To ALL Mothers Great or Small: We Love and Honor You This Day!

“It is my most sincere hope that no Mother visits this blog, today, but instead is with her family celebrating this day of life and hope.  But should some stray, animal loving mom stray a bit and visit us we would like to dedicate the blog to you and all mothers regardless off number of legs, wings or fins.

Today is yours, we love you all!!!” ~ R.T.


Feel Good Sunday: This Year’s Best Animal Mothers

By Ameena Schelling as published on The Dodo

“Today we celebrate our mom’s and the unchallenged love that they have showered upon us over the years.  But the love of a mother is not a human exclusive trait as portrayed in the article, below.  Happy Mother’s Day to all you special individuals out there, whatever your species, be safe and always know that you are loved back many, many times over.” ~ R.T.


The cow who hid her baby from rescuers

Rescued from life as a dairy cow, Clarabelle had lost countless calves to the cruel hands of the dairy farmer. When she gave birth shortly after being rescued by a farm sanctuary, she hid her newborn calf so she couldn’t be taken away.

Edgar’s Mission

The octopus mom who protected her babies — for 4 years

Like any good mom, this octopus carefully guarded her eggs until they hatched. Only it took them four and a half years to do so, and the mother octopus stayed on her brood the entire time.

Robinson et al.

The mother elephant who spent 11 hours saving her baby

This mother elephant’s baby fell into a well, and she refused to leave. After a night spent frantically trying to save her little calf, some friendly villagers came to the rescue.

YouTube/Caters TV

The quick-thinking dog who saved her puppies from a fire

With a forest fire raging through her home, this mother dog dug a hole to shield her babies from the blaze.

YouTube/24horas

The mother goose who wouldn’t leave her eggs

When someone very cruel set fire to this mother goose’s nest, she refused to abandon her eggs. Her rescuer found her, singed but alive, hunkered down on her nest even as the flames rose around her.

Tim White

This mother squirrel who saved her fallen baby

When this tiny squirrel infant fell from his nest, his mother sprang into action. Lovingly gathering him up in her arms, she carried him right back up where he belonged.

Facebook/Brian McMahon

This touching mother-baby elephant reunion

Mae Yui lost her baby Me-Bai when she was torn away to be sold into Thailand’s tourism industry. Years later Me-Bai was rescued, and her caretakers took her to meet her mother. Mae Yui’s joy at having her long-lost baby returned was overwhelming — simple proof that maternal love is common to us all.

Facebook/Lek Chailert

Watch wild horses for Mom’s Day on CBS Sunday Morning

A Special Mother’s Day Treat from our good friend Carl Mrozek:

Carl Mrozek“Wild horses have incredibly strong family values. See them for yourself tomorrow morning on CBS Sunday Morning in the wild horses that I filmed in Cold Creek Nevada a few years ago. The ‘Moment of Nature’ is the last segmet of the 90 minute program and appears 3-4 mins. from the end of the show, or at around 10:26 AM  E S T in most of the East. ” ~ Carl

Update: link to video ~ http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/nature-cold-creek-nevada/

Happy Mothers Day to All Mothers; Human or Animal, Great or Small

Forward by R.T. Fitch ~president/co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

courtesy of the HorseChannel.com

courtesy of the HorseChannel.com

“Today we get a double dose of goodness for it is not just “Feel Good Sunday” but also riding in at sunup is Mother’s Day; a day where we celebrate the loving and stoic women who not only brought us into the world but had to put up with our own individualized brand of crap through out their lives.  (Interesting way of putting it)

But today we would like to also honor the women who may not have brought a human child into the world but instead love and care for other species just as if they were/are their own.  From horses to dogs to cats and birds, the variety are countless in numbers and species but none the less, there is a female human heart and hands that tend to the critters well being.

And to those ladies we would like to share a few stories about your animal counterparts who tend to the little ones.

Melissa Cronin, associate editor at Dodo, has taken the time to compile and post Mother Stories from a variety of species which we share with you this day.

We will get you started here but then we’ll send you over to Melissa’s page to finish off the views.

Have a happy day, ladies…we love you all more than you realize.

Keep the Faith!” ~ R.T.

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7 Astonishing Animal Mothers who prove that Mother’s Day should not just be reserved for Humans

1. Opossum moms are better than a minivan.

Opossums are known for giving birth to large litters — and this one is no exception. A passerby spotted this momma with a whopping 15 babies clutching her fur. When the babies are younger, they live in their mom’s pouch — and then switch to her back for a ride as they grow up.

2. Polar bears moms sacrifice their lifestyle and freedom.

Polar bear moms are some of the most dedicated ones out there — they gain over 200 pounds and spend 9 months holed up in a tiny den in preparation for birth where Mom goes four to eight months without eating. She gives birth while in den isolation, then when Spring arrives around March, Mom leads her cubs out to the ice to hunt seals. This is the beginning of a two-and-a-half year period where the cubs stick closely by her side.

3. Orangutans’ unbreakable, nurturing bond lasts decades.

If you’ve ever seen a video of a baby orangutan clutching to her mother, you know they are close — sometimes the baby can barely be seen nestled in her mom’s fur. But this bond isn’t just when they are young — as orangutans grow, they learn everything from foraging to nest-building from their mothers. They spend six to seven years with mom, but even after they move out of the nest, female orangutans will often “visit” their mothers until they reach the age of 15 or 16.

Click (HERE) to read the rest of the story and to visit Melissa’s site

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Equine Children Wish Human Mother’s a Very Happy Day

In honor of all the two legged mothers who care and nurture their four legged, hoofed children; may God bless you all!!

Terry and her kids

Wild Horse Mother’s Day

Our Mother’s Day Message comes to you from our very good friend and fellow Wild Horse and Burro Advocate, Ginger Kathrens of the esteemed Cloud Foundation

A New Cloud Colt is Born!

