Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Monday, 30 August 2010
Christine Clarke who is the previous owner of our four lovely ponies Marcasite,Starlight, Solitaire and Carousel has also organised a fundraiser for Freshfields.She is holding a table top sale with stalls, hot food, coffeee/tea etc so anyone in the Barmouth area please support her endeavours and pop in for a cup of tea on september 25th at the Ganolfan Village hall,LLwyngwril, near Barmouth.
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Friday, 27 August 2010
A lady from Liverpool came up with her family and brought up 2 home made but very sturdy and effective cat traps which her dad Tommy had made. I have known Tommy for many years having first met him when he contacted Freshfields in Liverpool over a cat problem he had. He still supports and helps Freshfields whenever he can and has donated cat traps to the Liverpool shelter also. A bought cat trap costs around £80 so I am very grateful to him for his time building these for us. We are always being asked to help with feral cat colonies in this area and we are so short of good cat traps. An extra two will make a big difference.
This morning another supporter came up to weatherproof our field shelters but he decided to start on the office, he finished the first coat on that and started on one of the shelters.It is a great morale boost when we receive help like this, and he is returning next tuesday to do some more work. Brilliant - unless he decides that the atmosphere of chaos and bedlam today was too much to bear!
We lost an old cat today, Sue took him to the vet after he collapsed in the conservatory. Old Jonesy was one of two elderly cats abandoned in Caernarfon and we knew he would not be with us too long but at least he enjoyed his 6 months of life with us.He was a dear cat and I am always sad to lose an animal but he was ancient and he ended his life in a place where he was cared for and I am glad he was not still scavenging on the streets to survive.I hope that does not make me sound callous but if I was dissolving in tears at every loss I would be unable to carry on.As it is enough does make me cry but usually for those I am unable to help or those who have been with me for so long they have become part of the family.
There have been two reservations for kittens and yesterday an adult cat went out to a home.The adult cats have been very slow to go.Then today another adult cat was chosen, Dylan is a middle aged cat and although very friendly and loving his age put people off. I was so pleased when the young couple who were looking round the cattery decided to give him a home. The young mans grandparents are great supporters of this shelter and it was clear he had inherited their love of animals.
Thursday, 26 August 2010
Monday, 23 August 2010
I spent the best part of today waiting for Mei to be seen to in the hospital in Bangor, as those who know her will appreciate, she has been in a great deal of pain with suspected carpal tunnel syndrome in her wrist(think I have spelled it correctly?) After numerous trips to the hospital and being passed from department to department, she has still not received treatment for it.This has gone on for 15 months.Unbelievable!So much for the National Health System.
I had aranged to take in a kitten and today the owner said she wanted us to take the mother cat too, I was only too pleased to do so.I know an irresponsible owner when I see one.Its funny but sometimes within seconds of a telephone conversation an impression can be formed and usually its right though I will admit I have been wrong a FEW times. I hasten to add that it does not happen very often! I wont say that my judgement is perfect but over the years one becomes fairly intuitive with people but when a mistake is made it is usually a whopper of one! Strangely though, my choice of male partners over the years has been somewhat lacking in the same good judgement, I wonder why I fail to apply the same intuition with them?My friends often come to me for relationship advice.Are they mad?Who in their right mind would come to me for that type of advice? I am thinking of writing a book with the title ' How to Find a Dysfuncntional Partner, Guaranteed 100 percent success rate!"
Meg collie has been returned, I think it was the wrong home because she is a really nice and well behaved, responsive dog.(It was not me who did the homecheck)She is lively as are all young collies but I fail to see the problem with her.Sometimes it is not the fact that the new owner is a bad one but rather that the two are not compatible.That is why the best collie homes are with those who have personal experience of the breed and ideally have another collie(s)If they are involved with their local agility group then it bodes even better for the dog becasue I know then that he/she will not go short of both physical and mental stimulation.
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Sadie collie had loads of people wanting her after she appeared on the website and has gone to a home in Cheshire but there were several nice people willing to travel from the South Of England for her. Longhaired black and white collies, especially the females are so popular and if they are young also they are very much in demand.Amazing isnt it, one minute she is on death row at a dog pound, the next minute she is almost being fought over! Frightening too that she and Pepsi pup had come to the end of their time there. My niece Vanessa took a pound dog a year ago and he is adored by the whole family, yet this loveable staffordshire bull terrier was just one of many due for destruction.I receive regular emails from a marvellous group who are called Southwestanimal Protection, they help rescues with difficult animal problems by sending out appeals nationwide but sometimes it can be distressing reading of all the dogs on death Row, most of which tend to be staffs.As I have mentioned before they receive a very bad (and mostly unfounded) press.As I am in the middle of writing this a phone call came through from a lady trying desperately to rehouse 3such dogs and sadly I was unable to help. As I have to mainly rely on foster homes the type of dog I can help is limited to those good with other dogs and nothing too big.One dog was a young frightened Rottweiller and my heart really went out to him and his plight but I have to face that I cannot help them all, a fact which constantly upsets me.I WANT to save them all. Perhaps someone who reads this blog may have a friend or relative who likes Rottweillers and would foster this poor dog for a short time until a home could be found. If so please ring Andrea on 01257 412973.In the meantime I too will keep trying.
