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Our new mailing address as of July 28, 2018 is:


Rescue Ranch

4057 Riley Fuzzel Road

Ste. 500--130

Spring, TX   77386


YES--it is OK to drop off boxes for the RR as long as they are sealed.  This is a Postal Annex and it is about a mile or two north of our previous address, north on the feeder road in the Kroger's parking lot, on the Petsmart end of the shopping center.  Thank you for understanding!


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Rescue Ranch BLOG

As of Jan. 2, 2019...
to give a Gift/read the updates--and help the Rescue Ranch dogs.
Can you please bless the Rescue Ranch by Giving?


Out of her doggie wheelchair, Bunny loves to play tug.  


Blog on Break: Rescue Ranch Still Needs Help


We'll be back in early May--thank you for being so patient.


We have lost two of our dogs in February--Charlee and Pasha--leaving a hole in our hearts but grateful that they graced our lives.


Their stories and photos will be posted in May.  It has been too emotional to write about them.  They were such characters.


If you have not gotten the URL to my other blog--more about my personal life with Someone--please email me for the URL.


Please help if you can.  We need grain-free dog kibble, dog bones (non-rawhide and no pig ears please--please see the Amazon 2019 Wish List at the top of this page for ideas) and or amazon credits or generic Visa cards or fast food gift cards for feeding the dogs and Someone when time just runs out at the end of the day.  Everything "e" should be sent to:


There is also a Gofundme link above is still active and will be until it reaches it goal:


Grateful always in all ways.




Archives: Ada (Brown dog) and Beauty shared Beauty's litter of puppies!  It was amazing to watch. 

Ada had been separated from her last-surviving puppy when she was rescued and was on anti-depressants when she got to the RR. 

Beauty was pregnant (surprise!)--and when Beauty had her puppies, Ada co-parented with her and was able to stop taking that medication. 

She would actually smile! They became BFF's and loved to sleep together long after the puppies were all adopted. 

I adored them both.

Pasha, who will be 15 this new year, in a "drag bag" that protects her rear legs that are paralyzed. 
Pasha is an inspiration to us--through pain and surgery and losing her ability to walk,
her family and leaving her best friend behind, Sunny, she moved into the Rescue Ranch and adopted us! 
Pasha has allowed us to take care of her, trusted us to care for her wounds and injuries
and is still trying to keep up with her friends in or out of her wheelchair.  
If she can keep going, we can, too. We just need some help.
Tuesday, January 2, 2019  A Bright, New Year Ahead 
Wishing all of our angels and friends a blessed, happy and joyous New Year!
On the way home to the RR after the last medical appointment on New Year's Eve, a radio host suggested that ten seconds before midnight,
that we should all stand on our right foot (or paw) and wait for the "ball" to drop, carrying in the New Year.  Why? 
"To start the new year off on the "right foot," said the radio host.   And so we all did...after we had some ice cream!
Here's to hoping and praying that this year will be a beautiful one, filled with much love and all things good.  
Having spent so much time with animals, I have learned that they are happy no matter...
They are happy if it rains.  They can splash.
They are happy if it is hot out.  They can sunbathe.
They can be happy if it is dry and dusty.  They can roll around and scratch their backs.
They can be happy if it is cold out.  It is a chance to taste snowflakes or to see their breath in the air.
Animals are happy because you are with them and happy when you come back to them.
They are happy to have a soft blanket or a firm bed or a favorite spot on the floor.
They are happy if they have dry kibble or warm burgers--or ham sandwiches taken on a walk-by the kitchen!
Animals are happy because they are alive.  They know that life is precious.
They are happy just to wake up and happy just to go to sleep.
They are happy to drink water, milk or milk-water...
Animals are amazing and if you don't have one in your life, please consider adopting one--or two.
 It will take a month or so to adjust to one another but then, you will wonder how you lived without each other.
Thank you for caring, especially for caring, about the special needs dogs at the Rescue Ranch.
IF you have been blessed, please help us continue our work.  There is a gofundme link above.
IF you are in need, let us know and we will pray for you and help however we are able.
We would be grateful, if you would say a prayer for us regardless.  
(We always pray for you!)
We believe that with prayer and faith and help from Above that everything is possible.


Our/Your Christmas presents to the dogs are burgers for all and a good walk--even for each wheelchair dog--and a nice bone!

Everyone is so happy.  Grateful.  So Grateful.





From all of the special dogs and their people at the Rescue Ranch, we wish you the special blessings that these holidays bring.  They can be amazing--even if you are all by yourself!  Love, Joy, Hope are never limited by time or distance--and certainly they are never limited at all since they are infinite--so we are sharing our blessings and special moments with you!!  We have two strings of lights draped where everyone can see them and a nativity set,  the sum total of what we are able to do for decorations this year but you know what, they are beautiful and really bring our spirits to a special place.


Christmas, to us, has always been about how to help others.  We don't exchange presents and haven't for a very long time but we do look for opportunities to help others every day.  We may cheer someone up with a visit from a dog they always wish they had owned but now are too sick to ever have one of their own; we may take the wheelchair girls out for a walk to cheer up the children and their parents---very few people have seen animals in carts up close, never mind two "peanuts" Belly and Sissy in their "Barbie" doggie wheelchairs along with socialites Pasha and Bunny!  People always want to take photos and sometimes, we go to charity events to help others and they get a $5 donation per photo taken.  It makes us feel good to be helping others.  Kids. Animals. Vets. Seniors. Disabled. Hospitalized.  We have done it all it seems.


One visit in particular sticks in my mind.  I could only handle one Saint Bernard at a time and took our most gentle girl, Mebs, to a senior assisted living home before the holidays  We went from room to room, letting those who were bed-ridden touch her soft-as-angel-wings fur and let them laugh at her silly tricks and antics.  We visited those in the common area and let them play with her one at a time from their chairs and then I did presentation about the Saint breed in the bigger social area.


I talked about the breed, Mebs did some special tricks and then after her applause, we went from person to person to the people in a circle sitting around us.  About mid-way through the circle, we reached a man in a wheelchair.  He was constricted into almost a ball.  His legs were drawn up into his abdomen and his hands and arms were drawn up stiffly onto the side of his face.  He could barely see Mebs out of the side of his face.  I heard a gasp from the nurses as the man began to move a hand, very slowly, toward Mebs head...


We all stood very still and were quiet. Mebs held very still, too.  The man unraveled himself, for lack of a better word, and got his hand down to stroke the top of her so-soft head.  "He's never ever done that before!" I heard a nurse say.  They were all practically crying--as was I.  Mebs stood up to get closer to him and let him even stroke her neck.  It was an amazing moment that we will never forget.


Helping, doing good, giving blessings really makes your heart SING.  It feels so good to do something good for someone else and it doesn't have to cost money.  It is all about your intent.  You can give material things and they can help greatly, but if you can't, find another way to be a blessing.  There is no greater feeling in the world--well, a few come very close, but it is so wonderful to be a blessing and in return, spiritually, you will get blessed.  I don't know how or when but I do know that your blessings will be multiplied ten times and will come back to you.


May your life and family be blessed. Always.


With Love and always with Hugs from the Herd!


It's not too late to help!


(If you can't help us to help the dogs, please say a prayer--and we always pray for you)



This cute scene was done by a clever rescuer...
...and this one was taken by a loving family
ALL living things are beautiful in our eyes.  Each and every one deserves warm food, a soft bed, to be happy and to be loved--
Especially to be loved.


End of November, 2018: A Special Amazon Dog Food Sale


Hi Angels!

Hope your Thanksgiving was peace-filled and relaxing.  We had an always busy day of doggie duties but were able to watch a movie and everyone was quiet after a warm, yummy dinner--and for a few hours afterward, there were lots of happy, snoring animals!  A sound that soothes the soul!

Amazon Dog Food Kibble 50% Sale

Amazon is having a trial of their new line of WAG dog food--three five pound bags in a bundle at 50% off.  Only issue is that I could only personally order one set--and we need lots!!  (You can order a single bag, too--all flavors are welcome--you just can't order more than one bag of WAG and get the discount unless it is in the bundle.)  Each amazon account is entitled to the sale...
Sounds silly to get these little bags based on the amount of kibble the Rescue Ranch uses?  Well, not right about now...

Normally, we would use a combination of brands of 24, 35 and 50 pound bags of food BUT for the next four to six weeks, Someone is having inguinal hernia surgery again very soon (the hernia mesh surgery from a few years ago didn't let go like we had thought--after he attempted to lift too many cases of canned dog food at once--but the hernia actually broke through in a new place!  It is really large so it has to be dealt with sooner than later and takes priority over all else.)

Since I cannot depend on him to lift anything more than 4-8 pounds for awhile, nor on volunteers unless it is an emergency, since feeding usually takes place early in the morning and early in the evening, I need to limit the weight that I lift at the current time.

These bags are ideal as is the sale--the more the merrier (friends, relatives, facebook/Instagram pals (please rewrite/shorten this and post)...everyone who has a separate amazon account can order)--and no, it does not just have to be this brand--it is just on sale and the bags are smaller.  It just happens that this brand is liked by the dogs, is a good quality and easy for me to lift right now to make a mix with warm water, canned dog food and no-salt veggies and then I can bring their bowls to the mix instead of carrying a gigantic mix and ladle it out.  (I'd like to stay under 8 lb bags for the next month if possible--24 lbs max.) Yes, per pound, the smaller bags are a little bit more expensive but circumstances are extenuating right now.)

I would appreciate it if you could please do this today if you can.  I think the offer will be good for a little bit but you never know!

In the future, bigger bags would be something that we would use your amazon credits on, but in this situation, we cannot order more than one set--even if we had the credits. 

We need as many people with separate amazon accounts to order and have it sent to the Rescue Ranch (address below).

2. ...the sale will let you add one more bag of their Solimo brand (you can only pick one of the three flavors--this is great food!--but the coupon is only for 25% (worth it).

(Below are screenshots of both foods in case the links above don't work.)

IF you do a 30 day trial of PRIME (they will not automatically charge your credit card when it is time to renew), or do free shipping which takes 5-8 days or use your own prime membership, then the total--ONLINE COUPONS CLIPPED--with the three WAG bags and one Solimo bag will be $30 plus some cents (without the Solimo bag, it should be around $20).  I don't know if a one bag order would have free shipping.

NOTE: Just DON'T FORGET to CLIP the coupon box both on the order page AND when you get to the CART if it isn't already done.  Make sure it says COUPON CLIPPED!  Then check your totals at check out and make sure that the amount adds up to what I've written above.  IF you have trouble and need to call amazon customer service, their number is:  8664862360 or 2062662992.

For amazon, general shipping/mail or for amazon e-credits::

Rescue Ranch
4057 Riley Fuzzel Road
Ste. 500-130
Spring, TX   77386

Instructions for delivery:  No Sunday deliveries. M-F until 7 PM.  Sat until 5.  Deliver to Postal Annex next to Petsmart.

IF you don't want to order the dog food--or even if you do--any amazon credits are much needed and should go to:   We can use help with any of what seems like 100 different things that the dogs need on a regular basis!  (I will send out a Christmas most-needed list next week for those of you who are asking about it.)

Thank you so very much for your blessing. I learned very early on that every opportunity to bless someone else (or an animal) is really an opportunity to bless our own life.  (It is a spiritual law.)

Things like this will make it easier to get through the next few months.  We will light a prayer candle at the chapel for every single person who participates in this request. (Special prayer requests will be honored and should be sent to our email:  This is an amazing chance to help wonderful Special Needs Dogs who have no one else but me--and you--to help them!

God bless you. Truly.

Sending Love and Always,
Hugs from the Herd!!

Remember, all gift cards--to anywhere--are always welcome!  If you have some you haven't used or get some that you can't use, please send them to the Rescue Ranch.  We can always find a way to help the animals with them--from home supply stores to restaurants!  amazon, Burger King, McDonald's and generic Visa gift cards or credits are really useful right now! (No we are not lazy at all--we are just in the middle of a situation that requires extreme creativity, patience and prayer!)



This is on the wall of the chapel ministry office--right before the entrance to the hospital's Rose Chapel.


Thanksgiving, 2018


Dear Angels and Friends,
First, we all want to wish you a blessed Thanksgiving Day--and really a year full of days of thanks-giving.  We've learned that every day, there are things to be thankful for and acknowledging them as they happen--really being aware of the small and big things that bless our life--makes a huge difference and makes each a little sweeter, a little more precious.  Every day should be a day of thanksgiving really.
We are going to have some cheesy spinach, sweet potatoes, a little turkey for the meat-eaters (Mike and the dogs), some cranberry or applesauce and cornbread--and vegetarian gravy for my baked potatoes (everyone always wants a taste!).  We try to pick out a simple menu that can be shared by people and dogs alike--that way we don't have to worry about who can or can't eat what.  We can add a little bit of everything to the top of the dogs' kibble or serve them on a separate dish for the smaller ones (yes it takes a lot of time to do this but it is OK--it is their holiday, too). 
We are thankful for many things this year even though it has been a truly difficult year so far.  I personally am thankful to have survived a medical emergency, to even be here writing to you. God almost called my own name this summer! (I think He had the first letters of my name already "out" but I came back for a reason.)  Of course, we are always thankful for each other.  We are thankful for all of you--we count you among our blessings every single day. Along with lighting candles for special requests when we are at the hospital chapel, we always light one for all of you collectively and by name, alternating different days.  We don't need to know what you need specifically--God knows how to help you and what you need.  We just need to send up a prayer for intervention and blessing. 
I know I have told you about the little Rose Chapel before but I want to reiterate how special it really is.  It was named after a woman named Rose, who passed away quickly from cancer.  She was so beloved by her family and community that they sponsored this simple but oh-so-peaceful chapel.  I have attached the plaque posted in the entrance so you can read more about it.  It feels like when we light a candle (they are electric) the prayers go straight to God.  There is something even more special about having someone like Mike, who is really getting debilitated, lighting the candle for you--it makes it all the more powerful I think.  God watches over the little children, the animals and I have got to believe those with special needs and serious illnesses with a tender heart.  I know that I do and He is so much more sensitive to everything than I am.
Over the holidays, I will post a few stories on this Rescue Ranch blog ( just have to put in your email and a password and I will approve it so you can read it if you haven't done so already.  Since I have mentioned that I have a potentially serious medical situation, in a time that your friendship and help is needed the most, it seems like our helping angels have almost totally disappeared.  It happened three years ago when Mike was diagnosed--our mutual friends, his family and his friends simply disappeared.  These things are not contagious! and this is the time where your blessing would be the highest I think.  I truly didn't think this would happen to me and to the Rescue Ranch, too.  I do know that we have not abandoned our faith nor has God abandoned us.  We walk together, side by side.
Know that we love you much and always, pray for you continuously and that this miracle, called the Rescue Ranch, that allowed us to work with Ed Bond and Dr. Alson Sears to put together the protocols for the deadly diseases, Canine Distemper and Parvo--saving thousands of lives now and yet to come--has been the honor of my life.  All of you who helped, also participate in the blessings.  Perhaps we don't see them on earth right now, but I believe that there is a bigger picture--and a life yet to come--where is where we will reap and sow our deeds and blessings that we seeded with our lives while on earth.
Wishing you a wonderful, peaceful, love-filled, restful, warm day--a day like we have every year or imagine in our dreams or that we experienced in our childhood.  Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks--and so, we give your ours and ask for you to be blessed for everything you do, including sending prayers, for the RR.
Sending much love and always, always,

Hugs from the Herd





Pasha, happy to be out of her wheelchair and following me around--at fourteen and a half--

came over to smell the roses that a friend gave us to honor the RR dogs--

especially those who have passed...





Mrs. Rose Rena Hartsfield. 

Her photo is nowhere to be found at the hospital but I wanted to see a pic of who was so loved that a chapel of such peace was named after them. 

I find great happiness and comfort looking at her--she was known to be happy and cheer-filled and loving. 

I count her among my Thanksgiving blessings.  I am thankful for her and for her family's gift in her honor, the Rose Chapel.



I promised a better pic of Jack--the little dog we rescued one night on the way home from the hospital.

(See story in the Nov. 12, 2018 blog post.)

Jack looks a lot like our Brindy--but his legs are much shorter!  Jack has been happily reunited with his family!


Monday, November 12, 2018: Just a short, funny RR story


Sometimes we just have to laugh a little...


As some of you may already know that I have been going through a particularly difficult time health-wise in the past few months (and more trying times ahead).  The days getting medical treatment are very long and by the time I get back to the RR, it's suppertime! Some days, our volunteers take care of feeding everyone but there are nights where they need to leave a little early.  Sometimes, I am so exhausted that it is difficult to even put kibble in bowls, nevermind, mixing up the six or seven additional special dinners for various dogs who are either picky eaters or won't eat kibble or cans or tubs. I just want to take a shower and fall into bed!


To help make my life easier right now, one of our angels has been sending gift cards to local restaurants to feed either the dogs, their people, or both.  And on those late-too-exhausted-to-practically-breathe nights, I usually order ahead and do a quick drive-thru or run-in.  Some dogs will eat their kibble with the warm mixin's, while others want to just eat them separately--either way saves me hours of work, trying to satisfy everyone or just trying to get their appetite stimulated (taking care of special needs dogs is so different than having a "pet!")


This particiular night in October (a few weeks ago), I forgot to call ahead.  I had a Burger King gift card that particular night (sometimes, I have McD's or Wendy's--or for just their people, sometimes our angel sends special restaurant cards).  I had just seen an ad on television that day that the chicken nuggets were on sale for ten for $1 (I didn't know if it was just that night, that week or for awhile but I didn't want to take a chance of losing the sale).


We drove up to the order window.  I thought about what I would need that night and then, since there was a sale, guesstimated really, what I could use for a few more nights.  "Could I please have 150 McNuggets please," I said. "Fifteen orders of the ten McNuggets for a dollar."


There was a pause, maybe even a gulp, and then a complete and total eruption of laughter!  The laughter started at the order window and I could hear that it was contagious to the entire staff inside the building!  I thought back on what I had just said.  Hmmm.  Maybe it was the quantity that I ordered?  In my utter exhaustion, did I say something really odd?  I was perplexed to say the least.


I pulled up to the window where you pay.  The clerk was holding her stomach and was still bent over in laughter.  The staff was all recovering from whatever was so funny and I was sure by then that it had to do with me somehow.   I handed her my Burger King gift card and waited for her to catch her breath.  "What is so funny," I asked, wanting to join in the laughing, too.


"Well," she said. "First, we thought you said fifteen but then you said it again and said one-five-oh, one hundred fifty--we don't ever get orders like that--but THEN, you kept saying chicken "Mc-Nuggets" --and we are Burger King!!" The clerk started belly-laughing again and the whole staff started laughing outloud, too.  It was just contagious.  I even started laughing.  "We just have chicken nuggets!" she said.


I guess being an employee at the restaurant, being tired and having a ridiculously large order come in, all combined and hit their funny bone just right.  I will never forget so many people all laughing together in full belly-laugh mode at such a simple thing.  It really was a joyous sound that we all should hear more often.


I asked that the nuggets be put into covered dishes so they wouldn't leak all over in the car and this way, they are easier to store in the refrigerator.


I had lots of  furry "friends" coming by to see if they could sit, shake, roll over, look extra cute... anything to garner an extra nugget or two while I was portioning out dinner! 

Junie just happened to sit still long enough for me to take her pic.  (Yes, she did get a reward!)


For the smaller dogs, I had to chop the nuggets into bites and for them and the older, weight-challenged dog or two,

we add in "No salt" veggies, too, like peas, spinach, green beens, pumpkin.



The nuggets lasted for three nights--mixing them into kibble with the big dogs food and adding veggies. (Sometimes, I will break them up in warm water, making "soup" and use a ladle to distribute over their dished-out kibble. I do the same with leftovers, too--just combine everything into a giant pot, add warm water, mix and ladle--providing everything is already cooked.)


Even little dogs like it when I add peas and carrots, maybe a little rice or pasta.  It seems like the nights that I am the most exhausted, are the nights the dogs just don't want to eat plain kibble (they "nose" their dishes until they splatter all over the floor--or the little and medium ones will just ignore prepared canned foods, no matter what dishes I use to serve it up. (Yes, changing dish types sometimes helps--some dogs don't like ceramic, some don't like shiny metal, etc. Just keep trying until you find a dish your animal likes--and then buy a few extra ones!). 


One thing I always, always, always do is to bring home something special after being away for the day--even if it is a piece of bread and butter that I have to break up into tiny pieces so everyone gets a taste.  It is as if the dogs just want to know that I thought about them when I was gone--and of course, I did and always do!


Now, when I go back to that Burger King, the manager knows that we are feeding rescued dogs and adds in a few things "on the house."  I explained that we are not just meat-a-holics!! 
In fact, last week when we rescued "Jack" from wondering around lost in the middle of the street, I had a bag of 16 Whopper Patties on my lap!  It took at least several of them to coax Jack to come to me and to jump in the back of the car. 


I had to go to the hospital the next day but got "Found Dog" posters up before I left and when I got home, we took him down to a vet to be scanned and eventually found his owners!  Within the hour, Jack was home--with a full belly!


How You Can Help: Links and Address

Please Help If You Can.  Grateful.


1.  Your prayers are very much appreciated.  We believe strongly in the power of prayer.  (The end of this week, Someone is having surgery on a huge inguinal hernia/mesh repair that let go and has gotten worse.  Not the best timing in the world but this has to take priority.  Please pray that he heals well and fast--and that this doesn't open back up again.  My health tests will wait a week--I could use some time to think everything over--and then it will be a total of four weeks of easy does it/no lifting, etc. for Someone.

2.  VIP We need a minimum of pp credits right this minute of at least $600 to pay for the dogs' medicine that is currently being held for pick-up.
paypal credits should go to:  

3.  We need amazon credits to order food and supplies.  
amazon credits should go to:

4.  VIP We need specifically BURGER KING gift cards right now--please--so I can order Whopper Patties and nuggets to mix with kibble for those finicky dogs on nights (many to come) where I just can't cook or fuss.  They work every time.  (They can be mailed--address below--or sent as e-cards to:


5.  Amazon Rescue Ranch Wish List Link (I made it chews/bone-centric for now):

6.  Ringo Dingos MUCH needed:  (This is the Bulk link but you can order smaller amounts.  This is the best deal.)

Mailing address:

Rescue Ranch
4057 Riley Fuzzel Road
Ste. 500-130
Spring, TX  77380



Note:  If may take me a week or two to send you a thank you, but if you want to send me an email to make sure things arrived, please do. 

I am overwhelmed right now by life but thank God for your help and kindness and caring.  Just email:  


"You don't automatically get angel wings when you die.

You earn them while you are alive."

Suzanne Giesemann






I have better pics of cutie-pie Jack but my phone memory is full and I can't transfer them--yet.  I am still trying to figure out how to download them.  We were calling this boy, Brindo (we were too tired to use our imagination to come up with a better name) for awhile, because he looked so much like our Brindy girl--he just had much shorter legs and wide feet but he was the sweetest dog.  We found out that Jack had a hurt knee so it was a good thing we picked him up.  He couldn't run fast enough to get out of the way of a car and because his fur was so dark, he didn't stand out too well at night.  It was by accident or Divine Intervention that we made a wrong turn on the way home--and Jack was standing in the middle of the road, he didn't/couldn't run and looked just lost.



In a situation like this, finding an animal and having to take it home, to protect your own animals however, you have to keep them separated--no matter how much they may want to play!  You need to have a two week clearance for health contagions (fleas, viruses, etc.) and need time to get the new dog to a vet if you can't find it's owner.  Please don't just opt for dropping a "found" animal at a shelter--they don't have much of a chance that way. 



Please try to find their owner, even if it takes a few days, or find a rescue group that can take them or a friend to adopt them or keep them while you post fliers and post online that you have a "found" animal. We have had animals reunited from as far away as 200 miles--just keep expanding your online posting zip codes. Always leave something out of the description for someone to identify so you can verify that they really know the animal--like with Jack, we never mentioned that he had a beautiful, white stripe on his chest nor the color or type of collar he had on. 




