NEWS - October 2016
The little disabled lamb who was unable to walk when she arrived here in April is now up and running, a credit to her determination. She was determined to be the first to come for a bottle, whichever way of pulling herself around she used, determined to keep up with the other lambs when she was helped out into the paddock with them, and determined to be the first one back in at teatime. Freedom has never looked sorry for herself.
She must have been in some discomfort when she came. She'd pulled herself around by her front legs since being born, she'd made her bottom sore, but she never once showed it.
She always had a bright, cheerful expression, always wants her food, to go out into the paddock, life has always been a joy for her, and now she can run and play with the best of them. There's an old saying that Farmers often trot out. "If you have sheep you'll need a shovel". They're convinced that all sheep can't wait to give up and die.
Well, meet Freedom, she's proved all of them wrong.
Bailey is our latest rescue dog, a 7 year old Basset hound. We know she's had at least two homes before being taken in by Basset Hound Rescue, not a lot else is known about her.
She was an anxious little dog when she arrived. We soon realised that certain situations made her nervous, she responded by showing her teeth which was just an early warning, "don't invade my space".
We wanted another basset to keep our resident Basset Tilly company. Tilly has lost her three best friends this year. Little Pup was looked after by Tilly when doggy dementia caused Pup to lose her way occasionally, and then we lost Dogues Ruby and Rosie. Tilly and Ruby would lie together on the floor chewing each other's ears, faces and legs while Rose lay in bed refereeing, it was their best game.
We're pleased to say that Bailey and Tilly are now chasing each other around the paddocks and even playing "I'll chew your face if you'll chew mine" game.
Well done girls!!
Angel and Miles
Angel the disabled Turkey and her friend Miles, a very smart little bantam cockerel arrived here recently from their home on the Isle of Wight. Both rescued from slaughter and very much loved, circumstances changed, it was essential to find them the safest home for life.
They're now living in the garden with some little rescued hens. Miles thinks every day is his birthday being surrounded by all these girls, Angel doesn't look too impressed with his constant flirting but as her main occupations seems to be eating and snoozing she's being pretty tolerant.
He is a young, beautifully marked, beautifully mannered pony. His background is largely unknown, his most recent owner bought him three years ago to get him away from a situation that wasn't good for him.
He was treated with respect and understanding and he became a trusting, loving pony who loved to learn new things, he loved to please. There was only one problem, he couldn't be ridden. He would tolerate a rider for a short time before exploding, throwing the rider off and then standing by them as if to say "I'm sorry".
When circumstances changed for his owner she had no choice but to try to quickly find somewhere safe for him, where she knew that he would be looked after but not ridden. Time was running out when we were contacted and agreed to have him. He is a lovely pony, we will have experts examine him for any damage he might have suffered in the past which causes him pain when he's ridden. We'll keep you posted with his progress.
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