Mei and I went to take some hay and feed to our 3 horses in their summer home in Caernarfon, they are looking well but there is not too much grass left for them now so they will have to come back to us fairly soon.I would say that they will be fine for another two weeks and then we will need to organise transport back to the shelter.Buster is too big for our small trailer so we will have to pay for him to be moved but we should be able to collect Callie and Freddie ourselves.
The lady came to see our ponies and is interested in Melba and Marigold so I have to arrange for a homevisit as soon as possible.
ps: Shani the potbellied pig will be arriving this week.
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Monday, 16 August 2010
Sunday, 15 August 2010
Saturday, 14 August 2010
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Monday, 9 August 2010
I am sure it has been noticed that the format of the blog has changed.On an impulse I decided to change it and quickly found myself out of my depth so I floundered about a bit, lost my original format and ended up with this,I know the text colour is wrong but didnt know how to go back to other. I gave up in the end.If nobody likes it(dont think I do) I will endeavour again to improve it.
We will be admitting a baby ferret tomorrow which is at risk because of the owners dog who is desperate to get at it and make a meal of him. I can't see that happen and a baby will be easier to find a home for than an adult(I hope)Having said that I am sure someone offered to foster such animals for us so I will have to who offers help gets put in there, from those locally who offer practical help at the shelter to people who are scattered all over the Uk who help with doing homechecks out of our area. Oddly enough I have plenty of people to do these in the South of England but hardly anyone to do checks in Gwynedd!
Iam organising a coffee morning/cake sale for October(date will be confirmed this week) at The Royal Sportsman Hotel and will be putting out an appeal to people to bake cakes , make jams etc. I ,however, will NOT be one of those clever people as I have no talent whatsoever in that direction and in fact my staff all know when I am cooking because the smoke billows out of the kitchen window and the dogs quickly disappear into the back garden! So there will definitely be no burnt offerings from me.That is a promise
This morning I have had so many calls requesting help with cats and we have only one or two spaces left in the main cattery.It is a hard thing to do but they will have to be prioritised as to which case is the most urgent and of course their owners think that their own circumstances are most urgent. Probably due to the influx of kittens the adult cats are hardly moving at all which makes it impossible to find space for even the most desperate cats. I hate it when this situation occurs.
To add to the worry there are three dogs wanting to come back into our care and they are not the easiest dogs although having said that they have been in homes now for 2 -3 years with the exception Of Jim who has only recently left us.One is Sally who some may remember as the collie who was brought to us one evening by the police who at that time suspected her owner had been murdered.Sally was very traumatised and because of a few physchological problems remained with us for 18 months. We were so delighted when she finally found a home but now her new owner says she cannot cope with her so that begs the question -what on earth will we do with her this time. Everone here loved her but she often took a dislike to strangers and sometimes I would be exercising her up the top fields when she would spot a car coming up our track.Well that was it, she would take off like a Bat out of Hell with me desperately chasing after her.It was a big worry that she would hurt herself or cause an accident.Thankfully Rosie is without a foster dog at the moment so one will be going to her(That reminds me, I must tell her!) We have been amazingly lucky with our dog homes, very few have been returned since we started rescue work in Wales so by the law of averages, our good luck was bound to run out..Now I have to find suitable foster homes for the other two. I dare not take them here with Horrid Neighbour on the warpath again.
A bit of good news is that I have had interest in my proposed Kilimanjaro sponsored trek next year. A couple from Somerset on holiday here spotted the poster and are keen to do it I am sending them details and then we will decide which organisation to go with and be able to make our bookings pretty soon. Their interest has renewed my own enthusiasm. I will then have no excuse not to get fit again but it would be great if a few more would have a go, if each person raised £1,500 - 2,000 it would make a huge difference to the shelter. I know its going to be a tough trek, more difficult than the Inca trail but it will be a great achievement if we get to the top and think of the money we could raise.
Even better news is that the person who was accusing me of theft has agreeed to let me keep the animals.This was all because I gave shelter to the couples two dogs when nobody else would resulting in me ending up bang in the middle of an acrimonious divorce battle.It is not just children who end up being pawns in such disputes, in this case it was 2 dogs and although one had been homed almost as soon as I took them, the other had to remain in a foster home as I was unable to place her permanently with this business going on. Thank goodness it is over. I have lost more than one night of sleep over it.
I had recently been contacted to find a home for a dog called Misty, a young cross yorkshire terrier/collie! Rather a strange mix but what a sweet littledog she turned out to be.As luck would have it I found a prospective owner very quickly and all remained to be done was arrrange for Misty to arrive and the people to turn up to see her.I think it was the shortest time ever an animal was in our care.Pictured here with her new people who travelled from Wrexham with their dog who fell in love with Misty immediately.(as did the humans)Also pictured are the two adorable kittens admitted from the same home. I'm sure they will not be with us for very long.
Finally we had some visitors, holidaymakers who love horses, they spent some time here giving polo mints to the ponies and are pictured here with Mei admiring Shane, Bobby and Sam.
Sunday, 8 August 2010
Saturday, 7 August 2010
This is the second dog in a week found tied up, its disgraceful, the old collie is now quite at home with my dogs so I will keep him for as long as he has some quality of life.I must think of a name for him, cant keep calling him The Old Collie. Mind you he appears to be stone deaf anyway so it will make no difference to him whatever name I choose for him!
We also admitted a kitten about 4 months yesterday, a stray(or abandoned?) and once again a newcomer has been reserved.He will be leaving us later today.Its strange how this happens sometimes.They come in and they go out almost immediately and yet others remain here for ages. Its just a matter of luck and timing I suppose. For them and us its good news and a morale booster when animals find homes quickly.
I received a call about a hedgehog with a broken leg and sent the finder to the Vet we use so he could have treatment(either a splint or if leg very badly smashed up an amputation) I was very sad to hear that the poor hedgehog died under the anaesthetic.Some you win ,some you lose but it is always sad when even with our help a wild animal is lost.So often the shock takes its toll.
Friday, 6 August 2010
Mentioning this has reminded me of an article I read today about the proposal made to Lincolnshire Council for a massive Cow battery Farm! What next! 8,000 cows indoors being milked 3 times daily , kept in pens just big enough to stand and lie down.and all in the name of greed. The old bucolic image of happy farm animals is a thing of the past.It is getting worse, I can only hope that the proposal does not go ahead and that sense will prevail. The article was alongside another excellent one written by an ex farm vet who left his profession after becoming sadly disillusioned by the lack of concern for animal welfare amongst the majority of farmers. Good for him, it takes someone like him to put the other side of the story, his experiences are very real and he has seen the reality of todays farming methods.Do people really think these new methods are healthy, that we will not see more and more problems caused by this unnatural way of farming.We have already had BSE, a man made discease, what will be the next epidemic? It may mean cheaper milk but what price the health of the nation, never mind the terrible existence of these poor cows?Sorry to go on but the image it brought up in my mind has stayed with me all day.Will our countryside be soon empty of all animals? I find it hard enough to look at them in fields knowing their ultimate fate but imagine knowing they were all unseen in concrete pens indoors? A truly nightmare situation and one we should all do something abouit NOW before it becomes reality.It is so close now, write to Lincolnshire Council, MPs, newspapers, anyone who may listen and let them know it is not something most people want to see. Anyhow enough of me on my soapbox .
Its raining again, will it never stop. Apart from the fact it has meant we have much more grass here at this time of year than we did last year, it has also caused the wild mushrooms to thrive and there has been no shortage for us to pick. So its been mushrooms in everything lately, mushroom soup, mushroom curry, etc. It was shades of my Sea Shepherd experience. I think I might have mentioned my trip with Sea Shepherd environmental group in the early seventies when we guarded the baby seals against the fishermen in County Mayo, Ireland . Anyhow I shall bore everyone once again just in case I have not written about it.We ran out of food on the remote island where we were camping which was named Inishglora.(or was it Inishkea? my memory of it is fading nowadays)The sea was too rough for supplies to be brought out so we lived on seaweed for five awful days and there was great excitement when a large mushroom was found to add to the stew.( you are easily pleased when you are hungry) I remember one man found a sweet in his pocket and I think I might have been persuaded to mug him for it had he not offered it to me! Perhaps he saw the murderous look in my eyes!
No photos today, weather too bad to take them.
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
I have been asked to take a potbellied pig and am just about to phone the people.We have two left and they are old, I dont want them to be upset and we would have to find another pig house as im sure they would not share their house with a newcomer!More about that next entry.