Ay Chihuahua…

article-2609420-1D3C3A8C00000578-819_634x570One-year-old puppy fitted with plaster casts as he recovers from major surgery to repair his broken front legs after a BRICK fell on them.article-2609420-1D3C3A5B00000578-25_306x423 Bruno, a Chihuahua-Terrier cross, will have to wear casts on both his front paws for a few more weeks after the surgery at MSPCA-Angell’s Emergency and Critical Care Unit in Boston. Bruno’s owners decided to leave him in the care of the charity and he will be put up for adoption in two months time. 

More Here Bruno fitted with plaster casts as he recovers from major surgery to repair his broken front legs after a BRICK fell on them.

As if a Chihuahua needed more attitude than it’s born with – they go and cross him with a Terrier ;-) At 18 months he will have the spirit and the ability to bring down a charging Rhinoceros…  Yours Aye Chihuahua

Brampton phantom tyre slasher

The quaint old market town of Brampton (Est 700) is a pleasant quiet place to visit when walking around the hills and dales surrounding Carlisle, close to the West coast of Cumbria. Sadly over the past six months there have been reports of vandalism in the shape of yob’s slashing car tyres.      A place I have frequented often…bmm75For some owners it was a case of repeated slow punctures. Others awoke in the morning to find their tyres completely flat. Then Cumbria Police got the ‘lead’ they were looking for; after spending six months and countless hours studying CCTV in a bid to identify the series of attacks they identified the ‘vandal.’ Step forward Jess the border collie, who was named and shamed as the phantom tyre slasher, & embarrassed owner Edward Morgan.article-2605738-1D25877000000578-918_636x423Tyre vandal who blighted street for SIX MONTHS unmasked as border collie dog after it was caught savaging cars on CCTV

Poor Jess must have been ‘dog tyred’ after such exercise each day for six months (heh-heh!) ;-)             Yours Aye.

13-year-old eagle huntress

A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia. A photographer who snapped what could be the world’s only girl hunting with a golden eagle says watching her work was an amazing sight.  By William Kremer: BBC World Service       ‘Click all pics to enlarge’_74244199_72Photographer Asher Svidensky says, “Most children are a little intimidated by golden eagles. Kazakh boys in western Mongolia start learning how to use the huge birds to hunt for foxes and hares at the age of 13, when the eagles sit heavily on their undeveloped arms.” Svidensky, a photographer and travel writer, shot five boys learning the skill, he also photographed Ashol-Pan. “To see her with the eagle was amazing,” he recalls. “She was a lot more comfortable with it, a lot more powerful, and a lot more at ease._74151933_82The Kazakhs of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia are the only people that hunt with golden eagles, and today there are around 400 practising falconer’s. Ashol-Pan, the daughter of a particularly celebrated hunter, may well be the country’s only apprentice huntress. They hunt in winter, when the temperatures can drop to -40C (-40F). A hunt begins with days of trekking on horseback through snow to a mountain or ridge giving an excellent view of prey for miles around. Hunters generally work in teams. After a fox is spotted, riders charge towards it to flush it into the open, and an eagle is released. If the eagle fails to make a kill, another is released._74151931_76The skill of hunting with eagles, Svidensky says, lies in harnessing an unpredictable force of nature. “You don’t really control the eagle. You can try to make her hunt an animal, and then it’s a matter of nature. What will the eagle do? Will she make it? How will you get her back afterwards?” The eagles are not bred in captivity, but taken from nests at a young age. Female eaglets are chosen since they grow to a larger size; a large adult might be as heavy as seven kilos, with a wingspan of over 230cm (7′ 6″.)_74151935_84After years of service, on a spring morning, a hunter releases his mature eagle a final time, leaving a butchered sheep on the mountain as a farewell present. “That’s how the Kazakh eagle hunters make sure that the eagles go back to nature and have their own strong newborns, for the sake of future generations”, Svidensky says. He describes Ashol-Pan as a smiling, sweet and shy girl. His photographs of her engaging in what has been a male activity for around 2,000 years say something about Mongolia in the 21st Century._74245694_horse_976“The generation that will decide what will happen with every tradition that Mongolia contains is this generation,” says Svidensky, who showed Ashol-Pan’s family the photographs on his laptop. “Everything there is going to change and is going to be redefined – and the possibilities are amazing.”_74245692_family_976_74152805_compositeAnd I thought my childhood was great when I nurtured injured barn owls and a kestrel! Yours Aye.

