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NZ Bids Earthly Good-Bye to Shrek the Sheep

June 7th 2011 9:58 pm
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Being half Australian shepherd I am glad sheep are welcome at the Rainbow Bridge! This story is from the BBC website but it is being carried on many others as well. Shrek was not an ordinary following sheep!

Shrek the New Zealand sheep, whose ability to avoid the shearers made him a national celebrity, has died.

Shrek came to prominence in 2004 after evading capture for six years by hiding in caves on the South Island.

The cunning Merino lost his giant 27kg (60lb) fleece in a televised shearing.

The 16-year-old sheep had a high-profile career. He met then Prime Minister Helen Clark, became the subject of several children's books and made regular charity appearances.

Shrek's owner, John Perriam, of Bendigo Hill station, said the famous sheep had to be put down over the weekend because of age-related illnesses.

"He was just an ordinary sheep, went awol and hid, and when he was found he became the darling of the nation," Mr Perriam told local broadcaster TVNZ.

"He had an unbelievable personality. He loved children and he was really good with the elderly in retirement homes."

Shrek's giant fleece - enough to make 20 large men's suits - was auctioned off in 2004 for children's medical charities.

Josie Spillane of Cure Kids said over the years Shrek had raised more than $150,000 (£75,000) for the charity, which funded research into life-threatening illnesses.

"At the end of the day, it is the death of an iconic Kiwi. He just happens to be a sheep," she told the Southland Times.

 

The Puzzle

June 6th 2011 3:36 pm
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There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.

~Deepak Chopra, author and pioneer of alternative medicine

Just an infuresting thought.

Rainbow wags,
Jamaica

 

Love Island

June 1st 2011 8:41 pm
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Miss Dayzee posted this in the Dayzee Support group mail. Just thought it was pretty and worth passing along. After all, it's not good to stay "mad" for long!
Rainbow wags,
Jamaica

Once upon a time there was an island where all the feelings
lived; happiness, sadness, knowledge, and all the others,
including love.

One day it was announced to all of the feelings that the island
was going to sink to the bottom of the ocean.
So all the feelings prepared their boats to leave.

Love was the only one that stayed. She wanted to preserve
the island paradise until the last possible moment.

When the island was almost totally under, Love decided it was
time to leave. She began looking for someone to ask for help.
Just then Richness was passing by in a grand boat. Love asked,
"Richness, Can I come with you on your boat?"
Richness answered, " I'm sorry, but there is a lot of silver and
gold on my boat and there would be no room for you anywhere."

Then Love decided to ask Vanity for help who was passing in a
beautiful vessel. Love cried out, "Vanity, help me please."
"I can't help you", Vanity said, "You are all wet and will
damage my beautiful boat."

Next, Love saw Sadness passing by. Love said, "Sadness, please
let me go with you." Sadness answered, "Love, I'm sorry, but, I
just need to be alone now."

Then, Love saw Happiness. Love cried out, " Happiness, please
take me with you." But Happiness was so overjoyed that he
didn't hear Love calling to him.

Love began to cry. Then, she heard a voice say, "Come Love,
I will take you with me." It was an elder.

Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that she forgot to ask the
elder his name.

When they arrived on land the elder went on his way.
Love realized how much she owed the elder.

Love then found Knowledge and asked,
"Who was it that helped me?"

"It was Time", Knowledge answered.

"But why did Time help me when no one else would?", Love asked.

Knowledge smiled and with deep wisdom and sincerity, answered,
"Because only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is."

~Author Unknown

 

Jamaica, Me Mad!

June 1st 2011 5:41 am
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WHO does these things! And WHY!
Humans, I just don't understand sometimes:(
Rainbow howls,
Jamaica

By: Megan Gibson

A stray dog in Malta proved that she had the heart of a champion, when police officers discovered her buried in sand up to her face, her legs and snout bound, and suffering from pellet gun shot wounds to the head. Despite the horrible abuse (she had more than 40 pellet gun bullets removed from her skull), the dog, named "Star" by her rescuers, has managed to pull through.

Naturally, the citizens of Malta are horrified by this story and are demanding that animal abuse be met with harsher penalties. Under the current law, those convicted of animal cruelty could face a one-year maximum term in prison.

And because Star was a stray, there are few leads on who her tormenter was, though Facebook pages have sprung up to help with the investigation.

 

Jamaica, Me Glad!

May 31st 2011 8:48 pm
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Glad there was a happy ending fur this pup!
Rainbow wags,
Jamaica

After 100-Hour Rescue Mission, Dog Freed from Boulder in Australia

By: Tara Kelly

How far would you go to save the life of your pet? It was a question that dog lover Steve Porter faced after his beloved Jack Russell Terrier got trapped under 45 tons of rock 12 feet below.
The four-year-old dog named Jessie chased a feral cat between two boulders during a rabbit-hunting expedition with Porter in the Australian outback. Only able to move his head, the dog managed to survive on tiny pieces of liver fed to him via a wire.

