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Wildlife at the ranch

December 7, 2010

Okay, if any of you have ever thought that spending time at our ranch would be boring, or that it wouldn’t be anything special…

Here’s a reason to reconsider. Some of these pics are a bit blurry, but the point remains the same…Awesome!

Elk herd in our hay field November 2010

Elk herd in our hay field

Elk on the hill

Bald Eagle top of tree

Bald Eagle closer up

Blue Heron top of tree

Deer stroll

Santa pics! And one more Santa opportunity this Sunday…


This Sunday we’re offering one more opportunity to have your little one’s pics taken with Santa. We’ll be at the Petsmart on 185th and Walker Rd from 11am to 4pm (samples below)

This past weekend we did Santa pics at Petsmart.

We had the big game as competition on Saturday…

But we pulled it together anyway, and had a really good time! HUGE thank you to Santa and our terrific volunteers!

Snap, snap, snap!

Some familiar faces…

Santa Smiles with twins, Heather and Emily

And popular puppy friends…

Santa and Simon

Santa and Raven

Santa and Jake

And new friends…

A unique friend!

AND, our own prego volunteer girl, Kristen, whose baby was due in 12 days.

A sad day for a lucky girl…


Many of you will remember this rescue from last year’s newsletter. Muffett (formerly named Muffin), was our rescue from out near our ranch. This English Pointer had lived for her entire nine years in an 8′x8′ outdoor kennel. It was a tragic existence for a dog and we all worked very hard to get that dog away from her owner and into a better life.

It worked! We convinced the owner to give her to us, and Angela fostered her for us while we fattened her up, and scrubbed the urine stains off of her. In November last year, we found a great home for Muffett, where she lived a spoiled, indoor life, sleeping on the bed, and lounging on the sofa. The life she deserved!

In that home, Muffett blossomed and was so happy…

A few weeks ago, Muffett started to slow and act tired. She wasn’t eating as well and just didn’t seem quite right. Her new family took her to the vet, and sadly, Muffett was diagnosed with a tick borne illness she had obviously gotten while living outside her entire life without any preventative care. Yesterday, Muffett was euthanized because the complications from her illness were too much for her body to fight any longer.

We’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the family who adopted Muffett and provided a year of love and care for her. Because of them, Muffett got to know what a good life really was. Without them, she would have died as another quiet and tragic statistic. We are grateful for our part in not allowing that to happen to her.

RIP, Muffett.

New Puppies!


Through an unusual set of circumstances, we have taken on a mama Chihuahua (or possibly Min Pin, or a mix of both) named Petunia, and her four, two week old puppies. They came from a shelter in California, and oh boy, are they ever cute! They’re all boys, and currently fat and happy (although very tiny). Mama is super sweet, too. We’ll keep you posted on their progress.

Thank you to Bonnie and Cory, who are fostering Petunia and her pups for us!