Directions to courthouse
Bay Bridge to 5th St exit. Left on Harrison. Right on 7th.
How big is Honey bandit?
I'm sitting on the bed, looking out into Honey Bandit's stall. We just switched DaBubbles over to hang out with Patches. The other stall was too small for Honey Bandit and Patches, and it is easier to watch Honey Bandit with him right next to me. DaBubbles had been next to me prior to this. Since the three of them have been playing together, we thought that Patches and DaBubbles would be okay together.
Honey Bandit needs special feed, and Patches has been gaining too much weight, so this will be easier. However, I feel bad because DaBubbles wants to be back closer to us. Honey Bandit is stoked though. He is thinking that he is the bomb and is really liking being inches away from us again.
I have to brag a teeny tiny bit about our guy. When you pour his feed into his bucket, if you tell him to "wait", he will. He bobs his head up and down until you tell him "it is okay, good boy". He hates it, but is pretty good about waiting.
Well, I have now spent the last half hour getting Patches settled in his little stall, away from DaBubbles. He was not playing nice, so he is on "time out" and sleeping where he cannot thrash on the little guy. Tomorrow he will be able to come back and play, but for now he has to learn better manners.
On the way he got a little "pedicure" and got his feet trimmed. My son thought I was a little bit nuts to be trimming feet after 9 PM, but hey, you gotta "git ER done" when you get a chance. Click Me!
When you look at these pictures, remember that we brought Honey Bandit home on September 2. As of January 2, we will have had him 4 months. I forget how tiny he was, but these pictures show what all of us have worked together to achieve. He went from about 120# to about 300#. We cannot ever thank everyone who is part of this miracle enough. Your generosity, donations, time and love make this possible.
I will be posting some more photos. I have to say that Honey Bandit is ecstatic to be back next to us. He is laying down as close as he can possibly get to us. The photos should be on Chilly Pepper's website or on Facebook either today or in the next few days.
Sorry it took so long to "get back". Ha ha. Am still trying to get every thing set up on the computer. I do have to set the record straight, once again. I cannot take credit for Honey Bandit's Christmas photo. One of his wonderful Aunties, took the photos and printed them all for us to put in the remaining Christmas cards. Without all of the wonderful "aunties" that Honey Bandit has, we would not be getting much done except taking care of him. So I have to send out another thank you to his aunties that made the all the Christmas cheer happen.
God Bless! Love Honey Bandit & the Gang!
Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang
30027 State Highway 44 East
Shingletown, CA 96088
p.s. Hope ya'll will try and show your support in San Francisco on 1-11-10.
Honey Bandit's herd needs your help
Dear Friends of Wild Horses and Burros,
You are cordially invited to a most important event on behalf of the wild horses and burros. Our friends need a showing of our support in the San Francisco Courtroom No. 1 as Plaintiffs press on in this litigation.
Please mark your calendars. Dress is office casual, but rangewear will do in a pinch (please do clean your boots. :) )
When: January 11, 2011, 9:00 a.m.
Where: United States Courthouse (9th Circuit)
95 Seventh Street (Corner of 7th and Mission)
Courtroom No. 1
San Francisco, CA 94103
What: Twin Peaks litigation is pressing on, challenging the decision-making process that led to the removal of 1,639 wild horses and burros. This is vitally important litigation, and Rachel Fazio, Plaintiffs' attorney (that is, our attorney) feels strongly that a strong showing from the public is very important. I couldn't agree more.
The 9th Circuit hearing has been scheduled in the Twin Peaks case. The hearing date is January 11, 2011, 9 a.m. in Courtroom Number 1. There are five cases calendared beforehand, this case will probably not be heard before 10:30 a.m. However the panel can rearrange the order of the cases if they choose, so if you are planning to come you should arrive a few minutes before 9:00 a.m. and plan to stay until 12:30 p.m. Plaintiff's attorney is required to check in with the courtroom deputy by 8:30 a.m. (which I believe is when the courtroom will be open).
We are informed that Courtroom 1 is a large Courtroom, so there should be plenty of room for everyone to grab a seat. It is important that as many people as possible in support of our side be present. (We expect at least a dozen people from the Department of Justice and Bureau of Land Management to be present.)
