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WANTED: TGF’s 4-LEGGED HAPPY TRAILS FUND

With a flock of nearly 1000 birds under our wing, we hope TGF’s friends will remember the woolly, hairy and furry critters that count on us for their care.  Sponsorship for any one of these sanctuary residents is a gift with a real reward to share for the holidays and all year long. Each of these pasture retirees has special needs, and will spend the remainder of his/her days in safety at The Gabriel Foundation’s Elizabeth location. With nearly 36 acres of hilly, high plains pasture, there is plenty space for them to roam.

 

DONKEYS: Flora, Flossie and Jack

In TGF’s care since 2002, Jack is a Spotted Ass, while Flora and daughter Flossie have been a part of Jack’s herd since their home before TGF. We don’t know their actual ages, but our veterinarian guesses they’re between 18-20 years old. These donkeys were abandoned close to TGF’s previous location when they foundered and were in need of veterinary care. Generally easy keepers, these three require regular hoof trims, semi-annual veterinary care, pasture grass and grass hay. Some TLC goes a long way with them, and you’re in for a big donkey kiss if you visit them with a carrot, apple or molasses muffin in hand.

Flora Jack and Flossie 1

 

MARES: Outlaw, Lola, Mamie, Zelda, Yummy and Sadie

OUTLAW, the bay Thoroughbred mare,  arrived in 2008 with a broken pastern when her caregivers couldn’t afford veterinary care. By then it was too late to fix the break, but she was truly in need of help. Starving due to old age and teeth problems, regular dental care and extra nutrition helped her to put on weight. Supplemental feed, regular farrier and veterinary visits, and the safety of other mares have helped this gentle beauty to age in safety.Outlaw

LOLA,  the quarter horse sorrel mare arrived at TGF in 2009 from a City of Aurora, CO animal control intake. Lola and her little filly were seized due to extreme physical abuse. The filly had a home lined up, but no one wanted the broken down old brood mare whose face had been bashed in and had lost trust in most people. When asked to provide care for her, we agreed. Lola keeps her distance from most folks that directly approach her, while she is an established member of her herd.

Lola now

ZELDA and MAMIE, paint and palomino mares, came to TGF in April 2014, from the HSUS Emergency Field Services rescue and intake of an Arkansas puppy mill, horse and parrot hell whose birds were also seized and transferred to TGF. We don’t know their ages but know they were used to breed, and breed and breed. The younger horses, mainly Cremellos, were placed for adoption, but these two older gals needed a place for the remainder of their lives. The HSUS transported them to Elizabeth, and since they’ve been here, each has gained about 300# and barely resemble their before pictures.

Zelda nowMamie now

PAINT MARES: Yummy, 25 y.o. bay paint and Sadie, 10 y.o. black paint pony have become best friends since their arrival in 2009 and 2012. Each arrived with another buddy who has crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge. Both of these mares need to be kept in dry pasture due to founder, a serious foot and hoof disease that causes extreme lameness. They need a specially formulated diet that keeps their weight maintained because free pasture grass would be a death sentence to both. Both gals require special hoof care and shoes every 6 weeks to keep them sound. They are curious about every vehicle that enters our property and will eagerly venture over to a visitor to see if treats are available. Big licks and throaty neighs greet their fan club.

Yummy on arrival

 

LLAMAS and ALPACAS:

KIKI and PELIKE, the two brown male llamas in the large pasture, have been with TGF since 2002 when their herd was disbanded. These two were crias (babies) at a ranch near our former Basalt, CO location, and we watched them from birth to relinquishment. ESPRESSO, the nearly black male, came to us in Elizabeth when his owners, former volunteers, moved to Alaska. Fortunately, all these fellas get along. The fleece of these 3 is mediocre which is why they have little value to most folks in the fiber arts market. Our alpaca boys share the pasture with paint mares Yummy and Sadie because they are proven escape artists in the large pasture. Alpaca round ups are stressful on humans and animals, while we know these two enjoy the arriving and departing visitors. SILVINO’S SHADOW, born 2001 and LIBERTY’S STRIKER, born 2004  are these boys’ fancy names. Both were boarding then abandoned at a nearby alpaca breeding ranch due to their so-so fiber, TGF was asked to accept them for sanctuary in 2010.

Shadow and Striker

It costs TGF about $3500 year to care for each one of these animals. We need your help to provide for their sanctuary. With twenty years of dedicated animal and parrot welfare under our belts, your gift makes the difference in care from good to great. We’ve committed to each of our residents for the remainder of their lives. We invite you to please help us honor them with your year end gift.

