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This is just a handful of pictures out of over 1200 that Keith Luke took of the Ride for Hospice 2012.  When viewing the pictures, I almost felt like we had a personal escort, as he took a lot of pictures of Bob, Dawn, and I with the horses.  My Josie became a superstar that day, as she posed for some really great pictures next to the waterhole.   Our girls know when there is a camera around, as you will see in most mine and this gentleman’s pictures, they are always looking at the camera.  “That’s mama’s girls, she taught them right” 

In most of the horse back riding pictures you can spot Bob with his tan shirt and cowboy hat on Velvet, me with white T-shirt and long hair on My Josie, and Dawn with a red hat on Faith.  There are also some assorted pictures mixed in of Kristina Rainer & Christine LaMere and Peggy Sue Weiten at the Giddy Up Saddle Shop stand. 

I tip my hat to the photographer, Keith Luke, from SoundLight Smug Mug for such an outstanding coverage and great photographic moments. 

To see more pictures, please follow the link below

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Yesterday is a day to be remembered.  I can’t remember such a time that I shared so many emotions unveiling themselves, unable to be contained.

First, I want to thank Amber Ray from the bottom of my heart for her support and her desire to reach out and help the animals in need here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.

Amber spent the last 2 months planning and networking a benefit trail ride for the Domino Effect in Umatilla, Florida.  Amber drew in supporters through a local feed store and other places of business that donated items towards the raffle for the benefit.  Amber also made all different kinds of horse cookies for the horses for the day of the trail ride and also set up a table on the side of SR 42 to gain support.  This day was a day like none other, but an eye-opener to how quickly the course of life can change due to a series of events that regretfully, I must say, set the wheels in motion causing a Domino Effect.

We started the day at 7:00 a.m. getting the horses fed and ready for our trip.  As we were getting ready, Dave and Crystal, family from Solid Rock Christian Ministries, arrived at the ranch to babysit the animals for the day.  They brought with them a truckload of bread for the pigs and spent the day teaching the attack rooster some manners, while Silver taught Dave the ropes.

Bob loaded Velvet on the trailer and then moved on to City Boy.  City Boy did not want anything to do with loading on the trailer yesterday morning.  For some unforeseen reason, it was not his turn to go yesterday.  Bob and Dave loaded Velvet, My Josie, Smokey, and then Louie in City Boy’s place.

By this time, it was 11:00 a.m. and the trail ride was to start at 10:00 a.m.  I had called early on to let them know we were running late, but called shortly after we left to no avail.

We traveled 80 miles to Umatilla, Florida, arriving right at 1:00 in the afternoon.  We quickly unloaded horses, brushed, and got them saddled.  I apologized to Amber for running so far behind that morning, as we had unexpected episodes that took place with City Boy’s unruly behavior.

We brought 2 extra horses that morning to accommodate 2 of Amber’s family members who wanted to join us for the ride.  I explained to the girls the quarks that the 2 horses had, so that I could better place each girl on the right horse for their comfort.  Mackenzie chose Smokey, leaving Louie for Natalie.  The saddle did not sit right for Louie and made Natalie feel very uncomfortable, so Natalie chose to sit out for the ride and Amber’s step dad stepped in her place to take Louie out on the trails.

Amber rode Tyee, her boyfriend, James, on Chester, DJ on Misty, Amber’s little brother, Brandon, on April, Amber’s step dad on Louie, Mackenzie on Spirit, Bob on Velvet, and me on My Josie. 

DJ on Misty, Dinelle (me) on My Josie, Mackenzie on Smokey.

Amber’s mother to the left, Shiryl, Brandon on April, Amber on Tyee, and James on Chester.

Me & My Josie.

DJ and Misty

Amber with Tyee and James on Chester.

Amber’s little brother, Brandon, and his horse April.

We had an absolutely great time riding the horses through the trails along the Ocklawaha River.  I felt like a Queen on My Josie, as Josie was running in great strides with the other horses in the green pastures.  It was absolutely beautiful, as the atmosphere was breathtaking. 

Amber was riding Tyee and her step dad was riding Louie.  Louie was a little nervous at the beginning, until he warmed up to his surroundings.  They kind of trailed behind the rest of us, as the rest of the horses frolicked and played in front.  Amber’s brother, Brandon, just 10-years old, kept up with the rest of us with the older mare April.  I was thoroughly impressed how well he handled her, as if he had miles of riding experience under his belt.  Mackenzie also rode like the breeze with Smokey.

