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
Hope all is going well. Good news from Shingletown! HoneyBandit has been invited to make an appearance (along with having a hot dog bbq) at Tractor Supply in Redding California on November 19, 2011. Dabubbles will also be there, the toughest mini ever to have survived a mountain lion attack in Shingletown!
So bring the kids and say hi, to "your Posterboy to Stop the Roundups and Inhumane treatement".
This will make it easier for all his friends to come and see him without making the 80 mile roundtrip to the rescue.
HB is having some trouble keeping weight on, (unlike his mommy ha ha) so he has started on some new supplement, along with his other groceries. It is imperative that he gain some serious weight before winter actually hits, as it is already getting quite cold. We are at that "rock and hard place", whereas I don't want to blanket him now, or he won't ever grow a winter coat. I expect he may well need a good waterproof blanket this winter, but for now, he is starting to grow a little bit of a winter coat. PTL!
He also seems to be of a color where is scars are showing again. Please say your prayers that he continues to grow and stays healthy. He went through so much that I am still concerned about long term side effects. (but of course I am an over protective mommy).
You can buy raffle tickets for the BAILEY CREEK LODGE fishing/relaxation trip at several local merchants. The Barn Bum in Palo Cedro, the perfect place to shop for Christmas, a cowgirl's dream store - (thank you so much Kim!!), The Four Seasons Saw Shop in Shingletown, (where they can fix pretty much anything you can break in the area of chainsaws, snow machines etc. - thank you Steve), and at Tatonka Trading Post in Shingletown, - certainly my dream store - (where you can find western treasures and antiques beyond your wildest dreams. Thank you so much!!) The trip is all inclusive, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, and whether you are a "fisher - person" or not, it is a dream vacation and without the long trips, expensive fuel and stress you would incur to travel to vacation out of this area.
Thank you for all your support. We can only do what we do because of ya'll! We are saying a prayer that the roundups that are going on as you read this will not result in any injured/orphaned babies, but we are standing by if they do. God Bless and keep up the good work!
Palomino and the Gang!
HUNDREDS OF ANIMALS WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PROTECTED BY OUR GOVERNMENT ARE GIVEN SUBSTANDARD CARE, IE. having surgery with NO ANESTHESIA, no pain killers. Being killed by negligence with vets under the influence of illegal drugs. It goes on and on, and the agency that is supposed to protect not only the consumers but the animals seems to have zero conscience, and once again, the government is "protecting it's own".
It's Wednesday night, and I am in Roseburg, OR, picking up hay and supplies for our rescue. I am beyond frustrated, angry and pretty much at a loss, as to what our government even stands for.
We flew all the way to San Diego, to attend the so called 'PUBLIC HEARING WITH THE CALIFORNIA VETERINARY MEDICAL BOARD". When we called the San Diego Zoo to find out where the "public hearing" was, they informed us that we had to pay $40 to enter the zoo to get to the meeting. Some kind of public meeting - huh?
I was extremely fortunate as one of our very special donors paid for my flight, hotel, meals etc. I, like hundreds of thousands of Californians, could not possibly afford to travel to San Diego to this meeting. Thank God for people who understand what is happening and want to make a change.
So, after the flight to San Diego, the rental car, the hotel bill and the food, not to mention hotel parking, this was not an inexpensive trip. WE, AS CALIFORNIANS, CARED ENOUGH TO TRAVEL TO SAN DIEGO TO ATTEND THE TWO HOUR "PUBLIC OPINION AND COMMENT PERIOD" OF THE California Veterinary Medical Board, as we knew the importance of this meeting. Guess what?????? The public part of the meeting was supposed to be from 10:00 to 12:00. The "public part" of the meeting started at approximately 10:18 and ended at around 10:36??????? There were only about 14 (approximately) speakers, and they ONLY ALLOWED US 2 MINUTES TO SPEAK!!! The time allotted should have been closer to 9 minutes. When it was a "supporting vet", the board member said 'I am sorry, but time is up", but when it was someone opposed, they simply shouted right in the middle of our presentation. TIME IS UP!!!!!!!!!!!! There was also a "gentleman", who seemed like he was trying to intimidate and be "the enforcer". He stood around scowling with his arms folded across his chest like he was there to control a riot. In all reality, he looked ridiculous, and it made a mockery of the "public hearing", as it was obvious they wanted to try and intimidate us.
