Often people may wonder at how i can be a wildlife photographer ,live on acreage and maintain a healthy happy balance between wild and domestic.
I can..it has been hard and financially costly but it is possible.
Occasionally Cleo likes to join me on a walk..she is like a dog..she follows me around..and follows me back inside the house..
Dinnermintz prefers the front porch if she goes out.and there she stays..maybe to venture across the driveway and hide under a bush…the driveway being in our front yard and safe.
Pickles likes to go scratch up the garden..then dart back inside.
Marbles likes to go out the back garden and relax.
This is in the cooler months…when the snakes are not around..they spend the warm months in the house or the catio and are inside before dark every day of their lives.
Today is World Cat Day..and i wanted to share my girls …
Chillaxing with Dinnermintz in the Kitty Day Spa
Pickles relaxing in the Kitty Day Spa
Marbles enjoying the sunshine in the back garden
Cleo enjoying a misty morning walk with me
Hi everyone,sorry for the absence..i had planned to get a lot done and the recent snake versus Forrest issue kind of put paid to any of it. So I have been grounding myself in the kitchen…baking..and playing with the pups and kitties and just thanking my lucky stars that we still have our boy. I plan on doing a post with some info later as I have read some very disturbing things on blogs and forums and feel I need to get some clear information out there..as having first hand experience with not one but two bites in the same poochie..but for now as i ease my way back into some sort of routine I thought I would share part of that routine..the nightly struggle between canine and feline that exists in our multi-species abode..no animals are harmed in this..except maybe some canine dignity..you decide..who wins? Notice Forrest is happily sleeping through the whole thing..as always..he is Switzerland. Thanks folks and good to be back!
It has been a wacky week..i have been awol from the computer and only flitting in and out..the weekend festivities with finishing the girls KDS and Dinnermintz with the snake and blah blah..so I have been walking around hunched over and really dragging my feet..cars back and forth to be serviced and I started a course in Photography…about time.. and what are the chances my teacher is the cousin of a friend who was a chef and owner of our fave restaurant in the town we used to live in..3 hours away.. the red moon had us sitting out in the driveway and not five minutes after we both said ‘I hope a tree doesn’t fall on us ” we heard a massive crack and crash and a tree fell into the neighbours dam.. which instantly stopped all the little frogs croaking.. Cleo is not happy about being restricted to the whole inside of the house and the catio..so we have a bit of a battle.. but it’s getting there.. for some reason Doc has been unsettled at night so we have an eye on him..my sons have their 27th birthday today and so we will be seeing one tomorrow and the other on Saturday.. our daughter is in Japan and until I know exactly where I worry with the typhoon coming..so tomorrow night we have two of the kids up for the night…then Saturday we head into the burbs for an award night for Fozziedads uncle..one of our boys and his girlfriend is staying here to kitty/puppy sit.. but because Cleo is being a pill I want to drive back home Saturday night..so most likely we will be back here about 2am..i had to go clothes shopping for this event (which I hate) which has had me stressed as I really am not a shopper.. all this and so much still to get done..urghhh..
But today I got the bargain of a lifetime.. not for me for the girls…beach chairs..$5 each…so into the KDS they went.. and so.. i am here but not here…I am trying to catch up with peeps and doing a poor job..i wonder if maybe I have what it takes to be a blogger sometimes…
Meawhile here is a hijinx picture from the KDS today…I know what Pickles was thinking …do you ?
Well as part of Savvy’s I would like to tell a story of rescue that I was called in to do.
Nearly nine years ago I was a volunteer at a no kill shelter called Victorian Animal Aid..i used to foster kittens..mums and newborns and kittens who were orphaned..either by loss of a mother or being dumped as rubbish.
These sweet darlings I would bottle feed..wipe their bottoms to encourage them to toilet and wash and dry them to prevent scald from urine.
This involved waking every three or four hours to tiny little hungry mouths..
If mums were with the bubs it meant letting mum have a break every now and then,as often these poor mums were not in good health or only babes themselves.some mum’s could not cope and they went back to a different foster to fatten up and get healthy while I looked after the bubs..sounds mean, but often these mums walked away from the babies and were not actively feeding or cleaning them.
I also spent time at the shelter, cleaning cages,playing with senior cats, or in the isolation ward tending the sick cats and kittens (this is how I adopted Dinnermintz)
So I received a call from the shelters Cattery manager Lyn, she asked me if I would meet the police at an address not far from where I lived as a woman had been taken in to mental health care and the house was filled with cats and kittens…urghhhh I knew this was going to be hard!
Hoarding is a terrible illness..and one that has far ranging effects, not the least the poor animals involved.
So armed with food I went down,i was met by the police who handed me a key and stood outside..