Millie and Brindy--Jack's sister from another mother--wait for a softie treat!

Millie is one of our mouth-challenged dogs (from injuries sustained as a puppy) so she needs soft treats and chews--and Brindy, who is practically Millie's Siamese twin, gets them, too!





God Called.  Fall, 2018.




Beautiful Penny with the Golden Eyes left this earth surrounded by all of her friends and family. I was thankful that I had four days off from treatments to have been able to spend quality time with her and all of the RR dogs but especially to be there for her at the end.  She passed in Someone's arms, where she wanted to be at the very end.


Penny had a very hard-to-regulate case of insulin-dependant diabetes and has lost about 80% of her sight this past year.  She was still so strong in spirit, though!  I will never, ever forget how strong her spirit was until the very end.


Needing two insulin shots every day, Penny would cooperate happily as long as she got one of her favorite treats beforehand and one (or two) afterward.  She never complained once.  I don't know how she was able to be so brave but she is an inspiration to me and will be forever.


Penny was two when she came to the RR after her owner, Grandma (as her family called her) had to be placed in assisted living.  She had five dogs.  The RR was asked to take Penny because she was not adoptable at the time due to her weight. Thinking that she (Grandma) could put out plates full of treats in the morning all over the yard so the dogs could self-regulate their snacking over the course of a day, Penny would gobble them up within minutes!  She was very obese when she arrived at the RR, but after giving her one third veggies to two thirds grain-free kibble, and finding some friends to run with (Charlee, Chula and eventually Jed the Poodle Doodle), she quickly found her ideal weight and never had a problem again.


Penny (and Chula until she passed) slept with Someone every night for ten years.  She was a very loyal spirit and it is still difficult to imagine saying good-bye.  To honor her, we took her collar to the hospital chapel and blessed it in holy water.  Penny has a huge family in heaven now that she can run and play with--and she can see again, I kept telling her as I held her in the last hours.  She appetite was declining but she was strong until the last hours of the last night.  


Run with the angels, Pretty Penny Pens. We all have so many loved ones who will be happy to see you.  Please give everyone a hug from all of us--whether it be Ringo the cat, Bradley or Joe the dogs or or or, or...they all need to know that their families still love them, too. I tell each animal that passes to figuratively take a piece of my heart and to leave a piece of theirs.  I am so glad, Penny, that you left a piece of yours behind to fill the giant hole that your passing has left in our hearts. We love you and always will.


We look forward to a joyous reunion some day, and while we miss you every single day, we are filled with joy, knowing that you are restored and happy and free of a body that was just holding you back.



 Penny and Bunny




October 10 ,2018


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“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.” — Maya Angelou
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
I had an entire post written and "poof," an internet glitch, the screen went black for a second and it was gone.
I don't have the energy to write it all over again so I am going to just summarize what is happening and ask for your prayers.  
The RR dogs are all doing well.  Hopefully, we have a respite of peace and happiness.  The fall is our favorite time of year and enjoying playing outside, in the cooler air with the dogs, is one of the great joys of my life. 
We have a flock, so it seems, of Hummingbirds at the RR--or as a group of hummers is properly called, a "charm" of them.  It is so amazing to just go outside and walk by the trees and have mating pairs flying together overhead, to see their tiny, intricate nests way high up in the crepe myrtle trees and bottle brush bushes while the brave ones swoop down trying to divert our attention from their babies. I used the nectar recipe at the bottom of this page to fill their feeder, hung in a cool place (storing the extra in the refrigerator for a week--changing it every three days or so). It is really toxic to the little birds to buy the prepared nectar or the mix with the red coloring and/or preservatives so just make your own.  It takes two ingredients and but a minute or two of time.
Where we are in southeastern Texas, the hummers come usually in September although this year they arrived in August--and stay a few months.  They will come back again mid-March but not as many will come through.  Their colors are vibrant and amazing as is the length of their tongues used to sip nectar out of the center of flowers or feeders!
Before the RR, when we lived in a house with a second floor, on the balcony, I set up hummingbird feeders and then my desk and chair right inside the door so I could open it early in the morning and sit and watch the feeders with binoculars.  For several months, I worked and watched the little hummingbirds come to get a drink, dive-bomb each other over a "flower" on the feeder, swarm a poor bird to get it to move so the others could drink and more.  It was absolutely fascinating--better than any movie or TV show ever.  Now, I am forever one of their biggest fans.  Some of the dogs love the sounds they make and will bark lightly back to them.  Not one tries to chase them or harm them (plus the little birds are like rockets, they fly so fast if they want to instead of hovering, beating or rotating their wings at, I think, 600 times a minute).  A few dogs have tried to drink the nectar or taste the seed or definitely try to eat the suet from our other feeders so we have to hang them up high. 
(For No Melt Suet (different flavors) and metal-grid suet hangers, contact Wild Birds Unlimited.  They also carry No Mess seed--which is a must have.  It is unshelled so it won't grow in your grass or garden if spilled--and birds are messy but squirrels--love squirrels--can be messier!  We learned our lesson...
One year, instead of buying No Mess seed, I put out fully shelled black-oil sunflower seeds all around the fences and feeders and kept replenishing it. It was very inexpensive and we had lots and lots of birds visiting.  Suddenly though, it seems, we had thousands upon thousands of sunflower plants growing in the flower beds, grass, in the bushes.  It was so overwhelming, it was hysterically funny and one of those memories we just will never forget.)  Please take care of the birds and little animals (you can buy corn feeders and dried corn cobs at the home repair stores for the squirrels).  Remember, they all need clean water, too, so get a hanging water dish or bird bath and place it near your feeders.)
On a serious note...I never have recovered from emergency surgery this summer, due to a nurse's repeated neglect and then injury. (Yes, I filed a formal complaint at the time with the hospital--just in case I had complications and my insurance company had to cover them.  Imagine how bad it had to have been to do that from a bed in THE ICU, when I couldn't even stand or sit up, with three IVs in one arm and a blood transfusion going in the other arm.)  I have a hospital-acquired antibiotic-resistant infection (Klebsiella Pneumoniae) and it is serious.  It was initially treatable with oral antibiotics but the test results were ignored for several months and now it has gone to my kidneys, intestines, more. I have a couple of treatment options that all involve a hospital for a period of time in some form.  I was hoping by now that I'd be ready to run a marathon after recovering but God said, "Not so fast..."
I have been having fevers, pain in my back, guts and more.  Two different oral antibiotics didn't work (they were tried too late in the game) and earlier this week, one of the docs called me to meet her at the hospital to discuss going on IV antibiotics for a week, never mind the possibility of more tests and possible surgery after that. I am going to take a couple of days to research what they want to do and what alternatives I may have, including getting a second opinion and checking in with other types of alternative health practitioners. Ugh.  I haven't had more than an hour's energy at a time and now at least I know why!
I will know more toward the end of next week.  I am concerned but remember, I always walk in faith and not by sight. This infection has a more than 50% mortality rate even if being treated.  That said, I am praying and counting on coming out of this stronger and better than before so please send a prayer when you can.  Prayer helps always, especially when all else can't. I am here today because of your prayers and God's will.   I will update you as I can.  For those of you who are wondering, Someone is holding his own, thank God, even though the tremors are getting worse and there is an observable decline in areas of "executive function"--planning, thinking ahead, trouble-shooting, reasoning and logic, organizing, etc. He is still a "dog whisperer." His gentleness and kindness toward the dogs really is amazing to watch.
The Rescue Ranch has been a life-changing experience.  My heart is forever changed for the better.  I don't look at anything the same anymore. Animals are just precious--and smarter than we ever thought! I know also now that health, life and love are really all that matter--they are all delicate and priceless so live each day trying to make a difference, even a small difference, leaving no regret behind--only blessings.
Sending lots of love and always, Hugs from the Herd.
Archives: Brindy trying to beat Millie and Maggie to the first treat at my writing window.
(The area now looks like a forest and the girls all still happily play together in it!)


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Please send e-cards or e-credits to:  This is an SOS for dog bones, treats, chews. 


We'll be at the bottom of the bin is a day or two which hasn't ever happened before. 


Dream Bones, Chewlottas, Dingo can get more ideas on the RR amazon Wish List (it is treat-centric right now) OR you can send much needed amazon or paypal credit to to be used to buy them


OR you can mail or drop off to our mail stop: Rescue Ranch, 4057 Riley Fuzzel Road, Ste. 500-130, Spring, TX  77386 (the Rayford Road address is no longer).  THANK YOU!!


Grateful.  Always Always Grateful.



Bitty Bits loves bed pillows!  After one of mine fell off my bed, Bitty quickly made his bed out of it. 

Now, we put waterproof cases on "his" pillow--they can be changed daily while protecting the pillow since

because of the disabilities he incurred due to injury, he is incontinent, especially during his sleep.




 Rambler and Joe (his nose tucked in), one of our Angel's dogs all the way in Tennessee.

God called Joe's name this week--a sweet, much beloved, 17 year old Doxie.

He was rescued by an angel--who loves him to the moon and back.

Sending kisses to heaven, Joe, so many kisses. 

Go run with Juliet (I think she came to get you) and all of our angels--and THE angels!




For When They Leave Us…


And God asked the feline spirit
“Are you ready to come home?”


“Oh, yes, quite so,” replied the precious soul.
“And as a cat, you know I am most able to decide anything for myself.”


“Are you coming then?” asked God
“Soon”, replied the whiskered angel.
“But I must come slowly
My human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.”


“But don’t they understand?” asked God –
“That you’ll never leave them?”
“That your souls are intertwined, for all eternity,
That nothing is created or destroyed,
It just is . . . forever and ever and ever?”


“Eventually they will understand” replied the cat
“For I will “Whisper” in her heart – that I am always with her.
I just am . . . forever and ever and ever!


– Unknown




Rescue a Doxie--a Dachshund--in Joe's honor! 

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Archives: Maya and her BFF, James.

THURSDAY....Still trying to write update! 


Please stop by over the weekend OR if you are on the email list, I will send out an email when there is a new post.


All is well.  Just a very complicated doctor week that wasn't expected. Our site will be on the new platform hopefully by the end of September!


Amazon credits/gift cards are much needed.  Please send e-cards or e-credits to:


Grateful.  Always Grateful.




Sunday, September 16, 2018


A new post is coming--check back on TUESDAY afternoon.  Our new site is still a week or so away.  Changing platforms is a little complicated--so we don't lose our blog/history, it all needs to be copied and saved first.


Saying prayers for the Carolinas and all of the angels who have gone there to help in all ways.  We know all too well, having lived through Hurricane Harvey in 2017, what they feel like.  I still wish animals weren't left behind or that shelters would take them in.  Their little lives need to be saved and they need to be safe, too.  Sigh.


Sending Love and Hugs to all!


(Catch up on the RR--just read the posts below!)


The End of Summer and another Good-bye   August 31, 2018


Dear sweet Angels,


We are looking forward to a fresh start this fall with renewed spirit and cooler has been a long, difficult summer at best.


After a long stay in the ICU, preceded by a harrowing emergency and trip to the ER--and a near-death experience myself,  when I got back, I was thanking God that all of the dogs at the Rescue Ranch survived my absence.  I would have been crushed had any passed while I was involuntarily away.  (I consider it my honor and personal duty to care for them and to help them pass if God deems it their time.)


Taking care of animals, in this case dogs, with delicate health and extraordinary medical needs and care is a 24/7 mission that requires as much a commitment spiritually as it does mentally and physically.  Having absolutely no choice in the matter, I had to relinquish supervision of the RR dogs to three volunteers who dutifully followed instructions and contacted me as often as they could--as long as I was conscious and could talk.  There were times that this was just not possible.  I have taken care of special needs animals for so long that even with an emailed photo or description of a symptom, I knew what to do or who to call.  Calling vets and using Google from the ICU was a luxury I didn't expect to have but was grateful for (hospitals are all internet-capable now at no extra charge) but I could only muster the strength for it occasionally.  


Getting Back to Life at the RR


When I got home in May, I could barely walk.  It felt like a wide, tight band was wrapped around my entire abdomen.  Even after transfusions (which were against my wishes initially but saved my life in the long run), I had lost so much blood that I didn't have the energy to do much of anything.  I still can't really eat normally and the docs said the side effects of what happened will be long-lasting.  Boost Breeze protein juice boxes, eggs, low-sodium vegetable broth with an occasional cookie have kept me alive although my mind and grumbling tummy are calling for me to eat something else.  I have awhile yet before I am back to my 'ole vegetarian self.  Many of the carnivorous RR dogs (with constant exposure to vegetarian food) think that what I am eating is gourmet and want to eat it, too, instead of or in addition to their own food--and so I share!  I always always have. 


When I should have been taking care of myself, and letting others take care of the dogs, three dogs, now four, sequentially got catastrophically ill and God suddenly or eventually called their name.  There has never been a time since I got home from the hospital that I could rest easy and just heal.  First Jade, then Precious, Girl and now Maya. 


I remember as I was being carted off to the ER, as I said good-bye to whoever I was passing and as my forever friend, Girl, the Texas Pearl, tried to come with me,  I was wondering silently but with great anxiety, how many dogs' health would destabilize because of my absence.  I now know the answer.  


Taking care of animals in some of these conditions is most times a dance--you have to listen and respond hourly, daily, all the time to their different sounds.  Just a change in their bark or inability to bark, the way they walk or inability to walk or the slowing down of their steps, the speed of their breathing or inability to breath, etc. requires that something different be done, be given, be taken care of.  I am always on alert for a change--any change.  And, as of a few years ago, Someone's health and well-being was added to my watch list. 


(When the new formatted website is up and running, I will write a story about each of the RR dogs--those that we saved, those that we lost and those still here.  There is the possibility of losing some content in this transition to new website platforms so I want to wait.  I have lost so many blogs and stories in the past from computer or host glitches right as I was about to post them.  I don't have it in me to do that again right now.)




Miss Maya was probably the oldest dog that came to the Rescue Ranch mid 2010.  She had a lot of medical issues but in particular, she had arthritis in her hips.  Eventually, in just the last month or so, she began to have trouble walking, then in the last days, she could not get up without assistance and eventually, in her last day, she could not get up at all--but her friends kept her company as did I, with constant visits from Someone who was particularly close to her.


Maya was a giant--a giant White Shepherd but also a giant, loving personality.  She loved her bones and treats even up until the last hours before God called.  She passed as peacefully as she lived but there is a giant space where she slept that holds her bed but is still empty. And, as sad as we all are not to see her smiling face and enjoy her gentle nature, we are happy for her to be released from the pain and debility that her illness brought.  In our hearts, Maya is running with the angels and playing with her RR family, we pray, and that makes us able to smile through our tears.



Archives: Thankfully, Maya was able to experience a rare Texas "snow." December, 2017


As we begin a new month, we look forward to telling you our stories, so many stories, and sharing what we have learned.  In taking care of so many who have passed (pets and people, too), I can tell you that every single moment counts.  In just a heartbeat, things can change--so never take anything or anyone for granted. 


I have also learned that each animal or person is like a wrapped package--all very different on the outside--but in the middle is a gift or soul of pure love that feels just as big in the tiniest or the biggest when they pass.  What is left behind is just a shell--the essence of what we love and know has gone on.  Every single one looks upward when they pass if they haven't slipped into a coma before that moment.  If conscous, and most are, they seem to become aware that someone or something has entered the room and is there to escort them to the Great Beyond and sit up or leap up and then they collapse and are gone. It is a miraculous experience. Thankfully, we believe that they are always with us in spirit--somehow, someway--so we look forward to a joyous reunion whenever God calls our names--but not a minute before!


Thank you for being Angels.  Please continue to write to us at or you can use our mailing address (that changed--see above--due to a franchisee dispute at the mail stop. Our old mail receiver closed its' doors.)    


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Remember that we love you and care for you so very much.  As soon as the new website format is changed (a few more weeks), I will begin writing regularly again.  Until then, I am going to try to catch up on some rest and reorganize a little bit (caring for terminally ill animals means that you need a lot of things--fast, sometimes furiously--and there is no time to put everything away) and get our much used and needed dryer fixed.  It just stopped working in the middle of a storm. (It is 18 years old so we may need to replace it. Ugh.) 


Sending Love and Hugs from the Herd.

Grateful.  Always.




...all animals are!



Maya on last days...New Website coming soon!  August 24, 2018  


Hello Angels!  It has been a long, difficult summer.  Recovering from surgery after a life or death gastric bleed from a perforated (unknown) ulcer and subsequent (current) complication, life has not been easy.  Thank you for your patience!


Our website hosting company is requiring that our site be transferred to a new format--so as soon as it is transferred over technically, you will see new features and a big difference.  There will be articles, product reviews, stories about the dogs individually and more.  It is all a work in progress right now.  Just keep checking back after Labor Day.


Maya is on her last hours or days so we'd really appreciate your prayers for her peaceful passing.  She has been at the RR since 2010.  Based on her teeth, she is between 14-16 so she has had a good, long life--although before the RR, reading her medical records and history, I think it was a hard life. Her BFF, the black and tan larger Min Pin, James, has been keeping her company as has Charlee, our little ambassador since my beloved Poppy passed. As I pet her and talk to her about heaven, I find myself wondering if she ever had puppies.  I never knew that but I hope she did.  


Spending so much time tending to animals (or people) in their last days and hours, you really get to know everything about them.  It is a very special, sacred time that I would not trade no matter how hard physically and emotionally it is during and after...  I always ask each to bring our prayers and collective hellos with them when they pass, tell them to make sure to find Jesus and their RR friends.  I tell each one to take a piece of my own heart with them--and leave a piece of theirs behind in its place.  In the last days, I let them wear my personal cross necklace while I wear the cross or medal (I put on a beautiful ribbon) that they will eventually be buried in.  Of course, it is all only figurative but truly I feel like my heart is almost totally "dog"--or in my world, becoming just the pure love that they each are made of.


Taking care of a critically ill dog is very challenging no doubt. Taking care of many of them, is an honor.  I promised each of them that they could stay at the RR until they were adopted (Maya was unadoptable because of severe hip issues) or until God called.  Until the very last dog, I will stand in that promise no matter how difficult or the sacrifices it will take from us.  This is about souls, about life, about the heart which means so much more than anything else in the entire world.


Originally, it was our intention to continue adopting dogs, birthing them, rehabbing them and rotating the adoptables and taking in others that needed help.  Then, in late 2015, our primary benefactor not only was diagnosed with a terminal illness but eventually lost his job.  His disability income is just a fraction of what his working income was so when we had to choose between giving up our mission or giving up human creature comforts, we chose the latter.  We'd much rather buy cooling gel beds for arthritic dog hips then new shoes!  Time management and stress management factored into the choice--the doors had to be closed (at least for the time being) but everyone who was here, gets to stay as long as need be. They had all been abandoned at least once, most multiple times and so the morally right thing to do was to pray and to keep the RR together.


Our support has dwindled severely, especially since it is impossible to blog right now with updates and requests for help. But, it is practically impossible to stress HELP IS NEEDED when help is needed the most--it is actually the hardest time to reach out for it.  Right now, AMAZON credits for food, medical supplies, beds, etc. is very much needed.  Our monthly budget for maintaining the RR was $2200.  Critically ill animals needs and care skyrocket that budget number.  Currently, our monthly support is less than $3-500 on average, credits and goods combined.  Gulp, Gulp and Gulp.


Hoping the new format brings new readers and angels.  It is going to be a challenge to get things done by Labor Day but here's to hoping.  In the meantime, we'd appreciate all of your prayers.  We believe with our hearts and souls that God hears all of our prayers.  He has never let us fall down, no matter how things look, we always walk by faith and not by sight. Always.  


Thank you all for your cards (my birthday and about 15 dogs' birthdays is this month), prayer cards, food, gifts, kind emails and words and prayers.  Some day, we are going to find a way to let YOU know how much you mean to us--and I hope it is before we all meet up in heaven!



 Maya can sit up with help--but she is very weak.  Prayers for Maya please.  You would love her if you could get to know her.



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Archives: Monroe and Jade.  Monroe was in love with Marilyn, his forever partner in life, who was a red Min Pin. 

They did everything together.  They even rolled over at the same time when sleeping!

She passed of severe diabetes complications within four months of being surrendered after losing their house. 

Their family thought their uncontrolled urination was just a bad habit setting in due to the stress of the situation, when in fact, they both had diabetes. Severe thirst and urination are tell-tale symptoms. 

Monroe had several red Min Pins at the RR that he was "in love" with--always trying to find a new someone to comfort him but truly, Marilyn Monroe were life partners forever. 

Jade was more of a people "person" but was very kind to Monroe when he was mourning--and YES, animals DO indeed mourn.





Bunny and Maya helping me plant some flowers...



Maya is camera-shy--and was being silly!



Maya came to the RR in 2010, with a case of hip dysplasia, advanced arthritis and more. She was very sick when she was rescued.

She is a big girl--a tall, lanky, white Shepherd who is a gentle giant and so sweet--and when given a bone, she loves to take it in her mouth and swings her head around in joy!

But...Maya is having terrible trouble keeping her hips working together and keeping herself stable.  We had to get her industrial rubber mats to line her walkway for support indoors

and may need to do it outside as well.  Even then, we have to pick her rear end up on occasion and reset her hips.  I pray that she doesn't break anything and that we can find a solution to her problem soon.

She just started Piroxicam for osteoarthritis, in addition to a list of supplements, so in a few weeks, we should see a difference.

Thank you for your prayers.




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Summer, 2018: Remembering Our Beloved Friends

God called.





Girl, our Texas Pearl also known as Squirrel was the "nurse dog" at the Rescue Ranch!



 Brave Precious we called Precie Prec.



Jade D. Jade  The only green-eyed dog we've ever met--or loved.




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Looking forward to that glorious day when God calls us, too, to the Rainbow Bridge--

...but before then, there is lots more to do and many animals who still need help.


Sending kisses to Heaven.  So very many kisses--and prayers.


God called...  June 3, 2018 Early morning


While this blog will still be on sabbatical through June, 2018, honoring an angel cannot be missed. 


Very, very unexpectedly, little sweet Jade suddenly passed away in my arms on Sunday morning of an unexpected medical complication. She would have been ten on Sept. 8.  She was the only dog with beautiful jade-green eyes that we have ever known.  She was a whisper of a dog because she was really a little angel, pure love wrapped up in a mini Min Pin body.   She is in heaven now with her best friend, Baby Baby, whose name was called late 2016. Jade missed her every day.  (Her story will be posted once this blog is done with a much needed rest.)




Archives: Baby Baby, Jade D. Jade and Kasey Kase.   Three angels we knew on earth and now in heaven.



Sending kisses and prayers to all of our animals and loved ones.  

We love you more than words can express.

If we didn't know that heaven is real and that

God and Jesus exist, we would be devastated.

Instead, we look forward to seeing you again, God willing. 

We will look up at heaven, think of you and smile through our tears. 


May, 2018 


The RR blog is taking the month of May off.  A much deserved break was due.

There is still a big need for DingoRingos at in the BULK section.

Also, another $165 is needed to pay the May medicine bill.

Thank you for caring.


RR Angels may get an update earlier.




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Grateful. Extremely grateful. 




Friday, April 20, 2018


Living without expectations of any kind, basically living moment to moment, is difficult at best. No To-Do list gets done (or takes forever to get through), no normal task is met with normal expectations,  nothing is done without repeating it six to eight times, writing it down, going over it a few more times, then debating for an hour if there is any merit in the five minute task and if none is found usually by Someone, dealing with complete disregard of the original task or request after going through all of that is mind bending.  



Repeat directions or requests...Like if I want to take a shower?  I can, but expect that every single time, that the washer will be turned on the hot cycle so I am ice cold.  Someone just "forgot" again.  Ask that Someone to take a shower, I hear a confirmation twice a day, every day but keep asking, suggesting, until and only until there is a doctor's appointment, will it happen.  Someone still wants the docs to think he is not declining. 


