Rescue of the Week: Ribsey’s Refugees

 

Rescue of the Week welcomes

Ribsey’s Refugees! 

 ribsey's refugees

http://www.ribseysrefugees.org/

I had the pleasure of interviewing Linda McCoy of Ribsey’s Refugees on her wonderful organization.  Here’s what I discovered……

What do you focus on?

Pit Bulls and Black dogs

Ribsey!

 

Who are you?  What kind of work do you do?  Do you work with animals to begin with?

I have a free range boarding facility for large breed dogs, so, I work with dogs already. 

http://www.happyhoundhotel.com/ in Sammamish, Washington.

ribsey

What animal inspired you to start your rescue?

My dog Ribsey is the inspiration for the name. After being down South after Hurricane Katrina, when all I saw were Pit Bulls, and saw how misunderstood they were, that was what really got me going. I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for black dogs too. And, I’ve always loved the Labs. My comment is Pit Bulls are Labs with an edge. And, I’ve always been someone who fights for the underdog (no pun intended).

Izzy

What challenges do you face?

Having very limited space and not enough qualified people to help with the dogs. I do most of it myself.

 

What is particular or specific about your rescue?

We specialize in socializing dogs, and helping them learn to be dogs.
The 3 Boys

http://www.ribseysrefugees.org/

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Let me just say that Linda McCoy is being very modest.  Her ability to help an emotionally shattered dog to become a family dog is beyond anything I have seen.  I personally have the best dang dog on the planet from Ribsey’s Refugees – my beloved Isabella!  

Isabella was one of her black dogs that is not only part of my life, she is part of the teaching curriculum for Communication with all Life University.  She holds down the couch like nobody on the planet and she is the main greeter for weekend workshops.  She is also the main bag search dog – just to make sure you don’t have any unwanted sandwiches!  I can’t tell you how many times a day – in my mind, I thank Linda for all she does for the animal kingdom!  Look at my darling Isabella below!

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Blessings to you and your animal companions!  Joan

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Let Your Pet Comfort You This Holiday Season. ~ Joan Ranquet | elephant journal

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What I learn from teaching Animal Communication and other Random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

I’m here in Denver, after teaching a 3 day Animal Communication workshop.  It was fun, it was intense, and, it was grand. 

I enjoyed everyone in the class and we were really lucky that this group of strangers came together so quickly and was so cohesive.

Obviously the people that are drawn to my classes are truly empathic and love animals.  I tend to draw another type of person to my group which is what I refer to as the ‘smarty pants types’.  Very smart, usually women are drawn to my style of teaching and my workshops.

This is a great thing as I love smart!  The drawback is sometimes they tend to be the type of person that is a little (or a lot) in their head.  What does this mean?

They are most likely to doubt themselves.  They are also used to a certain amount of success in other aspects of their life, so they are terrified of feeling wrong.  This was expressed in a really profound way by one of the students. 

She shut down at first and claimed she wasn’t getting anything from the animals.  She was really frustrated.  Eventually, she turned this around for herself and started picking up on the telepathy – the pictures, words and feelings from the animals.

Her courage and her commitment to be present was astounding.  She allowed herself to stretch and grow by leaps and bounds.  This helped everyone expand also.  All ships rise with the tide. 

Tonight, as I sent the whole class the e-mail list and pictures from the weekend, I also included the Kathryn Schultz Ted talk on being wrong: http://www.psfk.com/2011/04/wrongologist-kathryn-schulz-on-embracing-our-fallibility.html.  Kathryn Schultz wrote: “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error.”

Kathryn’s wonderful Ted talk helps us see what else is available when we understand that it is okay to be wrong.  Sometimes that’s just where life takes us!

The theory of being wrong as part of learning is explored and proven in a new book called “The Talent Code, Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown.  Here’s How.” by Daniel Coyle.  

If we don’t allow ourselves to ‘feel’ wrong, we can’t learn.