We looked down to water on both sides of the trail.  At one point, the guys came to a halt, just in time to see an alligator before it disappeared underneath the blanketed waters.  A few yards down, we turned to the straightway towards the trails end.  Right at the edge of the path sat a water moccasin curled up waiting to strike.  We quickly got out of harm’s way to then hear crackling off in the distance.  As we looked across the water and into the woods, there stood a black bear parting the bamboo as he was making his trail.  Velvet says “Bear, BEAR, I saw a BEAR…..Time to go!!!  She and the other horses high-tailed it down the trail and through the woods.  It was a beautiful sight to see 8 horses running through the woods to the great big open pastures.  We rounded the trails back to the starting point.  I think the horses were just getting started, as they continued to run and play enjoying each other and the beautiful day. 

We removed their tack and loaded our horses back in the trailer to head home.  We joined Amber across the way, where they had their benefit table set up and their horses parked off to the side.  Amber walked with me over to the little country store and café to grab Bob and I something cold to drink for the ride.  There we met up with Natalie and more of Amber’s friends and family who were waiting for her arrival.

We were so very blessed to meet Amber and her family.  After spending some time with them after the ride, it was time to say our good-byes, as dusk was coming quickly and they still had 4 horses to ride back to their home a few miles away.

Amber teased her little brother about someone else jumping at the opportunity to ride his horse, April, so he raced to jump in the saddle.  DJ rode Misty and Amber’s boyfriend, James, rode Chester.  Natalie chose to ride Tyee, leaving Amber to ride with her mom home in the car.  Amber’s mom Sheryl walked with the horses across the busy, 2-lane highway to be sure they got across safely.  We waved goodbye and turned to watch them leave with the horses until they were completely out of sight. 

We went on about our way arriving safely back at the ranch.  It wasn’t until after I got on Facebook that a FB friend sent me a message apologizing for not being able to join us that day because of her own horsey escapades that slowed her morning down as well. 

She did take her girls out there riding that day anyway and may have been out there at the same time as us.  She asked me if anyone had left on horseback that day and I told her about Brandon, Natalie, DJ, and James leaving together on horseback.

She told me there had been an incident that a young lady had been hit by a truck while on horseback, leaving the horse dead and the young lady being rushed to the hospital.  Later she sent me a link confirming this accident. 

http://www.ocala.com/article/20121110/ARTICLES/121119980/1455?Title=Horse-and-rider-struck-by-car&tc=ar

As I found out some details beforehand through networking, we knew indeed this was Amber’s niece who was riding horseback on Tyee. 

I spoke to Sheryl, Amber’s mom, today to find out what happened and to see how Natalie was doing.  Sheryl told me the story of the events that had taken place and to the best of my memory, here it goes:

She told me that all 4 left on horseback to bring the horses back to their home, just as we had left them.  The horses had gotten some distance ahead of Amber’s little brother, Brandon, and his horse April, as April is an older gal and she was tired from the ride.  DJ and his horse, Misty, went back to catch up with Brandon and his horse April while James and Natalie stayed behind to wait.  The 2 horses, Chester and Tyee, that James and Natalie were on, were getting impatient and were ready to cross over the road.  James and Chester went on to the other side and Tyee stopped in the middle of the road, as if he did not want to cross and wanted to wait for Misty.  They saw a truck coming off in the distance about a mile off.  Natalie could not get Tyee to move.  James went to Natalie’s rescue.  He realized the truck was approaching so fast, never slowing an inch.  It happened so fast, suddenly were out of time, when the truck struck Tyee sending both Tyee and Natalie airborne, Natalie taking a nosedive into the dirt across the road and sending Tyee into the traffic oncoming traffic.  After 2 blows, Tyee died almost immediately after impact.  Natalie was rushed to the Orlando Regional where she received immediate care. 

The distance was measured today, guessing that the truck was seen 1-mile off in the distance before striking Natalie and Tyee.  It seems the driver should have had plenty of time to stop, but claims to have never seen the horse in the middle of the highway.  It is thought that there may have been a substance that impaired his judgement, but this is to be investigated.

