Thursday, 16 August 2018

Mrs Meldrew

It seems like I'm turning into Victor's wife! I complained about the broken chuckit balls and was sent 2 new ones and now I've complained about the Kong Squeezz Action Balls which lasted less than 24 hrs, and for £10 I was expecting better from Kong. But Kong inform me these balls are for interactive use only, and not to be left for the dogs to chew ... er they didn't sit down and shred them they merely fell apart as they played with them.
The kong representative went on to explain that some dogs are stronger chewers than others and as these toys are not for strong chewers and only for interactive play .. blah blah blah ... I was starting to give up hope, she goes on to say that these toys do not carry the same 30 day guarantee offered on KONG rubber products, but ... but ...wait for it ...."In appreciation for your feedback I would like to send your dogs a gift of a KONG Classic size X-Large." Result!!!! Not sure who will like it, as the traditional kong hasn't been a favourite here since Nikki's days ..  but Ross may like to give it a go.
What else can I complain about? I doubt there's any point getting in touch with Hub International and asking for another can of grooming spray as the ghost has pinched the other one is there???

Afternoon Walks

Shopping this morning, walking this afternoon. 
I don't think I'll make it to dog club .. the need for sleep is overwhelming 

Perry And His Family

Maybe, just maybe he quite likes me now then! We really are doing well, though progress has been dramatically slower than with the last few kittens, who cares we are getting there. Perry is ridiculously noise sensitive, even us taking a bite out of a piece of crunchy toast has him jumping out of his skin. This morning I went looking for my puppy noise CD to put on for him, but guess what? I can't find it. How predictable. Either the ghost has pinched it or I've lent it to someone and I now I can't remember who.  Ed Sheeran it is then!
I suppose for most of the day it's pretty quite in the kitten unit at Freshfields, and maybe it was also quiet in the shed where he was born in Llanelltyd?
With the other grey gone before Perry, three of the other siblings are still at Freshfields. It's sad really, the older they gets the harder it will be for them to find homes and settle. Of course as ever it's not even the tip of the iceberg and as ever in this rural community there are an abundance of kittens desperate for homes.
Typically the vets had a call yesterday from a farmer asking if they would take 4 grey kittens with black stripes from him. So more grey tabbys .by the sounds of it .. I'll look forward to photos and share them on my Facebook page. Maybe I'll take Perry back and have a choice!!!!!! haha
Seriously though, maybe you don't need another cat, but maybe one needs you!

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

More Progress

Really chuffed with this, and all his own doing. He was also purring and kneading. Wow coming on in leaps and bounds now.

Loki And The Angel

Loki posing in the heather with Mynydd Mawr behind him

Miss Belle has returned to the van where Nico and Jezi are waiting. 
Yes, she was up to no good!

Trouble And Strife

The babies of the house

Whatever the future holds in the showring this larger than life young man sure makes me smile everyday. "Can I bring it home please?"

My Four Old Dogs

Sshhh -  nobody's told them! 


Perry so obviously more relaxed in the second photo than the first taken last Friday. Really pleased with how he's coming on. He's still unsure of himself but is now venturing out of the crate. It's great to see him run back in when he's unsettled, just ideal that he's finding comfort and security from the crate 
I was thinking whilst walking about cat colours .. as you do! If I had to describe Oliver in English  I would describe him as "Blue" - that is what the colour is called .. British Blue/Russian Blue etc, but if I was describing him in Welsh I would call him a cath llwyd .. Grey cat. Similarly a Ginger cat in Welsh is described as cath goch - Red cat. Translated neither sounds right does it. So what is Perry, a grey tabby or a blue tabby? I think some research is necessary. Also I wonder if his solid blue back with develop any spots or stripes .. time will tell! 

Monday, 13 August 2018

Taking Him Back?

You have to laugh don't you. On Saturday I put a humors post on Facebook saying that Perry still hated me and that I was going to take him back. The people who know me played the game .. others gave advice!!! I'm not offended just found it funny. I guess they didn't realise that I spent 12 years managing a cattery in a rescue centre dealing with all sorts of cat and kitten issues and hearing every excuse why people would give up on an animal. 
Anyway the little man is starting to improve, I'm not pushing him, just giving him time to accept his new situation and life. I guess food conquers fear, and no it's not his dinner bowl, just a plate I'd had cold meat on in the fridge.
I had an interesting conversation yesterday with a lady who breeds British Shorthaired cats. She advice me against having a silver tabby saying that they are not the sweetest natured cats. Cats are affected by colour as much as breed. Anyone who has lived with a tortie, particularly a dark tortie knows how feisty, unpredictable and temperamental they are. (The addition of white does make them more mellow)  I guess worst still are the ginger females, of which there are plenty by the way .. my advice would be never to cross a ginger female! Male cats do tend to be more mellow, but again they too can be affected by their colour gene. 
Interestingly I found an article which says that "blotched tabbys" are homebodies -well don't we know that as Jamie never goes anywhere. Perry is a grey or blue tabby and white, it will be interesting to see whether his solid blue back will develop more pattern .. I guess I don't really care though. :)