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  • They are calling him Wolfie.
  • Ann says she's in love with Jiffy's baby. His name is Wolf Man Jack. They are calling him Wolfie. She says he is soft and fuzzy. He's also very responsive to people and Jiffy trusts Ann with him completely, even turning her back in order to eat, while Ann is petting Wolfie.

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    This week is the second kids camp session. It looks like the kids are having a blast. Ann is teaching them respect for animals and how to be gentle with them. The love comes naturally. I love this picture of this little girl holding a chick.
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  • Here's Wolfie on his 4th day of life, introducing himself to some of the kids from Kids Camp 2. Jiffy is trusting enough to allow him to do this. She's way off camera, in the shade to the right.

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  • Couple of cute videos here. First, here's Wolfie and mom Jiffy and his "auntie" Poppy.
    https://www.facebook.com/OperationHorseRescue/videos/1063524883738080/

    And here is Napoleon, the Mallard attack duck with new puppy, Sadie (found by one of the volunteers at a gas station). I love these interspecies games. Too hilarious.
    https://www.facebook.com/OperationHorseRescue/videos/1063502607073641/

    Both videos from Mea Ola's Place facebook page, 22 June 2016.
  • New picture of Jiffy (BLM burro) and her baby, who is now beginning his 7th day. The picture is LOVE personified. So sweet and too cute. Picture from Mea Ola's facebook page, 25June2016.
  • And here is a look at Spider yesterday. He is so gorgeous. (He's an NOTTB--Never On Track Thoroughbred, related by sire to Mine That Bird.) See his story at http://www.meaola.org/#!spider/v0oit . You'd never believe that two years ago he was existing in constant pain from a fractured pelvis, and was mishapen and quite crippled. https://www.facebook.com/OperationHorseRescue/videos/1064704853620083/ Video posted yesterday at MOP's facebook page, 25June2016

  • Here's a video I posted earlier of Vinny, so terrified of donkeys that he wouldn't come out of his stall to eat. That was posted at the end of May. https://www.facebook.com/OperationHorseRescue/videos/1048206845269884/

    Here is another video posted today of Vinny confronting his greatest fear: long-ears. Ann says he's refused to go near a donkey in the whole year that he has been at MOP. He would not approach Gasston, even. Here, he has finally found one of a less intimidating size. (Bear in mind that Vinny is over 16hh, and this donkey is only 1 week old. Sooo brave! https://www.facebook.com/OperationHorseRescue/videos/1065833966840505/

    Too funny.
  • edited June 2016
    VA_in_CA said:

    Cute. I remember you invented the term.

    They've already named the little guy and I don't care for the name. Usually Ann comes up with good names, but this one--not so great. Wolf Man Jack, relating somehow to the full moon. ??? A vote was not taken. :/

    There was a famous radio DJ named Wolfman Jack. Maybe the foal is named after him? I used to listen to him occasionally.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfman_Jack

    Whatever the reason for his name, "Wolfie" is stinkin' cute. What is is about fuzzy baby ears? <3 <3 <3
  • Such precious photos and videos! I love the video of Vinny meeting Wolfie! Thanks for sharing.
  • KMMKMM Member
    Nice videos.
  • VA_in_CA said:

    Cute. I remember you invented the term.

    They've already named the little guy and I don't care for the name. Usually Ann comes up with good names, but this one--not so great. Wolf Man Jack, relating somehow to the full moon. ??? A vote was not taken. :/

    There was a famous radio DJ named Wolfman Jack. Maybe the foal is named after him? I used to listen to him occasionally.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfman_Jack

    Whatever the reason for his name, "Wolfie" is stinkin' cute. What is is about fuzzy baby ears? <3 <3 <3 </p>
    I tried to delete everything except the part about the disc jockey, but the entire quote disappeared. So sorry, I had to repeat the whole thing.

    That makes sense. I'll bet that's where the name came from. I never listened to that DJ, so didn't know about him. During the 50s, I listened to a NYC-based disc jockey named Peter Tripp, "the curly-headed kid in the 3rd row." When I got to CA in 1965, I listened to Geoff Edwards, I think on KFI out of LA. He was hilariously funny. I don't follow disc jockeys anymore; I listen to classical music.)

    Thanks for the link to the Wikipedia info about Wolfman Jack.
  • I've listened to Wolfman Jack. Was very popular in my area.
  • What area is that?
  • marepowermarepower Member
    edited June 2016
    I live in Illinois now but at the time I lived in Alexandria Louisiana. Mid 80s
  • You know, that picture of Jiffy and Wolfie would make a wonderful greeting card.
  • That would make a nice greeting card. I'll pass that idea along to MOP.

