Sunday, 4 May 2014

We have eleven healthy beautiful Labrador puppies and a very tired mum. She started with a temperature drop on Friday morning which is indicative of puppies usually within 24 hours. She then started digging a big hole in one of the flower beds. She was wearing one of the birds transmitters so that we could find her. I stayed with her for most of the day and most of the night and apart from panting badly she was not producing. I left her for a short while, and in that space of time she must have gone into the sitting room and dropped a puppy, which was dead. I found it a little later.
After watching her more I decided to take her into the vets, he checked her over and between us we decided that she was so huge that she was not going to manage and so he would do a caesarean straight away, as it was likely one would have to be done later anyway. So he went ahead. Holly and I then spent the next couple of hours rubbing and stimulating puppies with the team. Twelve puppies later, one of which did not survive, and Shasta tidied up, we lifted her gently into the van, plus all the pups and came home. We have two girls that did not survive who will go down into the wood with all the other dogs, five healthy girls and six healthy boys.
I have to admit to being a little worried about Shasta, but she has been through so much I guess it is normal that she looks exhausted and pants a lot, however I will be glad when I know all is completely well, and so I will worry for a bit.
The first day of the Falconer's Fair went well, Mark came with me and two of the girls who volunteer here, it is nice to be able to take them. The birds did very well, not a wing put wrong, I was very pleased with them. I did a coping session and Mark did a seminar in the Hawk Board tent, and we did two demonstrations and then came home. I like to get the birds home for the night if I can as I am sure they do better, plus there were dogs and various others to see to as well.
We leave again tomorrow at 8.00am, the vet is coming to do a certificate for a bird that is going and so is going to check Shasta at the same time which I hope will relieve my mind somewhat.
The chicks are all doing well, the third Verreaux's chick is back with the Steppe Eagles who were very pleased to have a baby. Hemp has a baby Abyssinian Eagle Owl which she loves, its parents are looking after two wild Tawny Owl chicks that have been brought in, and they will get a third one tomorrow if the phone call I had comes to fruition! The vulture chick that we took up to Duncombe is also doing well, we are so pleased that the parents have taken to it, Charlie will be able to take down the temporary fence we put up in a week as we should be past any danger point by then.
The six baby burrowing owls have been filming on a lovely set built in the Indoor Hawk Walk, I look forward to seeing the film because they look wonderful in what they are doing. Briza rather likes being on the set too, which is not what they need, but she so likes to be helpful!



I have to say that keeping a weblog can at times become compulsive and at other times a chore. Sometimes I am berrated for not keeping it up and sometimes I get wonderful comments from people who follow the news of the Centre.

It is fun to share the daily goings on here, some good and some bad, some funny and some sad, but all a part of our daily lives.
And as I said before its a pretty cool to be here and it is a great place to visit, you should try coming and watching the birds and meeting the staff and of course the dogs.

An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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