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AUGUST 2011

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August has been a long and difficult month, what with being hamstrung by not having a vehicle and also Stanley visiting at Highveld Horse Care Unit for further Inspector training.
 
Luckily for us we have Friends that offer their time to help us out with ‘wheels’.  Thanks to Meg, we were able to bring in a stock of much needed fodder for starters!  And then Pieter from AWS was delegated to do our poop delivery next door on a regular basis for which we are extremely thankful.   Refuse for 5th Avenue Transfer Site was done by car.
 
A bit of a concern for the Unit has been the number of stray horses that are never sought by their owners!  A chestnut colt in western PE was taken into custody by Willie Bosch only to be replaced by another chestnut colt!!   …and nobody calls anyone to find out if and where their horses are?   Very strange   We all know that the economy is at a low at the moment, but to not look for the animal is downright weird.  And they could always surrender the animals to us to ensure they go to good homes.
 
Our Friend, Emma, stepped up to the plate and helped with sweeping and tidying the Fodder store.
 
Our Friend Jan Beyers started his deliveries of sand for the camps and by the 20th 7-ton load, the camps are looking ever so much better!   He arrived late in the month with his tlb on his truck, and in the space of 3 hours, leveled all the sand making sure of rain runoff gradients – in ALL the camps.  This of course destroyed any hope that the donkeys had of having their own scrambler circuit!   Ag shame, man.   (I got to tick an item off my Bucket List too – a ride in the bucket of a tlb!!)
 
I represented the Unit at the MOC Foundation Beneficiaries Evening and was blown away by Trustees munificent donation toward our activities.   The food, like the company, was good and I had a most enjoyable evening.   We salute you, Jack, the Late Marie and Geoff and Bev, who are so passionate about animals!  And not forgetting Ari or JP either!
 
Calls received from motorists about 2 cows on the New Seaview Road, turned into a whole herd!  Transferred to the NMMM Cowboys!
 
A Carter standing on his cart a la Ben Hur, given a blast and told to sit down! It was an Order, definitely not a request.
 
AWS’ Kathryn sms’d a Facebook comment she had seen about horses running on the N2 outside Jeffreys Bay.  Luckily I was able to get hold of Melody who was able to assure us that the horses had in fact been shepherded off the highway and were now, along with the cows, safely behind their fence again!    Somebody had not shut the gate!  Thank you, Melody and Kathryn!
 
And then, problem!  One of our Carters found his young donkey that had been OK earlier in the day, in dire straits and could we please come and help.  After a few phonecalls, AWS very kindly offered their bakkie, and shortly thereafter, we arrived to find the youngster in extremis.  We indicated that it looked like a nonviable and so it was loaded, with lots of willing township hands and with the approval of the owner, into the horsebox and taken to Kragga Kamma Game Park where it was finally put to rest.
 
A little warm fuzzy was that our Duke and Percy, at a recent show, were introduced to the arena as ECHCU’s Duke and ECHCU’s Percy.   Really special!
 
“They” say you only miss the water when the well runs dry:  having no bakkie and needing fodder, it was painful to have to hire a trailer!  Ouch!
 
On the Public Holiday, we treated ourselves to a visit to Samrec, where Jared does a great job of RRR work with Penguins and seabirds and had a delightful chat and cup of tea!  (RRR = Rescue, Rehab, Release).
 
Followed by a call about a trailer with cows on the New Seaview Road!  Transferred to AWS.
 
Following on a picture in the Herald starring Dear Helen (with the ear problem) and who was glaring at Friend Eugene, photographer, we were invited to do a radio interview with a Muslim radio station.
 
One of ‘our’ adopted boys, Big Boy, was humanely euthanased due to unfixable Pedal Osteitis.  A very sad day for all.
 
A call received from Cape Town for assistance with a horse leaving the Racing industry there had me scratching my head!
 
