Re­cov­er­ing Bobby gets back on his feet

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

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.

We have an Ama­zon wish­list for any­one wish­ing to send items from out­side the lo­cal area.

Please visit our web­site or con­tact us for more in­for­ma­tion – thank you so much.

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. rspc­ahilling­don­ uk to down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion form.

Coco (left) and Eu­ge­nie (right) with Patch


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