The main focus of the meeting seemed to be "adding the word SCALER" to the definition of teeth cleaning". The California Veterinary Medical Board is trying to shut down the Anesthesia free teeth cleaning services offered by non-veterinarians. The CVMB not only asked Ms. Collins (founder and owner of Canine Care, Inc., the multi-million dollar company that they are trying to eliminate so they can steal the business back) how much money she made and then they asked her why she just didn't bring her thousands of clients to the veterinary clinics and let them service them. This is a free country, and it is illegal to try and control businesses and force them to do what you want. The CVMB has a history of trying to shut down Ms. Collins, and they have lost every single effort to do so. Ms. Collins founded the company because her own, young and healthy dog, was killed by anesthesia for a simple teeth cleaning procedure. She started the company to protect our beloved pets.
THIS IS ABOUT MONEY, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. WITH ABSOLUTELY NO REASON, NOT ONE SINGLE CASE OF INJURY IN OVER 30 YEARS FROM CANINE CARE, INC. OR ANYONE ELSE IN THE INDUSTRY, BUT MULTIPLE DEATHS AND INJURIES FROM ANIMALS UNDER VETERINARY CARE. THE VET BOARD NEEDS TO FOCUS ON DOING THEIR JOB, AND STOPPING THE MURDER, ANIMAL CRUELTY, AND INHUMANE CARE THAT IS RAMPANT THROUGHOUT THE VET WORLD.
I WENT THROUGH ALL OF THE CVMB'S RECORDS OF ALL THE CASES OF CITES AND FINES AND DECISIONS AND ORDERS SINCE 2006, and there were NO, ZERO, CASES OF INJURY by anesthesia free teeth cleaning. HOWEVER, THERE WERE 51 CASES OF ANESTHESIA DEATHS CAUSED B Y NEGLIGENCE related to anesthesia, and some of those were related to teeth cleaning. After looking through the 129 cases, I was sickened by the NEGLIGENCE, INHUMANE TREATMENT, HORRIFIC ABUSES, AND DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE THAT WAS RAMPANT THROUGHOUT THE CASES.
Did you know that NEGLIGENTLY killing an animal will cost you anywhere from $250 - $500 and you will not lose your license? With I believe two cases receiving a fine of $750. Hmmmm, I don't know anyone who believes their pet's life is worth that little. It doesn't matter if you DELIBERATELY AND INHUMANELY CAUSE PAIN AND DEATH, you can pretty much guarantee that it will only cost you an average of $250 - $500. You can operate with ONLY KETAMINE, which paralyzes the animal, yet allows them to feel the excruciating pain, and don't worry, you still won't lose your license. Guess the vets can pocket the "charges for the anesthesia they didn't administer".
Vets that use inhumane methods, no pain killer, no anesthesia, continue to be allowed to keep their license. Doesn't it matter that these animals are dying left and right, and they are experiencing mass amounts of serious, excruciating pain?
Reminds me of Honey Bandit. If you or I had an animal in that condition, we would be in jail, yet there was not one little bit of justice for Honey Bandit, as it was "government" who caused the horrors of HB, and they seem to be above the law.
Contact your senators and lawmakers and tell them, 1) Stop the vet board from changing language they are not allowed to without legislation, 2) Drop SB 697 which allows the vet to "focus" on people like you and I that simply want to take care and rehab the animals.