Since Someone's state changes day to day, hour to hour, unless I see signs of active illness (yes, there are both physical and neurological signs), I assume that  I can count on simple things to get done.  I am learning to never assume...


Penny, a fairly new diabetic dog, didn't want to eat her chicken breast that was all chopped up for her lunch.  Since I had just boiled and refrigerated a dozen eggs the night before, I asked Someone to just add a little egg to her chicken.  I knew she loves egg.  I assumed Someone would break off a piece of an egg and mix it in.


After I put in a load of blankets, I saw Penny intently ready to eat and Someone watching TV.  All looked normal.  I went over to see how far along Penny was in her meal.  To my surprise, sitting in a nest of chopped chicken, were two whole but peeled eggs!  I had to resist the urge to burst out laughing because Someone would have been offended. I could tell that he felt like "he did good." I had to leave the room, for one time Penny got to eat two eggs--after she figured how "how to"!  Much later, I mentioned that a piece of one egg would be enough and crumbling it in to the chicken would be a better idea. The question is will Someone remember next time? I know enough now not to count on it or anything anymore.  Reality is suspended for Someone most days. There still are a few hours, a few days a week, where I recognize that the old Someone is "home." When that is gone, it will be devastating.


I will write more as soon as possible. One angel thankfully came forward to order Dingo Ringos (see post below).  Hoping there is a second...I am trying to to just manage life moment by moment and the dogs are happiest, having Dingo Ringos, which is VIP right now.  Prayers are much needed, too, for a whole host of reasons.


Sending much love and always,

Hugs from the Herd



Pretty Penny with the golden eyes that now are clouded over in the center from diabetes cataracts.

I pray, God points me to a remedy.  Every second of my free time is devoted to medical research for many.

 She has never left Someone's side, day or night, for ten years.  


 Her owner was an elderly woman who was putting out plates of treats for her five dogs--intended to last the entire day.  Penny ate them all right away.

Penny was surrendered when the woman was moving to assisted living and was so obese, she looked like a dog's head was on a balloon body.  Replacing one third of her meals with pumpkin or string beans for months brought her weight back to normal but I can not help but wonder if her diet in her early years is causing the diabetes now. 




Tuesday, April 17, 2018 8:11 AM  (No rest yet tonight for the weary.)

I'm writing today...hopefully can finish by tonight. Writing five to ten minutes at a time, for a total of three to four hours, seems to take an eternity. And that is just for one blog post with pics.  To write an article, I used to sit down for a total of eight to ten hours.  I can't imagine how long one would take at this pace.  (Seems like if I crack the computer open or try to get in the shower, pandemonium happens because I am distracted and Someone knows it. I have had to give up all expectation of concentration or privacy. This is not an easy road to travel at all!)


Please check back lateeeeee tonight or tomorrow. 


Sending much love and prayers--

Hugs from the Herd and their people 


PS Dingo Ringo ALERT!!   We are out of them.  Eek!! Can you please order some (bulk) at or make a gift on PayPal and I will order them for you.  There are some things that are simply necessary for MY survival, too!  These are VIP.  Please. Grateful.



When I used to have time, I would sort the laundry out on the dining room table--with few dogs allowed nearby and an ironing board set up.  Kasey, the dog of his soldier, Mark, used to jump up and "conquer" the pile--and what a pile it was.  Now, it is just easier to do each load and deal with it on the spot (10 extra large loads a day).  Kasey would have a field day! Sending kisses to one of our angels in heaven.  So many kisses.

Just a Little Laugh...Saturday, April 7, 2018.  Early.


I was told this week to take at least three days off of email, phone--stress (ha!)--and to get lots of sleep.  I have felt a little disconnected but my eye lid swelling went down, my gums stopped seeping blood so much and the awful, flat-out deep grinding (Eek, the horrible sound!) of my teeth stopped (all stress-related).  I learned that higher doses of Vitamin C powder--as mixed ascorbates--would help with the stress.  I need to find it and order some.  


Eating at Sonic (cheese sticks and a cheese sandwich with tomatoes) stay down (nausea and profuse vomiting (and the reverse) is also a side effect of this level of stress) but we are out of gift cards to go there right now, Someone knows that we can't stretch the budget to eat there so I have to do whatever possible to get there at least once a week, paying with quarters and dimes if need be (if I paid with dollars, Someone will literally snatch them out of my hand at the check-out and just walks out the door and gets in the car, leaving me no choice but to explain that he is ill (which he does not like me doing, especially in public) but he can't "dexterity-wise" handle taking away coins without making a big mess, so he just frowns at me the entire time--but using gift cards are "approved." Eating certain things and being very careful with my diet (I am a vegetarian who needs a high fat diet!) makes a huge difference to my body being able to continue functioning at this rate. I do not know why.


This is just a small example of what life is like when someone's brain is failing. Yes, I understand that I am making concessions that I normally could not live with but Someone is progressively ill with a nasty illness and his brain--and body--are failing.  It is very, very sad and takes an extraordinary dose of patience and love to persevere. This is where memories or remembering how things should be is very important.


When the doctor told me that I was severely sleep deprived, I wasn't able to regulate my body temp and more, I took it very seriously. He kinda scared me. After four days though of trying to rest and let all but the "must-do's" be done, my eyes are fully opened and for about eight hours, I had a period of feeling rested and at peace. After just two years, I had forgotten what it was like to feel "normal." (I appreciated every minute of that zen-like feeling.  It was such a break from being tied in knots inside 24/7, taking care of Someone, who is exponentially getting worse, but at the same time is in complete denial--which just breaks my heart. He wants to be back at work and his count-on-him-for-anything self and I want him to be well and back to Mr. Sunshine, who adored me even at my worst. Fleeting glimpses of his "well" self is what I settle for now.)


Last "night," about 5:30-6:00 AM, Someone decided to go to sleep early, after giving up his plans to walk around the neighborhood in his undies (after many objections!).  I so wanted to go lay down for an hour and rest my back but I remembered that Bunny needed ear drops; Pasha needed a sitz bath of her bottom end and then ointment slathered all over it; Bitty needed milk-water and Penny needed a snack and an insulin shot.  Both Bits and Penny are getting MSM eye drops to try to slow down or reverse their encroaching early-onset, disease-caused blindness; I had a few pieces of laundry soaking in the tub that needed to get in the washer; Maya needed her hip arthritis meds and supplements (it is getting bad);... of the twins, Bellie has an infection of a teat (possible mammary cancer--she needs a biopsy) and needed to be slathered in Silver Sulfadiazine and her abdomen wrapped with sterile gauze; Brindy needed antibiotics for an infection secondary to heartworms; Bellie also need antibiotics and then Millie and Brindy wanted to go out (which is easier than cleaning up a mess)! Rocky and Maggie have hip dysplasia, among other things, and needed their supplements; Junie needed new linens in her crate, Precious needed water, and on and on it went. (Quick tip: Dogs are smart and after awhile, catch on to meds hidden in peanut butter or pill pockets and eat the good stuff but at the very, very end, spit out the pills or capsules.  On a hunch, I bought a tub of whipped "Pub Cheese" that you can easily spread on crackers OR easily craft into cheese balls with meds inside! They are gulped down before I can even blink!)


So, you can imagine as Someone snored away, falling asleep in his recliner, refusing to go to bed and get on his CPAP machine with extra accessories, I found myself batty-eyed tired.  Breakfast would have to wait an hour while I put ice packs down my back and around my head.   I was practically sleeping my way into my fold-away cot in the dining room (so I can watch all exit doors, even though they are now alarmed and have an early warning system of...jingle bells!)


I got a bottle of cold water to take to "bed," and went into the bathroom to put some Vaseline on my lips.  Lately, I have been adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil to the alcohol spray bottles I use to spray out crates or clean up messes (smells nice, so I was a little surprised but not concerned when the Vaseline kind of tingled on my lips.  I figured that I must have had some residual peppermint oil on my finger and it would do me no harm so I went to lay down.)


After the ice sufficiently numbed my back and headache, I got up to use the bathroom and start the morning routines.  Someone was still snoring away, tucked in with a nice soft blanket and Penny, with her beautiful golden eyes, was sleeping next to him.  All would be quiet while I got everyone's (people and dog) breakfasts ready.  I didn't need to be a safety monitor at the same time. Tired relief.


I flipped the switch on in the bathroom. For the first time that day, I saw myself in the mirror.  Last time, I was operating in the dark so as not to wake Someone...


I could not believe what I saw--and I began to chuckle very QUIETLY.  The toothpaste and Vaseline tubes are similar and about two inches away from each other.  I had covered my mouth in toothpaste--so that was the tingling I felt.  Lord have mercy!


I brushed my teeth and corrected the situation but later in the day, when I went to eat a quick snack of Dorritos and cheese slices (rare--just that they were handy.  Someone wanted to try a snack that Kasey's soldier, Mark, told me on a phone call that he was craving--cottage cheese with Nacho Dorritos to scoop it up), my lips stung! I couldn't figure out why and then I remembered that they had been soaked in toothpaste for awhile earlier in the morning! I just had to smile to myself.  Someone wouldn't understand nor care to hear what I did, even though when his sun-shiny real self shows up for a few hours every third or fourth day now, he would have kissed my boo-boo/my cheek and laughed, too!


Appreciate your life--every sweet second of it.  When it changes, those memories will be what sustains you.


Love much and always, Hugs from the Herd (and their people)


PS  Both amazon e-credits and about $410 on PayPal is needed this month to pay for the dogs' meds to so far this month and to order food and supplements. We are at your mercy right now.  All should be emailed to  I simply cannot do any more--like go to work, which I would be thrilled to do!!


Grateful. Very grateful.


(I will write more about the dogs this weekend--so checking back later Monday would be a fair bet.  If I get distracted, check back later the next day.  Thank you for your patience--and your powerful, precious prayers--during this incredibly difficult, getting more difficult, time. Thank God. He is my Anchor and I know He hears your prayers or I would be lost.)





Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018


Just a quick post to wish everyone a blessed and happy Easter and Passover!  We have dogs that come from multi-religions and so we just celebrate them all!


Thank you so much to our angels, known and yet-to-be-known, for helping the RR dogs.  We are all extremely grateful.


I'll save the medical updates for after the holiday.  There is no sense in you worrying about a dog (or two--needing surgery) or a human when there is nothing that can be done today.   Just enjoy your family, thank God for every second of every day--you never know when things will change.  I can testify to that first-hand both in my personal life and as a dog rescuer.


When God calls, He calls. That's it. When there is an illness that progresses fast, there is no turning back.  Accidents happen in the blink of an eye.  Just be present and conscious of the love and joy of whatever your situation is and share the same with your pets--for it is their only little life, too, and you are their caretaker and connection to everything good.  Celebrate your life, life.  It is but for a brief moment in time.


Sending lots of love and always, Hugs from the Herd!






 Just sharing some sweet Easter memories...




Maggie and Bunny...




Maggie decided she rather preferred those weird ears that Bunny had on!




Brindy grabbed Millie by her Easter dress on a race to get to the water fountain.




Kasey, Baby and Jade barely tolerated sitting still for a pic!




Pasha loves flowers!




Bunny and the twins, Sissy (brown) and Bellie (black) were our Easter Angels--for at least a few minutes.




Bunny, Poppy, Girl and Ada--it isn't easy getting everyone to cooperate when it is picture time!




My beloved Poppy was so funny.  He and Mama Mia would be hysterical if I even left their sight--

They would literally jump for joy when I came back.  I miss that.  I miss them.

My life will be whole again when I see all of my loves over the "Rainbow Bridge."



Just a Funny Story...   Sunday, March 18, 2018  Late


I have long since been a  "vanilla" girl--cake, frosting, cookies, etc.  The exceptions are walnut fudge brownies and Palmer Easter bunnies!  Now, I've had a taste of some of the best chocolates in the world, but Palmer bunnies still are my favorite. I wonder if it is a partial/major association to my childhood. For as long as I can remember, the Easter Bunny always brought a Palmer's bunny either on the side of, or as the center piece of my Easter basket, cleverly (always) hidden behind my bedroom door!



Ady Ada and Girl, the Texas Pearl, kept guard over my precious bunny !   



I think if no one was looking, Ada, who had the fastest wagging tail in southeast Texas, may have

enjoyed the bunny--and pretended that her frog did it!



One year, when I was about 10, my parents thought I would like the white chocolate Palmer's bunny.   It was such a disappointment, I was scarred for life! Not only did I not eat my bunny that year, I was sad inside instead of happy (I never told them so I didn't hurt their feelings) but I never ate white chocolate again (except in peppermint bark).


But this is not my funny story--it involves Someone and the Palmer's bunnies.


Last week, we were in a store and the Easter display was up.  I figured we had a few weeks until Easter.  Knowing that my bunnies sell out, Someone bought two while I was shopping. Technically, both are for me but since I always share everything, we each really get our own bunny.


When we got home, instead of hiding them, Someone handed me the bunnies. "Easter is THIS weekend," he said with absolute certainty.  "The stores have everything out for the holiday and I know your Palmer's bunnies will be sold out soon."  (He can't hide anything anymore until say, a holiday. Someone would forget where it was within an hour or two.)


I hugged him and thanked him for his thoughtful gesture, which under the circumstances, are far and few between, mostly because he can't remember things--so these gestures mean a lot to me.   I would be crushed, too, if I missed out on my Palmer's bunny--and the one with the candy eyes and carrot--not the newer painted versions! (One year, we had to share one that was about two inches tall because all of the stores were sold out! Ah, the memories...sweet memories.)


Then, I felt bad. Easter to me, every single year, is a quiet time of prayer and reflection.  I hold the entire week as holy and only on Easter Sunday morning, do I "break" the reverence and prayer.  I thought, for the first time in my life that I had messed up and missed my Easter week observance.


Just to be sure, I looked it up on the 'net and found out that Easter Sunday is actually on April 1! I was relieved and then, watching a movie, I just couldn't resist eating my bunny (and sharing the other one) pre-Easter. Someone seemed a little perplexed but then realized what had happened and said, "I guess I'm gonna to have to get two more bunnies?" "Yep," I said with a smile as we laughed, both having yummy, chocolate covered fingers!


Sending much love and always, Hugs from the Herd!! 


Friday, March 16 Sometime, Anytime

To say that taking care of someone with Lewy Body Disease or Dementia is easy, is not the truth. And unlike other dementias, where the patient slowly and peacefully slips deeper into the disease, in this disease, they go kicking and screaming, not even acknowledging that there is a problem, even if it is glaring before them. Most days, I go between being grossed out by any one of things, none of them Someone himself (and it takes a lot for me to get to that place), frustrated, holding onto the last fray of my wit's end--all of which is an understatement.  

Allowing "safe delusions" to be treated as truth took me awhile to adjust to but that is easy now.  Being babysitter, safety monitor, constant fixer of unintended screw-ups and an absolute, stern parent figure are very hard especially when the mental push back is strong.  Someone used to take care of everything, with confidence and competence, and he still wants to. While Someone wants to be normal, it is more and more clear that reality--or my/our version of it--is slipping away, despite my best efforts to stop or slow it down. Then, unexpectedly, like a spontaneous blessing, there are still hours or most of a day of clear-mindedness, even laughter, just in a weaker, slower body.

For dignity's sake, I will save the details for a later date, but know that I think of you always, but my sit-down time is so limited. Daily, I deal with the nausea, anxiety, and the rushes of cortisol I feel flood my blood constantly like acid being released, getting ready to intervene at any moment, especially when I hear any machine go on or a slip and fall sound! Tonight, it was bandaging a knee that crashed into a gate that has been there for ten years.  I realize that I am in a constant state of an emergency alert. It doesn't help that Someone goes to bed at 7 AM, when my alarm to get up has always been set at 6:50 AM.  That means, if I plan right, I can get a nap for an hour or two (on a lucky day) before Someone gets up, and I thank God. I am flat-out exhausted.  Thankfully, with Dingo Ringos and DreamBones, the dogs are willing to be patient and work around my schedule.  I cannot stress how important having a supply of them is. Please.

What is interesting, is that Someone, with input/remote supervision, is better than me still, at making special diets for the dogs.  They like his way of mixing and making things.  While I would take an hour per total feeding for everyone, he likes to take four hours but he makes each a dinner that delights! He also has his favorites and makes sure that they surround him watching TV all night and then sleeping, whether in a recliner or in bed.  Losing Chula in 2016 was devastating and almost required hospitalization, I can't imagine losing one of his gang now.

In January, a simple task of putting a coupon and check in an envelop, got our health insurance cancelled.  After waiting for the check's return, we found that he had put the coupon in the envelop backward, address not seen through the plastic window, so after weeks of battle, having to produce the stamped, returned inverted envelop (never open something like that or it would have invalidated it--it is evidence and had to be sent back in to a review committee), and explanation,  it was finally reinstated last week.  Same with the internet.  It too was restored after a week or so of being down. Ugh.

To say your help is needed more than ever right now,  is an understatement more than I can begin to tell you.  Any way, any how, any time.  Individual-sized canned dog food--not the big cans but the 5 oz or 10 oz tubs by the cases and any/all long-term chews are very much needed  (we are OK on the 3 oz size for now) or you can put a paypal credit on the account or send an amazon credit and I can order whatever you want.  (Please be patient on my return emails but please don't stop sending them.  They are like a mental life-line for me.)  The email to use for any e-credit is

I will write more about the dogs this week, they are so absolutely precious but in the middle of a tough few weeks, it has simply been impossible to write much.  I find it amazing that they know that something is wrong and have the patience to be fluid enough to accommodate the situation--and still be happy.  Animals just have beautiful souls and I think are much smarter than we give them credit for (or that I used to--now, I know).

Love much and always, Hugs from the Herd (and their people!)

March 14, 2018. Late. 


Sorry I haven't checked in for a few weeks. I have had an awful earache that is just starting to go away after a week of antibiotics.  (Tried natural remedies first.) Also, Someone has had a few rough weeks.  Not only is dawn or later his bedtime but it is my wake-up time!  Someone's memory is coming and going.  Tonight, he had to have dinner three times, about two hours apart.  If Someone can't remember something, most times, regardless of what I say, his truth stands.  I need to find out how to deal with this issue better.  On a bright note, Penny's insulin level is down from way over 600 to 292 tonight and is continuing to decline. I think we are hoping for a range of 100-150, with twice a day insulin, as the dose increases.


I will write more hopefully by Wednesday of this week.


Know that we never stop loving you or praying for you.  


Sending much love and always, Hugs from the Herd 


UPDATE, February 21, 2018



Just a quick update for everyone worried about me.  I managed to reinsert the crown and kept it there all night by using my night-guard to apply pressure.  I found a dentist who made room to see me today and I had done such a good job of putting it back in they couldn't get it back out!  I said, "Let's try dental floss again," and so I popped it right out--which is a little weird, catching your tooth on your tongue even just one time. "Hey," the dental tech responded when I cringed. "It would have been one expensive dinner had your swallowed it, so be glad that it happened when you were flossing!" The dentist was able to check everything out and it was OK so he could just put it back on without having to order a new crown.



God has a funny way of doing things--always.  Why do I say that here?  Well, I have been able to keep all of my wisdom teeth through thick and thin.  I have been clenching my teeth (you can imagine the high stress that my teeth are under given the circumstances) when I get to lay down, and every once and again, I am too tired to get back up and get my night guard.  I thought the pain on the other side of my mouth was from clenching so I didn't do anything about it.  Turns out, that after 20 years of no cavities, the dentist found one today in the wisdom tooth on the other side while he was re-cementing the crown.  Had it gone untreated longer, I may have needed a root canal or lost the tooth--BUT because of this flossing mishap, which turned out to be no big deal, he can now fix my tooth that really was in danger!  Thank God again, i thought.



The dentist was really, really fair, charged almost nothing to fix my tooth, waived the x-ray and exam fee.  Thank God, again, I thought, as we left.



I did learn, however, that for people AND dogs, that a Vitamin B6 deficiency leaves you susceptible to cavities. I have had such an upset stomach in the past two years, that I haven't had the best diet--or sometimes it just won't stay down.  I have to start taking this Vitamin and so does Someone.  I also learned that if you have a cavity and can't get it fixed right away (I have to wait a week), you can put a fluoride gel inside your night-guard to soak the tooth in it.  This nourishes the tooth and slows down the decay.  (You can buy night-guards everywhere by the toothbrushes for less than $20--and customize them per instructions on the packages.) The flouride gel requires a prescription from your dentist.



Another dawn approaching.  Time to help Someone get ready for sleepy time.  Seems like things are getting worse at an increasing pace.  Every night, all night during what is called Sundowning, there is a "crisis" that has to be dealt with and every day, it is difficult to even get Someone to wake up before Supper.  I pray that I have the strength of mind and body to handle what is yet to come.  Prayers appreciated.



Thank you for caring. Especially for caring.



PS  The RR is in need of funds to pay the second half of the medicine the dogs need.  We have $66 toward a $350 amount due.  Please see the paypal link above next to the hands holding a heart or better yet, click on Bunny's face, and give on gofundme.  The RR checking account is also negative $135.  Angels needed.  Food needs to be ordered, medicine paid.  Grateful.


Monday, February 19, 2018  Early, very early


After a full day at the Rescue Ranch, I started nighty duties early. My back was killing me and I just wanted to lay down.  "Not so fast," God must have been thinking to Himself as He chuckled. "It isn't dawn yet, kiddo!"



I realized that Bunny's ear infection needed to be cleaned and medicated.  Pasha's non-diaper diaper rash needed to be slathered in zinc oxide Boudreaux's Butt Paste.  Bittie's eyes needed ointment and his rear needed Butt Paste, too. The twins, Bellie and Sissy needed water in their tiny bottles, hanging near ground level so they can reach them. (They have water bowl anxiety--they are afraid of falling in except for the tiniest of bowls.  Plus, they get colloidal silver drops in their water to boost their tiny immune systems.) Penny, with the golden eyes, is now a full insulin independent diabetic so after she eats her baked chicken breast, she has to be syringed a combination of plain yoghurt, baby food veggies, a spoon of apples or bananas, almond oil, bone meal and cranberry with D-Mannose powder. (Diabetic animals are susceptible to urinary tract infections. The D-Mannose is the real healer, not the cranberry FYI. This applies to people, too.) This goes on twice a day, with an insulin injection to follow, urine testing for keytones and blood testing to try to build a curve to figure out her ideal dose.




Thinking I was done, Mike wanted to have an anxiety-filled conversation about finances. I am acutely aware of the situation and don't need to go to bed with a stomachache.  I have got to turn some things over to God. My shoulders are just so broad.  I felt bad but had to ask him to postpone the panic over the finances.  I got a glass of water and headed to bed again when I realized that Maya, Rocky Rocks and Maggie's hip and joint supplements and meds still needed to be doled out and Brindy's antibiotics for a secondary infection to a heavy heartworm infection were needed.  She is so easy to feed or to give medicine to.  I just make a ball of peanut butter, put the meds in the middle and she gulps it down in one swallow.  Some of the dogs feel through the peanut butter, cheese, meat, etc. and can magically eat everything but still spit out a pill!




Almost to bed, Girl coughed to remind me of her heart medicine. Charlee, who Someone has suddenly started calling "Chuck," came to get his nightly treat I trade him for letting me rub doggy nose butter on his exceptionally dry and cracking nose (it is getting better after two months).  Sweet Junie, my love, who looks like a bigger version of her Mama Mia, who passed away last October 1, 2017, didn't eat her dinner so I have to figure out why and what she will eat. Thunder, who came here with a mostly amputated tail ( with MUCH work, we were able to save 3/4 of it), always wants his shoulders rubbed and to nuzzle.  He spent so much time in our "sick bay," that he craves the same attention still.  Everyone else has clean blankets, the wash was going on load ten for the day and I had the brilliant idea to turn around and watch ten minutes of TV while I flossed my teeth.



