After posting the item last night here on the website and also on our Facebook page, two people very kindly came forward to sponsor Licorice and Chanel, so a big thanks goes to Samantha Allen and Samantha Lane. Sam Allen is also looking at sponsoring another pig or maybe a couple of roosters, and she has also contributed towards the nose-ringing of the piglets.
One of our supporters brought up a concern about the nose-ringing of pigs and it caused some interesting discussion on our Facebook page. If you're interested please look for the post here.
Unfortunately we have had to say no to a couple of people wanting us to take in their roosters. Although our enclosure is quite big we are getting overcrowded with 51 roosters, 11 more than our maximum limit. It has led to our boss rooster, Arnie, being picked on by the newer ones. maybe because he is quite old, and he and Tom, our smallest rooster, are now living in the bottom enclosure where they can't be bullied. Thanks to those of you who are sponsoring some of our boys and also some of the other animals, but if we can get more sponsorship we'll be able to build a second rooster enclosure. We also got the vet bill yesterday for the nose-ringing of the piglets, $237 but a necessary expense because we can't have their paddocks dug up and therefore unproductive in providing the pigs with grass. Two of the piglets, Licoroce and Chanel are still looking for sponsors:)
We are now over our limit of roosters because the new home for our eleven temporary visitors fell through, and they will be staying here. With the help of our Spanish and French-speaking volunteers we came up with names for the ten unnamed ones (We had already named Fred the frizzle). Because we have two sets of three roosters that look very much alike, we chose matching French, Spanish and English names for them. In these photos below, meet Fred, Jacques, Louis, François, Etienne, Marc, Marcel, Marcos, John, Juan and Jean!
Last week was a very difficult week. My daughter broke her leg on Wednesday in her PE class and needed surgery so that was a couple of days in hospital. While we there one of our dogs, Kellie, ran away in the middle of a huge thunder storm. Four days later and she finally came home. She ended up with a family about 3km away and was well looked after while they searched for her home.
Unfortunately, we won't be able to keep Max. He is such a lovely dog but being the only male in our pack of females, his presence is causing jealousies and quite a bit of scrapping. On the good side, we have found a home for Laura the kitten, where she will be well loved and well looked after. We had hoped to keep her but now that my daughter is unable to play with her and look after her, it wasn't fair to keep her.
Yesterday, Alvaro (from Spain) and Perrine (from Belgium) arrived here and they are helping us out for a few days. It is perfect timing because I'm busy with looking after my daughter. They ...
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Angus and Duncan arrived here together, and they have left together, adopted by a local man who wanted them to look after his hens. I am sure they are very happy to have a bunch of new girlfriends and we hope they are looking after them well!
Max came here when we decided to become foster parents for Chained Dog Awareness. I should have known better! We fell in love with him and so he's here to stay! He was rescued at the age of about 18 months from being on a chain 24/7, living in his own faeces and riddled with fleas. He had been chosen to replace an old dog and he had to watch that dog die beside him on a chain. After that kind of life, he is desperate for attention and affection and he has settled in well here with the other dogs.
My daughter found the kitten at the netball courts last Friday night. She and her friends looked for the mother but had no luck and as it was getting dark we decided to bring her home. She looks like she is less than six weeks old. At first she was very timid but now she is very friendly and playful. My niece, Laura, chose her name!
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Erin, from China, has been staying with us and helping out for the last ten days. She has been in NZ since last June and will be heading home soon. Thanks for all your help, Erin!
Our good friends Darran the Dogman and his wife Papia are sponsoring Cilla the pig and Prune the donkey. Darran has been a great help for us with various issues concerning our six dogs and if you ever need help with training your dog/s, I definitely recommend him.
Check out his website at http://www.darranthedogman.co.nz/ http://www.darranthedogman.co.nz/