Chinese Boxer Rebel’s storming the walls

The Nipper alarm went off at ‘O-crack-sparrow-fart’ this morning, which is very early indeed. In fact as early morning alarms go it is classed as earlier than ‘O-daft-O-clock,’ the latter of which beats nature’s dawn chorus by a full 30 minutes. As it was Nipper that stirred and growled (& not Joss and Hannah) I put it down to his inexperience in life and all things country-wise, after all he is still a ‘young-un’ experiencing is his first British Summer Time. Had it been a growl from the old and bold fearless Joss, followed up by Hannah’s wailing and gnashing of teeth, I may well have mustered the enthusiasm to crawl out from the depths of my bed and taken a look-see. Royal Marine Light Infantry-Circa 1901-PekingA05921Having turned over I went back to fighting the hordes of Chinese boxer rebels as they stormed the walls of the British delegation; the blame of which I put down to eating cheddar cheese toasties while watching the movie ’55 Days at Peking’ the evening before!

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Just as I parried a blow away from the boxer rebel’s bladed pole-arm, I shifted my body weight forward ready to ‘run me bayonet’ through the side of his chest. The low growling Nipper alarm sounded for the second time, which dragged my floating grey matter away from Peking’s bloody carnage back into the real world. Still no back up from the wiser canines as I lay motionless listening for the slightest noise (wondering about the boxer rebel who had almost been dispatched to meet his mystical spirit), according to my bedside time piece it was now ‘O-daft-O-clock.’ 

Nipper had succeeded in his attempt to bugger up my morning as I was wide awake and required a strong cuppa-char; it was time to put the kettle on and scan the outside area for the cause of his concern. First stop being the upstairs office for my ‘grab and run’ clothes that are positioned there to stop me charging around the building naked (in case of fire-or intruder.) The ‘young-un’ followed me cautiously as I entered the room, he was again growling lightly and walked toward the huge window in slow motion, cocking his head from side to side frowning as he did so. His manner put me on edge, that also pushed me to quickly jump into my rig of the day, boots and all. Only then did I gently tweak the blinds a tiny crack to peek outside to observe the cause of his agitation.  Click to enlargeFrench Partridge There before me in the field stood atop the tree logs were a pair of ‘alectoris rufa,’ or ‘deux perdrix français’ or even ‘two red legged french partridge!’ Nipper must have been blessed with a submariner’s acoustic hearing at birth, because Joss and Hannah were still pushing out zzzZZZ’s, whilst the cheeky french couple had been helping themselves to the wild bird seed in the garden (at the same time depriving an Englishman of his sleep.) I took the photograph and then spooked them both into flight-much to the annoyance of Nipper whose tail was wagging for England. His wish was to get out and play on the logs with his new-found gaily coloured Gaelic feathered friends. My wish was for a pot of tea and a bacon sandwich, and a manufacturer who makes ear defenders for young canines… Harrumph!            Yours Aye.

Army medic to the rescue

article-2598697-1CE6931A00000578-232_634x735Army medic rescues military sniffer dog who was due to be put to sleep after developing PTSD from its time searching for Taliban weapons in Afghanistan. A female soldier who befriended a heroic bomb-hunting dog in Afghanistan tracked down her canine comrade and gave him a new home after he became too timid to serve on the front lines. Angie McDonnell, 40, a reservist who served in war-torn Helmand province as a medic, became ‘best friends’ with four-year-old Vidar while the two were based at Camp Bastion.article-2598697-1CE6940E00000578-453_634x444

 But after they had served together, her four-legged friend – a Belgian Malinois – developed symptoms akin to post-traumatic stress disorder and started to lose his sight – which left him at risk of being put down. More Here: Army medic rescues military sniffer dog who was due to be euthanised after developing PTSD

Two heroes who justly deserve each other. BZ Angie McDonnell and Vidar… Yours Aye.