We lost our dental insurance two years ago when Someone went on disability but I was able to find a clause to keep our medical (a story for another day). I put my water down, took out my floss and heard POP!  A back molar crown from 15 years ago was sitting in my hand. OMG. I can handle just about any emergency but teeth, especially my teeth, make me weak at the knees.  I take such good care of teeth and because I was so tired, instead of sliding the floss through, I pulled down.  UGH.  I showed the dogs sitting around me the crown and they were unphased. I wanted to be hysterical but instead, I gave out a few more back rubs (dogs love them) and googled what to do to help myself.  



I have dental and medical everything emergency books, supplies, medical and dental just about everything so I was going to reset my tooth.  Someone got wind of a problem and saw me looking for tools, supplies and instructions and his anxiety transferred to my tooth! I would trust myself to do just about anything, especially if I have to fix myself or a dog, but he was insistent that I wait to call a dentist.  I have everything I need in my bathrobe pocket but now I have to wait until he falls asleep, hopefully by dawn. Gonna need a dentist, too, whether I like it or not. Not!



So, it's going to be hours until I can sleep yet again. I am so glad I had already eaten pizza for dinner and can hold out just drinking water now until this is fixed. I hope they can just cement it back for now at least.  We do not need another bill to deal with.



In case you haven't heard, there has been a massive recall of mostly or all canned foods by a specific processor. Euthanasia chemicals have been found in the meat and some cats and dogs have died.  I have been writing for years that the lower end dog food companies buy up the euthanized shelter animals and process them into your pet food.  It is finally coming to light.  They should be sent to a state with empty kennels not killed and eaten by our unknowing animals.  The chemicals used to kill them are in the meat, therefore are in the food.  (Some barbaric shelters I know in Texas, kill the animals by sticking them in a kidney or in their heart because it is cheaper than using chemicals to stop their little, blessed hearts from beating.) Google it or I will post the link on my Facebook page Monday.



Mark Harrod, our RR little Kasey or KC's solider, is still in jail.  If you want to write to him, just send a blank email to and an auto-reply will come back with his address, rules and regs, etc. He has a VIP hearing on Wednesday, so your prayers for just a peaceful day would be appreciated. His family is still working on getting him a private attorney. Until then, he is at the mercy of the system. UGH. He and his dog were in love and in touch until God called, April, 2016.



I am writing on my phone so excuse errors, mistakes, more. I don't even know how to change the print size! I do know that we are extremely grateful to those of who who still care. As things progress with Someone, I will be here less but the need will be greater, just even the need for moral support. And yes, things are progressing but he can still walk and talk, thank God.


Sending love to all of our angels. We pray for God to bless you daily.


Hugs from the Herd (and their people) 



PS Congrats to Ringo's family, the gorgeous black cat, now an angel we know in heaven, who used to write to Bunny.  They just got back into their house after Hurricane Harvey! Welcome home!!








Saturday, Feb.10, 2018  7:00 PM


We took care of little Kasey--or KC, Junior--the Cocker Spaniel, from 2007-2016 when God called.  For Christmas, 2016, we had just lost Baby Baby and Chula Bula and I wasn't feeling much like reaching out for Christmas.  In fact, all of your cards are addressed and sitting in the same bag.  I was just so sad.  


Around Christmas, 2017, it was heavy on my heart to send Kasey's collar cross to his soldier.  They had "talked" over the years and Mark Harrod always checked in and despite being an elite paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne in Iraq, would take the time (and expense) to ask that I put the phone on speaker and put the phone next to his dog.  Every once and again, Kasey would even howl or bark back.  It was absolutely amazing.


Months before Kasey passed away, Mark slept with his army blanket next to his skin and then sent it to Kasey.  Kasey never once parted from it other than going out to potty or go for a little ride in the car.  His days of chasing flocks of birds way up high were coming to an end but everyone in Mark's life and ours, knows how Kasey tried to reach to the sky to bark after the birds!


On April 9, 2016, God called Kasey's name.  He as in our arms for several days and I sang every song I could possibly remember to him.  He didn't want to leave.  When he finally got to fly with the birds and the angels, after an honorable ceremony and blessing, Kasey was buried in his soldier's blanket.


When I tried to confirm Mark Harrod's address to send Kasey's cross to him, I found out that he was in jail, accusing of some very serious abuse allegations in the middle of a divorce.  It took effort, but I tracked him down and found out what the case is about.  The man was an upstanding soldier who loved his country, his family and his little dog.  And so, in Kasey's name, I have started a mail campaign.  Mark asked for letters to keep his soul alive while someone figures out how to help him.  He was abandoned and alone for almost two months when I found him.


The address and background is on my facebook page  I have been trying to build a base of combat vets and soliders that can relate to what he must have gone through during three hard-core tours of duty.  He was also being treated at the VA for PTSD and other side effects of combat and more (he even guarded the Iraqi embassy as a private contractor for 3-4 years after his service which I know was a high-stress job).  


I am not picking sides.  I am not the jury, judge nor God.  I just want to see a man that I knew as Kasey's soldier have some companionship and proper legal help so that at 32, he is not put away for life--for something he may not have done or done with an impairment.


I know more than I can write about but the Public Defender asked me to keep the evidence and my theories private.  This is not the man I know--and sat for many hours over the years, talking to and listening to the heart-gripping conversations between Kasey and Mark.  


So, I will update you more about the Rescue Ranch in my next post.  In the meantime, at least you know why I am so distracted.  In the few hours a day that I have, since Mark has a very serious hearing on Feb. 21, I am not only trying to get people to write to him but also contacting vet groups to see if someone will fund his defense or get him out--we have found an attorney who will take the case and who has met with Mark but I need to find a group for funding. (Personally, I think there could be grounds for a Motion to Dismiss, given all that I know.)  If you have any ideas or suggestions, please email me:  Thank you.


Our Constitution says that there is a presumption of innocence.  I have believed in that my entire life.  I also took care of a little dog for nine years and got to know his soldier, who was single and then got married and had two children--and so in Kasey's name, we will stand with Mark.  While his family stands behind him, they don't have computers or know how to help him.  He asked me to find them and see what could be done.  


Thank you for your patience and understanding.  If you want to join the facebook page, or follow it for updates, just click on the options once you get there (you can see more pics of Mark and of Mark and Kasey).  The page is public now but will be going private soon.


PlEASE help the Rescue Ranch if you can--we need wet food (amazon credits needed to place the order) and funds for medicine--on paypal or you can you the Gofundme above--just click on Bunny's face--to read more.  I can't leave to go to work with Mike and the special needs of the dogs, and I have no time free during regular working hours, but I can try to help make the world a better place with my life and sleep time.  A difference to one, is a difference to all...I think it how the quote goes!


Love always and Hugs from the Herd!



 Send a blank email to to get back my auto-reply with his address and more background.



Dingo Ringos have arrived!!  And our Crayola Angel boxes--big boxes!  I will try to get some pics for the next post.  

Trying to learn soldier/military lingo, legal issues in this case, talk to many people has just overloaded me. 

Please be patient. Grateful!


Thursday, February 8, 2018


We are here!! We are OK. I just got very involved and distracted trying to help save a decorated soldier--who was left in jail for two months and no one knew who could help him. He was Kasey's (the Cocker Spaniel) original daddy and to me, a RR Angel is like a family member! That means all of you...I will explain it all today. Check back on Friday. Never stopped thinking about you or loving you. Promise.  


Gratefully, Hugs from the Herd (and their people--me and Someone!) 

 Tuesday, January 30, 2017   Working on Blog Update...
Working on a special volunteer project and having several dogs develop everything from diabetes to tumors, my spare time has been so limited.  Three nights last week, I wrote my blog, posted pics, activated links and then my computer needed to be rebooted.  I forgot to save the blog and so when I rebooted, it was erased. Ugh.  I have to start over again so in the next couple of days I will do so.  In the meantime, your prayers for Penny are working.  After eight days of syringe-feeding her baby food as she began insulin shots, she has finally stopped throwing up and has started eating half of her meals on her own!  Another few weeks and hopefully, she'll be back to normal again--just needing insulin every twelve hours.  
Right now, prayers are needed for Maya and Pasha.  I will go into more details in my update but both developed tumors with different side effects.  
Thank you to our angels who have been helping with Dingo Ringos (we had at least a month without any--eek!) and help with the medicine bill.  We've been able to pay half of it so far but still have about $350 due.  If you could please gift on Bunny's pic above (gofundme) or paypal or send an amazon e-credit, it would all help so much.  We are also out of small cans and tubs of dog food which makes life harder for me.  When I am tired and stressed, it is so much easier to hand out a tub (or two) to each big dog and a little can to the little dogs, instead of having to dish everything out and wash the dishes, etc. 
Just see the Amazon Wish List link above to see what type of food is needed.
Sending lots of love and always, 
Hugs from the Herd (and their people)

January 17, 2017  Yes, We ARE here!


With everything going on, including several dogs getting new maladies (which has just deeply saddened me), Someone getting worse and hurting my leg on a metal gate on a slip and fall, we are fine.  I just needed to take some quiet time to regroup and reflect but will promise to update this blog by Friday afternoon. 


I would greatly appreciate it if you would click on Bunny's face above and read the needs that are pending at the Rescue Ranch.  There has been $300 raised toward the medicine on Bunny's page (but it still is not enough to pay the bill) and there have been no Ringo Dingos, for instance, for weeks, which is critical to special needs dogs who can't run and play--their stimulation comes from doing things with their mouths and being played with.  It is impossible to do all of this alone and so I ask that you continue to help the Rescue Ranch as you can.  Monthly gifts would be greatly appreciated whether on gofundme, paypal or amazon e-cards (all links above).


I didn't realize that I was simply running on empty when Hurricane Harvey hit last fall.  Helping people and animals was so urgent and necessary that I had to respond but it just took whatever reserve I had left in me to do so. I remember that I cried and sobbed so hard about one case in particular, that Someone had to grab me by the waist to keep me from collapsing.  That has never happened to me before in my life.  When all was said and done, I was completely depleted and my heart left raw.  Since then, I have been quiet and withdrawn, trying to let my "tank" refill some but I think it is going to take a great deal longer to recover.


With a scant smattering of snow on the ground, it is too dangerous to drive because of the black ice.  We've enjoyed the down-time and cuddling, but in the back of my mind, knowing that despite our prayers, God is going to call some names this year that I was not prepared for.  This makes this time all the more precious for we have some time to be able to say, "I love you" before then.  Give your pets and people a hug and always tell them how much they mean to you--for when God calls, you want to have no regrets and nothing left unsaid.


Sending lots of love and always, Hugs from the Herd 




Please say a prayer for Coco Penny with her beautiful golden eyes...


If you can, please add one for Maya, Pasha, Girl.  more Friday.


 December, 2017:  Houston, we have (had) snow--and Happy Holidays!!
It's been years since I've heard those words and have seen beautiful white snow flakes
gently, quietly, floating down from above!  It was a surprise that we will never forget. 
When I figured out the last time we had snow here (2009 and early 2010),
I realized that many of the dogs at the Rescue Ranch had never ever seen snow,
didn't even know what it was and may never get another chance to experience it. 
So, up all night, I let all of the dogs have a chance to run, taste, try to get away from it,
roll in it, race around or run back inside! 
Here are just a few of the pics that I managed to take between all of the commotion--
--all while I was also trying to enjoy the quiet and peacefulness that seems to
come along with a middle-of-the-night snowfall. An unexpected holiday blessing for sure.
Like a little kid, Someone couldn't go to sleep until he, too, had a chance to go out and play! 
Millie (in front) and Brindy almost knocked him down wanting to play and run!
(Our Hummingbird feeder is still out!)
Penny, Charlee (he ran back in) and Jed, or Doodle the Poodle, really loved the snow!
 Many of the dogs were running so fast I couldn't even catch a pic of them--especially in the dark.
Big, beautiful Maya and her BFF went running out together. Here is Maya and...
...there went James!
In the morning, Bitty got up, and while he is losing his sight, he could still see the snow...
 Bits and I went out to see how much snow was left after everyone ran around in it.
He didn't want to come in and I didn't have a coat on all night.
I couldn't bear another minute in the cold, so I woke Someone else up to go get Bitty!
Unauthorized photo!?
A sleeping Someone with his C-PAP mask still on, got up and brought Bitty in for me--and didn't
even bother to put on a bathrobe! The c-c-c-cold was a welcome change, he said, to the humidity and rain!
I was so cold though for hours after being up all night outside, but I was so happy and thankful
that each dog got some time in the snow, I couldn't stop smiling!
 Holiday Booster/Help Needed
Click on Bunny's pic above OR on the link below:
**Goal is $1750 by the New Year. 
Lots of "things needed" are listed, too, with links to them on the page.
The RR amazon Wish List has been updated as well.**
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 
May all of your holidays be much blessed!!

 Some beautiful Peonies for you--I saw these in a store and my breath was taken away!
After the Poppy (my forever love/dog of the same name), this flower is now a favorite.
"This is my old dear friend Joe the Doxie, with his bestie, big ugly cute Rambler and Ram's sister, Delilah.
See how protective Ram is watching Joe..." 
(A rescue angel's special doggies all the way from Tennessee...they are ALL so sweet!)
We should all appreciate and love each others'/all animals as if they were our own.
 (Thank you for sharing your Loves with us!)
Girl, the Texas Pearl, tried to tippy-toe over the pavers so she wouldn't get cold feet.
As I was looking at our snow photos, I couldn't help but wonder if some of those dots of light
were really all of our beloveds, whose names God already called,
laughing and happy, enjoying the snow with us, too.
(I'll be back after the New Year...see you then!)




Thanksgiving, 2017


Dear Angels, know and yet-to-be-known, seen and unseen,



During the next week and going into Thanksgiving, please remember and acknowledge what it is that you are truly thankful for.  With all of the media and commercial pressure, we have a tendency to get caught up in the meal planning and all of the pre-sale this or that, but all of it is really a distraction.  This is the time of year that you should be counting your blessings, remembering those you have loved and do love, remembering fond times in your life that you are truly thankful for and forgiving/forgetting those that are less than memorable...



I've been really sick the past week to ten days, and on one particular day, I really didn't know if I was going to be here to see the next.  That really got me thinking of all of the things I meant to do--and none of it involved shopping!  It got me thinking of the animals and people that I needed to let know, really know, that I loved them.  I need to do that over the next weeks.  When I could get up, I took each RR dogs' face in my hands and made sure we made 100 percent eye contact and I told them that I love them one at a time.  Each and every one of them.  I also did the same with the person I see every day. Although we always say, "I love you," every night, I needed to make sure that it was KNOWN not just said.



And so, I will take this moment to tell YOU that, "I love YOU," and that "We love YOU!" I stand before you for all of us, human and fur-covered to let you know that we truly count you among our blessings at Thanksgiving-time and every day really.  There isn't a day that I am not grateful for a bed, a blanket or sausage treat or prayer card or musical card or e-card or a can of dog food or or or...and I bless the person that sent it when received, then again as we use it and send up a prayer for you and for ALL of you, daily and continually you are prayed for.



The Rescue Ranch has been a miracle--and so many miracles have happened through it and continue to do so.  Just before I got sick, I had to call our distemper genius, Doc Sears, for help.  Bunny, a natural survivor of neurologic distemper, was having terrible, what I thought was seizures.  She was scratching up in the air furiously and with great power.  The vet thought she was having break-through seizures from latent distemper virus, though not contagious anymore, it always stays in the dog's brain CSF (cerebral-spinal fluid) and that we could control them only so long with medication...



One call to Doc and I found out that giving the dog Vitamin A (and I added in Pycnogenol and Huperzine-A for the brain health and to kill the virus if possible) would 80-90 percent of the time, solve the problem!  All of those supplements and some Nu-Stock cream (amazing stuff for everything "skin"!) every other day and the "seizures" have stopped!  Turns out, after all of these years dealing with Project Hope and allllll of the distemper cases I have discussed with him, Doc never had a case to mention that the survivors skin sometimes causes problems and a Vitamin A deficiency can be easily fixed!  I thought she was facing the end of her life, but with the continued help of her loyal sponsor and Doc's kind, always wise words, Bunny is still her funny-bunny self, loving to dance with me (as long as I hold her if she is out of her wheelchair or doggie cart!).  This was truly a happy Thanksgiving moment.



Bunny loves her pizza--so does the rest of the RR Herd!



Not being able to write much at all lately, made me think.  I am going to give a fellow rescuer the information for this blog so that if something happens to me or if I need some help keeping up, she will introduce herself and keep you updated on the RR and also can tell you rescue stories and teach you things to look for and how tor remedy them in your animals.  I had planned on writing at least a few times a week and now find that once a week is all I am managing with everything that happened in the past two years.  (To protect Someone's privacy, I can't go into too much detail but know that it will be two years in early Dec. since we got the news that something major was wrong.  The latest report found that while some things are stabilized with meds, a few things are worse, but the overall news is that there will be a year three it looks like, God willing.  Another Thanksgiving moment!)



And so our Angels, know that while I think of writing to each of you and every time I try, some furry something needs water, needs medication, needs a back rub, needs to go out, needs to come in, on and on or someone not so furry, needs dinner, can't find this or that, needs help doing that or needs to go there and on and on. My cards are sitting faithfully since last Christmas waiting to be written and sent and just maybe they will get out this year.  The few hours of peace that I get, I try to at least rest my head, back and eyes.  The rest of me just kind of falls into place!  I don't tell you this as a complaint--for I would do this all over again knowing the lives we have saved, continue to save and that we've made a difference in--I just am asking for your forgiveness in not being as well-mannered as my mother taught me to be, sending out proper "Thank You's."



Wishing everyone a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!  It doesn't matter if you are alone or surrounded by family, have a turkey, or like me/us, will be eating potatoes, vegetables and applesauce--it matters what is in your heart.  Find something to be thankful for, to have a grateful heart for--and you'll find that every day, more blessings will come into your life. 



Sending much Love and ALWAYS, Hugs from the Herd!




Remembering Big Mandy, who became one of our angels in heaven, three years ago this week. Junie still misses her. So do we.

We give thanks for all of the animals that we have had the honor to care for, do care for and for your animals, too.  

I think animals, in any form, are truly just LOVE sent down from above, packaged up in many shapes and sizes make sure we remember that Good/God exists in this world.



August, 2014 (Photographer unknown...)



September, 2016  (...but beloved Creator, known!)





Busy Week--Back by Monday (I hope)   Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 


Hi Angels--


This has been a "doctor week" and when that happens, I get exhausted both emotionally and physically. We had some good news and some not so good news.  I am overwhelmed some times and have to take some quiet time to process it all.  I get very introspective during times like this...



Plus, I had promised Someone that if the Astros went to the play-offs, that I would sit and watch the series with him.  I just loved having some of the old Someone back.  Even though he isn't much into sports, watching the play-offs of any sport has always been a tradition with us.  We each pick a team if our local team isn't in it--and then get all excited about the outcome.  This time, we both were rooting for the 'stros!  I just knew that having the winning game on Nov. 1--All Saint's Day--that they would win.  Texas is such a God-oriented, faith-based place that it was impossible to not win! Congrats to the team!



Maya (with the tumor--see entry below) is on a special diet now to help her.  For each week, I am cooking a batch meat, veggies (carrots, broccoli and cauliflower), and potatoes  Someone's choice this week is tator tots--hmmm, how 'bout sweet potatoes! (next week)--since he snacks on her food (yes, it looks yummy even to a non-meat eater!)--before I add the supplements in.  This will eliminate any toxins or stuff in processed food that could be causing a fatty tumor to form.  I have to add in five supplements and a good swirl of olive oil and wait to see if the tumor resolves itself (or starts to shrink) through the end of the month.)  If not, she has to have a needle aspirate to determine the tumor type and then if something bad, and then surgery to remove it.  Let's hope for the best--prayer power!!



Bunny Bun Buns is having a few problems but that will require a full blog to explain the how's and what's and why's!  She is the only neuorologic distemper survivor that is older than eight years old that suddenly began to have issues that Dr. Sears--THE distemper expert--has heard of (she will be 10 in March).  I didn't know that they could have other problems later in life, even with their skin, and so, after a call with Doc today, we will start treating them with supplements and get her to a vet for more.



Have a wonderful weekend and hopefully by Monday, I will be able to write more of an update for you.


Sending love and always, Hugs from the Herd!



 Little Bitty Bitty Bits is a TIGER when it comes to his treats!  

Thank you to Dingo for sending two boxes of these during Hurricane Harvey!


IF you want to/can help, please do--

We need two types of treats and two types of food immediately:


FYI Note: DreamBones are vegetable-based with chicken strips and tiny chicken bits in the middle, no rawhide. 
We need as many of the below as can be gifted--on an ongoing basis please.


DreamBone Kabobz

On, click here





DreamBone Rattle Ball Chews has them on 20% off sale

On, click here (Price the same sale)




Rachel Ray Nutrish individual servings (all flavors)

 On, click here




Beneful Individual servings (all flavors)

On, click here




Four to six cases of Merrick tiny can dog food:

(Always any flavor--expensive food but with dogs that are special needs, sick, recovering, etc. this food makes them WANT to eat!)

 Click Here for amazon link (price on the other sites/google?)




amazon credits or a paypal gift (you can use any credit card or pp account) order them ourselves! 

The email to use for any e-gift card or paypal is:

Grateful!! So Grateful!

...."heart" YOU, too!!,,,, are all great places to order these items--and I always compare prices!


Let your doggie babies try some, too!  These DreamBone chews are like Doggie Catnip--and give the special needs dogs (all of them really) something yummy and rawhide-free to look forward to!




 Shipping address is: Rescue Ranch, 3555 Rayford Road, Suite 45-106, Spring, TX   77386



(from Papyrus greeting cards:


A Tumor. Now, benign or not?  October 26, 2017 8:30 AM



Maya, a sweet, gentle giant of a dog.



Pretty Miss Maya was acting a little odd lately--she kept laying on one side and always facing away from me.  I have too much dog experience to know when something isn't normal.  Dogs will lay this, that and the other way depending on the day so to see her consistently doing that, I had to do a full body check.  The first week, I wondered if I was imagining it but after the second week I knew I was right to be suspect.


Maya is shy so it while she loves to be petted and to play with her BFF, James,  she doesn't want anyone to be examining her.  It took an hour to get her to just stop playing with me to run my hands all over her body to see if I could feel anything.  I know that she has arthritis and thought that maybe one hip was hurting her--the hip she wasn't laying on.  (She takes about four to five supplements daily to help her--glucosamine chondrotrin, MSM, gelatin, turmeric, hyaluronic acid, olive oil, meds and more! Imagine how long it takes--every day--to mix up each dog's meds and supplements!)



I had my camera with me in case I found something, I could take a photo of it.  I find that looking at an injury or cut or anything irregular in a photo can be better than trying to evaluate it on a moving animal--or person--plus, you can email it to your vet (hopefully they have email that they will share) to see if it is something to worry about, time for an exam, or nothing much.  The mass was hidden behind her front leg and it was not at all what I was expecting (see photo).  Before I noticed the way she had been laying, I have been making her special higher calorie meals because she seemed to be losing weight. We are now at the waiting stage to see if what I found is serious or just a by-product of aging...I am leaning toward the former which has my stomach in a knot.



I had to uncover the mass from her fur and hold up her leg to take a photo. 

The mass is about the size of my thumb but a little wider.



I will update you about Miss Maya as soon as I have some news.  In the meantime, prayers are greatly appreciated.  She had a very difficult first six years or so.  She was rescued, very ill, and was rehabilitated by a vet.  We were asked to give her sanctuary because of her continued need for medication and need for "medical watch"--and so she was not adoptable.  Not because she isn't the sweetest, most gentle giant (she is very tall!) but because most people don't want to invest the time or the money it would take to keep her comfortable when they take on a "pet."  (Lots of people abandon their animals when they get sick, even with a minor illnesses.  Either they don't have the funds to help them or the time or both.  Sometimes, they just don't want to bother, which breaks my heart.)



We look at things differently at the Rescue Ranch--we do whatever possible to save a life--and to make sure we provide a happy environment so that the animals know love, have treats and have the best "life" experience that we can provide, as long as we can, until God calls.  We choose hospicing "at home" vs. euthanasia which is hard on us in many ways but I think it gives the animals time to say good-bye to each other, to us and to life. (Yes--animals are very aware of each other's condition and yes, they also mourn especially if they were playmates or part of a bonded pair or group.)  Maya is still full of life though so we are not preparing for anything soon, I hope.



