THOUGHT YOU ALL MIGHT LIKE TO SEE HOW THREE OF THE GIRLS SPENT BOXING DAY NIGHT..PICKLES SLEPT..SMART KITTY!! HOPE YOU ALL HAD A GREAT XMAS AND BOXING DAY HAVE POPPED INTO MOST BLOGS AND IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE HAS HAD A BLAST …CAN’T WAIT TO CATCH UP..THREE DAYS OF 12 PEOPLE AND COOKING AND ENTERTAINING HAS LEFT ME A TAD LIKE ONE OF THE DOGS STUFFIES…MINUS SOME STUFFING AND POSSIBLY NO SQUEAK LEFT BWAHAHHAAHA
MONDAY IS HERE AND THE RUSH GOES UP A NOTCH…THE WEEKEND WAS A BLUR..BETWEEN PHIL AND I WE HAVE ACHIEVED HEAPS OUTSIDE BUT ITS NEARLY KILLED US..THE DOGGIES HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT US LIKE WE ARE INSANE..THEY MAY JUST BE RIGHT…THE HUMIDITY AND HEAT HAS NOT HELPED..BOTH NIGHTS WE HAD TEA AT A RIDICULOUS HOUR THEN COLLAPSED IN BED…WE BOTH WOKE UP SUNDAY MORNING LIKE A PAIR OF PRETZELS…THE ANIMALS OF COURSE KNOW SOMETHING IS BREWING..SO I MAY BE JUST POPPING IN TO THE BLOGGIE WORLD NOW AND THEN…STILL SO MUCH TO DO..
I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU HAVE MADE OUR YEAR A HAPPIER ONE..WE LOVE TO SEE WHAT YOU ALL GET UP TO WE LOVE YOUR FUN AND PICTURES AND COMMENTS..WHAT WE HAVE LEARNT IS ANIMAL PEOPLE ARE SPECIAL..REALLY SPECIAL..THEY HAVE A SENSE OF LIFE AND LOVE AND I BELIEVE IT IS DUE TO THE PRECIOUS CREATURES WHO SHARE THEIR LIVES WITH US ..THEY SHAPE US AND HELP US LEARN WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT IN THIS CRAZY WORLD..IT’S NOT WHO OR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN..IT’S NOT WHAT YOU DO OR DO NOT CELEBRATE..IT’S NOT WHAT COLOR YOU ARE OR WHICH HEMISPHERE YOU CALL HOME ..IT IS ABOUT LOVING LIFE AND ALL IT HAS TO OFFER US..GOOD AND BAD IT MAKES US A WHOLE PERSON.
WE ALL WANT TO WISH YOU A WONDERFUL FESTIVE SEASON..HOWEVER YOU CELEBRATE OR IF IN FACT YOU DON’T WE HOPE THIS TIME IS SPENT WITH THOSE YOU LOVE AND WITH THE LOVELY CREATURES WHO YOU COUNT AS FAMILY.WE HOPE THE NEW YEAR BRINGS FOR YOU NEW ADVENTURES,BETTER HEALTH MORE LOVE MORE LAUGHS LESS STRESS BETTER RELATIONSHIPS AND REASONS EVERY DAY TO STOP AND SAY OUT LOUD…WOW THAT’S AMAZING!
WE WILL STILL BE READING YOUR BLOGGIES AND HOPEFULLY WILL FIND THE TIME TO COMMENT BUT INCASE A CAN OF MAYHEM OPENS HERE I JUST WANTED TO SAY ALL THIS. LOVE TO YOU ALL FROM BEV (FOZZIEMUM)
AND A SPECIAL THANKYOU AND LOVE FROM MY MOST PRECIOUS GIFTS IN THE WORLD DOC FORREST MARBLES PICKLES CLEO DINNERMINTZ FELIX JOCK AND OSCAR…
SERIOUSLY WORRIED ABOUT THIS SUMMER…AND TODAY IS THE REASON WHY..
MELTING EVEN INSIDE…I REALLY HOPE XMAS DAY IS A DAMN SIDE COOLER ….
OR LUNCH MIGHT BE SERVED BY A NUDE COOK!!
