Archive for February, 2010


Nirvana’s Rescue Story

In October 2004, we rescued Nirvana. She is a Mini Mule, only 35 inches tall. When Nirvana’s master, who was raising Mini Mules, died in about 1995, the locals did not know what to do with the mini mules, so they let Nirvana and about 6 other mini mules loose to fend for themselves. Over 10 years, Nirvana’s friends (the other mini mules died of starvation in the long, cold winters and deep snows; by being killed by Mountain Lions; and by being hit by cars and trucks. Eventually, Nirvana was the only one left. People from time to time would chase Nirvana with motorcycles and other things to have fun at Nirvana’s expense. The locals would capture her every couple of years and tie her down and hacksaw her hooves.

In the Fall of 2004, The Plumas County Animal Control contacted us and told us about Nirvana, they asked whether we would rescue her, and we said, “Yes”. When we rescued Nirvana, she had been wandering around the mountains of Northern California for about 10 years. Her hooves were in extremely bad shape. Her front hooves were about 6-8″ to long and curled into the air. She had not foundered, but her hooves just had not been cared for in the right way.

Her hooves were extremely long; generally we don’t see this on equines that are roaming free.

She was so little but had a lot of hoof on her.

We trailered her out to our veterinarian where a local farrier stood by ready to trim her feet. The vet was ready in case sedation was necessary, but she was a good girl.
There was a lot of hoof trimming to do…

…, but Joe did a great job! Thank you Joe for donating your time to make Nirvana a much more comfortable mini.

She had to learn how to walk all over again since she had been walking for so long on her overgrown feet.
Soon she was all better and ready to be placed into a loving home.

She is such a sweet mule, we are so glad that we were able to be a part of her life and find her a loving, forever home.

Originally shared on the blog 12-12-2008.


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This morning was Briana’s last day of volunteering before heading back to the big city. It seems that a bunch of cows heard the news and were waiting in the road for her this morning to make sure she knows that she has been in the country. Probably not too many herds of cows roaming the streets of LA.

Tawnee had to head out to the vet as sadly 3 of the baby goats were not doing well at all and needed to be given the last act of kindness. 2 passed away before she arrived at the vet. We lost 16 babies out of the original 50. So so sad, but all 50 would have died if they were not rescued. It looked like this little guy had an umbilical infection and there was no hope for him. We are so glad they all knew they were loved.

Back at the rescue, the rescued calves were let out since it was such a beautiful day, and they loved running and playing in the sun. When it came to nap time, Parcy decided to show them the right way to nap in the sun. He loves being big brother.
So far we have been so busy with the goats that only 1 calf has received a name, this is Moo. It seems to fit him.
It was decided to move the baby goats out where they could enjoy the sunshine too. We were all hoping they knew they should stay in the pen instead of trying to wiggle their way out.
Thankfully none of the babies discovered any way to escape, and it seems like they enjoyed all of the nice green shavings.