 Maya and Bunny mostly just hang out together.  When Maya walks away, Bunny follows though.





At least three times his size, Maya and James are the best of friends!




Please help the Rescue Ranch. 

We are doing our best, taking care of animals that have no one else to help them

--but we cannot do it alone.

I pray that God moves your heart to join us on our journey.  

Calling all angels--seen and unseen, known and yet-to-be known.



Links to give/help are above this blog.

This week, funds are especially needed for doggie medicines.




PS  I wrote a little bit about what made me so upset last week (in addition to finding this mass on Maya) on my other blog, On My Mind.  I will write more as soon as I can.




I'm Here!  October 25, 2017  8:50 AM


I have to take care of the RR dogs right now and of course, Someone needs help--today is change the sheets, wash the blankets, a must bathe kinda day--for him and some animals alike.  So, if you will come back later today or tomorrow, I will tell you all about what happened last week.  I also wanted to tell you that I feel great--things still may not be perfect but something "changed."  I think it was your prayers--and encouragement--that have changed the feeling in my heart!!  I found Hope again. 


Sending lots of love, thanks and always, Hugs from the Herd!




Archives: Baby Hope, of Project Hope: The Distemper Project was pure love and joy--and so brave. 

 She was on oxygen after contracting bacterial pneumonia which comes along with distemper.

Life at the Rescue Ranch isn't easy--

--but we try to make a difference in the world by helping animals who have no where to turn.

By becoming a RR Angel--helping in any way--you, too, share in the blessings of our journey.




Hope snuggling her mama, Cherry.


An introspective bleep in time...      October 23, 2017 4:00 AM


I have had to wrestle with quite a few things emotionally this past week.  Thankfully no one has passed on, but I have never flat-out sobbed, so much, so often, for as long as I can remember--when it didn't involve injury or dying.  Please be patient and know that the Rescue Ranch is fine (just needing angels to help--especially with PayPal and amazon credits (links for both above this blog) OR click on the angel pic cuddling a dog to read more and to gift the RR if you can.


I just wanted y'all to know that I am so grateful for your cards--musical, prayer, mass, e-cards and pretty greeting cards. They have held me up through a very difficult week.  I will write more for this Wednesday. There are important things that we ALL need to know. I just had to go through it, I guess, to share what I've learned.


Please know that when you don't hear from me, it is when your help and prayers are needed the most...


Sending love and always Hugs from the Herd!!



I'm stickin' with the animals!!

They will be with us forever, I am sure of it.



Angels, special prayers have been asked for Hildy, who is going through cancer treatment
...for a RR angel's friend, diagnosed with the same, but already Stage 4, who lost his beloved sister this summer. We are here but for the blink of an eye--to learn certain lessons--and then what the future holds is wonderous, so please have no fear.  All of our love and prayers are with you and your families.
  (PS I'd be looking into Host Defense Turkey Tail Mushroom supplement ASAP!)
I will back hopefully on Wednesday.
Thank you for your prayers and for caring.


Rescue Ranch featured NOW (for a week or more) on Walkin' Pets Site!  Pasha and Bitty "stars" are born!!   October 12, 2017 1:41 AM


Please read the new story that was posted on the Walkin' Pets site--with new photos!!  Click Here to see Bitty with his toy Turtle and read/see more pics! (If you find this blog entry late, just scroll down the Walkin' Pets blog until you see little Bittle tucked in with his green turtle!)


You will LOVE seeing two of our special, special needs animals and to read some of their story.  In the future, I will have a chance to write more about other animals on this site (I hope).


New Visitors to the Rescue Ranch, we bid you a hardy Texas "Howdy" or Welcome--and hope that you stop back and visit when you can!


While this last few months has been tough during Hurricane Harvey and the ongoing recovery, things will begin to normalize within the next week (at least I hope!).


In the meantime, if you want to learn more about our organization, please click on any of the right hand margin page links and/or click on the Angel pic holding the dog which will take you to a summary of what has and what is going on right now.


We need angels--praying angels, helper angels, spread-the-word angels--and more--both seen and unseen, known and unknown.  Everything Dog is welcome--as long as it comes from the manufacturer.  You can also help by giving us amazon credits or giving on Paypal (links to do so are on this page ABOVE this blog) or click on the white pic of the ANGEL holding the dog and after you read our story, you can decide to help there.  It all adds up to allow us to continue to help the Herd of many who have entrusted us with their lives even if they can't walk (or talk) or even help themselves without the aid of human intervention.  We are committed to seeing them through to the end, and to making the middle the best we possibly can!


God has brought us this far and I have complete confidence that He will carry us until our mission is complete.


Sending love and lots of Hugs from the Herd!!!!




Sometimes Bitty and Pasha even sleep together!

Humbly grateful for all help.



I need a hug...a big one!  October 11, 2017  Too late


Back by Friday, this week, I hope. "Someone" has had a very bad week, couldn't walk for a few days and had to have lots of tests---and is beginning to be less and less "well" more and more consistently.  Now, he has a dental fistula and his face is all swollen.  There is no dental insurance.  Little by little, Lewy Body is breaking down his body and his mind, too.  I long for my "normal" life back again but that will never happen.  Learn from this please.  Since I am the faithful type, I will fulfill my commitment to make sure all is well, as well as I can make it--until the very end.


(Lesson learned in disaster volunteering.  A big one--which has left me speechless and heartbroken. More in a few days...)


Please help the RR dogs (all links above this blog).  (I am so tired of trying to carry all of these burdens by myself.)  Thank you Chewy's autoshippers--we are up to two so far--and to our four sponsors who have not forgotten their precious animals they are sponsoring or generally helping the herd.  (IF you want to be a auto-shipper, just send me an email and I will tell you what we need on a regular basis:  Forgive me for not email you to say thank you right now.  I pray my thank you's by name and will write to you soon.


Otherwise, the RR bank accounts are depleted after I paid off last month's dog medications (new bills are already adding up), amazon credits have been gratefully used to order food and supplements to stop seizures and relieve doggie arthritis pain.  We are praying that there are angels out there who hear our prayers--seen or unseen, known or unknown.  Just kind, sweet, caring, loving angels.  Only truly, kind people are allowed to be at the Rescue Ranch. 


Our beloved Mama Mia is at peace.  Her soul shot up out of her body and went straight to heaven--literally, on her last breath, she went from laying down to standing on her back two feet, her body leaping toward the heavens as I held her up in the air with all of my might and then, she was gone!  She was being called, going toward something, saw an opening...I don't know what it was but it was amazing.  It was also amazing to have gone through three hard days with her, of ending her stay on earth, and then to be a part of her final journey.  Yes, I believe there really is life after death. I do not have a single doubt in my heart or soul.  Never ever fear dying--especially if you have lived your life with love and compassion.  You can rest in peace now.


Sending Love and lots of Hugs from the Herd!




 Through many trials, it is still OK to smile--smile big!





Back on Friday!  October 4, 2017


Hi Angels--


Two things--my eye needs a few more days of resting it before I can write lots.  It strains the other eye to try to write while one eye is covered.  Secondly, I have to go help an elderly evacuee reunite with her two little dogs--and some supplies that were donated to help them.  It will be a joyous moment I expect.  I will try to get a photo to share with you as well.



In the meantime, please don't forget that our Rescue Ranch dogs need help.  It is so hard for me to ask you to help them in light of all of the catastrophes around the world but here, at least you know that your gifts go directly to help the animals 100 percent!  (I have my opinion about giving to those big funds but I will keep it to myself.  Someone once told me too much about how the big charities work...)



Paypal (we need at least $400 right now for doggie medicine); food and treats (if you want to set up a Chewy's auto-ship like a few angels have done monthly or every six weeks, email me and I will send you a few things that the dogs need all the time:   Amazon gift cards/credits would help a lot then I can order what they need (link above the blog); you can even order from the amazon wish list OR use it to see what the dogs need (just sort by priority in the upper right corner). ALL LINKS ON THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.



We are all praying (hands joined by paws--for all hearts pray the same, out of love) for all of the victims and evacuees all over the place--Lord have mercy.  Just always remember that God is greater than anything we can do ourselves so if you ever find yourself in a situation that is life-challenging, just call out His name--whatever name it is that you use for the Almighty (He doesn't care about names!), He just cares that you remember that He is there is help.  All you have to do is ask.



Love and Hugs to all!

(My eye needs to rest...)

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Our precious baby, Mama Mia, transitioned today into the Great Beyond, we call Heaven.  We would be grateful for any prayers you could send up for her to make her tranisition easier.  She did not want to leave her family, which just about broke my heart, but God called her name and the experience was amazing when she finally was called.  I will, however, because of the tears it will bring all, save the story for a weekend.



In the process, despite medication for "just in case" seizures, she had a couple of very big ones--and surprised me and even survived another day and a half!  I was thrilled to have more time with her.  That said, during one seizure, I was holding her and a rock stiff paw and four nails got into my left eye and scratched the cornea.  I am now typing with one eye full of medicated ointment and a heavy heart so please forgive any mistakes.  I hope to be back on Wednesday.



Mama was with us for eight years and three months.  We guesstimate that she was 14 when she "headed out" as Someone likes to say--to not upset anyone else (the other dogs).  She was the best bed guard dog ever (a simple rumble deep in her throat let me know if anyone was approaching) and she loved to nuzzle--even in her last days, that we all thankfully spent 100% together.  On the last night, I realized I didn't know how many times she nuzzled my neck before getting comfortable--and finally counted, after all those years. Five. The answer is five.  This brought a new awareness to me--these things we take for granted every day, we should know and we should live each moment consciously and with a heart and mind filled only of love--Love--for that is truly all we can "head out" with--the love we gave and the love we received.





Photo Archives: 2016.


I kept singing to Mama and over the days, as I held her, but I was running out of songs to sing

so I started adding in the "Happy Brithday" song!

Turns out, that though he passed so many years ago, it would have been my father's birthday

when I added it in.  I realized this just a little bit ago.  Coincidence?  Hmmm.  





And so, to my sweet baby girl, Mama Mia, and to all the animals that we have all sent to heaven--and pray to be reunited with in the future--

we all send kisses to many kisses.  Know that you all were--and still--are LOVED!!!!! 

(ALL animals are loved!!!!!)









Peace and Prayers Please.  Wednesday, September  27, 2017 8:11 PM

Over the next day or two, I will be taking time to attend to, hold, love on, talk to, pray with and transition my beloved dog, rescued over eight years ago --pregnant with a head injury and a broken leg after being hit by a car--twenty pound Min Pin, Mama Mia. She has finally reached the end of her journey and these last hours and minutes are precious, so precious to all of us before God calls her name, her beautiful name which represents such a beautiful soul.
Please grant us this time together which Someone and I are sharing so I can finish the last lose ends of getting the displaced--animals and people--out of shelters and hospitals and vets. The next phase will be helping them with FEMA and homeowners' claims which has already begun.  It is very difficult work and time-consuming so I will take this break to honor Mama and say goodbye before next week starts, when disaster volunteering begins all over again.
We love you very much.
Hugs always... 


What is really happening?  Tuesday, September 19, 2017  12:29 AM



Earthquakes.  Hurricanes (or in old Texan-speak, "Hurricans").  Neurotoxins being sprayed over the Harvey and Irma areas for "mosquito control."  Water out or rationed.  Gas out or rationed.  Animals lethargic, people all tired.  Food not being fully restocked.  Possible war on the horizon.  A Comet is about to fly by.  Hmmm. Will all of this chaos be extended up the east coast and the west coast? Hurricanes are coming their way, too, it looks like on the weather reports. Sept. 23 through Oct. 5, or even into the week after, was supposed to be the worst of it all.  



Yesterday, we were warned that after 10 PM everyone should stay in overnight for the next two weeks while the spraying of Dibrom, a very bad chemical, is being sprayed. (Why this chemical, I have to wonder...)  Tonight, I took the night off from volunteering at the hospital because both Mike and I are exhausted--in fact, he stayed in bed since yesterday, getting up to eat and go back to sleep.  I just happened to be outside when a military C-130 plane just went over head at about 200 feet--(supposed to be at 300 feet)--and two hours early!  I am not a plane expert but it sure looked like that, going back and forth and back and forth--and we were not in the destruction zone!!  The plane engines have a distinct sound--I heard them last night, too, but was inside in time--and now the smell has began to come inside.  I am so thankful we were at the RR to shut the a/c off to stop the air intake but it still seems so strong still that I want to vomit.  Is there a safe dilution of a neurotoxin--and if I can taste, smell and want to vomit from it, is it even diluted properly?  This is not DEET like everyone thinks of when they think of professional mosquito control. That is no "picnic" either.


This is important.  People in Florida are trying to file federal lawsuits to stop this chemical, Dibrom, from being used anymore.  Europe has banned it already.  Texas is just catching on.  Dibrom is an organophosphate--a class that is very dangerous to invertebrates, from pets to people, to dragon flies to precious bees, etc.  It not only can cause neuro (brain) toxic effects--imagine "Someone" with Lewy Body Disease--being exposed to it just outside playing with the dogs!!--but it's by-product, or product that it breaks down is ALSO a dangerous organophosphate, to is called Dichlorvos, (see which has been shown to increase fighting in lab animals, decrease ability to learn, causes brains defects in pregnant people and microcephaly  In lab animals, it "causes a severe deterioration in their memory and learning functions" according to



Here is a key, I think, you NEED to know.  After doing a bunch of research, the reason they spray from dusk 'til dawn, more or less, is well, yes, they majority of animals and bees, etc. are sleeping--and won't be directly sprayed with this deadly chemical--BUT I think the key is that one the molecules of the Dibrom are exposed to SUNLIGHT they lose their toxicity.  Sooooooo, stay indoors, keep the a/c off as long as you can stand it (yes, we are getting hot but it is bearable compared to the alternative), do not expose your car to the spray, it eats metal--and your handles, etc. will all be contaminated if you touch them; your clothes, hair, skin, etc. will be exposed if you are out at night and so you MUST take everything off before you enter the house, wash it immediately and take a 20 minute rinse shower--you must detox if you are caught out at night.  The most common methods of absorbing this stuff is through your mouth and eyes BUT the most dangerous is through your lungs.  Hold your breath and RUN inside!! Keep your animals in from dusk to sunlight, until the sun has had a chance to dissolve the Dibrom droplets--it also depends on the size of the droplets to determine how long this will take...



The docs at the hospital told me they have never seen so many people being "shipped in" to be treated--lots of the people belong in shelters or temporary housing but to reduce the costs, they are being sent to the hospitals--for everything from a toe that had a can dropped on it at a store to major psych issues, especially depression from people losing everything.  People are just broken.  Only 15 percent of the flooded people in Texas had flood insurance.  I wonder if anyone in Florida did?  I spoke with someone with family in Jacksonville and they are all under water as well--why isn't that on the news?  Yesterday, the major shelter in Houston, holding thousands and thousands of people, was closed without warning.  The people were evicted, given a list of possible places to go to that may honor Fem-ha vouchers--and THE EVACUEES were responsible for figuring out their next meal/bed/anything.  Their cars were underwater so they have no way to get anywhere, no money, cell phones were collected at the doors of the shelters, they had plastic bags of donated clothes dragging behind them... Despite the huge amount of money donated to them, the Red X didn't renew the lease on the center/s--the city didn't donate the space--and so a new class of homeless has been created.  



Be kind but be careful if you decide to help the newly homeless.  Desperate people do desperate things.  If you want to give them ten or twenty dollars, or buy them dinner or rent them a hotel room for the night (pay cash--do not leave your credit card info), ask them to stand back ten feet--be in full light like at a gas station or go in the lobby of the restaurant with lots of people around and lock your car, get the money out, lock the car when you get out with your gift, and wish them God's speed.  Be careful of hugging--not only is lice easily transferred but so is mold on their clothes and other diseases after weeks of no baths or showers--and I've heard that some clever (bad) people have devices that scan your wallet and pockets while they are hugging you!! 



They are all so sad about being separated from their animals.  The major centers holding the evacuees' animals shipped out the last of the animals last weekend.  Now, they have to find them--I have helped find some, other volunteers are working on this as well but it is very difficult unless the animals had a collar and tag (or a microchip that I so dislike because of its cancer risk which is not really a risk but a reality) and the people had photos of the animals--with them and their people in the photos--which are being used to authenticate ownership.  Keep them in your wallet, tucked in your undies, in a ziplock bag if you ever have a catastrophic emergency.  I remember many, many years back, vets were tattooing the pets rabies' tag number inside their ears so they could be traced back to the vet--and the vet could reunite the animals with their families.  I don't have any tattoos, but when I got so sick from a stuck gallstone this past summer and found myself writing my name, SSN, and religion with a permanent marker on my arm, thinking life was just about over (that's how much pain I was in and how sick I was--I didn't even think I'd make it to the hospital less than ten minutes away), I wondered if that would be a good idea to have all that info on the bottom of a foot--just in case! Forget about an implanted "chip"--that can get just a little too invasive for me. The latest thing coming out, I just heard today, are ID bracelets which have "chips" in them--there are all sorts of reasons to not get one of these as well...



In a few days, we have it set up that people can go to certain windows at the hospital and we will bring their animals we've located to see them--one family at a time!  It gives the people something to look forward to--to continue to have HOPE--which is powerful.  Some animals we are "borrowing" from other rescues or foster homes, a few we had to agree to take in if we "check" them out--and we will honor that for the people.   We've been having the fosters/rescues that we can find, email photos of the animals in their new homes and have been printing the pics, delivering them to their owners.  The people sleep with their animals pics under their pillows, up next to their faces, pray for them, pine for them.  And these are the lucky ones--the ones that WILL be reunited once the people have somewhere to live--that allows animals! 



I think some organizations give them six months, others a year--the rare few, an unlimited time to be reunited, to claim their animals.  IF that time runs out, the organizations have the right to adopt the animals out. I hope they don't because it will be a task to find a place to live at all, never mind one that will allow animals, until their insurance checks come in--Fema-Ha Flood Insurance will take 3-6 months or longer (up to a year)--or not if they have to rent and start over from scratch.  The majority of people have no clue what happened to their animals when they turned them over to, "the nice person at the shelter who said they'd be reunited when they checked out." The animals were sent all over the country--yes, that saved their lives so I am grateful for that, but to try to stop the despair, I've dealt with many states and am still looking for some animals that should have been in X place and have been moved.  Some animals will have been euthanized--due to age, poor health, special needs, etc. and the owners will never know.  If this happens to you, and after trying with all your heart to find your fur babies, please adopt another animal and save a life in memory of your beloved.  Make lemonade out of lemons--even if your heart is breaking--and it will be broken for a long time, but I can tell you that broken hearts heal eventually and they will never be the same--just different.  Also, please never separate animals that are bonded--bonded pairs, family pets.  They need each other to make it through a disaster, or being surrendered or evacuated,  just like we need our loved ones to lean on.  Adopt them both/all.



At the Rescue Ranch, we need continued angel help so we can continue.  This was is our amazon balance:







(E-gift cards can be sent to through an amazon link anywhere on this page, or through the amazon gift card link above. paypal and our Angel fundraiser are other ways to help as well.  Credits go right to our RR account and can be used to order online or in a store--whatever the animals need.  Things right now are "fluid"--no pun intended!)


We can't do this alone--especially given the situation (click on the angel above or below to read more)! Calling all angels--known and unknown (yet), seen and unseen. Our God is an awesome God so He will move the hearts that can help us and bless those that do hear Him call...(usually it is just a whisper--and a tug at your heart that you just cannot ignore).


Sending lots of love and Hugs from the Herd--always!




Chuckles, the Cockatoo, was an evacuee--with his friend below...





...JJ is right next to Chuckles in a "bird room"--and after just a day or two to adjust, they are singing and chirping up a storm!



Please say a prayer for their foster mom--she is not well right now. 


I can't help but wonder what all the mold and dirty water is doing to everyone who entered the disaster area.

I knew that I couldn't go in although my instinct was to do just that--especially needing to have "Someone" always in tow--

--that's why I am helping now after the people have been evacuated.

 At least the risk of exposure to all of the mold and "mosquitoes" is reduced, I hope.






*PS  Lots of HEB Doggie Sausages and Hamburger treats in the blue bags are needed.  They are so helpful behaviorally,

--which is really important during a disaster--and the dogs LOVE them!  

They are in the pet isle or perhaps could be ordered online.  Get them for your fur babies, too!


*PPS  Dreamballs--in our Amazon Wish List (link toward the top of this page) are needed--as many as you can send, we need! 


 Grateful. Always.


Remember, please use the "Recommend This Site" button all over this page to pass on this info.  We need more angels and just copying and pasting

into your social media is not helping the animals--or people--but it is copyright protected as well!  

Thank you for respecting this.


This is what bone-tired looks like...September 16, 2017 12:06 PM


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By the time I get to my phone to type or to my laptop, I am literally falling asleep between words!  I wake up, realize I was typing, having to erase all the letters that repetitively typed by a sleeping finger and try to get yet another word in.  Sometimes, I can get a few words in at a time, but a simple response to an email, which would take less than ten minutes, takes me hours!!  So, please forgive me for not responding immediately to email, comments or thank you's.  I will catch up next week.  



So many people are in the hospital, either physically sick from the water, bad food, disorientated, depressed after losing everything and without anyone to even get them a drink!  They have lost their homes and belongings and are so traumatized and just want a hug or someone to hold them--one adult even asked me to rock her and sing to her and so I did. "Someone" has to go with me and so I wait until he has had his rest time and he is very good encouraging people to drink, to laugh, to find a little levity in a tragic situation.  Many are worried about their animals and if I can find them, I am having photos emailed to me and printing them out for them. It seems to bring such comfort, just holding a photo of an animal you pray to be reunited with. Some animals have been sent across the country so it is going to take a little more research to find them--to even get a photo!



I will write more by Monday or on Monday.  I need to take Sunday off to get some rest myself even though some have been asking if I could just "come by for a little while..."  That means hours to me once you walk through a hospital door!  The RR animals have been so patient.  They know something is different and have been very patient.  Tomorrow and next week, we'll be able to have more fun with them.  In the meantime, they love their treats and foods that you have sent, but we don't have enough of most things.  We need more angels to help,  please.  I will say thank you to everyone now--but will answer you individually next week.  Please understand.  I cannot do anymore.  We are in the middle of a horrific situation, albeit we are safe, but unless you live through this, you can't wrap your mind around what the consequences are of a catastrophic flood like this.  Just helping people navigate their insurance and flood coverage and take photos and and an enormous task.  Many are not willing to even venture outside never mind help another, sadly.


And, in the meantime, if you could please help the RR, through the links above--amazon, paypal, click on our Angel fundraiser--gift cards, items from our Amazon wish list above--all would be of such help!!  Any credits, gifts go right to the separate Rescue Ranch account and then I can order online anything that is needed.  We have mail pick-up/delivery once or twice a week if you use our mailing address.   


Thank you so very, very much for understanding, for your patience, prayers and help.  This burden is great but with His and our angels' help, it can be made light!  


Love and always, Hugs from the Herd!!








Not Over by Far!   September 12, 2017 11: 09 PM


Dear Angels--Hurricane Harvey has left such a mark on Texas that I cannot begin to explain it.  From 4-5 AM until we literally drop, we are working to help people who are stranded, need evacuation, food, water, legal help, more.  Tonight, I called a rescuer who wound up in the hospital today with Toxic Mold Poisoning from being in a flooded house for so many days and the hospital was connecting me to every senior they could to offer help, solace, someone to just unload to...they gave me their troubles, names, addresses, injury report, house update, on and on and on and I don't even know them.  They are just in such trouble that a living, breathing--walking body--is a human who can help even with a listening ear and kind word.   It is just devastating.



During the past week, an amazing number of rescuers and rescues have working together to get animals to safety.  Vets have even taken in animals for treatment, grooming, etc.  It has been simply a Miracle of God, and there is no other way to explain all that has/is happening.



