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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.

12 hours ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Whoo whoo...another adoption to celebrate the new week! Happy dance for Phoenix & his new family with Jessica S, and her other adopted Timneh's Nova & George. Phoenix traveled from Denver to Portland by air, and from Portland to Prosser, WA by motor home with human friends Shauna & Allen and Julie to meet Jessica from Pendleton, OR who connected with them in Prosser, WA! A beautiful and wonderful beginning for this new family.
PS: the Vari-Kennel crate with the wire sides and wire wrap is required for airline travel. The folding crate is perfect for road travel. The gray travel cage is for Phoenix's ride home to Pendleton.
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Whoo whoo...another adoption to celebrate the new week! Happy dance for Phoenix & his new family with Jessica S, and her other adopted Timnehs Nova & George. Phoenix traveled from Denver to Portland by air, and from Portland to Prosser, WA by motor home with human friends Shauna & Allen and Julie to meet Jessica from Pendleton, OR who connected with them in Prosser, WA! A beautiful and wonderful beginning for this new family. 
PS: the Vari-Kennel crate with the wire sides and wire wrap is required for airline travel. The folding crate is perfect for road travel. The gray travel cage is for Phoenixs ride home to Pendleton.

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Phoenix (above) traveled by airline cargo, not in cabin. Traveling with a bird in cabin is another thing, and we recommend to always carry a towel along. And if someone at TSA is asking that the bird be taken out of the carrier, request and stand firm for a supervisor. For certain, if you have no choice but to take the bird out of the carrier, request a closed room. Remember, traveling with a bird in cabin must be in a carrier that fits under the seat.

Glad you are finally home Phoenix-it was long but it was worth it. <3

Congratulations Jessica

Always happy to see another successful adoption.

Congratulations, Phoenix, on your wonderful new home!

Congrats!! Ali boo boo says enjoy your new family !!

Great! So happy for them!

Just a warning - and I'm not sure it is still true, but my partner brought my little Pionus home from New Jersey in the fold up cage that is approved for air travel. He had to take her out of the cage for the TSA folks to inspect under her paper and check out her feed and water. My partner is not a bird person and ended up with bloody bites all over his thumb and fingers.

Also be aware that United (and maybe others) has the option to charge you an additional $125 per pet per flight for in-cabin pets.

someday, someday!!!

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2 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

It's finally Friday. How about a fun game to finish off the week?
1. Type in the name of your bird into Google images.
2. Copy and post the first image that comes up into a reply to this post.
3. Now everyone else will try to guess what the name of your bird is based on the picture.

This is an easy one, this bird's name is Mango.
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Its finally Friday.  How about a fun game to finish off the week? 
1. Type in the name of your bird into Google images.
2. Copy and post the first image that comes up into a reply to this post.
3. Now everyone else will try to guess what the name of your bird is based on the picture.

This is an easy one, this birds name is Mango.

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Most of mine, I get obscure reality stars. Let's try this instead

If I use my girl's full first name I get this. Using her shortened name is way too easy.

Had so much fun with this I added my ole' man kitty. This is exactly who he's named after.

It's the perfect name given to her by TGF staff/volunteers

My girl has an odd name, that's what I got on Google lol

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We know that keeping a parrot happy and entertained can often seem like a full time job, but we'd love to hear about some of the funny phrases your parrot uses to keep YOU entertained. Please feel free to share a video as well. <Cartoon by Liana Finck, published by The New Yorker April 3, 2017> ... See MoreSee Less

We know that keeping a parrot happy and entertained can often seem like a  full time job, but wed love to hear about some of the funny phrases your parrot uses to keep YOU entertained. Please feel free to share a video as well.

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I have a 27 year old amazon that spent her first 8 years in a pet shop. Her caregiver finally purchased her. She was given to me a couple of years ago when her owner had terminal cancer. She says "do you wanna buy a bird?" haha and Areeeebba. and sometimes sings a little opera. and calls for the kitty cat.

My mustached parakeet laughs when the dog gets in trouble!!! And my favorite phrase that makes me laugh is when she says 'what's your problem?' 😂😂😂

Our parakeet just started saying Hi Baby, and Look at you!

My Catalina Macaw always lets me know when he is tired and ready for bed by saying "night night, wanna go night night!". And will NOT stop until I get up and put him to bed in his house.