Linda didn’t come to the rescue yesterday because it was raining, but today when she came she couldn’t wait to meet the babies.
She had horses that were waiting to meet her too.
Sika was kind of a dirty girl and needed some help getting cleaned up.
Tawnee had promised Briana that she would get to go riding. Briana put in many long, hard hours volunteering at the rescue. Without her dedicated help, the goat rescue would have been a lot more work on everyone else. Tawnee was glad it was a beautiful day and the sun was shining for her ride.
The horses enjoyed the ride too.
On the ride, Briana lost her camera. It slipped out of her pocket somewhere along the ride. Tawnee and Briana looked and looked, and then they found it. Do you see it?
After the ride Briana said one last “Goodbye” to the babies.
Then she off down the road. She was such a great help and we were all sad to see her go. Her car was shiny black when she came, and when she left, it was as if it had changed colors. No doubt the rental company will scratch their heads on how it got so dirty.
As you know, we have been working hard on getting all the baby goats placed. They were up on Adopt a Pet yesterday, and we asked people to place holds on them if they were interested. This lady, a previous horse adopter, and a bunch of her friends wanted to adopt some goats so she came up to take them to their new homes.
Doing all the adoption paperwork was a little chaotic as it was hard keeping track of who was who and which papers were signed for which goats. Notice Tawnee’s pinky finger became a pacifier.
Finally all of the baby goats were safely in her car and we told her to make sure she kept her classical music on. She said she had read the blog.
All of the baby goats were now gone from the rescue, we only have 3 more in a foster home who are on hold scheduled to be picked up tomorrow. Wow! Now we have a whole bunch of people wanting to adopt goats. No doubt with spring on its way, Tawnee will be faced with the same hard decision of baby goats that no one wants. She has asked that if you are interested in adopting a baby goat, please email with your name and phone number and how many goats you are willing to commit to bottle feeding and keeping as your pet. The auction is on Mondays, so if we had a list of people waiting, we could alert them and Tuesday (hopefully) the goats could be placed in their homes so they don’t burden down the rescue staff. Please if you are willing to give a baby a chance at life, contact us.
After all the baby goats had gone home, Parcy wondered why he couldn’t be in the pen with the calves. He thinks they should be able to wander freely just like him. He doesn’t understand that they are tiny babies and need their nap time and he can’t play with them all the time.
Tawnee believes she is recovering from “goat flu” otherwise known as “h1n50.” It is a very strange sickness that leaves its victim exhausted, easily distracted by small moving objects, sleeping disorders and some strange addiction to mixing powdered milk with water. She thinks that the goat flu symptoms are going away, and she should be back to normal by next Sunday.
Many thanks to Kim S. and Sara H. for their generous donations today. Thank you so much!

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The day started with tears as Briana’s little buddy didn’t make it through his second night. Sadly we had to say “Goodbye” to two other precious babies that didn’t make it either. It is so terrible that the babies are thrown away without a second thought to their well being. Ripped from their mothers before the vital colostrum can be had, colostrum that would give their immune systems a fighting chance.

After all the babies were fed and the other chores were being done, Tawnee and Briana headed into the office to get all the goats onto the internet so they can be easily adopted. Tawnee also had some other pressing paperwork that had to be done.

Thanks to the hard work of foster homes and other networking, there are only 19 goats that still need homes! They can all be viewed on the internet now. Adoption fees are $5 per goat, and you will sign that they are being adopted as pets only, not as your next supper. You can put a $5 hold with the goats name, similar to putting a horse in adoption pending. The hold will come off the adoption fee. The holds will last for 3 business days. To see all of the available goats, please Click Here.

Today was a wet rainy day, but Hefty and Lassie were headed to the vet for their adoption exams.

They loaded without a problem, no doubt glad to be stepping on something other than mud.

In no time at all the rescue rig was pulling out with its precious cargo.

Inside, a cute little white goat was wondering what this new adventure was.

Home at Last Sanctuary had called up today. Tawnee knew they would call and just knew they would want some goats too. They agreed to take a total of 8 goats, 4 of which they would keep and 4 of which they were placing into another home. They agreed to take the whites ones as we felt they would be harder to find homes for. They were all loaded up and had their diapers on, ready for the trip.

They definitely enjoyed the trip, looking out the window and baaahhhing with excitement the whole time. About 8 miles down the road, the constant baahhing of 8 baby goats was getting quite annoying. Tawnee had an idea…

…she turned on the radio to a classical music station, and within 20 seconds a hush came over the truck. The little babies were curled up, fast asleep. There were only 2 that weren’t classical music fans. Tawnee and Briana decided to do an experiment. They turned the classical music off, and within 5 seconds little heads started popping up and the noise from the backseat began. The classical music was turned on again and everything went quiet. Wow!

At the vet Donna from Home at Last was waiting with her camera as they do a daily blog as well. Tawnee and Donna took pictures of each other for their blogs.

Donna and a group of her friends were just so excited to be bringing these precious little lives into their hearts and homes.

The little babies were moved from one truck to another. Briana told them the secret of classical music, so hopefully their trip home was quiet too.

Finally it was time for Hefty and Lassie to get their adoption exams. They had been waiting quite patiently.

Dr Weaver examined them with care and declared them both ready for their new home.

Meanwhile at the rescue, Jupiter was was being surrendered.

Jupiter has been used for English and jumping. He can no longer be shown, but is still a very sweet boy that is looking for a home.

Back at the vet, Aztec is officially a gelding.

It was time for him to come back to the rescue so Briana led him to the waiting trailer.