Ultimately, animal communication isn’t about being right or wrong.  Rather, it is about increasing accuracy.   Accuracy becomes like a developed muscle, creating a neuropath way to heightened intuition and better understanding of all beings.  With that, we can compassionately help shift, adjust or facilitate healing for all life. 

I’m really proud of the growth of all the students and love how far they went in a relatively short amount of time.  And, note to self: get out of your head and allow yourself permission for accuracy – and always be open to learning!!

Joan Ranquet, Animal Communicator, Speaker & Author of “Communication with all Life, Revelations of an Animal Communicator” –   www.joanranquet.com

For upcoming workshops, teleseminars, Dolphin trips and more: http://www.joanranquet.com/eventsIf you are interested in The Home Study Course or Communication with all Life University, please e-mail me @ joanranquet@joanranquet.com For wonderful feed/supplements for all lifewww.dynamitemarketing.com/joanranquet.                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

Spring cleaning with Energy work and other random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

Queen Latifah checking out the horse skull for Craniosacral class with Susan Crawford.

Queen Latifah checking out the horse skull for the Craniosacral Animal class with Susan Crawford, DC.

 

Rollie loves Animal Alchemy day - he gets energy work!

Rollie loves Animal Alchemy day - he gets energy work!

Remote Energy Work

Remote Energy Work for animals

Dawn checking Anya's crown chakra in my energy healing class.

Dawn checking Anya's crown chakra in my energy healing class.

 

I love to teach and love to learn.  During the month of March with all of the energy modalities that were taught here, we redefined March Madness!  It was the month of energy work a true spring cleaning.   I hosted a couple of great workshops and also taught Energy Healing for Animals with my Animal Alchemy class.   The classes ranged from the literal moving of stuff through clutter busting with Brooks  Palmer, the systems and bones with the Cranial Sacral for horses and dogs with Susan Crawford, D.C.  or Scalar Wave and other modalities in my energy class – it all had the same profound impact – giving people tools to clear out, clean out and move energy!

I’m a big believer in personal energetic management – in order to affect a change in others (i.e. being a healer or a great guardian to your animal companions) taking personal (energetic) responsibility is a great first step.  Whether it is literal physical energy as in STUFF, or the complexities of going into your own system and allowing the perfect right energy to settle – we have true gifts to offer ourselves and our beloveds. 

Energy Work on Dogs With Henry (the cat) watching.

Energy Work on Dogs With Henry (the cat) watching.

 

Dogs love craniosacral work!

Dogs love craniosacral work!Brooks Palmer's Clutter Busting workshop was great!Susan Crawford in demand as she teaches teams the craniosacral work on horses.

Queen Latifah wanted me to keep someone elses clutter - easy bake oven tins - can you blame her?
Queen Latifah wanted to save other people’s clutter (easy bake oven tins!)

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Raven Flight School and other raven and random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

A Raven has a very different world view of the above pictures…..for us, thesimplistic description would be: it looks like the tops of trees, some scattered clouds, clouds and the sky – nothing to write home about.   For a Raven, it’s a giant unending playground and home of Raven Flight School.  Raven Flight School will forever be one of my cherished memories – I’ll try to give it the tribute it deserves……….

I feel fortunate that my life has been decorated by some amazing Raven stories.  I suppose anyone else that knows Ravens wouldn’t be in a panic as we enter the autumn to think that this family of Raven’s could be migrating south.  You’d already know the answer to that.  Not I, admitted city chick on a farm, I always have a life size lesson to learn in short order.  Autumn always brings change; I don’t feel ready to lose my Raven friends just yet.  Thank God as I understand it now, they may not migrate south; I wasn’t ready to lose more “family”. 

Sometimes, I’m just a little slow.  I could see that these two big black birds were larger than crows.  Because I have an original fear of birds (perhaps another blog session) and have overcome it for the most part (perhaps part 2 of the prior said blog session that could emerge), birds will forever be an anomaly.  As a result, they show up.  My mother LOVED birds.  I have learned through time to love, adore and admire birds.  This was not my first choice.  As an acquired taste, it has become a ridiculously fun hobby – I’m addicted like a convert. 