Weird and wonderful dreams

Super-Moon-over-Yorkshire-2013Why you’re more likely to have weird and wonderful dreams when there’s a full moon. Slept badly? Had strange dreams? Blame the moon. People have more weird and wonderful dreams around the time of the full moon, a British study found. The content of our dreams doesn’t vary with the seasons or with the days of the week, it showed. But in the week or so surrounding a full moon, they are decidedly more ‘weird and bizarre’. Psychologist Richard Wiseman made the surprise discovery as he analysed the experiences of 1,000 volunteers who were played sounds as they slept. More Here On why you’re more likely to have weird and wonderful dreams when there’s a full moondog424pa

If a ‘trick-cyclist’ analysed my dreams on the eve of a full moon and made his findings public, I would have hollywood beating my door down for the film rights. Though I must admit I am more at peace with the world of late, perhaps Hannah and Nipper are a calming influence… As posted last year…The Beast In Me…            Yours Aye

Dolphin seeks assistance

Diver and dolphinDuring a night dive in Hawaii, a group of divers noticed a dolphin swimming eerily close to their group. One experienced diver noticed the dolphin’s pectoral fin was tangled up with fishing line and a hook, so he motioned for the dolphin to come over. What happened next is amazing.                Video Clip here: Dolphin Rescue Hawaii       Yours Aye.Diver removing line

Wylie; SCRUFFTS Top Dog

‘Afghan Hound’ – Wylie the mongrel goes from mean streets of Kandahar to Crufts and faces a new battle to win top dog. He had been savagely beaten and left for dead when a convoy of British soldiers discovered him while on patrol in Kandahar. Now Wylie has marked a miraculous transformation from battered stray on war torn streets to win a prestigious award at this year’s Crufts show.article-2575735-1C1DA35400000578-837_634x729Tonight he was crowned Best Crossbreed Rescue at the Scruffts show, which is part of the world’s biggest pedigree dog show.Wylie triumphed over five other dogs competing in the final of Scruffts. His owner, Sarah Singleton, from Yeovil, Somerset, said: ‘I am so incredibly proud of him. ‘The journey he has been on from his beginnings in Afghanistan where he was near death so many times, to now in the main ring at Crufts is just amazing. ‘By winning he represents all the rescue dogs in all the world. ‘He has changed my life and is the most wonderful companion you could possibly wish for.’article-2575735-1C1B59E200000578-953_634x365 

Wylie was plucked from certain death by some kind-hearted soldiers in February 2011 who took him to an army base where he was treated for some horrific injuries. The owner helped nurse him back to heath and now describes him as a ‘gentle, trusting and loving dog’. It is an extraordinary turnaround considering the state in which Wylie was found.

His ears were cut off – a long standing tradition for Afghan dogs used for fighting – and he was stabbed and run over by a car. Back at base, Wylie was patched up by an Australian woman soldier, who feared he would not last the night. Astonishingly, he did, but days later was back after dog-fighters had hacked off his ears, before cutting his muzzle open. He was again patched up only to return with new injuries that included a stab wound to the chest and a severed tail.  Owner Sarah Singleton – ‘Wylie’ – Penn Farthing of Nowzadarticle-2575735-1C1B5C1B00000578-689_634x376After thugs threw him under a car the Australian soldier began planning to take him home. Like many soldiers who befriended dogs during Afghan tours of duty, she knew of the work of Nowzad, which had been set up by Farthing, then a Marine Sergeant, after he broke up a dog fight in the Helmand town of Now Zad in 2006 and adopted one of the dogs. MORE HERE Wylie the mongrel goes from mean streets of Kandahar to Crufts and faces a new battle to win top dog

Very well done to Sarah for putting the time in on Wylie, a remarkable forgiving dog. I would also like to recommend a double ‘make a mend’ for Penn Farthing and his wife Lisa for their sterling effort and work in putting the Nowzad organisation together.               Yours Aye.    A ‘make a mend’ is a working tradition of the RN/RM; it being granted as an afternoon off work to ‘make and mend’ uniforms on board ship, Circa 1600′s.