Barbara is hopeful that everyone who is in California can make it (and if possible those who are not in California as well). Please let others who may be interested know. We will not be informed of who the Judges are until one week before the hearing (around the 4th of January).
There is a slight chance that Defendants may try to continue the hearing, but Plaintiff's attorney says she has yet to have that happen in a 9th Circuit case. Should anything come up, any appearances or times change, I will send out another email and let you know.
The Court house is located at 95 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (on the corner of 7th and Mission).
Let's pray for a panel of intelligent and fair Judges.
An RSVP would be appreciated but is not required to attend.
It would be nice to have an idea of the people planning to attend, so if you are planning to do so, please email Barbara Clarke at email@example.com. Barbara is a coPlaintiff in this important litigation, and is the Director of DreamCatchers Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary.
For the wild horses and their sturdy burro friends,
Humane Advocate Observer
Chilly Pepper and everyone at the rescue would like to thank everyone for all their wonderful support this year. We look forward to another year of happy, healthy horses.
God bless you all for continuing to be part of this journey of the horses.
Honey Bandit, "America's poster boy to Stop the Roundups", sends lot of horsey kisses and hugs to everyone who is helping him to grow up and be a big and healthy horse.
Take care and we hope your holidays are filled with love, laughter and family. What a miracle for us that Jesus was born to save us all. Can't wait until we all live in His peace filled world, with no pain for any animals or people.
Honey Bandit "wakes up" for a minute
Thump, thump, thump,...... I hear a noise, and roll over. Honey Bandit is standing facing Patches in the middle of the stall. I look at the clock. You guessed it, it's about 3:00 a.m.
I have been quite worried about the fact the guys haven't been able to spend much time outside in the fresh air during the last 2 - 3 weeks, due to the weather and the whole cat thing. Honey Bandit, of course, has been quite content to stay in his "stall" and munch away. They have gotten outside occasionally, but not as often as is ideal. So of course when Honey Bandit does decide to get energy "to play", it is in the middle of the night. I guess I should be happy he is so predictable. Ha ha.
As I rolled over to see what was going on, wishing desperately that I was asleep, I saw Honey Bandit lift his front leg as high as he can, and then slam it down, trying to hit Patches. Patches had backed into Honey Bandit, taking a defensive stance where HB couldn't make contact with his hoof.
As I lay there watching, Honey kept up the thumping. Suddenly he looked at me. All at once he was this sweet angel Honey Bandit. Standing watch over his little brother. He looked me in the eye and nickered softly. Telling me what a good brother he was and how he was taking care of Patches.
I rolled over, with the silly idea that I might go to sleep, when I heard it again. I looked at HB again, and as soon as I rolled back over he stopped. The angel was back. I again rolled over to to go sleep, and then it happened. Just as Patches tried to sneak one in, baring his little teeth and going for HB's chest, I heard the hit. Thud, HB's hoof landed right on Patches' nose. He stopped for a minute, shook his head, licked his lips a couple times and changed tactics. He whirled around, extending into a full out extension of his little body. Standing at his full height, (which isn't very much), he charged HB. HB reared slightly, and the fight was on. The stall area is barely adequate for sleeping, and add two little horses bouncing around, you achieve chaos. They were play fighting, dancing around the stall, pushing and shoving and rearing and bouncing off the walls. As much as I want Honey Bandit to feel like playing, I wouldn't totally mind if they did it in daylight. :)
After awhile they settled down. Several hours later, I opened the door and all three horses went outside. HB was lagging behind as usual, again completely happy to saunter out,as opposed to Patches and DaBubbles who went tearing out at warp speed. Patches, who is the "king" of those three horses, started pushing DaBubbles around. Now DaBubbles is about a 100 pounds lighter than Patches, but has the heart of a fighter. This is what helped him fight to stay alive after being mauled by the mountain lion. Well, our little tough guy, let fly with both feet, planting his tiny little hooves firmly on Patches' chest. Then he took off at a full little gallop, running sideways, bucking and kicking all the way. He is the sweetest little guy, but the only horse I have ever seen that could run sideways full speed. I have a feeling that DaBubbles may end up being the boss quite soon.