BY THE WAY THAT’S 109.94 F FOR MY METRIC FRIENDS…HAVE A GREAT DAY..THINK I MAY HAVE A BUBBLE BATH..THEN LATER IN THE POOL WITH THE PUPS..WHO ARE SLEEPING IN THE LOUNGEROOM WATER BOWL FULL OF ICE CUBES AND THW KITTIES ARE ALL OVER THE HOUSE SPRAWLED OUT..MY POOR SHEEPIES ARE UNDER THE GUM TREES….
As promised I have some pics from y tree climbing adventure of yesterdays post..update quite a big male and a small female roo went through our property today but still no sign of Holly and Boo ..hope you enjoy..some close ups are not that clear as I didn’t have the right lens on for a close encounter of the roo kind.. please click on pic to Bigify ..it’s worth it 🙂
On the weekend hubby and I were outside getting the garden and lights sorted for xmas…yes most of you are going to have a lovely white xmas but for us it’s usually hot..this means everyone has their meals outside..until we can’t stand the heat anymore and head in…boxing day will be our big day as the kids all live a fair way from us and they visit their partners families..so 12 for a late lunch hopefully outside with perfect weather…hmmmm…anyway I digress…so we were outside and I heard the tell tale thump of a roo…and it was a big thump..imagine the sound of a large thick plank of wood being belted on dry branches and the ground..i looked up and saw nothing..not unusual as these beautiful animals are perfectly designed for their environment in fact you could be staring right at one and not see it.
I went back to what I was doing when the bush broke into life…the doggies were out the back and there was a radio going so they heard nothing..which was good as the spectacle we were about to see would have been ruined by barking dogs!
The boundary fence on our property is of course posts and wire and on the slope of the hill on the adjoining land we could see them…looked like both mobs that have been rotating around all the properties here..and they were pounding along..this land has a dam at the bottom so it is a popular gathering place for the roos..
Hubby and I stopped working as we have never seen anything like this before..these roos were chasing each other up and down the hill slope first one way then they would turn and go the other way..so fast and their feet pounding the ground so loud and they were ‘chuffing’ or ‘coughing’…roos don’t make those stupid sounds like the TV show Skippy had ..they make this bizarre coughing sound..they do this to warn each other of danger. This went on for so long..we crept down to the lower paddock..they were now chasing each other into the dam! hubby and I both then could see how it is they drown dogs in dams when threatened..it appeared that perhaps a young but decent sized male was making a take over bid for the girls…they were getting tired it was quite clear that some were stressed..they would dart all over while the main mobs kept going.
Apparently when a roo wants to let a more dominant roo know it is no threat it will cough back..and if a human is ever under threat they should also cough deeply to let the roo know they are submissive..anywho I had my camera and got hubby to hoist me on top of the sheeps shed for a better view..it was astounding to see..they were really so intense an every now and then a roo would stop and lick its arms..they do this as the blood vessels are close to the surface and this is how they cool down..i was of course worried about the young Holly and her bub Boo as this must be very frightening for a mum and her joey..all these aggressive males vying for top job as the Boomer of a mob.
They went off into the bushland and I crept down to my tree…hubby shaking his head and wondering why he was married to such a tomboy..up I went ..this tree is close to the fenceline and up in it I had a great view of the bush and dam..the reality is I have no desire to interfere with the roos and I respect their power and the fact they are dangerous…an aggressive roo will do some serious damage..you can’t run as they can outrun you while raking down your back with those sharp claws..so best I watch from up high..well I am a bit of a daredevil..
They came back…full pelt I could see one as he jumped in the dam and cooled off then bounded out..to quick and the angle was all wrong to get a pic..then slowly walking on all fours along the fenceline came a male..not massive but big enough!! my heart was racing as I wondered what he was up too…well when he got four feet from me he stood up and stared right at me…my heart was pounding now as I realised really he could jump higher than the height I had perched myself…hubby I think was close to having a fit!! I had my camera ready to go and because he was so close it took me awhile to reset my lens so all I got was one pic..he then turned and left..i climbed down hubby shaking his head as I asked if he could build me a treehouse …
We went back up to the house and kept on working and apart from a few roos hopping around near the dam, most likely thirsty, the day became calm..thing is we have not seen them since..this was on Saturday…I am worried for the young mums and joeys and wonder where they have all gone…this is nature…this is life in rural Australia ..and this is my home….I would never see this behaviour in a zoo or sanctuary so I am truly blessed…
Now about that tree house…..SANTA…….OH SANTA…
Five years ago today we said goodbye to my beautiful Merlin Mc Tavish….he was my boy my soft cuddly gentle little man who never raised a paw in anger..
