Friday, 28 July 2017

Feline Friday

Da Beebs: I am sure you have been missing us since you didn't get a manly Monday post this week! S, here we are , happy to bring a little extra feline fun to your Friday!

Let me start with a photos of "snacking" shots. We all get a big deal in the orning, and then we get a nice snack early afternoon.

By that time, we are all in different locations, and #1 feeds us wherever seems most suitable. Its what you night call a "moveable feast"!

Mama Tama gets her next to her siesta spot on the sofa:

Da Genj gets it next to his siesta spot, on the cat tree in the living room:

I get it on the kitchen table, like the civilised kitty I am!

And Sei-Chan gets it on the shelf above #1's desk chair, in the study:

 Here is a pic of Da Genj and I hanging at the kitchen window:

It's fun admiring the outside world with your bro!

By the way, #1 got some new pics of little Merlin. She says he is pretty cute. He met Tommy for the first time today.


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Tommy's Thankful Thursday

Tommy: It has been quite a week here this past week, with all the goings-on, including The Big V's surgery and homecoming. #1 has been busy putting things in place for his care over the next six weeks, We will tell you more about all of that next week. Also, #1 is going away next Monday and Tuesday (one of her cousins is turning 60 and there will be a big bash near Paris) but guess what? She is taking me along! Woof Woof! That is something big to be thankful for!

In another news, my buddy Fernant managed to sneak out and join us on our morning walk a couple of days ago.

I also ran into my pal Joko the other day! He is young and he is pretty crazy!

It's great to have friends1 But I also have a great time with just #1, when I let my ears fly!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Wednesday Whinnies

Violette: Pretty Neighs! I bet you didn't think it would me first, did you? Well, I thought I had better get in there and say hello before you know who goes on and on about his scars... You know what boys are like!

Did you bring my apples and carrots, #1?

It has been cooler lately, so it has been OK for me to venture out of my shelter to get my treats! 

OK, I guess I had better pass you on to the Big V:

Vidock: Studly Neighs, EveryFriend! I'M BACK! Well, I have to say, the accommodations were very nice over there and I felt fortunate, looking at some of the other equines around me. There were some really sick horses there, with big bandages, casts etc. I got off lightly!

I have to tell you, I was ready to come home, though!

Don't mind Miss Vioette, she is jealous of my beautiful scars. I have two of them!

Pretty nice work, don't you think? The staples will come out on August 3rd.  The bad news is that I have to have six whole weeks of box rest. I have a nice salt and mineral likc, and #1 is bringing me treats, and she has ordered something called Zylkene to keep me quiet. In 2 weeks, I will start going out for just 15 minutes a day, for 2 weeks, then 30 minutes a day for another 2 weeks. #1 is hoping I will not explode...

Here I am in my box:

And my treats!

Thanks again for all your good thoughts, Pals. I really appreciate it, as does #1. 

And lest we forget, here is the obligatory Heloise pin-up:

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Tama-Chan Tuesday

Tama-Chan: I have to tell you, Dear Friends, it's a tough job being Queen!

But someone's got to do it, right?


Monday, 24 July 2017

Memorial Monday

#1 here, to tell you what I was up to last Friday. Several months ago, I was asked by the British Percheron Horse society, of which I am a member, if I would be willing to represent them at a very special event in France. An organisation called AWAMO (Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation) was going to unveil a memorial to the animals that had lost their lives in WWI, working alongside the military. There were many, many horses, both light and heavy, plus mules, donkeys, dogs and even pigeons. Whereas the people who died in that horrendous conflict have many memorials to them, the animals remained forgotten victims. It is the Australians who started the creation of these documents with help and sponsorship from many others.

This particular monument is in Pozières, in the Somme, the site of the greatest loss of human and animal life for the Australian army during WWI. It is a five hour drive north from where I live, so I set out on Thursday afternoon, so as to be ready for the event on Friday morning.

The ceremony took most of the morning. There were high-level military representatives from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, France, Belgium, and Canada, as well as several prominent Australian politicians and veterinaries. There were several horses there, plus a pony and a donkey. One of the horses modelled a spectacular rug of purple poppies (which represent animals that died in war) that had been handmade in Australia:

Four monuments were dedicated: one to Australian animals, one to New Zealand animals, one to all animals, and one to veterinarians. They were all beautiful:

It was one of the most moving ceremonies I have ever attended, and I have never seen so many grown men cry as they made speeches. Even more touching was this: The British army was in the process of moving some of its military dogs from Germany back to the UK, and they stopped by to take part. Meet the dogs of war:


Are you noticing something here? Yes! One of the most commonly used breeds by the British Army is the English Springer Spaniel, just like Tommy! They are used as search and detection dogs and are considered the best of the best!

Of course, they do use Malinois Belgian Shepherds also, as protection dogs:

Pigeons were used a lot in WWI to send messages, and it was lovely to see some there:

A team of draft horses brought pigeons that were released during the ceremony:

 Some of the military brass:

It was so touching to see these animals finally getting recognition for their work and dedication. I will finish with a video of the Last Call being played by a bugler from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps:


 It was such a privilege to be there. This was the wreath I laid on behalf of the British Percheron Horse Society:

PS: Many thanks for all the enquiries and good wishes concerning Vidock. He is coming home today and will be on box rest for a couple of weeks.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Any Snuggles on Sunday?

Tama-Chan: It's been quite a week with Vidock's operation and #1 being away Thursday and Friday, and so we are a little short on the photo front for our SoS post.

... Except for me, that is! I have been holding up my end of the bargain! I have been snuggling with #1 in bed:

And also snuggling with my Tommy!

Now, this is not a snuggle shot but me and my Beebs sleeping peacefully so close together is as good as a snuggle!

Here is #1 snuggling with Genji:

Now the colours on this next photo are a bit strange. #1 had mistakenly put her camera on the "art filter" setting, but it is a rather exceptional group snuggle shot with Tommy, Sei-Chan, my Beebs and Da Genj!

#1 has been doing some outside snuggling. Here she is with little Merlin:

And she is always snuggling with Miss Heloise!

 We wish you all a snuggly Sunday, and remember to join us tomorrow when #1 will finally reveal what she was up to on Friday of last week!