So although HB continues to be "Mr. Mellow", he did get his little "buck on" for a couple minutes last night. That is a good sign, although his timing was questionable.
Since the fateful day that Honey Bandit joined "our world", he has more than doubled his weight. He has grown at least a foot, and is getting more beautiful each day. He sends his love and HB kisses to all, and would like to thank everyone for continuing to help him grow up to be a big, strong, healthy representative for the wild mustangs.
Merry Christmas to All! Have a Blessed Holiday, from Chilly Pepper Miracle Mustang and the Gang!
Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang
30027 State Highway 44 East
Shingletown, CA 96088
Hi ya'll. Honey Bandit and DaBubbles are happily waiting for their first Christmas.
Sometimes I wonder how a holiday that is about love and family and God can turn into such a stressful time. Christmas is about a miracle, and I think if we all sat back for a moment and remembered that it's not about money, or the gifts we get, but about love and our family and friends, we would be able to relax and enjoy it more.
It is certainly a miracle for Honey Bandit and DaBubbles. I know many people didn't think Honey Bandit would ever see his first Christmas. DaBubbles also; the day I found him laying in the yard, breathing erratically, frozen in shock, ripped wide open from the mountain lion, I certainly never thought that he would live to see his first Christmas either.
Not only are those little guys amazing, but so are the awesome people who have come forth to share in their journey back to health. It is a miracle that so many people have helped us, so that we could provide the care Honey Bandit needs to get strong and healthy.
The weather is certainly not warm and pleasant at night anymore, but despite the little blips we are experiencing, the horses are staying healthy. It will be much easier for everyone when we get the insulation finished. We did learn one very important, (and not too fun) lesson. Guess what? You can't put insulation directly against a metal roof. Apparently the proper way to do this roof thing means this: We have to take off the metal roof, put plywood (I know that is not the exact type of wood, but it does paint the picture), then put the "roofing felt" over that, and then, and only then, are you supposed to put on the metal roofing, if you are going to insulate it.
So now we have to (when we get a few nice days) remove the insulation and metal roofing and "git 'er done". I have to say that most of the time when you "use what you have" it works out fabulously. However, in this instance, it kind of stinks. But I guess we have learned a valuable lesson (ha ha). So now we have to buy wood (sheeting?) for the roof so we can "git er done" before the seriously cold weather hits. Hmmmmmmm - anyone have any used plywood???
I have to clarify something for ya'll. I have gotten thanks and words of appreciation and compliments on the dvd's that are circulating. I have to make it clear and be quite honest. I had nothing to do with making that dvd, (except enjoying seeing it as it came about), Sue, a wonderful part of our family, and beautiful lady, created that CD. So the compliments and appreciation should go to her and not me. I cannot take credit for all the work and love she put into that.
I hope ya'll have a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season! HONEY BANDIT'S CHRISTMAS WISH FOR EVERYONE - Please take a little extra time to do something nice for someone else. It will make a difference if we all do it. Something as simple as a smile when we wait in line, or helping someone with their packages. He knows ya'll are awesome and wants us all to remember this is a season of love.
Happy Holidays from HB, DaBubbles, Patches & the Gang at CHILLY PEPPER - MIRACLE MUSTANG, Equine Rescue & More.
p.s. We were going to try and go to the Summit of the Horses to show our support for our beloved horses everywhere, but financially and other reasons, we have decided our time would be best spent here. (I guess one of the most important reasons is that even though I had a spectacular "babysitter" to watch Honey Bandit, I am just not comfortable leaving him yet. I still need to be there to "uncast" him etc.) But our hearts and prayers are with the horses.
Honey Bandit survives the storm :-)
We are finally back in the world of today. It is amazing how important our computers are, when we are trying to stay in touch.
