About me

About me

Welcome to my blog – Pawprintlaur.

If you’ve stumbled across this page, you may well be wondering who I am (past being an avid tea drinker) and what my story is.

Four years ago I gained a triple distinction star (D*D*D*) qualification in my Level 3 Extended BTEC Diploma in Animal Care and Management. I spent two years studying before working as an Animal Technician for a year.

And following this, after 2 years out of education, I began my studies at Bangor University. I’m heading into my third year in September, and I study Zoology with Animal Behaviour (BSc Hons). My interests lie in the fields of animal behaviour, animal ethics and animal welfare, and I have a known soft spot for mammals. Goats And Giraffes in particular. Although, in addition to this, I believe that all animals are unique, fascinating and worthy of love, care and affection. Which partially explains why I am Vegan.

I plan to expand on my Veganism posts. So stay tuned!

I’ve been Vegan for 3.5 years. I transitioned in April 2016 after educating myself into the realities of the dairy industry, and because I wanted to do more for animal rights and ethics. It’s cliché, but I believe Veganism has always been embedded within me.

In my spare time, I enjoy dedicating both my love and commitment to animals. This summer, I spent a week in Spain volunteering at a Vegan Animal Sanctuary – Jacobs Ridge, which is located in Southern Spain.

I also regularly volunteer at a farm (Little Owl Farm) where I’ve been involved for 2.5 years. The farm quickly became my happy place and I’m proud to be the resident goat girl.

I also love to Dance. I began dancing at the age of four at my local dance studio, where I remained an enthusiastic member for 17 years. I have been involved in a collection of styles. Including: Ballroom, Latin, Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary.

I also love to raise awareness of Mental Health, following my past and present battles with Anorexia Nervosa, Anxiety and Depression. I regularly share my experiences and delve into my situations with the hopes of inspiring others to speak up too!

And, in addition to this, I raise awareness of Autism too. Which came about after receiving my diagnosis aged 19.

Thank you for visiting my blog and happy scrolling!

Lots of love, Laur xx

Diet culture and an insight into the Diet Industry

Mental Health

Diet culture is EVERYWHERE. It captivates our screens and brainwashes our minds, often without us realising just how much we’ve become affected by it.

Weight Watchers have recently created a food tracking app (Kurbo) for Children aged between 8-17. This appalls me, greatly. It breaks my heart to imagine a Child tracking an ice-cream they just ate and becoming fixated on numbers when they should be learning, growing and making lifelong memories.

Quite frankly, the diet industry encourages us to follow dietary habits that aren’t realistic or sustainable. Drop 5 pounds in a week, eat sugar-free gummy bears to suppress your hunger.

No.

In The US, Americans spend approximately $60 BILLION on diet products, annually.

$6.2 BILLION is the estimated amount the diet industry is worth, and has unfortunately been predicted to expand to $70 billion in upcoming years.

I sit and wonder what we could otherwise be investing such a large sum of money into. Adequate Mental Health funding? Building shelters for the homeless? It baffles me that money is used to, essentially, damage people’s lives when it could be used to enhance people’s futures.

I’ve been struggling with an Eating Disorder – Anorexia Nervosa for years. And only recently have I deleted my calorie counting app. From a personal perspective, the apps become addictive and competitive, and food quickly becomes the devil.

Why are we paying into such a damaging industry?

It’s all about supply and demand.

I’m no expert. But, I can conclude *from a personal perspective* that companies will only continue manufacturing and promoting their products so long as there is a demand for them. As long as people continue paying into the industry, it’ll only continue to thrive. Take food products, for example, if people stop buying a brand of chocolate (for example, vego) the company will stop producing them, because it’ll cost the company more to assemble them in comparison to the profit gained from consumers.

The diet industry rakes in billions of pounds annually because it negatively influences millions of vulnerable people. It’s a money making fad. It encourages Eating Disorders to develop, and if not an ED, definitely disordered eating. It targets people of all generations with promises that unrealistic ideas of “perfection” and “happiness” can be gained through following simple steps and through purchasing products that only exhibit laxative-like effects. People become addicted and, thus, more money is generated through the industries. It’s sustainable because people pay into companies, sometimes out of curiosity, which promote unhealthy products and lifestyles, often with the help of social media influencers and celebrities. Youngsters see their idols posting suppressive lollipops and feel obliged to follow the same principles.

