Monday, 15 January 2018

January...rain and mud!

January is living up to the usual expectations!!  Plenty of rain and mud so far!  The ponies get really hungry when the weather is particularly bad.  Yesterday was a lovely day (calm before the storm) and almost had a feeling of spring about it.  A chance to get some photos of "the gang"...thank goodness we have plenty of hay available in the barn for those days when they need extra!

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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Goodbye to Oscar

Oscar helping with haymaking
A tribute to the best snugglemonster in the WHOLE world…and my best friend.

We have some very sad news as Oscar the dog was put to sleep today...just eight days short of his 16th birthday.  It's strange in a way, because we had elderly dogs staying here over Christmas who were not in as great shape as Oscar...and he was certainly not the one we were expecting to go first, bless him.

Oscar had been here for 3 years and was adopted by Ted and Jenny from the Dog's Trust at the age of 12.  This was his 6th home and he'd been with the Dog's Trust since he was a puppy.  He was such a lovely boy.  He really struggled at the kennels with night terrors, something with he overcame here - with Jenny putting lots of hours in with him.  He was also known for chasing cats - able to completely immobilise them in one move with one placing of the paw (a skill some vets would probably envy!)  but he NEVER hurt them.  When Oscar arrived here, Treacle (the cat out on the yard) won him around and the two were firm friends - and in the afternoon Treacle would often accompany Ted and Oscar on their walk - cat and dog side by side.

Oscar was pretty sprightly for his age and EVERYONE loved him...even people who usually didn't like dogs.  Oscar never barked (unless he was stuck and it was an emergency!), would never rush up to people.  He was very friendly and would always say hello to people.  He was great with kids and always loved a cuddle. His shaggy dog looks made him particularly irresistible.

When Oscar first came he still loved to run and I can remember taking him out with Kes the Saluki/Lurcher - Kes with his long, floaty strides and Oscar doing double steps to Kes' single glide - they are were perfect unison flowing along at the same speed.

Oscar was a master at the art of communication.  He had the best "sit" in the world when it came to treats or persuading someone into a biscuit.  He never pestered anyone, he'd just sit at a polite distance and stare at your eyes, beaming the thoughts across.  Without a single murmur he could get his message across very succinctly.  If Jenny fell to sleep at his dinner time, he would find Faye, do his special "sit" and give direct irresistible eye contact.  When he had your attention this was followed by a lick of the lips and that was enough for him to know the message would be passed on.  He'd go away and lie down if Jenny wasn't quite ready yet...he knew the message had been received.  No extra fuss than that.  Margaret always brought his favourite sandwiches if she was staying at lunchtime - cheese and marmalade.  Roy went on special trips to buy him dog biscuits.  Margaret was always on standby if a dog sitter was required.

Oscar's extra favourite foods were baked beans, tomatoes, pizza and just about anything on offer at the end of a dinner.  Oscar had just had the best Christmas ever - one of the elderly dogs staying was very picky about her food, so lots of scrumptiously different things were tried and whatever she didn't want Oscar gleefully finished up on her behalf.  Such a dream for a dog!  We didn't know his time was nearly up but at least he didn't have a long illness.  His legs suddenly went yesterday - the red light therapy meant there was no pain - that is such a gift - but on this occasion there was not going to be a recovery.  Our sincere thanks to Dale the vet for his help today - such a thoughtful and calm manner that meant everything was very peaceful for dog and humans alike.

Oscar was such a special boy - we promised him he'd never need another home and that promise was fulfilled.  Faye and Oscar had a very special bond, and whether he's here or not, - it's something that will be cherished forever.

Ted and Jenny meeting Oscar at the Dog's Trust in 2014
Oscar in the Dog's Trust Advert 1

Oscar in the Dog's Trust Advert 2

Soon After Arriving

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Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year!

Welcome everyone to 2018!  A new month, a new year...and so if you haven't done so already it's time to turn to January on your P4P calendar!  We've had so much lovely feedback for the calendar...people always love them but this year people seem to especially like the photos which is great!

