AMICI OVER THE OCEAN
 
 
     
Welcome!
Welcome to Amici Over the Ocean forum!

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out our Terms of Service and Advices
PLEASE NOTE: Some areas are not accessible or are hidden to guests.
Please log in or register to enjoy the entire site!
Registration is quick and easy!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER - CLICK HERE TO LOG IN

Animal Rescue 101 - maybe 102

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    AMICI OVER THE OCEAN Forum Index -> Our Pets - I nostri amici a 4 zampe
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
DaveFerro
Site Regular
Site Regular


Joined: 09 Jul 2007
Posts: 470
Location: Auburn, New York

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:17 am    Post subject: Animal Rescue 101 - maybe 102 Reply with quote

Animal Rescue 101

Being on the edge of woods and the Owasco River down the street, we get many animal visitors. Sometimes it is an opossum or raccoon (a young one was in the garage two weeks ago; first time in years). Haven't seen a skunk in over 6 years, but they used to come around every summer night to root around the lawn, perhaps dine at the cats' bowls.

Last summer, I noticed Slug lying on the back lawn with his arms (that is, his front legs) stretched out before him. Snip was by the garage looking in his direction. He was staring at something just in front of his paws, which I guessed was a mouse. Just in case it was one of the chipmunks, I decided to take a closer look. It was a young rabbit, so I reached down and swept
it up; it didn't move at all and Slug just kept staring forward. As I started to walk away to put the rabbit somewhere safe; I noticed another one just behind Slug. This one, however, wasn't injured or in shock, or playing dead. It took off immediately and Slug came out of his trance and after it. I had to keep pushing him away as I tried to pick it up.

Every time it stopped, Slug also did; reaching down made it run and Slug suddenly noticed it. After running around the garden a few times, it was cornered by the fence. Finally, I had both out of the clutches of the rotund one. One problem now though: where am I going to put them. With my hands full, I couldn't get the garage door open and there were no boxes on the porch. Could not get the kitchen door open either. The best I could do was one of the buckets we used for recycling. It had to be deep enough so the rabbits couldn't get out, and I had to put the bucket on the porch railing so "they" couldn't get at them. They would be too vulnerable otherwise. Snip just lay there watching all this. I'm not sure what she thought.

Naturally, I told my mother about them and she came out to look at them. The next problem was what to do with them. So I called our next door neighbors who have the two girls. They have rabbits of their own as well as hamsters and guinea pigs. Ron said "Hmm. I'll send Andrea over.” Within 30 seconds, she came running over barefoot saying "Where are they?!” And away the rabbits went. She called later to say they were both ok, and that one of them was really fast as they had to chase it around the house.

A few hours went by and Andrea came back, saying there must be more of them and we had to find their burrow so we could put them back. Our other neighbor told me that the neighbor on her other side said there had been 8 or so around the big tree in the back of their yard. That burrow was on the other side of the fence, so I could not put them back there and I didn't want to let them loose in the woods, because of the cats - not only Snip and Slug but the ones that wandered the neighborhood, usually though the back yards.

Eventually, the wildlife rehabilitator in Moravia took them in. The fast one was able to be released right away and the other one after it recovered. Weeks later our neighbor Jeannette was mowing and saw a burrow right at the border between our lots which led towards the back.

This wasn't the first time we had an encounter with bunnies. There were six in a burrow next to a big tree stump across the street. The kids and I tried to round them up while they raced over to their yard and back. One went into the bushes where we couldn't get it. Ronda caught one and her mother was carrying it around, petting away. One however ran right towards their German Shepherd, Brandy, who was tied near the back porch. She had been watching us run around with increasing desire to join in. Then she had the best luck ever: just put her head down and picked the bunny up. Did not hurt it but held it in her mouth; perhaps the maternal instinct kicked in. Or she thought this was her new toy.

I was trying to pull her jaws apart while Andrea pulled at one of the bunny's legs, all of us yelling to Brandy to let go. She did but the bunny's leg got broken and that one ended up at the rehabilitator's. She said we should just leave the bunnies alone, as the mother could be nearby. She covers them in a burrow or depression and returns every few hours to nurse them. After two weeks or so, they are weaned, which means the mother just leaves and they are on their own.

