, help potential adopters find someone to take
home, bring treats and give them out (I used to wear a chef's apron with lots of pockets and keep refills out in the car),
take photos of animals and post them on social media with their KENNEL CARD number--not the kennel number that they are being
held in because they move them around--and the location and contact info for the shelter and their end of life day/time.
You can even drop off a load of blankets or towels from a yard sale, toys for volunteers to use, boxes and bags of treats--especially
long-term chews to pass the time, the little time that they may have left...
Sending thanks and love and Hugs from
PS IF you are inspired to help the Rescue Ranch (we lost our major benefactor's support
in April when he was hit by a lay-off), and things are getting spread pretty thin right now), you can go to our fundraiser
above this blog on You Caring/just click on the dog and the piggy bank cartoon or use this/share this link: https://www.youcaring.com/KeepBellysFULL Medicine, food, treats, supplies don't magically pay for themselves and we have personally
sacrificed about everything we have to help the animals/keep them comfy so we really need your help right now--calling our
angels known and unknown, seen and unseen.
It is time to order canned dog food on amazon, so sending a e-credit or gift card that we can instantly apply to amazon would be an amazing help. I think we have $24 left and need about $4-500 on amazon
alone. We use paypal to buy kibble and treats. You can give directly to amazon or paypal using our email: email@example.com
or click HERE to go to our paypal page directly: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=QAPSBWZ5EVSL6
Lord, please have mercy. The hands of many would make light but our angels have to do more than just shake your
heads and said, "Too bad..." Please help. Spiritual law says that the giver is the one blessed so how
could you pass up extra blessing on your life? I give all that I can, which includes food, time, resources, sleep, patience,
love, sympathy, empathy, but I can't do it all and go out and make the money, too.
The RR Wal-Mart Wish List
Link is: https://www.walmart.com/lists/view-wish-list-items?id=9f55f683-1fbd-4a20-90bf-b5beceb91d42
Some of the things we need are:
...so the little dogs can have their kabobs!! (Wal-Mart will only let you order six packages of the kabobs with
any order so they must be popular!! I know they are like giving out Willie Wonka Golden Tickets when I have them in my hand
and the dogs see them! We can use as many as you'd like to send!!
The mailing address is: Rescue Ranch, 945 McKinney Street, Unit 242, Houston, TX 77002
Amen and Amen.
Brindy and Millie love their birthday cake and it hasn't even gotten out of the box! Millie, in
front, was found as a tiny puppy, wandering around someone's neighborhood with a completely snapped in half bottom jaw. The
bones were sticking out like elephant tusks. Brindy, had distemper, mange (three times) and pneumonia but is now brindle-coated
with a red sheen when she runs in the sun. They are called a bonded pair--inseparable, from morning to night, 24/7!!
From two completely different places, through two completely different trials/struggles to live, and now they found love and
a forever friendship. (Thanks to the many who made their lives possible...)
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Took Another One for the Team
Wed, August 19, 2015 | link
I'm not going to type much for a few days--it hurts too much--but I thought pictures would speak 1000 words each for me.
you ever see this after an accident, go to the doctor! I'll tell you more medical stuff when I can type more.
While I'll be OK, things are swollen underneath and my arm needs to be elevated above my heart.
My sleeve is pulled up over the bottom of the cast to keep it protected.
was going to pick Mebbie pink or Ada purple (each dog has their own color!)--but then, as they were putting the wrapping-up
underneath parts on (there is a mesh sleeve and then extra cotton padding for protection of the injured area before two sets
of casting plaster), I thought that it really should be Rescue Ranch RED!!
Hope you enjoy my photo editing--sorry
it's not perfect. I can barely do anything since this is my main hand. I hope someone/s ordered the Capstar for
Big Dogs that I need (see post below). Please. The fundraiser above hasn't moved since the first two angels helped--so
I hope that more of you find mercy, love and kindness in your hearts to help the very special RR dogs. Has the world really
hardened everyone's hearts? I refuse to believe this. (God still lives in each of us, even if you have to dig deep to find
Him, He is there!)
Love and hugs from the Herd--
PLEASE HELP THE DOGS * PLEASE HELP
THE DOGS * PLEASE HELP THE DOGS * PLEASE HELP THE DOGS
(Yes, typing that hurt, but not as much as no one
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Dislocated Bone--Owie Ouch Ouch
Tue, August 18, 2015 | link
I'm not sure but the giant hard bump up my arm bone and the hole under my thumb are one and the same. There is a
big indentation under my thumb--it could be a broken blood vessel, but it could be that that bone before my thumb is shoved
up my arm under the skin. We'll see...I'll let you know tonight.
