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Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Lil White Pup All Grown Up!



Remember this lilttle pup? She was one of the three found in the river on a rock. She was donated at the adoption event and then rejected by the new owners who thought she had mange. Mom knew she didn't. She just had a few thin hair spots where the ticks, lice and fleas had been irritating her before they treated her. She was then taken by mom and dad's friend to a vet and tested for mange, which proved negative. She has  been in her new home several weeks and everybody loves her. The lady that has her is a volunteer in Teresopolis as well, although she lives in Rio. She has two other dogs from the disaster last January. They are all getting on well. Dad visited her in the lady's weekend house in Teresopolis.



She has grown a lot since this picture here in mom and dad's dog kitchen. The created chaos here for a few weeks and we all wanted to meet them and play. They screamed for there food every few hours and peed all over. We all laughed at lot. They even peed on Dad's leg. Here she is now.


Her ears grew an awful lot! She has bigger ears than me! This is a sign of beauty in the dog world!



Her name is now Lara and we all think she is incredibly beautiful.




She remembered Dad and this time she didn't pee on him. Her nose went blacker like the other pup as she got older. Her ears came up. The used to be floppy little ears. Mom and Dad were very happy to know she is going to have a good life and be loved. She played a lot with Dad during the visit. They still have to find out about the little puppy who had the heart shaped blotch on her nose. They know she is okay but haven't got any pics yet. Meanwhile Mom is putting everything in boxes and says we have to move. We aren't looking forward to that. Apparently we all going to have to travel in a truck or something like that.   

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The lil Black Pup

A while back Mom and Dad found three puppies left on a rock in the river to die. They rescued them and then took them to an adoption event where they all got adopted. The Lil black pup's adoption was quite something because the young lady who wanted to adopt her had to convince her parents to let her have the dog. She was very determined and spoke for half an hour on the phone. She cried as well.


All through the telephone call she would not let go of the pup.


She is still crying here.


 Then suddenly Mom and Dad agreed and a huge smile broke over her face.


We wondered how they got on and finally got the good news that Moa, which is now the pups name, is happy and loved.  She has grown up a lot. Here are some recent pictures of her. Her new owner says she has brought the whole family closer together and they all love the dog. 





So Moa is happy and that makes us all happy here.



Monday, November 21, 2011

Harry's Painting

Mom met an artist on Twitter who wanted to help us here. Her name is Sarah Dowson. She decided that if anyone commissions a painting she would give half the proceeds as a donation to us here. Mom was really touched and went off to the internet to check Sarah's website and see her paintings of animals. Mom was so surprised because this lady is a real artist with so much  talent for painting cats and dogs. You should all check out her website and see the wonderful pet portraits.  http://www.sarahspetportraits.com/ also a blogsite http://sarahdowson.blogspot.com/ and facebook if you are on it http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarahs-Pet-Portraits/116397308455304

Best of all because mom was a bit upset at having to leave Harry here. He is dead and buried here. Sarah offered to do a portrait of one of us. Mom chose Harry because he was their first rescue dog. He was the beginning of something very special and the reason we are here. Also the reason why poor mom and dad lost their house because we cost a lot to maintain. Mom and Dad love us though. They would give everything just to continue the rescue work and save lots more of us. Anyway Mom told me to put the picture Sarah sent us on the blog for you all to see how great it came out.




Sarah managed to capture his expression exactly. Mom really loves this and will treasure it for ever. Now she has a spectacular momento of Harry. Thank you Sarah for making my mom happy.

Meanwhile the cat family in the shed are growing up. Three little black kittens and Mom. Here mom and dad are fretting about the move, which has already been held up because the fence wire the doctor is buying hasn't been delivered. He wanted mom and dad to leave all the fence wire behind because he has a lot of dogs too. Mom and dad said they had to take it because they need it, so he said rather than him build new kennels he would get new fence wire and support posts for our new kennels. Mom and Dad can't move until our kennels are ready. They have put a new system for donations here and on facebook. It's all in English so should be a lot easier for everyone who wants to help us. OkGo are playing in Rio this week. They tweeted for us during the disaster. Mom invited them up here but she doesn't think they will come. She will be extremely socked if they do turn up and so would all of us.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday

Today is yet another holiday in Brazil. The day of the Republic! Yesterday mom and dad went to the  garden shed which is jam packed with mainly junk and started planning what they would take when they moved.  They started to move things around and were confronted by a very angry femail cat who was growling at them. Mom was afraid it was going to attack her. It seems to be a feral cat only mom's not sure. The cat left the shed via the window and then mom and dad heard the faint cries of her kittens. Three of them all snuggled under some wood. They are jet black and the mom is brown. So we guess the father must have been black. Mom and Dad must clear the shed in the next two weeks to move and can't leave them there. the new owner of moms house has many dogs and intends to let them run free there. Mom had this part of the garden seperate. They now have to catch the mom and the three kittens and take them to a cat rescuer because the kittens need their mother's milk. 