These alleged large crows late last winter were rather loud.  And, who do you call and complain about this particular type of rowdy neighbor?  I started suspecting they weren’t crows and they were so to themselves being industrious on the other side of the pasture.  They’d fly over me with this almost little rattling flute sound – that’s when I suspected late fall, early winter that they were not crows, they were in fact Ravens.

Well, bird lover or not, Ravens have been a totem for me.  Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest (and living everywhere but here until recently), I am well aware of the Raven mythology of basically jumpstarting civilization by stealing the “light”.  One could say – Ravens are EnLIGHTENING.   Ted Andrews suggests: expect magic with them around in his famous book Animal Speak.  I have a Tlingit Tribe Raven carving right above the picture window facing their (my raven friend’s nest). 

There is that oodaling sound they make that sets them apart from anything else.   If swiftness had a sound attached, the Raven wing motion would be just that – up close there is almost like a little soundtrack that embodies their flight.   Seven flying over at once is quite impressive as though someone were cutting through a swath of fabric.  These were not crows.  And because this particular family is so ‘colorful’ with personality and quibbling, who couldn’t notice? 

I noticed things like chicken wings in the horses water troughs……..partial loaves of French bread on my mounting block in the round pen…………..on occasion as I led horses across the pasture for turn out, I noticed broken eggs.  These Ravens actually would taunt my dogs, and they would fly low to get the dogs close, barking emphatically, and then the Ravens would whip up into the sky. 

With all the loudness, I assumed two things, either:  1. others were raiding the nests and that’s why I was finding shells in the pasture, or 2. there was some bizarre sexual nest take over like these Ravens were channeling a ‘70’s swinger film like “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”!  I mean this was so LOUD.  Really, what else could it be?

Admittedly, I had feelings (maybe even judgment) about the nest takeover by predators and/or the idea that this was a group of Raven swingers.   At that point, I had no idea that Ravens are lifelong partners; I just suspected that this was somehow the survival of the fittest.

I also didn’t realize how FAST a newborn is a fledgling.  Additionally – I didn’t know how long they hang on to the original family, how long they live and how family oriented they are. 

My biggest discovery was how WRONG I was on my suspicion and it was nothing more than a suspicion at that point.  As a result of minimal research, I discovered both of my ideas were just that – crazy ideas.   Baby Ravens, fledglings are huge rather quickly…….so some of the screaming and the wild nest antics were simply some fledglings thinking they needed to start out on a flying spree and some parents cawing “You’re not old enough” with the staccato cadence of a strict Raven parent.  On my end of the pasture, this all sounded like mayhem.

Flight school began whether the parents, me, the dogs, the horses or the kittens were ready for it….it was a loud daily raucous experience.  The first few weeks of flight school may be a little like living next door to a family with kids that are in a rock band or something – it is no small thing.

And then the visual……breathtaking and dramatic – believe it or not, I sat on the edge of your seat or the porch.  Imagine the nest is very high up in a very tall tree.  And my vantage point is from on top of a hill that is proportionate in height to view this as if I’m part of command center in flight school.  The scary part is I’m really not – so we hold our breath from branch to branch.

Mom (or Dad) takes the first graceful flight from one branch across the pasture to another branch and lands.  The branch rises up and down based on the weight and velocity of the landing, the Mom elegantly turns around and screams “okay now – you can do it”.  So Fledgling #1 jumps off and scrambles, and SCREAMS the whole time.  The wing motion is not in rhythm (like I can judge from the porch) and is a little chaotic and I want to say – “quit screaming and keep your eye on the ball/branch” but this screaming fledgling unbalanced frantic Raven makes it across to a branch about 15 feet below mom and continues screaming for the next 5 minutes. 

Because of all of the (e)motion, the branch continues to bounce which unsettles the fledgling even more.  Of course I’m about to sedate myself and we have 6 more fledglings to go.  The 6 screaming fledglings from the nest don’t seem quite convinced at this point any of this is a good idea.  So they all continue just to scream to their long lost sibling across the pasture on the bouncing branch.  I mean now, how does anyone get home?  