To make your end of year gift, please visit http://thegabrielfoundation.org/donate/.

Please specify which animal you wish to support, otherwise your gift will be a part of TGF’s  4-Legged Happy Trails Fund. From all of the critters at TGF, happy trails ya’ll.

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I'm Sophie, your walking, talking chipper shredder, I shred anything, paper, wood, cloth ... try me, you'll like me!

"Oh sweet toothpick, how I love you. Gaze into my eyes...."

I can finish this tree yofay!

I keep my stash back here. Bet you can't see it.

I think I remember Sophie. What a beautiful little girl!

Hi. My name is Sophie & I'm applying for the job opening at the toothpick factory.

"I'ma show dat little green cheek how to really make toothpicks!"

She is beautiful, I hope she gets a home filled with love.

"They say the mightiest oak was once just a little nut that held it's ground' but imma gonna rip this sucker up, one splinter at a time!"

"Let's see, I only have to work on this lock pick a little bit longer and then I'm heading for the big city and taking some friends with me."

She's got legs, she knows how to use them!

Tastes like chicken!

Opps I broken it. I fix

Just doing peachie.

Sophie the Vampire Slayer

"Let me tell you a secret."

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2 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Lulu Labamba and George are a stunning pair of macaws that are looking for a committed sponsor who is willing to help support the high quality of care they are now accustomed to receiving here at The Gabriel Foundation. Lulu and George have been at TGF since 2009 when then they were relinquished due to their owner's failing health. Their owner was a lifelong heavy smoker and the cigarettes took his life as well as a toll on the health of the birds in his care.

Nearly nine years at The Gabriel Foundation with a healthy diet, exercise, sunshine and fresh air have improved life for these two. Each of these birds would benefit from the kindness of a sponsor. Both birds are extremely nice and outgoing and ask for no more for more than a safe and loving environment. Lulu and George especially like to dance, sing, and keep each other beautiful! They also enjoy these long summer days in the sun in our outdoor flights. This pair would also be available for adoption to the right home.

Please visit our website to learn more about our sponsorship program.
thegabrielfoundation.org/donate/sponsor/
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Lulu Labamba and George are a stunning pair of macaws that are looking for a committed sponsor who is willing to help support the high quality of care they are now accustomed to receiving here at The Gabriel Foundation. Lulu and George have been at TGF since 2009 when then they were relinquished due to their owners failing health. Their owner was a lifelong heavy smoker and the cigarettes took his life as well as a toll on the health of the birds in his care. 

Nearly nine years at The Gabriel Foundation with a healthy diet, exercise, sunshine and fresh air have improved life for these two. Each of these birds would benefit from the kindness of a sponsor. Both birds are extremely nice and outgoing and ask for no more for more than a safe and loving environment.  Lulu and George especially like to dance, sing, and keep each other beautiful! They also enjoy these long summer days in the sun in our outdoor flights. This pair would also be available for adoption to the right home.

Please visit our website to learn more about our sponsorship program.
http://thegabrielfoundation.org/donate/sponsor/

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I want to sponsor them all!!!!!

Have you learned the ABC's?

Of course, you have or you would not be reading this right? We all learned to read and write our ABC's a very long time ago. But what about another type of ABC? The ones that you started to learn right after your birth but most likely have taken for granted your entire life, not actually realizing that you use them in your day to day life. ABC's are nothing new and as a science, they have been in the toolbox of researchers and some psychologists and special educators for over 60 years.

So exactly what is ABC you ask? Well, A stands for antecedent or the environmental events that occur before a behavior, B stands for behavior which is anything that a creature does that can be observed and C is for consequence which are the environmental events that occur after a behavior and influence whether the creature does the behavior again.

So, ABC is a description (short version) of a response unit. It might help if you think of snapping a picture in time, like a freeze frame in order to see what happened just before a behavior, the behavior itself and the immediate consequence that followed that behavior. Also it's important to keep in mind that the consequence of any behavior will help to increase or decrease each behavior...In the words of Susan Friedman Ph.D there is never just "behavior".

For an example, let's use a personal favorite of mine, chocolate *smile*. I was walking into the kitchen when I....A. (antecedent)saw some chocolate on the counter B. (behavior) I put it in my mouth C.(consequence) it tastes good... so the probable future behavior when I see chocolate again is that I will eat chocolate and perhaps I could even be motivated to do other behaviors if I am offered chocolate as an incentive. The behavior of eating chocolate has been reinforcing to me, however, if you had bitten into the chocolate and the consequence was that it had an unpleasant taste to you, chances would be that you would not want more chocolate and you would avoid it. So a consequence predicts whether or not you will be encouraged to increase or decrease a behavior in the future.