Aztec rode in the back of the trailer as Hefty and Lassie were in the front of the trailer.

The trip back to the rescue was uneventful. The rain had finally let up by this time.

Alex had been busy all day helping with the chores and feeding baby goats. Finally all the chores were done and a long and busy day was coming to a close.

One of NorCal’s friends from Washington sent a link to an interesting article we would like to share with you. It is from an Ag magazine in Canada. This particular killer buyer who is quoted in the article seems to believe that banning horse slaughter will make horses go extinct. He says “What do you do with a horse? I’ve had some horses that won me thousands of dollars in the rodeo. When he was done, I put him on the truck,” said Houde. Tawnee could only think of another quote: “A man who is right with God cares for his animal, but the sinful man is hard and has no pity.” – Proverbs 12:10 If you would like to read the article, it is nice to hear killer buyers whining… Click Here.

Thank you so much Joni M., Sandra L., Jennifer K., Patricia P., Nancy P., Pamela R., Barbara P., Sara H., Francine L. and Ann H. for their extremely generous donations today! It will really help take care of babies at the rescue!

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You will probably want to get some popcorn, some coffee, maybe even call in to work sick, this may be the biggest blog we have ever written. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll say “Ahhh, how cute.”
This blog starts Monday morning at 5:30 am. The rescue rig started up, warmed up, getting ready for the days events. Dedicated volunteers were on their way to the rescue, anxious to help out how they could. It was an auction rescue day and Tawnee, April and Briana were going to be attending Petaluma Livestock Auction.

Jazz, Smokey and Valentino were very curious why they were haltered and led to the trailer so early in the morning. The staff tried to let them know that they were being transfered to a very good rescue, but they just didn’t quite understand. All they knew was their sleep was being interrupted by humans.

All the boys were loaded without incident and were ready for the long trip.

Quite often you see beautiful sunset photos on the blog. This one is a bit different, it is a sunrise photo. Tawnee, April and Briana enjoyed the peaceful sunrise, little did they know that was the last peace they would get until 11:30 pm.