At long last, another screaming fledgling jumps off and it is very reminiscent of the first.  Now we have two screaming fledglings on my end of the pasture, branches a bouncing up and down.  I haven’t translated enough screaming Raven fledgling enough to know yet whether they thought that was the coolest or the dumbest thing on the planet but we all know performance nerves and fear can have the same drive through the system.   Either way it’s loud. 

 Eventually, and dramatically, they all get to my end of the pasture and back again.  This goes on for days – louder than ever.  In the early stages of Raven flight school, the usual antics stopped, they were not baiting my dogs, they were not leaving French bread in the round pen and they were not cleaning Kentucky Fried chicken legs off in my horse’s water troughs.  They were very concentrated on getting each fledgling from one end of the pasture and back again.  This could take all day.

At some point, we worked solely on Left turns.  It was remarkable.  That lasted a few days and then we worked on Right turns.  The tone of Raven screaming was more like, this is fun, you can do it – more encouraging vs. panic.   Sometimes the takeoff was rocky.  Another fascinating moment – or many moments would be when they hit an unexpected air pocket – it would rock their world and they really had to figure out their rhythm and balance as if it was cheating to hit the airstream! 

Now when I watch any bird fly, I watch for cadence, tempo, and rhythm in the same way I watch a performance horse.  I can see with in a moment of watching the wings come up and down as to whether it is a teenager or a seasoned professional.  I watch it like seeing a young hip looking teenager navigate with high heels on for their first prom.  I watch it like seeing a young acne ridden athlete try to come off as cool.  I secretly note that one day this will be spectacular flyer and am so grateful to be in on this little secret.  The secret being: not all flight for all birds is the same.

Months later as this family of 7 Ravens continues to fly, play and live together, it is amazing to me to watch them all go back to the nest daily.  They are all sophisticated; I couldn’t tell the parents from the kids at this point.  It is indeed a family.

One thing I adore about Ravens is I am clearly adopted into this family.  When I come out of my house in the morning, most days one if not many of them greet me.  They love to play games with me now like “oh you have a camera – we’ll hide in the trees for days” when normally they are showing off all day long.

One of the most amazing stories is when the kitties (who are just over a year now) first started going outside, the fledglings were still fledglings.  I was mindful as to whether or not the Ravens would be predators to my darlings.  We (the parents and I) each had a lot to protect. 

Even though a Raven is still in the songbird category and not a raptor, I knew that they preyed on small mammals if need be.  Again, unaware of how “family” oriented they were, I was and remain careful.  Even though my kitties are 1 year plus now, I have eagles, hawks, coyotes, cougars and bobcats to worry about.  I’m not thinking the bears are a threat……

I have always heard about the spectacular aerial performances of mating Ravens.  I had never witnessed it.  One day however, I heard more than usual crazy cawing.  The kittens were out and I on phone sessions with clients – it was a nice day, so I was mainly on the deck but I had stepped inside for a moment.

When I came out, my kitties had run to the deck like they hit home base.  I watched as not many feet away, there was an aerial demonstration by 4 of the Ravens as they shooed off a hawk in a demonstrative and dramatic way.  I realized we are one big family across the pasture.  The horses are in the middle, the dogs are fun to tease, I am their friend and they too protect the cats.  That’s when I fell in love.  

So the idea of migration was starting to really hit me.  I know they would come back to this nest, but, I’m really hooked on them now.  I want to see their fledglings and their fledgling’s fledglings’ and so on and so on like a Clairol commercial.  

One last little image here, I thought they knew my car but I had a moment that proved me right.  It is approximately three miles of paved and unpaved roads to get to my place.  When the Ravens were about 3 months old, I was half way to town and I had a 7 Raven salute escort all the way to town. 

I learned two things that day:  1. they do know my car and the bonus is – they had fun doing that. 2. the French bread probably did come from the grocery store!

 Everyone should be adopted by a family of Ravens – and get to watch flight school!! 

