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Red Feather 
Posted: 01-Feb-2008, 09:11 PM
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LOL! you can overcome a missing finger, while I do have all of mine I only use 3 on each hand to type! Now we know why I have so few posts! wink.gif
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Posted: 01-Feb-2008, 09:28 PM
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Shea and Cassie

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Posted: 02-Feb-2008, 01:12 AM
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What a wonderful picture Red Feather. That bird is gorgeous. What a great dog too. Now how old is Shea? Thank you very much for posting this picture. Does Cassie ever excite the bird to where you can't work with it?

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Posted: 03-Feb-2008, 11:51 PM
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In this picture Shea is about 1 1/2 years old and Cassie is 1 year old. Both were looking at a squirrel in the next yard and I was whistling to try and turn there attention, they were intent and ready to hunt. Cassie had learned to respect Shea and keep a distance, Shea had learned that if he followed Cassie through the woods she would moved game on the ground and most often allow Shea a good attack angle on the game. They worked as a team with a common goal of catching game. Never was there a dispute over who the game belonged to, always Shea and Cassie was content to just chase with the satisfaction of knowing Shea would catch the game. Cassie would bark at squirrels in the trees and look at Shea as if to say "get him"! There is much joy in my memories from the many hunts! smile.gifsmile.gif
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Posted: 06-Feb-2008, 04:03 PM
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Thanks for sharing that Red Feather. I am glad they get along. Hope you will share some of your stories with all of us.

I figured you were just puckering up for the picture lol!!! It is a nice picture.

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Posted: 29-Feb-2008, 09:54 PM
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I was wondering Red Feather, or anyone else out there who might know the answer to this question. Does a certain breed of dog do better than another? I am glad they work together well seems like it would be a lot to try and control.

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Posted: 12-Mar-2008, 03:58 PM
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Well, I thought perhaps someone would like to add a few comments! Any breed of dog is fine as long as they "tree" or perhaps chase rabbits if you are in an area with a bounty of rabbits. I prefer my Jack Russells, they just have so much energy! smile.gif
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Posted: 16-Mar-2008, 05:37 PM
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I'm sorry to have put you on the spot..
I know there has to be someone else out there that have questions on this subject right? I guess my Schipperke will do then, he chases helicopters that fly over oh anything that moves. He has caught birds though so I don't know what he would think. I need to study so much more to see if I really want to do this. It's always fascinated me. Thank you for answering.

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Posted: 26-Mar-2008, 08:32 PM
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Freedom and I have been together 10 years this summer. She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. She's my baby.

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When Freedom came in she could not stand. Both wings were broken, her left wing in 4 places. She was emaciated and covered in lice. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vet's office. From then on, I was always around her. We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in. I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn't stand. It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn't stand in a week. You know you don't want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death was winning. She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon. I didn't want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn't bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear. I went immediately back to her cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day.

We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me to glove train her. I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we started doing education programs for schools in westernWashington. We wound up in the newspapers, on radio (believe it or not) and some TV. Miracle Pets even did a show about us.

In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I would up doing 8 months of chemo. Lost the hair - the whole bit. I missed a lot of work. When I felt good enough, I wouldgo to Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again.

Fast forward to November 2000, the day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results. I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone. Yahoo!

So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill. I hadn't said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don't know how long. That was a magic moment. We have been soul mates ever since she came in. This is a very special bird.

On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them. I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course through his body. I have so many stories like that. I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom's.

Hope you enjoy this.

Jeff

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Posted: 27-Mar-2008, 09:22 AM
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Red Feather,
Thank-you so much for sharing that. It brought tears to my eyes and goosebumps to my arms. I am at a loss for words.


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Posted: 27-Mar-2008, 12:01 PM
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Hi Red Feather,
When you said you had stories I had no idea they would be so moving. I have thought about this one since you wrote it last night and I am having trouble coming up with the words to express how it made me feel.

I have always felt they are in the top of the special animals that live here on this earth with us. Sounds like Freedom had healing powers. It just a miracle for both Jeff and Freedom.

Thank you so very much for sharing this story with all of us. This is an amazing story. Your friend is truly blessed and so am I for getting to read this story. I am so happy for Jeff and Freedom both. thumbs_up.gif

Come over to the Clann An Drumma main website and click on Gallery then on the left side go down til you see Lomond Shores Balloch and you will meet a new friend of the bands. She's so beautiful think I'm in love wink.gif

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A pic of Jeff and Freedom!

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Posted: 31-Mar-2008, 10:54 AM
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Red Feather, I can't remember how you do a thumbnail. Anyhow here are the pictures of Jeff and Freedom. What a beautiful bird and story.

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Posted: 16-May-2008, 11:49 AM
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Here is a site I came across on 15th Century Falconry Ancient & Medieval Falconry: Origins & Functions in Medieval England

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Posted: 16-May-2008, 09:11 PM
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Much thanks M'lady! I have saved the link! smile.gif
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