Dear Friends of Cloud, his family, and the Pryor herd;

Every trip to the spectacular Pryor Mountains is full of wonder, but no season holds the promise of discovery more than spring. A handful of new foals have been born and our friend and Pryor wild horse adopter (Cloud’s granddaughter Summer), Patty Hooker, sent us a picture of the latest foal to be born on the mountain, and it is an exciting one to be sure. Feldspar, who Cloud stole from Flint in December of 2010, gave birth to a colt this week, just in time for Mother’s Day! When we last saw Cloud’s family in April, Feldspar looked very pregnant.

This is just the fourth colt Cloud has sired. Of those, only Bolder survives, but he was raised by Shaman. I hope Cloud will be able to raise this little one, and that he will live his life in precious freedom. I can’t wait to see if he roans out. My bet is that he will. What do you think?

This weekend, we honor not only the Pryor mustang mothers, but moms everywhere–four-leggeds as well as two!

Happy Trails!
Ginger

We at SFTHH and Wild Horse Freedom Federation join Ginger and the Cloud Foundation in wishing all mothers, a joyous and wonderful day!!

Photos, below, of other Pryor Mountain moms are courtesy of the Cloud Foundation, Elyse Gardner and Patty Hooker

A Long Horseback Ride in the Battle Against Cancer

By Chris Henry of the Kitsap Sun

Washington Woman Rides Across the US

Tracy Delp and one of her companion mules ~ photo by Meegan Reid

PORT ORCHARD — Lines between species are blurred for Tracy Delp, who’s been talking to animals for almost as long as she can remember.

But not talking so much as listening. Delp, 46, of Port Orchard has made her living as “Nature’s Translator,” communicating to clients the private thoughts of pets living and dead.

On Sunday, Mother’s Day, Delp set off on a 5,000-mile horseback ride across the United States in honor of her own late mother Millie Delp and others — including animals — who have succumbed to the disease, as well as those still fighting it.

“Cancer is cancer,” said Delp. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you are.”

Delp will be accompanied by her riding partner Dan Shanafelt, 23, whom she met some years back while working for a central Cascades outfitting company. Their team includes five horses and a mule. Their route over the next eight months will take them from Ocean Shores on the Pacific Coast, through three major mountain ranges, across 13 states and the District of Columbia, on trails, gravel roads and back highways, to their destination, Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware. There, they’ll dip their toes and hooves in the Atlantic.

While it seems everyone these days is running, walking or cycling somewhere for cancer, Delp thinks she may be the first to attempt a coast-to-coast journey on horseback for the cause.

Her trusty team includes five horses and a mule, to be rotated in and out of the action by a trailer-towing team of family and friends. Along the way, averaging 20 to 25 miles a day, the beasts will consume 480 bales of hay, including a special blend for wilderness areas so they don’t leave behind seeds of invasive plants. Their diet will be supplemented with grain, and two who are used to going “barefoot” will sport special boots instead of horseshoes to protect their feet.

The team will pass through places with names like “The Wilderness of No Return” and “The Wilderness of No Summer.” The longest they’ll be without contact from other humans is 10 days. Should they miss a resupply rendezvous, the lives of all could be in danger.

Delp has been gnawing on the idea of such an adventure ever since her mother passed three years ago. A colon cancer survivor, Millie Delp came down with pancreatic cancer. Then her insurance denied the claim.

“Your feet are kicked out from under you,” said Delp. “You don’t know what to do. You’re fighting time.”

Shanafelt, of Renton, a forestry management student at Oregon State University, also has been touched by cancer, which claimed the lives of both his grandmothers.

Delp, who lost two dogs to cancer, said the purpose of the ride is to raise awareness of the disease in both humans and animals.

“We’re animals,” she said. “If we could find a way to help animals, we could help ourselves.”

Delp has been overwhelmed by the generosity of donors since she started her nonprofit Be-Cause We Care. Besides financial donations large and small, people have given saddles, bridles and other items to make the trip possible. A woman from Sequim even loaned her two Tennessee Walkers, Angus and Andy. The horses’ long stride will make for a smoother ride and potentially better mileage.

Some people along the route have contacted Delp to open their homes, including a Western Washington resident who promises homemade soup the first night of their journey.

Donors who visit the website can select the cause of their choice. Beyond raising money to combat cancer, Delp hopes to make a statement about the power of community. No contribution — a kind word, a positive thought — is too small.

“We’re living in a time where there’s so much focus on what we can’t do, we need to start looking at what we can do,” Delp said. “This is really grass roots. It’s people helping people.

“This is the biggest leap of faith I’ve ever made in my life. You have these moments of ‘Oh, my God, what am I doing?’ I’m walking away from a lot to do this. That’s how strongly I feel about it. I know it’s all going to work out. I can’t explain it.”

Much of Delp’s life has been beyond explanation.

She said she first became aware of her Dr.-Doolittle-like gift at age 4. Delp heard a voice saying, “The dog food is really good.” Only her dog was in the room, no people. She tried the dog food. It was not as tasty as advertised.

As an adult, she honed her ability to communicate with animals, and she now consults on a variety of cases, including misbehavior, lost pets and unexplained ailments. Her skill extends to horses, birds and cats, who, in her experience, are not as complicated or contrary as everyone thinks.

Delp, who teaches workshops, believes most people have the ability to communicate with animals on a deeper level.

“I think everybody does, but we’ve convinced ourselves that we can’t,” she said. “We’ve stopped listening, and really it’s about learning to listen again.”

Follow Delp’s journey on her blog, Coast2Coast for Cancer, http://coast2coastforcancer.webs.com/

For more information visit the Kipsap Sun