A friend on an Eclectus group I'm in posted that he had taken his ekkie over to his church when a kids event was happening. One of the adults walked up and asked if his parrot talked. His Ekkie answered, "Noooooo!"

My one U2 says "Bob, where is Bob-Oh, there's Bob" The other says " Kiss me Poohpot" and "Eat your breakfast, lunch or dinner" at the appropriate times. Along with many other cockatoo conversations that are consistant at our house. <3

My scarlet loves to look out our big picture window and watch for people to walk by. When he sees someone he calls, " come here, want some" people will stop walking and look all around. Then he will say it again only louder. Has made for some very interesting laughs watching the people try to find the person saying come here want some.

Rascal, our TGF scarlet macaw, picked up the "Whhhaaattttt?" from TGF aviary visits. He loves to say "What's your problem?", and probably learned it from visitorsat the zoo he lived at for 5 months..after a screaming fit (which he rarely has). The most hysterical times were during his first shower with us. He was so excited to get in, he crashed and burned jumping off my arm (he can't fly or glide). I asked, "What did you do that for?" and he replied, "I DON'T KNOW!", clear as day. Hubby heard it, too. The second was last week. He was "stranded" in the kitchen on his stand and started screaming. I told him from another room, "Rascal, if you want down, please do not scream. You need to call for me." So they reply was, "MMMMOMMMMMM". I didn't come right away, but praised him. So he repeated it. Now he knows better than to scream and instead calls me. The first week we had him, I left the house before hubby did to go volunteer at TGF. Hubby was in the shower and started hearing a blood curdling "HELP. HELLLLPPPPPP!" He ran out of the shower thinking I had fallen down the stairs (again). Nope, Rascal was just mad that I had closed him in his cage! He has nicknamed himself "Rasbird"... a combination of his "Hello Rascal, Rascal, Rascal" and "Hello Bird Bird" (bird is always a lower pitch). He answers phone rings with a special "Hello" that sort of sounds like a stalker calling you. It's a totally different tone/voice than his typical greetings. The first thing he picked up from us are kissing sounds, and hubby and I are the only ones greeted with "Hello" and then kissing sounds. He uses this as "I'm sorry", too. As in, I am so cute, I love you, I want kisses, don't be mad. He has to have bedtime kisses or he freaks out.

Whenever I change the radio station from The Grateful Dead Channel to the Symphony Channel, our 9 year old Sun Conure Boo Boo says "bad boy". My husband is to blame LOL!

We have 8 birds in our flock. When I sweep and clean, I ask at each cage "Who made this mess"? One day at Apollo's (Scarlet) cage, he replied to me "Murphy" (male Ekkie).

My amazon is a constant chatterbox. My favs are "Hi Mama Girl", "Is that good-good?", "I love you, weeeeeee!", and the camera shutter sound (I take lots of pictures of her 😁)

My Grey calls the dog over "Kate, come here" and of course she runs over expecting a piece of random food. Once there grey commands her "Get out!!" Then he laughs...

Finn asks, "Whatcha doin'?" when I'm in another room and he can hear but see me 🙂 He also says, "I love you." ❤️

"I want out". My adopted Patagonian Conure says this. He uses it when he wants out of his cage or to be with me.😊

My mother's yellow naped amazon says "help lemme outta here!" when he wants some attention

Between 7:30 - 8:00 each night, she repeats "night-night" over and over until she goes into her cage. After we cover her up, she starts to laugh . . . . and it's my laugh.

Not my macaw but a African grey I met would say "where's your sister....want to take a shower?"

I can't repeat what some of them say but my favorite is a wolf whistle followed by a "sexy bird."

When I cover my Quaker's cage at bedtime, I say "good night" to her. She always replies "good morning" 💜🐦

Lucky my African grey says "wanna go night night"

Dusty the cockatiel says: "How Ya Doing.", "Hi Tim". Now if she only knew how to reverse her phrases to "Hi Tim, How Ya Doing".

My 2yo Catalina macaw will start calling out, "Let me out, mama. River be GOOD BIRD." This is always, always a lie and means she has a new, mischievous trick up her sleeve.

My yellow napped amazon would ask me at appropriate time "Are we ready to eat?" My cockatiel also says "Be a good watch bird when I leave the house".

My female Quaker, when she wants to be uncovered in the morning, she'll start up with: "Wake-up", "Shower" & "Coffee"!

My green-cheek has recently taught my budgie how to talk. He now says, "Step up" "peek a boo" "little birdie" and "I love you"

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