When I first met Tav (as we always ended up calling him) he was lucky to be six weeks old two kids came to our door and asked if he and his sister were ours..i said no and to come back if they couldn’t find where they came from..they came back the next day and said they were allowed to keep one kitten because they couldn’t find their owners..i said I will take one and they asked which one and I chose Tav..well he chose me..he had a huge tummy from a bad worm burden and he looked scruffy and dirty and meowed quietly but his engine was on full purr.He also had a bad leg and it appeared he may have been attacked by something and he had a big scab with an ulcer underneath…
We took him to the vets and the poor little thing was in a bad way..he needed antibiotics due to his worm burden taking it’s toll on his little tummy and he needed worming..badly..he had some shots and home he came.His leg healed well which was a blessing as it was a mess.
Weeks he was on antibiotics but it did not stop him giving Simba a run for his money (who was about four or five months older at this time) and our old girl Squash just sniffed him and ignored him.
Merlin spent his days with me..gaining a tummy from weight not worms and I became besotted with him.
This little guy grew so well and with occasional bouts of tummy infections popping up he was back to the vets every now and then but took it all in his stride.
We had him desexed vacc’d and he was a member of the family that had everyone in his spell.
He was after all named after the master magician 🙂
Merlin was the most gentle cat I have ever met…he was a smoocher and was happy pottering in our back yard and lying under the maple trees watching the world go by..he had a thing about shoes…if there was an odd pair near the door..ones he had not seen before he would leap over them to get in..no idea why..he just did…when he slept with me at night he had to have his head tucked right under my chin.if I rolled over he followed and tucked his head right back under my chin..my boy my sweet Tav….
We had a feral turn up one day and he beat the daylights out of Merlin right in our backyard in front of us..he was a mess..this feral raked his head almost to bone..straight to the vets we went…poor baby was in a bad way…we fixed him up but were unaware of the chain of events..still a bit naïve to Feline Aids we were..
It was about a year later that he developed and abscess..it just kept recurring..he would get antibiotics and then back it would come..i knew by now as I had immersed myself in Volunteer work at a shelter that this was possibly much more than an abscess issue but an immune issue..i took him to our vet and said can you test him do you think he has aids? The vet sadi we will test him I think it may be..
The phone call I received confirmed my worst nightmares..my Tav had Feline aids ..I was shattered.
How could I have been so naïve..
We did everything we could for my boy..his diet changed (it was a good diet but we needed to add extra fro him) we had him on homeopathics and kept on top of any bugs he got.The vets and I decided to ceases yearly vacs as he didn’t need more bug in his system and was an indoor cat now anyway.
We had Merlin for five years from diagnosis he was happy just spending his days with us inside chilling or in his enclosure on his hammock watching the world go by..if I called him in from the enclosure and he didn’t respond my heart would stop…he just wanted to sit there…naughty boy..he slept with his head up under my chin and if he stopped purring my heart would stop..i dreaded losing him..reality was we had to make the choice for him.
So five years ago on this day I looked at my boy ..I am crying just typing this… he looked at me and I said it’s time Tavvie..I can’t hold onto you for my sake anymore…you can let me go my sweet boy..
My heart broke..we stayed with him our vet let us be with him as long as we wanted..i didn’t want to leave him…hubby and I felt broken…
But the truth is he was tired,he was eating but because he had to ..his coat had lost it’s black sheen and was not as soft as it used to be..he was trying to keep going for us..and with hindsight I would have said goodbye sooner but we had lost Simba in the September and my heart just couldn’t deal with it….
Tav I miss you my sweet boy..you would be sixteen now,you were my funny little man…your little white patch of fluff like a pair of bikini pants, your silent meow, your huge purr engine,your brown summer suit of fur you would get as the days got warmer,your gentleness with the foster kittens we had around all the time and most of all your soft head nestled under my chin at night…I know you are with Simba and snuggling like the yin yang you both used too…we will meet again my sweet Tav but for now the worlds a little less soft because you are no longer in it….
I PUT MY WEARY HEAD ON MY PILLOW IN THE DARK AND AS I SNUGGLED DOWN I FELT SOMETHING AMISS……I HAVE NARROWED THE CULPRIT DOWN TO THREE OUT OF FOUR FELINES..ONLY BECAUSE ONE DOESN’T HAVE KIBBLE..NOT DUE TO BEING A GREAT SLEUTH….
