Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Hermione

Just had to share a story with you about my beautiful cat Hermione.  She is a rescued Feral – got her when she was pregnant 13 years ago.  She was wild then, but gradually tamed down.  She is very ill at the moment with cancer, and has had an op to remove a part of her nose.  But the best patient ever.  Patiently lets me nebulise her twice a day and will let me give her tabs without restraining her.

About six years ago some new dogs were brought to our home (we already had 4 that were easy with the cats).  These three dogs were being looked after for a friend, and were not as cat-friendly.  Our property is large, so I was not too concerned.  Until the middle of the night when I woke up.  To see two of the cats sitting at the foot of the bed looking at me, and Hermione sitting on my chest peeing – it was very deliberate, and has never happened again – I got her message loud and clear.  The cats did not feel safe outside – so needed to let me know …  The situation was rectified the very next day.  Hermione is the coolest cat in the world(-: 

 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Happy birthday angel


25 years ago today my life turned upside down.  A deep unconditional love was revealed when I witnessed your birth.  It was the start of a journey of miracles where I began to learn about the bullshit of myself. I was shown how to be true.  I learned that caring is not about wanting but about giving.  I learned how to trust without giving myself away. When I see you again cannot come soon enough.  Miss you so much.  With huge gratitude for sharing your enormous spirit.  You changed mine and so many lives.

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Friday, 10 July 2015

Lovely little critters and pretty useful!

Rats in Africa are saving tons of lives

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Everyone's least favourite rodent has been tasked with cleaning up the lethal leftovers of war.  
Land mines kill thousands every year, but these rats have been trained to save lives by sniffing out the scent of explosives.  
The group responsible for training the rodents is APOPO – which stands for  
Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling in Dutch, or Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development in English.  
  
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Using positive reinforcement that is respectful to the animals, these African pouched rats are taught to identify explosives and then alert their handler. 
  
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They're perfect for the job – they're highly intelligent and have a keen sense of smell.  
They are small enough not to trigger mines, yet large enough to be easily identifiable in the field.  
No rat has been killed in a minefield. 
  
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They can clear two hundred square meters in just 20 minutes.  
It would take humans with metal detectors five days to cover the same area. 
  
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Since 2000, they have found over 9,000 buried land mines and bombs all across Tanzania and Mozambique.  
They've also found thousands of small arms and ammunitions stashed in the ground.  
  
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The rats normally live for up to eight years, but are retired when they turn six.  
They live out the rest of their days as hero's, munching on avocados, apples and bananas, and being loved and cared for by their handlers.

 



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