They were heading to Petaluma livestock auction. The plan was to drop the boys off and pick up 2 horses that were being transfered to our rescue from SAFER. After that, they were going to head to the auction. It was a long drive, and then to make it seem even longer, fog started developing.
About 15 minutes from the destination, while they were still on schedule, all of a sudden their leisurely trip was abruptly interrupted. The entire northbound 101 was detoured onto side streets to avoid a terrible accident that had occurred up ahead.
Briana used her iPhone and the GPS system to navigate directly to the auction as the detour used up all the time that had been scheduled to drop off and pick up the horses.
Finally, after winding around through back streets, they were pulling into the familiar Petaluma Livestock Auction yard. It is rumored they do not like camera’s at this auction, so the camera’s were kept in the truck.
Tawnee April and Briana looked around the auction. It was Briana’s first time at a livestock auction and of course she fell in love with all the adorable day old calves waiting to be sent through the sale. There were two horses, from their behavior of the one, Tawnee could tell it was a stallion but unfortunately she was not allowed to go back to check. She was hoping the other one was not a stallion. The auction started so they all went inside to sit down. Tawnee was really hoping there would not be another emaciated goat that no one wanted.
Shortly after the auction started, a few baby goats were brought into the ring. Tawnee thought “Ahh, just a few, Mr T would surely enjoy having a few new little friends.” No one else was bidding and soon Tawnee had 7 baby goats. She knew she had to leave the auction ring before she got herself in worse trouble. When she came back into the ring, April and Briana excitedly told Tawnee that there were over 40 baby goats that no one wanted and they had gone down to $1 each and were a no sale. Over 40 babies? No way!
By the end of the auction Tawnee had rescued the two horses, 4 day old calves and 50 day old baby goats, all male. Dairy byproducts. Dumped heartlessly at the auction, worse than trash because at least Waste Management will come pick up your trash. Folks, this is what the diary industry does to male baby’s, it dumps them like garbage at a livestock auction, knowing they are losing money on them, but not caring. It’s just the luck of the draw, if a goat or calf is born a girl, it is kept, bred and hooked up to machines to suck the milk out. If they are born a boy, they are thrown (literally) out at the auction where hopefully someone will pay enough for them to pay the auction fees. Soymilk, as best we can tell, is cruelty free!
After the auction the quick trip was made up to SAFER’s foster home. The 3 boys (Valentino, Jazz and Smokey) unloaded without a hitch, thankful they had food and water and could go back to sleep without human interruption.
Then the 2 new arrivals were led out to the trailer.
They loaded without a hitch, wondering why the 3 guys got out before they could get in. We would like to welcome Tia and Tante to the rescue.
The 3 staff and volunteers couldn’t wait to get back to the auction to pick up the 58 (!) animals that were rescued. The two horses and the baby goats and calves needed to be loaded up so they could make the trip back to the rescue, hopefully arriving before nightfall. They all wondered what 50 baby goats must look like.
It was almost standing room only when all the little babies were in the front of the stock trailer. There were just lots and lots and lots of little faces looking up, wondering where their next meal would come from.
It’s so sad that these precious little lives are just garbage to the dairy industry. We believe they are cute and precious and we have a sneaking suspicion you do too.
Both of the horses that were rescued at the auction this trip were stallions. They shared a stall in the trailer, and were kept under sedation the whole trip. When the rescue rig pulled off the road for a quick bite to eat, the stallions decided to talk to each other, which caught the attention of the alert security guard. He came over to make sure everything was “Ok” and then got distracted by something else…
When he (the security guard) looked in the front of the trailer, this is what he saw. He couldn’t’ believe his eyes! Here they are all asleep, curled up for the trip.
Briana really fell in love with an extra special little goat. He curled up on her lap and slept so soundly. It was so adorable!
He slept all the way to Tractor Supply, where the rescue rig stopped to get Goat Formula. The little guy was so content, that it was decided to take him shopping.
Into Tractor Supply they went. The little guy had never been to town before, and he was quite dazzled by all the bright lights.
Once he was inside one of the Tractor Supply workers couldn’t keep his hands off of him either. He is just like a fuzzy teddy bear.
Finally, after dark, the rescue rig pulled into the rescue. The horses were safely unloaded and settled in for the night.
Then, it was time to feed, ID, triage and take intake photo’s of all 50 baby goats.
Tawnee had called Claire on the way back to the rescue as she knew Claire would love to get in on this. Shortly after getting back to the rescue, Ron and Claire came over to help out. They also agreed to take 10 of the baby’s as foster baby’s.
While Claire and Ron were figuring out goat bottle formula, the calves were being fed. They really loved their nice warm milk, it always makes the tummy feel so good.
Tawnee and Jason put some of their emergency animal training to practice and soon had a flowing operation going on. There were 6 adults and a few kids (human kids) all lending a helping hand, which made the monumental task go smoothly. One person would put the ID tag on the goat, while another person was writing the tag and entering the data, another was taking adoption photo’s, while the other people were mixing bottles and feeding.
This cute little guy loves his new collar and id tag. Soon all the baby goats were fed, named with their ID tags, and ready to get some sleep.

Claire loves her babies!!!

