We were anxiously awaiting daybreak to see if the much talked about storm would be here to crush the chance for Honey Bandit to be present for his day at "Tractor Supply". We heard over and over how much snow we were going to get, which would have made it impossible to get HB safely down the hill.
But I prayed and prayed, and we woke up to beautifully crisp (about 9 degrees) weather with blue skies and no snow!
I first met Tom, the manager of the Tractor Supply in Redding when I was trying to find the "magic" that was missing in Honey Bandit's diet, as we could not seem to get any weight on him. Tom was kind enough to let me know about "Amplify". He had used it when he rescued a starving mare and said it worked wonderfully. We also discussed our "Winter Warm and Dry" project and he was kind enough to invite us to spend the day in front of his store, selling the planet's best hot dogs and raising funds for the rescue. I kid you not when I say they are the planet's best hot dogs. I don't particularly care for hot dogs, but these are exceptional. (As Tom said, you sell the best and you will keep 'em coming back for more. Tractor Supply is known for having the best hot dogs, and as I found out, it's true.)
So we spent a wonderful day having a bbq and visiting with all the wonderful folks who stopped by to enjoy time with Honey Bandit and DaBubbles. I have to admit that Honey Bandit did pout quite a bit, as we had been taking DaBubbles out frequently for all the little ones to pet and love on. HB was not impressed with sharing the spotlight, but all in all, both horses enjoyed all the loves they got.
I want to say thank you to all the folks that shared our bbq and made their donations. At the end of the day, we were able to bring home two large buckets of supplement as well as the wonderful donations of food and goodies for the horses that we were blessed with.
It was a wonderful day, and although the clouds began looming in the background, the weather held. On the way home we had to stop and try and work on the lights on the truck and trailer. (Ya gotta have some excitement - right). We got 'em patched up as best we could and headed up the hill. We just made it to the top of the hill and right as we hit Shingletown, the snow began. It swirled around, not really sticking, and we were so grateful to have made it safely home. Not ten minutes after we unloaded the horses, the ground was white and covered with snow. Talk about a blessed day. Home safe and sound after a wonderful day and let the snow begin.
Thank you to all who shared it and thank you Tom and Janice for making this possible. Everyone at Tractor Supply was awesome and we had such a great day. God Bless ya'll!
Palomino and the Gang!
It's Thursday night, and we are awaiting the big storms that are supposed to be headed our way. We are so hoping that they will not arrive. Honey Bandit is anxiously awaiting (haha) to see everyone on Saturday at Tractor Supply. However, if the roads are not safe, we will be showing up without him. But say your prayers that the roads are clear and HB can come and say hi. But of course we are putting his safety before everything else.
I am sending out the "essay contest" and the flyer for the candlelight vigil, as some of you didn't get them. For those of you are who getting duplicates, I apologize.
Thank you to everyone who is planning on helping with the vigil. We need candles for the vigil, and maybe we should think about beverages to go with the cake. Please let me know if you can help. I would appreciate it if anyone can print out the candle light vigil flyer and possibly post them in fabulous places. We so need to get the word out and let people know there is still a chance to preserve our heritage, and make sure that our children's children might still see the beauty of a wild horse running free.
Please share the writing contest with any youngsters you know. We need to make sure they know that together, even as young as they are, they can move mountains.
God bless ya'll for helping. Stay warm and dry, and don't forget our critters need extra yummies to stay warm on these cold wet nights.
Palomino & the gang
34694 Side Bottom Road
Shingletown, Ca 96088
530 474 5197 530 339 1458
In honor of the 40th Anniversary of the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act, Honey Bandit is inviting you to join our essay writing contest. The details are attached, and the winners will be announced at the candle light vigil on December 15, 201 at the Holiday Market Shopping Center – in front of Another Chance Animal Welfare League –
9384 Deschutes Rd, Palo Cedro.
The vigil will be from approximately 4:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. There are great opportunities for easy and unique Christmas shopping, (not to mention sparkly Christmas shopping - and you know how many of us love that) from 4:00 on, and at about 6:00 p.m. we will announce the winners of the essay contest. We will have cake :) and light candles in honor of this important anniversary.
God willing, Honey Bandit will be there to celebrate with us, unless of course we have a blizzard or he is "snowed in". But he definitely is planning on being there as he is honored with the wild horses.
Please encourage your children, no matter what grade, to take the time to think about the history of our wild horses, the amazing difference they made to the pioneers and farmers, and where we would have been without them. It is a one page essay, but put them all together, and you will have an amazing tribute to the wild horses which can be used to help save their lives, before they become extinct and a beautiful part of our heritage is wiped off the earth forever.