I was speechless to hear the news with no other response, but to send out a prayer chain.  Facebook lit up, as they joined us last night in prayer for Natalie.

I spoke with Amber’s mom, Sheryl, this afternoon to find out how Natalie is doing this evening.  She underwent surgery for her collarbone to receive plates and screws to repair the damage, this being her most serious injury.  She endured bumps and bruises, broke her nose, cut her lip, and suffered a concussion.  They thought the concussion to be serious and as the night progressed the swelling dissipated.  They did x-rays and lots of testing.  She will be seeing a neurosurgeon in the morning to check on some possible bone fragments to be sure it is of no danger to her. 

Her grandmother said that family members joined her at her bedside to give their support last night.  She said that Natalie was making jokes and cutting up with the doctors and nurses.  She seemed to be in good spirits and progressing in a positive direction through this tragic incident. 

When she asked about Tyee, she was told that Tyee did not make it, and she became very upset.  The nurse assured Natalie that had it not been for Tyee taking the brunt of the impact, Natalie may not have made it out alive.  Tyee was a sacrifice that saved Natalie’s life.  Surely if the driver did not see a horse in the middle of the road, he certainly wouldn’t have seen Natalie standing alone. 

*NOTE* The picture below is Amber (the owner of the horse) and Tyee right before we went out on the trails.  It wasn’t until they went home that Natalie rode Tyee.

*NOTE* The picture above is Amber (the owner of the horse) and Tyee right before we went out on the trails.  It wasn’t until they went home that Natalie rode Tyee.

As I scanned the article of Natalie’s accident, I saw a negative spirit that my heart could not comprehend.  Comment after comment about whose fault it was, everyone playing the blame game.

This brings me back to a familiar metaphor.  In the movie “Patch Adams” there is a gentleman who admitted himself to the mental hospital after he had learned more than his mind could conceive.  He said “How many fingers do you see”  Patch Adams replied “I see 4 fingers”  The scientist exclaimed, “no, don’t you see, you must look beyond the fingers”  Patch Adams gazed beyond the fingers, as 4 fingers then became 8. 

I bring this metaphor to light for a reason.  As we all tend to focus in on the “4 fingers” the problem at hand, whose to blame, who did what, how and why did it happen, we must look beyond the four fingers (look beyond the problem) to the unseen miracle right before our very eyes.  This was a very unfortunate, horrific accident that took the life of a very beautiful, innocent horse and injured a 17-year-old young lady.  Even as horrifying, as this may seem, this very special horse, Tyee, spared the life of this young lady.  God took one of his angel’s home and spared this young lady from what could’ve been a fatal accident.  It’s by God’s hands that Natalie is here tonight.  I truly believe her life was spared for a purpose, His purpose and His glory.  I do not believe in a coincidence and I believe that nothing happens without a purpose.  I don’t always like what I see, but sometimes I must look beyond to the unseen.  Some of us refer to this as a higher power or angels from above.  I simply like to refer to this as the Almighty God who controls the whole world in the palm of His loving hands. 

I want to thank everyone for keeping Natalie in your prayers.  I want to thank you, Natalie, for joining my FB today.  You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and I pray that God heals you 110% both physically and mentally without blemish.

Romans 8:28  “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them”

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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Solid Rock/Domino Effect Outreach ~ Showing God’s Love

Saturday was our first big outreach with Solid Rock Christian Ministries offering “FREE, Wholesome, Family Fun. 

We set up in the great big open field next door to Hardees here in North Weeki Wachee.  We had a great support group from Solid Rock in St. Petersburg that came to give us a helping hand and be a part of the “Domino Effect”

We had 150+ people come out to visit us Saturday from the wee ones up to the elderly. 

One, 80-year-old gentleman stopped in to take City Boy for a ride. 

We gave many children rides on Velvet, My Josie, and City Boy.  Goldie got the run of the field as she took the youngins’ for a spin.  The kids went on golf cart rides and even human cart rides, as Pastor Rita is in training to take Goldie’s place pulling the cart, LOL.

We met a lot of great people who live local and would love to join in the fun in the near future back here at the ranch.  The Solid Rock evangelist team shared the Word with many, including Sophia the goat, who was feeding on the Word, as she had a mouthful of gospel tracts.