Here’s an idea: Restrict your intake to the recommended amount for that of a toddler. As magazines publish damaging articles of celebrities miraculous and speedy weight loss regimes, they fail to allude that 1200 is the recommended calorie intake for toddlers, not people developing into adulthood, or those already classified as adults.

We shouldn’t be aiming to suppress our hunger, as often encouraged in advertisements, on social media and magazine articles. Hunger is to be honoured. The ideology being that our bodies are similar to cars. Without fuel, cars would breakdown and refuse to run, and like us, they cannot run efficiently on little or no fuel. We should be working to respect our hunger cues whilst listening to our bodies and filling ourselves with an adequate amount of nutrition. Regardless of what you ate yesterday, it’s still crucial for you to eat today, whether you’ve exercised or not, you still need to eat.

Food is fuel.

Calories aren’t the devil; they’re units of energy, and our bodies embrace them to issue us with a sustainable level of energy for survival, happiness and life. We need calories to survive, and the more we restrict and deprive ourselves of an essential staple, the more our lives slip away before our eyes.

What ever happened to encouraging people strive for happiness and contentment in their bodies, and surrounding the nourishment served up at meal times? In today’s society, we’re fixated on changing ourselves and with each diet fad we follow, we step further away from accepting ourselves just the way we are. We feel a constant urge to shrink our bodies and our portion sizes without acknowledging the fact that this can be woefully detrimental to our physical and mental wellbeing.

Remember that the diet industry is a money making scheme. A fad. Their advertisements are targeted at the most vulnerable people. Their intentions stem far away from situating health, self love and confidence.

In a World filled with toxicity, diet culture and the consistency of words encouraging us to change ourselves, it’s vital that we fight against it and make progress in loving ourselves and becoming comfortable in our own skin.

The World needs more of us, not less. Our bodies require fuel, not suppressants.

Managing an Eating Disorder at Uni – Experiences And Tips from an Undergraduate

Mental Health

I became a Uni Student whilst under the grips of an Eating Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa.

I am still in recovery from this, every day is a challenge. But I’m determined to make positive changes towards reaching my goals towards health and happiness. 

I enlisted my Anorexia on my University application, alongside my Autism. I remained aware that I could face issues throughout my studies, and I feel comforted being able to share my story with my Tutors, and my friends – Who are surely, and gladly, becoming a second family to me.

Admittedly, I’ve faced my fair share of challenges and obstacles throughout my time at Uni. Managing an Eating Disorder and simultaneously trying to maintain recovery is hard work, possibly the toughest task I’ve had to endure.

I’ve fallen into new and destructive habits whilst trying to eliminate older ones. I often become engrossed heavily in my studies and fail to prioritise eating as much as receiving grade A’s. Anorexia is an incredibly sneaky, and conniving illness that will rear its head at any given opportunity. It’s important to be aware of this, and to prepare yourself for future setbacks/lapses.

Recovery is essentially a full time job, a choice that is constant, a process of rebuilding a healthy relationship with our bodies and our minds. It can be exhausting to balance this alongside our studies, and easy to fall under academic pressures. It can be difficult to maintain concentration whilst dealing with the constant, deliberating thoughts and anxieties surrounding food, numbers and body image.

But I’m currently awaiting enrolling for my third year, I’ve made it this far and I’m feeling motivated for September onwards. And I’m keen to share tips that have guided me through my time at uni so far.

It’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Ever.

Speaking up is incredibly difficult, yet rewarding. It takes a considerate amount of courage to express your struggles. Be patient with yourself, be kind to yourself and make your mental health a priority.

Don’t feel embarrassed about reaching out for support. Whether that’s to a friend, a tutor, or a medical professional. It doesn’t make you a bad person, just a normal one. I confide in my Tutors always and I’ve been left incredibly humbled and inspired by the understanding and support I continue to receive. Shame isn’t an issue; the biggest focus needs to be on your mental and physical wellbeing. Confide in somebody you love and trust. Nobody deserves to suffer alone or in silence, and I’ve learned that a problem shared is typically a problem halved.

Access professional support. Attending appointments can sometimes mean missing lectures. And that’s fine, because work can be caught up on, our health shouldn’t be put on the line and lecturers are always incredibly understanding regarding mental health. Don’t be worried about confiding in your GP about your struggles. Often, we require therapy to allow us to tackle the root of the problem, and that’s perfectly okay. We can’t have it figured out all of the time. Uni’s also have Mental Health Services available to students with people trained to deal with a variety of problems who can be contacted should you feel the need to do so. Again, there is no shame in this. Just bravery.

