Recovering Bobby gets back on his feet
BACK in June 2009 the Hillingdon, Slough, Windsor, Kingston and District branch released the story of Bobby, a young pony who was close to death’s door.
Bobby was discovered by the RSPCA in a field in Slough, opposite Wexham Park Hospital.
In the field was a dead pony, Bobby and another mother and foal. The two ponies were both bay yearlings and it was clear that the one had been dead for at least a couple of days. It was a miracle Bobby was alive at all, and he barely had any energy.
After helping him into the lorry and getting him back to the yard, he was so weak the vet did not think he would survive the night. He was given plenty to eat and drink and a comfortable bed for the night.
He was hand fed and turned regularly, but after a few days staff really felt he had given up and was not going to last the day. In one last bid to get him up, they left the stable door open so he could see the lush green grass in the paddock. This was just the motivation he needed and this poor pony crawled out of his stable on to the grass to feed.
He stayed out there during the day grazing and at night had to be pulled into his stable on rugs. After three days, the dedicated RSPCA careers finally managed to get him standing, with plenty of manpower, and little Bobby managed to stand for the day.
At night he would lie down and in the morning he could not stand. This went on for a whole week, with all hands on deck to get him up and standing each morning. At the end of the week, branch staff were all so pleased when he stood for himself.
Bobby to this day is doing well in his home and this year has competed in the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead. The team he was a part of came 19th out of 128.
What a turnaround for a young pony that we did not think would make it that came from such an appalling start in life.
If you would like to donate any unwanted horse goods, please call our centre on 01895 833 417.
Yet again this week we were presented with a green ring neck which had been shot with an air rifle. The staff at Uxbridge FC took it down to the nearest vets who X-rayed the bird.
The pellet entered through the chest and exited through the left hand side of the wing, not doing too much damage, but the bird will not be able to be return to the wild. Please do not shoot wild birds.
Coco, a lovely young crossbreed, came to us after her owner sadly passed away. She is a bright and bouncy girl who loves attention and the company of people.
Coco is house trained and knows basic commands but would definitely benefit from (and enjoy) further training. She has in some ways led rather a sheltered life and can be nervous of traffic and loud noises, so will need some help getting accustomed to new things. She also suffers from car sickness.
All in all though, Coco is a delightful girl who would love a fun active family home. She would be happy to live with older children and is tolerant of cats, but would probably be best as an only dog. Do you have the time, love and commitment to offer Coco the future she deserves?
Eugenie, a female one-year-old white/tortie and her three kittens were signed over to us from a household with too many cats to cope with.
This lovely mum has developed a particularly strong bond with her tortie daughter Patch, so these two are now looking for a home together.
Eugenie is a quiet cat who enjoys a fuss and her home comforts.
Patch is still a little timid, so needs someone prepared to offer lots of TLC and the time to grow in confidence.
This delightful duo are looking for a quiet home without any other animals or children.
If you can offer Eugenie and Patch that special home, please get in touch.
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If you think you can offer one of our animals a loving home then please ring RSPCA Hillingdon Branch on 01895 833 417 or visit our website www. rspcahillingdonclinic.org. uk to download an application form.
Coco (left) and Eugenie (right) with Patch
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