Blessings, Joan

Joan Ranquet

Animal Communicator, Author, Speaker & Founder of Communication with all Life University

www.joanranquet.com

Lukas the world’s smartest horse and other not so random books in Joan’s book club!

Karen and Lukas playing

I am starting a little book club of my favorite books. Primarily these will be animal/healing books – we’ll see how this goes!!  We will start with “Playing with Lukas” since Karen Murdock – the writer, owner and trainer of Lukas (the world’s smartest horse) will be on my radio show next week – April 7th

Meanwhile, you can watch many videos and just read my little review below:

YouTube – 2009 Part 4 of 7 Lukas THE WORLD’S SMARTEST HORSE, Blind Fold / Squeeze/ Catching/ Hoops.  

I just finished reading: “Playing with Lukas”, Karen Murdock’s wonderful journey with Lukas – the world’s smartest horse.  Like many of us that have gone down this path of working with animals and helping to teach their kindness, intelligence and value, we didn’t always have the easiest time with people.  Karen’s beginnings are in sharp contrast to the outcome.  Her life now is surrounded by peace and love – the love and support of her family with her biggest fan, teacher and student – Lukas.   The devotion and connection of the animals was a true commitment from the start as she illustrates in her story.

This book is not just for horse lovers.  Karen has a very simple way of using soft sounds, ease, consistency, voice and intention to connect with your animals and create a joyful training process.  Do not be fooled by the simplicity of the training method, she is able to accomplish very technical and intricate things with her partner Lukas.

This is an especially important book for anyone that has a “challenge” animal – one that the rest of the world would toss away for various reasons and yet you see the divine intelligence and love – these techniques could literally save your animal friend’s life! Lukas has earned his title ~ the world’s smartest horse and imagine, he got the title  just from playing with a human! Now there’s a life lesson for us humans.

Karen is going on to work more with mainstream science to make sure that the extreme intelligence of the horse is documented – it’s very exciting for all of us that know how brilliant animals are.  Her book can be found at Lulu (www.lulu.com) as an e-book or a print version and will soon be released at Amazon.  For more information on them:  www.playingwithlukas.com.

Blessings,  

Joan Ranquet

Animal Communicator, Author, Speaker, Founder of Communication with all Life University

www.joanranquet.com

Host of Pet Talk Live at 4:00 pm pst on www.contacttalkradio.com

To hear past shows go to: www.feedburner.joanranquet.com – you can listen to last week’s Dr. Steven Farmer and the week before the graduates from the University and much, much more!  Kitten readings by famous human psychics/astrologers/angel practitioners and of course Rescue of the week! 

Don’t forget – next weekend: Beginning and Advanced Animal Communication workshop in Carnation, Wa – www.joanranquet.com/events.

 

Communication with All Life University Graduation, Dr. Steven Farmer and other random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

Big fun was had by all!

Barely a week ago was the graduation dinner for the first year of Communication with all Life University. It was quite a year.  We spent the last 3 days of it working from early until late. Our finals were at Little Bit Therapeutic riding center. There, my students talked to a couple of horses in the program and dogs that the staff brought from home.  It was an awesome day. Bittersweet – Awesome for them.  For me? Also amazing – and I have to let them blossom on their own – time to let go – how spring like!!!!

In the time that they were here, we reviewed the last year in terms of each of the student’s accomplishments as well as how they utilized their electives (of body work or energy work).  We examined how to set up and market their Animal Communicator practice/business.  Of course, that blueprint has been in place for some time through the various assignments.  We had intuitive moments and business building as well as structure creating and brainstorming on how to build the day/week/career they want.  Many stayed on for Animal Alchemy – the others flew out that had taken it last year – what a 10 day period!

The growth and commitment of everyone has been astounding.  I’m so moved.  I am amazed at how much these people wanted to stretch and how far they came by being willing.  We have had so many laughs and plenty of tears.  

