Well, it is Sunday, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to be part of the great Nevada Day Parade once more. Only this time, after about five years of not being able to get there, I finally did. Riding on the float, following the beautifully trained mustangs that came from the wild, I was almost brought to tears by some of the crowd. When they cheered and clapped for the mustangs and said "thank you for what you do", it was so heartwarming. I have been dealing with a lot of very ugly stuff relating to the animals, and it was a glorious day to be celebrating our mustangs with these wonderful people.
Shirley Allen, Nevada's "horse angel", who has taught me so much, and is there day and night when I have a question re an injured/critical foal, was leading a darling little filly that she saved from certain death. She was born on Valentine's day and is called "Tina" for short, Valentina being her full name.
Willis Lamm, who called me when Suri was brought in, and is also a huge part of the "chain", was riding his new mustang that he bought at the "prison sale". His mustang was trained by one of the prisoners there and is amazing. You will see by his garb, just how well trained he is. These animals are the best rides once you have them trained. They are sure footed, loyal beyond imagination, and simply a huge part of our heritage. There is absolutely no excuse for the callous way they are being slowly and surely taken away from us.
I am hoping that someday Honey Bandit will be able to be in the parade, representing his lost and fallen relatives, as he reminds people that the roundups need to be stopped. He was definitely not in a place where he could come to this parade, but I am hoping he will feel well enough and have enough energy one of these years.
Lots of love from Honey Bandit & the Gang, and thank you for your ongoing support, as we could not survive without it. We may be getting a "rescue" burro in the near future, as they are great deterrents from the mountain lions. Unfortunately, now that the babies have been brought in at the nearby sanctuary and the buffet is no more, the cats are already spreading out to the neighbors and after passing through the sanctuary, a large cat crossed the road and killed two of the neighbor's goats. This cat was said to have been killed. It is such a hard situation, as the mountain lions were here first, but when they grow up on "domestic/ranch" animals, they stay lazy hunters and are a threat to our animals and even could be deadly to a small child. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT FISH AND GAME NEEDS TO KNOW WHEN A CAT HAS BEEN KILLED DUE TO ATTACKING / KILLING YOUR LIVESTOCK. THEY KNOW THERE IS A HUGE OVERPOPULATION, BUT ARE UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT WITHOUT THE "NUMBERS" ON RECORD.
So we will probably be bringing home a burro that not only needs rescued, but will benefit our critters in that he/she will help keep the big cats away. It is hard to bring another mouth to feed, but I guess that is what all the rescues do. We have already seen one in the afternoon cruising the property, but luckily it didn't seem interested in "challenging the dogs" on that particular day. But we all know for sure that you CANNOT count on that. Just ask Dabubbles.
Don't forget about the raffle for the BAILEY CREEK LODGE two night stay. call 530 474 5197 or 530 339 1458 for details.
Take Care and God Bless
P & the Gang