You can see the exhaustion in Tawnee’s eyes as the last goat was finally fed and tagged. By this time it was about 10:30 pm and Tawnee had been going solid for 17 hours.
This morning, at 5:30 am, Tawnee hopped out of her bed, and began preparing meals for hungry babies. All of the babies made it through the night and were very anxious to get another yummy bottle of milk.
When Tawnee got into the trailer, they literally attacked her. They learn quickly who brings them food, who shows them love.
This little guy is trying to get some nourishment out of Tawnee’s jacket. He couldn’t wait for his bottle, he needed a pacifier.
Soon the hungry mouths were being fed and they were getting happy once again.
After all the babies (calves and goats) were fed it was time for Aztec to be taken out of his pen so he could get ready to go to the vet for his gelding operation.
Then the baby calves were put in his pen to stretch their legs before the rain storm showed up.
Poor Love Bug looked on at the calves with wonder. She has had so many different neighbors recently, but she thinks these top them all.
Aztec was safely loaded into the trailer for the short ride to the vet.
Some of the baby goats that had some medical concerns were loaded up. They were scheduled to be checked out by out vet. Some were born crippled, one with bleeding from his rectum, and a different one had organs coming out of his rectum.
It was really sad to see some of the babies really suffering, eye infections, runny noses and coughs.
Once all the animals were loaded up that needed to go to the vet, the rescue rig was on the road once again, this time to the vet.
Aztec hopped out of the trailer, excited to see what might be happening at this place. He probably won’t be so excited after his surgery. He will be spending the night at the vets and his surgery is scheduled for the morning.
In the office waiting room, Briana was holding the cute little guy from yesterday. He developed a runny nose, and we were all very concerned for the poor little guy. As he sat there, he cracked a smile, as if to let us know “Everything will be ok, I know what love is now.”
Soon the examination was taking place. The little guy was given medication to help pull him through his early days. He should be healthy once again, we are all keeping our fingers crossed for him.
Another goat had an ulcer in its eye and had a fever. We were able to give him the help he needed to hopefully pull through and make it to adulthood too.
Sadly, 10 of the babies were unable to be saved and humane euthanasia was the best possible option for them. At least they knew what love and a full tummy of milk was instead of dying from neglect because no one wanted them. We were thankful that 2 were able to be given the medical help they needed to hopefully pull through.
After leaving the vet, which should have been a full day and the rescue rig should have been heading back to the rescue, instead its nose was pointed to Yuba County Animal Control.
Soon they were pulling into the parking lot.
A horse had been abandoned and was brought into the shelter. They asked us to bring it into our rescue to evaluate him for adoptability to hopefully find him a home.
He is thin and is wearing shoes, 2 in the back. It is odd that he has a couple shoes in the back. He loaded up without any problems. He seems to be a sweet boy and prefers men they say.
They also donated a bunch of horse feed and a few bags of chicken scratch. They asked if we wanted the chicken scratch, and we said we have a few volunteers that have chickens we can give it to, so they sent it along.
There was some great help to get it all loaded up quickly.
We would like to thank Yuba County Animal Control for saving bags of feed for the rescue. We can really use it!

Briana’s little buddy fell asleep on her lap on the way back to the rescue. He loves eating and sleeping.

Back at the rescue the Animal Control horse unloaded and was put into a waiting stall for the night.
Then the monumental task of feeding all the babies began once again. We would like to thank the volunteers for taking care of the babies while the rescue rig was out and about.
This little guy has a special message for you: “Hi, I’m Briana’s little buddy and I am so glad that I was rescued yesterday and given so much love and great food. I know it takes a lot of money to take care of me, and my 57 other friends that were rescued too, so can you maybe help a little? If you could donate $58 in honor of all 58 of us that were rescued yesterday, I would really love it! Thank you so much!” To donate in honor of the huge rescue yesterday, click here.
Many thanks to Donna A., Pamela N. to help with Aztec’s gelding, Priscilla B., Margaret O., Suzanne F., Gail G., Theresa P., Rebecca O., AT&T, and IBM for their generous donations. Thank you so much!

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2-22-10 Part 1

Today started at 5:30 AM with Tawnee, Jason, April and Briana getting the rescue rig ready to go and horses loaded up. Smokey, Jazz and Valentino were transfered to SAFER rescue as we believe they have better success adopting Thoroughbreds. It was also an action rescue day.

SAFER had rescued two horses from the auction previously so we could bring them into our adoption program.

At the auction we were able to save 2 stallions, 4 calves and 50 day old goats. It was so sad, the goats ran through the auction and no one bid on them. After the auction Tawnee asked about them, and they said she could have them for $1 each. Tawnee, having the huge heart for innocent babies that she does, just couldn’t say no.
All the animals were safely tucked into the great big trailer for the trip back to the rescue.
A quick stop at Tractor Supply, where one of the kids picked out which milk substitute he wanted.
At the rescue, each baby goat was collared, had its intake picture taken, given love, and a warm bottle of milk. As you can imagine, the process took hours and it is now 11:30 pm.
After an 18 hour day the rescue staff is just as tired as the baby goats. We will write part 2, with all the details, tomorrow.
To follow the action on our Facebook page, click here. Rescuing an animal is often the cheapest part, especially in these little guys case. If you would like to donate to help care for the incredibly adorable little guys, please click here. All of these baby’s will be available for adoption. Tawnee did phone calls on the way back to the rescue and 12 of these baby’s are in foster care.