Try to avoid falling into comparative habits. It’s often glamorised at uni for students to engage in unhealthy behaviours, such as frequently under/overeating, skipping meals and not getting enough sleep. It’s not cool or an essential component of student life. It’s vital that you focus on yourself and your own recovery journey. Remember that recovery from an Eating Disorder requires eating more, to assist physical and mental repairs. 

Be patient with yourself. Healing takes time, and recovery is never going to be a linear, overnight process. Try not to spend time getting caught up in your bad days, but remember that they can only make us stronger and more able to face tougher days in the future. Nobody is defined by their struggles, or difficult days. Don’t feel bad for saying “no” or for giving yourself time to collect your thoughts and feelings. We all need space, we all need rest and we all need time.

Get yourself a set of close friends to confide in, and to keep you grounded when times are tough. Share as much or as little information as you’re comfortable with. It’s easy to isolate ourselves and to get caught up in the chaos of our own minds, but our friends can keep us distracted by giving us a happier focus by spending time together, or by simply being there to temporarily act as a barrier between ourselves and our struggles. I’m privileged to be surrounded with the most incredible support network both at uni and at home. This makes reaching out for help and advice increasingly easier. Whilst our tutors are not medical professionals, they can issue lifestyle advice and can sympathise with our feelings. And sometimes, that’s more than enough.

Speak to those around you about your triggers. This is an essential, necessary component of taking care of yourself. We shouldn’t have to put ourselves in uncomfortable positions where we’re surrounded with information and situations that we find triggering. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you’re finding something triggering or hard to deal with. Ie: conversations about diet talk/weight loss, calories or any other areas. From experience, people will be glad that you’ve been able to confide in them about it and will try harder to avoid given topics and scenarios. 

Plan meals and snacks in advance. If you’re anything like me, you can easily “forget” to eat (due to a lack of hunger cues, planning or an inability to go against anorexia) and other things can begin to take priority. It’s important to remember that eating is as important as your studies and the grades you receive. Eating is always important and necessary. Look through your timetable during the weekend and plan meal and snack times. This will help to reduce the anxiety surrounding the situation and will ensure that you have a comfortable plan in place. If you’re in the stage of recovery where intuitive eating is encouraged, go for it! But only if you can trust yourself to eat a sufficient amount of food throughout the day.

Set reminders/alarms on your phone to encourage you to eat. Again, this may help to reduce the anxiety surrounding the situation and will ensure that you issue yourself with essential eating time, which is easy to miss out on with busy uni schedules, appointments, meet ups with friends and a social life. I find that time passes quickly when I’m in the library revising, so I plan rest/comfort breaks to get myself together.

Ensure that you have plenty of distractions in place. I imagine that you’ll be busy with meeting assignment deadlines and partaking in extra reading, but remember to give yourself down time too. It’s a staple we all require in our day to day lives, and it should involve engaging in an activity that distracts you and helps you happy and calm. This can be anything from reading, doing something creative (drawing, baking etc) writing or spending time with friends.

And lastly…

Embrace the journey. Trust in yourself and the process and believe that you’ll get to a place where you wish to be. You’ve got this!

Jacobs Ridge – Final Day (28.07.2019) 🇪🇸

Jacobs Ridge

My time at Jacobs Ridge had quickly approached its end. I had the most incredible time spent with some of the most inspirational and kind people, and beautiful animals.

Before leaving for the airport, I went on my final morning dog walk, changed the animals’ waters and spent quality time with them. Barney (one of the resident dogs) followed me around and I couldn’t help but feel guilty for leaving him behind, yet, motivated to return to the ridge again in the future for more love and cuddles. 

I was driven to Murcia (RMU) airport at 5:45pm by Amie – Volunteer Coordinator. The drive was lovely, and very scenic along the way. We chatted about my time at the sanctuary, animals, family and uni.

I arrived at the airport, and prepared myself to say goodbye to Amie, who I had been lucky enough to spend a large proportion of time with throughout the week. We unloaded my luggage from the boot, hugged and then I wandered into the airport in preparation for check-in and security.

RMU airport opened in January 2019. I found it very Autism friendly! The staff were extremely kind and accommodating, and the airport itself was quiet and easy to navigate around as it was very small. Bliss!