On a refuse trip to 5th Avenue, we were accosted by Moses who was in a panic about his beautiful donkey, Boesman, who had been fighting the other okes in the township and gashed his leg.  We gingerly drove as close to his shack as we could get in the car, only to find that he had a really bad cut to the fetlock area and was leaving large puddles of blood all over the place.  We applied a pressure bandage and said we would do what we could to collect the animal and get it to the Vet.  However, although she tried everything it was a while before Meg returned with a tow vehicle, by which time, Moses, by now totally panicked, had decided to walk Boesman to us.   It was shocking to see how the blood was squirting out, in at least a foot long arch, every footstep.  A tourniquet was applied above the knee and another pressure bandage applied followed by a call to the Vet who responded very quickly, found the cut artery, clamped it off and then stapled it!   Not only was the donkey shakey, but so were we all!   Boesman has recovered and has been returned to his owner.
 
With some incredible donations and patience with us, Johan, another Friend, got the plinth going for the JoJo Tank, donated a few months ago, and then, that not being enough, he filled it with water too once he had put a tap into the Tank!   Wowzer – Thank you Johan!
 
Another Friend Marizanne, on coming to visit Helen (dog bites to ears) and Troy (her newborn baby), opened an account with a local Veterinary Clinic with a substantial Credit balance!  Thank you, thank you, thank you.
 
A complaint was received to say that a donkey was lying down in the middle of 10th Avenue all caught up in his rope.  When Liezl arrived she found the donkey unbound and walking back home into the township.  Thank you to the kind person who released him.
 
A complaint about a loose dog on Kragga Kamma Road was transferred to AWS.
 
A lady towing two horses to an away show phoned to ask how long horses could stand in a horsebox as she had been stopped by Provincial Traffic, only to find that she did not have a ‘Towing’ (EB) Licence and the Horsebox was not licenced either!
 
Then a call was received to say that a beached whale had been found on the Maitland beach!  They were referred to the NSRI. 
 
Somebody else phoned to say that there were two cows lying on the pavement in Walmer!  Transferred to the Cowboys.
 
And then Isaac phoned to say Surprise, his donkey jack, had been stabbed!  An ‘uncomfortable’ area to go to in an Audi, but we went and when last we heard, Surprise has made a great recovery, Isaac following instructions given.
 
Madala, a working donkey from Walmer Gqebera, was surrendered by his owner as he is very, very old and ‘must go out, Madam, I don’t want to sell him and find him working in the township again’. 
 
We were able to accomplish some horse inspections in various areas during the month.
 
A farrier visit to do some trimming led to us meeting up with our Crayon and Auntie Ntombi again.   Crayon bearing no resemblance to when she came in paralysed in the forequarters.  Now a happy little donkey, much loved by Alison and Kirsty, and being mentored by Ntombi.

Followed by a visit to our other adopted girls, Smudge (also paralysed when she came in having been stabbed in the spine), Ntombi (parrot mouth leading to unending plastic colics), Wolsak and Blue Boy (her foal).
 
With assistance from Atlas Security Patrolman Matete, we were able to stop and unload a hugely overloaded cart in Walmer.  The landowner had paid R150 on condition that all his refuse was removed immediately.   What does one do when one is desperate for money – take it all.  We were able to halve the load and ensure that the cart returned for the second load and ensured the road verge was clean and tidy too.
 
SPCA Humansdorp asked for a visit as they had a donkey with unusual sores on his chest and legs.   We took a few pictures and showed them to our Veterinarians and a POA was decided on and when last we spoke, things were looking better already.
 
About a year ago, I was presented with a horse that had been ridden hard for quite a distance, leading to a laminitic hoof on the off fore.  Luckily for Master, a kind and knowledgeable horseman took the horse under his wing, and after a lot of hard work, care and tenderness, the entire hoof wall has grown to where it is difficult for a person to see which hoof was the problem.  Way to go, Rick!
 
Because the 2 AWS donkeys (that have become ours) are absolute hooligans when it comes to doing their feet, we were able to obtain a sedative via AWS which made it soooo much easier for Treloar to give them a much needed trim.
 