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On Friday Lassie’s approved adoptive family came out to meet her. They really fell in love with her, adoption papers were signed, and they are so excited about bringing her into their family. But then…

…they realized that Lassie’s best friend was Hefty. They just could not stand separating the buddies, so they adopted Hefty too. They are scheduling a vet exam for them and then transportation arrangements will be made. Thank you so much for adopting Lassie and her buddy Hefty.

The rescue is closed on Saturdays, giving the staff and volunteers a day off after chores are done. While the staff and volunteers were out, the rescue had some visitors. A group of horses, 2 seen below, visited from neighboring ranches. It was quite fun reviewing the security systems, watching them wander from barn to field, visiting the horses at the rescue, going in and out of the mare motel breezeway, until finally the owners came along to reclaim their babies. Never a dull moment!

And now for Sunday’s blog. We would like to introduce a new volunteer that has flown in for most of the week named Brianna. She comes all the way from Los Angeles. She is here to live the rescue life and she will also be taking blog pictures so we may see more of Tawnee since she won’t be behind the camera so much. This morning she got right to work with the feeding chores.

Today was Jake’s special day, the day he got to go home with his mommy. She was so happy to see him once again. She spent a lot of time making sure Jake was the perfect match.

Jake was a good boy and got in the trailer without too much fuss, excited to see what grand adventures await him.

It was a busy Sunday with horse trailers coming and going, and lots of action. A news reporter once wrote about Tawnee “She doesn’t need a calendar to know when winter is coming, because of the flood of unwanted horses.” Today Tawnee said she doesn’t need a calendar to know that spring is coming, she just looks at all the horse trailers and potential adopters coming to the rescue. If only adoptions weren’t so seasonal. How can we cultivate winter adoptions? Adoptions slow down so much in the winter, yet there are so many more horses that need help.

In one of the trailers was an adorable mini waiting inside.

Soon he was out, and oh how cute he is!

Dottie and Macho Man say they are always so happy when little horses come to the rescue, big horses are just so scary.

The little guys name is Aztec. We haven’t measured him yet, but Tawnee guesses him between 30 and 32 inches. He is a year and half, and we will be calling the vet shortly to schedule his gelding operation. After that he will need a home!

Love Bug was so amazed by the little guy. April and Larry built Aztec a pen not too far from Love Bug’s stall. She just looked and looked and couldn’t believe her little black neighbor.

Twirl’s potential adopter came out to the rescue to meet her. They are not new to our rescue, and they were looking to add a new family member into their hearts and home.

They really fell in love with Twirl and were so excited to take her home today.

Soon she was loaded up and heading off with her new family to enjoy a wonderful life with them.

It was a busy day at the rescue, but Linda did manage to take Strider out for a nice ride. He really enjoyed it! Strider needs a home! To see Strider’s page, click here.

There was a nice steady flow of potential adopters looking at horses, hoping to find their perfect match.

Finally the visiting hours were coming to an end, so Brianna got to work cleaning out the small trailer as there was a pickup scheduled this afternoon.

The truck was hooked up and ready to go, up into the mountains where the dark clouds had spent the day.

In the valley it was now bright and sunny with green grass and blooming flowers.

Shortly Tawnee and Brianna were up in the mountains where the clouds hung low and the air was cold.

They were picking up a 6 year old Percheron mare who was no longer able to stay with her family. The owners said it was very tight down their driveway, and it had been arranged for them to lead Sika to the main road.

The little trailer has a 7′ ceiling, but it wasn’t quite tall enough for her personal tastes and she decided she was not getting in.

Tawnee decided it wasn’t worth making her stress over it, and as they were loading her next to the paved road, Tawnee felt that sedation would be the safest for both human and horse. Soon Sika was seeing pretty colors and was quite willing to obey.

The trailer was moved to a different location where they could back up to a hill, and without too much fuss, Sika was finally inside.

Brianna shares Tawnee’s passion for sunset pictures and snapped this photo on the way back to the rescue from picking up Sika. It is overlooking Lake Oroville.

At the rescue Sika was more than happy to get out of the trailer.

Love Bug just couldn’t believe her eyes. She thought it was great when the little black guy came to live by her, but then this giant black horse moved in right next door! She is very amazed, she looks to one side and there is a black giant, looks the other way and there is a black midget. Life can be quite interesting at the rescue, even for the equine residents.