The entire front yard was swept bare just dust..and the smell from even the car was evident..the police would not come inside..in I went.
Horror..the smell was pure sulphur..it was pitch black (this was in the height of summer)there was no power.
My eyes adjusted slowly and the sounds of scurrying animals everywhere..i could make out buckets of dirt everywhere which were being used as litter trays..they were full of stench.Eyes were peering out from under rubbish and on top of who knows what was in there.
So I set about trying to get some feed down..my heart was breaking…there were two cages with birds in the kitchen and several bbq’s in there crammed in..where to start..
So I left..i rang the shelter and said to Lyn we need to get traps and get these cats out now! so in a period of about a week..after pleading with a larger shelter for help and getting nowhere our (little shelter was at capacity) eventually we started trying to trap some..most were almost insane with feral behaviour climbing curtains throwing themselves at windows..it was so distressing…
By now I had already been feeding them regularly,bringing in water and trays of litter some would shyly approach now but then scatter..the windows were boarded up so I could not let any light in.I worried that they all got food as I could never see who was eating and who wasn’t.
This one day I went down with my son…as we set about feeding them we heard a sound..a faint meow..we tried to see where it was coming from as it sounded stressed..a large dining room table had been placed with the top against the wall, my son moved it and down in between the wall and the table was a wee kitten..
We pulled the kitten out..and when I popped it on the floor it’s back legs splayed out and it was paralysed, it’s little head was badly misshapen..that was it I finally lost my cool..
We grabbed it up and left..poor little mite was being held by my son and it could not see..the light was too bright it had been born and lived in darkness.
I went to the Police station informed them I had removed the kitten and was going to my vet.
My vet Dr Findlay saw the kitten straight away..Sub Q fluids and I took it home.
When I rang Phil he said the kitten stays! which I had already decided 😉
This kitten I called Pickles..she was in a Pickle..
She has never really grown very big but has had a heart bigger than the world.
And now ,most likey due to her situation and the condition of her mother we have been told she most likely has FIV..would I have taken her in if I had known this then..YES..why..because it was the right thing to do for her..you see whatever happens down the track..whatever outcomes we have to face..our lives have been better for having our sweet girl in them..every animal deserves to feel loved and safe,fed and content and I could not ever guarantee that anyone else would give to this poor little sweetheart the life I knew I could.
Pickles is asleep on top of the couch tonight, tummy full,friends next to her,warm and cosy..she has played all day she has laid in the sun and she knows she is safe isn’t that what we all need ?
Thanks Savannah for allowing us to join your paw it forward blog hop..let’s all be aware of those who need us..
Morning all..i had a rare sighting this morning….
THE RARE TABBY BIRD
Unbelievable I know!! I rushed to action…concerned I may scare it away…what a sighting!!
WHAT A SIGHTING
The Tabby cat bird is unaware I have crept up on it..she is a beauty!! The Tabby cat bird enjoys the company of other birds, it will frequent watering holes hoping to communicate with them. Well camoflagued it can often be unseen by the other birds it like to seek company with. .this leads to all sorts of problems as the other birds mistake it’s intentions when they see it suddenly and take flight.
The Tabby bird hence gets very little interaction with them…
Like all birds the Tabby cat bird also enjoys the garden.. and can often be seen flicking up the soil ..possibly looking for grubs…as it does so it leaves sweet little mounds all over the garden beds.
RARE AND MOST WELCOMED
Strangely these little mounds draw much interest and excitement from the canine population.. what is it that attracts them so…scientists still wonder at this (as do canine owners) ..what could it be????
I feel so blessed to have had this sighting ..what a beauty and what a welcome visitor to any garden…
Would you agree 😉
Have a great Thursday….
Happy Birthday Bailey hoping your day on the seas brings fish and fun and maybe even a little adventure!
Me (Pickles) and the gangz hope you enjoy this little crabz we foundz from the coral sea….I thinks it’s cruncheeeee
Me Dinnermintz,Cleo,Marbles and the tail wagers Forrest and Doc and the woolly mammoths..Oscar,Jock and Felix,,and of course mum..wish you the very best day 🙂
Kitty high fives Pickles xx
THREE OUT OF FOUR CATS REFUSE TO MAKE ME A COFFEE……..
NOT MENTIONING ANY NAMES…………….CLEO….PICKLES …..DINNERMINTZ……
MARBLES JUST WALKED AWAY….
Not happening mum..get your own!
It’s a regular lovefest tonight
Forrest is pretty popular tonight with Pickles and Dinnermintz..he’s one hot dog!
What else would you do if you were a cat with a soft warm furry coat and a soft warm furry friend and a comfy couch and a warm woodfire….where else would you be if it was raining (mum is very very happy with the rain) so we have taken over the top of the couch and we won’t budge until our next meal is served….