A complaint about a donkey in the middle of Heugh Road was found and moved back home.  Silly boy – he was just confuseled!
 
Friend Ayesha very kindly donated her tow vehicle and time to assist in getting 3 donkeys to their new Foster home.  Madala, the very old boy mentioned above, Baby Girl with the dropped hip, and Daisy the subject of a SAPS case were loaded and taken over the hill.  When the ramp went down, all they could see was acres of long green grass.  Dawn was convinced that they had neck problems so that they could not pick their heads up! 
 
A complaint about a cow in a trailer about 10 kms on the other side of Humansdorp was referred to the SPCA Humansdorp!
 
Little Mandla was returned to his owner in Lusaka with the wound to his eye long gone, much to his owners surprise and relief.  Thank you, Ayesha, for your time and trouble.  For a first time tow, you did good, girl!
 
A pleasant evening at the Rover Raceway was enjoyed, especially when all the participants arrived with bags of dog food donations to the Animal Welfare Society.  They delivered the multitudinous donations the next day with much roaring of bikes!
 
And then the bakkie was ready for collection which meant that we could resume our donated spoiled horse feed to the townships for the working donkeys again.  Much jubilation!
 
Being gluttons for punishment, we then sent Alfred the groom on some much needed and delayed Leave and Eric is filling in for him while he is away.
 
Gordon and Megan were not to be persuaded otherwise and duly adopted Helen and Troy and moved them to their new home and family, Flip and Flop, two of last months adoptions.  Helen’s ears and butt healed very well and with some sensitizing from Sarah, she became a bit more trusting and had calmed down a tad.  Helen will always be a difficult animal but with their own minder/groom and lots of space, and her precious Troy, the little herd will lead a happy life with plenty of grazing and very little teasing by humans. We look forward to a picture or two of them in their new home.   And Bravo to Johan and Fiona for assisting with the loading too! As is usual, everything happens together:  Fiona had come to buy tack, Johan had arrived to fill the JoJo Tank with water, and then Gordon arrived to take Helen and Troy.  Wat ‘n gedoente!
 
Our Annabelle was adopted out as a companion animal and as with all our adoptions, we will keep an eye on her too!
 
On finding a tearful lady in AWS Reception, I was told that there was a calf down the road with a broken leg.  Unfortunately, the AWS Inspectorate was all out and was unable to respond immediately, and as the AWS has been most supportive of us while we were without our wheels, we went off with some of their staff to see what we could do.  It did not take long for us to realize that the calf was in trouble.  Having caught her, she was brought back for veterinary assessment, but today a final veterinary decision was made which means we do not have to worry about that particular animal in future.  She is now safe forever.
 
There was no let up on the final day of August, starting with 3 donkeys in Villiers Road, followed by another 2 at the airport.   All safely home before 9am.
 
Finally, one of our Walmer Carters phoned to say that his mommy dog had been killed by a vehicle overnight and he had been left with 5 puppies that he could not feed.  This necessitated a trip with an AWS staff member to go and get the little ones and bring them in.
 
THANK YOU FOR DONATIONS RECEIVED
Barbie - Lucerne
Nina  – 5 bales rained on Lucerne.
Nicky  – 3 bales Lucerne
Valerie - bags of empty bags.
Megan from Collegiate – a days’ volunteer work for a Social project
Grant & Sally - 6 bags racehorse leavings
Leigh - 2 bags of leavings
Marizanne - bag of leavings
Anne – 5 bags of leavings
Kirsten - 2 grass rolls
A N Other - bale of Lucerne found outside Pink Room
Yet A N Other - 1 bale Lucerne left outside AWS gate
Our Isabella – her birthday money and sale of riding stock – HAPPY BIRTHDAY ISABELLA
And
SPCA Uitenhage – leftovers from the SPAYATHON:
 
When paying Unit Accounts at month end, we found that we had a Credit Balance with Telkom!!  Seems that this was due to the fact that we had no service for so long.  What a nice way to end the month and thank goodness it is September!
 
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