DEAR PATRONS OF THE GOLDEN CARROT
This will be my last newsletter before the Year 2000 rolls around. In addition, in the
near year, I will provide newsletters only to those who either have e-mail addresses (and provide same to me), or who donate to The Golden Carrot. I am sorry, but the effort and expense of regular
mail are not justified any longer.
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I recently took Red and Josh up to Garner Valley to the home office of
John McConnell DVM of All Creatures Veterinary
for much needed dental work. This cost me a bundle - and let's note that though Dr. McConnell did A LOT OF WORK on them, (these two nut cases were so worked up at having to leave home that we had to use SEVERAL shots of tranquilizer to do the needed work) and working on a Sunday, Dr. McConnell still gave me a DISCOUNT.
The difficulties I've encountered finding veterinarians who will come to the Golden Carrot is
a little astonishing. I even contacted Dr. Lisa Pierson, who was my vet when I lived in the Palos Verdes area. She was willing to come out, but due
to the fact that she would have to be so far from her own practice for probably 2 full days, the cost was prohibitive and we held her kind offer in mind while we tried to find a more reasonable
alternative. It looks like we’ll be working with Dr. McConnell, but we should all give Dr. Pierson credit for her willingness to help.
You may wonder why I don't use a vet who is closer, from Temecula or
Murrietta, only 1 hour away. Well, my efforts to do that have met with the invariable and uncompromising response "We don't go to Aguanga". This is supposedly a bad area, with lots
of deadbeats, and I believe the vets who came here encountered lost time, and effort, and bad checks. I don't really forgive them, though - I'm not a deadbeat and hate to be judged by the behavior
of others. I offered Dr. Moore and Dr. Wood, and my feed store, and my farrier as references - but it made no difference. They don't come to the Aguanga area. OK. Thank god for Dr. McConnell.
Both Dr. Moore and Dr. Wood travel in excess of 50 miles one way for me - but both are chiropractic specialists, and busier than one armed paperhangers in a windstorm. In addition, both do a lot of work in Northern California and Dr. Wood does a lot of work in Arizona, so they are not really available, or available for our needs. Thank god for Dr. McConnell.
DONATIONS - or LACK THEREOF
I am disappointed to report that the tax deductible status
of donations has made little, if any, difference in the donations made to the Golden Carrot for this year. Total donations to date are $1,780.00. It is a shocking statistic to me thatMORE THAN HALF of that money comes from TWO individuals - and one of those DOES NOT have a horse at the Golden Carrot. At last count, I
had 47 entries on my mailing list who either have a horse at the Golden Carrot, or who have expressed encouragement and an interest in donating. If each of those potential donors had sent only $5 per month ($120 per year), the feed bill would have been covered for all horses for FIVE MONTHS.
Now, that doesn't take into account the other 7 months. It doesn't cover any farrier expense, or veterinary expense, or cost of lumber and other materials for stall and paddock repair, or fly masks and spray. It doesn't begin to consider the labor donated by myself, and Mike Roth. It would just cover the feed for 5 months. But it would be considerably more than twice what has been donated this year.
Does $5 per month seem like so much?
It means not buying lunch out one day; or giving up one pack of cigarettes a week;
or only buying 2 drinks instead of 3, or just putting your pocket change in a box every week. And yet, most of the people on my list donate nothing at all.
I am depressed by this lack of interest for a number of reasons. Of course, every penny of the expenses of
these horses is paid out of my pocket. On top of 3 hours of manual labor EACH AND EVERY DAY, just to clean and feed, and whole weekends devoted to obtaining hay, and hours every week on the
Internet trying to advertise the existence and need of the Golden Carrot, knowing that every penny I make will be devoted to these horses is daunting. And I don't dare get sick, or hurt - who will
help them then? In addition, I represented to the IRS that the Golden Carrot was satisfying a publicly perceived need - I told them the public supported me. I only have ONE MORE YEAR of my
provisional tax exempt status left. I cannot even show that the interest has stayed even, let alone grown.
Carol Cooling (Web Site Designer) has worked wonders developing ways to donate that
are effort free, and some ways to donate that don't even cost a donor a penny, all to be accessed on our web site.
I am sorry to report that little, if any, use of these methods has been made.
I am sorry to report that total strangers in Washington DC and Oregon have donated,
and have e-mailed their encouragement to me, but the local people who are directly benefiting are unable to do so.