I don’t give two hoots!

article-2573334-1B70265500000578-272_634x489Meet Bertie, the owl who is afraid of going outside.. and he loves nothing more than helping his owner make a cup of tea. Bertie, the three-year-old tawny owl is agoraphobic. It shares a farmhouse with its owner Peter Middleton, and after its daily bath likes to dry its feathers by sitting on top of the AGAarticle-2573334-1B702D8400000578-955_634x449When it isn’t welcoming guests with a hoot or preening them on the sofa, it is hard at work letter shredding in the office. More hereMeet Bertie, the owl who is afraid of going outside.. and he loves nothing more than helping his owner make a cup of teaarticle-2573334-1B70274D00000578-939_634x635

The wise old owl
Sat in an oak.
The more he saw,
The less he spoke.
The less he spoke,
The more he heard.
Why can’t we be like
That wise old bird?

Wise words indeed… Yours Aye.

Higgs the back-packing highlander

article-2572856-1C078A8100000578-377_636x382Bag Puss! ‘Higgs’ the Glasgwegian cat accompanies his owners, PhD students Christian Witte and Kamia Mohammadi, on bracing walks along the Scottish coastline. The five-month-old tabby hates to be separated from his owners, so when they went on holiday to the Scottish Highlands, Higgs came too. And when it got too windy for him, he simply climbed into Mr Witte’s backpack. More Here with video clip: Tiny kitten ‘Higgs’ becomes unlikely Highland adventurer by hitching a ride in its owner’s rucksack A great name for a cat.

I hope for Christian Witte’s sake that the top compartment of his back pack is filled with cat litter, and not his sandwiches…                Yours Aye.

Cat turned dog turned werewolf

Tennessee-based breeders crossed a cat with a naturally-occurring Sphinx mutation and a black domestic short hair to create the Lykoi (pictured below), which has a ‘strong prey drive’. The new breed has no hair around its eyes, nose, ears and muzzle as well as a consistently patchy coat on the rest of its body, which makes it look like a werewolf!article-2556902-1B6422F100000578-437_634x538 Breeders develop a CAT that looks like a WEREWOLF and acts like a DOG I have said it before, and I will say it again. Why on earth does a cat require any further advantage than the flick knives nails it already possesses… As it is they should come with a concealed weapons permit! How do I break this news to Nipper of the North?      Yours Aye.

Pet store arsonists caught

article-2555205-1B54D88000000578-606_636x382A man on the run after allegedly helping set fire to a Las Vegas pet store was arrested Friday in Crown Point, Indiana. On January 27, Kirk Bills was caught on surveillance cameras helping 35-year-old Gloria Lee torch her business, Prince and Princess pet shop, with 27 live puppies inside. Luckily, firefighters responded in time to save all the puppies and they are now in the care of animal control. Lee was arrested soon after the fire, but initially authorities had a hard time finding 27-year-old Bills. They eventually tracking him down to Crown Point on Friday, the same day that a judge raised Lee’s bail to $310,000 and took her into custody at the Clark County Detention Center.article-2555205-1B3A383600000578-779_634x420 Full story here: Boxer who helped burn down woman’s pet store in fire that almost killed 27 puppies is CAPTURED more than a thousand miles away after going on the run

A pair of despicable heartless ‘barstewards’, who deserve all that is coming to them… A round of applause for the firefighters.      Yours Aye

Bone headed builder & just desserts

article-2551545-1B316FF300000578-311_964x347A builder has given his pet dog away after she chewed a hole through the wheel arch of his prized £80,000 Aston Martin. Royston Grimstead, 42, was distraught when he came home to find his border collie spaniel cross Luce had chewed through the fibreglass panel of his luxury car. Mr Royston, from Chedzoy, Somerset, said the dog had never gone for any of his possessions before she chewed her way through the car last Wednesday. MORE HERE:  Car fanatic gives his pet away after she chews a HOLE through fibre glass wheel arch of his prized £80,000 Aston Martin

If I had my way I would ban the bone headed builder from keeping dogs. A border collie-spaniel cross requires a lot of of exercise, and looking at ‘Luce’ pictured I would lay odds on that she is getting less than the absolute minimum required. Where ever she was re-homed to, it has to be a far better place than she left behind.            Yours Aye.

