A word from Annie...
I would like to apologize for not getting a newsletter out until now. It’s been another long year and most of it is due to Mother Nature!
Since our last newsletter...
Starting in January, Hendrix got his bone biopsy and is cancer free!! Unfortunately, the surgery was done on the wrong side of his body, which created a very long healing process. (Almost 2 ½ months to be exact!) I will explain more in his story to follow.
January through March, it rained with very few breaks in between. I spent most of that time trying to keep the horses afloat, working on repairs, and taking care of Hendrix. Apparently his friends help him pull out his stitches on a regular basis. It got to the point that I had to put him in the car and drive him to the barn with me every time I went to feed the horses!
After the rain stopped, it took me almost two months for clean up. Shaving weeds (so you can spot the snakes), trimming all the trees from the broken branches (thanks to the cows), and making more repairs.
In June, we got hit with a horrible heat wave. The snakes came out in full force, the dogs and cats don’t want to leave the air conditioning (hahaha), and as for me…I’m outside still doing the chores, digging post holes and placing railroad ties to fence in the property…in my spare time.
At the end of June, the monsoons started. We were hit with one storm after another for two months. I had to rebuild the roads twice, keep up with all of the weeding, repair a few roof leaks, and, of course, NOW all the dogs want to go out and play. What can I say…they love mud!
Why am I telling you all this? It would be to explain that by the end of the day, it’s not easy for me to write a newsletter or thank you for a donation in a timely fashion. I haven’t had a volunteer in over a year and it really is all I can do to keep up.
Another painful goodbye…
As many times as I have to go through this, it does NOT get any easier.
For the most part, Sandy had a good life. I’ve had her almost eleven years. A friend of mine, who had passed away, adopted Sandy when she was five. She had her another five years. On September 8th Sandy had a massive stroke and several small ones after that. She was almost 21 years old when she passed away.
No matter how long you prepare or know what is coming, it hurts just the same.
Lucky is still hanging in there!
As you may recall, Lucky came to us in December 2015. He was 15 years old and spent most of his life tied to a chain. When he arrived, he had the prognosis on only six months to live. Well look who’s still here!
Don’t get me wrong, Lucky has a lot of bad days and there are times when I think this is it…but still, he gets excited over his dinner, loves his morning hugs, getting brushed, and still enjoys going out to bark at the rabbits with the other dogs. He even looks forward to taking his medications! Lucky loves his life…and I’m not going to cut it short.