DINNERMINTZ YOU ARE A GOOD GIRL….THE REST OF YOU…..WELL …..LET’S JUST SEE WHAT SANTA THINKS HEY!!!
FINALLY I AM GETTING AROUND TO THANKING PEOPLE FOR NOMINATING ME ..WELL US REALLY FOR THE AWARDS..THE CRAZY ANIMALS THAT SHARE MY LIFE ARE THE REAL STARS OF MY BLOGGIES…THEY ARE THE REASON I BLOG AND THE REASON WE ALL ENJOY EACH OTHERS COMPANY…WE LAUGH TOGETHER WE CRY TOGETHER AND WE ALL HAVE OUR LIVES MADE A BIT BETTER FOR THE FRIENDSHIPS WE ALL HAVE.
ESPECIALLY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR WHEN NOT EVERYONE HAS FAMILY OR FRIENDS AND WHEN SO MANY HAVE RECENTLY LOST THEIR FURRY FRIENDS OR ARE DEALING WITH SICK PETS..IT IS NICE TO KNOW THE BLOGGIE WORLD CAN BE THERE TO LEND A SHOULDER OR AN EAR AND REACH OUT WITH GENUINE CONCERN AND LOVE AS WE HAVE ALL BEEN IN THE SAME SITUATION.
IN ORDER OF RECEIVING THESE I AWARDS I AM SO EXCITED TO SAY THAT I GOT THIS LOVELY AWARD FROM LITTLE BINKY
WELL MOUSES! I WAS CHASING MY TAIL LIKE A MOUSE IN THE HOUSE WHEN I SAW THIS LOVELY AWARD!! AND THEN I WAS LIKE A MOUSE ON A TREADMILL WHEN I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET THE SAME AWARD NOT LONG AFTER FROM NYLABLUE
I FELT LIKE THE MOUSE THAT GOT THE CHEESE!!
WITH THIS AWARD YOU NEED TO POST ON YOUR BLOGGIE …DONE ..LINK BACK TO THE PERSON WHO GAVE IT TO YOU…DONE AND USE THE WORD MOUSES ..DONE!!
I WILL PASS THIS ON TO …APOLLO AS HE IS A GREAT HUNTER OF MOUSES AND DINNERMINTZ PURRFECT BOYFRIEND..
NEXT I RECEIVED THIS AWARD FROM BACON
THANKYOU SO MUCH BACON..I HAVE THIS AWARD BUT AM SO HONORED THAT YOU FELT I WAS WORTHY..YOUR FRIENDSHIP IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US ALL HERE MY FRIEND !
THE NEXT AWARD I GOT FROM CLOWIE
CLOWIE WE THINK YOU ARE FANTABULOUS TOO!! WE LOVE YOUR STORIES AND PICTURES ALSO..CLOWIE DIDN’T KNOW THE RULES FOR THIS ONE AND SO I SAY YOU ARE ALL FANTABULOUS AND IF YOU WANT TO ACCEPT THIS AWARD THEN PLEASE DO ..WE MEAN IT!!
THE NEXT AWARD WE GOT WAS ALSO FROM OUR FRIEND BACON
THANKYOU SO MUCH BACON FOR THIS AWARD THE RULES ARE SIMPLE WE HAVE SHOWN IT ON OUR BLOGGIE WE HAVE THANKED BACON..OF COURSE 🙂 AND NOW WE CHOOSE SOME FOLLOWERS TO PASS IT ON TO
THIS IS HARD AS YOU ALL ARE GREAT FOLLOWERS..SO I WILL CHOOSE
I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL AGAIN ..AWARDS OR NOT YOU ARE TRULY THE SUN THAT SHINES IN MY DAYS AND ALL SUCH VALUED PEOPLE IN MY CRAZY WORLD.
LOVE TO YOU ALL AND JUST AS A GIFT TO YOU ALL…
WE ARE ALL VERY BUSY AND CHRISTMAS IS LOOMING ..BUT MY GIFT TO YOU IS THIS…
IT IS 129 DAYS TILL EASTER..SO AT LEAST YOU HAVE THE HEADS UP NOW 🙂 🙂
FOZZIEMUM AND THE WHOLE CAN OF IJITS XXX