Lovefest at our house

Hi everyone..i often talk about how much the dogs and cats love each other here..there is no species bias..
When it is a mild day I let the girls wander with us,usually just a stroll and a roll in the driveway then back to the Kitty Day Spa..this day Marbles was inside sound asleep on her perch on the back of the couch..i had taken the pups for a walk and let the girls come out to have a stroll..
Dinnermintz since she was first with us as a sick foster kitten has always had a special bond with Forrest and Doc..mainly with Forrest ,her main man and she hates to be apart from him..especially when they go into boarding..
Another day and another lovefest here at home in the bush 🙂

Ringtail Possum visits

After having a whinge last night about how crappy I felt I woke this morning to see I had a visitor.

Hello Possum! Meet Virgil the verandah possum

Hello Possum! Meet Virgil the verandah possum

This little guy/gal for some as yet unknown reason decided my Jasmine was a nice place to hang out!
He is safe as the kitties and pups do not go out there..but of course I was concerned at why he was there!
I had a look and could see no obvious signs of injury and he looked me square back in the eyes..
Now that worries me as wildlife generally are not so blasé about humans..
I rang the Wildlife peeps and waited their call..and took some pics of this cutie!

Look

Little footsies

He is not really small but not that big so maybe a teenager..maybe scared from his home by Magpies or ravens.
Maybe curious and wandered off and found himself at dawn with the need to hideout for the day..maybe seeking somewhere cool..i do not know.

Look at that sweet face!

Look at that sweet face!

Whatever the reason I placed some water in a bowl for him but no food..i would hate to think he had some tummy issues and it is always best to err on the side of caution..
Virgil the verandah possum is a Ringtail..they are not a pest and are like all wildlife here protected by laws..he is a night guy and a marsupial,he has a long prehensile tail which he uses to get around and cling onto things like my Jasmine!
They are not really pests as unlike Brushtails they tend to not use humans buildings to live in.
They are very sweet and I have not seen a ringtail for a long time here so this is either good news..or not good as he may be in trouble.
I had a visit from Kerry who was contacted by HEPBURN WILDLIFE, we had a look at him and she suggested that we leave him and I check tonight with a torch to see if he has moved on..if he has fine ..but I think if he is there in the morning we will maybe get him off in care..just in case he is not well.

So my day was made a little brighter by a visit from Virgil..not my usual Roos or Echidnas or even snakes!
I am still battling my eyes today but thankyou to everyone who has sent their hugs my way…always so much appreciated..so I say thanks with some cute pics!

Virgil..seems cosy

Virgil..seems cosy

That trademark ringtail tail

That trademark ringtail tail

Look at the sweet face

Look at the sweet face

Virgil in the jasmine

Virgil in the jasmine

UPDATE:At 9.30pm I checked and Virgil had not moved,i noticed his breathing was a bit harder and wondered if it was because he was now waking up,it is very windy tonight!..Kerry rang and we discussed it and I said I would check him later..at 10.00pm..gone..Virgil has bid us adieu and headed to the gumtrees! bon voyage little friend and thanks for dropping by 🙂
Pee ess Hubby is now on a mission to make possum boxes ..we had olanned to do this but as everything else it has been put to the back of the list..until now 🙂

Ready to Rumble roos

Well hot on the tail of the post about the male roo Buster and his romantic intentions with Titch , today I saw some very amusing behaviour between a couple of young male roos.
To set the scene.. I had gone out the front with the intention of cleaning up the garden a bit..i spotted Titch and Tippy and another joey a bit older than Tippy..so garden gloves down and camera up.
Now the three were grazing happily away when an older male roo joined them..he was followed not long after by Buster and another smaller male.

Well the young male roo started to follow the bigger one around..and he was tugging at his tail.
Now at first I was a bit confused but I realised this was clearly a dominance game.
And he kept going,the older male just moving away all the time…and he was really tugging that tail!

Young male really pushing his luck

Young male really pushing his luck

 

 

 

 

Not satisfied with tugging his tail he started to sniff him as well..

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Now clearly the other male is responding in his own way showing dominance..i think that is obvious to all..but this younger guy was really trying to show himself as a contender..

Now he has gone maybe too far..

Now he has gone maybe too far..

Eventually the bigger male stopped eating and decided he had had enough of this annoying young guy..

Enough is enough

Enough is enough

And then the rumble..it was short and not seriously aggressive ,just enough to let the younger male know who was boss..

Okay kid..enough

Okay kid..enough

And that was that..they looked up saw me and made out that nothing had happened..they continued grazing and left each other alone.
Another fascinating day for me and the reason it takes so long for me to get anything done here 🙂

The countdown begins

Hi folks..well what a few weeks or months we have had here..yard work…and sick animals.. Well the good news is that Pickles and Marbles have both responded brilliantly to the Covenia shots and have ceased the pee patrol..the weird news is they must have passed it on to me…oh yeah ouchie..I have at least stopped short of going on the floor…although my poor old kidneys are aching a treat..so I have been guzzling water like nobodies business.. Tonight Fozziedad and I got home and when we got the girls sorted for dinner….Yep Dinnermintz is limping…arghhhhh she is on my bed and hissed at me when I went to check her paw (which looks fine) so here we go..Marbles needs a re visit check up this week and Forrest gets his bloods and annual vacc’s done also…may as well fill my stocking with coal now bwhahahaah. But I have great friends I can talk to here..people who know the ups and downs of life with pets..well of life full stop really… I want to thank Bacon for not only a beautiful post for our 32nd Anniversary but a wonderful package in the snail mails..btw I see that the mail took the same time to get to Australia from the USA as it did to get to France to Easy..bizarre.. Thankyou my sweet friend.. I have been twerkin for Australia bwahahahaha…

Twerkin for AUS!