Thank you for your support and for being part of this historical event. God bless all of you who reach out to help. One random act of kindness can set off a huge chain of magical things.
Please don't forget to buy your raffle tickets for the Bailey Creek Lodge drawing. Seems like mother nature is sending us a very clear message to "git 'er done" and complete Honey Bandit's "Winter- Warm and Dry" project while we still can.
Visit www.chillypepper.weebly.com or 530 474 5197 or 530 339 1458 with questions or if ya'll want to volunteer to help set up the vigil.
You can also contact us at Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, 34694 Side Bottom Rd. Shingletown, CA 96088
hugs and I hope ya'll are staying warm
Palomino & the gang
HI, We having a candlelight vigil for the 40th anniversary of the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act on December 15, 2010 in Palo Cedro, California at the Holiday shopping center. Anyone who wants to come can call me at 530 474 5197 or 530 339 1458 or email me.
We are trying to make an "event" with vendors etc. to possibly get more people there.
We are holding our "celebration" from 4 to 7 on November 19, 2011 We are trying to sign up vendors and food people and are going to have a little "bonfire" (in a pit of course) to hopefully draw more attention and people. I honestly don't know how many people will be there, but at least we have a start.
Honey Bandit will be there (with Dabubbles) weather permitting.
We would really appreciate anyone who might be able to come to contact us. Thank you from the horses.
The air is crisp and cold, and the remaining splashes of snow are icy
and very slick. The horses seem to be doing well and their coats are
growing thicker. Since we started adding the "new groceries", Honey
Bandit appears to be putting on more weight. I was pretty worried for
awhile, but I think he is going to keep picking it up at a good (not
too fast) rate and be ready for winter.
However, I think DaBubbles has made it clear that he is a "tropical
kind of guy". After spending last winter in the warm glow of the heat
lamps, I think he figures tropical beats popsicle.
Our friend Teresa was "volunteering" and burning some of the stuff out
back. She said she had to keep pushing DaBubbles away from the fire.
He absolutely loved the fire and thought he should be very very near
it at all times. He hung around "helping", and she was pretty sure
that he thought this weather was, as my mom would say "for the birds".
It is quite a bit different than last year when we were all living in
the carport and Honey Bandit and DaBubbles had 24 hour warmth and
We are officially having the candle light vigil on December 15, in the
Holiday Shopping Center in Palo Cedro. We will be at the opposite end
of the parking lot, close to THE BARN BUM.
Kim, owner of the BARN BUM, Is the one who raffled off the Honey
Bandit chair to raise money for him) and they have the most awesome
stuff in that shop. I absolutely love it, and that's where my hubby
and boys shopped for me for Christmas last year. You guys that "don't
know what to buy your girl", well you should definitely stop on in.
There are treasures galore. In fact, the whole shopping center is a
gold mine when it comes to picking out unique presents.
The PALO CEDRO GIFT GALLERY is also another unique, perfect place to
shop for that someone special. They have "new age - Vintage Lace",
(gorgeous - gorgeous clothing), beautiful and very unique jewelry as
well as home decor. Like I said, there is something for everyone in
this darling little shopping center.
You also have Nancy, who has COUNTRY GIRL "NCUNIQUE", one of my
personal favorites. (That is where my sparkly purse came from for my
anniversary. My husband rocks, especially cuz I got to pick the purse
ha ha). For anyone who loves sparkle, this store is a dream come
We also have the True Value, where they not only supply all your
hardware needs, but are one of the greatest stores around for
personal, service not to mention the friendly critters behind the
counters (the dogs and cats).
Next to them, you have the PALO CEDRO EYE CLINIC. Sue Kossol, who was
a huge help to us in planning this event, has wonderful choices for
all your glasses and contact needs. They offer a multitude of
services and specialize in that home town personal service.
Next we have ANOTHER CHANCE ANIMAL RESCUE. Kathy and Joyce jumped on
this right away to help not only Honey Bandit, but all the other wild
horses that still have a chance to live their lives in freedom, if we
can stop BLM from ignoring the fact that they are FEDERALLY PROTECTED
by the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act. They are one of
the wonderful rescues we work together with, and the amount of animals
they have saved and adopted out is amazing. They also will have their
store open especially for this event and once again, a wonderful shop
with all sorts of different items. Every penny you spend there, goes
directly to the care of the critters.
We are inviting the schools to come and share in this historic event.
40 years ago, this law was passed, due to "Wild Horse Annie" and a
group of school kids that cared enough to protect these animals. We
need to continue spreading the word that these animals are federally
protected and also to celebrate the miracle that is Honey Bandit,
America's Poster Boy to Stop the Roundups!