People from all over the country, and locals, who don’t know each other, who just love animals, have taken off from work—pay or no pay—to save both the animals and the rescuers.  They have driven hundreds and thousands of miles on their own to help, bought food for the animals, food for the rescuers, sent water, drinks, so many things like paper towels, TP, baby wipes, contractor bags for clean-up, bleach—and my favorite, is the rescuer, who stopped at many stores to buy Yoplait Vanilla Bean Yogurt for a rescuer who had such a hankering for it and was so hungry that she ate at least six of them this morning before lunch!!



A special thanks to Best Friends in Utah who has been instrumental in all of this—not the Red X or Fema-Ha or the Humane Society, etc. so if you want to send a thank you, that’s where it should be going in my humble opinion.  Small Paw Rescue, in honor of Karla has been literally a Godsend and all of their friends, fosters, rescuers, more.  I can't forget Emma from LaPorte, the bird rescuer, has been amazing beyond the call of duty—and her husband as well. So many willing people, it is like watching the miraculous before your eyes.



There is a great need still at the Montgomery County Fair Grounds—in Conroe, Texas.  They need volunteers to do laundry at the Washeteria (that’s what we call the Laundromat in Texas-speak).  They need food, money for medicines, FOSTERS to hold onto people’s animals who have lost their homes and ADOPTERS for those animals who are now considered abandoned.  Their number is 936-442-7738.  Volunteers to just Kitty-Kuddle and Dog Walkers! An hour one time or every day or whatever you can manage.



The city of Beaumont just got their water back on but it is like a war zone.  The doctors told me that people are coming to the hospitals on "barges" there are so many in need now. No one has had showers for weeks. They have lost 20-30 lbs a piece in just weeks from stress and lack of nutrition and the exposure to toxic mold.  Fema-Ha is only offering shelters now to people instead of hotel vouchers or apartments, etc. or a bus ride…to a camp somewhere, to be seen or not--sometime in the future.  No one knows where family members are going to—they are being separated all over the country. Their pets, promised to be reunited with them, are being adopted out, in other states.  They have lost literally everything if they didn't have flood insurance (about $450/yr)



I thank anyone who has helped and continues to help the RR in anyway—for we cannot continue to help so many others without having the resources to help the dogs here.  Angels are needed—and amazon, paypal or on our angel fundraiser gifts are greatly needed.  They are immediately credited to the RR account so I can order whatever the dogs needed.  I have one with a cyst over his leg now; another with mastitis; one in congestive heart failure; six with bronchitis from this damp, nasty weather, on and on.  They all need to be vetted and wormed and treated after a flood like this and at $35-$70 per animal, it is expensive!!  Calling all angels!



When I am not helping someone in crisis even as I write, I need to write another story about everything you need to know about flooding, FEMA claims and how to handle it all.  IF you have been flooded, IMMEDIATELY get online or have a friend do it and find a PUBLIC ADJUSTER company and hire them.  You will be put on a huge waiting list.  Ask for them to FAX you the contract so you can review it--and get it in.  You will be skipped to the head of the line!!  Take photos of every single inch, inside and outside of your dwelling--even opening drawers, cabinets, closets.  It is all covered past three days with toxic mold exposure.  They do not charge up front but get 10% of the recovery of your home and contents but they get much more from Fema-Ha than you could ever get on your own.  I saw it happen yesterday and I am a believer now!  From what I could do for someone to what I saw that they could do when I called them on the spot for help, was to get four times the advance!!  So heed this advice please.



IF you do not have flood insurance, buy it now.  There is a thirty day waiting period but get it EVEN if you are not in a flood zone.  So many Houstonians, yet 85 percent did not have it.  They have lost everything.  So, unless you are rich, having $250,000 for your home and $100,000 for contents is the difference between living under a bridge or with the in-laws!  The deductibles vary, depending on area it seems.  Yesterday, it was only $1250 deductible on the rescuer's home and the same on her contents which is better than the much higher numbers I have heard.  RUN don’t walk to get that insurance—please--even if you live high on a hill!  The water in some homes, came up through the ground--through the drains and showers and toilets--regardless of how how the hill was!



Again, the RR needs our angels.  With the complications of the whole situation, online credits are the best way to help right now.  Note: (Crayola angel—we need doggie sausages and hamburgers whenever you are making a collection again.) Gift cards for everywhere and e-cards are very much welcome as well. Taco Bell and McDonalds, especially right now, for the dogs who are sick and will only eat McNuggets or chicken taco rolls (and their people). 



May God move your soul to help an animal or someone, someway--every chance you get.

You will be blessed for doing so.



Pasha and Bunny--two of our four wheelchair (or cart) dogs!


To Help the Rescue Ranch/also see links above this blog, too:

E-cards go to:

Mailing Address: Rescue Ranch, 3555 Rayford Road, Ste. 45-106, Spring, TX   77386




For those who have asked, Yes, the Conroe Dam did let out a huge amount of water that was extremely damaging.  It went around the RR and headed south and wiped out quite a bit of the affluent town of Kingwood—which is next to Lake Houston.  I will NEVER live near water again—within hundreds of miles at least and will never live in a single story anything again.  You must have a second story to at least store things in and/or take shelter and an attic exit in case you wind up on the roof!  At the very least, put a hatchet and a bright color sheet or banner (to catch the attention of helicopters) in the attic now in case you find yourself trying to break out so you can breathe! Emergencies don't come with much of a warning at all.


HERO Mama Dog!!!!  God Bless Her.  I can't imagine what she went through....(see below)

(She has a forever home now with her rescuer!)


PS Whoever left the new mother dog with her three newborn puppies locked in the garage, you need to know that she moved them higher and higher as the water rose, until there was no more room in the garage and all of her babies died.  She doggie-paddled for days, breathing the air near the roof.  Saving yourself while your animals perish is NOT morally correct or acceptable.  I would die before I would let an animal die—even one I didn’t know.  (I will need to leave my personal commentary out from here on about the situation--but it sure is at the tip of my tongue!)


Prayer Corner...




*Prayers needed for a RR angel who is going in for dental surgery this week and is in need of prayer support.  Her situation is beyond my imagination or tolerance for anything dental—nevermind a cavity!


*Prayers needed for a rescue angel who was just taken to the hospital, wanting to give up on life after having her animal evacuated and her house flooded (yes, she has insurance but no where to live for close to 6 months or so--they were trying to get her to live in a shelter at nearly 80! I offered the RR but we live too far from where she lives---BUT if anyone in the Beaumont area, or driving distance to, has a room to rent, a cottage, anything, please email me. The situation is urgent and immediate.


*Prayers needed for a RR angel who has lost her hearing in one hear after dental work and has been suffering for months. 


*Prayers needed for a RR Angel and family whose spouse was let go of his job with Stage 4 cancer.  His wife is suffering with various illnesses as well.



I have seen the Hand of God at work, and I KNOW that HE can and will perform miracles if we just ask. 

It is just that simple. Just even start with, "Hey, God..."  He will hear you. Promise.

 Just remember to say, "Thank you"--in advance--having Faith and HOPE of things yet to come, just not yet seen!






IRMA: September 6, 2017  2:10 AM


While it it personally traumatizing to even watch the new storm blasting its way through innocent islands on its way to Florida, instead of giving in to my instinct to pull my quilt over my head, I need some tips to reach people in the path of the new storm:




It is now $99 (yep) for a $20 flat of water in some places. It is truly priceless so stock up, storm or not. Rotate it. The gallon jugs degrade and split open so you are better off with flats of bottles. You should be drinking half your body weight in only water each day. Weigh 200 lbs? Line up 100 ozs in the AM and slug it down by supper so you are not up all night! Soda, coffee, etc. does not count into that number.






There is more to "no" air conditioning and fans than meets the eye.  Disease spreads easier.  The hot, humid conditions are dehumanizing and physically   weakening. Waking up with wet clothes, wet bed, thirsty, getting pneumonia from the humid, stagnant, infected air--the smell is unbelievable and pervasive--and then there are the bugs! It is all NO fun.


IF you are able, get battery-operated fans or individual room air conditioners with individual solar chargers and move everything into that room. If you can't do that like us, freeze wet facecloths flat and in the shape of a C--to wrap around the back of your neck. Freeze water bottles (four will make five, 3/4 fulls, so the water has expansion room to freeze). Freeze all deli containers, plastic butter containers, etc. Now, with 3/4 full of water. It takes a few days for them to fully freeze--put them in your animal/s' water dishes, in front of fans, under your pillow. Plan now. Stay prepared!



Cash vs. Credit:


No cash was accepted for the first week for supplies, then restaurants. Credit or debit only.  It is not possible to rob, I guess, but people are starving.  If you do not have a card, buy a generic Visa card now at the grocery store--it never expires--and tuck it away. 





...speaking of which, no matter how sick of cheese sandwiches or PBJ you are, wait a week or two after the power comes back to eat out or drive-through. So many people now have food poisoning or are sick to their stomachs, coming and going--the restaurant owners (most) did not discard what was in the fridges before the storm, and despite electricity going on and off and aging, they are trying to make up for lost revenue. Ugh.


Safe Room:


You need to have a room with no mirrors, big glass windows or any glass, outside walls...put your supplies in it along with mattresses,quilts, pillows, crates for pets, etc. WATER.




This was unexpected.  Yes, have some stored away. Every month, if you are on regular meds, take out ten pills or ten percent and put them away!  Why?? First, storms close stores and--pharmacies. Next, things are back-ordered when they reopen.  I had a prescription for medicine that was critical but the day before Harvey, I was told it was three days too early to refill. Two weeks later, I finally was able to get it.  Imagine what could have happened if I wasn't prepared. Some docs are insisting that flood-ravaged people come in to get refills when they could easily call in refills.  People cannot drive, leave their homes unattended due to looting and are suffering and will probably die from this. The docs need the $200 office visit fees (in Someone's case they are more like $650 a visit!) they bill your insurance to pay their mortgages!  Pharmacies will even deliver or people are even using Uber and walking into the deep water to meet them as far as the cars can drive!



FEM-HA and the Red X:


Freedom or camp cities? A night or two of a donated cot then a bus ride to...or out on the street. No warm meals being served, no water trucks, no supplies. Delusional or illusion--million dollar commercials for more and more money. Why?  Do not allow anyone to separate you from your animals. Make a fuss.  To avoid crowd unrest, they will leave you alone. Why? Now, on the news, we are being told that it is too difficult to reunite owners and pets so they are being sent all over the country to be adopted out.  Once adopted, unless the people give you back your animal voluntarily, you have little recourse legally to recover your animals.





Stay away, far away, from nuc power plants, chemical factories, glass, etc.  You may have to walk through it, have the storm destroy it overhead, inhale it. Go inland or go high--or both.




While the roof is still, Thank God, on the RR, the storm and its aftermath is far from over. There are three more on the way and a comet due to swing by Sept. 23-Oct. 4 or so which can cause all types of disasters around the country just by its magnetic pull/upset alone. The Yellowstone Caldera is having thousands of quakes a day, putting us all at risk. Fires are polluting the air...more.



I will try to write more soon.  Difficult is an understatement right now. Please help the Rescue Ranch through our angel fundraiser or other links. We stand together with all of our angels to help YOU when and if the time comes. If not the RR, show mercy when you can, as often as you can.



God bless y'all.  Please take my words seriously. ALL of them.



P.S. Sorry for all errors. Phone misbehaving terribly.   Grateful for ALL Help.  Please find the Angel pic fundraiser and give whatever you can...





Archives: Preciee, aka Precious, just loves her Twinkies----

Thanks to our Twinkie Angel!

Precious on her first day at the RR--before two eye-loss surgeries.  

Her other eye was "popped" with a stick by some cruel kids and

then she was left behind by a rescue, who took her three friends.

I was appalled. 

(The gloves were to keep her open-to-the-skull eyeball hole as sterile as possible.)



 Preciee is still a little feral--which make her unadoptable but she does such a cute dancey-prance when she wants to go out!





Fake News: All is NOT Sunny and Bright in the Southeast!!!!! Please do not let them tell you that!!!   Sept. 2, 2017 8:17 AM




As you know, the catastrophe in southeast Houston, then all of southeast Texas, started with Hurricane Harvey warnings.  Landfall was hundreds of miles away a little northeast of a city of 300,000, Corpus Christi.  Little towns of 10,000 or less were hit hard, taking out many/most of their buildings, private and public, and the undeniable sigh of relief (and terrible sadness) was heard in Houston.  Then the rain bands started and wouldn't leave.  Houston would be flooded beyond recognition--a main energy pipelines from Houston to New Jersey has been taken down, energy company headquarters are shuttered and twenty refineries--on the coastline--all shut off.  The impact around the country will be felt for a long-time.



The flood waters overwhelmed the bayous (kind of a biggish pond/lake with a meandering river that leads to a larger body of water that dumps into the Gulf of Mexico), the lakes, the rivers, then the dams...DESPITE what the news is telling you, we are under a flood threat until at least September 20!!  Do you know how that kind of stress can wear you out!?  At the jump of a hat (some other area dam/flood evacuees had FIVE minutes to evacuate), we have to be ready for anything.  That, you maybe could guess, wouldn't be so easy at the Rescue Ranch.  We would not be able to leave some of the animals behind so we would stay, whatever stay would mean.  BUT, I've made a decision that we need to work toward finding an animal transport trailer that we can park inside and that would hold all the big dog crates in case of any emergency.  The little and tiny dogs crates would fit in the cars.  (FYI, every animal needs to be crated--even birds, turtles, etc., just in case you have to check in at a shelter, camp ground or someone's backyard--that goes for private pets as well.  Always have a crate for every animals or groups of animals who, say, may sleep together.)



In Houston, from the north, the threat of Lake Conroe and Lake Livingston dams breaking is no joke.  The controlled-release program is taking the pressure off of the dam--they don't want everyone 20 feet (give or take) under water or crushed by the power of the water if the dam broke BUT this release has consciously and deliberately compromised whole neighborhoods!!  Really nice homes, with beach access, boats, slips to park them at, all drowned on purpose.  It is the same with the Addicks and Barkers dams--sitting in the middle of this mess.  The land should have NEVER been sold to builders to build gigantic neighborhoods when the cities knew that the danger was great.  In addition the water working its way down from 150 or so miles upstream down to the Gulf of Mexico is causing evacuation RIGHT NOW as I write--of neighborhoods downstream--the great volume of water is beginning to swell out of the river banks and into those neighborhoods! 



There is NO WATER east of the city, in the Beaumont area.  The main pump went out a few days ago and they didn't have a back up or back up parts!  Now, the town has to bring in a pump on one of those oversize trailers over highways that are underwater or about to be underwater.  People who filled their tubs and washing machines at least have water to wash their hair and flush their toilets--and if they were smart, have bottled water for themselves and their pets (you can't drink water under an alert unless it has been boiled and left to cool) The problem is that many people do not even have electricity and the Red Cross is no where to be seen...and so they are drinking the puddles from the street!  (You can use water from puddles, but it needs to be strained, treated or boiled--they are drinking it raw.)



Local people are so afraid of the gas running out for their vehicles and for their generators (we don't have one of those either), that they are actually taking large garbage cans and other containers to the pumps and filling them!  It is causing huge problems like anger and frustration of the "just cars needing gas" drivers.  People are so tired and on edge, that some event could happen...Plus, gas keeps better IN a car than in a container so if you can, fill up your cars and don't drive around, even if you can!



Animals are being evacuated out of the area--despite what they learned from the heart-break of Katrina, people still evacuated and left their pets behind!  Some left them inside their homes, others set them free on the hope that they would find high ground (this is what you do during an emergency with horses or cows if you can't move them all).  So, there are lots of lots of animals running lose all over the place.  We are feeding those we can't catch--"the roamers"--and shelters from all over the country (I hope) are volunteering to take animals--but they need local people to their state to ADOPT or FOSTER the flood animals--so they can take in more animals!  One of the shelters in the Beaumont area burned down before this storm due to a faulty laundry dryer left on after it was locked up and not only did the animals perish (we are all heart-broken about it) but there is no shelter for the animals in that area to go to to even be rescued.  I've heard rumors that people are just shooting the dogs who will begin in run in packs (many harmless) and those hungry dogs, if not fed, even by neighbors leaving out food, will eat cats, take down larger animals just because they are hungry or are being found starved to death or drown on the side of the streets.  (I cried for hours yesterday morning over all of this.)



IF you gave to the Red Cross and/or FEMA, please start making calls to ask exactly what they are doing, have done, are planning on doing.  While executives' salaries are paid for another year, people in need of simple apartment vouchers, food stamps ($50 is the max not per week but for this emergency--are you kidding?? when their are no jobs, no cars, no way to get around...$600 for living. Ugh!). So many need beds (they are sleeping on the damp concrete floors--and all of those millions of dollars that you gave, should be used and now.  They are literally taking applications using volunteers and turning now homeless people away, telling them that they will have to wait to be screened...and in the mean time, people are living in parks, in the back of pick-ups--their animals with them on leashes due to full shelters and/or not wanting to be separated from their animals.  IF you live within driving distance, pick a place, load up a car or truck with water, pet food, and non-perishable foods, pillows and blankets--oh, yes, black, contractor-grade plastic bags--because these people don't have suitcases to carry their stuff, they are walking from place to place with their few possessions in a plastic bag! People who before this had homes, cars, good jobs, private schools.  The banks are closed and only VISA can go so far, especially when the stores are near-bare. And sadly, all "aliens” who are great people, lost everything, don't qualify for aid. FEMA and the Red Cross only see "legal" while churches, private groups, hopefully JJWatts, will see "living" and help everyone.  (I will bite my tongue here.)



There is another storm coming across Mexico that may/probably bring rain starting Sunday or Monday.  Inches matter, so the weather TV people are actually telling us "let's just skip talking about that storm for now..." and are focusing everyone instead on Hurricane Irma that may hit Miami or the east coast.  IF they exist, we are going to get some more sandbags because we should have sandbagged the big outside a/c condenser (who knew!) and the doors that we couldn't do before because we ran out of the sandbags that we had and the stores were all closed right after that.  There was no option to go back for more.  I think that is what is affecting everyone--IF you can buy something, they are getting MORE because you just don't know when you can get any. 



Our TV is intermittent as is the electric and my cell phone has a mind of its own IF and when it works but my radio, my trusty radio--night in and night out--tells the truth, show after show after show.  The situation in the south is really, really bad.  The smell is awful, the water level high--even the water table in the ground is up to squishes-deep-into-water-when-you-step-saturated, supplies are scarce and if people from out of town don't help us we can't make it, and none is counted on through the Red Cross and FEMA, but people are going directly through local organizations, churches, animal shelters, more, we won't make it.  (The Rescue Ranch mail address is now able to accept packages and we can get deliveries from it so if you can, please GIVE on our angel fundraiser or through paypal or amazon links so I can order what we need the most.  If you want to order yourselves, long-term non-rawhide bones and Dream balls for the little dogs (see them on our amazon wish list above) are needed in addition to food.  We have to keep the animals busy, in addition to their disabilities, now they can't go out much either.  Wheelchairs and strollers don't work in MUD!)  Zip codes in 77713, 77714, 77715 all need water--search for a church that is open or I can give you an address to mail it to volunteers who will distribute it.)  Order from manufactures, please, or large distributors since private packages, dinners, products are being returned.) 



The sky is grey-yellow--impending storm?  I am coming out the other side of pneumonia but can't shake it yet.  Someone else is getting it now.  The air is so full of water that when we can turn on the dehumidifiers, we get gallons of water out of the air in an hour--it is absolutely amazing.  Everything is sticky wet--inside--and four feet off the floor.  If you are NOT in the flooded areas, especially if you are not in Houston, please HELP someone, somehow.  I am sure if this ever happened to you, Houston would more than return the favor!!



Oh, this is important to locals but to everyone who has FEMA Flood insurance!  Filing a FEMA claim--and actually getting paid, is complicated.  Helping a rescuer file one, I have learned enough to write a book.  Even just getting the claim filed, in the system, was a half day chore.  Once a claim comes up, FEMA sends claim adjusters out and you need to have zillions of photos of every square inch of what you are claiming as flooded.  Serial numbers and models of all appliances, from the coffee maker to the oven.  Everything is a "line item" and if you cannot document it, they will deny it.  Sheet rock should be cut four feet up from the floor or eight--or they will actually deny the delta (difference) if you say, cut out five feet from the floor and the sheetrockers have to do extra labor to install the stuff! They tell you to video your possessions ahead of time to prove your claim but video isn't worth more than a hill of beans!  Take PHOTOS of each and every item, the inside condition of your property before a catastrophe!  Put them away, email them to someone across the country, store them in the "cloud."



Here is the tip of all tips if you need to file a FEMA Flood Insurance Claim or Major Insurance Claim: No one tells you that there are "Public Adjusters" you can hire--for ten percent of the total when recovered--and who will get your claim ready for the FEMA adjusters (which is no small project!) and fight for your rights, for your reimbursements, for the max benefit you are entitled to!  They will usually get you more than that ten percent you need to give them when the check comes in--and when I heard this is what the wealthy people do, I began to look into it--and my fellow rescuer is going to hire one, too!  (Max FEMA benefit is $250,000 for the house/footprint of the building and $100,000 for contents (you can take the soaking wet things out but keep them on the property for the inspectors to review.)  FEMA Deductible is $5,000 not $50,000 like we thought before and there is about 30 percent depreciation of anything, sheetrock included!  IF you can provide receipts for expensive items, you have a better chance of getting paid for the higher value, minus depreciation. There is no winning in filing a FEMA claim, it is just a stop-gap from keeping you from destitution but if you can get it, no matter where you live, flood pain or not, get it.



For about $450 dollars a years, Flood Insurance is the difference between hope and walking around holding a black, plastic bag. Make sure you have the wind and hurricane rider on your homeowners.  Get renter's insurance.  Make sure you have replacement value insurance on your homes AND cars or change insurance companies. Do it now.  I do not say that without heart--because this situation is a heart-breaker. WHY were all of these builders allowed to build those neighborhoods on flood land; why is FEMA and the Red Cross allowed to "fundraise" so many millions when they may have already pulled out of this area--and people are drinking brown puddles of mud and thousands upon thousands are homeless!?  It makes me mad to see a lot of this happening, so protect yourselves and your animals as best you can--now--for any reason, for any time.  



Praying for all--all hands and paws joined in faith and hope--thanking God that we are all OK at the Rescue Ranch, as OK as one can be under these circumstances.  We are alive.  We are together.  We are able, with the Grace of God, to handle whatever comes up at this point.  We just need help going forward.  It is going to be a long recovery, no literal "life boats" in sight unless YOU help.  Add to it all, taking care of a progressing, terminally ill person, whose brain is deteriorating is a feat of my will. I hope someone has a mountain top I can recover on for a few years because, after this is all over, I am going to need it.  Thanking God that I am alive enough to need it...



Sending lots of love and always,  Hugs from the Herd


(PS I will get to email later today or tomorrow when we have consistent service. First, I have to prepare again for this new storm while I can...)




Little Jade, the only dog I've ever met with jade-green eyes, was surrendered to us when her parents rented a home that had a "no dog" policy. 

While they had five dogs, Miss Jade-D-Jade, all eight pounds of her--has THE loudest, sharpest bark ever and they were afraid that they would be evicted!




While Chippie-Chips (aka Panda or Bellie originally), the potato chip fanatic--who has an even louder voice that Jade!--can't walk at all anymore, got ready to go sit on a pad on the porch to get a little fresh air.  She and her sister, Sissy, brave brave Sissy, were left out in a field with front legs broken in three places--screaming in pain--until someone cutting through the field to get to work at a vet's office (thank God), came across them!  I still hurt for what happened to them. 




 After three operations, Sissy can limp-walk but Chips' top half of one leg is pointing backward now, almost 100 percent parallel to her body.  The inhumanness of "man" cuts my heart to shreds sometimes--then, it is bolstered once again by unexpected acts of kindness.