Honey Bandit says hi, and wow, what a storm. We had a tremendous storm in Shingletown last night. I am sure many other places were hit by this system also. Kind of sounded like a car wash, the way the rain pounded against the carport. The winds were howling, beating and pulling at the metal roof. Poor DaBubbles was standing in the middle of the stall, obviously stressed by the sounds outside. I think he thought his little stall was going to fly away. I lay there feeling powerless, wondering what was happening outside. The trees were almost wailing, scratching the sides of the carport in an eerie tune. I too, was waiting for the roof to fly away. But the rains pounded down. and the winds blew like crazy and all was still well, when morning came.
It is amazing how small we really are in the scheme of things. The unrelenting power that comes from our skies can change things at will. We were lucky, no real damage, unless you count the driveway. The first barrage flooded our yard again, digging huge gashes in our driveway. (Kind of reminds me of my scars on my leg when I see them.) But aside from the "scars", there was no real lasting damage.
We took Honey Bandit, Dabubbles and Patches out in the upper field on the one day that we had clear skies. Although Honey Bandit continues to not have much energy, he is a very happy boy. He loves to eat, eat and eat. (kind of like me Click Me!). He is such a beautiful boy. We have been fortunate enough to be contacted by several people who specialize in supplements that can help a horse in his condition. We are pretty sure that he still has neurological deficiencies, (which could account for his getting cast so often), and he could also have ulcers from everything he has been through. We are treating him for these symptoms and hoping that with time he will be 100% back to "normal".
As long as Honey Bandit is happy and feeling well, it won't matter if he does have special needs. We will always make sure that whatever he needs he gets. He has already made a huge difference in this world. We are so blessed to have him in our lives. The people we have met, because of HB, are amazing, and I will always feel blessed to have ya'll for friends.
We are trying to think of the perfect pictures that we could use for his "HONEY BANDIT, AMERICA'S POSTER HORSE TO STOP THE ROUNDUPS". One of his smart aunties asked me about that, and we really need to get an "official" poster. Since he is "all of our's", I thought we could use everyone's input and choose the most popular pictures. So, anyone who has ideas, send them either to myself or Terri Farley and we can get our "official Honey Bandit" posters made.
Now is a crucial time in the fight to stop the round ups. If anyone is interested in traveling to Las Vegas during the Summit of the Horses, (the "slaughter meeting"), please let me know. We need to make a stand. There is a lady from back east, who is talking about using Honey Bandit's picture on a billboard in Las Vegas during that time. I really feel like we all need to pull together now. Anyone who is interested, please contact me.
30027 State Highway 44 East
Shingletown, CA 96088
p.s. I am still working on setting up the new computer, so please be patient.
DaBubbles is getting better
This is a video of DaBubbles when he first got attacked by the mountain lion. IT IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC, so use caution.
We have also attached some "now" pictures. He is doing fabulous.
I have not used the "tapes" that you measure a horse's weight with very much, but according to my measurements, we have a little update.
DaBubbles is almost 100 #'s.
Patches is almost 200 #'s and
Honey Bandit is almost 300 #'s.
Honey Bandit is still exhibiting a low energy level, but his bodily functions are pretty normal now. He is just a big bundle of sweetness. Unfortunately, he is still getting cast nearly every night. (For those of you who wanted to know what I mean by "cast", he simply lays down and is unable to get up due to being "stuck", usually against a wall.) He will end up with his legs folded and smashed against the sides of the stall etc. He seems to be on the same side about 99 % of the time, so we are still hoping it is a neurological issue that he will outgrow in time.
If not, well it looks like we will be sleeping together the rest of our lives. Hee hee. Although I use the words "sleeping together" extremely lightly. He gets to sleep, but I still hear every little noise they make. My hubby said "I am the worst sleeper ever". Part of that is due, of course, to the fact that I have chronic pain, and sleep very little anyway. Boy does that fact come in handy with these guys.
Now that Honey Bandit and Dabubbles are doing better, looks like it is going to be my turn to hopefully get some relief. It looks like I am going to get my trial "spinal cord stimulator" in January. Unfortunately the doc showed me the needle. Ugh. This will be the first time in my 35 surgeries that I am actually scared of the procedure. But I guess I have to suck it up like the horses and "git 'ER done".
