Meet The Animals

Nipper

Nipper is the senior in our furry family – he’s almost 12 but still acts like he’s a puppy; he is absolutely full of energy, he has tons of character and mischief within that muscly little body.
He’s named after the famous Jack Russell who sits at the gramophone listening to “His Masters Voice” – it’s all about the music not the bite!

Since 2015 Nipper has attended countless activism events around Scotland – helping to raise awareness of speciesism.
He has joint social media with Prince, and his beautiful face makes up one half of our 2016 iconic design “The Only Difference is Your Perception”.

Prince

Prince is the biggest member of our Lotus family –
in fact that is a huge understatement, Prince isn’t big, he is
enormous – at only aged 5 he’s starting to resemble an
elephant who thinks he’s a horse…one of his favourite pastimes is jumping fences! He’s a very talented young boy!

He is full of character, he has the biggest personality imaginable – he likes to play hide & seek with anything you may leave lying around – he’s cheeky, mischievous & very adventurous.

Bodhi

Little Bodhi joined our Lotus family in Spring 2019.
Like Prince he was also the son of a dairy cow who was born into the dairy industry.
There was no intention to have Bodhi fattened up for meat like Prince; as a baby he was awaiting his death – we rescued him when he was just a few days old. He was an absolutely adorable, he was so meek, soft and gentle and was always looking for hugs and cuddles. Since he didn’t have his Mum or his own herd, the love of his life was a little lamb called Tara.

Sadly Bodhi passed away on January 5th 2020: he was just 9 months old.

Please read his story here and share where you can to raise awareness of speciesism and to help his billions of brothers and sisters around the world.

Bodhi was loved so dearly by all who met him, sleep tight little one – run free in your flowery meadow until the next time!

Tara

Tara was also born in Spring 2019 – her and Bodhi have been inseparable since they met when they were both young babies.

Tara was rejected by her Mum – she wasn’t doing well out in the field by herself. Her and Bodhi were both weak and lonely without the love and protection of their mothers. However, they comforted and cared for each other and as a result an amazing bond has grown between this beautiful pair. She is such a gorgeous girl, she just wants to eat 24/7 – her head is always down, her jaws are always going and she’s always on the lookout for food.

Alfie

Alfie is a Jack Russell and was 7.5 years of age when he was handed over to be re-homed. We learned in November 2019 that he was being given up just after Christmas/New Year, and we immediately said we would give him a home…so although he was leaving one home, he was dearly wanted in another!

Although we were told that Alfie experienced issues with anxiety mainly around fireworks & thunder, we hadn’t been made fully aware about the extent of his anxiety, but it very quickly became apparent, along with issues with aggression; unfortunately mainly with Nipper! Alfie really would do much better in a home where he is the only dog as he isn’t a fan of living with a canine companion; he’s great with dogs outside, but not at home. Luckily Nipper is very patient and chilled with Alfie!

 

As with humans, we believe behaviour like this in dogs also stems from their past experiences.  Alfie displays clear signs and symptoms of canine PTSD and he has set triggers which we are learning and quickly recognising the longer we live with him.

We began to make really promising progress with Alfie, and after 3 months, he seemed so much more settled; it was hard to imagine life before Alfie!

However, we were yet to learn Alfie’s biggest trigger….upheaval, packing, boxes and moving home – so when it came time for us to move up to Skye, things really kicked off. He became more and more anxious with every passing hour, as so we removed him from the stress and chaos of moving and he stayed with his extended human family during the day while packing was being done, and he came back home in time for his dinner!  He coped perfectly with that intervention, along with other things like a Thunder Vest, CBD oil, classical & reggae music, a hiding place etc.

Once we arrived at Skye, the opportunity to remove him from the stress had gone, and so there was no safe place for him to go to get some respite from the upheaval, this resulted in him being triggered constantly. His anxiety got so bad, the kindest thing to do for him was take him back down to Central Scotland to again be with family until the chaos was over.  When he is away from the stress he’s the best little dog anyone could ever with to meet; in fact,so much so, his extended human family dread when he has to leave them as he’s just so well behaved and adorable.

Like a human who has been through a traumatic time in life and has PTSD, Alfie just needs time, patience, love, care, compassion and understanding; he needs US to recognise his triggers and protect him from them until he feels a bit more settled and able to cope around some of them!

He’s a brilliant little boy and he’s loved so much by his entire family – love will conquer his issues.

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