The Tiny Tiger Within
Within metres of the road the tiny bird fluttered and flipped. At first thought to be a grey pigeon clipped by a fast-moving car.
With the sickening feeling in our kind-heart’s stomach they raced towards the hapless animal. With each dread-infused step, they felt it would surely be the little bird’s last. But it was not. For she had the tiger within. And we have learned she is most certainly going to need this, for she has a crippling congenital deformity to her right leg.
Proving things are not always what they seem, it is more than likely she was not struck by a vehicle, but either was tossed or had fallen from one. For no injuries does she have and it is too bizarre to consider she could have found any other way to where she was.
She too is a little hen, and not luckless pigeon.
That dear Tiny, as she is now affectionately known, was in the wrong place at the right time causes us to ponder:
Offering opportunities for they and us to learn and to grow, and to be better versions of ourselves?
Ever waited for the right pet or person to come along? And then they miraculously and serendipitously do! We are sure you will know what we mean.
With that in our mind and our hearts, we are working feverishly for our new fluffy friend to enable her to be all of everything she was ever meant to be. From time in her tiny chicken wheelchair, physiotherapy sessions on her withered limb, and a specially crafted bed to rest up in, we can already hear the roar of her doggedly determined heart.
And it is beating in sync with our own as our soul journeys combine.
And so with kindness and optimism now her compass, it is a 3D-crafted prosthetic that will truly make her life complete. That such innovations today can marry with compassion, when years ago it never could, speaks to an ever-evolving world and reminds us of just what is possible when we trust our inner knowing, finding the strength and our tiny tiger within.
Little did we know, on the first night we met Soldier, that the inky darkness of the sky above was to be foreboding of her fate. She, patiently waiting roadside with the humans who had come to her rescue after the vehicle collision that had rendered her immobile.
With his glistening red comb flopped outrageously over his eyes and his body ensconced by the most silky soft of feather boas, made of the real deal, Earl’s haute couture may not look out of step on the catwalk of Fashion Week or even the cover of Vogue.
Whilst it is hard to define, it is easy to feel, just what makes Special special. For it takes but a moment with this happy-go-lucky little chap to intuit this.
With no need for a Coco Chanel creation or Gucci accessory, our Paris and Nicky Hilton are glamourous girls.
Having difficultly seeing his new world around him, at first Peaky Blinders would scoot away at the mere hint of our presence. But now not so.
As farmed animals, in the scheme of things, it never ends well for them. And every action thus far afforded this mother and child had fuelled their point of view.
There is little doubt Brunswick is a beautiful bird. His magnificent plumage captures the eye, whilst the brilliant radiance of his comb and wattles sets the heart a-flutter.
Around 4.40 pm on the 11th of January 2023, hope met the reality of our promise, as the last Silkie rooster was removed from the tiny wire prison that had been his home for heaven knows how long.
Just over a week on from that fateful day when the plight of hundreds upon hundreds of sweet Silkie chickens came under our radar. And so too our kindness.