MAY I PRESENT TO YOU


May I present to you my new garden helper ? I still have the old one but she is almost 14 now and is no longer interested in gardening.

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THIS IS OZZY, A SPANISH HOMELESS STREET DOG WHICH I ADOPTED ABOUT 2 WEEKS AGO, HE CAME BY PLANE TO BRUSSELS AIRPORT WHERE I COLLECTED HIM, HE IS 2 YEARS OLD, HE ADAPTED IMMEDIATELY TO FAMILY LIFE AND HE SEEMS TO BE HAPPY, HE WAS IN A REAL STATE WHEN SOMEONE FOUND HIM AND BROUGHT HIM TO THE SHELTER.

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45 thoughts on “MAY I PRESENT TO YOU

  1. First, I must say that Ozzie is absolutely adorable. Whenever I have adopted a pet, as soon as the cat or dog was put in my arms I was instantly in love. Second, thanks so much for liking my drawing of Cloud.

  2. Oh, good for you my dear. Thank you for helping one of the lost four-legged children of this world. By adopting an animal well past puppyhood you made the choice to take an abandoned animal into your home, your relationships, your life – regardless, or in spite of, the difficulties. And that animal came with a personal history . . . a history where they may have been hurt and certainly were at least abandoned. This dog came to you after losing the only world he knew. Perhaps you imagined what it had been like living in that other place, and to help him adjust you blessed him with time, space, and love to heal. I’ve adopted all of my animals (it’s been over thirty years now,) including a devastated blue and gold macaw with serious socialization problems. I’ve found, somehow, the right pet somehow finds you, and the bonding (and friendship,) is tremendous. Even if the animal has been abused, With the right ‘parents,’ magic happens. Our wonderful Macaw, Ellie Bellie Turtle Dove, (Ellie for short,) was psychotic when we took her in some nineteen years ago. She was kept for the first four years of her life in an ill-equipped dog-cage suspended from the ceiling. Although hand-raised as a baby, by the time I rescued her she was feral. She had been rarely let out of the cage and had lost all socialization and adaptation skills. Ellie was a mess. She had two nasty habits. First she was addicted to sunflower seeds which was her primary diet. These are highly addictive to Macaws and they often won’t eat anything but, once started on them. The second habit was severe. She was a terrible feather plucker. Ellie looked like a plucked chicken right down to the bare drumsticks. She’d devastated her entire back, breast and legs in just four years out of boredom. She had a reputation as an angry, sometimes vicious bird with a beak that could sever fingers in one snap. Nevertheless, I went into the adoption thinking she had the right to be angry – I know I would have been had I been caged unendingly for four years. I also knew she was coming home to an entirely new situation and that she would need comfort, attention, time and forgiveness from mistakes to reach some kind of mental stability. Several people including professionals disagreed with me. They warned of the dangers of adopting a grown, feral parrot – one who spanned 24 inches tip to tail and weighed in around eight pounds. Also, not only had she a devastating beak . . . she had a developed mind and could think for herself. She knew exactly what was going on and what was said – she understood language to a high degree. By around three years old, Blue and Gold Macaws reach the intellectual level of a four-year old child and the emotional level of a two-year old. This makes them darned smart. Her first owner, the one who kept her jailed, gave Ellie to a couple unused to large birds who promptly threw in the towel after one week. When I came to take her home, the couple was afraid to touch her. I put Ellie (this dangerous, vicious bird,) in her travel box alone and unassisted and (uneventfully) took Ellie to the car. I verbally introduced myself, told her what was happening and that I was glad to meet her. I put my finger against the bars of the travel cage and touched her beak. She reciprocated by kissing my fingertip with her tongue. Ellie than spontaneously spoke, saying: “HI! How are you?” while staring directly in my eyes and bobbing her head. I bobbed back then said, “I’m fine Ellie, how are you?” She thought for a moment, then responded with a resounding . . .”FINE!” and again we bobbed. After a few minutes alone we were communicating on neutral ground. I knew then we’d do just fine and after a few (expected) difficult years, we did. Ellie not only excelled, she exceeded every expectation we had. I can tell you, too, are off to an excellent start. Your beautiful baby looks very happy in your picture; quite relaxed for such new circumstances. Congratulations! Excellent work. Just look into those awesome, sparkling eyes for confirmation – you’ll see his heart there, and it is glowing. Thank you for making the effort – for taking responsibility by adopting an older animal. They are so worth our time and love, and they give so very much in return. It’s like getting a forgotten part of your soul back every day.

    • Ozzy is doing fine and feels very much at home, he doesn’t like going out when it is cold or rainy cos where he came from it is warm and sunny all the time. When I saw him on internet I just new I had to help this little guy, and I haven’t regret this for a second ! He is so cute and sweet and he has a lovely personality, he is still afraid of many things especially men, he is slowly getting used to my husband, at first he was just terrified when my husband came in !
      I love macaws !!! But I don’t want to have them they don’t belong here and they don’t belong in a cage, I aways feel so sad when birds are kept in a cage !!! Your Ellie is a lucky bird !

  3. I’m so incredibly happy for you both. He is absolutely adorable. My hubby and I have two wonderful, loving adopted shelter dogs – Timber and Katie. Timber became a seizure alert service dog when John was having serious neurological problems a few years ago. Even though John is much better these days, Timber is rarely far from his side. I,m just thrilled that you also chose a shelter dog. He’s a winner! :o)

  4. I have 4 rescue cuties, 2 dogs and 2 cats. They need constant love and care, but worth all of it. Wild thing is my maltese/dauchsund mix, Soft Sophie is my snauhzer/poodle mix, Henrietta my tabby feral cat that would not go away, and last my old Callie, a rescue from the work dock. No more my son tells me. They are all full of fun and love, and animal smiles when they see me. That makes it worth all the trouble and expense.

  5. What a sweet face. Ozzy looks like an old soul. Here in the USA, we have 2 ridiculous Boston terriers, a rescue beagle and two cats from Andalusia. There is no language barrier; the dogs know to stay out of the cats way. Lovely post.

      • twice ? you managed to post this 3 times !! and yes, he is quite a character but sweet and he loves to be hold and cuddled and pampered, after 2 weeks of being part of our family he completely feels at home although he is still a bit afraid of my husband, at first he was scared stiff when my husband wanted to touch him but after many treats he has given him he is now less afraid…so in time it will be ok.

    • they told me it’s a cross with a yorkshire terrier and he has a few yorky hairs on his back but I think he has a lot of maltheser in him, his character is definitely that of a terrier ! but he is adorable and already used to his life of luxary ! How I wish dogs could talk !!!

      • I’m not quite sure how to post a pic in a reply but here’s a link to my Flickr album set with photos of the dogs, hope that’s okay. They are in order of age: Zoe, Ziggy, Molly & Milly, plus 3 rescue cats – Jezebel and her two kittens, Sweetie & Tinkerbell, plus Bella, a ginger,black and white kitten with one eye. Sadly we lost Tinkerbell, she disappeared one night. Zoe started out as a tiny bundle of fur and bones and is now bidding fair to resemble a baby elephant, Ziggy is damaged goods, very nervy because he was badly treated before we got him, very neurotic but loving; and Milly & Molly are sisters who also seemed to have suffered abuse prior to finding a home with us as they’re both a bit nervy and submissive.
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/organize/?start_tab=one_set72157632017858520

      • thanks a lot ! this worked ! you have some lovely pictures there ! cute dogs, sofa lovers ! it doesn’t take long for dogs and cats to find the best places hey !!! how do you manage to keep the peace amongst them ?

      • If they scrap we mainly let them get on with it, they usually sort themselves out and as they’re a pack, they need to work out themselves who’s who in the order of things. However, Ziggy is a bit dim and tries it on with Zoe who, because she’s heaps bigger than him and is the alpha female, beats the daylights out of him! On the whole, they get on well, one becomes “it” and they all chase that dog, then they swap, and if one wants to call a halt, they run indoors. They’re not allowed to fight indoors. I have had 3 bad falls due to them tripping me up as they’re running around but it’s not intentional and I walk very carefully now!

      • I always had female dogs and apparently they fight till death, males fight till they know who is boss the vet told me ,I didn’t know that before I took them in, so at the moment I have an old (14) female cross westie/maltheser and I thougt a male friend would be ok but she is jalous and suffers from old age ailments, ofcourse it’s early days yet as ozzy is here since last week so I hope it will get better… fingers crossed hey

      • Zoe is boss cocky in our mob – anyone crosses the line with her and she lets them know she’s top dog. Poor old Ziggy keeps trying but just gets thumped! I can’t believe how big she’s grown – when we found her outside our apartment, she was about six weeks old and a bundle of bone and fur, riddled with fleas, ticks and lice. We weren’t sure she would survive the night, we washed her, gave her water with a teaspoon and some boiled rice and chicken, then next morning she was able to drink water on her own, so we knew she’d be okay. She was so small we thought she’d be a little dog like our Jack Russell, Rosie, who made it through to 16.5. We had actually just decided to stick with the cats when Zoe turned up, and then came the other three dogs. Hey-ho. Zoe, like I said, now resembles a baby elephant. Stray dogs and cats are a huge problem in North Cyprus, it’s hard not to brin home every stray dog you see.

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