• I've taught him to go on alert when I say "Dracarys!" 8)

    There, in a mauve light of drifted lupins,

    They hung in the cupped hands of mountains

    Made of tingling atoms.- Ted Hughes


  • How old is he now, LW?


    He looks very happy and content.:thumbup:

    I can't believe how time has flown. He will be six on the 18th of this month. It seems like yesterday he was a little fuzzball whose mouth was too small to get round a tennis ball.

    There, in a mauve light of drifted lupins,

    They hung in the cupped hands of mountains

    Made of tingling atoms.- Ted Hughes


  • I adore German Shepherds. They are my favourite breed, but I love most dogs anyway, regardless of breed.

    I love GSDs too :) I am an animal lover so I like them all as well, but I have liked German Shepherds since I was very young. My first one was when I was fifteen. The neighbour's ill treated girl that I finally managed to get from them when I was sixteen. She used to visit me every day when she lived with a man who used to beat her with a broom and lock her in a cupboard.

    There, in a mauve light of drifted lupins,

    They hung in the cupped hands of mountains

    Made of tingling atoms.- Ted Hughes


  • Hello Choco!


    I like my food too!^^

    I managed to get a look at Choco this morning through the binoculars. He is definitely without a foot now so he must have chewed it off. He's getting along well on his peg leg and I think the pain and trauma of what happened to him is abating. When I first noticed him in a terrible state, starved and almost dead at the lovebird's aviary I didn't think he'd make it. He seemed to have no tail and I suspect he was the victim of an attempted cat kill. Lost his tail and broke his foot at the "ankle". It was very swollen so to avoid infection he has chewed the foot off. The stump looks okay and I saw him having a conservative little puddle in the bird bath. I think he's doing okay. Twice the size he was. I hope he makes it through the winter as it's getting really cold.

    There, in a mauve light of drifted lupins,

    They hung in the cupped hands of mountains

    Made of tingling atoms.- Ted Hughes


  • He looks great and well looked after and he is certainly well fed! You've done a good job LW.:thumbup:

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  • Wild animals are so brave. They can teach us a lot about survival.

    There, in a mauve light of drifted lupins,

    They hung in the cupped hands of mountains

    Made of tingling atoms.- Ted Hughes


  • Back after five and a half hours of blackout.

    Oddly enough we had a power cut a few days ago, nothing serious (Unless you're on life support I suppose lol) we were only down for 5 mins but it did evoke memories of the 1960's when power cuts were fairly common.

  • Wild animals are so brave. They can teach us a lot about survival.

    Watched a programme last night about a reserve in SA who specialise in looking after rescued big cats from all over the world. The programme focused on a beautiful lion who needed quite extensive dental treatment. The photographs of him when he was found in captivity in Rumania were horrific.

  • Oddly enough we had a power cut a few days ago, nothing serious (Unless you're on life support I suppose lol) we were only down for 5 mins but it did evoke memories of the 1960's when power cuts were fairly common.

    That is odd, because down in my area, the exact same thing happened.


    I've just seen a video of two lion cubs rescued from one of those breeding farms.


    https://www.news24.com/Video/S…eir-voices-again-20190604

    That is good news, but the article doesn't say how many of the 100 animals rescued are okay.


    Glad those two fellows are alright, though.:)

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    It’s estimated up to 12,000 lions are raised on South Africa’s 260 captive breeding facilities. The country’s quota for exporting lion bones is 1,500 skeletons a year.

    The trade in lion bones for Asian medicine grew out of the hunting of captive-bred lions.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/…mal-cruelty-a8900906.html


    There, in a mauve light of drifted lupins,

    They hung in the cupped hands of mountains

    Made of tingling atoms.- Ted Hughes


  • Things look bad for wildlife, especially as Asian demands for certain animal products are soaring as their economies grow. Tigers will become extinct. Lion bones have more or less taken the place of tiger bones in Chinese medicine now that tigers are so few. Elephants are being slaughtered left, right and centre for their teeth as ivory is an emblem of prosperity. Rhino horn is just compacted hair and has no medicinal or aphrodisiac properties but the slaughter of rhinos continues apace. You would flip if you knew how many animals are being killed. Even giraffes are nearing the endangered list because their tails are a status symbol. Our pangolins are being driven to extinction by Asian demand for the meat and scales. Poverty worsens the poaching epidemic because desperate people will do anything, kill anyone, for cash. And a surprising number of people are psychopathic enough to not give a damn and just go for the easy money.


    Even koala bears have now been classified as "functionally extinct", which means their gene pool is too small for viable reproduction to build up numbers.


    Sharks are being ripped up for their fins as an Asian delicacy.


    It's a horror story.

    There, in a mauve light of drifted lupins,

    They hung in the cupped hands of mountains

    Made of tingling atoms.- Ted Hughes


  • Mankind fools it's self by pretending we are the most advanced creature on the planet. Yes, we may be the most intelligent, but the way we treat our fellow creatures indicates how barbaric we are. From a personal point of view, I find it strange how people go all soft over lambs, piglets, and calves, and then have no problem supporting their execution, and quite often in a slow painful manner. Despite the fact we can manufacture advanced materials, there are still people who chose to buy ivory, and science tells us rhino horn does not effect our sexual performance, but there are idiots who support their murder by purchasing such a product. It's time countries such as ours stop trading with any country that in anyway supports such trades. Even in this country where we supposedly are animal lovers, we still witness fox hunting, badger bating, and people still go out with shot guns in the belief it is fun to shoot other animals. Domestic animals are still tortured and abused, and the law does next to nothing to stop it. People ask me why I prefer just about all other animals to my own specie, but perhaps I have now answered the question.

