Our animals

Almost all of our animals have a story

Cat(s)

We had our lovely cat Kahlua with us for about 12 years, however she passed away on the 26 April 2017. She came from SPCA cat rescue. We felt the urge to fill the void, so after some looking for cats and kittens at various places, we settled for “Silver”, a few months old kitten. Her full name given to her is “Silver Shadow”.

However we then heard about an adult cat that was dropped off at our local vet Dr. Bob. The cat was a stray and had been there for a few months without anybody claiming or wanting her. We felt so sorry for the cat that we decided to have a look at her and – of course – subsequently adopt her. The two of them settled in quite well and get along well too – which was our biggest concern. So Stray was renamed into Cheetah.

Cheetah however loved to wonder around the neighbourhood and unfortunately was run over by a car on Taylor Road in October 2017.

Cheetah was a very special character, never too social but always around somewhere. Loved to lay between Jolans cuddly toys in her bed and never managed to properly eat out of the bowl without pushing it around the place. She will be missed.

So now only Silver is left. She recently befriended a stray tomcat that we called “Naught Cat”, short “Naughty”. Naughty and Silver hang around and play and now Silver is pregnant :-).

Stay tuned for the news!

Chicken

The chickens, we currently have 16 of them, are all rescues of some sort. Blackberry and Mathilda came from people who could not look after them any more for various reasons. The others are all recues from battery farms in the area and arrived very scruffy looking with hardly any feathers left. All the older ones have developed into some very attached and tame birds who believe that they are pets. Watch out for them, they try to get into the house. While they have almost 10 acres to roam, they prefer to stay very close to us.

Alpacas

We have a herd of 10 alpacas and most of them come from Waitakere Alpacas and two of them, our junior boys, were born at our place. Last year we sadly lost one baby alpaca shortly after it was born. The two boys are currently off-site but our little Titok is still with us and has grown a lot.

Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years in South America, especially Peru. Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas, and unlike llamas, they were not bred to be beasts of burden, but were bred specifically for their fibre. Alpaca fibre is used for making knitted and woven items, similar to wool.

Alpacas are very friendly, tame and very curious.

We almost lost Ponga due to a vitamin deficiency a year ago but we looked well after her and now she’s become a strong herd leader. We are very proud of her and she has been featuring at the Kumeu A&P show last year and again this year.

Little Joey was born on top of a dirt pile in the paddock and tumbled down to be caught be Tatjana and returned to mom Jacy, who did not seem to be overly concerned about the whereabouts of her baby. Joey still loves hanging out on the dirt pile.

Cows

We currently have one cow and one calf. They are well looked after and super spoilt. They’re keen on cuddling, they are inquisitive and nosy, but tend to keep a bit of a distance to visitors, unless you have a feed bucket with you. Our calves have been hand reared by the kids and are very tame; they love to suck on your fingers, hands – actually anything. They can be cuddled and hugged.

We currently have two cows left: Cheeky and Angela Moo.

Horses

We got Shady in August 2016 and spent quite a bit of time getting used to him and likewise given him the time to connect with us. He used to be a bit head shy but this is now almost gone and he is a rock solid whanau horse and very reliable. We love him – all of us.

The latest addition to the family is Rusty, an Appaloosa mix with rusty brown mane. He’s a bit chubby but very friendly and will need a bit of work to get his tummy reduced to normal. We had a first ride with him in Woodhill Forest and he was out of himself and just wanted to go.

Last winter was pretty wet and bad for them, so we are now building a shelter for them. I am sure they’ll be stoked.

Rusty is a bit achy since we got him and now we started with a bit of physio for him. Hope he’ll be good soon.