Miss Penny, with incredible golden eyes, is Someone's constant companion.  She was surrendered by the family of an elderly woman because she was obese.  The woman had dementia (now I understand...) and was placing plates of treats all over the house and yard, thinking that her pets would pace themselves all day and instead, Penny raced to eat them all!!  Less than six months of giving her two thirds dinner plus one third vegetables (like pumpkin, green beens--and not starving the animals by just reducing their food quantity), she was down to her normal weight in months and even though she naps with me, she sleeps glued next to "Someone"!




 Penny sure knows how to attack a birthday cake! She loves cake as much as her daddy does!

They are two peas in a pod!



Just a PS: Going through the photo logs to to share some with you, I see pics of a lot of dogs that we either got well and adopted out or those who were ill with say, advanced cancer when surrendered (which is heart-breaking alone), and I spent nearly every waking hour taking care of them.  Each passed in my arms or in bed laying on my chest or on their beds with me laying next to them.  As many tears as each of these "photo sharings" bring, I realize that all of the animals live in my heart, in our hearts, and I just know that there really will be a joyous, oh-so-joyous reunion when God calls my own name.  Everyone will be well, happy and young again--and I will be oh-so-VERY-happy to see them again. Amen.



Pic.Butyouletthecatdoit.jpg least New Orleans has water pumps! Houston is flat and has nothing to get this water moving!

 Over 2400 water rescues in last 24 hrs.  Things are NOT OK here.

Houston's main water pumps for fresh water failing today.   People being asked not to flush toilets now!

  The Red Cross is MIA--on a nice paid vacation perhaps?

Did you know only 15% of people in the Houston area had FEMA flood insurance!? 


This situation will cost many their homes--and lives.  

 Only if the outside world helps us, can we make it.   

This is a year-long recovery. Please help us get on our feet again. 


We thought Hurricane Harvey was over.  We had one quiet day: Aug. 31, 2017 5:48 AM


One day of peace then...I re-hurt my knee yesterday when Someone tripped over it. I had it up in the air, resting, to relieve the pressure.  He thought he could step over it. Eek!! I've been up all night icing it. I've also been monitoring the news and trying to keep my intermittent fever and stress-nausea under control...



Dawn evacuations have been issued for the areas/neighborhoods at Addicks and Barker Dams, Reservoirs but there is much confusion. IF you leave, you cannot return, even to check your property so many want to know why they are being evacuated almost prematurely. Ironically, right before Someone was found to have a terminal illness, he wanted to move the RR over that way exactly.  His company's headquarters and his office are/were directly on the Addicks Dam! 



The water is full of snakes, so are the street and the gutters. We've been told to clean them out, we've also been told they may have 'gators living in them!  The 'gator zoo was also flooded (90 miles from us) and the animals were about to float out, probably have by now! 


Fire ants, which sting, twirling in a circle repeatedly stinging, are not killed by water per se. In fact, they join together to make a "raft."



Three times in my time at the RR, I have been attacked. They attack like a beehive under attack. Water from a hose won't kill them, but the pressure will blast them off--then run! If one is mad, fifty are mad. There is no easy way out.


*The stuff to treat the stings (they sting five or six times each--and each sting forms a white pustule) contains 99% ammonia!  I pour some in a small dish and use a Q-tip and dot and soak each sting repeatedly every few hours. Do not itch or open those pustules. Use ice in a sock or facecloth to keep the pain down.  I take Benadryl, too, if you can take it. If severely stung, go get immediate medical care.


* If you see one of those floating "rafts" of fire ants, Do Not Touch!! That said, get out the blue Dawn dish soap (everyone should have some and ammonia--there are so many uses for both), and squirt the Dawn around the "raft" in a close circle.  It will disrupt the water tension and they will sink!


Sink holes, bridges collapsing, water pumps failing, dams and levys cracking or on the verge of spilling over uncontrolled, shelters more than twice their capacity...most stores can't restock, roads down or blocked. Our own people, if they can, are going to the shelter to house families who have lost everything--just like we all did for Katrina and Rita! (Stories for another time!)



On the "bright" side, in addition to the 1200 National Guard members we have, 10,000 are expected to arrive today or soon.  Flat-bottom boat owners from all over the south are coming in.  Now, there are even air boats, canoes, fishing boats, so many types are rescuing people now, who had enough food and clean water to last a week, are now starving and/or are out of fresh water and dogs, cats, birds and their people are heading to shelters. We are fine since we prepared for three weeks or longer if need be-- the freezer is half full of water and half full with food plus we have four boxes left of marshmallow treats and Velveeta and processed cheese slices but we will have depleted our dog food "bank" if this keeps extending so Please Give, especially today, the designated Day of Giving nationally for Houston.  Amazon is delivering, even by drone! Credits on paypal and our angel fundraiser will allow me to order what we are running out of!


I heard "Hurrahs!!" on the emergency radio--police officers from around the country are arriving enmass (lots) to relieve our exhausted hereos. Volunteers are cooking/serving 24/7 at the police, fire and coast guard stations--some of whom are sleeping in their high water tanks, poor guys, just in case, I guess. Local restaurants are supplying warm food. One amazing person from Chicago called Subway and ordered 300 sandwiches to be delivered to a police station, I think! (Writing that, maybe Subway should be donating, too, like all the rest. Hmmm.)


"Mattress Mac," Jim McInvale, a local furniture store owner and esteemed local hero for many years, opened both of his stores to evacuees.  They can rest on $8,000 mattresses, watch the TV screen that must be a half mile long, installed high up on a large wall, sitting in a new recliner--plus he is providing food, good food, for all, inviting restaurants in, too, who want to--and can serve.  Every year on his birthday, Mac has an all day BBQ--with birthday cake, free to all. "Someone" always made it a must-do. I went along to visit the parrots at the gigantic store since I don't eat meat.


Now, if you have relatives on the east coast, something just happened to a major pipeline of gas that supplies tthat part of the country--plus the refineries are shut off.  Tell them to fill their gas tanks and you, too,  do so immediately, just in case. The estimate is three weeks to fix it--or more!!


More rain is predicted to start Sunday or Monday.  I pray that enough water dries up or drains down before that so it doesn't put people in more danger. 



For those needing to file a FEMA flood insurance claim, or need FEMA help, please get registered today.  Take lots of photos, make a list of damages, (and n eeds i f you needed temporary housing, for instance) suspected damages and register online AND report FEMA property insurance claims to your homeowner's  insurance agent. That agent will arrange for  a FEMA inspector to come out.  ( seems to be a site that has been on the news a lot.) As of Sept. 1, the FEMA rules change--not in our favor--that is why filing today is so important.  Just get registered if you are going to need help or will be filing a claim.



Oh, stores and evacuated homes are being looted but something not expected, is that the few places that are open in flood zones, people are telling me No Cash is being accepted!! Credit or Debit only--it can't be stolen, I guess! Hopefully, that will change after the crisis.


Please keep up your prayer blanket for the RR and for the area.  It is extremely difficult right now, even though the dogs deserve gold medals for good behavior!! While they can thankfully go outside for a few days, they want to drink from our new pond--courtesy of Harvey--and puddles, which is a huge health problem. Never mind, having to manage Someone with increasing dementia from Lewy Body Disease.  His medicine keeps him sleeping almost all day but he is up most of the night--TV keeps him passively occupied thank goodness.  For a few hours a night though, "argumentative" is the kind word I would use to describe his current disease stage--constant and sometimes, relentless. His sleeping time is a relief of s sorts and then time for me to start the day over again, depleted emotionally almost more than physically.


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Sending Love and always, Hugs from the Herd!!





Hurricane Harvey: August 29, 2017 11:45 AM



Our heroes!  We are so grateful to all of the paid professionals and unpaid volunteers sacrificing their time and risking their lives to help all of us.  This pic was on the news this morning and just captures the exhaustion we all are feeling.




A TV screen-shot of a major Houston highway--filled mostly with flat-bottom boats.  People who have to go out are driving on the wrong side of the freeway, right along with right-side traffic coming directly at them! It is terrifying to watch, not only because of the depth of the water and waves but also because of the traffic violations/dangers.


On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (ironically), the storm that leveled New Orleans, people are trying very hard to save their animals--whether they are staying with them, bringing them to the shelters, taking them along in the rescue by boat or even carrying them to keep their head's above water--and away from the snakes and alligators that are in the water!





This morning's weather update.  We've had 49.2 inches of rain so far with another 12 inches expected today and tomorrow.  The danger will then be all of the water winding its way past all of us to the Gulf of Mexico.  The controlled levy releases are expected to continue through Sept. 20!!--but already this morning, a breach of a dam happened, giving people just minutes to leave and another is leaking out the north, rear side into a neighborhood. So very many people will or have already lost their homes.

We are, say, twenty miles south of the Lake Conroe controlled dam release and now, if you look at the map above, a gigantic (Lake) Livingston started a controlled release--unannounced--overnight, all meant to flow into the San Jacinto river, too, which has no room for more water before it floods...


We are still walking with the Hand of God over us. We have a new, deep pond on the property that will need to be filled in next week with a bulldozer and fill dirt and a fallen 8 ft tree that fell over just because the ground is too sodden to support its' root system. Both, so far, are far enough away from the foundation to not be a threat.  

I had to dig an emergency trench a few nights ago and had no time for rain boots or a plastic-bag "coat."  I ran out in socks and pj's. When I was done, leaning on one crutch (due to last week's knee injury) and trenching with a shovel in the other arm, I was so tired and well, I made a stupid decision and I lay down still wet to just rest my knee--and fell asleep for a bit.  Now, I am getting a deep chest cold. Thankfully, I know what dog medicine I can take for the interim but I may not have anything strong enough to get rid of it.

Girl, our Texas Pearl, suddenly has developed mastitis (very bad if not treated soon--I do have some doggie mastitis cream that I am using and anitbiotics) and a few others have a cough. A vet visit is in order as soon as we can get out. This massive humidity and amount of water is not good for any of us.

(Ugh. They just announced that the San Jacinto river is going to crest later today--before the next 12 inches of rain even. It will be weeks yet before we all know if we are "safe.")

The city of Houston is under at least ten feet of water before the water from the releases and dam breaks and leaks get there. Thankfully, there are some high spots where people are safe or can head to.  Lots of major businesses are going to need to relocate or convert to a work-from-home work force for months. Bayous, creeks, rivers, lakes, rain... the situation is so "fluid" (pardon the pun) and unpredictable. Ugh.


This storm is heading tonight and tomorrow to Beaumont, on the Louisiana border almost and a major refinery center.  Already, sections of town are impassable and one Rescuer called me late this morning hysterical because her home and rescue are flooding inside. She has all 50-70 animals inside because of the impending storm. Bags of litter and sacks of food now become indoor sand bags.  I also called a neighbor across the street from her to see if he and his wife can go help her.  She is nearly 80 years old and panic-stricken! Her volunteers tried to get there but the roads are flooded even to big trucks! Boats only now...

What I need you to take-away from all of this is that you need to always be prepared for emergencies.   Stock first aid supplies, medicines, rotate foods and pet food, batteries, flashlights, and especially water.  When this is over, I will make a list of items in each category that are must-haves to work on accumulating now.  When an event comes, it is too late. Everything will be sold out and/or your roads will be closed, rain or shine, depending on the situation.







The breakfast of RR champions (above)! (Yes, I do have bread.  I just need the sugar for extra energy since I don't drink coffee and I am bleary-eyed--and these are really delicious like home-made!)
Please keep up your prayers as we will do the same for you. I just keep reminding myself that when we are weak, He is strong.  I can't do any more than maintain everyone/thing so this is a time when you just have to "rest in the Lord."  "Someone" is sleeping through most of this which is best. The situation causes great anxiety and stress for him.

Sending love and always, Hugs from the (very grateful) Herd!!






Still trying to keep a sense of humor!  We may need a real Ark before this is over!!

Writing about "Arks" brought back memories...






Carole and her Ginger, a Project Hope blood donor dog.  Before Carole unexpectedly passed away last year from a minor procedure, she called her growing family of rescue dogs, "The Ark."  They were all so happy together.



Carole's Ark! She had just added a sweet grey puppy to her Ark, who is not in this photo.  She was a pharmacist and her research--and unconditional love, help and caring--were irreplaceable and so precious to the RR.  Carole is another angel who we now know in heaven.




Carole is a "Forever Rescue Ranch Angel"

--and will never be forgotten--nor will her dogs!



P.S.  I have had an incredibly difficult time getting this story formatted today.  I hope you can read it.  Sorry it is not set up how I would have liked to have done it!




Hurricane Harvey: August 27, 2017 7:30 PM

The rain is flooding everyone, everywhere. Over 300 rivers, lakes and bayous in the greater Houston area are out of their banks (overflowing) and the extra "controlled water release program" is flooding neighborhoods beyond repair starting at 2 AM tonight or really Monday early morning. This is so there isn't a sudden dam break that could kill a lot of people not just flood their homes. Just now they announced on the radio that more neighborhoods WILL be flooded tonight naturally AND on purpose--for at least two months the homes could be flooded to indefinitely--especially on the back side, behind the lakes, etc. where they release the controlled water flooding.  Some of those people don't even have flood insurance and even if they do, the deductible is like $50,000 or some very high number!  Then insurance companies will argue if the flooding is a FEMA flood insurance issue or homeowner's insurance--which doesn't cover water coming in from the outside or if you don't have the wind/storm rider, they will opt out of providing coverage totally!  While the news people are telling those people to pack their cars now, get some sleep and then leave at dawn, saying good-bye to their homes perhaps forever, who the heck could sleep knowing that--and they can't stay or they will be drowned.  This situation is awful.

What is interesting and we all need to learn from this is, that the water is so high both in the city (Houston) and north of us, it is coming in the SECOND floor windows! But what's worse is that people think they are secure and go to sleep but their houses are getting flooded by the immense volume of water coming UP through the shower and bath drains and toilets!!!  Guess there is a good reason I read an article from Canada which instructed how to sandbag or seal those drains besides just keeping the tubs full of clean water in case you run out of bottled! Since it is very dirty waste water coming up through the drain system, people are trying to get to shelters--but authorities are telling them to stay home UNLESS the water rises to life-threatening levels inside! Instead of waiting, people are emptying their refrigerators (they float) or blowing up pool floats and boats and putting their belongings (a change of clothes, blanket and pillow mostly), their kids and/or pets in them and walking through snake-infested, chemical and waste infected water up to their armpits!

While the officials are telling people that pets are accepted at shelters, it is not like Fluffy, Brutis and Bradley are sleeping next to you.  After they inspect everything you bring in to a designated shelter, taking away anything they don't approve of, they take record of all documents required to get in like licenses, passport, etc. and then they TAKE away the pets, some to be housed in a crated pet section with hay bedding, while others go to other locations--like distemper-exposed shelters.  Animals running around lose are captured and gulp, because there are no public adoptions going on or any way for their owners to find them, most of their lives are cut short...or people are staying in their homes, again, risking life and death, to be with their animals.

All schools, stores, gas stations and more are closed probably through this week, possibly through the second week!! Cheese sandwiches will sustain us and the dog food that you sent before this and that we bought before the eclipse will hold us over. (For those needing to raid the pantry or garden to feed your dogs and cats, please see my other blog on this site, On My Mind, for the link to my research regarding People Foods your pets can and cannot eat).  


We will be completely resource depleted when this is over so if you are not in the flood area, please GIVE on our fundraiser/see the angel holding the dog fundraiser pic (look for her above or below this blog) and click on the link under her). PLEASE, if you live out of the Texas flood zone. Then I can order more food and Dingo Ringos--and chicken Dream rattle balls for the little dogs (they are on our Amazon wish list/link above if you want to see what they are for your sweet babies) to be delivered this time so I don't blow out another knee trying to carry it myself!

Right now, the Hand of God is still thankfully over the Rescue Ranch and we are walking by faith and not by sight.  Keep praying please as we are doing for all of you. It is working.  Of course, He expects us to be good stewards as well. After sandbagging at 1:30 AM, clearing gutters out and digging trenches that lead water to the storm drains are just a few odd jobs that replaced another night of sleep. Cleaning out the street storm drains will most likely be Monday's project!

(Thank you to our angel who read that I was craving a banana split and sent a Dairy Queen e-card.  Not only did that make me "smile big" as my mother used to say, but it also gives me something to look forward to!! Boy, do I need that. The new quilts that arrived before the storm and our blanket stock are keeping every dog warm and cozy.  Thank you all in fact.)

The very sore throat I've developed is minor, compared to what is happening just twenty miles south or north of us.  It is a tragic situation in Texas generally. My heart is just breaking for everyone.  One of the saddest things, is that is undocumented/illegal people, who do much of the critically needed farm work and restaurant labor, need to leave their homes to get to safe places, but there are checkpoints on the highways leaving the area set up to check for "papers."  Usually, these are all closed during an emergency of this proportion just so lives can be saved.  Now, these people are staying home, risking life and death, to avoid immigration deporting them during this catastrophe.  Can't an exception be made at this point? The situation is getting worse not better.

If possible and if anything changes, I will update you tomorrow.  I am worried about our angels especially south, west, and in the city and in San Antonio--all of you!  Angels, please check in if you can. If you need anything, if we can help, we will.

Sending courage, strength, love and hugs. Remember, when we are weak, He is strong.  Turn your burdens over to God and rest easy--knowing that He will work it all out, regardless of what happens.  Grateful always, love you all and please be safe. Very safe.






An angel's beloved dog, Cookie, passed on.  She was the center of her

mama's world and heart.  More kisses being sent to heaven...




My love-bug, Junie, who just wants to just breathe in the same the space I'm in she loves me so much, and I, her...




 Junie (our female version of Junior), and her Mama Mia--are almost identical twins! 



Hurricane Harvey Update: Aug. 27, 2017 1:45 AM


Hearing that Lake Conroe (north of the RR) just reached the top of its banks and water is being released and more than 6 feet and rising of water is in homes south of the city--plus in the city, water rescues are taking place from people's attics, I decided it was time to sandbag the entrances. I took Someone outside with me.  We used half of the 1200 pounds for each of two doors. That was it.  The third door stands "open" but it is a step higher than the others.  The garage and storage unit are on a slight hill so here's to hoping!


This is what 600 pounds of masonry sand bags looks like.  It took ten/60 pound bags to do this to each of two doors and we could have easily used another 1200 pounds!


Here are some other ways to sandbag--if you are desperate, use Ziplock freezer bags, filled with a mix of rocks and dirt. Just make sure the end of one is covered by the next and stack in a brick/alternating rows pattern not just stacks of bags.


Going to put my knee on ice and lay down, on alert for toradoes and flooding.  Do the best you can and ask for heavenly hope with the rest. 



Happy National (wet) Dog Day!
Sometimes we just have to laugh!
For those of you not in southeast Texas, there are some great sales today to celebrate this "holiday." For those who live down here, I feel your pain!
We just had a twenty minute break between the "trains" or bands of rain, thunder and some lightning.  Enough though to get the big dogs out thankfully.  The little dogs have a choice between running out, getting soaked and towel-dried or using the wee-wee pad area we set up inside a doggie playpen.  We even have another to set up if need be!
We are north of Houston, between Lake Conroe and the west fork of the San Jacinto river, both of which have earthen dams and walls and are reaching their banks or tops so they began earlier slowly releasing water to let some pressure off.  While the streets and underpasses are deep swimming pools, and some very nice neighborhoods are at great risk of being flooded out by this water release program, so far we are soaked but OK as long as the dams hold out.

We are going to run out of Dingo Ringos which is a VIP emergency with special needs dogs.  If they can't get out in their wheelchairs or doggie stroller, they need chews like that for activity.  I realized this week that they also use their mouths to play--with my fingers!  I have been doing it for so long it was just second nature to me.
IF you want to help replenish this critical RR item, there is a link and Wish List on this page (or you can just order on their site)--they have the best prices for Dingo Ringos!--or if you make a paypal gift to (link above), I can order them from my phone now for delivery toward the end of the week.  We need as many as possible so just figure out your budget.
This storm is eventually expected to go back offshore and come back as a Hurricane--with Houston as its initial landing zone.  Depending on the amount of water falling, we may need an Ark to get out of the area!  I sure hope not!  (My friend, Carole, who passed away last year after a very minor procedure, used to call her bunch of rescue dogs an "Ark" after I started calling ours a Herd, the larger it got, it had to be called a Herd!!)

Saving my phone so I can check in hopefully tonight. (Sorry in advance for format issues or text sizes.  I don't know how to fix these issues on my phone.)
Love and RR hugs to all!
The news report just said we are going to get 12-18 inches in the next train--or twelve hours. This will devastate many--and there is lots more to come.  The problem is that the ground is saturated and can't absorb the rain this fast PLUS the very wet ground is going to cause many trees to just fall over, causes untold damage--No wind needed!
Please everyone be careful and stay safe.  Love you.


Hurricane Harvey: Update #2    9:00 AM Saturday, August 26, 2017


No sleep all night.  Occasional thunder and lightning right now, the kind that makes you leap off the bed.


First two sandbags used just now. It is raining so hard that it is coming right out of the gutters making an unwelcome pond next to the side of the back porch. 


TV is out. Still have electricity. Don't know for how much longer. Radio with lots of batteries keeping me up to speed.


You know it's a serious storm when every fifteen minutes or so, the news people tell you to make sure that your Social Security number should be written in permanent marker inside your ARM--on your skin. Think about that for a minute.


Faith or fear? Walk in faith always regardless of the outcome. Worry does nothing but make you tired and stressed and doesn't change a thing.


To everyone in Texas, stay calm. Beside the tremendous damage where Harvey came aground, there has already been a tornado that affected fifty homes.  Warnings for many more are setting off the alerts on my phone. Please go out and clean out your own storm drains occasionally. This will help keep the water draining as best it can and slow down or stop your home from flooding.  Some bayous are overflowing their banks already--rivers and lakes are expected to follow suit--and a "massive" flooding warning has been issued which affects over 4 million of us through at least Wednesday.


Be sure to write down or print the alternative/people foods dogs and cats can eat--the link is on my 'On My Mind' blog page on this site.   I tried to put together something you can use if we are stuck in this situation longer than you/I planned. (The link to the blog is on your left in the navigation bar.)


I will try to check in later today or sooner if something major happens.  Help each other and we will all be OK in the long run.


God be with you, Texas, and blessings to everyone. Always remember that we love you.



This pic was taken just two days ago--by yesterday afternoon, nary any item was left. We forgot to get TP--oops! That said, when I bought the Sam's Club package of baby wipes last week, everyone laughed at me.  Nobody is laughing now!! Trust your instincts--always. 


Tornado two touch-down just announced.  About thirty miles from here. Houses where people were, or opted to evacuate, are being vandalized now!  Keep praying and walking by faith not by sight!



Pasha and Girl, the Texas Pearl.  Love them! 
Wait 'til you see the new pics of Pasha in her drag bag and Bittie in his suspenders and diapers!
(I just have to download the camera!  Sorry I'm so slow doing "extra" things these days.)

Hurricane Harvey: Update 7:00 PM Friday  


Please learn from our experience.  This is about being prepared for any emergency not just this particular Hurricane...


Harvey just reached Category 4 status, already catastrophic.  I hope to God it does not go to a 5.  It won't reach us until over night.  It is going to circle back on the Houston area after it passes over--they predict about a five day deluge.


There is a increasing danger of trees falling down--before it was from the wind.  Now, they expect the ground to be so saturated that the trees will just fall over from the ground saturation.  The trees are 30-40 feet tall.  Last hurricane, one of our neighbor's trees fell over and crashed through one side of the RR fencing.  Thankfully, their insurance replaced it.  We just had to leash-walk everyone for about a week which was no picnic!


The water coming out of the facets and tubs is already grey water--first it was dark brown then it turned dark grey.  IF anyone reads this and winds up running out of water, either catch the rain or get fresh ponding water, strain it through t-shirts or cheesecloth--using a new spot each time until the water is clear--and then add about five drops of UNSCENTED bleach per gallon and let it sit for a few hours.  We have baby pools for the dogs to play in that we are washing out and going to set out to siphon if need be.  I hope not but at least it can be used for cleaning if not for drinking.