January's photo features Puffin, Breeze and Star and this photo was taken on the day when we introduced Puffin to this site.  Breeze was so happy to see Puffin - he got on fine with Star but she's a bit older and not so keen to play and charge about.  Breeze and Puffin linked up almost straight away and Breeze took Puffin on a tour of the boundaries and all the important parts of the site that the ponies love.

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Saturday, 30 December 2017

2017 Round-Up

2017 has been quite a year, with extreme highs and a rollercoaster ride!  I have to say...I'm looking forward to a new year and a fresh start, so to speak, with 2018...

We had such a devastating blow at the end of March with the disappearance of Jeremy who has still not been found. So hard not to be able to have a single trace on him. People were amazing with spreading his description in the media and via Facebook. We have to hope that one day he will be found…there is a Help Find Jeremy page on Facebook dedicated to finding him.

Friday, Wolfie, Breeze and Puffin were rehomed. Star became a best friend to Topsy at the yard. Munchie’s been our rehab case and he’s kept us busy this year and is teaching us so much!

There was the essential haymaking and fundraising…and of course an epic amount of mucking out and hay net filling (especially when there were 11 ponies on the yard!).

We continued pushing for change on Bodmin based on the results of our research and have had some important meetings relating to this in order to get change for all the animals grazing up there. We also worked to ensure standards would be upheld at Hallworthy Horse Sale so that there was not a repeat of the issues seen at the 2016 sale.

Margaret’s had a year of parties with her 10th year volunteering and 4 parties for her 80th birthday! And also the challenge of recovering from a mini-stroke and a fall.

Sadly, Treacle the yard cat died towards the end of the year and then one of our supporters, Margaret Cruft.

We’ve finished on a high with managing to purchase our red light kit, which is just amazing! Faye’s busy with all her extra studying which is really going to benefit all the ponies once she’s got her extra qualifications. 

Thank you everyone for all your help and support for P4P!

These are some of our favourite photos from 2017 (click on the photos to enlarge them)!  Happy New Year everyone!


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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from everyone and all the ponies at P4P!  Thank you so much for your support!  We hope you have a peaceful and happy Christmas!

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Saturday, 23 December 2017

It's Nearly Christmas!

The tree is all decorated and looking beautiful... it's in the conservatory and it was one of Treacle's favourite places to be it seemed fitting to make a Christmas tree decoration in honour of Treacle.  It's turned out rather well with snowy whiskers for a 'Christmas' touch! Maybe we'll have to attempt some pony decorations next year!

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Friday, 22 December 2017

Christmas Thank You's!

Sorry everyone for the delay in blogging!  The internet has been very unhelpful the last few weeks and seemed to spend more time unavailable than functioning!

The ponies and ourselves have lots of thank you's to send our supporters who have been AMAZING this Christmas - we really appreciate your support so much!

THANK YOU to everyone who has remembered to use Easyfundraising whilst you've been doing your Christmas shopping - since our winter newsletter was published, you've raised over £36 in donations from retailers!  Well done everyone!

THANK YOU - to Martin and Karen for donating products for the ponies for their xmas presents through Naturally Animals!  Margaret has bought some new feed bowls for the ponies too.

THANK YOU to everyone who has bought a calendar (or multiple calendars!) to support the ponies - everyone has been loving the new design and we have just 9 remaining!  (Still time to get in touch if you would like a copy)!!

THANK YOU to everyone who has sent the ponies cards...and donations for Christmas too - Paul and Cilla, Kirsten and the Freieslebens, Liz, Kath, Sarah and Charlie, Carol, David and Kay and Thea...and everyone who has sponsored a pony too!

And a last HUGE THANK YOU to John and Joan, Juliet, Anne and John, GRAT and the Heathcoat Amory's whose donations enabled us to purchase our red light therapy kit - such an amazing Christmas present and it's been busy in use ever since it arrived!  We are so lucky!  Thank you to Catherine Edwards and the Photonic Light Company for arranging a discount for us!


Anonymous Margaret said...
And THANK YOU to Faye who works so hard to look after the ponies and all the people involved as well as campaigning to improve conditions for the wild ponies out there.
22 December 2017 at 21:06

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