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grizabella

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About grizabella

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    Saluki Mum
  • Birthday 15/05/1993

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    Salukis! Other dogs, great apes, animal welfare and conservation.

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  1. 52/2018

    I'm waaaay behind! 44/52 Boyd's birthday party. :D Boyd by Amy Atherton, on Flickr 45/52 Zombi and Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr 46/52 Hannah by Amy Atherton, on Flickr 47/52 My friend's gorgeous new kelpie puppy, Arrow Arrow by Amy Atherton, on Flickr 48/52 Kyah by Amy Atherton, on Flickr 49/52 Kyah and Arrow by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  2. A thread for my animal photos (aside from Bella and the Monarto chimps), because I take a lot. I realised I hadn't shared any photographs of the animals I worked with at AAP Primadomus, a rescue centre in Spain, earlier this year. I was part of a team caring for chimpanzees, two species of macaques, and two species of marmosets. Almost all the animals were former pets and performers, and many continue to struggle with problem behaviours as a result of their rearing. At AAP, they are integrated with their own kind, and most will be eventually moved on to a new home -along, of course, with their new families. One of the most endearing groups of primates I worked with was Lazaros' group of pig-tailed macaques. The leader, Lazaros, spent many years suspended in a tiny cage, and the result is that his legs are slightly crippled. He is a small monkey, elderly and slow-moving, but with a lot of attitude- no one messes with him. One can't help but admire his spirit. Lazaros by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Lazaros by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Even older than Lazaros was Glenn, the oldest of his species on record at 31 years old (or more). Glenn was quite possibly the least attractive monkey I've ever seen, but it's impossible not to love him. He was a courageous little soul, and it was a great privilege to care for him Glenn by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Then there was Calimero... a very feisty fellow! With long, spindly limbs, he was well equipped to grab and pull hair should we get too close when giving his dinner. Calimero by Amy Atherton, on Flickr And my special favourite, dear Ino, Glenn's son. Bottom of the pile, he was a supportive son to Glenn when the old guy was having troubles with his health, and would often show me a friendly greeting face. I've met a fair few monkeys in my time, but Ino is probably the very sweetest. Ino by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Ino by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  3. More Monarto Chimps

    There’s a lot of love surrounding the Monarto chimp house... it’s been one of the greatest privileges of my life to be a little part of it. I think for most people who get to know chimps closely come to see them as family. Their individual personalities are so vibrant it’s hard not to get taken in.
  4. More Monarto Chimps

    Hannah is 24. Usually, a female would have had at least one infant by that age, but she is not old either. It was devastating to lose Soona that way. It's one of those situations where there really is nothing that can be done; it happens very quickly, and the process of separating chimpanzees in order for one to be anaesthetised and taken out for treatment is not often straightforward. Soona passed peacefully with her friend Zombi by her side, which was some comfort. One of the males, Gombe, tended to the infant for the first hour before Zombi took over. Baby Boon only survived a couple of weeks, tragically, but his short life touched many hearts. The staff (and enrichment volunteers) are brilliant- they love throwing the chimps big celebrations almost as much as the chimps enjoy them!
  5. More Monarto Chimps

    I'm trying not to worry about Hannah... there's no reason why it shouldn't all be okay, but after Soona's death in childbirth I don't think I'll be able to completely shake that fear from my mind. To my knowledge, she was mother raised, so should care for her infant.
  6. More Monarto Chimps

    Boyd's turned forty and Hannah's pregnant? This calls for a party! Gombe, Enzi and Boyd by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Boyd by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Galatea by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Hannah and Galatea by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  7. Adventures of Bella Saluki

    Today Bella had a playdate with her buddy Bowie at the local beach- his first time. They had an absolute blast, and both went home absolutely caked in sand and seaweed. Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bowie and Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bowie by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bowie by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bowie by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bowie by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  8. 52/2018

    My number one model, doing her model thang. 42/52 Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr 43/52 Bella by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  9. More Monarto Chimps

    Thank you! The sun was very harsh, which makes it very challenging to take pictures of dark coloured animals. I was really pleased with what I was able to get considering. Galatea is a doll... just the most soulful eyes.
  10. More Monarto Chimps

    It's been ages since I've been up to see the chimps, what with petrol prices so high, but I made it to pay them a visit today. Hopefully I'll be back again for Enzi's third birthday later this month. Zuri by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Enzi and Lani by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Hannah by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Zombi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Lani by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Galatea by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Galatea by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Enzi and Zuri by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  11. 52/2018

    41/52 Enzi, just coming up to three years old. Enzi by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  12. 52/2018

    Attila is gorgeous- such a little tank! I'll have to take some more snaps of him soon, he's growing like a weed.
  13. 52/2018

    Oh no, I've fallen way behind! 37/52 Attila... a little kid with a big attitude! Attila by Amy Atherton, on Flickr 38/52 Beautiful Arya, sweetest and dopiest of dogs. Arya by Amy Atherton, on Flickr 39/52 Bowie-boy Bowie by Amy Atherton, on Flickr 40/52 More and more Bowie Bowie by Amy Atherton, on Flickr Bowie by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
  14. To be honest, I think $750 is too much to pay for a mixed breed puppy from your average backyard breeder. I'd want to know before committing that much- deposit or not- whether appropriate health testing was done on both parents, what the reasons behind the breeding decision were, and if the breeder is committed to take the puppy back for rehoming at any age should your circumstances change and you be unable to care for her any longer. I'd expect these things from a purebred breeder, and wouldn't take a pup from anyone who could offer less. A breeder should allocate homes based on suitability; if it feels as though the monetary deposit is their main interest, I'd look elsewhere. Especially considering you are recovering the loss of a beloved pet, I think it is really wise to make sure you purchase a puppy from someone prioritising health. The last thing you want is to go through another heartbreak. For the breeds in the mix you're looking at, I'd like to see that the parents have been tested for the following: eye exams to check for entropian, retinal atrophy etc., renal dysplasia testing, hip and elbow certification, and potentially heart screening. I think you would be rather more likely to find such a commitment to health in a purebred breeder, but it's something to ask about whichever route you choose. Here are some recommendations from the American Shih Tzu Club: http://americanshihtzuclub.org/breeder_guidlines
  15. 52/2018

    36/56 Of all the dogs I know who aren't my own, this lovable goof is by far my favourite. She will be having surgery soon to remove a suspected hemangiosarcoma; I'm crossing everything for a positive outcome. Arya by Amy Atherton, on Flickr
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