I will be posting some of these cases in the near future. I am sorry to write about something so horrible, but now that I know what is happening at some of the veterinary hospitals to our animals, I would be remiss and have some responsibility for the animals that are tortured, killed and injured in the future. I simply had no idea of the horrors hidden in the CVMB's "vault". We need transparency, and to be able to trust the people who hold the care of our animals in their hands.
God bless everyone who does anything to save, care for, and provide safe and happy homes for our critters. God made it clear that we are to care for His animals.
REMEMBER - IF YOU HAVE A GOOD VET, (AND YOU'VE SEEN ALL THE FACILITIES AND KNOW THEY ARE LIKE THEY SHOULD BE - HUG YOUR VET AND THANK THEM!!!
Sickened by our government (AGAIN!)
Please vote in this poll for the state of Nevada. You can vote every day and it's clear the bighorn folks are doing just that - we're loosing.
Should the wild mustang replace the bighorn sheep as state animal?
Two Texas park rangers stood at the edge of a canyon with sniper rifles to shoot wild burros, small donkeys that live in the state's deserts. The rangers shot 71 burros over several months, often wounding the animals without a "kill shot," leaving them to slowly die.
Now it's open season on burros for Texas rangers. According to people helping the burros, Texas is actually killing wild burros to make way for hunting opportunities for wealthy hunters. Those hunters have plans with the state to release bighorn sheep into the park -- a prized animal for which hunters have paid up to $150,000 for the privilege to hunt.
Karen Luce is an activist working with the Wild Burro Protection League. She started a petition on Change.org asking Governor Rick Perry to end Texas's cruel extermination policy for wild burros. Click here to add your name to her petition.
Burros have lived in and around Texas's Big Bend Ranch State Park for hundreds of years, and there's no evidence the burros bother anybody or anything in the park.
Rick Perry's state parks department is allowing a "shoot-on-sight" policy for wild burros, even from a helicopter. With fewer than 300 wild burros left in Texas's Big Bend Ranch State Park, there's little time to stop the state's extermination of these gentle animals.
Karen wants to expose Rick Perry -- a Republican presidential candidate trying to build popularity nationwide -- for prioritizing wealthy hunters over protected animals in state parks. If enough people speak out, Perry can be forced to stop Texas's extermination policy for wild burros. Please sign the petition to stop the slaughter of wild burros in Texas's Big Bend Ranch State Park:
Thanks for being a change-maker,
- Michael and the Change.org team
Hi ya'll, Hope all is well, or as well as it can be with all the roundups.
Was just noticing how much Honey Bandit has grown and figured ya'll might like to see the pix. (He is walking with "the tall one")
Yesterday, watching DaBubbles and Pete with their heads mashed together, eating their goodies, I realized we are very blessed. (See pix)
The other two "large horses" want to smash the mini's, so it is awesome that Honey Bandit not only gets to hang out with a full size horse, he still gets to keep his brothers. It is so important that he learns, gently and in a manner that wont' hurt him, how to be a "horse". He still carries those scars inside though. Pete apparently did something that made him flashback, and Honey Bandit panicked and missed me by a hair as he bolted away. I am thinking though, that he missed me on purpose! But in all reality, I am much less scary than Pete. ha ha. so running over me would be merely survival to him.
We put up some temporary (?) perimeter fencing so the guys have more room. Although moving was definitely not the first choice, I think that it will be wonderful once we get everything set up for the rescue. The animals are all happy and I think they enjoy being farther away from the noise of the highway.
Seth, Manager at Home Depot, in Red Bluff, California, is one of our heroes. He started out our "WINTER, WARM AND DRY - DRIVE" off in a wonderful way. We have a list of items we are looking for and he was the first to donate. He donated 12 2x6's and some cement. This takes care of one of the "steps" we have to take for winter. We are extremely grateful for his help and the way his store supports the community. After all, Honey Bandit is a huge part of our community, as has been proven time and time again.
