_Watching Honey Bandit and the horses, I sometimes get overwhelmed wondering how we can keep going. There are times when it seems impossible and that we will never make it. I know there are so many rescues out there, trying desperately to make a difference for the wild ones, giving everything they have to make that tiny difference. So many of them are out there running on fumes, (especially some of the smaller ones), and fretting every day about where the next bale of hay, bucket of grain, or supplies in general will come from. There are times when I think that we will never make it, when it is hopeless, and I want to sit and cry. Then out of the blue, something happens, and you know it will be all right! Keeping the faith is so crucial when you are doing this, and I know that there are many others who go through times feeling the same helplessness and frustration. Honey Bandit is truly one of God's miracles, and I know that I need to keep the faith, as HB's survival is truly a "God" thing. The fact that He led me to HB and we were able to get him out of there is simply a miracle. Honey Bandit today is because of ya'll, and all the support you gave us. He wouldn't be here today if not for that, and we thank you from the bottom our hearts!
I was given a personal gift from a wonderful friend at Christmas. I was stoked, and planned to use it to buy hay. My son and I were in Redding, and met a man who was struggling much more than we. He had three kids and was out of funds, even for the necessities like groceries. We shared some of the gift my friend had given me, stopping only for a minute to think about the hay. The joy on his face as he rushed away to buy groceries was the best gift my son and I received this holiday season. (I really hadn't done anything, it wasn't like I earned the money, I was just blessed enough to be able to pass it on to someone who really needed it more). It is amazing how a simple act of kindness can snowball to bring joy to more and more people.
Then a few days later, we received a huge blessing. :) Winter Warm and Dry" project. ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS SUCCESS! We can't thank him enough. Please make sure the next time you are in Redding to stop by LOWE'S, and TELL 'EM HONEY BANDIT SENT YOU! I definitely cannot say enough about the way everyone in this area steps up. This is such a great community and we are extremely grateful that LOWES is such a strong supporter of our community and HONEY BANDIT. The lumber he donated made it possible to put up posts to hang up gates and for us to start on a hay shelter. Our wonderful neighbor down the road also donated some roofing a few months ago, so now we can actually start to build the hay shelter. We have been so lucky with the weather. There have been many days with extremely cold temps where all the water was frozen, but we have yet to see any serious weather of any kind. PTL!
So thank you again, Lowes, and Matt, (Manager "extraordinaire"), and all your employees, for making it possible to continue working on the facilities needed to make this winter "Warm and Dry" and safe for the rescued animals that live here. We still have so much to accomplish, and each step is not only a huge relief, but an extremely vital part of having a safe and successful rescue for the critters.
Don't forget to bring the kids and come visit Honey Bandit, Dabubbles and the rest of the gang. If it's snowing we will just build a big bonfire to stay warm and bring out the hot chocolate. God bless everyone for all their help and for helping us to "keep the faith". Have a wonderful and safe New Year! And remember, a random act of kindness may be the start of a huge change in someone's life!
530 474 5197
530 339 1458
34694 Side Bottom Rd.
Shingletown, CA 96088
___Honey Bandit joined many of his friends and supporters to honor Wild Horse Annie and the 40th Anniversary of the Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act. We had anywhere from 20-30 throughout the whole evening. (Wasn't clever enough to start taking pix right away though). We really appreciate everyone who came out. Was saddened by the fact that everyone is so busy with everything else that the horses get lost in the shuffle. It is a busy season though.
We were intending to send out hard copy Christmas Cards, but due to the (seemingly) never ending increase in hay/feed costs, felt we should put all the funds into the food etc. So please know that in our hearts, we are sending you the most beautiful and uplifting Christmas Card that is out there. It is filled with love and good wishes and thankfulness for all your support in our endeavor.
We are looking forward to many more wonderful years rescuing foals/critters and spending time with all of the wonderful friends we have made. Ya'll have made this possible, so please "catch" that Christmas Card that is being sent to your heart!
All our love,
Chilly Pepper, Honey Bandit, and all the other cats, dogs & horses etc.
_Horse & Burro Advocates, Wild & Domestic - Please let your voices be heard for the voiceless & excuse duplicate posts.
Forward this on to your email lists, post on your websites, blogs, groups, FB & Twitter.
1) Ban U.S. Horse Slaughter & Transport Now: http://tinyurl.com/6lkuogr
2) Would You Support Building A Horse Slaughtering Plant? (poll closes 12/16 early AM): http://tinyurl.com/72yfdqg
3) Save The Last Remaining Wild Burros In TX: http://tinyurl.com/79zc86k
4) Help The Virginia Range Wild Horses In NV: http://tinyurl.com/7yw4r8y
All of America's horses & burros thank you, Carla B
Please forgive me for getting this out so late. Wish I had a really really good excuse.
This is the first of two sample releases I will send you today. One is intended for your local media, the other for any national media you might have contact with. Both should go out no later than Tuesday early AM.
You will notice that the date I used is Dec 12, Monday. Use the date you will be sending it out and replace RENO with your city name and information. Your first paragraph should be short and sweet - stick to the minimum facts jack. Paragraph 2 brings in the international info. I felt that Debi's was a good quote, but use whatever quote you like. I expounded on our vigil information in the third paragraph. You will need to replace that with your own info. The big thing to remember is to think like a reporter. DO NOT treat this as an advertisement - it's news.
Paragraph #4 is specifically intended to create a tie-in with current hot topics. Create your own quote if you like ( it might even be preferable), but keep that tie-in because it gives a reporter a good excuse to link our release to other stories and increases our chance of coverage.
I have attached the photo's I will be sending with my release, You are welcome to use any or all. If you choose to send your own image, be sure to include info on photo credit - it will be required. I have also attached a list of quotes you can chose from and a PDF file of the sample release below. For some reason I lose formatting when my mail goes out( i use a MAC os) so look st the PDF for format. Believe it or not the " # # # " at the end is important. If are able, you should send a PDF copy of your press release, but ALWAYS send the release ( properly formatted) in the body of your email. Reporters are to busy to open a pdf file unless you already have their attention.
FYI - The final release will probably be much like this one, depending on any new hot topics in the news.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOCAL WILD HORSE ADVOCATES JOIN INTERNATIONAL CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
RENO, NEVADA - DEC. 12, 2011 Local wild horse and burro advocates will hold a candlelight vigil at Wild Horse Annie's’s grave site on Thursday, Dec. 15. Reno is one of over 30 cities throughout the U.S. to join an international candlelight vigil to acknowledge the 40th anniversary of the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the efforts of Wild Horse Annie who is credited with the unanimous congressional vote that passed the 1971 act.
Canada and Sweden are also participating with vigils of their own. The UK has joined in with a vigil to be held in front of London’s U.S. Embassy. "These horses are a symbol of the strength, determination and character of the pioneers that settled our countries." said Debi Heron of western Canada. The sentiment is widespread.
Singer songwriter Lacy J Dalton will join the Reno vigil at Mountain View Cemetery, 435 Stoker Ave., from 4:00 until 6:30 pm. 148 candles will represent the horses who lost their lives in the Calico roundup of 2010 and hope for the safety of those involved in the roundup currently taking place in the Calico Complex. Everyone is welcome to attend.
“Advocates are frustrated with the political spin coming from the Bureau of Land Management. “ says Carrol Abel, vigil organizer. “ Their recent review of inhumane practices during roundups is a perfect example. The AP headline‘BLM: Mustangs mistreated but not inhumanely’ is a good representation of BLM’s attitude toward these animals. We would like to see wild horse and burro management abide by the congressional intent of the original act .
President Richard M. Nixon said it well when he signed the act into law.
“Wild horses and burros merit man’s protection historically for they are a living link with the
days of the conquistadors, through the heroic times of the western Indians and pioneers,
to our own day when the tonic of wilderness seems all too scarce. More than that, they merit
it as a matter of ecological right – as anyone knows who has ever stood awed at the indomitable
spirit and sheer energy of a mustang running free.”
President Richard M. Nixon - December 15, 1971
For more information, contact:
Above photo credit C.Abel
_ Sheridan WY,
"Our local radio news stations
post a weekly poll. This week the poll question is "Would you support
building a horse slaughtering plant?"
Yes, in Sheridan?
Yes, in Wyoming?
Yes, in US?
please go to the link and place your vote.
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)
_An invitation to join us
in a candlelight vigil paying tribute to the
40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE WILD FREE ROAMING HORSES AND BURROS ACT
and to honor HONEY BANDIT
AMERICA'S POSTER BOY TO STOP THE ROUNDUPS!
PALO CEDRO, CALIFORNIA, will join 29 US cities from San Francisco to Central Park, Canada, Sweden, and England in an international candlelight vigil on Thursday, December 15, 2011 from 4 to 6:30 pm.
Join us as we honor Wild Horse Annie and the horses and burros she fought so hard to protect, as well as our own Honey Bandit, whom God chose to survive and help carry on her fight. We will be lighting 97 candles, one for each of the worst injuries that Honey Bandit survived. We will be joined by "Suri", another miracle mustang that survived through two snow storms, and was without a mom or milk/food for a week in the Virginia Range area of Nevada. Come and meet two mustangs that were truly born in the wild.
WHEN: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 4:00 - 7:00
WHERE: Holiday Market Shopping Center – In front of Another Chance
Animal Welfare League –
9384 Deschutes Rd, Palo Cedro
Contact: Palomino Armstrong - 530-474-5197 or 530-339-1458
Volunteers needed to help with organizing
Winner of Essay Contest Announced 6:00 p.m.
NOTE: You might want to bring a lawn chair, a blanket, and some hand
warmers. Though we will have 97 candles, please bring your own candle to hold ( flameless is preferred , but not required.).
We will have a "coffee truck" to help us keep warm.
Please call Palomino with any questions. We still need candles, and help setting up. If you have contacted me and I have not answered, please call me again. I had surgery a couple of weeks ago and am just starting to "re-enter" the real world. God Bless ya'll for your help and for coming and sharing this important anniversary. Without Wild Horse Annie, and the thousands of children who wrote letters and brought attention to the plight of our beloved wild horses, it is obvious that part of our National heritage would no longer exist.
_ Hi ya'll
Just wanted to let ya'll know we still need help for the vigil. I recently had surgery (on my back - for my leg) and unfortunately the pain requires some medication
So I will make this short and sweet.
WE WILL BE LIGHTING 97 CANDLES AT OUR VIGIL IN PALO CEDRO, CALIFORNIA - EACH CANDLE WILL STAND FOR ONE OF HONEY BANDIT'S MANY INJURIES.
Please keep sharing the information. Princess Suri will also be attending to show support! What a wonderful opportunity to come and celebrate this important date and personally meet two of the mustangs the law was intended to protect.
So we would love to see you there, and if ya'll have any extra candles you could bring, that would be great.
Palomino & the gang!
530 474 5197
530 339 1458 www.chillypepper.weebly.com