Pastor Bob literally walked out of his shoes, as he blessed Bob with a pair of cowboy boots.  He finished the day out walking around in his navy blue socks.  This man, with no doubt, gives a whole new meaning to “giving the shirt of your back” as Bob truly appreciates this kind gesture and will “walk a mile in his shoes.”

Billy the cowboy felt right at home, as he jumped in the saddle with City Boy. 

Pastor Rita has found a new calling to bless the children, as she is in training to pull the cart. 

Ricardo fit in just beautifully, as he walked with the children and the horses in the roundpen.  The children adored him, as his compassion was radiating. 

Will, Shawn, and Pastor Rita took turns giving the children rides in the golf cart around the field

And kept Bob on his toes, as they sent out SOS’ across the field to come to their rescue. 

David Long came to our rescue with the sound system to entertain us with music for the day.  His daughter also accompanied him to ride the horses and one day soon to join us on the trails. 

Robyn danced in the spirit as she felt led and Disco (Daniel) danced the day away with Sophia the goat.

Crystal and Dave have been such a blessing to our ministry.  They have devoted their time to join us in our mission, both with a love for God and a love for these animals.  Crystal gave the children cart rides with the mini Goldie. 

Dave gave the children rides with Goldie, My Josie, Velvet, and City Boy. 

Crystal’s sister, Jessie, joined us yesterday and spent the whole day with us. 

She jumped right in to give the kids rides as well. 

Jessie has offered to give me a helping hand with the networking here in the future and has already created this web page for us to get started.

http://dominoeffectrescueranch.shutterfly.com/

We also met Crystal and Jessie’s mom, Kay, who came out to give her support in our mission and to share in her daughters’ love and compassion for the horses.

Hubert, a Kentucky boy, fit right in with giving the children rides and taking City Boy for a ride. 

Allison rode City Boy for the first time since being on a horse when she was young. 

Pastor Glenn, Hubert, Crystal, Bob, Jennifer, Jackie, Jamie, Shawn, and Dave also took the horses out for a ride.

Pastor Glenn

Hubert

Crystal

Bob

Jennifer

Shawn

Dave

Jamie

Jackie

Shawn was a great help in setting up, breaking down, and giving the kids rides.  I believe he has fallen in love with City Boy.

Jennifer and her daughter, Autumn, arrived at our house Saturday morning to volunteer for the day.  When she realized we were not there, she wrote us a note to tell us that she had stopped in and left the salt blocks outside the gates.  As they were on their way home from our place, Autumn happened to see us set up with the horses.  They stopped in to see us and spent the whole day with us loving on the horses and having a good time.  Autumn got to ride all of the horses including Goldie with the cart and the golf cart.  Jennifer was a GREAT help, as she jumped right in to hose and cool the horses down, groom them, walk the horses with the children, walk the horses around to graze, and spent some time riding them out in the field as well.

Dave and Jeannie joined us from Dunnellon, Florida to help us set up and be a part of our day.  Adrianna designed the flyers for the event to advertise and pass out in the area.  Robert and Ludmilla welcomed everyone and showed them God’s love.

There were many who joined us from both Solid Rock Church and The New Rock Church to show their support, a big thanks to all.

Francine and Serenity, my two, bestest, volunteers came out to spend the day with us. 

Serenity has been volunteering for us since she was 3, now turning 5.  She has rode every horse and helped bottle feed goats, sheep, squirrels, raccoons, and rabbits.  Serenity has been the poster child for the ranch, as she is a very photogenic young lady.

Luke and Carolyn Glaudel brought the children out to see us and join in on the fun. 

Kendra, a young lady from my FB, finally made it out to see us after 1-1/2 of begging her parents to bring her out.  I was pleased and honored to meet her whole family and thanked them for bringing her up to finally meet us. 

Kendra rode all of the horses and a promised her a date to take her out on the trails with us. 

We met a lot of great people Saturday.  One gentleman, Victor, has experience in breaking and training horses, as well as a farrier by trade.  He has offered his services to help out the rescue. 

We also met a young lady named Ally and her daughter who just moved here in the area from out of state.  She is a vet tech by trade and is interested in being a part of our mission as well and helping out where she can. 

We had quite a few elderly folks who stopped by to meet us, one, 80-years-old, who took City Boy for a ride. 

