Our Animal Family

Sylvester

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We adopted Sylvester from a local kitten rescue, he is very sweet and happy, and loves to play and retrieve toys like a dog. We originally went to get one kitten but came home with two, but they keep each other busy and are great fun!

Trico


We adopted Trico in 2015 from a family who could not keep him, he is very sweet and happy, and loves to play and retrieve balls like a dog. He is my travelling companion and is an amazing dog.

Princess Caraboo

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Princess Caraboo lives up to her name and is really a princess! She would prefer to be the only cat and only tolerates Red, her brother. She is a very regal and sweet cat and misses Nancy a lot too. She does like Celeste and likes to be petted. Caraboo is part Maine Coon and has a beautiful coat and is a very elegant cat indeed.

Bella Mia

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Bella Mia is an Arabian mare, who just turned seven in 2012, she also came from a Rescue and was left there when she was a foal, though is a pure Arabian. She is very sweet and affectionate and we have been working hard training her and riding her a lot. She is very smart and learns quickly though can be fearful so we have been working with that a lot, and getting her used to a lot of different things and situations.

Capricorn

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Capricorn is an Oberhasli buck who is very gentle and kind. He helps mow the lawn and hangs out with his companion April, the doe.

Alice

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Alice is a younger female Muscovy duck who likes to talk and whistle and can fly all too well, she is very sweet and friendly.

Clawdene

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We have sixteen hens, one chick and two roosters, this is Clawdene my personal chicken who was very sick as a pullet, I nursed her through, and she enjoyed quite a lot of bedtime stories in the house until she was well, and is very attached to me and talks to me a lot, maybe recounting chicken bedtime stories or asking why humans cross the road. The other chickens are Christina, Natalie, Margaret, Liberty, Glory, Bell, Star, Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Elsa, Peep, Taffy, Derpy the chick and the roosters Don and Justice.

Hope

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Hope is Boe’s littermate and was the runt of the litter so we bottle fed her and kept her because she has some health issues, she is very quiet and sweet and totally different from her sister Boe, although they are devoted to each other and never apart.

Leo

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Leo came from the same place as Sylvester but is much more timid and scared and probably was abused before he was taken to the rescue and adopted to us. He is very quiet and sweet and it has taken him a long time to settle down and learn to trust. He is especially scared of men but has settled down a lot. He is also very playful and fun though much more nervous than his adoptive brother. He likes to sit on my lap when I do phone consultations and am at my computer.

Poppy

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Poppy is the kitten we adopted after we moved into our new house and she came into our lives to help us heal. She is very affectionate and funny, and a strong personality and came into our lives at the perfect time. We had named our property Poppy Hill Farm and after we adopted Poppy from the local shelter we were trying to think of a name, as it had just said three kittens. We looked down at the paperwork and her name was Poppy already. So we knew she was the kitten we were meant to have at Poppy Hill Farm.

Isabella

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Isabella is a nine year old donkey we adopted in 2014 as a companion to my horse Bella Mia. She is a gentle soul and had a hard life before, now Bella Mia and Isabella are devoted to each other and very happy in our new home. Isabella is smart and funny and sweet and has been a sweet addition to our animal family, and we are very glad we were able to adopt her.

April

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April is feisty and more mischievous than Capricorn, which is probably better since she is the female and bucks can be more difficult. Both are very tame and friendly and love people almost as much as they like to eat anything and everything.

Violet

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Violet is a female Toulouse Goose, she was a rescue and sat on her infertile eggs for two months in the Spring, she did not hatch any eggs, though we did get some fertile eggs from a friend and was kind of lonely so we found her a mate.

Justice

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Yin

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Yin is Celeste’s cat and has been with her since Celeste was two. Not many cats love toddlers but Yin has been Celeste’s protector since we adopted her as a kitten and devoted to Celeste ever since then! When Celeste cried she would always come running and purrs constantly. A sweeter cat for a child you really could not wish for!

Red

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Red is almost seventeen years old and belonged to my former office manager, and friend, Nancy, who passed away a few years ago. He has lived with us since that time and has done well but I can tell he misses Nancy still. He is a hunter though has had to adjust to being inside unless we are out with him, he is very proud and independent and does not like the other cats or dogs too much, except for Princess Caraboo who came with him originally. When he lived in Dallas he was quite the adventurer and once brought a rooster in through his cat door in the middle of the night. He has settled down since then fortunately!

Chloe

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Chloe is our barn cat, who was written into the contract for the property. She is an older Calico cat and has lived here all her life, since she was quite feral the previous owners did not feel she would make a long move, and so she came to us with the house. She is very shy, but sweet and gets along well with Red who also likes to be outdoors, as he was used to before I adopted him.

Solo the Parrot

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Solo is an African Grey parrot who came from a Parrot Rescue in Texas, he is quite a character, and definitely rules the household, including the cats. He has an extensive vocabulary and a wicked sense of humor and likes to dance and listen to loud music, as well as whistle the dogs and tell Celeste she will be late for school!

Theodore

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Theodore is a male muscovy duck, he is kind of a bully but devoted to his mate Alice and stands guard over her while she nests.

Vincent

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Vincent is Violet’s young mate, he is very nervous and funny, and adjusting to life at Poppy Hill Farm. They bonded instantly and are already a pair and Violet is happy once again.

Derpy

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IN LOVING MEMORY – THE RAINBOW BRIDGE

rainbow-bridgeThere is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

When a pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food, water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. The abandoned animals are again surrounded by friends. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play the whole day, every day, with each other.

There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special people who loved them here on Earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up. The nose twitches! The ears perk up! The eyes water! And, suddenly this one pet bolts excitedly away from the other animals!

