Since 2005, Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) in Washington, U.S.A. has been rescuing and rehabilitating horses that have been starved, neglected, abused or are unwanted. S.A.FE. has formal agreements in place with Animal Control agencies in King, Pierce and Skagit counties to support their fight to protect horses in this region. Please visit their wonderful website and do what you can to help horses.
A Horse Called Mighty: The Might and Power Story by Helen Thomas – reviewed by Celine
Publisher: Random House Australia
Date of publication: July 2007
Paperback number of pages: 320
A prelude to this review is that I am not a fan of horse racing. There are aspects of the industry that I don’t like, however I have read this book because a friend was given it to read, and after waiting and waiting for that person to read it, I said “Give that book to me to read” because I was curious about it. So here is the review.
Might and Power is a New Zealand bred horse, foaled in 1993, Australian trained and owned, who was named Australian Horse of the Year in 1998 and 1999. As a four-year-old, Might and Power won the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, and returned at five to become only the second horse in the…
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Cody the Alpaca was born premature and for a while it was touch-and-go as to whether she would survive. With the help of Amber Isaacs from Silken Suri, this little girl pulled through, and is a delight to all who know her. Visit “Silken Suri” below and Cody’s Facebook page.
The story of Cody is based on the real life of one of the smallest surviving alpacas in the US. Now healthy and happy, Cody’s joyful antics have won hearts across the country and all over the world.
Alpacas are Camelids and are shorn and their fleece used in clothing. Thousands of years ago they were used in South America for fuel, transport and clothing. The largest population of alpaca is found in the Andean zone of Bolivia and Peru. For information about this and about alpaca wool, please click on the first link below.
Here is a story of a wonderful woman Nikki who takes in kittens and cares for them until they are well enough to go to adoptive homes. The video is on Facebook, sorry if you can’t or don’t want to log into FB but this is the only way that I can provide the link to the audio-visual of this amazing story. Such is sometimes the nature of the internet world !!
The story is about 3 little kittens who were abandoned in freezing temperatures but Nikki was alerted to them. One of the fur-babies nearly succumbed but Nikki tube fed this baby and she (named Bagel) pulled through. Nikki gives up all kittens to new homes and gives them temporary names so even though these kittens may have been named after foods, of course, those names don’t have to be used by their new carers.
I’m happy to say that all 3 kittens became healthy and were all taken up by good homes. Nikki has pictures on Instagram (another social media thing that you have to sign up for in order to view the photos). Nikki’s Instagram page is below.
Our beautiful boy Shandy cat was adopted by us on 1 January 2000 ! A memorable occasion as this sweet boy was a bond between my partner and I and helped us with responsibilities while giving us enjoyment and contentment. Sadly Shandy passed away in February 2016 after being with us for 16 years, but as one of his adoptive parents I will always miss him. He has his own Featured Page on this blog, and you can read about his wonderful adventures on several blog posts too, links below.
Did you know that a series of valves in the Giraffe’s neck stops blood from rushing to its head when it bends down to drink?
The Perth Zoo’s Australasian Giraffe Breeding program has resulted in a wonderful and cute new addition. She is a Rothschild Giraffe, Kamili, which is Swahili for “perfection.” Click on the following links for more information.
Around this time last year, five major wildlife protection groups petitioned the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to list the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) as an endangered species.
An article in “The Conversation” states that – While extinction can be a natural process, the current rate of extinction is anything but. Scientists estimate that at least 99 out of 100 species extinctions in the world today are the result of human action.
It also states:
In 1964, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) began tracking the conservation status of species on its “Red List.” Although the IUCN provides information only about the status of species, this is the first step in helping to limit extinction because it allows conservation efforts to be directed where they’re most needed.
In 2016 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature– IUCN – SSC Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group (GOSG) recognized a single species of giraffe, Giraffa Camelopardalis as vulnerable. This means the animal faces extinction in the wild in the medium-term future if nothing is done to minimize the threats to its life or habitat. The next steps are endangered, critically endangered, extinct in the wild and extinct.
I grew up with Chow Chows! Such beautiful unique dogs. Tammy was just like a teddy bear, and Tina was short coated. I loved those dogs. They were loyal and brave and good for hugging. I am interested in ALL animals, and said to be a “bit of a David Attenborough”. I met him once, which you can read about by scrolling to the bottom of my Blog Post here if you like.
I watched an interview of Sir David once and he was asked “Do you love all animals?” and he replied “No, how can I love a parasite that causes a disease, but I am interested in all animals.”
Well, this year the Chinese New Year starts on 16th February and is the Year of the Dog.
The best source of information about the Chinese New Year that I have found is below.
Credit: Native American Power Animals
May the Animal Kingdom Be With You Always