Preparing for the death of a pet.

….when I heard the words I did not want to hear, my heart broke

Preparing for the death of a pet is never easy.

When I picked Bindi up from the vet on Friday I was steeling myself for bad news but when I heard the words I did not want to hear my heart broke.

Bindi an Australian Shepherd


Bindi came into my life just after I moved to Portland, a rescue dog who rescued me.

You can read Bindi’s story here


Over the past couple of months Bindi has become unwell. Slow, unable to jump up into the car for her rides, feeling the heat, drinking more water, lost weight….

A check up revealed anaemia and an enlarge liver so we booked in for a diagnostic ultrasound. Nodules on her liver have answered the questions to her rapid decline in condition

Bindi is 10 and a half and I honestly thought she would be with us for a few more years yet but it is not to be.

I have no idea how long we have with our darling girl. The vet says days,maybe weeks. Bindi can put on an impressive sad face and at the vets was almost limp on the table on Friday. Just now she has checked the Guinea pigs with me and then jogged of with purpose to check her chooks.

Bindi meets rooster
Bindi on watch





Buy Swap Sell: Things that make me smile.

Shoes: brand new, never worn, just a bit scuffed.

Buy Swap Sell

Buy Swap and Sell sites have become so popular with the rise of social media that I would say they are now more common than newspaper classifieds and community notice boards. Continue reading “Buy Swap Sell: Things that make me smile.”

How pets can help manage mental health issues

Pets could teach us humans a lot about how to support those living with a mental illness.

Pets can help manage mental health issues

My pets are a great source of comfort and pleasure to me. The beautiful trusting eyes, the soft fur to stroke and the unconditional love all manage to ground me no matter what is going on in my life or in my head. Continue reading “How pets can help manage mental health issues”

Reason number 9 to homebirth: Pets can attend.

Roosters and cats and dogs and horses are just a few of the pets who have shared some birth stories I have attended

40 Reasons to Homebirth
Reason Number 9: Pets can be there if you want.

Continue reading “Reason number 9 to homebirth: Pets can attend.”

Bindi. The story of my Australian Shepherd

Meet Bindi the Australian Shepherd who I adopted from the pound and hear of a few of her favourite things.


And now for something completely different I would like to introduce you to Bindi who I adopted from the Portland RSPCA, Easter 2010 Continue reading “Bindi. The story of my Australian Shepherd”

Adding a rooster to the backyard flock. Meet Sheldon

Meet Sheldon, named in honour of our passion for TBBT

Today I added a rooster to the flock.

Poor Stella is a particularly maternal lass. I purchased a dozen fertile eggs to quell her maternal urges late last year. With her offspring now grown and left the coup she is clucky again. With only female companions I decided it was time to get a rooster so Stella can satisfy her maternal chooky urges.

I thought just yesterday that of I waited long enough surely someone on Facebook would post a giveaway of a rooster. In particular I hoped for a Sussex. The law of attraction prevailed and within 24 hours  the local buy/swap/sell Facebook page answered my request.

Meet Sheldon, named in honour of our passion for TBBT . My favourite character is Amy and  I love her on screen almost as much as the real life Zionist, feminist, home birther Mayim Bailik. However our hens have names starting with the letter “S” so Sheldon he is.

Rooster of Femidist
Sheldon the rooster









Bindi is excited

I do love chooks. Very rarely have I been without having at least having 2 -3 laying hens in my life.

When I finally brought my own home in Portland I promptly got some but I was not sure how Bindi would go with them. It was wonderful to learn that the chooks were safe with Bindi. She takes her role of guarding them very seriously. She watches them for hours and hours.

If the chooks are out she will follow them everywhere they go and her primary goal seem to be to herd them inside to me which she has successfully achieved a few times. Occasionally she will take a break, run to the water bowl but then dash back as quickly as she can to continue her watch.

Bindi meets rooster
Bindi on watch


Meeting Sheldon today was very exciting and she remains rooted to the spot at I type.

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