Finally all of the horses were settled and another busy day at the rescue came to a close.

This blogs eBay Giving Works item is a Beautiful Morganglanz Horse – Breyer Warmblood. It is only $14.99 and 100% of the sale price goes to help the horses at the rescue. Yes, that is right, 100%! To view the item, click here.

Many thanks to Omar S. and Erin L. for their generous monthly support.

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An update on Dun Deal.

Dun Deal was adopted and her home is in higher country where the snow falls every winter, a lot of snow. Dun Deal is very happy in her new home and wrote us an email telling us about her new adventures in life. Please enjoy!

I wanted to write you a quick note to tell you of my wonderful progress. I still miss the rescue and my old friends but I now have a family of my own here, one sister and two brothers. I have been able to spend the days with my older brother who is twice my age and very tolerant/submissive to me. I don’t bother him much and we get along very well. I hope to get to know my sister and other brother, who are both my age, soon. My sister and I scratch each other’s backs across the fence and she is also my stable buddy.

Food here is wonderful! I eat great grass hay in the morning and I get a little salad with it at night. Don’t tell my new mom that I don’t need my salad because I would really miss it. At night I sleep it in a beautiful barn with my new family and my bedding is cannon bone deep in beautiful yellow shavings. I do miss my green shavings however and if I ever seen any here I am sure it will remind me of you. During the day all four of us are put out in larger corrals and we “Eat breakfast out”. Later for lunch I get to join my brother and I help him clean up whatever he has left. It’s usually not very much because he eats pellets but sometimes there are a few to find. I like it here and I met my new mom’s daughter who came home from some place they call college. She was nice to me and I was nice to her too. She braided my mane and was surprised that I let her have some fun. In the morning they were out but I think it would be fun to have them again.

My new mom has been spending quite a bit of time with me each day. She has been very patient with me and usually works with me without a rope or halter. If I run away she just asks me to come back which I always do. She strokes my head, calls me silly and then continues doing whatever I ran away from. I usually run away again and once again there she is calling me back. Once in a while I run too many times and then I get to wear my new halter. I don’t even care when she puts it on anymore.

Two days ago “mom” decided it was time to work on the dread locks that have become my tail!

Once again no halter, mom just was persistent and patient for about the 20 minutes it took for her to get to touch it. I kept stepping to the side and she kept stepping up again to try once more. Finally I decided it was all “ok” as she keeps saying and I let her bring it around to my side. I wasn’t sure what was going on but I decided I could trust her with it. She started using something on my tail and it pulled just a little and made an awful sound, I stepped away, she stepped up and we got going again. Mom says that pretty soon I will have my tail back, not sure what that means but it is certainly starting to look different. I kept looking around to see what was going on and mom just kept at it. Mom found some fencing wire in there and some pine needles and she kept looking for the pets she said were probably also there. We haven’t found any yet but I sure am happy to have the wire out of it. We worked on it again today, something like an hour? Mom refuses to cut my tail so I will just have to be patient also and maybe before Christmas I will have my tail again! Actually mom says with in the week if I continue to be so good. She’s also proud that I haven’t even offered to kick her, ever! Mom sent you the pictures of my tail treasures!

I have begun picking up all of my feet although mom doesn’t require me to hold them up for very long. She seems to think it’s great that I just pick them up at all. I took a while longer to pick up my right fore when she asked. I just wanted to shift my weight onto it. She said it was something like leaning into pressure so I guess she had my number and just started tapping my leg and saying “foot”. It took a lot of tapping the first time but now it only takes about two or three and I pick it right up. She doesn’t have to tug or anything. I’m pretty amazing!!

Today mom put something called a saddle blanket on my back, I wasn’t sure about it but I didn’t move away. What do you think that’s for?

I am doing very well and I don’t want you to worry about me. I am being well taken care of and mom keeps saying she loves me. I think that is what I felt at the rescue, Love! Thank you for taking care of me and letting me become a part of this wonderful home here in the mountains. Mom keeps telling me that all this white stuff will be gone soon and that I will absolutely love the spring and summer. I can’t wait to run with my sisters and brothers on the pasture here and send you more pictures of me!

Take Care and say hi to my friends and my old family. Tell them I miss them and wish them the same happiness I have found.

All my Love and Knickers!

Dun Deal

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