Thursday, June 28, 2012

Please Allow Me to Brighten Your Day!

This post comes from Sue Ann of SamsFurKids.

In 2003, police in Warwickshire, England, opened a garden shed and found a whimpering, cowering dog. The dog had been locked in the shed and abandoned. It was dirty and malnourished, and had quite clearly been abused. 

In an act of kindness, the police took the dog, which was a female greyhound, to the Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, which is run by a man named Geoff Grewcock, and known as a haven for animals abandoned, orphaned, or otherwise in need.

Geoff and the other sanctuary staff went to work with two aims: to restore the dog to full health, and to win her trust. It took several weeks, but eventually both goals were achieved. They named her Jasmine, and they started to think about finding her an adoptive home.

Jasmine, however, had other ideas. No one quite remembers how it came about, but Jasmine started welcoming all animal arrivals at the sanctuary. It would not matter if it were a puppy, a fox cub, a rabbit or, any other lost or hurting animal. Jasmine would just peer into the box or cage and, when and where possible, deliver a welcoming lick.

Geoff relates one of the early incidents. "We had two puppies that had been abandoned by a nearby railway line. One was a Lakeland Terrier cross and another was a Jack Russell Doberman cross. They were tiny when they arrived at the centre, and Jasmine approached them and grabbed one by the scruff of the neck in her mouth and put him on the settee. Then she fetched the other one and sat down with them, cuddling them." 

"But she is like that with all of our animals, even the rabbits. She takes all the stress out of them, and it helps them to not only feel close to her, but to settle into their new surround ings. She has done the same with the fox and badger cubs, she licks the rabbits and guinea pigs, and even lets the birds perch on the bridge of her nose."

Jasmine, the timid, abused, deserted waif, became the animal sanctuary's resident surrogate mother, a role for which she might have been born. The list of orphaned and abandoned youngsters she has cared for comprises five fox cubs, four badger cubs, fifteen chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and fifteen rabbits - and one roe deer fawn. Tiny Bramble, eleven weeks old, was found semi-conscious in a field. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Jasmine cuddled up to her to keep her warm, and then went into the full foster-mum role. Jasmine the greyhound showers Bramble the roe deer with affection, and makes sure nothing is matted.

"They are inseparable," says Geoff. "Bramble walks between her legs, and they keep kissing each other. They walk together round the sanctuary. It's a real treat to see them."

Jasmine will continue to care for Bramble until she is old enough to be returned to woodland life. When that happens, Jasmine will not be lonely. She will be too busy showering love and affection on the next orphan or victim of abuse.

Pictured from the left are: "Toby", a stray Lakeland dog; "Bramble", orphaned roe deer; "Buster", a stray Jack Russell; a dumped rabbit; "Sky", an injured barn owl; and "Jasmine", with a mother's heart doing best what a caring mother would do...and such is the order of God's Creation. 
So you can pass this story on, and maybe make someone else's day to be just a little brighter!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


These blog ideas were sent in by Sue Ann, from . I just love this one.
I just love this breed too. A Briard. really does look like a boy in a dog suit. LOL: A golden retriever has become something of a local celebrity in China for his habit of guarding his owner’s bicycle. Luo Wencong does not need to buy a bike lock as his dog, Li Li, keeps such a close eye on his two-wheeler. Locals in Nanning, capital of Guangxi Province, has renamed Li Li ‘Bike Hugging Dog’ because of his unusual habit. Lua says Li Li is so clever that he can also count, carry baskets of shopping and take out the rubbish. “Whenever I park up my bike, he wraps his forelegs around it to prevent it from being stolen,” he said. “He’s such a clever dog. I talk with him all the time, and he understands me quite well.”Li Li also helped with the shopping and took out the rubbish every night, taking it downstairs and to a bin 200 metres away. “Someone once offered me 10,000 Yuan (£1,000) to buy him, but I refused,” added Luo. Thanks Sue Ann. Diana

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

a day on the farm

Hi all and happy Tuesday this is a post about my trip up to the farm. My other halfs dad owns a hobby farm and runs cattle on it here are some photos. It was a lovely day. Afternoon tea. We all stopped for afternoon tea, coffee in a thermos and biscuits brought from home. These are the three Rawlings men three generations from oldest to youngest. This is Ash and his brother Kenny one of the dams me relaxing in the sun One of Johns cows (John is father of Ash and Ken) I love this pic cause you can see its reflection in the dam, This is the second dam. some cows taking a much needed drink Littlered with tongue out showing how gentle she is with John me and Littlered John says my hair matches hers new sheep! they adopted the farm by wondering in cows and sheep This is a little robbin resting on the farm gate can't be a farm without a tractor Ken with his farm grown pumpkins (I got one and made it into soup) Little Reds Calf not as quiet as Little red though Little red wasn't hand reared just naturally quiet and likes a good scratch Me and Ash

Monday, June 25, 2012

Handmade Items for Pet Lovers 6/25/12

Each weekday, the members of the Pets Jubilee Team on Etsy choose an item to promote from all of the active members. Here are last week's handcrafted items:


 Please click on the image to go to the item and click on the name to visit their Etsy shop.  

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Walrus Work Out

I can never get myself motivated to start working out, but this should help inspire me:

Friday, June 22, 2012

What’s in a name?

 Sent in by Pauline from 

The famous Olympic skier Picabo Street (pronounced Pee-Ka-Boo) is not just an athlete. She is now a nurse currently working at an
Intensive Care Unit of a large metropolitan hospital. She is not permitted to answer the hospital telephones any longer.

It caused too much confusion when she would answer the phone and say, Picabo, I.C.U.

      (Admit it ... you're smiling) 

Thursday, June 21, 2012


 Baby penguin meeting a baby dolphin
A firefighter giving a kitten oxygen  
A baby owl
A turtle the size of a grape
An embarrassed walrus
 A cat with a permanent top hat
A pug with pug slippers
A baby hedgehog taking a bubble bath
An otter showing you its baby

Alice England

Monday, June 18, 2012

close ups of feathered friends

Hi all and Happy Tuesday here are some closeups of our feathered friends that we keep or that keep us. This is a very pretty Quail called the BlackBreasted Quail she has a lot of black on her head and chest to say she's a she. this lot is some stubble quail plus the blackbreasted they are both Australian native quail species. My favorite quail is next the californian quail they are funny they roost like chickens Pineapple green cheek conure parents daddy and mummy to Bubbaguts these next two are of Ash's lovebirds Peachies and Fischers I believe his favorite is the Lutino the yello with orange head. enjoy

Handmade Pet Supplies 6/18/12

Each weekday, the members of the Pets Jubilee Team on Etsy choose an item to promote from all of the active members. Here are last week's handcrafted items:

  Please click on the image to go to the item and click on the name to visit their Etsy shop. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Have You Met Business Cat?

My office has been trying to hire him for months now.  If you'd like to learn more about Business Cat and what he does down at Yarn Barn corporate office, click here.