I then waited by the gate ready to board the plane at 7:45pm. I went in first to reduce my anxiety-levels, and the staff were very understanding with regards to this.

I boarded the plane and was set to travel the 2.5 hour journey back home to Manchester. I sat comfortably and read my book whilst peering out of the window occasionally to take in some of the most stunning landscape views.

I arrived in Manchester and was quick to collect my luggage from arrivals, after showing my passport to the lovely men sitting at the arrival desk.

Following this, I was met outside of the arrival section of Terminal One by my Mum and Grandad, both of who kindly offered to pick me up from the airport to take me back home.

I sat and chatted about my time at Jacobs Ridge, talking about the wonderful people and the beautiful animal residents I met throughout. I’m extremely excited to begin planning my next overseas work experience adventure, and I’m glad I chose Jacobs Ridge to be my first placement abroad.

Jacobs Ridge – Day Seven (27.07.2019) 🇪🇸

Jacobs Ridge

It was my final full day at the ridge. I was excited to fulfil another day in what set out to be a vegan paradise before venturing back to The UK.

7:30am commenced our usual morning dog walk. Julian, Rachael and I took the dogs and ventured nearby the peach trees before heading back to the sanctuary.

Julian and I then went kayaking at a venue located 30-minutes away from the ridge. Julian sailed solo, whereas I opted to paddle in the company of some lovely Spanish folk. The views were spectacular, the water was stunning and the sun was beaming down on what was proving to be another gorgeous day.

We returned back at the ridge an approximately 2pm. I got changed quickly and spent my afternoon siesta with the animals and by the pool, before heading onto the routine evening jobs.

We did the evening feeding and watering of the animals (today I fed the cats and Alfie, the lamb) before venturing on the evening dog walk. It was my final evening dog walk, emotions were running high, but I was excited to venture on my remaining one in the morning.

Jacobs Ridge – Day Six (23.07.2019) 🇪🇸

Jacobs Ridge

We begun the day at a slightly later time of 7:30am, to which the (always exciting) morning dog walk commenced.

Upon return, after another enjoyable dog walk with the canine companions, I prepared the animals’ feeds according to the feeding rota in the shed and headed down to the field to issue the morning feed to the animals. I then changed their waters.

Jade and I then gave a mud bath to Ben. Ben is the largest pig at the sanctuary and his brother Bill tragically passed away during the beginning of 2018. The life he fulfilled at the sanctuary was bliss in comparison to the fate he was otherwise destined to have.

I then changed the waters of the animals, which would then be changed again in the evening during feeding time.

In the afternoon, I relaxed in the pool and spent my time playing with the animals. Barney (one of the resident dogs) had quickly stolen my heart, and so a large proportion of my time was spent with him and playing his favourite game of fetch.

We then prepared the evening feed and gave it out before heading on an evening dog walk with the pack.

Jacobs Ridge – Day Five (22.07.2019) 🇪🇸

Jacobs Ridge

We headed for the morning dog walk at 7am. One of my favourite parts of the day, I loved being surrounded with multiple fur babies. The surroundings were stunning, as always, and I felt truly comforted due to the lack of noise and the absence of people.

The sunrise was coming up and the views were simply gorgeous.

We then came back and changed the animals’ waters. Before feeding time commenced.

Jade and I gave Ben another mud bath. He was becoming sunburnt and we were working hard to prevent this from worsening, we wanted to keep him free from pain and discomfort. His enclosure did have pool within it as an attempt to keep him cool throughout the warmer days, but as previously stated in a prior blog post, he cannot bathe himself effectively.

We then refilled the animals’ waters for the afternoon before relaxing during siesta.

Flora and I went lemon picking in the forested area surrounding the tents. I felt as though I was reliving my character on Animal Crossing (DS game) as I pondered for fruit up high. We reached up and grabbed those that looked the most appealing, before heading back to the house with a tray filled with fresh lemons, which would later be used to infuse cold, fresh drinking water.

We prepared the animals’ evening feed and refilled their waters. I hugely enjoyed witnessing them rushing to get the best pick at their food, which was scatter fed for the majority of the animals, placed in a basket for Ben and in food bowls for the cats and dogs. Scatter feeding helps to encourage natural feeding behaviours, alongside mental and physical stimulation, and works to eliminate boredom through motivating the animals to work for their food.