So how about an ABC with a parrot. What about your parrot? What is a behavior that he or she does? Remember it needs to be a behavior, something that can be observed. Often I hear people using what has been termed as labels as though they are behaviors. So you need to ask if you can actually observe it. Some confusing pitfalls, if you think of them as being behavior, may be jealous, spoiled, intelligent, happy, sad, angry, aggressive, calm, hormonal, loving and the list goes on and on. What is the problem with these names/labels? The problem is that they don't really tell us anything. A happy bird to you may be one that is sitting (behavior) on a perch with feathers over its beak. A happy bird to me would be one that is screaming (behavior) and flapping (behavior) its wings, where as you might think of that as being aggressive. If we describe the behaviors themselves however, instead of using the labels, we know exactly what we are talking about, painting an accurate picture for one another and once we agree on what a label means....such as happy means an energetic busy bird then we can use happy in our talks and have a clear meaning what each other is talking about. When using labels we tend to assume one person's meaning is the same as our meaning, when in many cases the meanings are quite different.

So whenever you want to understand your birds' behavior, remember don't look inside the bird, putting a label on its actions; rather identify the antecedents that set the behavior in motion and the consequences that reinforce it. Behavior has a function! It serves a purpose for the bird.

Back to an ABC with your parrot. Have you thought of a behavior? can you observe it? What happens just before the behavior?...just seconds before not minutes or hours before and not multiple things before. And then what happens immediately after the behavior? Got it? You just did an ABC! Now let me try.

Background: Mackie is playing in his cage and sees me walk into the room. Mackie says to me step up! I go over and open his cage door, asking him to step up but he remains standing on his perch. I chat with him, scritch his head and ask him again to step up...he continues to perch so I close the door and walk away.

A. I ask Mackie to step up B. Mackie stands on his perch C I give Mackie scritches and chatting The probable future behavior will likely be that Mackie will continue to stand on his perch when asked to step up to receive head scritches and a chat.

What can I to do? There are always many ways to work at solving a problem or changing a behavior. That is one of the interesting and great things about using applied behavior analysis and the ABC's. One shoe never fits all, so these tools give you a chance to do what works best for you and your bird. What if I ask Mackie to step up and I don't talk or give him scritches? BUT as soon as he lifts a foot and leans towards my arm he receives praise from me and once he does step up I give him more praise and scritches. Let's do that ABC

A. I ask Mackie to step up B. Mackie steps up C. Receives praise, scritches and fun time with me PFB (probable future behavior) Mackie is going to continue to step up to receive scritches and focused attention from me.

Does it look easy? ABA really isn't all that easy and has had me scratching my head multiple times but it is a valuable tool to help us all figure out better ways of approaching and working with behavior. A way to help us find positive solutions and not use force, punishment or other less desirable methods that often tend to backfire on us later on. A common example is the use of a squirt bottle for a screaming bird. Squirting the bird may work very well at first but it's also not uncommon for that same bird at a later date to not only be screaming again but also be attacking the squirt bottle, or for some birds to become fearful down the road or other problems...so by using a quick fix solution you run the risk of seeing side effects later on.

Wouldn't it be fun to learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis? To learn how to become a better observer of behaviors? How about learning about avoiding or being able to work out behavioral problems with your parrot, dog, cat, spouse or children? Working towards lifelong solutions by building a positive relationship base. It is possible and learning about ABC's gives you the tools to do that.
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Have you learned the ABCs? 

Of course, you have or you would not be reading this right? We all learned to read and write our ABCs a very long time ago. But what about another type of ABC? The ones that you started to learn right after your birth but most likely have taken for granted your entire life, not actually realizing that you use them in your day to day life. ABCs are nothing new and as a science, they have been in the toolbox of researchers and some psychologists and special educators for over 60 years. 

So exactly what is ABC you ask? Well, A stands for antecedent or the environmental events that occur before a behavior, B stands for behavior which is anything that a creature does that can be observed and C is for consequence which are the environmental events that occur after a behavior and influence whether the creature does the behavior again. 

So, ABC is a description (short version) of a response unit. It might help if you think of snapping a picture in time, like a freeze frame in order to see what happened just before a behavior, the behavior itself and the immediate consequence that followed that behavior. Also its important to keep in mind that the consequence of any behavior will help to increase or decrease each behavior...In the words of Susan Friedman Ph.D there is never just behavior. 