Another exciting day around Wheeler Street. The rabbits the kids have are huge. Ronda's is brown and does not mind being outside on a leash, but tends to bite. Andrea's is all white and does not bite but prefers the indoor. Too bad they could not trade characteristics.

nstu0]
Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!

[/url]

One day I was over there to look at Ron's new computer and the girls were trying to link the cages together, which I thought might not be a good idea, as they did not know if they would fight. The next day Andrea came running over and said that they did fight and guess what, one is a girl. And a few weeks later there were six bunnies. Andrea asked how did that happen; ask your father/mother.

A week or so later, our doorbell rang and there was Andrea with a big smile on her face. Smiling as well, I asked "What are you up to now, Andrea? Whereupon she pulled her hands out of her sweater pockets with a bunny in each. "Are you sure you should be doing that?” "Oh yeah they like it.” Does your mother know you are carrying them around like that.” “ Umm, Yeah!" [Translation: probably not].

An hour passes and the door bell again (they are obsessed with pushing that remote control button; more on that later). Ah, a smiling Andrea again. "What now?” How about unzipping her sweater to reveal all six bunnies? "You better take care of those bunnies, Andrea.” I had to hold them before she would leave, not that I needed any encouragement. They used to bring over their hamsters to try to get my mother to hold them, but she would not touch them. On the other hand, I liked holding Ronda’s (Sammy) and Andrea’s hamster had an appropriate name: Twister. He always tried to turn around when you held him up against your chest. Perhaps he just wanted to see what was going on.

They are very good with animals, though Snip and Slug run from them. Slug growls at the garbage truck, especially when it is compacting. I think he must have been partially raised by dogs (and pigeons, from how he purrs when especially well fed).



Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!



Rather long post...sorry about that

Dave

_________________
Cats sleep because they know there's nothing better to do.
Jack Kerouac
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
nuccia
Beautiful Moderator
Beautiful Moderator


Joined: 28 Jun 2006
Posts: 1743
Location: Canada

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave, its not long at all. I actually enjoyed reading it and it made me laugh!

You're probably right about Andrea's Mother not knowing that she took the new born bunnies out! How cute... Applause

_________________
---nuccia

Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!



Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
DaveFerro
Site Regular
Site Regular


Joined: 09 Jul 2007
Posts: 470
Location: Auburn, New York

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nuccia,

Hoping I can always bring laughter; only have a few stories left about the kids, as they don't come over very much. I'll be working on those tales over the next week or so. I have a roll to develop, but a few more frames to fill with something interesting.

I wish I had gotten a good picture of the Canada Geese migrating in formation. Not always in a nice V-shape: I looked up at the honking and saw one V, one wavy line and one inverted check mark. I wonder what they're honking about...maybe to keep each in contact and prevent collisions. And how do they navigate so well at night too?

Just remembered that the local paper is having a Pet Idol Contest again and I want to post the links to the pictures. The photos and names are hilarious: Kitty Boy Floyd, Peppy Le Pew, Cocoa Chanel, Rose Patrica Sharp. Last year's winner was Lexi, whose owner, Lisa Netti, says has more outfits than she does. Hope they post the pics on line.

Dave

_________________
Cats sleep because they know there's nothing better to do.
Jack Kerouac
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Carole B
Contributor
Contributor


Joined: 27 Jun 2006
Posts: 1973
Location: Valtellina - Northern Italy

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't wait to read the other stories Dave...

I remember reading about the Canada geese in on of my favourite books - 'Chesapeake' - That story by Michener prompted me to visit that wonderful area as part of my 'retirement holiday' to the USA. Didn't see any geese (wrong tiome) but did visit many of the places mentioned in that wonderful family story!

_________________



Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
DaveFerro
Site Regular
Site Regular


Joined: 09 Jul 2007
Posts: 470
Location: Auburn, New York

PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have to check out the Michener book. Only have read South Pacific and a photo one on America. Laying in bed at night, their calls actually help one to sleep. Dream of their flying over the countryside.

The best part of the geese is that it marks the end of winter and finally spring. Every autumn, I yell at them to get back here, hoping it would delay or even stop winter. They don't listen.

From here the birds head across Lake Ontario to visit Nuccia on their way to the Canadian North. There is the Montezuma National Wildlife Reserve a few miles west of here and the Sterling Nature Preserve on Lake Ontario here in Cayuga County. The birds are a welcome sight outside our windows.

Dave

_________________
Cats sleep because they know there's nothing better to do.
Jack Kerouac
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
DaveFerro
Site Regular
Site Regular


Joined: 09 Jul 2007
Posts: 470
Location: Auburn, New York

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guess this can pass as rescue since we move the animals to a better, safer place.

For several weeks now, the cat food dishes have been knocked over and emptied. Also other objects too large for the cats and possums to knock over were not where they were placed. The best early warning sign of raccoons is dirt in the water bowls: yep. Then one night while taking the food dishes out of the garage and giving Snip and Slug a snack, there was a noise up in the loft. Going up the ladder with new batteries in the flashlight, I shined around and there was a young raccoon towards the back. I made noises and banged a downspout, hoping he would go down that way. However, he ran back towards the front, past my light and into the darkness. Turning the beam, I couldn't find him, but heard a loud noise. He had squeezed through a 3 inch space right over where Snip was sitting by the window. When I went downstairs, the cats were gone and the raccoon nowhere to be seen. Slug was outside looking towards our neighbor's and Snip was under Ron's lunch truck looking towards their garage. She wouldn't come out all night and I had to give her snack to her under the truck.

So borrowed our neighbors' HavAHart trap and set it with peanut butter, so the cats and other animals will not be attracted to it. Found the trap tripped the next day. Hmm, This guy is a little smarter than I thought. Then I noticed Slug rubbing his chin on the open door. I asked him if he tripped it the night before. No answer; he is very taciturn.

Finally put some cat food in the trap after feeding Snip and Slug and removing all food on the back porch. Around 10:30, checked the trap and there he was. Slug came up from the yard and I pointed it out to him, and he hissed at the sight. Considering that the raccoon was having a good time eating just 3 feet from where Slug was sleeping the night before. I looked out and saw a big dark object at the food bowl. Turning on the porch light, there he was, leaning against the wall, almost upright, reaching down between his back legs trying to get the dry food out of the bowl. Wish I had a camera or better, a movie camera.

As soon as the film is processed, I will post any photos of the 'possums, which is another 'rescue' more on the behalf of the cats.

_________________
Cats sleep because they know there's nothing better to do.
Jack Kerouac
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
DaveFerro
Site Regular
Site Regular


Joined: 09 Jul 2007
Posts: 470
Location: Auburn, New York

PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My friend Jan in Colorado sent this a few weeks ago.

Dave, I couldn't wait to show you this email that I just got. Very cool. I'm getting excited about the Hummers returning, I saw some Hummingbird feeders out in the store too. I have the Rufus and the red throated ones at my house. Jan

This is very interesting.

This lady lives in a Hummingbird fly zone. As they migrated, about 20 of them were in her yard. She took the little red dish, filled it with sugar water and this is the result.
The Woman is Abagail Alfano of Pine, Louisiana - she has been studying them daily and one morning put the cup from the feeder, with water in it, in her hand; as they had gotten used to her standing by the feeder they came over to her hand. She says in touching they are as light as a feather. Abagail also said, 'if she had known her husband was taking pictures she would have put on makeup.'


Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!




Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!




Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!




Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!



Pretty neat, huh?


Can I say how much I would like to be able to do this? Have picked up goldfinches and other birds which were light enough, but these must be like air. Have to remember not to let the birds lose their wariness of people.

Jan sent another link to 24 hour webcams in bird nests. The first time I tried to see the kestrel it was a black screen. Checked the time and realized it was night there. Checked the pics from earlier and was able to watch, but the bird just seemed to stare into the corner. All were beautiful though.


Hey check out these links. Spring time is such an exciting time to watch these birds. You'll love these pictures


Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!


_________________
Cats sleep because they know there's nothing better to do.
Jack Kerouac
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
DaveFerro
Site Regular
Site Regular


Joined: 09 Jul 2007
Posts: 470
Location: Auburn, New York

PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of cats, Kim sent me this drawing that reminds me of Rhymes With Orange artist Hilary Price but I can't read the name. I'll send it to her and ask if she knows.



Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!



My favorite is the part on the top right about arm-shredding - from personal experience.

Hilary's website allows you to search for favorite cartoons and also lets you send e-card to friends. This one was her favorite and mine too:


Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!



If you click on Find a Specific Strip you go to About Hilary with all kinds of info about her and how to find older strips, send e-cards, etc. Click around and have fun.

One more that Kim sent with her first California cat Gracie (after Gracie Allen one of her heroines- she admired her "logical illogic" Gary took it while she slept. Gracie seems to be resisting her nap at first.


Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!



Aren't they beautiful? Sure miss them. Kim writes in the margins about how we loved Gracie. She did get another wonderful cat called Bijou that we loved too.

Carole, really like the cat sleeping the dog pic. Wish all could be so friendly.

Dave

_________________
Cats sleep because they know there's nothing better to do.
Jack Kerouac
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Emmy
Super VIP
Super VIP


Joined: 30 Jun 2006
Posts: 2460
Location: Scotland

PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photographs are so cute Dave
and that's cat's brain is just, marvellous
Just wonder what my Gizzy and Bengy's brains contain- need to do some serious thinking about that!
Carole, can you imagine the information Cicco's contains! Dancing
Emmy

_________________
If you don't have anything good to say about a person then don't say anything bad.
Two wrongs never make a right.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
DaveFerro
Site Regular
Site Regular


Joined: 09 Jul 2007
Posts: 470
Location: Auburn, New York

PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What would we do without our pets (and the wild ones too) to amaze us? Even a bee trying to squeeze into the screw hole from our railing has kept me fascinated. I hope it won't get too fat and get stuck in there.

Cartoonists have watched pets and come up with great observations, not to mention wonder at what they are up to and are thinking.

Hilary Price's strip Rhymes With Orange is one that has it down well. This one is the first in her Favorites sections under Cats.



Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!



At the first frame, I thought, o.k. solar cats. But at the second, I said "Now what good is it on their bellies?" But by the third, it was "Oh, yeah, that's right." And the benefits are in frame four. Note the good idea in the opening frame. Might try that myself.

Hilary has many more favorites in o17 categories on her website:

Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!



Click on "Send an e-postcard" then "Favorites"

We have a glider on the back porch where the cats sleep and as the temps have been low, I had to get new boxes to hold their beds. On warm days and nights they sleep on top, giving me just enough room to sit between them. My mother says they are really cute when asleep.

Snip's front paws flex and she purrs when sleeping next to me on the back porch. I wonder what she is dreaming of: maybe of sleeping next to me. Yes Emmy and Carole, imagine what they think and what they feel. Makes you love them even more, doesn't it?

Have to recycle the boxes soon and wash their beds, if it ever gets to be summer.

Here's a photo of Kim with Bijou, her second cat. How she loved her too.
Kim says Bijou is a "dapper kitty"


Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!



Dave

_________________
Cats sleep because they know there's nothing better to do.
Jack Kerouac
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
DaveFerro
Site Regular
Site Regular


Joined: 09 Jul 2007
Posts: 470
Location: Auburn, New York

PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Among the photos in the last roll were two of one of the opossums underneath the workbench. Too bad the ears are not visible because some have all pink while others just the tips. Have to contact 'possumpop' at the Possum website to ask if this indicates the age. "Rescued" two of the critters who made the mistake of sleeping in the cats' beds.

Also one photo of two dogs with their heads out of either side of a car. Do they care which way they go?



Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!


_________________
Cats sleep because they know there's nothing better to do.
Jack Kerouac
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
goganga
Site Admin
Site Admin


Joined: 27 Jun 2006
Posts: 3172
Location: Northern Italy

PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it has not been easy to take the pictures of the opossum. Think
Great pics!

The photo of the two dogs is soooo funny!!!!! Dancing Dancing Dancing

_________________
how I long to see the sun in a sky of perfect blue,
with the sunlight on my face, but there's nothing I can do...
.I.



Only registered users can see links on this forum!
Register or Login on forum!



Di troppe cose non so cosa farne, per me che avrei bisogno di poche immagini ma eterne. (G. Gaber)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
DaveFerro
Site Regular
Site Regular


Joined: 09 Jul 2007
Posts: 470
Location: Auburn, New York

PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The possums just sit there and you can't budge them, Simona. The only problem in photographing is the fact that they are behind or under things, so I could not get a good pic of their ears as well.