We had another couple who met us and interested in helping out at the ranch.  They came out to see us first thing Monday morning to sign up for a day at the ranch to give these animals some TLC. 

Jessie also sent a young lady, Michelle, our way that is a student to be a veterinarian.  She and the other students are looking for a place to do intern work with the animals.  We have gladly welcomed these students to come join us and be a part of the Domino Effect.  Michelle also arrived here Monday morning to meet us and start working with the horses.

Pastor Glenn and his wife Rita covered the area meeting and greeting everyone who came to see us and sharing God’s love.  Rita has a passion for people and really takes the time to get to know people and takes notes to follow up.  She fits her position well as a pastor’s wife, as she is great with the children, great with personal relations, and always there to give a helping hand.  Pastor Glenn has been such a blessing to so many and has earned great respect.  His love for God is genuine with great passion for his ministry. 

I have a great respect for Pastor Glenn with his ministry for the recovery program.  The love he has for these people and everyone around him is truly a gift from God.  The love he extends is contagious and spreads like wildfire throughout the ministry.  We are blessed to be a part of such a special family and we too are falling in love with each, individual and just thank God every day for sending us the “church unusual” to join us in our mission and us in theirs.

Saturday was a very prosperous day for God’s glory.  It was so nice to meet new faces here in the community and share these beautiful animals with them and showing God’s love. 

We invite you to join us again in 2 weeks, November 17th, same place, same time.  Bring the family for some FREE, Wholesome, Family Fun!!!

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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IN MEMORY OF STRYDER ~ HOOFBEATS IN HEAVEN

by Domino Effect on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 9:36pm

In all walks of life, we must face the most natural, but heart-wrenching reality of losing a loved one, as God giveth and he taketh away, leaving us with beautiful memories to carry us through our loss.

Stryder was rescued initially by the Magic Beans Village Foundation who is a nonprofit organization in Safety Harbor who are dedicated to providing programs and services for able-bodied and developmentally disabled children and adults.

Due to his arthritis, he could not be used as a special needs horse, therefore, he was moved on to our rescue in hopes to place him in a forever home to live out his days. Stryder came to this rescue underweight after putting a lot of weight on him before his arrival to us.

As Stryder was at the Magic Beans Village for a spell, he won the hearts of many, leaving behind a special young lady, Kacey Prescott, who had a deep love for Stryder and checked up on him weekly, as he was in her thoughts daily.

We had many visitors out to the ranch who met Stryder and got acquainted with him for 8 wonderful weeks. He made many friends and played a special part here at the ranch. He was the largest horse here at the ranch, as he was 17hh. However, due to his gentle disposition and calm demeanor, he was a target for the minis’ mischievous ways, as they thought they were 10-feet tall.

Several weeks back we noticed Stryder’s leg to be quite large in size with intense swelling. We called the vet and was told to ice his leg frequently to see if we could control the swelling.

After the weekend had passed, Stryder’s leg would decrease in size after being soaked, but shortly later increase in size. Bob felt an emergency vet call was necessary to shed light on his condition.

The first young lady came to visit who was fresh out of school. She brought an assistant with her to walk him through the steps of her examination. She was quite alarmed by Stryder’s leg swelling and scheduled a followup visit a few days later to come out anticipating x-rays and possibly an ultrasound to be done on his leg. In the meantime, she set us up with antibiotics and more Bute to control his pain level. We confined him to the stall to give him limited movement on his legs. Bob continued to soak his leg and redress his leg daily until she came back to visit.

On Friday she came out for her scheduled appointment, this time bringing with her another veterinarian with more experience to take a look at Stryder’s leg. At this time, they no longer thought x-rays were necessary and felt that the swelling was due to an abscess in Stryder’s other hoof, causing the leg that he beared the majority of his weight on to swell. They wrapped the hoof with drawing salve to draw out the abscess and wrapped both legs for support. Bob was given instructions on how to care for Stryder while he recovered from this abscess. Stryder was doing quite well and seemed to be improving.

Thursday morning, this past week, we awoke to Stryder lying in his stable refusing to get up. Bob called the vet out for another emergency visit and spent a half-hour getting Stryder back to his feet.

When the veterinarian showed up this time, they walked Stryder around the back yard, to the front, and outside the gates where they did several tests on him to get a more accurate prognosis to his condition.