Patches decided to surprise me and jump up into the "raised" part of the carport. It is about a 22" jump, and he just hopped into our area. Of course he managed to wreak major havoc in the few minutes he was up here. What a mess. But he was very cute and thought that everything was here for his entertainment. There is never a dull moment here.
All three of the guys are hanging out together during the day now. (When they are outside.) We are staying busy taking care of the gang and trying to get ready for Christmas.
Thanks to everyone who sent help, (or is planning to) to the Sunshine Sanctuary for the "make your child's wish to ride a horse for Christmas come true". It is truly a wonderful cause.
Stay safe and God Bless
Honey Bandit & the Gang
30027 Highway 44 East
Shingletown, CA 96088
530 474 5197 (if ya'll would like to call and come visit Honey Bandit & the gang.)
Honey Bandit goes to the Vet
Finally, a day that wasn't too wet and too cold for the babies to go outside. Today we were letting DaBubbles play with Honey Bandit. We opened the big door and DaBubbles was off like a shot. Bucking and twisting, running sideways, speeding around like a big furry ping pong ball. Three days of couped up energy blowing off all at once. Man was he happy to be "free", and outside in the fresh air with a little bit of room to run.
Honey Bandit looked outside, sighed a little bit and proceeded to stand still in the doorway. Eventually he moved out. He was in slow motion, and his eyes were kind of dull. Honey Bandit was not feeling so well.
Kathy, one of HB's aunties, had come to visit and bring some goodies for the horses. What a wonderful thing for her to drive down from so far away. We took HB outside for some pictures. He walked along calmly, stopping, backing up and doing just what he was asked. His spark was no where to be found. He has also had an upset "system" for a few days. We have been watching him closely, wanting to make sure that nothing bad was really going on. But today, his energy was so low that we wanted to take him to the vet to make sure nothing serious was going on. Right away the vet could tell that he didn't feel well. However, aside from his gums being a little bit "too pink", and his lack of energy, nothing obvious was showing. His blood work looks great. PTL for that one. His lungs finally sound good, really good, so she was thinking it must be some type of "tummy" thing.
So we brought him home with some meds to make his tummy feel better. It's hard when they don't feel well. I kept trying to tell myself he lacked energy because he was growing so fast, but the little guy doesn't feel well. Guess I just didn't want to believe it. But I do have to remember, when you are recovering from being ill or weak, it takes time. So say a prayer that HB feels better, and that I remember to be patient. Click Me! He is still eating, of course! He is also in the mood for extra loves. It's like he just wants us to "hold him"....
When we got home he didn't want to get out of the trailer. It was like he was saying, "I just want to chill in my favorite place.". So I left him there for awhile. I took out a blanket and put it on him so he wouldn't get cold, as the temperature was dropping quickly. After about 1/2 hour I went out and he came back inside. He was pretty happy by then to go in and eat.
I am sure he will be okay, but it is so scary when he starts acting like that. We will just watch him and love him and make sure he doesn't feel worse. We could certainly use lots and lots of prayers that he will feel better.
On a little lighter note, DaBubbles surprised us today. When he was running and playing, he decided to try and fly over the 6 foot chain link fence. He kind of "bounced off it", (it has a lot of give), looked at it again, and went merrily on his way. The next time he ran up to that fence, he put on his brakes, slid right up to it, nosed it and ran off, bucking and kicking. He had such a good time. I have to tell you though, it was quite entertaining watching him.
So all in all the day turned out okay. Hopefully Honey Bandit will feel better soon and we are thankful that his blood work and lungs are good.
Hope all is well with ya'll.
30027 Highway 44 East
Shingletown, CA 96088
I finally cried
Once again, Sue has created a beautiful tribute to Honey Bandit. As I mentioned before, when you take care of an orphan who needs such critical care, you simply focus on the day to day. You can't think about what might happen, could happen, or what you don't want to happen. You simply take care of what is at hand. You can't allow yourself to get emotional, because you need to stay positive and not bring a lot of negative energy into the picture.