In the evening Flora, Amy, Jade and I spent time at a local (30-minutes away) spa. It was wonderful. However, it wasn’t like a typical spa where you’re rubbed down or relaxing with a face full of guacamole and cucumber. It had different components such as jacuzzis, a lazy river, and hot “springs” which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Following this, we returned home to the ridge. The evening feeds had been carried out whilst we were at the spa, and after playing with the kittens, it was soon time for bed.

Jacobs Ridge – Day Four (21.07.2019) 🇪🇸

Jacobs Ridge

I woke up at the usual time of 6:20am, eager to start yet another fulfilling day. I got dressed and came out of my tent, welcomed to a stunning pink sunrise in the near distance.

I then headed to the house to apply suncream and to brush my teeth.

Amy and I headed on the morning dog walk, today it was just the two of us because Flora was helping with the morning feeds. It was lovely! I walked Marley, whilst Amy walked Goaty and Eyebrows. We chatted about all kinds of things – Uni, movies and just general life.

We returned from the dog walk an hour later (8am) and I headed down to the field to change the animals’ waters. This was completed quickly by Flora and I.

I then cleaned out the pig’s enclosures, before proceeding to give Ben (largest pig at the sanctuary) a mud bath. Mud baths are essential to reduce the risk of sunburn, and they’re also a very good moisturiser, and so I gladly learned!

Unfortunately, Ben is unable to bathe himself as he cannot turn over unaided, due to his large size. The meat industry genetically modify animals and aim to speed up their growth rate to move animals straight into a transport truck without considering the health and welfare implications of the individuals, so they can reach a certain weight and body condition before being sent away to slaughter.

Ben arrived at the sanctuary after luckily being saved from slaughter. As Jacobs Ridge is entirely Vegan, they aim to provide Ben with the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible. I’d never seen a pig so large, but this is because they often only live a few weeks of their lives before they’re tragically cut short.

Ben arrived at the sanctuary with his brother, Bill. But sadly, he passed away at the beginning of 2018 after living an incredible, mud-filled time at the sanctuary.

I then proceed to change the waters for the second time of the day. This was after they were disinfected and rinsed accordingly.

It was 40°c. I cuddled the goats for a while and then headed for a walk around the local area. It was secluded, peaceful and not a soul was in sight! I loved being able to relax with such mesmerising scenery around me.

Amy and I then headed on another dog walk in the evening. We took Goaty, Marly, Daisy, Django And Eyebrows along with us before heading back to the sanctuary for evening feed and watering.

Jacobs Ridge – Day Three (20.07.2019) 🇪🇸

Jacobs Ridge

I woke up at precisely 6:30am after an excellent nights’ sleep, despite try significantly loud, yet joyful, Spanish music playing within close proximity and the horses’ vocalisations adding to that.

I got dressed quickly and headed to the house to freshen up before venturing on a morning dog walk.

We walked the dogs at 7am, around the local picturesque area and arrived back at the ridge at approximately 8am. I loved walking the dogs, it amazed me to witness ranges in their behaviours and their distinct walking patterns. Marley walked slowly, but could be incredibly strong if she felt threatened or if she became distracted by a sight or noise. Goaty on the other hand had a tendency to get tangled in the lead due to his noted inability to walk in a straight line.

After returning from the dog walk, I quickly changed out of my muddy, wet socks and shoes before heading down to the lower field to participate in the morning feeding and watering. The animals wandered around and vocalised eagerly as they awaited corn being scattered around their large, open enclosures.

Jade, Flora and I then cleaned the donkey’s enclosure. In the process, the donkeys wandered up to us curiously and sneakily tipped over the wheelbarrows which were situated at the other side of the fence. We completed this relatively quickly with the help of our trusty tools and many trips to the waste pile, which was scheduled to be taken away at some point.

Flora and I were kindly driven to a nearby, isolated lake by Amy. The drive took approximately 20 minutes, and we were soon mesmerised by our stunning, picturesque surroundings. I was in awe of the stunning crystal blue waters and the gorgeous surrounding cliff and greenery landscape. There wasn’t another person in sight, which made the experience increasingly more special.

The views were spectacular and the sun was blazing down on us heavily.

After spending time at the lake together, we drove to Murcia Castle, which was within close proximity of our current location at the lake. This was after quickly stopping at the pet shop in the town to collect extra dog food.

