Sophie Gives A Hoot

 |  Jun 17th 2009  |   2 Contributions


Since this is a dog blog, a couple of times a month our boy Bo (woof!) thought it would be nice to get the news through a dog's eyes. Bo invites everyone to read a chapter from his upcoming book BAD TO THE BONE at Bo Knows Online. It's a funny memoir about the crazy adventures we have shared together over the last 14 plus years, told through Bo's eyes.

Okay Bo, take it from here.....

Give a hoot, don't pollute.

That's what comes to mind when I take a look at the picture on the left. The phrase has nothing to do with the story I'm featuring today other than it being uttered by an owl on US television for years. Or it used to be, anyway. I think this breed of bird isn't the advertising draw it used to be. But then again, are you really going to top the Tootsie roll lollipop commercials?

Anyway, is it me or does the owl look like a cat with a bad Halloween costume?

So these two are best of buds, which is unique in that owls usually only like Yorkies not spaniels. Well known fact. Just google it. The Daily Mail has the details on their friendship.

A baby owl is kept looking spruce thanks to her friend Sophie the spaniel, who licks her clean every day.

The pair have become inseparable since Bramble, the baby eagle owl, was taken in at a bird of prey centre.

Sophie, three, used her maternal nature to give Bramble a quick clean as a chick. Now the bird flies into the main house for a spruce-up every day and sits while Sophie licks her feathers and beak.

Conservationist Sharon Bindon, 43, who runs the bird of prey centre in Liskeard, Cornwall said: We have many birds of prey and Sophie has been brought up alongside all of them but they normally stay outside the house.

But baby owls are born without feathers, so we had to keep Bramble indoors at first. On the first day of having her they were on the settee together and Sophie put her motherly instinct to work and began to clean her.

From that day on Bramble has had the cleanest beak in the country.'

Ms Bindon added: Ever since Sophie first cleaned her, Bramble had flapped around to be let out of her cage each day so she can be washed again.

Bramble has now started to fly around and we've put her in the aviary but she swoops back all the time for a clean."

Friends of a feather, clean together. Woof!

* Photo courtesy SWNS
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