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Three weeks ago I adopted an other Sheltie as a companion for Saffron, her name is Kandi. I did promise photos as soon as I could get them but Kandi had a difficult beginning. Her breeder kept her out of her littler to breed from her. The bitches were not ill treated but were kept in good kennels with large runs, they had good food and , the vet when needed but no love. Her breeder treated her bitches as a commercial farm treats it's cows. But dogs are not cows some dogs would be happy with this treatment, never knowing any other way of life , and some would be miserable. Kandi is one of the latter, she needs people. and the breeder realised this and after she had her first and only litter at 2 years old started looking for a pet home for her. Now this breeder is the one that bred Saffron and she offered Sue and friends a free pup from either of the two bitches that had pups in May, to replace Saffron. She mentioned Kandi to them when they went to chose a pup and Sue immediately thought of Saffron and said she knew some one who would take her. Well 3/4 weeks ago I went to collect her at the same time as Sue and friends went to pick up the pup they had chosen, Katy,Photobucket Kandi's daughter.
KandiPhotobucket was pathetically frightened of the outside world when we got her back to Sue's. I took her leash off at the front door and she ran as fast and as far as she could through the bungalow and refused to moved from the living room settee for the rest of the day. I sat by her for most of that day petting her and feeding her little bits of liver cake until she stopped shaking and got down from the settee to look around the room. I clipped a lead on her and lead her out to the dog's garden when Sue took Katy and the rest of her dogs to show young one where the toilet was(as of last Saturday she still hasn't learned, she prefers the dog beds Kandi is sitting on in her picture) Having Sue's 6 adult dogs and her puppy with her gave my little girl a lot of courage and by mid week(I had picked her up Monday) she was running in and out with the others and we had taken her for 2 walks on a flexi-lead. Since coming back to her for ever home she has come on by leaps and bounds but we are finding things that frighten her every day. One thing is me with a camera pointed at her. Luckily [personal profile] sue_chose_this came to stay for a few days this week and she has taken some wonderful pictures of my furry family for me. The first one is mother and daughter taken by me(as are the two in the body of this entry) the rest are those taken by [personal profile] sue_chose_this. as always these are thumbnails click to enlarge.
beware overdose of cute below )
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It's spring and the birds are nesting in my tangled undergrowth, which means I have an unusual number of small birds visiting my feeding station. Especially now that the thrushes and blackbirds have gone back to their usual diet of worms bugs and insects. The visitors have been the usual crowd of sparrows, blue tits and coal tits but yesterday I had two unusual visitors who posed beautifully for me on the seed tray.

I'm putting these up as clickable thumb nails so you can click through and see them BIG as they were take from my back door and the feeder is about 20 feet away.

I was well back in the room when I took the first picture as I didn't want to frighten them off. It's at maximum magnification for my camera.


I think the one of the left as you look at the screen is a female. AS i Thought they flew off as I got nearer to the door. One disapeared into the tangle of Ivy on the old coal shed but the other went and sat on the near by fence.


But as I did not open the door, he soon cam back and was joined again by his mate.

Photobucket Photobucket.
I'm fairly certain they are bullfinches but they might be chaffinches the RSPB bird finder says they can be mistaken for each other.

I had an other unusual visitor yesterday.
Finlay's people were away overnight and knowing how much he misses company they gave me their backdoor key to go in and sit with him occasionally, especially if he came to me looking as if he was the saddest dog in all the world and his people had deserted him for ever.  The second time I went in to see him (he has a dog door so there was no need to worry about him needing to go out) he decided he would come back with me and he perched himself in my chair  all that mess around me is knitting related except for the coffee cup and wine glass, I like stuff where I can reach it.
It was almost bedtime for me so I went up stairs to change and he followed me I had told my neighbours that he could stay the night if he wanted.  So I went to bed and he had a good sniff round then climbed onto the bed with me. five minutes later his ears pricked up and he was off and downstairs waiting for me to open the back door for him and he dashed off back home.  I think he heard some one at his door and was going to defend his peoples house for them.  Any way I waited up about half an hour then went back to bed.  He greeted me with much tail wagging and bouncing when I weent in to feed him and the cats this morning


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