Twerkin for AUS!

And the FOZZIE toy is just adorable 🙂 the squeak drives the pups mad bwahaa..as for that Sucker…I am not game yet and Fozziedad has said NO WAY hahaha….but he loves his T-shirts too…huge hugs my friend for a surprise that made a bad week better 🙂

Too cute !!

Too cute !!

And Easy the beautiful card you sent for our Anniversary is so sweet…I cannot thank you enough..you are a sweet and thoughtful Silvermistygrey darling and we adore you too…so huge hugs and loves to you!!

Thankyou my sweet friend xxx

Thankyou my sweet friend xxx

And so I am off ..the bladder of death is paining me..i have my last class tomorrow..i have to hand in my final piece..i think it is alright.. The xmas tree needs to be set up tonight and I am sweating like nobody’s business..either the humidity..the hormones (which have been annoying me..awesome) or my kidneys… All I can say is thank goodness here in blogville friends forgive my tardiness and haphazard blogging style..hugs Fozziemum

Wild on Wednesday

It has been a while since I did a Wild feature..the roos lately have headed to find greener grass and there sure is NO green grass here at the moment.

I miss their visits and I think they are mainly down the back paddocks where the dams on everyones properties ,including ours, provide much needed water that has dried from the grasses and foliage.

So apart from being busy and the roos being elusive I was kind of stumped as to what I could feature from our little property..i did the Stumpies and a lot of people were very amazed at them some people even kind of scared by them,funny the way we react to reptiles even when usually none of us will ever see the things that scare us so much!

Last night I ran out of milk, so Hubby headed off to the shops,it 7.30pm and still light..i got a call on my mobile

‘Hey grab some gloves and come down the driveway’

I could hear our sheep baa’ing but for some stupid reason instantly thought we had a cow loose somewhere! go figure..not a cow close by anywhere..

No what we had was a Tortoise! Hubby has driven down the driveway and seen an odd dirty looking thing and braked in time to stop..there he was..Tutor Turtle..

He bought him up to the house,he was very dry and had come from either the dam over the neighbours or the dam on the other side of our property.

Either way he was headed to bush without water and near the road of our street.

We popped him in the pups pool,added some big concrete blocks so he could get out and in and left him to settle and get some water ,after tea we came out and he was in the bottom of the pool happily swimming around,so off we went and took him to our dam down the back.

Here he will have shelter from reeds, food from the yabbies ,frogs, and leeches..and as much as we have had no rain our dam is much deeper than the one he has wandered from.

I am almost certain I have seen a Tortoise in our dam so he will have company also and there is not a road in sight so if he wanders again he will be safe!

We watched him as we set him just in the water’s edge..the sun was starting to go and when he was ready he stretched his neck out had a peek and off he went to discover his new home.

He left nothing but some bubbles in the surface..i wish you well Tutor..Drizzle Drazzle Drazzle Drone…time for this one to come home.

Tutor : He is an Eastern Snake necked Tortoise..he was most likely a male due to his smaller size.He was about 9inches in diameter and had a flatter body than the fuller females

They get the name snake neck because unlike other tortoises or turtles they do not ‘pop’ their heads in and out they wrap them around and under the shell.

They also have the nickname ‘Stinker’ because they have glands that release a really foul smell when picked up or scared..and yes PEE YEW he was letting them rip!

Please enjoy a very different Wild Wednesday with these pics and the little video.

 

In the pups pool..getting some much needed water

In the pups pool..getting some much needed water

Finally a little foot pokes out

Finally a little foot pokes out

Having  a peek around

Having a peek around

Lovely little critter

Lovely little critter

Putting some water on his little shell

Putting some water on his little shell

Showing Tutor his new digs

Showing Tutor his new digs

That neck right out and off he goes

That neck right out and off he goes

Nothing but some bubbles to know he is there

Nothing but some bubbles to know he is there

The sun setting on another great adventure here at home

The sun setting on another great adventure here at home

Some of my former Foster kittens

I have been AWOL and am slowly working my way around to see everyone’s blogs..days of yardwork taking their toll..so when I happened upon this old footage when I was trying to rest up I just had to share.
The footage I took with my mobile phone off the TV..seems I cannot transfer the disc to the computer..urghhh there is no sound as for some reason we have not yet set the DVD up to have audio since we got the new TV..rockin technology at the moment…
This group of fosters from maybe 6 years ago are adorable…all very distinct markings…They were looked after mostly by their dumped mum aka Mummsy .poor darling was a skinny tired and young girl.I named them Marms (Marmite), Medge (vegemite), Sydney, and Rabbit…Medge is the one seen breaking loose from his bed first to see what Mummsy was up to.he was a ratbag and such a cutie boy…his brothers all fast asleep in the bed still….we were mid bedroom demolition at our old home at this time so the room was a perfect safe place to adventure…so please excuse the rough footage as I sat in the loungeroom teary eyed and smiling while I taped it off the tv….memories….they were all adopted quickly when they made weight and went back to the shelter and I hope they still are thriving…