Stryder’s blood pressure had sky-rocketed to 96 beats, as he was in extreme pain. The vet opted to give Stryder a sedative. She checked Stryder’s pulse and Stryder was still at 74 beats. They did a rectal test and decided that they needed to look further. They checked Stryder’s heart and he was at 63 beats. More pain medicine was given. Then they checked Stryder for acid reflux and still nothing. She checked Stryder’s beat and he was still over 60. At this point, she opened Stryder’s mouth and noticed his gum line was white with a heavy purple line following his teeth. She looked at Bob at this point and said “this horse is toxin.” She stated that his kidneys or something had started shutting down and that was why his legs were swelling due to the toxins going to his legs. At that point, Bob said “what can I do.” The vet said we could take him to the hospital and try surgery costing between 6,000 to 8,000 dollars, but she did not feel as if Stryder would make it to the hospital. Bob stated that Stryder had been living with a certain amount of pain and discomfort due to his arthritis when he came here. Knowing what he had went through these past few weeks and seeing how elevated his pain was now and the pain medicine not touching it, Bob said I have to do what is more humane than anything else for Stryder. Bob chose to let Stryder go and put him out of his suffering. It was an extremely hard decision to make, but one that Bob will stand behind.

Stryder’s passing left us with heartache, as we pushed through the next few days trying to move on. Stryder will not be forgotten, as his gentle spirit will reside here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.

Stryder left behind many who loved and shared many memories with him.

Kacey Prescott shared:  “I’m sorry about styder. I cried for hours last night when my mom told me until I finally fell asleep. I know you tried. Thank you so much. He was loved until god wanted him to be in heaven. I know he’s in a good place.”

Kacey’s last words to Stryder: “The times we had together were unforgettable and I will always remember them. Helping you get from barn to barn and hearing your sweet nicker as I walked down the barn aisle. I won’t ever forget you and that’s a promise I wont ever break”

Jennifer Tresh shared: “I know God sent Stryder for a number of reasons, but the endurance that boy had was amazing….He taught us a lot about never giving up. I know how hard it is. When Stryder colicked, I cried for days….since they thought he would go down then. Seems like he lived long enough to have us all meet, and bring some joy to your place for awhile.

It is obvious that everyone there is surrounded by love. It’s amazing that all the evil in the world couldn’t break down that love….I’m so thankful that Stryder and Trinity found a home there. It is truly God’s work.”

Kimberly Young shared:The first time I came out to volunteer on the ranch, I spent some time walking around with Ashley and kind of introducing myself to the animals, some of them through chain-linked fencing, some of them through chicken wire, and some of them by just simply walking up to them and reaching over the wood fence post and touching their nose. That’s how I met Stryder, the instant I touched him I knew that I was gonna be attached to him heart and soul.

He had such a gentle, calm, spirit, I couldn’t help myself to be so drawn to him. He was so beautiful. I knew I wanted to spend a lot of time with Stryder, I wanted to brush him and bathe him and take him out of the corral & walk with him. I just wanted to love him with an over-abundance of attention.

Unfortunately, I had a family emergency and I had to leave early that day. So I was not able to spend the time with him that I had wanted to.”

The next Saturday I came back for another adoption day/open house and I immediately went to Stryder … He was so shiny, Bob had given him a bath and he had a glow to him that just gave him such a lift on life. His coat was soft and smooth. I was excited. I was telling Stryder how beautiful he was, rubbing his silky coat, and scratching behind his ears.. He was loving the attention. I gave him lots of kisses on his forehead and said to him “My Stryder, I can’t wait to walk with you.” He lifted his head as if he were responding “I know” I gave him a pat on his chest and told him I’d be back later. If I had only known….

In the short time that I got to spend with this magnificent horse, I can honestly say that He left a lasting impression and shares a very special place in my heart. Just like my mom (who passed away from Kidney Failure) I know that he is in a better place, where there is no pain & they are not suffering.

SHE IS HIS ANGEL~ HE IS HER WINGS, together they are running wild and free watching over you and me… RIP Stryder.”

Stryder has left a lasting impression here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch and his memory will carry on. As we cherish each animal who comes to the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch to share their lives with us, we sometimes have to say our good byes not as we had planned, but as life’s direction would take us.

We say good bye for now as his memory we will cherish in our heart forever.