Meanwhile, Porter embarked on a serious rescue mission costing a hefty $2,100. In the end, it took a hydraulic ram capable of moving 95 tons of rock and 100 hours of digging to free the terrified pooch. The boulder budged, "millimeter by millimeter," until Jessie was finally freed and lifted to safety using a dog-catching hoop. When the dog was finally rescued, Jessie jumped into Porter's arms and gave him a big lick.

NewsFeed wonders what ever happened to that feral cat. (via Gawker)

 

Click for Kibble!

May 29th 2011 10:33 am
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I sniffed out this really neat website, freekibble.com. Humom has checked it out herself before letting me woof about it in my diary.

Furst, there is no need to register or give out any fursonal information:)

Second, shelter dogs benefit with a donation of free kibble from this site! :D

Third, the humans get to learn and store more trivial infurmation in their poor little brains:/

I, of course, being a Rainbow girl, know all the answers:) So far Mother has missed two for two:(

Know what celebrity said the following?

"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. They are the role model for being alive."

If curious, go to freekibble.com to find out! Even wrong answers (like Mother's) get free kibble fur the pups!

A woof from the Rainbow,
Jamaica

 

Jamaica, Me Smile:)

May 25th 2011 6:25 am
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Just thought this is a very sweet story. Hope it makes you smile, too. Wags from the Rainbow, Jamaica.

By Laura Zuckerman
Reuters

Michelle Feldstein was prepared to provide
special accommodations for the blind horse
she recently added to the flightless ducks,
clawless cats and homeless llamas inhabiting
her animal shelter in Montana.

But nothing could prepare her for the 40-
legged, seeing-eye entourage that
accompanied "Sissy," a sightless, 15-year-old
quarter horse.

"Sissy came with five goats and five sheep —
and they take care of her," said Feldstein, the
force behind Deer Haven Ranch, a private
rescue facility she runs with her husband, Al,
on 300 acres north of Yellowstone National
Park.

The seeing-eye sheep and guard goats are
never far from the white mare, and they
never lead her astray. They shepherd Sissy to
food and water, and angle the horse into her
stall amid blowing snows or driving rains.

"They round her up at feeding time and then
move aside to make sure she gets to the hay,"
Feldstein said. "They show her where the
water is and stand between her and the fence
to let her know the fence is there."

Before their arrival in February at Deer
Haven, a retirement home for creatures
ranging from henpecked roosters to abused
alpacas, prospects for Sissy and her guide
team of 10 were grim.

The animals might have been marked for
death had Feldstein not intervened when
another rescue facility in western Montana
folded this winter.

"I only take animals that others consider
throwaways," said Feldstein, 66, whose past
professional careers have included race car
driver and hospital administrator.

Feldstein and her husband, a retired editor of
Mad Magazine, underwrite their rescue
operation. It can cost as much as $50,000 a
year for feed, veterinarian services, and
winter-time heating of barns and water
troughs for a total of 200 animals. The
couple also run a guest house for humans
whose profits are poured into the animal
sanctuary.

Feldstein said she marvels at the blind mare
and her barnyard attendants.

"There's a magic involved in sheep, goats and
a horse becoming best friends," she said.
"When you watch them, you have to wonder,
why can't people do that?"

 

Jamaica, me hopeful:)

May 21st 2011 10:13 pm
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For every bad person, many good people can be found. Today we found out about Sister Pauline Quinn and her prison dog programs plus more good things at www.pathwaystohope.org. Interesting and uplifting, trust me!

Rainbow wags,
Jamaica

 

Jamaica, me sad:(

May 21st 2011 9:06 am
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I am very saddened by one of the newer Rainbow pups to join us. Not saddened by the pup's company, but just that this is a very young pup and the method sent here. A 6 week old pup from Gilroy, CA thrown against a wall during a domestic dispute. I am not meaning to be a gloomy Rainbow pup but Gilroy is local fur my family on earth so this story is close to home.

Hello, little one. We pups will take care of you here at the Rainbow Bridge.

Woofs from the Rainbow,
Jamaica

 

To All You Moms

May 8th 2011 8:25 am
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To all you Moms with Rainbow pups
We feel your love more than enough

To all you Moms who shed a tear
Over soft furs and fuzzy ears

To all you Moms who tried in vain
To keep at bay old age and pain

We all are looking down right now
We hope you have moved on, somehow

We wag our tails when you are cheery
We hang our heads when you are teary

We know you love us, yes, we do
We hope you know we love you, too

By Jamaica
A Rainbow girl

 
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