Well I am happy to say, (with a tiny tear in my eye) that Suri has found her forever “mommy”. She will be going “home” this afternoon. I am very happy to say that her new home is “local” and within visiting distance. She is doing well and it is so awesome that she will have such a good mommy. She will also be down the hill, and not subject to as much snow or cold weather.
And it is that time of year again, time for thunder and lightning and the end of summer “fire” storms. We are in an area that is under high fire danger as this area is much “overdue” for a fire according to the local fire fighters. According to the firemen that came to our old place to check it for “fire safety”, it is not if, but when, as Shingletown has not had a fire for so long. We are looking for a water storage tank to keep on the property. This would go along way to keeping the critters safer if we do have a fire. At the same time we are on fire alert, we need to get ready for winter. As we are trying to build “popsicle weather” appropriate shelters, and prepare adequately for whatever weather may come, it is time for another fundraiser. We need to buy wood, metal for roofs that won’t collapse on the horses’ heads, and all the other goodies that go with it. (We brought what was donated for HoneyBandit last fall to the new house, and that is a great start, but only a start). We also need to stock up on hay, especially with a new "larger" (4 year old gelding) arriving soon.
SEVERAL DAYS LATER........
It was time. We haltered Suri, then proceeded to soak her thoroughly with the hose. It was a 109 degrees where we were headed, and I knew she would enjoy a cool start. She loaded easily and we were on our way. I had a huge lump in my throat, even though I knew that she was going to a fabulous home……
When we got to Suri's new home, we backed the trailer into the yard and were met by her beautiful new mommy and her sister. Denise had a smile that would light up Texas as her baby finally was home. Suri took a little while before she wanted to unload. we didn't rush her, allowing her plenty of time to check our her new surroundings. Of course during that time she was given many hugs and kisses, both by her new mommy and by Matt and myself. The lump in my throat felt about as big as Mt. Lassen, but deep down inside I knew this was a great thing. Suri now had a mommy that could devote nearly all of her time to her, sharing her with one other horse. So she would have the attention she deserved as well as horsey companionship.
After we unloaded her and walked her back to the pen next to "PepperAnne", her new horse mate, we spent some time letting her get adjusted to the new sights and sounds. finally it was time to leave. I knew I couldn't stop the tears, but this is what it was all about. Getting them healthy and finding them a great home. I had purposely brought Suri by herself so she wouldn't be whinnying at the trailer as we left, and more able to focus on her new "horsey friend". However, Suri came to the gate and cried and whinnied and wanted to come with us. I think we were all just about crying. I know I was, and Matt even had tears in his eyes. It was so heartbreaking because Suri was "left" by two different bands that she tried to hang with in the Virginia Range, then we took her, she had her new family and then we "left her too". I know she will be loved more than any horse anywhere, (except maybe Honey Bandit haha), but it broke my heart because she didn't understand that I still love her and wasn't deserting her.
I have received updates everyday and Denise stayed outside with her the first night so she wouldn't be scared. She is doing well and we will go visit her soon. But wow was that hard to do. But that is what we have to do to have more room for the next critically ill or orphaned foal.
So now we are ready for the next one. Honey Bandit and the boys are hanging out a little closer, I think they miss her, but they have each other and have been together for a long time. So there is one more little mustang saved, and only 39,000 plus left.
Ya'll keep up the good work and say a prayer that we get ready in time for winter.
Take Care & God Bless
we will be having more information on the fundraiser on our website very soon. If you know you want to help us keep doing what we do and taking care of the critters in our rescue, you can buy tickets by DONATING OR SENDING A CHECK to CHILLY PEPPER - MIRACLE MUSTANG, 34694 SIDEBOTTOM ROAD, SHINGLETOWN, CA 96088 OR GO TO WWW.CHILLYPEPPER.WEEBLY.COM. If you are purchasing raffle tickets, please make sure that you indicate that with your donation. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE AND MUCH APPRECIATED.