Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Smitten Spirit, Hungarian Circus Pony

Spirit has been doing very well over the cold spell, he still wants to stay out in the field way longer than he should and puts up a small fight to stay but knows when he is beaten. A couple of times he has regretted staying out in the cold so long as he is stiff on his legs, hobbling out of the stable in the morning. A short stroll around the yard soon fixes him.

Jessica had been worried about keeping him in when it was really icy, ‘I’m sure he will climb the walls and dismantle his stable in frustration.’ Jessica said. What she did not appreciate was how Spirit had fallen in love with the two new ponies in the opposite stable! Most especially the little orange one with a white blaze, called Ebby; she is a lovely placid thing and smaller than Spirit. He has been dominated by two huge horses on the yard for years, now he can be the charming little gentleman that the two new girls adore… or so he hopes! Even when he is let loose to go to the field he would rather stay, gazing at the girlies.

He has even been doing some body building, as his muscles are bigger and more defined: You poser Spirit!  

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Pickle-Lilly update

New update: Mum Jenny says she is doing really well; motions are almost normal, fur has grown back and she has lots of energy to be naughty. Seems she is a happy girl, (and Pickle!)

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Saturday, 19 January 2013

Charlie Cat: Bambi legs!

Having decided we were going to keep Puss Puss there were two important things that needed attending to straight away: first and most importantly, have him castrated, to leave him entire at the ripe age of six would be asking for trouble especially with Harry cat around. The power struggle between them was going to be bad enough even on equal terms and Puss Puss trying to settle in a new home with new smells was more than likely to prove irresistible to a spray here and there. Castrating the poor fellow would not automatically stop him spraying but it would help. 

Secondly: change his name! I refused to continue calling him Puss Puss. Nick immediately thought he looked like a Charlie so from then on he was called Charlie Puss Puss to get him used to it.

Now all we needed to do was persuade him into the house and down to the vets. Over the next week or so he became a regular visitor to the front door, I would sit with him whilst leaving the porch door open into the hallway but first I had to move Harry cat into the store behind a closed door to protect him from this street bully that was entering his home. I chatted to Puss Puss Charlie telling him his new name and sending him calming healing from an arms length. He started to trust me (if only he knew what was in store for him!) allowing me to stroke his chubby cheeks and ginger ears, he even kneaded my jeans a couple of times.

The under weight ginger tom was becoming a barrel shaped blob with all the food he was getting from the neighbours and us. Julie had told us he used to eat three large tins of cat food a day!! I decided worming was also on his menu as soon as possible.

It was not long before Puss Puss Charlie was regularly coming into the house but would freak out if we tried to shut the door behind him, luckily it was a warm part of the summer and I let him come and go as he pleased with the front door open. He never stayed longer than an hour, other food stops to visit no doubt. One day my precision manoeuvres with Harry cat did not go as planed resulting in hackles, spitting and hissing with a finale of Bambi like legs scuffling across the laminate floor as they both tried to get a grip, running on the spot before shooting off in opposite directions. Harry spent the remainder of the day ears at attention, eyes wide peering around every corner of the house before daring to move. It took him some time to accept my apology and give me a cuddle.
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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Charlie cat: The trap was set!

One day Puss Puss was brave enough to follow me back to our house in the hope of seconds but his courage ran out half way as he scurried off under a bush. From then on I would see how far he would come towards our house when I had food in his bowl to entice him; each day he would venture a little closer until one day he came into our front garden to eat his supper, very timid at first, jumping at every sound. Within a few days I was calling him from our front door to see him sprinting across the road, tail in the air, chatting back to me as he came, I sat on our door step talking to him as he ate. My husband Nick, kept a distance indoors at feeding time but could see the big chap enjoying his food and the occasional tickle on his head. All I needed to do was get Puss Puss to venture in past our front door then I could shut him in and call Julie to take him away.

A couple of weeks passed with Puss Puss daring to put a paw onto our mat then make a hasty retreat, next came all four paws! Curiosity got the better of him: after his dinner he ventured past me as I sat on the step, with his belly on the ground and ears at attention he stealthily crept, in slow motion past the inner door and into the hallway, scanning every inch as he went. I didn’t dare breath for frightening him back out: the trap was set. A thought ran through my head ‘do I wait to see if he will go further in or do I risk moving to shut the door, sealing his fate?’ I decided to reach for the inner door: my muscle barely tensed before he was back out like a shot! He had a reprieve once more.

It was not difficult to regain Puss Puss’ trust as food is his highest priority, the next day he was waiting for his breakfast by the garden gate. I sat talking to him whilst he ate when Nick crept carefully into the porch to say hello to him. Puss Puss was not phased, giving him a quick glance between mouthfuls. Nick watched him eat and said ‘He’s quite cute really isn’t he?’ That was it, I knew then no matter what I said about Puss Puss’ bullying tendencies towards our Harry cat or how he would benefit from being an only cat in a new home, Puss Puss was coming to stay! …..Watch out Harry!!

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