Watching this video, the emotions all flooded to the surface. I wrapped my arms around our little guy and cried my heart out. It wasn't really sad, more like just over whelming. Looking back, it is a miracle he is doing so well. God blessed all of us with this little guy. He has used Honey Bandit to show us how much love and compassion there is around us. Honey Bandit continues to show us what true mustang heart is. The will to survive, and the ability to keep on fighting is clearly running rampant through his veins.
Another thing I find interesting is how gentle Honey Bandit is. Even when Patches gets cranky and starts kicking his little butt off, pushing HB around and being quite the little snot, Honey Bandit simply tries to evade Patches. When they are playing, they get a little bit rough, but when Patches wants to fight or be cranky, Honey Bandit won't engage. I know that HB is younger than Patches, but he is so much larger he would easily be able to hurt Patches. After all the trauma HB went through, you might think that he would be mean or dislike other horses. But his soul is gentle, and clear intelligence shines through those beautiful eyes. So when life is tough and things look impossible, remember, miracles happen.
Hope all is well and everyone is staying warm and dry. We are enjoying visits from HB's friends and are looking forward to the holidays. God bless you all!
30027 Highway 44
HB says "Is it done raining yet???
It's 8:00 and the rain is coming down in sheets again. Honey Bandit is ready for spring. He wants to go outside and run and play. He is quite comical when rain does hit his back. He almost looks angry. He throws his head up and pins his ears. (That is very seldom as he is still not "allowed" to play in the rain, or be out in it, if it is cold, as it has been lately.) Pretty soon he might be able to, but right now we are just making sure he doesn't get chilled or into anything that might bring about any issues.
Today Patches had to go on a time out. For some reason he was very cranky, the weather maybe? Ha ha. But he would not leave HB alone and kept running him around the stall, letting fly with both back feet. They are fed in two separate corners so there will be no fighting over food, but this was not even at feeding time. I guess even horses just have "bad days". So he had to go into another area and have a time out. I know they both want to let loose and run like the wind, but it has been very difficult to make that happen.
In addition to the weather not cooperating, we still have that mountain lion in the neighborhood. My neighbor said she is seeing footprints constantly. Great Big Footprints!. We already knew that he was a big guy, (or maybe girl), by the size of the tooth marks and the distance between the teeth, but seeing footprints like that gives you chills.
(Thank you for all your prayers and support for DaBubbles. His wounds are healing very well. He is so cute and just a little love bug. He will be great when kids come to visit. One of his best friends is a cat named Deputy. We are so grateful that he is doing so well.)
The foot prints we saw in the snow were easily double that of our biggest dogs. So it makes it hard to let them out to play. Even if we were out there watching, with a weapon; if the cat attacked, by the time we could get a shot off there could be severe, even critical damage to the horses. So they have not been having their regular "run-time". Honey Bandit is still not "over flowing" with energy, so he doesn't really seem to mind. He and Patches both have room to buck and play and run a little bit in the pen off of the carport, but it isn't like they can really cut loose. But Honey Bandit seems to be getting plenty of exercise in the pen. I think it must take lots of energy to grow as fast as he is.
He and Patches and DaBubbles send lots of kisses to everyone. Click Me!
Also, I wanted to again thank Sue & Denise for all the time and effort, and work they have done with the DVD's and Christmas cards they donated. They have been so wonderful in creating the DVD so everyone could experience HB's journey in more detail. Everyone who is a part of this is so appreciated. I cannot stress enough how much help everyone has been. Wish every child could have all the wonderful "aunties & uncles" that Honey Bandit does. Wouldn't they be spoiled.
Great news. Matt got the last leak in the carport roof fixed, so no more leaks. We have alleviated most of the problems from the ground water also. So our next step is insulation. We have come so far with all of your help, and thanks to you, the boys are getting quite comfy at night.
God bless and stay safe and dry.
Honey Bandit and the gang.
Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang
30027 Hwy 44 East
Shingletown, CA 96088
Please remember, if you'd like to bring your family, friends or relatives to meet Honey Bandit in person during these holidays, (or anytime), please call at 530-474-5197. We love to meet the "rest of Honey Bandit's family"!
As I look at Honey Bandit, happily munching his hay, I wonder, does his story matter to many people? Will we be able to use the knowledge we obtained, watching him fight the impossible odds? Are we smart enough, and kind enough, to know that we need to make some serious changes?
