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October 19, 2016

Elvis and Skynyrd have been scheduled several times for their neutering, and it’s been cancelled each time due to bad weather. The sun is shining, so today it will finally happen! Michael and I walked a couple of kilometers early this morning to go get them and walk them back. I can’t believe these two gentle, loving goats are still entire billygoats. I’ve heard billys can be nasty, but these boys are the sweetest goats we’ve ever had. They love to be cuddled, they walk nicely with us, they’ve never butted or bumped us. They also don’t jump fences, so have been easy to keep. They did live their previous life on a chain, so it’s important that they have a paddock to run and play in. If they’re this sweet now, imagine how they’ll be when the testosterone is gone! As soon as they’ve healed, they’re available for adoption. Whoever adopts them will be very lucky indeed. If you’re keen, please contact me on If you’re not able, then please just share so that someone wonderful hears about them. Together, we’ll find the ideal home. xoxo



The wonderful Peta Berry is running 50kms to raise funds for our animal sanctuary. Please click on the link below, read about her fabulous goal, and support her/us if you can. Thanks Peta!!
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October 17, 2016

The day before Michael and I came back from the South Island, Gaby called, crying her heart out, to say that our beloved old ewe Coco was dying. I phoned our wonderful vet Ross, who rushed up as soon as he could. Ross diagnosed Coco with pneumonia, and said that because she was having trouble breathing, her heart was working overtime, and she’d collapsed. He gave her a couple of injections. Gaby sat with Coco, pouring love and strength into her. The next morning Gaby and Zsania gave Coco her second set of injections. I’m so impressed with them! We got home that afternoon, and gave Coco a third set of injections the following day. Happily, Coco has pulled through. She began standing, nibbling, then eating, and on the 5th day demanded to be let out to graze. Whew!! I know Coco is old and won’t last forever, but I’m hoping that she still has some quality time remaining. With this improvement in the weather, we’ll be able to shear her soon and she’ll be comfortable to enjoy another summer. She’s such a sweet old lady!

Marty farrier


October 16, 2016

Gosh, there’s so much to do today! But we got off to a great start, with our farrier Marty arriving bright and early to give “pedicures” to the goats, donkey, and miniature horse. I have to put everyone in the stables before he arrives, because otherwise they all head for the hills. I guess they don’t enjoy pedicures as much as I do. Yet Marty is so gentle with them, they have no reason to complain. And they certainly love the treats they get at the end. We’ve noticed that everyone’s hooves and foot health are in much better shape since we got the main paths concreted. What an improvement over the mud of last year… and thank goodness, with the massive rain we’ve had this winter. We hope you’re all enjoying the sun today… summer is coming!!

giant egg


October 14, 2016

YAY!! After a week and a half of no internet, we’re finally back on line this afternoon. Wow, so much to catch up on! It’ll take me a while to wade through the hundreds of emails and messages, but I’ll do so as quickly as I can. In the meantime…
for helping to care for the animals at the sanctuary while Michael and I were away for a week. No sooner did we leave, than Gaby had to face her first hen prolapse on her own… and then realised the hen had a huge egg that was stuck. Gaby phoned our wonderful rescue partner Angie (from Battery Hen Rescue & Rehoming), who talked her through what to do. Gaby delivered this massive egg, and saved the hen’s life. Talk about trial by fire! The hen fully recovered and is doing fine. Gaby needed time to recover, too! Pretty impressive for a 16 year old. I’m so proud of her for staying calm and doing what needed to be done. We were able to relax on our South Island trip, knowing that Gaby, with her wonderful skills and her amazing connection with animals, was watching out for them.

pupay malto


October 7, 2016

Pupay (a female Paradise Shelduck) was adopted by us several years ago. She was a loving youngster, and eventually paired off with Malto and established a territory near the largest hen rescue barn. This year Pupay laid eggs in the haybarn… with a couple of hundred rescued hens between her nest and the barn door. OOPS! One day I was there, LUCKILY, when I heard a massive ruckus. All the hens ran inside, like the tide rushing out. I raced in, and discovered Pupay trapped under a crossbeam, with dozens of hens piling on and pecking her. She would have been killed if I hadn’t happened to be there. I realised that when the chicks hatched, they’d be killed on their way out. So we picked up Pupay, the 8 pristine china white eggs, the nest, and everything… and relocated the whole shebang to a large hutch in an empty barn. Pupay fought the whole way, but the instant she saw the nest and eggs she went straight on to them, and turned around and bit me! So much for gratitude, LOL. See Part 2 for the result…

pupay chicks


Yesterday these beautiful little babies appeared. There are 5 babies. Pupay is still sitting on at least one egg, but we’re guessing the others either weren’t fertile or weren’t successful. These little balls of fluff are sooo adorable! Malto is a great dad, staying nearby. When the babies are a little bit stronger and bigger, we’ll start letting Pupay and family out to wander. In the meantime, she’s getting room service!



October 4, 2016

You may have heard about the new rabbit virus that is planned to be released. it’s coming over from Australia, and there is NO VACCINE for pet rabbits. Pet rabbits are dying in huge numbers in Australia, and soon will be here, too. The RSPCA of Australia has clearly stated that there is no vaccine for RHDV-K5 virus, and the Australian Minister for Agriculture has stated during a television interview that Cylap vaccine does not work against K5 and RHDV2, saying “if your pet rabbit gets it, your pet rabbit dies”. We don’t want this virus to be introduced. We know the virus spreads like wildfire. Please sign this petition, and share so the numbers go up quickly and it can be presented. Thank you.
Click on this link to go to the petition: