Wow, sitting at the old place and wondering why some of the stuff in life happens the way it does. Honey Bandit and the gang really seem to be enjoying the new place. I think they like the cooler weather. Hmmm, wonder if that will be true when the snow is up to their tummies or higher. I have a feeling they will have lots of fun in it actually. I know they sure liked the small amounts we used to get at the lower house.
We are prepping for the Open House, and struggling with the sadness and frustration that seem to surround the wild horse issue. I know there are so many people who just don't even want to think about it because it is just heartbreaking. Believe me, I am one of those people sometimes. However, we have to keep plugging along, surviving and helping each critter, even if it is one critter at a time. If we didn't live in such an awesome little community and so close to the wonderful and supportive communities down the hill, I would move to Nevada. It is so frustrating to not be able to be close enough to do more.
Sometimes once the crisis is over, and you are just doing the "day to day" care, your world slows down and you feel like you are not doing enough. It is hard, as the continued expenses are there, as well as the daily care, yet it seems like there is more that you need to do. It seems like you can never begin to do enough for the situation.
On a brighter note, we have two tiny kittens that we are "baby sitting". They both still have their eyes closed and one still has his (?) umbilical cord attached. We are just "helping out" with the infant care until they are old enough to get adopted. A young girl and her father found them in a culvert and saved them. So we are doing the feedings (and helping them potty) every two hours or so. They are very noisy and I feel bad for them as they search desparately for their mommy. Can you imagaine, not being able to see and not finding mommy? But they are settling in quite nicely considering.
It is so awesome how many of the rescues work together. It is such a wonderful feeling to know that there are people out there to help with whatever is needed, and that somewhere, somehow, we can "git er done".
Once again, we are in a race against the clock. Anyone have any 4 x 4's, 4 x 6's etc. in their back yards? (Don't forget all donations are tax deductible!!) We have to seriously beef up the roofs for any shelters we build and for the barn. (If anyone is wondering why we chose to go so high in elevation here with the horses, well, we didn't really choose.) We were led to this place, just as we were led to Honey Bandit. I know that if we have Faith, anything is possible. So we are eternally grateful to God for providing us such a wonderful place to move to and to the person who made it all possible, well we cannnot thank that person enough. There are truly angels on this earth, and we are blessed to know one personally. (We are also grateful to God that my hubby and I can do "fixer uppers"). :)
The community has always been there for the horses and made it possible for us to do what we do. I can only say thank you, and that we appreciate the support, as there is no way to do it without you. All of the donations go for the critters and their care. Unlike the larger sanctuaries that have big money donations, we have survived solely because of you, and we thank God for your support, financially and otherwise. Unfortunately, the critters need your help again. We need to get Suri's hernia fixed and find her a great home. She is truly a beautiful little soul, and we will miss her with all our hearts when she finds a home. But our specialty is the critical care for orphans or the injured, so once they get better, we have to find them homes so we can provide care for another.
We plan to continue providing education for our future leaders, and keep working for a solution to our Wild Horse and Burro situation. Although it is heartbreaking work, there are thousands out there who are not giving up. Please continue to fight the good fight with us, and make a change for these beautiful animals. Also, please say a prayer for all those fighting for this country, and their families and loved ones. I think this is a time in our life when we need everyone's prayers, and to make sure we stop and take a minute to say hi, and maybe even smile (haha) at our friends and neighbors. We need to stick together so we can "git er done".
God bless - hugs Palomino & the gang., Hope to see you all on August 20 at 34694 Sidebottom Rd, Shingletown, CA 96088 530-474-5197
PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR TERRI FARLEY AND HER FAMILY. They are going through a tough time and need our love and prayers.