Those hanging pupae are some type of moth. As you can see the garden shed is not the most organised environment. Whilst mom took photo the other two were hiding under a bookshelf that is no longer used.
Please vote for us in the dream competition. Let's all hope the non profit status can go ahead and that mom and dad can rescue many more animals in the long term. Meanwhile we are campaigning to raise money for the huge expense of moving all of us to our new home. Wonder what we find there?

Dream Competition

One of our friends has entered us into a competition in Australia. Please vote and help spread the word so we can continue our rescue efforts. http://sunsuperdreams.com.au/dream/view/helping-jan-save-dogs-in-brazil-after-the-floods it only takes a moment to vote and could make a big difference. Thank you everybody for your support and compassion. We could never of made it without you.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Moving

We just had the removal company round to assess how many trips we will need and the say they are going to try for three trips but it will be tight. We have 120 metres of fence wire that is 1m 80cm high. 60 treated ucalyptus support posts, 2 fridges, one for us one for dogs, Two ovens one for us one for dogs, Large catering pans, dog houses, our furniture, over 1000 books, an endless list of boxes of this and that. We have a gas water heater that is large, our baked potatoe oven which weighs 70 kilos. We have two large gas cylinders and four small ones. All these are used for different reasons and expensive to buy again. We have two large tables one for dishing up dog food and one for us. I have cupboards full of dog bedding and towels for them. There sponge beds as well. Just medication for dogs a whole box full filling two cabinets. Hose pipes and buckets for kennel cleaning. Brooms etc. Tools for building kennels and repairing kennels. It's frightening! Also how we are going to finance this is frightening. We are scheduled to move around the 27th of this month. We will be experiencing Christmas in the new home. Hope we manage to organize ourselves by then.     

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

This week

We have just spent four and a half days without Internet or telephone, so only now can we blog. First news is last Friday Mom and Dad finally found some where to live in Nova Friburgo. The doctor will be taking over our home at the end of the month, so they have to move quick. The house is simple and has enough land around it to support the our needs. They will have to fence an area for us to play as there is not a wall around the property. Mom is going to try and raise funds to get us on our way and has  managed with one donation to put the required deposit down to secure the house. Here is a picture of it. Mom is happy to have found somewhere,but sad to lose her home. Still!  it had to come sometime and the eleven month wait to sell the home ate up all the equity. So, poor mom and dad got nothing out of it. Mom says she got to save her babies,  so she isn't crying. We are all going to the new place too. We will have small temporary kennels until they can sort something out for us.



It will be a lot colder there as it is a lot higher up at around 3300 feet above sea level. Mom has to somehow get eight wooden dog houses for us. She has five,but the rest of us have brick built in houses or sleep in the house. It will take two trips to move us. First trip with furniture and our stuff then a second with us all. It will be quite an operation. Please,  if anyone can help Mom and Dad with the huge cost of removals then they would be very grateful and so would we otherwisw we won't be moving far.
The second piece of news is that the film about the disaster shelter opened by Mom and Dad's good friends in Teresopolis has won first prize. Bebete who opened the shelter as a response to the terrible natural disaster all around this region is very happy and Flavia who made the film is also very happy. They said Nicki appeared in the film more than any other dog and Dad is in many parts of the 70 minute film about Estimacao (the non profit). They called mom and dad from Curitiba where the first public showing of the film was and said it was really emotional. They all cried and so would mom if she had been able to go and see it. It will be shown in Rio next  then   Manaus and some other places. Mom will see it in Rio. Apparently the number of animal rescues achieved by Estimacao and with us helping almost daily is the largest number of any rescues for any one group during a disaster. We are all very proud and emotional about it. We thought and talked a lot about it at the weekend. Mom has hundreds and hundreds of photos of what happened and what we all did to help in Teresopolis. There were some very emotional and sad moments and some very happy ones. Bebete, Flavia, and  all  of  us now have become inextricably linked due to this disaster. When you go through something like this you aways remember your comrades,or so mom says. So,  the film will eventually have sub titles and go out to the English speaking world. Maybe it will be famous who knows? Winning the award in Curitiba was a real good sign.

As soon as Mom, Dad and us are settled and unpacked Mom says she will collect the Spinning dog and bring him to his new home and see if they can help him. She has told us all to be nice to him because he has special problems.


Mom and Dad are hoping to be able to complete their own registration for a registered charity very soon now. Somebody has promised to pay for this so that we can continue being a shelter and helping special dogs with special needs. The have ambitions to grow and one day run a spay and neuter programme and vaccination programmes too. Their statute would allow them to rescue wild life too. Mom and Dad missed a beautiful opportunity last week. Their friend who is a biologist in the National park rescued a jaguar with a wounded leg. He shot the animal with a dart to tranquilise it and then treated the animals leg. He invited Mom and Dad to go and watch it being released back into the wild. They couldn't go and were very disappointed about that.
We are hoping to go in front from now on especially once we get charity status. We want to make a difference to the terrible suffering of street animals here and around here. Only time will tell.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Blogging

We haven't been blogging much lately we are  way too caught up with serious problems but hope to be back soon.