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I think I love this story the best because it was narrated from the heart of one of Domino Effect’s adopted families on how blessed they are to have connected with the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch, as they share their positive experiences in taking in 4 of our rescue animals in to be a part of their family.

Hi Bob & Dinelle,

First, I want to thank you for the prayers you sent our way for Trevor’s recovery. They mean the world to us. Trevor has been through so much and his struggle to recover is a battle everyday. I pray every day for God to place people in our path that will help Trevor on his road to recovery and we are very blessed to have met you both and just know that the prayers you send and the words of encouragement are making a huge difference for Trevor.

Now, I want to start at the beginning and explain how our paths crossed…. In August of 2010 I started a search for a horse to adopt or purchase. Trevor and I were living in an apartment in Tampa while he is undergoing outpatient therapy at the James A Haley, VA. We are both outdoor nature loving, horse loving farm type people from Kansas and it was becoming very depressing sitting in our tiny apartment day after day. So I searched for ways to get outside and connect with nature and horses. Trevor had been riding a horse at Quantum Leap Ranch in Odessa, but after his surgeries in April do 2010 he was unable to ride until he underwent his Cranioplasty to replace the bone in his forehead. This led me to the decision to adopt or purchase a horse for us to love and an avenue for us to be outside.

I searched Craigslist for horses and found two ads for horses in Brooksville and an ad for an adoption day located in Weeki Wachee. I firmly believe that a person should always check out animals for adoption first before purchasing so I headed to Weeki Wachee.

There, I met Bob at the gate of his home and his rescue ranch Domino Effect. Bob was very knowledgeable about horses and gave me a tour of all available animals. I was looking for a 16h+ thoroughbred and one horse in particular caught my eye.

Her name is Heaven and she had been tied to a ladies gate and left for dead. Heaven was covered with rain rot, fungus covered her coronets and pasterns and she was at least 350lbs underweight. Her gentle nature and soft brown eyes immediately drew me to her and I knew I had to take her home.

Coming from Kansas where grass and hay pastures are endless I just couldn’t imagine how a person could allow a horse to get to this state. Bob told me that the lady who found Heaven called several rescue facilities including one that continues to harass him and no one would take her because of her poor condition. Bob on the other hand took action and picked her up the same day.

When I inquired about Heaven, he said she wasn’t really ready to be adopted yet because he wanted to rehabilitate her and fatten her up before she was adopted. I left the ranch sad because I really wanted to take her home. On my way back to Tampa I didn’t even go look at the other horses, I instead made a phone call to a gentleman who had a barn with 3 acres to rent. With the information that I had a barn and pasture available to house Heaven I called Bob back and asked him if he would consider adopting Heaven to me. Bob delivered Heaven to us the next day and she has been such a healing blessing to us.

She is the most beautiful, gentle, people loving horse I have ever owned. We still continue with her rehabilitation as she was so emaciated. Heaven is currently in training for dressage and is in my opinion the most beautiful horse at the barn!

Other boarders even confuse her with another chestnut horse at the barn who is in excellent condition and this was a huge compliment to her current condition.

During this time period, Bob remained in contact with me regarding her progress. He wanted to know what she was being fed and how much, what the vet’s thoughts about her future were and Bob always asked about my son as well, because for Bob it’s not just about the animals it’s about their adoptive families too.

When October rolled around, Heaven was gaining weight and looking great and I thought about offering to foster a horse for Bob. It was meant to be because Bob called me the same week and asked if I would foster another emaciated thoroughbred.

Juliette came to us in October of 2010 and she was instantly Heavens best friend.

Here you have these two older mares who have been abused and neglected running through the pasture like they are two again.

Again, the healing and the happiness these two ladies brought to Trevor and me is far more than I could ever do for them.

After some weight gain and several vet calls it has been determined that Juliette has neurological damage and cannot be ridden. I fully understood taking on these mares that I wouldn’t really know what their future would hold but it didn’t matter to me. We Love Juliette and she is so pampered and spoiled.  Recently, we purchased a small ranch in Weeki Wachee and Juliette will be able to roam and be retired without the fear of ever going hungry again.

Trevor and I made many trips to the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch because we liked the caring environment and several times donated (never solicited) feed and horse supplies. A little voice would tell me…. Take some grain to Bob and that’s what we would do.

On one of these trips, we met an Irish Wolfhound named Moses, he instantly fell in love with Trevor and even got in our van and wanted to go home with us. I inquired about him and was told he belonged to Bob and Dinelle.

In November, Bob called inquiring if we would be interested in adopting Moses, come to find out he is more of an inside dog vs. being a farm dog and we jumped at the chance to make him part of our family too.

Moses is currently a member of Canines for Christ, as a therapy/companion dog he accompanies my son everywhere we go and spreads the word of Jesus everywhere he goes.

We love our dog and thank Bob and Dinelle for recognizing the fact that Moses loved us too.

Bob actually has a keen knack for matching people up with just the right horse or animal. It truly is a divine connection!

I remain in contact with Bob and Dinelle almost weekly as they call to check on Trevor and our three adopted animals and I referred a friend of mine Suzanne to them to adopt a Horse for herself.

She adopted a beautiful skinny mare named Beauty and Suzanne has done wonders for this mare.  She was afraid of people and had many issues to unravel. Now she receives massage therapy weekly, regular training rides and excellent care by Suzanne.

 Beauty saddled up to give her first ride.

“Beauty sticking her tongue out”   Dinelle States “Beauty came to us several months back neglected and abandoned.  Now she has a beautiful home with a loving family who is taking great care of her.  She has had her vaccinations done, teeth floated, hooves trimmed, and as you can see here she is getting her mane trimmed.  She is gaining weight and will be back to “Beauty” in no time.  I am so thankful to be able to… see the progress of these animals after they leave our facility and go to their new homes.  It is great to see the wonderful homes these animals are placed in and to see a complete transition take place from past to present.  Thank you Suzaane for taking Beauty in and taking such great care of her and making her feel special.  She looks great!!!

Suzanne States ”Beauty getting her massage on. Boy does she love it too. “

Suzanne says “Don’t I look pretty with my new haircut”

 

Here is beautiful Beauty decked out in her purple atire

Dinelle States: This is Beautiful Beauty below after her transformation was complete.  Suzanne did an EXCELLENT job in rehabilitating Beauty and taking care of her.  Beauty is absolutely stunning.

I don’t ever hesitate to refer these wonderful people to my friends and fellow horse enthusiasts. I feel they have the best interest of the animals at heart and make solid decisions regarding their care and adoptions.

In our family we live by a simple rule of Action… It’s not about what a person has done in there past or what they say, it’s about what they do. Their actions… Prove to me that Bob and Dinelle are kind, loving people with a calling to care for animals and they should be allowed to fulfill this dream without the constant harmful barrage of negativity they endure every day.

Sincerely,

Leslie Cook

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DOMINO EFFECT MEMORIAL DAY CAMPOUT

by Domino Effecton Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 5:05pm ·

The “Domino Effect Memorial Day Campout” was held Memorial Day weekend 2010.  We set up camp in the back, wooded part of the property with a gate to the entrance to the campground area.   Everyone camped out Friday night and we took a trip down Rainbow River Springs in Dunnellon, Florida the following Saturday morning.  It was a good time and we look forward to more families joining us at our next family campout.

Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.
“People Helping Animals Helping People”

Robert & Dinelle Ashcraft.
10370 Snowbird Avenue
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34614
(352) 596-3104

 

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DOMINO EFFECT ROAD TRIP BIRTHDAY PARTY

by Domino Effecton Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 5:28pm ·

Our first road trip birthday party was held in Clearwater, Florida on May 1, 2010.  Bob and I with 2 volunteers hosted a birthday party for a little girl in Clearwater, which was a huge success.  The following animals joined us for the day:

STARRING “The Minis”, Prince, Patrick, and Spirit, Jesse “The rooster”, Hunny Bunny & Baby Bunny, Daffy & Daisy Duck, Noah “Our black and white confirmation”, and our new baby girl, Hannah “Baby goat.”

Our client purchased a baby pool for the ducks and the children played really well with the ducks in the pool.  Noah walked around flirting with the ladies.  Jesse, perched on my head to get a better look at things.  The minis gave rides to all of the children.  It was amazing how all of the animals had perfect manners and behavior while we were there.  God definitely had His hand on them that day, as everyone was at peace.

 Noah with the birthday hat on.

Jessie, the pet rooster.

“Birthday Girl”

Daffy & Daisy.

Spirit

Noah

Noah flirting with the ladies.

Too much excitement, Hannah went to sleep.

 Patrick, the mini.

Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.
“People Helping Animals Helping People”

Robert & Dinelle Ashcraft.
10370 Snowbird Avenue
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34614
(352) 596-3104

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TO HAVE FAITH~IS TO HAVE WINGS!!!

by Domino Effecton Friday, December 10, 2010 at 5:29pm ·

“According to your faith will it be done to you.” Matthew 9:29 NIV

Are you waiting for God to move in a particular situation?

Are you praying the same thing day after day?

Have you become hopeless and discouraged?

If you are passively waiting for God to do something, I can tell you why nothing’s happened. God has done all He is going to do for you! He has placed the ball in your court. He is waiting on you to use your faith to reach out and accept what He has already done.

God’s Word says that Jesus went to the Cross and paid the price for your complete salvation, deliverance and healing. The price has already been paid.

He has already done all He is going to do and it is up to you to accept His free gift of salvation, healing and wholeness in every area of your life.

The only thing standing between you and your deliverance is unbelief and doubt. God says that it will be done to you according to your faith.

Determine today to spend time reviewing and meditating faith scriptures to build up your faith. Then, start to thank Him daily for what He has already done for you. As you think and act in faith, things will surely start to change.

Author:  Jerry Savelle

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On October 15, 2011, we shared the Domino Effect Adoption Day with a very special group of people. Kimberly Young, our volunteer and friend presented with her boyfriend , Matt Gallagher, and the other band members of the Blackwater Jack band who play southern rock here locally in the Tampa Bay area.

The band members, Matt, Jeff, and Sammy came out with their gyrls to join us for brunch and then for a day of riding. 

We started the day with brunch, which was just the ticket to draw us all together for a day of fun.

Francine and her daughter Serenity joined us…

Along with our new friends, Christine & Brandon.

Sammy played a few tunes with his acoustic guitar on the front porch…

And spent some time being a modern day cowboy

While everyone rode the horses and had a great time.

Jeff was a bit nervous at first, as Kimberly walked him around the yard on Faith.

After about 10 minutes into his riding experience he was running with Faith round and round the yard as if he had been riding his whole life.  I was getting a bit concerned that he might just be a “runaway cowboy” riding Faith off into the sunset.

And of course, Sammy turned out to be my “Picture Perfect Cowboy” walking off into the sunset.

Jericha & Sammy brought Charlotte to come stay with us here at the ranch.

She joined us at the CCWC Fall Festival, as she has been trained to walk with a harness and a leash. She and Noah both joined us for the CCWC fall festival, as they walked side by side on a leash and mingled with the children.

We had a full house with lots of FB friends who came to see us…

Christine to give us some riding tips…

Family who brought their kids up to ride….

And lots more fun to carry us through the day.

We finished the night with roasting marshmallows over the fire with our good buddies Max and Noah.

What a great day to remember, not to mention some really great T-shirts given to us from the Blackwater Jack band members. A special thanks for everyone who came out to share great memories with us.

Does life get any better than this?

I have to admit that life has been a great challenge since moving up here and opening up the rescue ranch. But no regrets, no not one, and never a dull moment.

Dinelle Ashcraft

Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.
“People Helping Animals Helping People”

Robert & Dinelle Ashcraft.
10370 Snowbird Avenue
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34614
(352) 596-3104

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JUST A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL WHO

HAVE BEEN A PART OF THE DOMINO EFFECT.

by Domino Effecton Monday, November 7, 2011 at 4:23pm ·

I want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank A LOT OF PEOPLE for coming through for us this past week.

I want to thank Kimberly Young, Robert Young, and Brandi Steffen for helping us last week get a lot of chores caught up on for our BIG DAY last Saturday, we could not have got as much done without you all, thank you.

Bobby & Brandi

Kimberly & Bobby

I want to thank Kimberly Young for supplying sodas, water, bisquits & gravy, bags of chips, macaroni salad, etc. to help out with the food for our BIG DAY. She has also supplied a few bags of feed and cat food for the cats. She has been just a great help to us and always goes that extra mile to help us. I truly appreciate her help.

I want to thank Matt Gallagher for helping Bob with his brakes and supplying the sound system last Saturday. He has been a great support to us and also to Kimberly, as her love is for these animals and he loves to see her fullfilling her passion.

I want to thank Jonalon Rogers & David Wood for donating feed for the horses and cat food to help lighten our load. David made some YUMMY red velvet cupcakes for the weekend event, which went over really big and were gone before they made it back to their home in Thonotosassa.

I want to thank Antioch Feed Depot in Thonotosassa for donating bags of feed for the horses.

Antioch Feed & Farm Supply

12650 Mcintosh Rd

Thonotosassa, FL 33592

813-986-5611

I want to thank Leslie Leslie Aileen Grimes-Cook, her son Trevor, and her husband. Leslie has been fostering Juliet and she adopted her this past week. Her husband also gave a generous donation. Thanks to all of you for taking in these horses in need (and MOses) and giving them a loving home and great care. The pictures you share and Bob takes are just absolutely gorgeous, I am so thankful to have met you all and to be a part of your family.

Heaven & Juliet

I want to thank Larry Koornstra for taking in City boy to join their horse Stormy. The two connected and it was love at first site. We thank you both for joining the foster program and are excited to watch their progress.

I want to thank Camile from Dade City who joined our foster program this past week and took in Thunder to give him a good home. I love the pictures of the endless green pastures. Thank you for joining us for our class this past weekend.

We look forward to seeing great progress with these boys and glad to see other people that care enough to step in and give a helping hand.

I want to thank Jean Hedges for the great lesson she taught Saturday and the one-on-one time she spent with me giving me pointers on how to be more in control. It was very nice to meet her and she has offered her services to call or come out again if we have more questions or would like further instruction. Thanks Jean, this is true support coming from a “true horse person”, THANK YOU.

I want to thank Christine Ann LaMere for setting up the event, advertising for us, and taking the time to come out and teach our volunteers and us the proper way to work with the horses.

I thank both of these ladies for being down to earth, compassionate, and using their knowledge to lovingly teach and instruct us on the proper techniques. They also donated a few bits to properly fit the Tennessee Walkers, instructed us the proper saddles for each horse, and helped us utilize what we had and where we could use it. Thanks for the added extras you donated as well, especially the adult-teen-size helmet. Thanks for helping us be safe as we share the riding experience with the community.

Thank you ladies for being a part of the “Domino Effect” and supporting us with our mission.

I want to thank John E. Killett & Travis Meinecke for volunteering and joining us Saturday. John is one of our board members for the Domino Effect. These two gentleman have supported us from the very begining, as we have known them for quite a few years from CCWC and the community in Pasco. Thanks for joining us and showing your support.

Just got to get them up more often to go riding and have some fun!!!