Unfortunately, the castle was closed off a short while ago due to a tragic accident involving a young girl. The castle could stay open to the public if somebody opted to live there to care for it, but instead, it was closed and is now surrounded by a tall, secure fence.

The views, however, were truly stunning! We could see a vast amount of different buildings ranging from older and newer, which could be distinguished by the roofing style. From the castle, we could also see a glimpse of Jacobs Ridge in the far distance.

We returned back to the ridge and it was time for siesta. Unsurprisingly, mine was spent with the resident goats.

I then had, always greatly appreciated, cuddles with Barney before heading for a solo walk to catch another glimpse of the beautiful surroundings close by.

The views were stunning. This was before almost landing my way in a prohibited area. Luckily, I gained more from my 2 years of Spanish at GCSE than I anticipated, and quickly moved away from the area to avoid unwanted trouble…

We then changed the animals’ waters and did the evening feeds for the final time of the day, before heading for an evening dog walk.

Following this, we sat outside on the sun loungers with pillows and blankets to avoid the slight winds and settled down with a film. We were all surrounded with fairy lights, the sound of nature and the fantastic company of each other. This was done by a projector connected to Netflix, where we watched a movie about a boy who’s life was filmed from the day he was born, and one day he found out and escaped the world that had been created for him. (The Truman Show).

Jacobs Ridge – Day Two (19.07.2019) 🇪🇸

Jacobs Ridge

I awoke at approximately 6:20am to the distinctive ringing of my iPhone alarm. It was time for my first full day at Jacobs Ridge, and I was excited about what the day would bring. I enjoyed my first night of tent living, it was extremely cosy and spacious.

I soon got dressed and headed to the house, after applying suncream as the weather was expected to reach conditions of up to 40°c.

Amy, Flora and I headed to the local secluded area to walk some of the gorgeous resident dogs. I opted to walk Goaty – a charismatic young being who was rescued from a terrible fate. His eyes were golden brown and his fur a pasty white. I’d been warned that he was a puller, but I appeared to have no issues with walking him around tall hills and through the murky surrounding waters.

Goaty was rescued from the side of the road by Julian around a year ago. He was in an incredibly bad condition and Julian stated “it’s the worst state I’ve seen an animal in before”. He’s now living a happier, and healthier, life at the sanctuary where he is constantly showered with love and affection.

The walk lasted for approximately an hour before we headed back to the sanctuary and went on to do the following jobs after putting the dogs away. Throughout the walking process, we also walked: Marley and Eyebrows, whilst Daisy and Django followed us all the way without the need of a lead.

We then changed the animals waters. This task is typically carried out 3 times a day at the sanctuary, since it easily evaporated due to the hot weather conditions, and to simply ensure that the animals have plenty of fresh water to drink throughout the duration of the day.

Then commenced the goat cleaning. I couldn’t wait to meet the resident goats, being a goat fanatic and all. Jacobs Ridge has 14 goats in total, who arrived at the sanctuary after being dropped off by a lady. The story being, she hoarded many animals and was forced by the local authorities to give them away, otherwise they ran the risk of being destroyed. In total, the lady had approximately 80 goats. Julian took 7, who quickly went on to reproduce.

I believe it’s incredibly easy to hoard animals. You can start off with the intentions of saving many different species, whilst focusing solely on the love aspect and not so much the costs and the commitment.

We cleaned our Star’s enclosure, walking in protected with sturdy helmets. Star wasn’t a known aggressive horse, but there stood a possibility that she may head butt us whilst we cleaned, which would’ve caused a serious injury. Prior to this, I had no experience with horses, so I was quite apprehensive about being surrounded by one for the first time. However, she had a calming nature and would only approach us for butt scratches, or curiosity.

Following this, we changed the animals waters for the second time. The animals’ waters were changed and refilled 3 times a day.

The dogs were then taken to the nearby river In the afternoon for a cool off. They loved it, and Marley stood in deep. This is an essential component of animal care, as animals can heat up extremely quickly and can become unwell, or start to show signs of heatstroke. Goaty remained hopeful as he searched eagerly for a toad he spotted over 3 weeks ago…

After the evening feed/water was carried out, we took the dogs on their regular evening dog walk. Again, in the local secluded area with lots of stunning scenery. The dogs were very well behaved.

The kittens (the sanctuary has 5) were let out in the evening for a run around, and we played with them as they climbed on our heads and clawed at our legs. They were adorable, and very mischievous!