A regular monthly feature will start today on this blog, and appear every fourth Thursday.
The subject of the new column is – SHANDY CAT !
My companion of thirteen years, Shandy cat, is a sweet little cat, whose story about how he came to live with us can be found on THIS page.
Well, I have decided to hand over the keyboard to Shandy, whom will write his own post on the last Thursday of every month, only if he can have a special treat that week.
So, here is Shandy’s first post ! Take it away, Cat-man Do.
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.
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
Magical – if there was only one word I could use to describe this adventure set out so articulately and heartfeltly by Dion Leonard, this is it.
I won a copy of the book “Finding Gobi” through a Channel 7 “Sunday Night” competition, and was over the moon to receive my book last week, together with a compliments slip from the Seven Network: Congratulations! We hope you enjoy reading about Gobi as much as you loved watching her on our show. With compliments from Sunday Night.
To win this prize, my entry in the competition mentioned my considering that I have an indefinable connection to animals ( see “Animals connecting to Celine” ) …. What I was trying to say is that there is sometimes a magical and beautiful relationship or connection between non-human animals and human beings. Yes, I’ve heard that animals know human nature or people’s personalities instinctively, like they will know definitely if you are either an “animal lover” or an “animal hater” but Gobi’s and Dion’s story goes beyond that.
I have witnessed my own animal spiritual ally, Shandy cat, whom spent 16 years with me, being with me definitely on a mission. That mission I am pretty sure, was to keep my partner & I together, because we had this charming, handsome, character of a cat to tend to and to love, and to give and receive companionship. Shandy literally was the glue that stuck us together.
I can’t wait to watch the film of “Finding Gobi” as long as, of course, no animals are hurt or killed during the making of the film.
I loved Dion’s excellent literary prowess in his writing and his candid capture of his child-hood and glimpses into character building experiences which were like jig-saw puzzles that fit into his entire life. Here I witnessed, through words on a page, a man whom not only has incredible physical fortitude and the iron will to compete and to win, but whom is compassionate and honest and intelligent. Above all, without giving away too much for those who have not yet read the book, something was outstanding to me – about Dion’s approach to Life.
MAKE A DECISION
Dion Leonard is someone who knows about choices – there are many roads to China, as the saying goes, and sometimes there are clouds of uncertainty flurrying around a particular choice in front of you, BUT that is what life is about in its finest details – CHOICES.
Gobi chose to follow Dion and to become his life-time spiritual ally ( woohoo ), and ..
Dion chose to find Gobi … and in an un-swerving manner … not to let down a cute little spirited dog whom raced across the Gobi desert with him …. as Dion points out …. to teach him things about himself and the teaching is never ending.
We have heard talk about past beings we know who have reincarnated to help us, and about spirit guides in some sort of energy form visiting us or coming into our lives, to help us. I believe in these things, but whether or not it applies to the story of Dion and Gobi, matters not.
Gobi is a special little dog whom showed someone to open up more, to reinforce the message of inter-dependence and being inter-connected, whom is a model of courage and strength under fire, and has unconditional love for Dion and his family. This story truly is a testament to the fact that non-human animals are not commodities or lesser beings. They have souls.
I can vouch for the fact, that when our Shandy cat (who was abandoned as a kitten outside our house on New Year’s Eve, 2000) was a few weeks old, we were standing indoors looking out at the back yard. I looked down at this sweet little kitten and he looked up at me, with a shining face and he smiled at me, the most loving smile of unconditional love that I have ever seen. I know about the look of love and appreciation that Gobi gave Dion as they ran through the Gobi Desert.
Our animal companions are not “dumb animals” far from it. They are stoic and brave, go for what they want, let others know what they want, they can be very loving and some are amazingly caring and intelligent and help their human companions …. in various ways …. such as Gobi did.
Click on the News Yahoo link in Dion’s post below .. to watch Sunday Night’s documentary.
Here is a direct link to Part 2 :