So come and join us. Celebrate with us and light a candle for our
beloved wild mustangs, We ask any vendors to contact us if they wish
to provide their goods for sale to the last minute Christmas shoppers.
We need a lot of help to pull this thing off, and I thank you in
advance for whatever you can do. If you can spread flyers, contact
radio stations, or just tell your friends. It is time to honor Honey
Bandit and all the folks who helped to save him.
Please come and share this special date with us. We will be there
from 4-7, so come on down and "git er done'.
God bless ya'll, Palomino & the Gang,
530 474 5197 or 530 339 1458 with questions or if you want to volunteer.
Just wanted to share the wonderful news. We are having a CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL (IN HONOR OF HONEY BANDIT AND THE REST OF THE WILD HORSES) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1971 Wild & And Free Roaming Horse & Burro Act.
The wonderful folks in Palo Cedro are hosting the event. We are planning it from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and although planning is still in the works, we are very excited. The event will be in front of Another Chance Animal Welfare store, and there are wonderful stores for last minute Christmas shopping who will be open late for your convenience.
We are looking for any vendors who might want to share this wonderful occasion with us and are inviting all the wonderful folks who helped Honey Bandit survive.
I will be sharing the names of all the fabulous people that are helping to make this happen in the next day or so. (forgot where I put all my info and since it’s about 26 degrees out I don’t feel like going to the car – what a sissy = huh?
So please mark your calendars, and if ya’ll have Christmas crafts, or other wares to sell, contact me at 530 474 5197 or 339 1458. There is no charge to set up a booth, and it should be a wonderful evening. It is such an important day and I hope alot of people can come out and share it with us. We need to bring attention to the fact that these animals are SUPPOSEDLY – FEDERALLY PROTECTED – and Honey Bandit should still be out in the wild with his mama and papa and living life wild and free.
URGENT - HONEY BANDIT SAYS "DO THIS PLEASE " LaMalfa Announces Second "There Ought Not To Be A Law" Contest
This is a great time to take a few minutes and send out your voices. We need to stop SB 697. It is devastating to our choices and abilities to care for our own animals.
I was personally at the "so called public" California Veterinary Medical Board meeting, where I watched them trying to take over a multi million dollar company because in all honesty, that is all this law is about. Control and the almighty dollar.
Now they will tell you that it is all about protecting the public and the animals. I hate to have to tell you this, but THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT LOOK THE OTHER WAY WHEN HORRIBLE THINGS HAPPEN! When I have to have an animal "euthanized", it is so devastating. Losing them is like losing a family member. I have been lucky enough to stay with each and every one of them as they left this earth on their way to heaven, but many people don't or can't.
Did you know that the CVMB knows that a vet was euthanizing by INJECTING WATER INTO THE PET'S HEART??? This is painful, horrible and the pet does not die peacefully. But the CVMB DOES NOT FEEL THAT THIS IS A "BAD ENOUGH THING TO DO" TO LOSE THEIR LICENSE.
SHOW THE CVMB THAT WE ARE GOING TO KEEP CONTROL OF OUR ANIMALS AND THEIR HEALTH CARE. WE WANT THAT CHOICE.
Please go to the website and tell Senator LaMalfa that we want SB 697 gone. It is not to help us Californians and it is certainly NOT to protect our animals. It is about greed and the fact that although they have brought 3 different law suits against anesthesia free teeth cleaning, they have LOST - EVERY TIME! There is no risk to us or our pets, but they want to abuse their authority and make laws that hurt us in many ways.
People that care for horses with non traditional treatment will be cited and fined. Rescues, the SPCA, equine chiropractors, equine dentists and massage therapists will all be fined and cited until they no longer have a job or can pay their bills. We need to take California back, and PTL, SENATOR DOUG LAMALFA IS GIVING US THAT CHANCE!
God bless and "git 'er done"
Honey Bandit reminds you that he wouldn't be alive if this had been passed. It would have been impossible for me to have given him the care i did, as he was not "my horse" and it would have been illegal for me to take care of him. Let's stop these ridiculous laws and the waste of our tax dollars.
SENATOR, FOURTH DISTRICT
California State Legislature
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2011CONTACT: Mark Spannagel
LaMalfa Announces Second “There Ought Not To Be A Law” Contest
Senator Puts Small-Government Twist on PopularCompetition
(SACRAMENTO) - Senator Doug LaMalfa (R – Richvale) today announced the launch of his second annual “There Ought Not To Be A Law” contest. Constituents, businesses and those sick of government as usual are encouraged to offer ideas on regulations and laws that need to be eliminated.