“The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away.” Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Author: 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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It’s Harvest Time

November 1, 2010,  a local church donated a truckload of hay and pumpkins to the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch after a fall festival that they had. 

In return, the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch donated 2,500 pounds of pumpkins to the United Way in NPR where they used the pumpkins to make pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie to help feed the homeless.

Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”(NASB) John 4:35-38  

So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. (NASB) 1 Cor. 3:6-9

Some of us plant seed or share the truth about Jesus. It may include teaching or preaching the Bible. It can be as simple as telling someone how you came to God. Some of us plant or sow seed. Paul is talking about helping a person become a Christian and then continue to grow. He calls Christians “God’s field.” But the one who really does the planting and watering is God because it is the Holy Spirit Who helps us to see our need for Jesus and Who helps us to spiritually grow.

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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MOONLIGHTING

I have this friend who visits me nightly here at my window now for the past 3 weeks. My office overlooks the front part of the property facing the front gates. Below my window is a truck sleeper that sits on top of a job box. Every night for the past 3 weeks I have had a distinct visitor come to see me. At first I thought that it was Timone, our cat.

The sun would go down and Timone would show up in the window playing with the bugs on the window reminding me that it was time for him to come in for the night. I would get up, let Timone in, and continue to do my online Medical Transcription work on the computer. I frequently hear noises, as we are surrounded by 10 inside cats, 4 squirrels, and a conure inside and 17 horses, 4 goats, 4 pigs, a llama, and many roosters outside, so I don’t pay too much mind to specifics.

One evening after letting Timone in, I kept hearing a tap at the window. I thought, well maybe it is Timone and he was back outside again, or maybe I didn’t let him in??? My eyes focused through the decals on the window into the dark black night. In between the design I could see 2, beady eyes peering in at me. Then as it became clearer, I saw her face and her hands outstretched on the window, as if she was pressing her face to the window to see in. I was a bit startled at first, but then recognized that we had a raccoon scavenging around the front looking for yummies and she had just crossed my path. Although, I found it quite odd that this raccoon would be staring in at a human, as if it was mesmerized by my face, rather than grazing the ground for food. This continued night after night.

Each night after 10, I would be on the lookout for noises or shadows on the window, as I awaited a visit from my new friend. Every night, she would come to the window for about 5 minutes at each spell. She would come to the window, place her paws up on the glass, and look into me eye to eye every single time, as if she was trying to make a connection.

Each night the frogs gather on the window, especially after a good hard rain. The light from inside the office shines bright through the window drawing all the flies to the window. I watch as the frogs hop around on the glass window snatching up flies off the window in a split-second’s time. Friday night, the frogs were on the window, as described above, catching their meal for the night, when all of a sudden a black, leathery hand came out of the darkness, snatched up the frog, and stuck it straight into her mouth, chewing quickly, and it was gone. The raccoon was enjoying frog legs for her mealtime.

Last Friday I felt a discernment as if this connection were real. One year ago, this month, we released Rachael, the raccoon, after raising her for 4 months from just a baby.

Bob built Rachael her own cage and she lived inside with us.

She became part of the family.

We grew very attached to Rachael and she with us.

We knew it was time to let go, so we contacted a local wildlife facility here in Brooksville about 15-20 miles away, who had given Rachael to us to raise, and she joined her with 2 other raccoons to acclimate with and be released back to the wild. We heard that everything went well with her release and we kept her memory close and dear to our heart.

After seeing this raccoon for a 2-week period visit me in my window, a light went off that jarred my memory of Rachael. Could it be her, I thought? Could she have found her way home?

I searched the Internet for answers and sure enough I found that raccoons will travel a distance back to the place where they were raised. I grabbed a bag of green grapes and went out in the dark night to call for my new friend, Rachael.

Rachael was running circles around Bob’s back truck tires and each time watching me as she circled. I threw grapes just a few feet in front of me and she came close to retrieve the grapes. She didn’t come close enough to make contact with me, but she wasn’t the least bit scared of me, as I talked to her the whole time she was in my presence. She seemed to be in more distress over the farm noises that she heard around her, than the sound of my voice, which confirmed that the horses were a fairly new sight to her and she was startled by their movement. This tells me that she was not raised outside here in the wild around our property or she would not be startled by her surroundings. The fact that she seemed to be comforted with peering in the window to see a human face and was not startled by my voice, tells me that she was most likely raised by a human. Could this possibly be our Rachael returning back home after 1-year’s time? We may never know the answer to this question, but we can only hope that God has brought Rachael back home to live with us.