    Don't make me angry

  • Choco was in his tree today but with him is a bright yellow lovebird I haven't seen before. Someone must have chucked a pet again :(

    There, in a mauve light of drifted lupins,

    They hung in the cupped hands of mountains

    Made of tingling atoms.- Ted Hughes


  • It annoys me too when pets are abandoned. They could take them to a rehoming centre, else be fined a massive amount and banned from keeping any animal.


    Trying to be generous to the selfish idle gits, I suppose releasing them is slightly better than neglecting them or starving them (but only slightly).

  • Excuse the bad quality photo but the African Greys are a bit dopey from catching some early rays, I'm taking this through the aviary wire and the sun is blasting in from the east. But anyway, now you can meet Drafty the rosy-cheeked lovebird rescue.




    There, in a mauve light of drifted lupins,

    They hung in the cupped hands of mountains

    Made of tingling atoms.- Ted Hughes


  • Drafty looks very happy and what stunning colours on the bird.


    Can't work out the other two birds though. They look like they've just had some kind of marital tiff or something.^^


    By the way, you seem to get more sun in your winter, then we get in out summer!

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  • Yes the African Greys tend to have tiffs as Toffee the new rescue girlie is absolutely full of it. Has bitten me once and gets the hump often. It's going to take quite some time for her to find herself. She was neglected and described as "maladapted". But she's having little sunlit moments from time to time along with thunder and lightning at others. Takes the big parrots ages to adapt. Who knows what they have experienced?


    We get winter sunshine all day almost every day where I am. Just getting freezing cold morning and evening now and cold inside.

    There, in a mauve light of drifted lupins,

    They hung in the cupped hands of mountains

    Made of tingling atoms.- Ted Hughes


  • These are our two dogs. Until four years ago we were regular holidaymakers in Europe but our last trip was so awful we decided no more. Although still in the EU we were held up at Spanish airport, eyes photographed and fingerprints taken etc. Protests were met with a shrug of the shoulders. Then the transfer was delayed so we finished our holiday needing a complete rest

    Consequently we decided to have a dog, an adopted one rather than a puppy so we registered with the appropriate charities. Couldn't understand the attitude of two of them who insisted that we needed six foot high fences around our garden, they would rather keep the dogs in kennels tather than a loving home

    We argued between us as to what type of dog we were looking for, one wanting a big one and one a small one. A charity had the perfect answer, a Collie and a Jack Russel - a bonded pair that needed to be rehomed together. So Spud and Lily moved in, and never looked back. They have proved that the fence issue is nonsense, we can leave the front gate open and they would never leave. They know how loved they are, and how well off they are

    They came from kennels which I think was traumatic for them so holidays for us are out of the question, we would never put them back into kennels

    Only problem now is the Collie is twelve years old and out vet tells us that this is about the usual life span for his breed. The JR would be lost without him so we are looking for another to adopt now to lessen the blow when it happens

    A Hand Up Not A Hand Out

  • Lovely dogs Bryan.:) Did they actually live together before coming to you, as you say they were a bonded pair?


    And good on you for getting some from a charity. At some point in the not too distant future, that's what I might do to keep me company, so it's a good idea. And good that you will never put them in kennels again. I hate it when animals are put in enclosures.


    Did the Spaniards ever give you a reason for their actions? Perhaps they thought you were dangerous jihadis...:P or, perhaps they just had a "pester" quota to meet.

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  • Yes the African Greys tend to have tiffs as Toffee the new rescue girlie is absolutely full of it. Has bitten me once and gets the hump often. It's going to take quite some time for her to find herself. She was neglected and described as "maladapted". But she's having little sunlit moments from time to time along with thunder and lightning at others. Takes the big parrots ages to adapt. Who knows what they have experienced?


    We get winter sunshine all day almost every day where I am. Just getting freezing cold morning and evening now and cold inside.

    My friend had a parrot, but it turned out be a nightmare. For some strange reason all it would say is "I am the hardest parrot around". To teach it a lesson he captured a kestrel and threw it in the cage. He returned an hour later and the kestrel was dead. As a last resort he put in a golden eagle. About an hour later he came back and the eagle was dead, and the parrot had no feathers. He asked the parrot what had happened, and the parrot replied " he was a handful, I had to take my coat off to deal with him"

    Don't make me angry

  • Lovely dogs Bryan.:) Did they actually live together before coming to you, as you say they were a bonded pair?


    And good on you for getting some from a charity. At some point in the not too distant future, that's what I might do to keep me company, so it's a good idea. And good that you will never put them in kennels again. I hate it when animals are put in enclosures.


    Did the Spaniards ever give you a reason for their actions? Perhaps they thought you were dangerous jihadis...:P or, perhaps they just had a "pester" quota to meet.

    Yes, they lived together and were a bonded pair, the charity hoped to rehome them together. We were told that the previous owner had advancing MS and could no longer look after them. It must have been hard for her to give them up, so well behaved and trained dogs

    A Hand Up Not A Hand Out

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