“Even with massive fiscal problems California’s government saw fit to add another 745 laws to the books,” said Senator LaMalfa. “As we look for ways to improve California jobs climate I feel we need to eliminate laws and regulations that prevent businesses from growing and hiring new employees.”
In addition to having an idea taken through the legislative process, the winner will be invited to join Senator LaMalfa for lunch and will receive a California State flag that has been flown over the Capitol. “There Ought Not To Be A Law” proposals can be submitted by filling out a simple form on Senator LaMalfa’s website at www.senate.ca.gov/lamalfa by Friday, December 9, 2011.
“Nobody knows better the laws that need to be repealed than those who are suffering under them,” added LaMalfa. “The larger the government grows, the smaller the voice of the individual becomes. It’s time the state takes a step back.”
The contest winner will be announced in January and the winning bill proposal will be introduced with the Senator’s legislative package in February.
Senator Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing the fourth Senate District including Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Siskiyou, Sutter, Del Norte, Placer, Trinity, Yuba and Nevada counties.
HONEY BANDIT NEEDS YOUR HELP. WE NEED TO FORM A LOCAL (ISH) CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE WILD FREE-ROAMING HORSES AND BURROS ACT ON DECEMBER 15. THIS IS THE 40 YEAR ANNIVERSARY.
I SERIOUSLY NEED HELP FROM ANYONE NEARBY WHO CAN HELP US SET THIS UP. DOESN'T HAVE TO BE IN OUR IMMEDIATE NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT WE NEED TO "GIT ER DONE"
HONEY BANDIT DESERVES THIS TO BE A HUGE EVENT!!
PLEASE CONTACT ME ASAP IF YOU CAN HELP SET ONE UP. I HAVE TO HAVE SURGERY ON NOVEMBER 21, SO CAN'T DO IT BY MYSELF.
CALLING ALL ADVOCATES
THE WILD FREE-ROAMING HORSES AND BURROS ACT
was signed into law on December 15, 1971
Are we going to let this 40 year anniversary fade away without shining a light on our wild horses and burros? It’s time to honor the work of Wild Horse Annie. It’s also the perfect opportunity to bring the plight of America’s wild horses and burros into the public eye once again.
We are calling on all advocates to organize a candlelight vigil in the city nearest you on Thursday, December 15th. Let’s all come together with a theme of“Keep their light shining”. Bring some candles, coffee, hot chocolate, and most important of all, bring your friends and neighbors. Whether small or large, your group can make a difference.
Now is the time to show our solidarity and make it clear that
We are here - We are united - We are not going away
Those of you who choose to organize a candlelight vigil , please log onto to our facebook page. “ Keep Their Light Shining”. Tell us your city and keep us updated as to how many will attend your function.
Hidden Valley Wild Horse
"...and I whispered to the horse: trust no man in whose eye you don't see yourself reflected as an equal." - Don Vincenzo Giobbe (circa 1700)
WOW, I knew we were going to get alot of snow up here, but certainly didn't expect it to start this early. wahhhh :(
Honey Bandit has started some new "groceries" in addition to his old ones, and luckily they seem to be making a difference. His coat has started to come in much better and he is starting to gain a little bit of weight. (Wish I had to work that hard to gain weight :) ha ha).
Pete is starting a winter coat also, but they are both behind the rest of the gang. The water lines/hoses have already been frozen, as well as the water tanks, so it is definitely on our "list" to get some of the automatic "warmer" buckets. Usually this kind of weather doesn't really come until much later, but according to the older "locals", all the signs are pointing to a long and very cold, snowy winter. Ugh (I happen to absolutely love snow, but ONLY if you are properly prepared).
We are still working on trying to get the supplies to properly set up the hay shelters, finish the barns and shelters for the horses and stock up enough hay for those times when we are "shut in". Thank you to those of you who are involved in helping us with our mission, and if you go to Red Bluff Home Depot, tell 'em Honey Bandit sent you. As they are the first to donate for the "Winter - Warm and Dry" project, we want them to know how much we all appreciate their dedication to the community and our wild horses.
Remember, for those "impossible to buy for" folks on your Christmas lists, you can always make a donation in their name. They get the tax write off (unless you take it - haha) and you not only help take care of the animals, you make them feel good also, as they become part of this wonderful endeavor.
(Sometimes it doesn't seem so wonderful when your hands are frozen and you are chopping through the ice in the water buckets and carrying hot water out from the bathtub to try and thaw out their water - but 99.99% of the time it is awesome and makes you feel great). God gives us direction in what our lives are supposed to be for, and this is obviously where He wants us. Honey Bandit is proof of that. We have also been so lucky to have met so many wonderful people.