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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This is one of my favorite posts that was written just a few days before Bob had to show up in court on February 21, 2011, for a “felony in possession” charge for putting down an out-of-control pig.

Did I mention Bob’s AMAZING, GOD-GIVEN talents.  I want to share with you all the awesome story behind this beautiful boat.  It is amazing how God will answer prayers at just that precise timing when you take that leap of faith and believe in Him, your obedient to his Word, and He will always be there to provide for you, not once, but over and over again.

Bob used to have a sign company in Kentucky until he had open heart surgery at age 29 and then a full blown stroke at age 36.  God has recovered him from the stroke, but he still has residual neuromuscular damage.  Bob had to give up his sign painting at that time, as he had lost his coordination on the right side.

When Bob and I met each other, I was struggling with alcoholism and worked as a bartender. 

We met in 2005 and renewed our faith in God shortly thereafter. 

I wanted to stop drinking, get away from the bar, and have a “real life” like everyone else had, but me.  I went back to school for medical transcription, but needed to get away from bartending in hopes to free myself from the alcohol addiction.

Bob has many God-given talents, sign painting to be one of many.  He quit his job at the time and we hit the pavement to find work through lettering car windshields, storefront windows, and yes even boats.  He realized through painting windshields and windows that not only was the coordination restored on the right side, but he was also able to paint with his left hand, which was not possible for him before.  He took this leap of faith for me, so that I could free myself from bartending and be free of alcohol.

We started CCWC in New Port Richey in 2005.  One Sunday in the spring of 2006, Bob decided to be faithful and tithe our last dollar in the offering plate.  I looked at him like “are you crazy, that was our last $25 bucks.”

He left his phone at home that day and when we arrived at the house there was a message on his phone from a man who wanted Bob to letter his 37′ Mako.  We made an appointment to meet him on the side of the road close to his storage unit where he kept the boat off County Line Rd. in Springhill, Florida.

By that afternoon that $25 dollars turned into a twenty-five hundred dollar deposit with the remaining balance owed with more to come and other jobs that were also given to us by this man.

Bob hand-painted this boat in 2006, and God has brought it back to provide for us once again.

As we are facing the most difficult season in our lives with the unknown territory of what our future might hold, we are brought back to that leap of faith-moment once again.

We have been very confused on our future and what moves to make in order to keep the ranch secure and stable in case Bob must leave for awhile.  We have been in prayer day after day seeking answers on what the right decisions are to do in this matter.

Bob remembered that he had missed a call from this man a few weeks back and it was heavy on his heart to call this man to see if he may need Bob to do some work.  Sure enough, they were planning on having the boat repainted with fiberglass repair in the spring, but were able to meet us in this open-window of opportunity that we have to accomodate us financially now.  This not only will bless the ranch with extra finances, but will supplement our income in the next year to come.

God has delivered me from alcohol and smoking, since 2007, and I graduated with A’s in each one of my college courses.  We since then have opened this ranch in December 2009.  I am living proof that God can and will change your life around if you just place your faith in Him.

Don’t ever underestimate the POWER OF PRAYER.  God always provides a way for his children and answers our prayers as His will is good for us.  If we trust in Him and put our faith in Him, He will prevail.

*NOTES*

Domino Effect

We are down for the countdown less than 4 days till court and a boat that is about ready to set sail.  We have been snowed-in up here in Weeki wachee, which has slowed down the completion of Bob’s project of repainting this boat, in which he initially painted in 2006.  God has blessed us with absolutely beautiful weather this past week, just enough for Bob to complete the boat just 1 day before court.  One side is complete and one more to complete in the next few days.  Thank you God for your precise timing, it is all in FAITH that He comes through for us each and every time!!!

February 21, 2011 at 11:32pm

Domino Effect Be on the lookout for a live preview of Bob’s handywork as you will probably see it in this years Boat Parade at the Chasco.

February 21, 2011 at 11:35pm

Domino Effect BON VOYAGE!!!  The ship set sail and headed back home.

February 25, 2011 at 5:14pm ·

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

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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