If anyone is feeling altruistic, would you/could
you order one or two boxes of capstar for big dogs/green boxes for me?
I was about to do that, but something else got
in the way...a dog's toy. Ugh.
Here is the link:
Disabled dogs need more than baths--they can't use their legs to scratch--so I use Capstar in-between to help them
Just took stuff to stop from vomiting from pain.
Prayers appreciated. Tough life. Typing with
one hand a breeze! : ))
Hugs and thank you!!
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Its Not All Glitz and Glamour...
Sat, August 15, 2015 | link
Being a rescuer is a messy business--it not only isn't all glitz and glamour, there is NO glitz and glamour!! I constantly
have to change my clothes, take a shower, alcohol my hands or put on sterile gloves (depending on the situation); I change
my fluffy socks umpteen times a day. Special needs dogs can also mean incontinent, semi-continent, well, messy.
I've learned to watch where I walk but there is usually at least one or two "gotcha" wet-socks moments a day.
(I don't like cold wet socks any more.)
Yesterday, I had everyone all set for the afternoon. I sat down to eat
lunch around 3 PM and opened a drink and had two bites before I had to put on my nursing cap and still haven't eaten anything
more than 24 hours later.
As I was sitting down, hoping to just rest and watch a little TV, Kasey came and stood right
against my knees. If you know dog behavior, that is kind of odd, since he had just been given a treat, clean pads and
blankets in his bed and medicine. He should have been about to take a nap.
I knew he wanted or needed my attention
so I put my lunch aside. We'd been monitoring a mass under his tail for a month now and the first thing I wanted to
check was that. Fortunately, we keep multiple boxes of sterile, purple gloves stationed around the Rescue Ranch, so
I put a pair on. I didn't want gicky hands just in case and if he had an open wound, he didn't need any bacteria in it.
started feeling around under his tail. Yep, that involves parts that I'd rather not have to deal with but I saw a liquid
coming out of his pooper. Dogs have glands on either side of the exit shute, called anal glands so immediately, that
was my first cause of action.
If you or your vet have never done it, here is a link to a video on "How To Empty
the Anal Glands..." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ4RS4i_RUQ. He also had an anal gland abscess! It looked like a big, red lump like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu61sqnkVLM I had some pain cream to put on the area until I could get to the vet but as I was spreading the cream, the abcess
decided to pop open, with bloody pus all over, while the other side was squirting regular fluid and he was going potty all
at the same time. I sure was glad that I had gloves on--and the shower was near.
Both cats and dogs have them--https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXyc3HsEIf8 They are at about 4 and 8 o'clock around their pooper and your groomer and vet should check them every time you go--they
don't, so you be sure to ask, especially with cats! IF you decide to try doing this yourself, you can't be so delicate
or nothing will come out. Usually, animals can empty them by themselves but sometimes, like with older or sick animals,
they need help. Just please stay with your animal if they are checked--DON'T let them be manually expressed all the
time or they'll lose the ability to do it themselves. Kasey hasn't need them done for two years, and probably did just
now because he is eating a softer diet at 15 years plus.
A kinder way to express the glands--and how to do cat's glands:
After I was done cleaning up--and skipping my lunch--I cleaned Kasey up (he almost needed a mini-bath), spread on
topical pain cream, let that sit and then spread antibiotic cream over the entire underside using cotton rounds. He
was already on oral antibiotics and pain meds so I just had to help him get over to his bed and since he couldn't sit down,
I had to lay him down on his side. Today, he is wondering around and actually ate almost his entire dinner and got a
drink, something he has not done for days. Now, we know why!!
I think the best thing for you to do is to watch
the videos above--each is about a minute or two. Each vet or vet tech offers different tips that all add up to some
smart advice--and video I would watch but not before eating!
Treating Kasey took a couple of hours all tolled.
Never mind, what ever other animal needed. I can't go to bed at night without dealing with about 1.5 hours of eye medicines
and ointments and that is while someone else is spending a few hours making up the oral meds and supplements. This starts
early in the morning and goes through the night--so please, if you can, have mercy and help us continue to keep the Rescue
Ranch open. In between helping the dogs that are here, I coach owners and vets around the world on distemper and parvo
which sometimes takes days, being available on the phone or in person 'round the clock in order to save a life.
do not ask for money for doing this--I think having the knowledge that God blessed me with (for some reason), is for the Greater
Good--and I need to stop long enough to put it down in a book form but there really is nothing like someone "holding"
your hand through a life and death situation. I know. Dr. Sears did it with me, case by case by case and with each one,
I learned a little more and a little more...