The person who has a site about possums wrote back to say that the amount of pink does not have any relevance to age. He did like the photos. His email name is possumpop, so he is really into the critters.

We have had a small skunk in the garage lately - all black with a white patch on the head branching into two stripes down the back. Nothing on the tail.

Last night, I was retrieving the cat dishes to wash. Snip was not around so I was whistling and calling for her. The skunk appeared at the open door and I told him: "Oh no you don't. We don't want you in here.Go back!" Quickly moving to the middle of the sliding door, I began to close it. He had already moved back, and I peered around the corner to see him looking at the end of the door where the cats come in.

Asking him if he thought I had been calling him instead of Snip, I pushed the door (the frame is tilted, so the door hangs at an angle) closed. Finally I saw him on the other side of the garden, so it was safe to bring some of the dishes back to the house.

On the way back, the skunk was back by the closed door and Snip was coming around the corner so I yelled to warn her. They met about 6 feet apart and Snip backed up. That skunk would not believe me when I told it that there was some old cat food by the bird feeder. After some coaxing, the skunk again moved away and poor Snip ran to the former opening - had to get over there and open it for her. Another exciting night instead of resting in bed.

Snip had to go to the vet's this summer. She got into a fight with a new cat (Phil, formerly known as Phoebe) and two cuts on her left leg were infected. Lots of money and two multi-wrapped bandages later and she has recovered. She also got the first bandage off three times and the second within 10 minutes - still do not know how she did that. Somehow lost her upper right fang, making a match with Slug, who lacks his upper left one.

Dave (tired)

_________________
Cats sleep because they know there's nothing better to do.
Jack Kerouac
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
DaveFerro
Site Regular
Site Regular


Joined: 09 Jul 2007
Posts: 470
Location: Auburn, New York

PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems it has been a while since any report about the cats. Snip has recovered well, but has some problem with her missing fang - I think food is getting stuck in there. She keeps licking the area with a tongue-twisting style.

Meanwhile, over the winter, Xeno had similar bites on his right leg but they were on the surface where he could clean the wounds as well as I. He did pull off fur in the area which made it look terrible. He got through O.K. and now is much fatter and even purrs and swats me lightly with claws in when I pet him too much.

This spring, Slug started limping. I could not see any wounds but he started getting worse, so off to the vet. I did ask him "What are you guys doing, taking turns getting injured?"

Now at 18 pounds or more now, this was going to be a challenge. First I use the cover of his sleeping box with his bed in it (and he in there too). Putting the box on the passenger seat, I turned the key - but forgot that the radio was on and he jumped up on the dashboard at the sound of a lady talking. Finally got him back in the box and was able to bring him to the vets.

Well, just like Snip, he had to stay overnight and have drainage tubes put into his chest. That cost $273, the last of the IRA I had. When I had to bring him back for a checkup, he broke the box: now he was well enough to resist. I got my cousin's carrier - rather small - and almost got him in but suddenly he ran out. After chasing him all around the yard, begging him to please let me take him to his appointment, he finally got in and off we went.

Last week, I noticed some blood on his "new" bed and checked him - blood on his leg and also his mouth. Now what?? I thought perhaps he had caught something - He was fine just before dinner and even now did not seem hurt, going to the food bowl right away. Finally I opened his mouth because he had a mark on his lip like Snip's --- now his right upper fang is gone. This is very strange, as he does not wander so I can't see how anyone would have hit him, or the other cats either.

Really was afraid of losing each of them lately. Also just read about Benny and will post there next.

Very busy washing all their beds and mutande. Tonight very windy so Snip and Slug are in the garage. Xeno has some secret place he goes until it gets too cold. There are 6 beds in the garage and my cousin gave me 3 more from his cousin whose 18 year old cat passed away.

Really not looking forward to the next few months - too hard on my kitties

Dave

_________________
Cats sleep because they know there's nothing better to do.
Jack Kerouac
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    AMICI OVER THE OCEAN Forum Index -> Our Pets - I nostri amici a 4 zampe All times are GMT + 1 Hour
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum



Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group
   

Abuse - Report Abuse - TOS & Privacy.
Powered by forumup.it free forum, create your free forum! Created by Hyarbor & Qooqoa
Confirmed

Page generation time: 0.193