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KEEPING YOU IN TOUCH - YOUR FREE MONTHLY NEWSPAPER DELIVERED DOOR-TO-DOOR FOR 32 YEARS BLENCOGO FARM ALPACA CRACK!


How it all began


In 1982, Joyce and David Walker were determined to adopt a cross-bred Labrador puppy, which was with another local animal charity. They met with a lot of opposition from various quarters but eventually succeeded in taking him home. His condition was very poor, he had mange, rickets and enteritis and his breastbone had been broken at some stage. Benny, as they called him, recovered from most of his problems, but his breastbone would never heal.


Benny’s adoption led to Joyce and a group of friends setting up Pets Lifeline in 1986. The group became a registered charity and is still run by Joyce and David, with the help of a small band of ‘Friends’ from their home in Keswick.


When they started, all the cats were homed in Joyce and David’s sitting room. There is now however, a large purpose- built cattery in their back garden. However, some cages are still in the sitting room, where they house the sick cats and the litters of kittens which appear at this time of year. Pets Lifeline cares for and re-homes between 200 and 250 cats and kittens per year.


It costs around £45,000 per annum to run the charity, the main outgoings being on fostering and veterinary care.


CAT OF THE MONTH - Bob


It turns out poor Newsflash just had wind! Her due date came and went, and we had to be satisfied with just the one cria this year, Flick. Her ‘official’ name though is Felice, from the Roman family name Felix meaning ‘lucky’ or ‘fortunate,’ a fairly tenuous link to her mum, Lucky Star. We often get asked how we come up with their names, so I’ve attempted to come up with an explanation…


Bob came to us about 4 months ago. In cat years, he is middle-aged, in our years, about 7 – 8. He is tabby and white, a big, solid cat. He would love a loving forever home where he is free to do his own thing.


OUR LONGEST STAYERS


Milly Black and white female, approx. 5 years old Smudge Tortie and white female, spayed, approx. 15 months old


Lilly Tabby and white female, approx. 4 years old


Beechy Black, fluffy, neutered male, approx. 18 months old


Bella Was wrongly sexed, she is in fact a male and is Microchipped


Lucy


Black female came in with Bella, approx. 4 years old


Micky Black and white neutered male, approx. 7/8 years old


Bob Alfie


Tabby and white neutered male, fully vaccinated


Black smooth-coated male, approx. 14 months


We have several cats who would be suitable as barn cats Please contact Joyce on 017687 73723


INFO@COCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK ISSUE 434 | 22 AUGUST 2019 | 16


Party Girl and Dude were named before they came to us. Lucky Star, Newsflash, Fizz Time, Twinkle, Little Boy Blue and Flick were all dreamt up by us.


Barnaby, our little brown boy is officially ‘Spoilt For Choice’ but I honestly believe alpacas live up to their name, so Spoilt didn’t seem like a good idea. We ran a Facebook competition and one of our followers came up with ‘Barnaby’ which we decided suits him perfectly.


We put a bit of thought into the naming process, we have also looked at how others do it. Some alpaca farms will go through the alphabet, so it’s ‘A’ one year, ‘B’ the next and so on... other


farms go by the dam/mum or the sire/dad and choose names that have a connection: One friend has Rara, whose mum was Tutu and Rara’s son this year is The Hipster. Another has Cat’s Pyjamas, Bees Knees and Looks The Business - he was very nearly called Monkey Business!


I’ll admit our naming protocol isn’t so disciplined. Fizz Time though is the daughter of Party Girl. Lucky Star and Twinkle are sisters and Lucky is mum to Flick/Felice.


One of my favourites was HeyMrDj, so-called because my husband Dj delivered him. The line, Hey Mr Dj, is from the track Music by Madonna, so Lucky Star, born just a few days later in 2015 was named after another Madonna Classic. Whilst our naming convention can be influenced by music, it’s not a rule of thumb – our new hens for example, have just been named Gin and Tonic and Vodka and Orange!


Kim Inglis Jeffries www.blencogofarm.com Blencogo Farm on Facebook


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