Nun but the brave…

One week ago, three nuns from New York had to say goodbye to the dog that they had lived with them for about eight years. The trio – all in their seventies – live in the village of Pomona, north of New Hempstead, and decided to into the Hi Tor Animal Care Centre. They had one intention: To adopt a dog that no one else wanted. Then they met Remy, a nine-year-old pit bull that had been at the shelter since October. article-0-1AF6B03D00000578-82_636x382Sister Veronica Mendez said she knew immediately that they had found their new member of the family. ‘I wanted to bring a dog home that might get euthanized if we didn’t take her,’ said Sister Veronica Mendez, ‘And when I noticed the sign said ‘nine years,’ I said, ‘Virginia, we want this one, because nobody else is going to want her.’ West Artope, executive director at Hi Tor, told The Huffington Post that he was surprised that the nuns weren’t deterred by the thought of owning a pit bull. ‘Most people have a pretty bad understanding of pits,” Artope said. MORE HERE: Match made in heaven! Meet the three nuns who rescued elderly abandoned pit bull ‘Remy’ from being euthanised

A good home and good companions, these three ladies are angels as far as Remy (and I) are concerned.       Yours Aye.

Cry havoc & let loose the cat of war

This afternoon I was loafing on the shared ‘canine/ex-bootneck’ long settee in my office, having just returned from a walk in a cold killer wind; when my ‘mail’ pinged. It was from a good mate whose wife fosters cats for owners who require short/long stay hospital treatment. Currently they are proud foster parents to three felines, belonging to a single owner who is due to be released from hospital tomorrow. It is fair to say that my mate is a reluctant foster parent, as cats make him sneeze… Really sneeze, and I do mean REALLY SNEEZE, often, and sustained, until the cats are redeployed back from where they whence came! His good wife has assured him that this last batch of triplets are definitely the last they will ever foster; sadly she also said that in early December last year. It has to be said that it is done out of the kindness of their her heart, as it is part of a charity assisted program. Having clicked on the JPEG images attached they eventually started popping open. From over my shoulder there was a loud audible gulp as the first image appeared!armor1armor2

I turned to find Nipper doing a double take at me, and then at the screen, just as the second image popped. I would swear to the fact that I heard a whispered ‘Oh Bugger‘ in a Yorkshire accent, which is the equivalent of a whispered ‘Santa María’ in a Spanish accent! I frantically tried to shield the third image as it popped open, but failed miserably!armor3

Then I noticed the bones alongside the felines flick-claw-pads? What on ‘Gawds’ green earth am I looking at, It is a cat in full armour. In fact it is described as ‘cat battle armor’, made of real leather and works as a harness, but also “allows unimpeded movement across the battlefield or living room floor.”

Without further ado I called my mate (and reassured Nipper he was dreaming, as I gently closed the laptop screen). It transpires that my mate is actually taking delivery of a young rescue dog, a typical ‘Heinz 57 varieties’ type, which he has walked and associated with over the past few days, without one single ‘kertishoooo’ taking place.vevon-rex-cat-pictures-419

It further transpires that the six month old canine will also have a pal, a young short-haired Devon Rex kitten, which again he has actually associated with, without any air pressured droplets being fired from his flared nostrils. He reckons it’s a fair trade-off as it will keep his ‘missus’ happy, and he has recently started working from home full-time, so big smiles all round. Except… when he arrived back home from picking up a morning paper, the cat battle armor was left on full view on his wife’s computer screen. Apparently it is actually a harness, a very well made battle harness… Schnabuble: Cat Battle Armor

Subliminal mind planted images! Did I also mention that my mate is very gullible, and that to this day his ‘missus’ can still wrap him around her little finger? Consider your self told, and I dread to think what his puppy is going to end up wearing!  As if bloody cat’s require a secondary advantage ;-)            Yours Aye