Our excursions have always been fun (I love a good field trip whether we are at the Seattle campus or the Orlando campus!)  Our field trips have been as wide-ranging as Snoqualmie Falls to a Trapeze Act during dinner to an Orb tour to the Pike Place Market Ghost tour to a Magic show in Orlando, Fairy hikes, trail rides outside of Orlando, the cow milking package to the Space Needle.  Not to mention, wonderful dinners!  Hopefully next Orlando trip is an airboat ride and next October here is a sea plane over the city.

Aside from the use of the electives, they all expressed something they learned and tried from the various Animal Education Teleseminars.  Or what they gained (or didn’t) from the various assignments.

They have raised the bar for me in terms of what to expect from students. For the most part when I said jump – they didn’t question, they telepathically asked “how high”?  And then they elegantly followed through.  I couldn’t have asked for a better, more diverse and wonderful group.   Oh did I drive them crazy sometimes!

I also have great help from Shannon the Lead Mare and Dean of Students.  Additionally, the dorm couldn’t have been a wackier place at TYD Farm (Thank you Virginia).  And thank you Geri for your serene dorm in Geneva, Fl.

Thank you Shannon, Pam, Diane, Sarah and Veronica for making me become a better teacher!

Listen to the grads on Pet Talk Live with me yesterday (March 24th 2010): http://feeds.feedburner.com/joanranquet.  They did great kitten readings! Always, the kittens can be found on www.youtube.com/joanranquet.

If you are interested in upcoming events ( Animal Communication April 9, 10th & 11th) check out: www.joanranquet.com/events. And of course for readings: www.joanranquet.com/readings.  Fabulous dog/cat/horse/soil/alpaca/car products: www.dynamitemarketing.com/joanranquet.com.

And of course my new RADIO SHOW – PET TALK LIVE! Tomorrow is Dr. Steven Farmer – woohoo!!!   March 31st 2010  Have you ever wondered about your Power Animals and what it all means? Do you know who your Animal Spirit Guides are? Are you finding Earth’s magic in the everyday realm? If these are questions in your stratosphere, you may want to join me when I interview Dr. Steven Farmer – Author of “Earth Magic” and much more.  We will have the usual readings for my personal kittens, the Rescue of the week and I’m happy to do readings for you on this very special show. Even better – talk to Dr. Steven Farmer!   

Blessings, Joan

p.s. are we friends on Facebook? Do we follow each other on Twitter? 

The Literary Word – Book Reviews: Communication With All Life: Revelations of an Animal Communicator by Joan Ranquet

The Literary Word – Book Reviews: Communication With All Life: Revelations of an Animal Communicator by Joan Ranquet. This is a nice review of my book – it’s nice after all this time to find people still out there reading it and sharing their thoughts. Most importantly, she is using it – as in she actually isn’t using the word ‘rescue’ anymore, rather adopted!  Thank you Charlene for the nice review!

I’m still in Denver, one more event to go at the Shining Lotus to benefit tomorrow night to benefit the Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital.

The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in Denver has been great.  I enjoyed the groups each day of my lectures and loved reconnecting with many old clients and friends. I obviously need to keep coming back!  I got to see Temple Grandin speak and can’t wait to dive into her newest book (and yes I have a signed copy!)

Join me Wed. on my radio show: Pet Talk Live on www.contacttalkradio.com and of course for my spring workshops – Animal Alchemy and Animal Communication – go to: www.joanranquet.com/events.

My Newsletter and other random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

Here is my newsletter with a great Animal Communication story by Kim Haroche, a story about names, the “What’s in a name” contest with some groovy prizes and of course my upcoming dates (Montana, Sonoma, local, Florida) and much much more:

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs040/1101924584205/archive/1102913747679.html

Please enjoy and join me on this fun journey with some of the benefits planned to help rescues and shelters raise money!!

Happy New Year, Joan

www.joanranquet.com

I’m a little awkward with links and social networking –

oh dear an injured deer and other not so random thoughts of an Animal Communicator

Last night on my way to the grocery store after three miles of dirt roads to get to town, I saw a little deer on the side of the road – it wanted me to spot him/her.  He was injured.  On a horse, the spot would be the stifle – and therefore the hoof wasn’t working yet there was a great amount of bend on the stifle itself.  I stopped.  This was not a frightened deer.

