Sunday, March 09, 2014

They've pegged us as suckers!

What have we here? Well let me just say, it's nothing named Brandy, nor is it a bottle of brandy...


The OSPCA shelter lent us the crate to bring home these:


A pair of Narragansett turkeys! They needed a home and the shelter workers have got as pegged as suckers suitable owners for adoptable farm animals. So the manager send me a text on Thursday asking if Gordon I would like a pair of turkeys.

I said YES, then added "Perhaps I should be polite and ask Gordon!" So I did.  Meet Inari (left) and Carlton (right):


Inari is named after our friend's daughter. Carlton is named after a turkey my friend Amy had and loved!


These two are very tame. You can actually pick them up and carry them without a struggle. They were raised as pets.


So far so good. The guinea fowl are not so impressed though, as they were at the top of the pecking order, but are definitely outranked by Carlton!

I'll keep you posted on turkey happenings.

The other night after my run, Tristan helped me with my, ahem, cool-down.


He doesn't mind at all if I'm stinky and sweaty!



Such a good old boy!


He had yet another lump checked out the other day, under his chin, but he's fine. Since his spleen and a big tumour were removed last August, we've been keeping a close eye on him. He's slowing down again but still wants his walkies and seems happy with life (and snuggly!)

And on Friday night, the power went out just as I was serving supper, so we had a candlelit meal!


Glad it went out AFTER I finished cooking!
Hope you all had a great weekend!

25 comments:

  1. I'm so happy you hooked up with that animal shelter. You have helped so many homeless creatures. Give Tristan a big hug for me, that darling dog.

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  2. Carlton is a little shy on the tail area :) glad they found a good home!
    Tristan is terribly adorable!

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  3. There are so many turkey jokes I'm not sure if I should even get started...

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  4. I'm not sure why, but we dine by candlelight every day; but nothing to do with power cuts. Your Tristan and my Monty would get on so well together; a shame they'll never meet.

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  5. Did I told you I ordered a new frying pan? Seems to me good coordination.:-)
    So, when are you open for vacation on a farm?

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  6. The turkeys' feathering is a bit ..erm...on the rough side. Lots of room and good food will sort that out.
    Tristan is a love isn't he...the look on his sweet face..aaaaaah.
    Jane x

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  7. Tristan looks like such a sweetie. The turkeys look a lot like the wild ones, just lighter in colour.. Much more attractive than the freaky overbred domestic ones.

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  8. But you're such nice suckers!

    Oh, the look of love on Tristan's face. So glad he's OK. And YOU look about 17 in those photos!

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  9. Willing suckers if there is such a thing. The thing I always wonder about is how people get to the point of not being able to look after animals.Good luck. I'm sure you'll look after them well.

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  10. Hope the birds get their pecking order sorted out. Glad Tristan is still enjoying life...such a sweetie. A candlelight dinner is nice once in a while :)

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  11. Turkeys need a home, too. We had to disentangle ourselves from a flock of wild turkeys that took over our roof for roosting; I think your two are more manageable.

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  12. Tell them you really NEED a donkey!

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  13. Yes, we have a "Designated Wildlife Habitat" sign attached to our back fence. It should say, "Designated Suckers for all critters in need" - but honestly, we get as much out of it as they do.

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  14. What next? Cuddly Siberian Tigers?

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  15. I have never heard of Narragansett turkeys. I will have to google them to see what they are bred for. I never thought I would be jealous of somebody's electricity failing but that looked like a fun meal. I have candles in silver holders on the kitchen table but have never lit them. Lights out would be a good excuse. The old guy isn't very romantic and likes to see what he is eating.

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  16. It seems they are very flavourful birds and don't stray far when let free-range. They are supposed to be easy to handle. Most turkeys are difficult to work with.

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  17. And... will both turkeys make it safely through next Christmas?

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  18. A pig.... now turkeys...where are those horses???? Smile.

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  19. Your menagerie is certainly growing Natalie. I'm sure there'll be some interesting tales to tell about all the goings on at your place......
    Lovely pics of you and Tristan, good to hear all is well with him.
    Good timing on the power outage too, cold baked beans just won't do!!

    Claire Xx

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  20. Yep, for sure you need some equine representatives!

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  21. The new family additions look cute :-)

    I am sooo glad that the power went out after you had finished cooking!!

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  22. Not a sucker--just a wonderful person with a heart of gold and shines! Love the turkeys and candlelit dinners are the best...once the meal is cooked, XOXO

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  23. Ah, yes. Got a chicken that doesn't lay eggs? Bring it to Maureen. Got a litter of kittens under your porch? Call Maureen. Oh well. It's not such a bad way to live a life, is it!

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Thank you for all your comments, which I love to read!