Sandbags: 1200 pounds of sand made 19 large sandbags (two or three times the size of the white disposable ones you see on TV which hold about 30 lbs of sand) plus 20 tiny ones to cover the weep holes between the brick on the outside of the building (how they build in the humid South, to allow air to flow between the frame and insulation and the brick exterior).   Thankfully, under these circumstances, sand was extremely, extremely inexpensive--just hard to find!  Most sand sold out by yesterday morning and sandbags but after working on this for hours on the phone, I found a little place off the beaten path who still had sand piles.  I want to humbly thank the young man who filled the big sand bags shovel by shovel and who loaded them in two loads in my car.  They were too heavy to take at one time in the car.  He helped me out of the kindness of his heart when he saw me on crutches and with a big knee brace and "Someone" stood there watching (who is getting weaker by the month).  I explained that Someone had a disability and so the young man did ten with a real shovel and said come back in an hour for the other ten--one of which I had to make into little ones using zip lock freezer bags, some rocks for more weight, a garden bulb shovel (can't think of the name right now so tired).  I only had $8 left to give him but I would have given him so much more for this kindness. (PS You need to use masonry sand we learned.  It is heavier.  There are six other types that people have been using but could get washed away. Rushing water is powerful.)  My plan was to get the sand back to the RR, put a baby pool in the middle of the main floor, sit down and start filling bags with my garden trowel (is that the name").  I would still be filling sandbags all night if not for the kindness of a stranger.  I am still so tired...and there is so much more to do.


The stores are bare--a bag of straws here, a can of Pringles there.  The bread isle is completely bare--and was since yesterday afternoon.   We are A-OK with bread, processed cheese sandwiches and some sprouts or there is always Someone's dented can collect that may come in handy.  Velveeta, crackers, already popped corned, marshmallow treats for dessert (they are just like we used to make!).  I didn't remember at the store but fruit cocktail cups or cans would have been a good find.  You could eat the fruit and drink the liquid! The fresh foods like fruits, salads, etc. were all heavily discounted so for a day, we will eat well, take showers and then "camp out" inside for a week or so.  Please do not panic if I haven't update this blog page.  If we lose cell phones, I will not be able to post until they are restored.


Electricity going out already where the storm is first going to come ashore.  Last hurricane, we had to go nine days without it.  I have lots of rope and clothes pins to hang outside once the rain stops.  Tubs make wonderful washing bins--roll up your pants and start "grape stomping."  I imagined that I'm either Lucy or Ethel (remember that episode from "I Love Lucy"?  This time, with my knee between surgery or not, Someone is going to have to take over the job--and with supervision and directions, should be able to (here's to hoping.)  The gas pumps are out--or shut down.


Two tornado warnings so far. Many more to come I'm guessing.  Flood warning already.  We have been warned to expect 35-40 inches of water--up from 30 this morning.  Already started sprinkling.  2 - 4  inches have fallen already south of Houston.


Please be safe all TX angels.  It looks like it is heading to New Orleans after this.  I heard that they are desperately clearing drains, digging trenches and making sure pumps are all working at full capacity if need be.


All prayers are appreciated for everyone in the path of this storm.  Truly.  Oh, I received an email that our TX angel who was in the ER overnight was released!!  He needs follow-up care and broke a toe through it all but lived to see more years.  His famiy is grateful for all prayer support.  God does hear them.  Really.


Time to keep going.  The radio, flashlights and seven little tiny fans need new batteries (which would have been impossible to get days ago unless you had previously stocked some!) Ice was made last week in clean deli and butter containers.  I added 3/4 filled water bottles yesterday in case the people (us) need something cold to drink as they melt or to hold on a hot forehead plus they more ice you have, you can move some into the refrigerator to keep things cold and then when it melts, it is the best, refreshing cold water to give to the animals or to drink yourself!  The roll of 6 mil thick plastic is out again along with rolls of duct tape to cover over any broken windows (hope it won't be needed again--God hear our prayers...).


Love to all.  Please be safe.  Saving life is far more important than saving say, a couch, so do whatever is needed to do so.  One man being interviewed on TV said, "We can always buy a new couch--or live without it--but we can't buy a new life."  This experience will be rough but other than having the funds to buy a  generator, we are as prepared as the last of my Visa cards could handle.  I pray that those who are not in the path of this giant, will help the RR now (using any link above this post) so when it is over, we will have the funds to restock food, buy medicine, supplies, etc.  We will be depleted of everything when this is over--except love and faith--and always Hope.  Always.



We rest in His hands.  Remember, you have a choice between fear and faith.
Faith is not only less stressful but it is powerful.  Very powerful.
We love you always.  Never forget.

Hurricane Harvey about to Hit...Friday, August 25, 2017

Having a little trouble with my blog, I thought I would just update you so you can all rest a little easier... 

This is what we are seeing on the freeway...



There is nothing that can quite prepare you for a situation like this.  I thanked God today that I followed my advice on my On My Mind blog on this site for preparing ahead of time for virtually any emergency!  After going to my knee doctor, we went to get prescriptions filled, a touch more water, more non-perishable foods. Oh, yes, two trips to make sure the cars are filled in case we have to evacuate. I don't know how we could do it but with God, I have learned that all things are possible!


The lines to get anything or anywhere were outrageous.  People were driving like maniacs even though the roads were packed. No one could find water and they were panicking, going from big store to big store.  The stores even had security out front announcing that the water was gone so people could just turn around and walk away.  When we went to the second Wal-Mart to get Bitty some dried goat's milk that we rehydrate for him every day, we could only find infant formulas and we read their ingredients lists until we found a 0-3 month old formula that would make do. He needed one with no added iron, no high fructose corn syrup and non-GMO, hard things to find in the middle of a mass panic before a Category 3 or 4 hurricane!!


That store still had water in a dispenser in the far back if you brought your own container.  My doctor's husband had tried to find water while I was at their office but all he came back with was a can of corn--so I called to let them know where the water was and although the line was deep, at least they could get it.  The manager said they are trucking in giant truckloads of water from hundreds of miles away but in less than an hour and a half, they are out again.  All trucking comes to a halt mid- day today.


The gas lines were outrageous in more than one way.  First, the sheer number of people was amazing but then, many had extra gas cans that they kept filling and filling, taking so much time. Plus, there was no orderly waiting in line all facing the same direction. Ha! People cut the lines, backed in, went forward, whatever it took. Civility lost today and we live in a nice area--and the storm--or desperation after the storm hasn't even begun!


What surprised me was that there WAS dog kibble and cat food on the shelves! That was my biggest fear last week but I could see in people's eyes, animals were not first on their mind.  The ranchers and farmers around us of course were prepared, but it is the single, younger pet owners that I worry about.  


The sand bags come in at dawn so I calculated enough for two or three doorways and if I can get enough, the garage and storage door entrances.  I think it is going to be a fill 'em yourself project so putting the crutches down, I may find myself sitting in sand, filling bags. Someone isn't capable of doing that unfortunately. Association between doing a task and standing there watching is the disconnect, even if I am struggling.   I am already exhausted from my pinkie toes to my puffy eyes but I need to push through another half day--then the silence starts before the massive storm.


We are 90 miles or so inland so while the storm surge won't get here, the rivers and lakes and earthen dams are all a concern.  The city of Houston concreted nearly all land and so the drainage is almost nill.  I would expect much loss there. The last hurricane was not as big and over 20,000 homes were lost.  After the sandbags, I just need to get my supplies together in case windows break and calming tabs out for the dogs.


I will try to update you as I can, if I can.  We expect the electricity to go out nevermind the TV and the internet. All will depend on what my cellphone can do and how long it holds up. 


Please don't worry. In life, we have to make a huge choice--to walk in faith or to walk in fear.  You know that I always choose faith and always have Hope. Please just stand with all of us in the path of this storm in faith and in prayer. 


Apologies in advance for format or other errors. I am doing the best I can with the tools I will hopefully have.


Sending much love and always, Hugs from the Herd!!!


PS One of our TX angels has been sent to the ER tonight with possible cardiac issues. Please say a prayer for him. God will know who you meant it for. Thank you! 

Grateful always. Never forget to help an animal or person in need if God has them cross your path.  It is an opportunity in disguise for YOU to be blessed really.

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Friday, August 18, 2017


Please don't forget about your animals' eye health during the eclipse, too!  If they don't have a pair of special glasses and it is not safe for you to look at the sun, keep them indoors.  If they glance at the sun or stare at it, it will damage their vision just like it would yours!




Also, at the bottom of this page, just below the hummingbird pictures and recipe for safe nectar, I just posted a list of the top five flowers to attract them and any special notes about each one that you, the super gardener, would need to know.  



Fri, August 18, 2017 | link 

Eclipse Map and Knee Update
As promised, above is the projected eclipse map for this Monday, August 21, 2017.  If you search the internet, there are sites that cover each country and the percentage of eclipse you will experience.  The black line above is the 100% line.  In the Houston area, we are at the 70-80 percent darkness/eclipse line.  Regardless, you must take good care of your eyes--you are at risk of going blind or of affecting your eyesight if you look directly even at a partial eclipse!
I'll write more hopefully later but right now, I have to get my poor knee back on ice.  Apparently, I tore a ligament and with a week on ice to reduce/keep the swelling down and crutches, then another six weeks of a hinged brace and crutches as needed, I may be able to heal without surgery! Thank God.  I just have to be very careful, do no lifting and no falling.  Dogs? "Someone"?  Yes, they will all have to be on their best behavior!
Thank you for your prayers.  Please be sure to read my blog, "On My Mind" as soon as possible.  You have a lot of work ahead of you if you take even a little part of what I've said to heart.  If there is anything you think that I forgot to mention, please send me an email and I will add it in:
*One Angel already suggested adding TP and paper towels to your lists (you'll understand more after reading my On My Mind blog most recent entry).
Sending love and always, Hugs from the Herd!!

ALL Help is needed and much appreciated (see blog entry below if you missed my current events update.)

Note: Crayola Angel: Boxes received! Will write soon.
Note: Pasha's Angel: Boxes received! Will email soon. 
Note:  I am working on getting mail to the post office next week--hopefully my Christmas cards, too!! (Forgive me please.)
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Oh, Boy...(or Girl)!

The docs told me that the caretaker of a person with Lewy Body Dementia, a fast-progressing terminal brain disease, will be worse for the wear than the patient, so to speak, when all is said and done.


I expected exhaustion, emotional depletion and a very sore back but not this. Not now.


I decided to take Mike out tonight to get some dog food and some bottles of spare water.  Normally, if we have amazon or PayPal credits, I can get it delivered but angelic help has been scarce this summer so I had to use my almost depleted Visa and go shopping.


I had a man in the store load the basket.  Picking up the 40 and 50 lbs of dog food would risk injuring my back more and irreparably--I still have to wear a back brace from the last injury!


Mike followed cheerfully behind me like glue only having an anxiety attack at the register when he read the charges before I could swipe my card. I tried to distract him or stand in front of the screen but the cashier asked me a question and I was distracted. Ugh.


As his anxiety turned into a panic attack, I had to disclose that he is disabled--especially when I see panic in the workers' eyes!  Awhile ago, I started just saying it's like Alzheimer's since it is similar and semi-familiar to people, even though it wouldn't kill him for another thirty years unlike the few years that Lewy Body takes to do the same.


Funny thing is he used to be the one who personally was paying for thousands of dollars of dog food and supplies monthly while he was well and working and never batted an eyelid.  But, being sick and knowing there is much help needed, more expenses with his illness and a whole lot less of an income, when he gets panic attacks, he paces and worse from worry for hours. I just tell him our angels have it covered--whether they do or not at the moment, I believe we will always be OK no matter what the situation. I reassure him so he can relax and I can avoid a potentional hospital stay to stabilize him. ("I choose to walk by faith and not by sight," but I don't deny it can be a nail-biter!)


This is the first time the resources were not there AND he saw the bill--and it was for just a few weeks! Lord have mercy!! Well, when I got everyone calmed down and checked out, I asked for someone to load the car. They had me bring the car to the door and a big strong college kid happily loaded the car. I told him Mike was sick because normally he would do it himself or help out.  I didn't want the man to think that the big man just standing next to him watching him do hard labor was arrogant or lazy. Mike is or was the complete opposite! He would have let our load wait to go help someone in need first. It just hurts so to see his deteriorating condition, mentally and physically. 



On the way home, I knew I had to feed Mike. He is on a schedule so his blood levels stay steady.   He's been drooling over the Sonic pretzel-bun hotdog on TV (these patients need to watch a fair bit of TV each day to keep them calm and resting.  Since I am trying to fill a little bucket list of items of a list I had to make for him--all while trying to be keenly aware and update it with new things that are still possible, we stopped at Sonic.  


Thankfully they had a grilled cheese sandwich for me which was both vegetarian (I am, Mike and the dogs are definitely not!) and easy on my tummy. I knew I had to work all night since I had been gone for four hours so that got my dinner out of the way, too. (The manager put two slices of tomato on my sandwich and brought me out a glass of ice water and a straw which was so kind.) In a situation like this, even the tiniest act of kindness is precious and so appreciated.


Sooooo, when we got back to the RR,  Mike went in first to make sure no one had had a potty accident. He is now OCD about that, not upset if there was one but consumed with cleaning it up--and it has to be cleaned up post haste! Even if the world were ending, he'd be walking around with something to clean it up with--if it even exists.  It is obsessive compulsive to the tenth degree, a gift from Lewy Body.  


So, stupid responsible me, instead of getting something to carry the dog food on, I decided to carry the first 200 lbs myself.  That would feed all the dogs supper plus have extra for breakfast and after letting them out, I could make everyones' medicine and supplements, get Mike to bed and rest and then get the rest of the food and water in a few hours before it got too hot outside--100-107°F this week. (I have got to find a used handtruck.)


Well, on the last of tonight's bags, I was off balance but thought I could make it in the doorway.  Yep and Nope. I was swaying and Mike was near me and normally could have grabbed me but he couldn't understand to take the bag, even if he dropped it, and couldn't understand to grab me at least to steady me. Well, I got the bag inside, thankfully it was only a 40lber not the 50's waiting for the morning! 


I fell to the left and was gratefully caught by a wall but on an angle... that's when I heard a snap inside the outer side of my left knee!!  I could have dropped to the floor and cried except that I couldn't.  I knew I had minutes to get ice, elevate it and take my socks off and so I did and Mike got the ice and a pillow.  Thankfully, he found my old crutches from ten years ago when I tore both meniscuses in my knees crashing down and skidding on concrete (avoided surgery). This time, my left knee slides around inside and I can't put any weight on it, I feel weird noises inside it and, eek, may not be able to avoid surgery--but I am going to fight every step of the way! 


This is the life of a true rescuer. Injuries are part of the picture when you get deep into it. Although I may go through more than most it is because my proverbial plate is bigger--and quite full!!  I will keep you updated as soon as I see the knee doc.  In the meantime, maybe God will send angels for a supernatural healing! He always seems to hear (all of our) prayers.


Sending love and always, 

Hugs from the Herd!


PS Please check my On My Mind blog (on this site) tomorrow afternoon. With an eclipse coming, current events and even a comet or stray planet that is going to be whizing by, maybe a little too close, there are precautionary things you need to have on hand and to know.  As long as my trusty phone holds up and lets me type, I will write. If I have to do doctor knee stuff first, please check back Wednesday on that blog. 


I thought you'd enjoy a peek at this little charming, walking toy dog a fellow rescuer sent to me. The dogs are so entertained by her, happily, especially when her eyes glow a bright yellow when she barks!! (She is a watch-only toy though!) When I feel a little better, I will find a way to get more to share somehow.)


 IMG_20170815_004127.jpg"Yap. Yap. Yap!! Please help my doggie friends at the Rescue Ranch! This really is their last chance. Pla-eaze?!  I love them all. Can you, too? Jane really needs help helping them or she won't be able to help them anymore." 






                   "Grateful Always, in all ways for all things." 


*Please excuse all errors. In addition to blinding pain and the shivering cold that sets in with it, I have been writing for four hours on my phone screen! Mike brought me my laptop to use in bed but I can't sit up just yet.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017


Please stop back early in the week.  There is a whole lot you need to know about the next few months and how to brace for what may, or may not, be.


In the meantime, know that you need to be always prepared for two weeks of home confinement with water and food.  The members of the LDS Church (Mormon) are prepared to go a full year!  Weather, current events, illness, loss of job, etc.  Water is priority one and food for all--priority two but important.  I can tell you from having been so sick and not being able to eat over the summer that hunger is so painful and if you were not mentally strong or temptable, people could do things they shouldn't to stop that pain.


Going into birthday weekend.  Just wanted to stop by and tell you that you are much loved and always appreciated.  Truly.


Love and Hugs from the Herd!!



Archives: My beloved Poppy. Did he have a sweet tooth!


Poppy used to let me put him up on a highchair on the outskirts of the kitchen so he could watch me cooking and would be the "chef."  He and I got a little taste of everything "he" cooked. He was so proud to serve everyone dinner that he had made. I watched his gorgeous tail being held high and proud as he wagged it happily, walking ahead of me, to deliver our creations!


I miss him every second of every second--every day. Yup. 


I can say that I knew love and that I know love--but to get there my heart had to be broken into a billion trillion pieces and it is still breaking. Someday there will be time to put the pieces back together into a beautiful new heart.


Love. You can't buy it, find it under a rock, sit home and wish for it. You have to work on giving it--to find it.


I really didn't understand love to this degree until these years of the Rescue Ranch and facing Mike's terminal illness. And, it is the same between people or animals. Love is love is love. It comes in many forms but only has one name, said or unsaid.  Love. Luv. LOVE.


 Love is precious. It takes tough sacrifice with no conditions, no expectation of anything in return--and every bit of you has to be given to capture it and keep it alive but you get every bit of it back plus more, whether you see it or feel it or hear it in the now or feel it in a breeze, in a warm ray of the sun, in the hug of a stranger or in the tweets of the birds at dawn, the last kiss goodnight, even the last breath...All Love will surely find you when it was meant to.


Remember, it is all around us.


Please don't let a drop of it slip out of your fingers. 

Promise at least to try...I am trying to do better, too.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

It's Birthday Week!

Hi Angels--


Due to the complications of taking care of a terminally ill person among other things, from here on I will send you an email when I update the blog or write a new story.  That way you don't have to keep checking in to see if I've been able to write or not.  If you do not want to receive the emails (once or twice a week at max), you can just send me an email to:


In the meantime, it is birthday week at the Rescue Ranch for lots and lots of dogs--and myself! (I'm turning 29 again!)  I can hardly believe that so many were born during the same week.   We are going to celebrate toward the end of the week with a warm doggie soup over kibble and a little cake.  We no longer can have candles but that's OK.  Every day brings a new adjustment to "Life as I knew it" and I find it is easier to just accept the changes than to mourn or miss them. 


There has been minimal help for the Rescue Ranch in the past couple of months which makes me sad.  Sad that the dogs here so deserve to live and have the care and supplies and medications that they need but so many don't understand that we truly cannot continue without help. 


I spend my nights trying to figure out who would be gentle enough to handle two tiny dogs with Brittle Bone Disease; who would understand that Bunny needs to be "flipped" over to air out her underside because she cannot turn over by herself and gets a terrible rash; who could express (manually) pee and poop Pasha with the same technique that won't rupture her bladder or intestines...and on and on and on (and on). 


IF we do not have regular help, I will need to call the Rescue Ranch "over" and pray that one by one, the dogs can be placed.  Unfortunately, the things that I have learned have come through much mentoring, experience and trial and error and while some dogs can go to a only dog home, it is so sad that their family will be split up and the vets don't advise this at all.  The dogs went through trauma, were surrendered by their families and have settled into this environment happily and in peace. 


I want to thank those of you who have put the RR on auto-ship for food--and even a few treats come along!  I wish everyone would do that or could do that it would allow me to breathe a little easier and not have to worry.  I have practically torn through my stomach lining from holding in the stress of the past two years.  Stress seems to be cumulative and so is the damage caused by it so if you are under a tremendous amount of stress, find a way to get rid of it daily or regularly, through physical exercise, meditation, quiet prayer time, etc.  Don't hold it in.  You won't be the better for it.


One of our angels lost her kitty, Ringo, who I would like to ask for prayers for her and for him.  He has been in my blog on and off almost since the beginning.  When I found out that he passed over, I wept like a baby.  Each of your animals I get to know and think of them like they are part of our family, too.  May Ringo find his daddy and his family and experience everything heaven has to offer until his mama and doggie brother gets to join them.  I truly believe that we are all reunited once we pass over or transition and don't fear that day but instead think of it as a glorious, joyous time to look forward to.  In the meantime, I have to learn whatever lessons life has for me and share as much love and do as much good as possible because truly, those are the things you can take with you when you leave this planet.  The only things.


Wishing our angels in San Antonio, TX much safety.  The flooding has been awful there!  Pasha, one of our wheelchair girls, came from San Antonio.  It almost feels like there is a safety shield of God's hand over the RR so when it rains, I just smile and comfort the dogs, thinking of His awesome power!  


I'll be writing again soon but next time, you'll see the email pop up in your Inbox with "Rescue Ranch" as the sender.  Just click on the link to see what's up or things I think you should know about.  


Sending you much love and always, Hugs from the Herd! 


All of the links above this Blog are ways to help--we need amazon credits, gofundme funds, paypal credits, anything and everything "Dog" and of course, prayers, always prayers.  We took on a project that we never anticipated and every day, try to make a difference.  You, too, get to share in the blessings when you help the Rescue Ranch, which may show up in this life or may be "pearls" waiting for us in heaven.  Either way, the way you live and what you do with it, makes a difference--whether the blessings are seen or unseen during our lifetime.



Archives: Ringo was writing a letter to Bunny and thinking of his next sentence!


Sending kisses to many kisses.





 Mama Mia had her babies this week, too--eight years ago!





Everyone was tired after giving birth and being born!



...and then it was always time for supper for weeks!


Please help.  God will bless you.

Thank you.


E-cards and credits should go to:

Mailing address (only): Rescue Ranch, 3555 Rayford Road, Ste. 45-106, Spring, TX   77386

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Don't forget them...Squirrels need food and water, too! 


Everything for the Dogs Needed! 

Surprise Boxes, In Memorandum Gifts and Cards, Gift Cards, etc. can all be sent to:

Rescue Ranch, 3555 Rayford Road, Ste. 45-106, Spring, TX  77386



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:
  1. Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water and bring to a boil to kill any bacteria or mold present.
  2. Cool and fill feeder.
  3. Extra sugar water may be stored in a refrigerator, preferrably in a glass jar.
  4. Red dye should not be added and do not buy pre-made solution with the red dye.

Five Best Flowers to Plant to Attract Humming Birds (Hummers)

1.  Rose of Sharon—variety of colors; needs good drainage, don’t over water; can prune into a tree shape.
2.  Trumpet Honeysuckle—“Hummingbird vine” grows in clusters and climbs up fences or houses, or a trellis.  Can spread quickly so think where you want it to really “bloom.”
3.  Fireweed—pink or purple and prefers loose soil.  
4.  Bee Balm—spunky, spiky flower, low maintenance, looks like a daisy but pointer. Variety of colors.
5.  Larkspur—known also as delphinium; tall plants (up to five feet) with long flowers with lots of nectar inside; three colors.


*Plant large patches of each plant so the hummers can see them better.  Hummers see in UV light, so this will help them.  
*Make sure the flower beds are near some type of taller foliage like tall shrubs or trees, which they will build their nests in and will have quick cover if a predator approaches.
 *Be patient.  It takes a little time but they will find “you.”  Making sugar syrup (recipe above) without the typical red (a poison to them) food coloring and use a container with RED on it to attract them faster!  If possible, make a hood or shield the    nectar you make from the heat of the sun and wash the container out with soap and water every week and let it dry before refilling.


"For it is in giving that we receive."
St. Francis of Assisi

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