September was a relief after the August heat until the rains came and we had a worrying time. However, we were blessed. We got off lightly; no flooding as such, although Sabba and Gabriella both had colics. The drastic change in the weather affected them a lot. They are very sensitive to change in vibrations as they both had such a traumatic start in life. A big ‘Thank You’ to Rodrigo from HvT Veterinarios who came Thursday night and again Friday morning first thing, in spite of the rain, to treat the mares and make sure the problem was sorted out.
The puddles didn’t present any obstacles for Tinker. Nothing was going to stop him getting to the crab apple tree! He was overjoyed when he saw that crab apples float and he got stuck in quite happily.
The heat brought a crisis for our cockerel, Nevado. He lost his voice, lost his ‘Cock-a-doodle-doo’ and developed respiratory problems that turned into pneumonia. We’ve had him in isolation for a month, but he has responded well to a treatment of antibiotics. We’re just waiting for better weather to put him back in the garden with the rest.
About 10 days ago, as she was driving into Librilla, Veronica found a mum with 4 puppies trying to get off the main road; luckily before the rains. They couldn’t get under the barriers surrounding the building site and were in danger of being run over. Of course, Veronica stopped and brought them home. Mum isn’t chipped so there’s no trace of the owners, nor have we had any answers to the posters we put up or a Facebook appeal for the owner to come and claim them. Two of the pups have hopefully adoptive homes waiting for them – another couple of days’ wait to see if the owner claims them, but mum and the other two puppies will be looking for forever homes.
We’ll be launching a ‘Crowdfunding Campaign’ at the beginning of November with a view to raising money to help us finance the building work necessary to create a new Rancho Cavalli where we can take the present 70 members of the Cavalli Foundation family and make a haven for many more animals in need. If anyone would like to organise a fun, quirky or plain old fundraising scheme we would love to have you on board.
For the time being we are still at META Riding Centre in La Costera de Alhama near Los Ventorrillos on the Rm-603.
Tel or Whatsapp 00 34 636 172 198 or Facebook for information about our Crowdfunding Campaign or Half Term Riding Activities.