I am sorry to report that the great majority of monies donated to date this year are
from people who don't have horses - some of them never will have horses - they just believe in me and in the need to provide a safe harbor for deserving animals, and an educational forum for
Perhaps you can tell me what you need from me - what do you want the Golden Carrot
to do - to make donating to it worth your while? Click here to give me some feedback!
Carol Cooling continues to make The Golden Carrot website interesting. At this point,
with about a 1 month hiatus when the counter went down, we have over 420 hits on the site (better than 120 hits per month). On the DONATIONS page, in light of the previous section, we have numerous
ways to donate including OurBigStore.com, Amazon.com and iGive.com - all places to do internet Christmas shopping and benefit the Golden Carrot without cost to you.
I've been advised by some interested individuals that the iGive drugstores are cheaper than many local
drugstores, even when you add in delivery. And with regard to delivery expenses - some people don't shop on line because they think the delivery costs jack up the price too much. I suggest you
check it out and think about it - between the cost of your gas and time and parking, delivery is much much less than you think. Depending on what you’re buying, delivery is a couple of bucks - maybe you
could consider that the cost of donating? The holidays approach. I think you’ll be surprised at the variety of things you can buy on the web - please check it out before you hit the malls, because
maybe there are a few things you can cross off your list, to the benefit of the Golden Carrot.
Some people would like me to have a web site address. Well, folks, it turns out
I can get that name, but it'll cost me $72. Any ideas how I might afford that?
I've been invited to join the Indio Chamber of Commerce. Other than the networking
benefits (and remember all the breeding farms, and polo people in the Indio area), one of the nice things the Chamber will do for me is mail my brochure to 950 people and companies, without cost to
myself. Kinko's will make 1000 brochures for me for $98 (black and white, 2 pictures and text). The cost of joining the Chamber is $97. Any ideas how I might afford that?
OUR LOCATION - we have to move!
Due to misrepresentations made to us by our landlords, it will be impossible for Mike and I
to buy the property we're currently on. Apparently, the house Mike lives in is not only illegal, but it can’t be made legal. What ridiculous laws California has, when in San Pedro people are living on
top of one another, and out here, two homes on 21 acres is not allowed. We are desperately searching for a place to move TGC. Our
lease is up at the end of February, and our attorney is taking steps to pursue our legal remedies against the landlords. Of course, the attorney they hired turns out to be his 'mortal enemy' so
chances of settlement are nil. If we are able to find a place to move - for those of you who can't donate money,would you consider donating time to help us MOVE?
Including those of you with access to horse trailers? Since a move by ourselves alone would require over 10 trips just to move the horses in my 2-horse trailer? And any strong helpers would be great - Mike and I know from experience how many holes will have to be dug with a huge mechanical auger to take down and reassemble the stalls and paddocks. Anyone willing to help, even for a day (I'll feed you) - please let me know, and the minute we have a plan, I'll contact you.
Press here if you are interested in helping The Golden Carrot move location. Just provide your email address and mention that you are interested in helping.
At this pointI'd like to take an opportunity to
thank those individuals who've sent money to TGC. Although this newsletter is full of complaints, the money which has come in is GREATLY appreciated. You all know I took Ladyhawk and Sara on
because I believed I had support - the people who have donated have kept that from being a totally fatal mistake. In addition, I'd like to thank Marde Bauerman - in exchange for a load of manure she’s provided us with another several weeks worth of apples for the horses. Also, Gillian Swarbrick has kindly repaired a number of our horse blankets from last year's damage, as well as donating several sheets and blankets which were "abandoned" by owners at her repair service. What a workman! She even took the effort to match the colors of the patches to the blanket! This is a substantial donation, as those of you who have tried to get blankets repaired will know, and this year is showing signs of a very cold winter. The extra and well-repaired blankets will really be needed.
Finally, although at today's writing this is a little premature, Winnie's Cookies has offered to donate some of their "seconds" and crumbles to TGC - they're supposed to be en-route now after some delivery snafus. Believe me, if no one else does, Domino will be DELIGHTED, as he loves Winnie's!
Lastly, due to school starting again (and soccer season), we haven't had any kids out since the end of
July. That's OK with me though - every single day I had off from work was devoted to the Lyons kids for 2-1/2 months, and I was tired! I also made a second inquiry to the Ronald McDonald Foundation on the status of my application for a grant, and as before, have received no response whatsoever. I would have thought I'd be at least rejected by now - but who knows, maybe no news is good news. Tha’s all the news for now, folks. Please get back to me if you can help with our impending move, and please please please look into internet holiday shopping - it can help the horses and we need it!