While I couldn’t say if I had sat there for very long that the deer would have eaten out of my hand, I will say – this deer wasn’t intimidated by me.  It wanted me to see him.  I heard gun shots all day I couldn’t help but to think that it was a gunshot wound and of course I made up that it lost its mother to a hunter.

The wound wasn’t fresh, it wasn’t even oozing.   Swollen, yes.  And this little deer was definitely negotiating the hind leg like it had figured this out.  I stopped; felt awful made a few phone calls and carried on with my grocery store mission.

When I came home, I called Paws.org only to discover that they won’t be open until the a.m. I contacted other groups and learned a lot.

I thought to myself, I have an empty stall, I could rehab.  However, this deer is two miles away.  How would I get this adolescent deer into a horse trailer if I could talk a friend into helping me?

I kept calling, only to discover lots about deer.  I really thought about the deer video I posted a week and a half ago – a deer as a pet. I thought heck – I’m already octomom of horses, dogs, cats, what a deer is going to break me? Not.

The truth is my better instinct kicked in.  I watched the deer, he had little safe spots.  Someone (can’t remember whether it was Sarvey Wildlife Center or the Second Chance Wildlife Care Center in Arlington, or possibly even another  group) thought that because I got out of the car and so close to the deer, perhaps it already had been fed by humans.

I also thought to myself at some point, live and let live – definitely do not chase – 6:00 pm Sunday night in Carnation is not high traffic, yet, I would hate to be trying to do something and drive the deer into traffic. 

No matter how painful it is, nature has a way of correcting itself.  As sweet as this deer was, the doe eyes – yet youthful, those crazy radar ears, the sweetness of the being, this deer has its own trajectory, contract, outcome that I have nothing to do with.  Today I made an impact the size of one breath saying I’d love to help you and I could feel it acknowledge my intent by not running off.

However, and this is why I write this, I learned tonight by wildlife experts there is actually a disease – I believe called White Muscle disease that occurs for injured deer. You see a deer that has no experience with humans that is beyond the spotted stage (this deer was beyond the spotted stage – probably between 4-7 months) will not imprint to humans for help.

So baby still with spots orphan deer can do well in our environment and be fine to return to the wild after a few bottles.  Any other deer can go into fight or flight and never come out of that state.  They will fight and fight – even if I had a horse trailer with me – I would have sparked perhaps the onset of a disease.   Once they are no longer in this fight state – it still triggers this disease.  This bizarre disease or condition is called:  ‘white muscle’ (or something like that) disease and it makes the muscles break down and eat themselves from staying in flight mode for too long.

As long as it is exposed to the condition that created the flight or fight status, it will not come out of that state.

I’m glad my instinct had me observe from a far this particular deer’s activity as I watched it go into a pasture through the opening in a fence.  This was not new, it was familiar.  I know where this deer is even now, not far from what it obviously perceives as a safe spot.

My guess is based on horse knowledge is that something in the hoof is not working based on the puncture (bullet) wound to the stifle area. The woman on the phone at Sarvey said we can only hope that area is a safe spot for that deer and that it will heal itself. A tendon or ligament injury like that takes time and we’ll see how kind this winter is.

I will say this about that deer, it is very smart and intuitive. It hid for other cars, but not for me.  It found an exact spot in a barbed wire fence to fit through.  It was eating leaves and grass under the frost every time I got close. And it was not skinny.

We just lost our Animal Control here due to lack of funding – so calling them was not an option.  If the deer were in worse shape – Game and Wildlife would have been the right call.  Because the wound wasn’t fresh, this deer has figured something out –

I had to look up in Ted Andrews Animal Speak – Deer: Gentleness and Innocence – Gentle Luring to New Adventure.

The wound wasn’t brand new and it wasn’t terribly old.  Let’s see that wound heal, the hoof work and that deer carry on.  And by reading this – you’ve been exposed to your own possible gentle admission of your new adventure……….what will that be in this New Year?

Blessings, Joan

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