Sunday, March 8, 2015

Bon's Casey on Fire (Casey) 10 Mar 1999 to 26 Feb 2015

The day arrived that we had to make the decision to farewell Casey.
We had a lovely week at Matarangi and although she spent most of her time at the bach walking round and round the the house, she was well and showed signs of the beautiful girl she was.

 We took her to the wharf a couple of times for a paddle.

 She was good and walked well.
 A family shot
A tired girl.  
After walking around the bach she would crash and sleep 
for a while.  Here she is crashed at the water bowl.
It felt like she deteriorated on the last day and got quite distressed in the car 
when we got caught up in rush hour traffic on the way home.
  She could hardly stand when we got home. 
We gave her a day at home and she had a lot of trouble standing and would end up
lying down.  Here Arnie is keeping her company.  He has been a constant companion to her
and I am grateful that she made it home.  This photo was taken on the morning
we had her put to sleep.  She hadn't improved and it was time to relieve her of pain.
It was a really hard day but she had a good long life and she was no longer able to walk freely 
and had stopped eating her dinner unless I helped her.  
At  midday on the 26th Feb 2015
I helped my best friend of nearly 16 years pass to Rainbow Bridge.
Tribute To A Best Friend
Sunlight streams through window pane
unto a spot on the floor....
then I remember,
it's where you used to lie,
but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
and muted echoes sound....
then I remember,
It's where your paws would joyously abound.
A voice is heard along the road,  
and up beyond the hill,
then I remember it can't be yours....
your golden voice is still.
But I'll take that vacant spot of floor
and empty muted hall
and lay them with the absent voice
and unused dish along the wall.
I'll wrap these treasured memorials
in a blanket of my love
and keep them for my best friend
until we meet above.
Author Unknown

Friday, August 8, 2014

Introducing Hogan (Kiwibeatz Mister Hogan)

On the 1st July I was approached by my friend Paula to see if we were
ready for another Border Collie.  We hadn't planned on getting another one so soon
after Rocky but it seems that this was meant to be.  After some discussion and
checking out of photos we agreed to take this little Mister.
The photo that won me.
On the 11th July we drove down to Pirongia early to meet and collect the newest addition to our family.
Lil Mister or Mister as Paula called him, was her favourite from the litter and she 
wanted to keep him but couldn't so we are now the privileged owners of
Kiwibeatz Mister Hogan (Hogan)
whelped 23rd May 2014. 
Saying goodbye to Paula
 Sitting up looking forward in his crate ready for the trip home.
Happy wee man with the toy from his father.
Sleeping puppy
 Checking out his new home
 The old girl waiting to mark the spot
 Meeting Arnie
Settled like he has been here forever.

Chicks and Chickens

On the 7th June we had 6 chicks hatched out of the 6 eggs that 2 hens were
sitting on.
There are 4 white and 2 brown chicks.
This photo taken 29th June 2014
The 2 hens started fighting so the brown one was removed.
I made an outside enclosure so they could move about a bit.
Johnny Snow the Rooster looking in.  He was the only survivor
from the 2 chicks hatched last year.
DH put some branches in the play pen and the chicks  are climbing them.
On the 25th July I found one white chick sitting by itself with its head tucked
side ways.  Brought it inside as it was cold and kept it in the cat cage thinking it 
was about to die.  It perked up and was getting about so put it back with the others that
afternoon.  Checked later and the hen had pushed it out.  Put it back in the cat cage and
kept it inside overnight. It was looking good and chirping so put it out in with the others again.
 White hen and the 5 chicks, 2 Aug 2014
Here it is now.  The white hen wouldn't let it back in  so set up a little hutch 
and put one of the gold hens with the chick.  The first night I had to place it
with the hen but after that she seems to have kept it warm.  It holds its head to the 
side sometimes but is certainly eating and being kept warm.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Casey Pup

Casey gave us a fright.  On the Tuesday night after we had laid Rocky to rest, 
she raced up the drive with the other 2 and then coming back she was really slow.
That wasn't entirely unusual as both Casey and Rocky had been slow on the return of our
half walk.  I went about some of my normal routine and then found Casey sprawled on the deck. 
 I thought she had slipped between the deck and the wall so lifted her up and she fell again.