I hope so. When you actually live with the animals, pretty much 24/7, you have time to observe so much. They are incredibly forgiving. I know that we all need to be able to forgive in our lives. When you don't have forgiveness, you end up filled with hate and bitterness. Animals seem to have a way of letting the poison go.
Right now we have a rescued cat that was happily playing with her friend the dog, when the dog got too rough, injuring her. She had a broken rib and a punctured lung. It was a simple case of playing too hard. I was terrified that she had a fatal injury. You would think she would be terrified of dogs after that - right? No, she is not scared at all. Do you know why she is not scared? She isn't scared because she knows that it was an accidental injury. If the dog she was playing with had intentionally tried to hurt or kill her, she would have been terrified. But she knew there was no harm intended. Animals are blessed with an incredible amount of forgiveness.
In fact, she was relentlessly following Chino around tonight. She came up to where he was lying down and tried to crawl on him. He gave a little grumble./growl, and I told him to knock it off. So he got up and kept moving in circles, trying desperately to get away from her. We were laughing so hard we could hardly take the pictures. In the end she won. :) He laid down in DaBubble's stall, and she climbed "into his arms".
I wish that we, as people, could learn to be so forgiving. I guess it is hard to remember sometimes, that no one can undo anything that has been done. I know in my lifetime I have made so many mistakes I couldn't possibly count them all. Honey Bandit was a mistake, as he was "lost in the shuffle". It shouldn't have happened, but once everyone became aware, actions were taken to save him. We need to focus on the fact that if we work together, we can accomplish amazing things. Honey Bandit is a perfect example of that. All we can do is start from this exact second in time and try to change what we know needs changed.
If you look closely at Honey Bandit, you can see that he is an example of a miracle. We came together and made a difference. I know that Honey Bandit is happy now. He still doesn't like things flying above his head too much, but other than that, his life is good. However, we need to make sure that his story does make a difference. One thing I learned, is that one random act of kindness, will lead to hundreds of acts of kindness.
Honey Bandit and Patches had a nice day, enjoying part of it outside when the weather held. HB still doesn't quite have "normal' energy for a foal his age, but I think maybe he is just spending all his energy growing. He is beautifully put together (although I am a tiny bit prejudiced), and I think he will be a big horse. So many of the horses at Litchfield seem to have ancestors who had some draft in them. They are so beautiful, and incredibly big and strong. It is amazing how the mustangs in different areas have such different traits.
DaBubbles wounds are looking so much better. I didn't think they were that different until I saw a video from the first day. UGH. Those cuts were so deep and gaping and you could see all the way into the middle of his neck. So compared to that they look fabulous. Click Me!
We are staying relatively warm, and just a teeny bit wet. Actually there is only one little spot on the roof that leaks now, so we are doing way better than we were before. We are hoping to get some insulation and put it in before the weather gets too cold again. But all is well in Shingletown, and the horses are lying down, resting up for their morning games. (We still haven't caught the mountain lion, so I am not letting the little horses out very often, and only if we are there with them).
Guess what? I know it is amazing, and probably quite scary to think I actually remembered, but I did, so hear is the "pertinent information" I am always being told to add. Aren't ya'll proud????
www.chillypepper.weebly.com, Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, Equine Rescue & More, 30027 Highway 44 East, Shingletown, CA 96088
God Bless & Stay Safe
Honey Bandit & the gang.
Honey Bandit's Wish List
Just wanted to let you know that we have an account set up at
Hawes Ranch & Supply
21923 Dersch Rd.
Anderson, CA 96007
This is for those of you who wanted to donate and not have to ship the items.
Now anyone can buy a bale of hay, bag of milk pellets or anything else they would like. Donations can be any amount as they will go into an account for what is needed. (Thanks for the idea - it was a very good one. What would I do without ya'll?)
Take Care and God Bless.
p.s. I was also reprimanded (in the nicest way of course) for not adding the website address, so here it is. Click Me! www.chillypepper.weebly.com
OUR MAILING ADDRESS
PO BOX 233
GOLCONDA, NV 89414