Thursday, 23 February 2017

Big Cats and Painted Dogs


This post is about some of the animals which my peeps went to see at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park yesterday. Sadly dogs are not allowed as we might scare the animals BOL or might end up as lunch!
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is part of a worldwide effort to conserve endangered species and to take in animals that have been suffering in zoos which kept them in cages with no room to wander about or enjoy any natural kind of life.


Some of the first big cats to arrive at the YWP about ten years ago were lions from a zoo in Rumania where there was no money to look after them and they had been caged on concrete and fed a poor diet so some were disabled and none very well. Money was raised to bring them to the UK and before too long the lions had settled in two big areas with grass and caves and a waterfall and stream at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. They have space to stroll about and places to hide if they want and rest and good meat to eat. You can read about the lions at the Wildlife Park here:

Lion Country


The Wildlife Park soon had more animals coming including Amur Leopards which are critically endangered in the wild. There may only be 70 individuals left in the whole world! They are such beautiful creatures and so sad to think they might die out. You can read more about the leopards here:



The leopards have a huge climbing frame with places to rest and view all the way up to the highest point overlooking the whole park. They love to climb and watch what is happening around them.



Near to the leopards are the Amur Tigers. These too are very endangered and part of a breeding programme to try and increase the population to return them to the wild once there is a safe and protected natural environment for them.


These are VERY big cats! No messing with these boys and girls BOL but they are just pussy cats when it comes to playing with toys and snoozing in the sun.



At one time the numbers of these magnificent cats was as low as 40 in the wild, and even today there are only about 500. You can read more about the Amur Tigers here:

But you may be wondering with all these beautiful cats, where are the dogs?


Can you see them? These dogs are experts at hiding and probably need to be in the wild, sadly. The African Painted Dog is so pretty but they have been hunted and killed for the past hundred years until their numbers have dropped to just 1% of the numbers that lived in the wild in 1900. There have been seven puppies born recently at Yorkshire Wildlife Park to the resident pack leaders and my peeps were so happy to see them playing in their cave. They have a woodland and a large area to roam as well as the caves to hide.

                            Here are some closer photos taken with the zoom on the camera.




You can read more about the African Painted Dogs at the Wildlife Park here:


There are lots of other animals from around the world to see at this park and sad to think of so many creatures that need rescuing and helping to survive in our world. The peeps did enjoy the chance to see them though and hope that one day their offspring will be running free and safe in the wild again.






Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

                                    


                                Sending love to all my blogging friends today :-) 

Monday, 13 February 2017

Danny's Big Day

                           
                             

This is my brother Danny posing with his rosette and trophy from the Affenpinscher Club Show on Saturday. Judith took us both down to the show on a very cold and wet day. I was in Minor Puppy Bitch and Danny was in Minor Puppy Dog class.....and he won!

                             
Here he is showing off his pose on the table at home. He does look very smart.

                             

                                                       And just a bit cute too. 

                            

This is me in the ring. The photo was taken by Julie who has our Dad, Robbie. It was Julie who trained Danny for the show ring and she has done very well!

                            

This is another photo from Julie of me showing off my dance moves. It didn't impress the judge as much as Danny's posing and smart walking though and I missed out on all the rosettes and trophies.

                            

Another photo of Danny looking smart.

                           

And checking out the trophy

                           
   
Well, I don't really mind that my brother had such a good day. I had a fun time at the show anyway and maybe I will get a place at the next show. here I am sharing a bed by the radiator with Magic. looking forward to warmer days soon I hope!

 



   






Sunday, 5 February 2017

Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

                          
                      

                             
Sadly, I have not been able to go out and about for a while now as I have started my "season" which means that I am now a big girl and the boys might find me more interesting than usual BOL
So this post is about my brother Danny's trips out to Temple Newsam park near where we live with some friends and family dogs last week. It was VERY muddy!

                             

This is Danny having his first experience of a very big muddy puddle. Frida was waiting to see what he thought and whether she would decide not to bother dipping her paws in after all.

                              

                       Here are some schnauzer friends who loved the mud and puddles.

                              

                                       Danny posing in his fleece jacket...and dripping mud!

                             

Although the peeps got as muddy as the dogs, they must have liked it, because two days later, they went back! It was a bit warmer that day so Danny left his jacket at home.

                           

This is Charlie - he LOVES running, jumping and rolling...and the muddier the better BOL


                            

this is a photo of Wilson (our Trilby's son ) on the left and Gracie (Our Magic's daughter) who joined the trip out to Temple Newsam too on one of the days and enjoyed some muddy games too.

                            

                                            Charlie enjoying life - he is such a happy boy!

                            

And Danny looking very pleased that the sun has come out (and he is not as muddy as Charlie).







 








Friday, 27 January 2017

Puppy Culture

                          

I have not been able to blog for a little while as the peeps have been very busy. Last weekend Leigh went to a seminar in Coventry given by Jane Killion who had flown over from the USA. my peeps raise puppies using Puppy Culture guidelines and what fun we pups have as well :-) As well as taking great care of us and looking after our Mum too, there are all sorts of activities to help us develop strong and confident. Here are some photos of me and Danny from when we were a few days old,


                          

Puppy Culture puppies are raised from the earliest days with little challenges to develop their brains and kick start their development all round to be strong and healthy. Here I am getting my toes tickled with a Q tip at a few days old.

                          

Once we are old enough at about three weeks, we move out of our whelping box with our Mum and have a day time play (and sleep) in a playpen with lots of toys and get a chance to meet the other dogs too.

                          

This is me with my Uncle Raven watching over me while I have a little snooze on the play mat.

                                      

We have an outdoor play area too with lots of exciting toys, a bridge, tunnels, balls, cones and a chance to sniff the grass and get to know the outside world of the garden.

                         

This is my brother Danny testing out the splash mat which has little fountains of water coming up.

                          

                    And this is Danny trying out the wobble board to test his core strength!

                         

                                    And me trying to see if this spiky ball is good to chew.

                          

Of course every girl needs a mirror to check if she is looking good before going out BOL

                          

                                  It is always fun to find places to hide as well - a tent....

                           

                                                                         Or a tunnel.

                           

                         This coloured snuffle mat was fun to dig about in looking for treats.

                                          

                  And I really loved using Crybbe's steps to make my way up to the sofa.

                           

By the time we reached six weeks old, we were going out and about in the pet buggy to see the world from our special chariot. It was great fun although we would have liked to climb out too!

                           
So that is just to give you a little look at the kind of things we enjoy as Puppy Culture puppies. Our peeps say it helps us pups to grow up confident and ready to take on new challenges and enjoy life with whatever family we go to live with. Me and Danny are still enjoying life with our family right here but some of the pups born here go to live with other carefully selected peeps and have a great time with their new families.

If you want to know more about Puppy Culture have a look at their website - it is super interesting.
Click on this link here: Puppy Culture






     




Sunday, 15 January 2017

Family Photos

                       

                       

Today I am sharing some family photos - funny pics and portraits BOL This first one is my brother Danny with our Mum, Saoirse :-)

                        

                         This is Danny and Saoirse in the garden checking both directions.

                       

                                       And the strange two headed affenpinscher!

                       

                            This is my Aunty Frida with a piece of antler chew she found. 

                     

                                   Doing her Jimmy Durante impression BOL


                     

Raven not looking happy as he thought he had buried that antler chew where no-one would find it!

                      

    And a last B&W photo of me snoozing  and my Uncle Raven looking after me :-)