From Tuesday to Friday she could hardly stand up and needed assistance to get her walking.
I thought we were going to lose her on the same week as Rocky.  I managed to get time off work
and we booked her in to the Vet's on the Friday afternoon.  She started to look better so 
cancelled the appointment.  On the Saturday morning, I went off to get a couple of things and
came home to find Stuart really worried about Casey.  We had a long discussion and I phoned
the Vet's and made an appointment for 5.15pm.  

We put Casey on the dog bed in the dining room and covered her with a blanket.
I brought my computer downstairs and worked on a photo album I had made digitally 
for Casey and also one for Rocky.   About 2 hours before the appointment, Casey woke up
and looked at me with bright Casey eyes.  I got her up and she walked freely around the garden.
We cancelled the appointment again and now 2 weeks later she is better and more like herself.

She is getting herself upstairs again and following me like she always has.  
She runs after the others and is eating all her dinner again.  She is one amazing 15 year old dog.
Arnie with his dog Casey.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Rimrock Valerian Rocker (Rocky) 10 Apr 2001 to 19 May 2014

It is a sad day today as we said goodbye to Rocky.  The poor boy has been deteriorating steadily but over the past 2 to 3 weeks it has been more rapid.  It went from struggling but managing to get upstairs to last night when he collapsed in a heap walking across the kitchen floor.  It was one of the hardest decisions I have made as he was so good in himself.  His eyes were still bright and he was eating well.  He started drinking lots over the past 2 weeks and over the past week I had been getting up once or twice a night to let him out to the toilet.  He was amazing in that he would try to stand and most times managed but on occasions I had to help him.  He was finding it harder to squat.  He was still looking after himself and the front end was still looking really good.

Last night I decided to stay home from work and take him to the Vet.  I felt bad as he ate his tux biscuit with his usual gusto and his piece of toast.  He stayed on his bed for much longer than normal and then made it outside and lay in the sun.

We came home from the Vet's and let all the other dogs and cats say goodbye.  Shilo stayed in the back of the car with Rocky until I was ready to move him to his grave.  She has been really devoted to him and will miss him.  Casey and Rocky have always been good friends.  Casey seems sad too but with not hearing I think some of it is passing her by.  Rocky is now laid to rest beside Bruno with some of his favourite things.  I put the leftover of his favourite squeaky toy, a ball and an old bone in with him.  I planted a camellia on him and the alstoemeria back.

We Have A Secret
We have a secret, you and I
that no one else shall know,
for who but I can see you lie
each night in fire glow?
And who but I can reach my hand
before we go to bed
and feel the living warmth of you
and touch your silken head?
And only I walk woodland paths
and see ahead of me,
your small form racing with the wind
so young again, and free.
And only I can see you swim
in every brook I pass
and when I call, no one but I
can see the bending grass.
Author Unknown

RIP in my sweet gentle Rocky boy.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Creatures in the Night

Early hours of the morning I could hear something going on downstairs.
On descending the stairs at 5.15am, I was shocked to find this laid
out on the floor under the table.
I assume Arnie was the the hunter as Jake was on the bed with me at the time.
My first thought was, are the chicks OK.
Yes both alive and well.
A few days later DH phones me to say Jake has come home with a stoat.
Jake proudly displaying his catch.
Go the cat patrol you have both earned your board and lodgings
this week.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sad and Happy Day

On Monday the 4th Nov 2013 we had to farewell our Peter rabbit.
6 Jan 2008 to 4 Nov 2013
 For the past month or so we had been letting Peter out to free roam in
the garden.  Here he surrounded by the cats.
 Hanging out with Poppy.
On the night we farewelled Peter, I discovered the 2 eggs had
hatched that Snowtop had been sitting on.  We turned the rabbit hutch into a
chicken nursery and here she is with her two little chicks.