NEWS - September 2016
Our Open day went brilliantly. The weather was good, we had more visitors than last year, the atmosphere was lovely and the animals all behaved themselves. Apart from one Basset hound who helped herself to a basketful of sheep biscuits and spent the next 24 hours being sick.
The alpacas were brought into the stables for the day and proved to be a great attraction. They pulled a few faces but fortunately decided not to spit at the visitors, not on this occasion anyway. A successful day all round, all due to the enormous amount of hard work put in by our amazing team of staff and volunteers. Well done girls, and our one lone fellow, our Monk.
FREEDOM the lamb arrived here a few weeks ago. When she was born she was unable to walk, her hind legs were weak and couldn't support her. She was kept with a group of orphan lambs and bottle fed. To get around she sat on her bottom and pulled herself around with her front legs. She was brought to us when the farmer realised that she wasn't making any progress, she would no future use either for breeding or for meat.
She's a cheeky, tough, determined little lamb, she stands no nonsense from the other lambs and won't be pushed around by them. Recently she began to get to her feet to drink her bottle, she then, with help made her way out to the paddock with the other lambs. A few days ago she decided to bring herself in at teatime, running in behind the other lambs, she even managed to jump up the step into the barn. As she grows stronger, and with treatment to strengthen her muscles, we've all got our fingers crossed that Freedom will one day become completely mobile and be the little menace that we know she will be.
Shoveller the bull calf was given to us by a local farmer. Shoveller is so named because of his malformed jaw, he shovels his food in, most of it falls out again so he spends quite a lot of time picking up everything he drops. On a commercial farm this wasn't working, he wasn't putting weight on, he wasn't growing nearly as fast as the other calves in his group. This fact saved his life, it was going to be too costly to rear him to slaughter weight. He will soon have his baby horns removed, he already knows how to use them, and his boy bits, he can then go and join the rest of our small herd.
Two young unhandleable feral cats were brought to us several weeks ago. Being totally feral they kept hidden, all we knew was that one was black and one was ginger. We've recently found out that the black one is female because she has produced four of the most beautiful kittens!!! One stripey black, one grey and two silver tabbies, they've just started to come out to play in their run, they've become total time wasters. Even the dogs sit outside and watches them. When they're old enough and have been neutered etc. we will, reluctantly, be looking for forever homes for them. If you are interested and can offer a safe home, please get in touch.
Very sadly, in August we lost our two beautiful girls, Rose and Ruby, within a few days of each other. They both died peacefully in their beds while we were with them. Both dogs were rescues, they proved to be the most loving, loyal, forgiving dogs, so very much missed, the house seems so empty without them. Tilly the Basset has now lost three of her friends in a short time. She sits and howls a lot, we're waiting for another rescue basset to come along to cheer her up, we need the happy Tilly back with us again.
Shortly before we lost them we took in another Dogue De Bordeaux rescue to fill the space left by The Small Dog when she left us earlier this year. His name is Lewis. The nicest thing we can say about Lewis at the moment is that he means well. He doesn't know his own strength, and weighing in at 60kg plus has caused a few bruises. However, the puzzled look he wears on his face after being told off for the twentieth time in an hour, (eg. Don't pee on the fridge, Don't climb on the windowsill, Don't run the Basset over etc etc.) means you have to feel some affection for him. We'll keep on persevering.
Pay Roll Giving
We are constantly in need of donations to help with our running costs. Pay Roll Giving is a good way to set up a monthly donation. If you would please consider this take a look at www.payrollgiving.co.uk. Thank you.