Catch had her foal! She had a lovely little colt, born July 18th. I was a little worried, as she's not even 3 yet, but she's a great mom and didn't seem to have any problems. He is bay like his mom and his name is Nemo. He is available for adoption but won't be able to leave until he is weaned at the end of the year. We took in 2 surrenders from a domestic violence situation - Mr. Goat, a 27 year old mini, and Ginny, a 21 yr old possibly draft-cross mare. Thank you Lori and family for picking them up for us and taking them on as fosters right off the bat. Mr. Goat is available for fostering and Ginny is available for adoption. I'll get them posted on the website within the week (I hope!).
Thank you Colette for fostering Berlinetta, Silhouette, Cash, Catch and Nemo for the rest of the summer. Thank you to Amber and Roy for fostering 2 of the goats, Isabel and Waffle, this summer. Beans, the pygmy goat that came in earlier this month, was castrated this past week. Berlinetta has her teeth floated, Beth had acupuncture, and Junior had a checkup. Beth still can't get up by herself if she lays down, but her condition is improving every day, her demeanor is good, she holds her head up higher and she nickers to us all the time, so we're pretty happy with that. Ivor and Valiant were gelded and are already pretty well healed up. They were very good, considering. Valiant wasn't crazy about getting the needle, but who can blame him?! Monkey and Silhouette both tore open their old leg injuries. Janine is so frustrated, she was having such success with both Monkey and Joanie and has been so diligent in bandaging and cleaning their wounds. Joanie didn't re-injure her leg but the wound did start becoming active again. It really does seem like one step forward, two steps back, with some of these old wounds that won't heal. Gemma is just about through week 3 of antibiotics, and it looks like we are winning the battle with her constantly runny nose. I just hope it doesn't come back with a vengeance once she's finished the antibiotics. The only other option may be a guttural pouch flush, which would involve a trip to Moore's for her.
Some more thank-yous - to Team Telus Cares for the donation; to Dennis and Donalda Way, for the trees and cuttings for the goats; to SOAAR (Supporters of Alberta Animal Rescues) for the donation towards our vet bill; to Jill, for the hay donation, and to Lori, Laurie, Julie and Charlene and family for helping load it all up;
to Sarah Leete and LCARF (Little Creeks and Rough Fescue Appreciation Society) for the interesting talks at your weekend fundraiser and for getting the massage treatment for Valentino (who Sarah is fostering); and to Kellie and Bryan for the new cart. Also a big thank-you to Ken and Michele, our neighbours. They are holding a shin-dig tomorrow to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, and they are doing a fundraiser for the Rescue at the party, in lieu of gifts.
We led the hungry herd home yesterday evening as they'd grazed down the pasture they were on. They are back here until we get electric fencing put up at another neighbours' and then they can go over there for the rest of the summer. Mike used the skidsteer to unload the 3 pallets of feed we got this week. What a nice change from having to unload everything by hand! The paddocks and winter pasture are all looking better as Mike is cleaning them up, also using the skidsteer. It's a pretty handy little machine, that's for sure.
There have been some great updates from Susanne on the youngsters that she is working with for us. They are all getting lots of handling and are settled in very nicely. There are pictures on our facebook page of some of them 'learning the ropes'.