I have to say, it’s certainly been a week of firsts for me. Some of them good…..some certainly not so good!
As some of you may remember, I signed up as a volunteer months ago with the Cinnamon Trust This is a wonderful organisation where the pets of elderly people are cared for while they are ill or in hospital. The aim is to keep pets and owners together.
Well, I hadn’t heard a thing from them until last week when I got my first gig. So I’m now walking these two, Oscar and Charlie, four times a week for the next month, while their owner recovers from an operation. They’re gorgeous and are really enjoying their long walks. By the end of the month I’ll be all walked out I reckon as I also have my two to exercise. And it NEVER seems to stop raining, but funnily enough, dogs don’t seem to mind the rain!
Another first this week was not so good. If you’re squeamish, please skip this bit…..
I was at the rescue mucking out a hedgehog when I noticed that it had half a dozen ticks on it, so I began to remove them one by one, you have to be really careful not to leave the head of a tick in a hedgehog as that can cause infection. So there I am de-ticking away when suddenly one of the ticks burst……and sent blood splattering across my face….and into my mouth! Yes, I actually swallowed hedgehog blood second hand from a tick!!! I don’t know how I wasn’t sick!!! This has NEVER happened to ANYONE in wildlife before so a MAJOR first there!
Talking of hogs, their autumn litter is really late this year so the babies coming into the rescue are only about 300 grams, which is far too small to hibernate so if you see any out now they really won’t make it so need to go to a rescue. I’ve found two this week alone.
This week also found me trying to coax a GIANT rat out of one of the aviary’s at the rescue I was plodding along doing my thing when I spotted the rat sneaking up the side of the aviary, it could easily kill a bird and maybe even a rabbit, so it HAD to go. The next half an hour was spent leaping clumsily about with a brush while trying to dodge the rats teeth!!!! I had no idea that rats could jump so high, and I had angered this one no end….it’s eyes were like slits and it was frantic by the time I finally managed to get it out, and, at the same time I also managed to keep all the birds in. Quite chuffed with myself I was! Never a dull moment eh?
I also discovered something rather interesting this week so it kind of belongs with the firsts. Now at the rescue we are always coming across nests of baby mice. We leave them alone until they’re old enough then we try to catch them and re-locate them. This week, I came across a rather unusual nest, for as well as having newborn pinkies, there were several other babies of various sizes, some of which were even grey. I can only assume the mother mice are bundling their babies together as I did spot several adults going in to care for them. Mice nurseries eh????
Now this first amused me no end. I was asked to do a home check for a cat so I rang the people concerned and left a message giving my name etc. A while later I had a call back from the lady in question who said how very weird it was that I was called Dina, apparently that was the name of her cat which had just died. Dina is certainly not a name I often come across so I had to agree it was rather strange. When I went out to meet them I began to feel a little spooked every time I heard them say things like, Poor Dina only died a few days ago and Dina was such a sweetheart, we really can’t believe she’s gone. Mmmmmm….creepy stuff.
Another first…..I got to see my very first, close up police chase. There I was walking the dogs and minding my own business when the peace and quiet was disrupted by the sound of blaring police sirens. Racing down the road came four police cars, two in front and two behind a black car. They were all doing about a hundred miles per hour until the front police cars managed to get the black car to stop. And it stopped RIGHT next to me. For a minute I thought the guy may actually jump out and try to take me hostage so I ran like the wind with the dogs into a muddy field. Then I worried that someone may decide to chase me thinking I was the criminal…..what a drama queen eh, I’ve got FAR too much imagination!!!!
And finally….the dogs have a first too, pests that they are. Annie reckons it’s good fun to GALLOP from couch to couch at fifty miles per hour while Sam adds to the racket by pounding the floor and barking. Sighs….