What a fantastic change to the weather. I was not happy spending a full day indoors at the Trustee Meeting in Liverpool but needs must I'm afraid. We spent some of the time discussing future fundraising plans and ways to evoke more public interest in the work of the Charity.We came up with a few new ideas but like all new projects they take a while to organise and get off the ground. I am still bemoaning the fact that I have been unable to get together a group of people willing to fundraise for the Welsh shelter but I do live in hope that one day this will happen.
I did contemplate matching the Liverpool shelters efforts at Halloween where they have a sort of mini Open Day and organise all sorts of interesting Ghosty things but do not have the confidence or knowledge of those sort of events in order to make that a success. I did think Handyman John would make a good Ghost of Christmas Past but he might scare the children a little too MUCH!
Would you believe, we have admitted two more black kittens, this time these poor little things were found in a binbag at the side of a road! Disgraceful.I wish I could have caught the culprits but of course if I had, it would no doubt have been me who would end up in court on an asault charge and they would get off! Thats British Justice for you. There are a couple of people coming to see kittens this weekend so that is something to look forward to, mind you every time we have an empty pen, the girls (or Ken, mustn't forget Ken who does a sterling job ) just about have time to clean and replace with new bedding etc when new arrivals take up residence in it.(that is ' in it' not Innit!)
We had a visit today from a representative of the Kennel Club to whom we have applied for a grant to pay for a dog behaviourist. We did explain that most of our dogs are in foster homes but he seemed more interested in taking a look at the entire shelter and the way we operate overall.I can only hope he will back our application.Time will tell.
So much for the great weather, its been pouring with rain all day and is decidedly chilly; back on with the thermals then! The shelter is an amazing place to live when its warm and sunny but the winters here are harsh, everyone who visits comments on the fact that even the next village along experiences slightly warmer temperatures.
Caspar has got over his grief losing his pal Honey and has joined a little group of ponies but has not bonded with any particular one as we first thought. Just after Honey died, he did seem to be sticking close to Honey lookalike Bobby but now he seems indifferent. It is early days and it would be nice if he did pair up with a pal but he seems content enough at the moment.
In spite of the rain, we have had a few visitors today and two adult cats have been adopted - Stripey and Billy (both tabby and whites) Another called Emily has been reserved by someone who came here yesterday. A stray dog was admitted and already he has been reserved pending a homecheck. He will have to be neutered as soon as possible though lately it has been hard making appointments to get our animals neutered at the Vets ; sometimes we have to book weeks ahead which is not ideal when the animals are waiting to go to homes.
Poor Lucy has had a skin rash for a few months since she had contact with some fibreglass after the old caravan was demolished, in spite of several courses of treatment her skin is still not back to normal and in fact I think it is worse.She has had a couple of biopsies done and I am waiting for the results.
Our Christmas puddings have arrived and will be on sale at the shelter and the shops soon.This time I ordered some sponge puddings for those who dislike Xmas puds(me included) so there is yummy sounding Strawberry and Clotted Cream , and Honey, Citrus and Almond. they are as good as the traditional Puddings which everyone rave about, they should be very tasty indeed. Diets to be postponed for another week!