    Here's a video of Tess in turn out with Holly and Rose. It was May 31st that Nani had to be euthanized because of a kind of colic that was not getting any better and she couldn't poop. Here Tess is getting some time with the two girls who came in sooo skinny back on April 9th. They are looking much better and getting a turnout in the big arena. Tess is the black standardbred with the fly mask. Holly is the bay and Rose is the palomino. Those two are showing great improvement. https://www.facebook.com/OperationHorseRescue/videos/1067670173323551/
  • Aww. Good to see Tess is getting along well with new friends.
  • Here's a video taken today at MOP of Rowdy at the front door. It's a different house than the one he lived in for 3 plus months, but he was willing to go inside. Cute boy. You can really see how big he is here compared to the doorframe! https://www.facebook.com/leslie.davis.5059/videos/1186768014687076/ I can't believe how big he has gotten since I last saw him in May. He looks almost as big as Spider.
  • And here is another still shot featuring that photogenic baby burro, Wolfman Jack. Here he is visited by a board member and her sister's granddaughter. Photo taken by her sister and posted on Mea Ola's facebook page, 30June16.
  • VA_in_CAVA_in_CA Member
    edited July 2016
    Funny story of "adventures at MOP" from last night and early this morning. Gasston had the adventure. Here's Ann's account:

    "Had a fun adventure this morning. Someone didn't put the chain on Gasston's gate last night, so presumably Rowdy let him out this morning. [Rowdy is a pro at opening un-chained bolts on gates.] I heard horses screaming just after six o'clock and went out to see what was up. Now, Porky stayed on the grass last night with Sebasstian and Eeyore [in the turnout near the house]. Well, who knew Porky was a jumper? Not me...until I watched him jump the fence this morning to go on an adventure with Gasston. (Have I mentioned that Porky likes donkeys almost as much as food?) Porky's adventure was short lived, as he got side-tracked by loose hay on the ground over by the boarders. But, Gasston ventured to the back 5 acres and came running back as soon as he saw me. :) "

    She added this in a comment: " I wish I would have caught it [on video]. I was still trying to figure out what was going on...lol. Porky was screaming and running on the grass, I saw a loose donkey..it took me a second to realize it was Gasston and not Sebasstian, then I looked back to the grass and Poof! Porky just flew over the fence. He had knocked the top board off already, but still cleared 2 and a half feet like a pro. He had great form..."

    I think that's pretty amazing for Porky because he is a small horse and he arrived in mid-February with terrible feet. I'm glad to hear that he has made friends with the donkeys since his horse buddy, Captain, had to be PTS. His stall is across the "aisle" from Gasston's.
    Picture from meaola.org, Porky's page in Our Horses section.

  • KMMKMM Member
    Your stories on MOP are always fun, VA.
  • VA_in_CAVA_in_CA Member
    edited July 2016
    Thanks, KMM.

    MOP is having a "Selfie" contest for the volunteers. Here's the first one. I think it's hilarious. Looks like they are both saying "cheese." I can't imagine anyone topping this one. But we'll see.

    Picture from Mea Ola's Place facebook page, July 1, 2016.

    Oops. Forgot to post this last night. Sigh. I did it the facebook way, by hitting "Enter." Doesn't work here. lol

    One of the older volunteers reported that Savannah held her cellphone up to take a selfie and Drummer stuck his head over the fence and smiled. What a ham!
  • KMMKMM Member
    He looks like he has braces too or just wishes so.:)
  • MOP has an on-site trainer now, named Allie. Here she is working with Sassy, who has come a long way since starting back into training. She is smart as well as beautiful. Hard to believe that Mea Ola is her dam. She must have had a tall sire; Ann thinks he was probably a TB. Sassy does have that conformation. She was born back in May of 2012, when Operation Horse Rescue was in its early days and had not yet been named Mea Ola's Place. They were located further west in the Tehatchapi Mts.
    https://www.facebook.com/OperationHorseRescue/videos/1069070313183537/ Video posted at MOP's facebook page, July 1, 2016. You can turn the sound OFF because there is no talking and all you can hear is a very noisy wind.
  • Sad day for Mea Ola's Place. Tekka, a long time member of the herd, crossed the Rainbow Bridge this morning. The guess is that his cancer returned in the form of a stomach or intestinal tumor. He was in pain and growing weak. It was time. He was 29. He was a great therapy horse and beloved by the kids of summer camp. See his story at http://www.meaola.org/#!tekka/hymx9

    Rest in Peace, Tekka.


    Pictures from Mea Ola's Place.org and MOP facebook page, 22 Feb 2015.

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