It looks like one of the two main foal "angels" in Nevada is finally going to retire. After many years and thousands of babies lives' saved, she and her hubby are calling it quits. She took in 21 (approx) orphan, critical foals this year and my friend Shirley had about 19. So it looks like we need to "git er done" and be ready to pick up the slack. That is the focal point of our rescue, although we have dogs, cats, etc. So it is even more urgent that we are prepared with the rolling foal hospital and some "hospital rooms/pens" etc.
God Bless and come and visit Honey Bandit in his new digs and meet the new guy. We truly enjoy all the visitors. We will be putting the "WINTER, WARM AND DRY - DRIVE" on the website (as soon as possible) and you will be able to see all the stores that are stepping up and helping to keep HONEY BANDIT, AMERICA'S POSTER BOY TO STOP THE ROUNDUPS! alive and well so he can continue the fight against the roundups and the inhumane treatment of our beloved wild horses. We hope to continue visiting schools and educating our youngsters about what is going on. They are the next leaders! Visit us at www.chillypepper.weebly.com, and if you'd like to buy raffle tickets for our fabulous 2 night stay at the BAILEY CREEK LODGE, send your checks to Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, 34694 Sidebottom Rd., Shingletown, CA 96088 or call 530 474 5197 or 530 339 1458 to come and visit.
Palomino & the gang!
Well, he is here, and his name is "Pistol Packin' Pete". Pete was tied to a pole, choked out at 6 months of age. He was choked and roped to a post, (they couldn't "catch him)" where he passed out, causing the fence to fall on top of him, crushing him. He is now the newest resident at the foal rescue (even though he is older - 4 1/2).
So while we are waiting for the next "critical/orphan foal", we are still at it. Honey Bandit is thinking about growing a winter coat. He is still way behind, and his favorite thing in the world is still food. I don't think that will ever change. He is such a sweetie. We are going to try and see if he and Pete could "buddy up", as Pete was always at the bottom of the totem pole. Wouldn't that be awesome? We are excitedly awaiting "Ginni & Ma Patch"'s visit at the end of this month. Some of our favorite horsey friends. Thank you everyone for your continued support, and please take a minute to read the following:
IMPORTANT & URGENT
If you know anyone planning their "estate", please tell them to check out where their money is actually going. There are some places who have private property "next to" their sanctuaries. Make sure your donations are actually going to the sanctuary, and not being used for buildings on private property. I know of one sanctuary that appears to be "all sanctuary", but all the donations that are actually used to build barns, shops, hay storage etc. is on their personal property that is beside and attached (although seems to be part of) the sanctuary. You might think what is the harm? Well, the problem is this, when the "owner" passes, his/her kids now own everything you have donated for. There are no barns, tack rooms, hay storage, shops, NOTHING, left for the horses. All the private funding that was donated under the 501 is now the personal property of the family. Where does that leave the horses????
So, when recommending a "sanctuary" for someone to donate their "fortunes - haha" to, make sure you know where the money is really going. I know there will be many unhappy people if they find out the money their loved ones have donated ends up in "the kid's" pockets and the horses end up with nothing and no one to take care of them. There are hundreds, if not thousands of sanctuaries where people are struggling desperately and sacrificing everything personally to do what they do. Sunshine Sanctuary in Las Molinas is one of the ones that truly devote every day of their lives to the horses/animals. Sammie's Friends Animal Shelter is also an excellent choice. They deal with some very bad stuff all the time.
DON'T FORGET OUR RAFFLE TO WIN A TRIP (FOR ONE FOR TWO NIGHTS) TO THE BEAUTIFUL BAILEY CREEK LODGE (right here in our own back yard) Ticket prices are $5 each or 3/$10. Please allow me time to get you your tickets as I still am on the "internet" waiting list. (call the wambulance!) You can send a check to Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, 34694 SideBottom Road, Shingletown, CA 96088, or go to paypal at www.chillypepper.weebly.com and go to the donations page. Please make a note that the donation is for the raffle tickets and remember - you will be helping Honey Bandit stay warm and dry. God Bless you for all you do! Honey Bandit and the rest of the critters.