For an example, lets use a personal favorite of mine, chocolate *smile*. I was walking into the kitchen when I....A. (antecedent)saw some chocolate on the counter B. (behavior) I put it in my mouth C.(consequence) it tastes good... so the probable future behavior when I see chocolate again is that I will eat chocolate and perhaps I could even be motivated to do other behaviors if I am offered chocolate as an incentive. The behavior of eating chocolate has been reinforcing to me, however, if you had bitten into the chocolate and the consequence was that it had an unpleasant taste to you, chances would be that you would not want more chocolate and you would avoid it. So a consequence predicts whether or not you will be encouraged to increase or decrease a behavior in the future. 

So how about an ABC with a parrot. What about your parrot? What is a behavior that he or she does? Remember it needs to be a behavior, something that can be observed. Often I hear people using what has been termed as labels as though they are behaviors. So you need to ask if you can actually observe it. Some confusing pitfalls, if you think of them as being behavior, may be jealous, spoiled, intelligent, happy, sad, angry, aggressive, calm, hormonal, loving and the list goes on and on. What is the problem with these names/labels? The problem is that they dont really tell us anything. A happy bird to you may be one that is sitting (behavior) on a perch with feathers over its beak. A happy bird to me would be one that is screaming (behavior) and flapping (behavior) its wings, where as you might think of that as being aggressive. If we describe the behaviors themselves however, instead of using the labels, we know exactly what we are talking about, painting an accurate picture for one another and once we agree on what a label means....such as happy means an energetic busy bird then we can use happy in our talks and have a clear meaning what each other is talking about. When using labels we tend to assume one persons meaning is the same as our meaning, when in many cases the meanings are quite different. 

So whenever you want to understand your birds behavior, remember dont look inside the bird, putting a label on its actions; rather identify the antecedents that set the behavior in motion and the consequences that reinforce it. Behavior has a function! It serves a purpose for the bird. 

Back to an ABC with your parrot. Have you thought of a behavior? can you observe it? What happens just before the behavior?...just seconds before not minutes or hours before and not multiple things before. And then what happens immediately after the behavior? Got it? You just did an ABC! Now let me try. 

Background: Mackie is playing in his cage and sees me walk into the room. Mackie says to me step up! I go over and open his cage door, asking him to step up but he remains standing on his perch. I chat with him, scritch his head and ask him again to step up...he continues to perch so I close the door and walk away. 

A. I ask Mackie to step up B. Mackie stands on his perch C I give Mackie scritches and chatting The probable future behavior will likely be that Mackie will continue to stand on his perch when asked to step up to receive head scritches and a chat. 

What can I to do? There are always many ways to work at solving a problem or changing a behavior. That is one of the interesting and great things about using applied behavior analysis and the ABCs. One shoe never fits all, so these tools give you a chance to do what works best for you and your bird. What if I ask Mackie to step up and I dont talk or give him scritches? BUT as soon as he lifts a foot and leans towards my arm he receives praise from me and once he does step up I give him more praise and scritches. Lets do that ABC 

A. I ask Mackie to step up B. Mackie steps up C. Receives praise, scritches and fun time with me PFB (probable future behavior) Mackie is going to continue to step up to receive scritches and focused attention from me. 

Does it look easy? ABA really isnt all that easy and has had me scratching my head multiple times but it is a valuable tool to help us all figure out better ways of approaching and working with behavior. A way to help us find positive solutions and not use force, punishment or other less desirable methods that often tend to backfire on us later on. A common example is the use of a squirt bottle for a screaming bird. Squirting the bird may work very well at first but its also not uncommon for that same bird at a later date to not only be screaming again but also be attacking the squirt bottle, or for some birds to become fearful down the road or other problems...so by using a quick fix solution you run the risk of seeing side effects later on. 

Wouldnt it be fun to learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis? To learn how to become a better observer of behaviors? How about learning about avoiding or being able to work out behavioral problems with your parrot, dog, cat, spouse or children? Working towards lifelong solutions by building a positive relationship base. It is possible and learning about ABCs gives you the tools to do that.

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I have been working on getting a behavior changed that my scarlet macaw, Rascal, had picked up before becoming our fid. When he doesn't want to interact, or fears something (perhaps thinking back to his short time at a zoo), he lunges, squawks, and sometimes tries to do a warning bite. Then he expects scritches. Instead I say "hey!" and walk away. He usually apologizes (head down, "helloooOOOohohohOH", kiss sounds), I give him a few minutes, then I go back and try again to interact how I started to in the beginning. He is slowly learning to be nice, or to communicate his need to be left alone, in other ways, such as just using body language of stepping away.

Great but too long for FB quick reading. Suggest breaking it done to a #of posts.

Excellent!