I want to thank Francine & Serenity for joining us Saturday and as always they are a great help and a lot of fun to have around. Francine is my right-hand woman there to assist me however she can and Serenity is my “poster child” who just loves all the animals and is learning a respect for them at a young age. They make a great team and we enjoy having them here.

I want to thank Ashley for volunteering her time with us and joining us for the class to learn how to be safe while riding. She has taken great big steps towards all new experiences here with the animals. We enjoy having her, even if she doesn’t like her picture taken.

Janice and Jac brought us a gazebo to give us a grand entrance at the front gate for the intake table to sit under. Janice & Jac have been a great help to us with groceries and working around the property to make Bob’s life easier with the animals. Thanks you both for your help and your friendship.

I want to thank Ed Taylor & Sue Taylor for saving their left-overs for Charlotte the potbelly pig and bringing us some groceries. Thank you both for everything you have done to help Bob and I get throughout these tough times. I know that God always provides and places people in our path along the way to help us get through the hard times and give us a helping hand. THANK YOU!!!

Bob & I give you all a BIG THANKS!!!

If I have missed anyone, I do appologize, as I’m pulling this off the top of my head. We truly appreciate everyone’s help and thank you for your support.

Thanks you all for being a part of the “Domino Effect”

Dinelle Ashcraft

Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.
“People Helping Animals Helping People”

Robert & Dinelle Ashcraft.
10370 Snowbird Avenue
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34614
(352) 596-3104

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Juliet Rescued by her Romeo

Juliet came to the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch back on October 11, 2011. 

We picked Juliet up from a lady who had the horses living on an unattended lot, centered in a junk yard setting, with many rusted, broke-down, metal objects within the paddock where Juliet resided, just an accident awaiting to happen in the very hazardous environment she lived in.  She was a very thin, emaciated horse being ridden by small children.  We acted quickly and got Juliet out of there and to safety here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.

Juliet came to us quite a bit malnourished and needed some extra TLC. She stayed with us for the Domino Effect Adoption Day IX and then went to be with her new foster family the following Sunday where she joined Heaven & Moses who were also adopted in by Leslie & Trevor.

Leslie & Trevor adopted Heaven almost 2 months ago.  They have since adopted Moses to be a companion, as well as a working dog for Trevor.  They have now opened their hearts up to fostering Miss Juliet.  This is Heaven meeting Miss Juliet for the first time.

Leslie called us the other morning to give us an update on Juliet and Heaven. The vet came out to see Juliet to do an evaluation on her. She said that she appeared to be way into her 20s, much older than we had anticipated.

Heaven has been steadily gaining her weight and gaining strength since Leslie & Trevor adopted her back in August, 2 months before opening their home to Juliet.  After Juliet’s arrival, Leslie had noticed Heaven starting to run a bit.

Since Juliet has joined Heaven, the two have been frolicking about, running, and playing, never leaving each one’s side.

Leslie said that if one were without the other, the other would whinny calling out to their friend.

Heaven loved playing in the pond every chance she could get.

Heaven led her new friend, Juliet, down to the pond to take her for a swim.  Heaven says “Come on Juliet, let’s go for a swim.”

Juliet says “But I’ll mess up my hairdo and get my coat wet”

Trevor & Leslie just moved from Dover, Florida to here in Weeki Wachee, Florida on Trevor’s Farm.  Both Heaven and Juliet look absolutely stunning and have made a beautiful transformation. 

Today they still run side by side, never leaving each other’s side.

Heaven and Juliet are just two success stories that we have had the privilege to take part in.  This is just one more way we are rewarded for doing God’s work, as we are the willing vessels to place these beautiful souls together and match them with the right families that God brings across our path.

Dinelle Ashcraft

Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.
“People Helping Animals Helping People”

Robert & Dinelle Ashcraft.
10370 Snowbird Avenue
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34614
(352) 596-3104

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