Although people offer to pay anything for me to help them, I won't accept
it. IF after a month, their animal is well and happy, they can send a gift but most people don't--and in fact, it costs
us sometimes hundreds of dollars to save their animal, like when they don't pay the vet bill at our vet--we are responsible
or we'll lose the cooperation of our vets if we referred them. When we first started Project Hope, the distemper project, some vets were letting the owners go or the rescues go scott free, and used to bill us for their
services--but we stopped that post haste!!
NEW FUNDRAISER LINK
I created a new fundraiser that
will carry us through August and September for food, vet and meds and medical supplies but it is going to take our angels--known
and unknown, seen and unseen, to pitch in. (Our primary benefactor was hit by a lay-off. Ugh.) Helping the
Rescue Ranch, at least you can be assured that 100% of your gift goes to help the animals and not to boarding or salaries,
IF you help some of the national (or even local) rescue groups, they board their animals because they are
not special needs, get food from the pet food pantry (a politics-driven privilege) and take the animals out on the weekend
to get them adopted--paying groomers, presidents, accountants, etc. We don't pay anyone and clean-up and grooming/special
care is a gift not a service.
PLEASE click on the dog and piggy bank cartoon above this blog section
to read about us and to see some new photos that I'll be updating a few times a week or click here:
You can also give through paypal to our email: firstname.lastname@example.org which is really versatile,
especially now that you can shop with the credits and get free shipping or store pick-up!
an amazon credit to the same email (you can pick your amount and style): email@example.com which is where we buy all of the dogs'
canned foods and supplements. They are so great with replacing items with problems or express shipping at no cost when
we have a problem. Right now, we only have about $64 on our amazon account which is not going to buy food for more than
a few days!!
(I think a lot of people forgot that we have an amazon affiliate's link for online shopping--amazon gifts the Rescue Ranch with a small percentage of each sale. Last month, we only had a
credit of $27. Every time you go to shop online, please click on our link/start shopping through it. I was just
stunned when I saw last month's statement. Eek! Last month, we spent over $1000 on amazon and about the same on paypal! We
As always, we are grateful for all of your help, prayers, tweets/sharing/posting of our fundraiser link
(above) and/or this blog page: http://www.firststop-laststop.com/blog.html We need more people to get involved and the only way to reach them is to network. We can't afford, nor would want to
waste a million dollars to produce a tear-jerker of a commercial to pull on your heart strings. We'd use it to actually help
But, truth be told, we deal with worse stuff that those commercials and to retain some dignity
for the animals, don't take photos or publish them when they are at their worst unless it is necessary to tell a story. There
are things we have had to do/see that you can't even/don't want to imagine, and we shield you from them so you don't have
to bear that burden, but our burden is very, very heavy right now and many hands will make things lighter.
the spiritual law of helping, is that YOU get the blessing on your life--so help the dogs and bless your life at the same
Hugs from the Herd!!
This week's URGENT needs:
Dinovite BLACK liquid/need at least six tubes: http://www.dinovite.com/dinovite-liquid/
2. Smart Bones with Sweet Potato: http://www.petmountain.com/product/natural-dog-treats/11442-589705/smartbones-smartbones-vegetable-and-chicken-bones-with-real-sweet-potato.html
(Need one large bag, one medium bag, three small bags and one mini bag. Everyone gets size-specific bones!)
3. Dingo Chip Mix: http://www.petmountain.com/product/meaty-dog-treats/11442-570925/dingo-dingo-chip-mix-rawhide-chews-with-chicken-in-the-middle.html
(Need two bags of minis and two bags of large)
...and of course, anything "dog"
that you feel inspired to send!!
Disabled dogs who can't run and play, use their mouths to get
pleasure, play, chew. We need to keep them entertained or they take out a dining room table leg!! We really can
only give treats, at this point, a few times a week. They really should be getting something every day to look forward
to, to make their lives brighter.
Please think about these animals, who are grateful for everything
and who love unconditionally, despite anything that they've experienced. We do this because it is the right thing to
do as humans--please help us continue this mission, making up for the people in the world who don't care or who are worse
Bellie, one of the two little wheelchair twins with her sister Sissy, was found out in a field, both
of them with badly brokenfront legs and little Bellie, we found out, also has a tail broken in several places. If it
weren't for their "Jurrassic Park" yells/screams, the vet calls them, someone walking through the field would not
have found them and they would have died. Thankfully, they were dropped off at our vet. Bellie had three operations
and still needs a fourth and her sister had two--and they are still considered "mouth" dogs here--dogs who need
something to chew on to keep busy because their little legs hurt when they walk/limp, I think.
are just love covered in fur--and are so, so sweet despite what happened to them.