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Isis and Midnight

Your pet has seen you arrive! And when you meet your special friend again, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face and nose and lips and neck are licked again and again and again… and you look once more into the soulful eyes of your loving, trusting pet.

And then, holding each other, you cross the Rainbow Bridge together… never again to be separated.

ln Ioving memory of Isis, 1990-2003. She will always be remembered.

IN LOVING MEMORY – THE RAINBOW BRIDGE

rainbow-bridgeThere is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

When a pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food, water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. The abandoned animals are again surrounded by friends. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play the whole day, every day, with each other.

There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special people who loved them here on Earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up. The nose twitches! The ears perk up! The eyes water! And, suddenly this one pet bolts excitedly away from the other animals!

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Isis and Midnight

Your pet has seen you arrive! And when you meet your special friend again, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face and nose and lips and neck are licked again and again and again… and you look once more into the soulful eyes of your loving, trusting pet.

And then, holding each other, you cross the Rainbow Bridge together… never again to be separated.

ln Ioving memory of Isis, 1990-2003. She will always be remembered.

Boe


Boe is my daughter’s dog and she was born in 2008, and we have had her since she was born, as a litter from my rescue dog at the time. She is part Australian Shepherd, and is very agile and energetic, and a very happy dog, she likes to play with balls and can leap over anything, but loves to be with people and playing. She would be great at agility and is very like my daughter and they are good companions for each other.

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In loving memory of Lily, Sirius, Juno, Midnight, Yang and all my beloved pets who are safely over the rainbow bridge, some to return, some to run free and follow other paths. They all left pawprints on my heart and each one holds a special place there, from chickens to guinea-pigs to Princess the newt who had her own special funeral when I was a child, and even then an aspiring veterinarian. They each gave me something special to remember and many lessons to learn along the way. And so it continues…
In Loving Memory of Ozzy (Osiris)
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Ozzy was a special dog
A very gentle soul
His heart was filled with love and peace
His soul was filled with joy
He taught his job of loving well
And was never cruel or bold
All he wanted was to be loved
A true friend to behold
Loyal and patient, sometimes sad
Just wanting all to love
His lessons were of love and joy
Of loving all as one
A truly unconditional love
A gap felt now he’s gone
Was sad the day he left to die
He let go with a sigh
But all our lives were blessed with love
The day Ozzy stopped by
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Ozzie
10.16.1990 – 12.18.2002

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Artemis, rescued in Dallas in 1998
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To Love Again
Oh what unhappy twist of fate
Has brought you homeless to my gate,
The gate where once another stood
To beg for shelter, warmth and food?

For from that day I ceased to be
The master of my destiny,
While she, with purr and velvet paw
Became within my house the law.

She scratched the furniture and shed
And claimed the middle of my bed,
She ruled in arrogance and pride
And broke my heart the day she died.

So if you really think, oh cat
I’d willingly relive all that,
Because you come forlorn and thin
Well don’t just stand there – come on in!

~Author Unknown

Isis’ Special Gift : Cartman the Rainbow Dog
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4.4.1998- 4.18.2007


Autumn Rain
Do not stand by my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints upon the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain and
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am that swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand by my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

Mary Elizabeth Frye (1904-2004)

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In loving memory of Snickers
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Lend Me a Pup
I will lend to you for awhile a puppy, God said,
For you to love him while he lives
and to mourn for him when he is gone.
Maybe for 12 or 14 years, or maybe for 2 or 3
But will you, till I call him back
take care of him for me?

He’ll bring his charms to gladden you and
(should his stay be brief)
you’ll always have his memories
as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise that he will stay
since all from Earth return,
But there are lessons taught below
I want this pup to learn.

I’ve looked the whole world over
in search of teachers true,
And from the fold that crowd life’s land
I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love
Nor think the labor vain,
nor hate me when I come to take
my pup back again?

I fancied that I heard them say,
“Dear Lord, They Will Be Done,”
For all the joys this pup will bring
the risk of grief you’ll run.
Will you shelter him with tenderness,
Will you love him while you may?
And for the happiness you’ll know
forever grateful stay?

But should I call him back
much sooner than you’ve planned,
please brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.
If, by your love, you’ve managed
my wishes to achieve,
In memory of him that you’ve loved,
cherish every moment with your faithful bundle,
and know he loved you too.

~Author Unknown

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In Loving Memory of McKenna

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RIP McKenna: 9.2.2014

McKenna was an eleven year old German Shepherd Dog when she passed. She was a real sweetheart and a very gentle soul, very loyal and protective and my personal dog. She came into our lives when she was about four years old and had been used for breeding, until she started being attacked by the other dogs, and lived her life out happily as my special companion. After I lost my previous generation of dogs she came into my life right away and her name meant gift from God. She was my personal protector and saw me through some difficult times, and we both drew strength from each other.

The Last Battle
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this — the last battle — can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close — we two — these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

— Unknown

Remembering Coal
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Coal is my step-son’s cat and no longer lives with us since sadly he stayed with my ex-husband when we moved out. I originally got him from the local shelter in Spokane. Coal is a friend to everyone and will leap on unsuspecting guests shoulders and climb in the UPS truck. He is always very sweet and a total lap cat! We miss him a lot and wish he was still here with us. He is a sweet soul.

Poem For Cats
And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, you know I am most able
To decide anything for myself.
Are you coming then? asked God.
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
For my human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.
But don’t they understand? Asked God
That you’ll never leave them?
That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is….forever and ever and ever.
Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am….forever and ever and ever.

— Author Unknown