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Children and pets


My godchildren came to visit recently, aged two, four and eight years old. The first thing they wanted to see at Cosy Cottage? The residents of course!

The zebra danios were nonchalant as always, swimming in their water world, only paying attention when Honey, Noah and Wilfred fed them.

Although the guinea pigs and hens were a little startled at first, hearing the sound of loud young voices and the pattering of little feet, they became fond of them over the weekend.

Especially when it meant more treats!

Loco and Blaze met the youngsters and enjoyed being stroked, even Loco who sometimes makes a big fuss about being handled (we don’t eat guinea pigs here, Loco, you’re quite safe!). He is always happy to beg for parsley though!

There was much hilarity when Blaze pooed on Noah (big sister Honey couldn’t stop laughing!)

Loco then decided to do the same to Honey.


Guinea pigs, so polite in company!

Noah helped me clean out the chicken coop, doing a much thorough job than I usually do!


They helped with giving the chickens corn. Unfortunately the hens then thought it amusing to lead me – and the children – a merry dance and not head into the coop when it was time to go in.

I was expecting the hens to follow me in (bribed by corn, no less) straight into the coop, but no. They thought it would be a laugh to run around while me and the youngsters tried to herd them in.

Have you heard the phrase, ‘it was like herding cats’? I’m not saying it was as bad as that, but not far off either.

Never work with children or animals as they say in showbusiness!

It was a fun weekend for us all but I remain convinced the chickens were deliberately trying to show me up in front of the children and the five of them had a great laugh about it afterwards, especially Jemima!

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Children and pets – top tips

1. Teach your child to be gentle around pets and other animals.

2. Pets are good for teaching responsibility. But don’t get a pet and assume your child will always look after it. They may get distracted with other interests as they get older. Make sure you want the pet too and are happy to look after it, if your child loses interest.Β 

3. Be logical when choosing a pet. It’s better to research and consider how much time, space, attention etc you can give a pet than get one on a whim and give it away the next month. As they say, a pet is for life, not just for Christmas. πŸˆπŸ•πŸΉ



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      1. Oh I think so too – they were snickering at the humans. And, there was an little story on the news here in Michigan yesterday about four roosters that got out and the police officers were trying to catch them, and the only way they got them was by cornering them. Hope you can open this link, I know I send things to some UK folks sometimes and they can’t open them … so I’ll put the link and cut-and-paste the story below. A little giggle for your day Clare and the roosters are doing fine or I would not be smiling:

        FERNDALE (WWJ) – You could say that sometimes being a police officer in Ferndale is for the birds.

        Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown said they got a call on Tuesday about four roosters on the loose, running around on Hilton Road, near I-696, on city’s northeast end.

        Brown told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Sandra McNeill that wrangling roosters isn’t exactly something that officers are used to.

        “It really is an issue for us,” he said. “Because as goofy as it sounds, we don’t train to catch roosters running around.”

        Still, the quick-moving cops managed to get the job done.

        “Two of them got caught with a net and they other two saw what was happening, and then got outta there,” Brown said. “And, yeah, we chased ’em down into a backyard and, you know, just got lucky that they got in an area where they didn’t really have anywhere to go.”

        The birds seem to be doing OK, and no officers were injured.

        It’s unclear if any charges are possible in the case, as Brown said police may never know where the roosters came from, or how they ended up at large in the Detroit suburb.

        “People that know about birds, a couple of people have said, ‘Yeah, people dump roosters all the time,’ ….so I don’t know what’s behind that,” Brown said. “Yean, it is a crime, but I don’t anticipate that the rooster owner is going to come to us and claim the birds.”

        The roosters are currently staying at a farm owned by a police officer.

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