And not just for the Icelandic horses, but also for their owners. The husband wasn't even ready to retire and fell ill - he needed full-time nursing care. His wife became his carer - day and night - and can no longer keep the two horses.
Report dated 12. July 2014
... Neymar bevore and after the operation...
Report dated 9. July 2014
Conchita, a mare with an imperial beard”This year Eurovision song contest winner Conchita made with her appearance a statement for minorities. Now we, Gut Aiderbichl, rescued a mare with a beard. She makes a statement for the bitter fate of the majority of the horses. Her owner was, according to the horse trader, insisting having her killed, in spite of the fact that she was only 6 years old.
A life ‘with seven seals”When we spotted her, the horse trader was under tremendous pressure as he had just received an offer to export horses to Russia for slaughter. We immediately bought all horses for slaughter of that day and took them with us to our estate. One of them was the real beauty Conchita, an Irish Tinker Horse (also known as Gypsy Cob Horse).
Tinker Horses are native to the British Isles, where they were used to pull the vardoes. They are reliable workhorses which became in our society fashionable in the 90s. Conchita was standing frightened and nervous on the trade market. Horse groom Eva and Michael Aufhauser were trying to calm her down while taking a glance at her papers. It is unbelievable that this beautiful horse is being offered by kilo price, already at the beginning of its young life.
The abundant leg feathering was covered with urine and faeces. The last days have been for sure hell for the horse. Why that, we were told by the horse dealer: her owner was insisting on taking the horse to be slaughtered. How could that be possible? What is for sure is that the person who once owned Conchita abandoned her leaving her to her destiny. This unfortunately happens very often and actually almost always when it comes to horses. We always do research on the history of the horses we take over. It sometime takes our breath away. A lot of horses were once successful, expensive, sought-after and loved. Then comes the terrible fall, caused by humans.
Two „Slaughter-horses“, as horse dealers call them, enjoying themselves on the fields of Gut Aiderbichl. Conchita has by now understood that there is neither a long transportation to Russia awaiting her nor an awful death.
But what can each and every one of us do, we are being often asked. First of all never buy horsemeat or shoes made of horse leather and also never buy dog food that contains horsemeat. This is the only way to make sure that a new market niche, the one of horsemeat, will not boom further.
If this story has touched you as much as it has touched us, please do support us or take over a patronage.
Report dated 05. July 2014
Dramatic Emergencies Here and From Greece
Dog Neymar and 17-year-old Bernie
We collected Greek male dog, Neymar, with a severe broken leg and immediately took him to the emerency animal clinic. It's still not clear whether he can keep his leg. Back home he had no chance. 17-year-old Westie dog, Bernie, lost her home and came to live at our sanctuary... read more:
A New Start
and A New Life for Two Really Poor AnimalsThe lifelines of humans and animals can be entirely different than you might
think. From being a puppy, 17-year-old Bernie was by her owner’s side. Now,
they were both visiting us and the dog owner described her dilemma. Bernie was
permanently affected by parasites, half blind, with a heart condition and
incontinent. The owner didn’t want to put her to sleep. But for the sake of her
family, especially the young children, the family had reached a democratic
decision: Bernie (17 yrs.) could not go with them to their new apartment.
Puppies and kittens captivate people. They enjoy watching them pove them! So it's similar when kid goat Samira walks across the yard. You can't see her enough - she's a joy to watch! If you search for "kid goat" online, you'll find out more about how to cook them than their fantastic nature. You're advised about rosemary and sweet and sour parsnips or rack of goat wrapped in filo pastry.
courageous dog understood. She good-naturedly submitted to a thorough
examination. It turned out that she had no heart condition – this was the
wrong diagnosis, a frequent occurrence. The whole family brought Bernie to us,
along with her aluminium bowls, her favourite food and lots more. The heart
tablets had run out. A stroke of luck, as Bernie no longer needed them! The
parasite problem could be treated. This was caused by two harmless mites that
should disappear thanks to a spot-on treatment.
This was a
case for Dieter Ehrengruber personally. He instantly took the Westie dog home.
Actually, her incontinence was initially slightly underplayed. As if she’d been
knocked out, after three nights of wiping up and airing, he was at least able
to confirm that Bernie has a very healthy appetite and is otherwise in good
spirits. We’re concerned about a shadow spot on her lung that was discovered
during the examination. There’s not much we can do about that, though perhaps check
her eyes. In any case, Bernie is now living at our sanctuary – a true
Aiderbichler who found her way to us in the autumn of her life!
Report dated 27 March 2014
Dog Neymar from Greece
We collected Greek male dog, Neymar, with a severe broken leg and immediately took him to the emerency animal clinic. It's still not clear whether he can keep his leg.
New Rescues: Carola & Rita
Goat "Sternchen" was left at our sanctuary as a last act of despair. A goat breeder had given up and was now desperately looking for a home for them. Fast forward a few months to now - and Sternchen has delivered twins to live their new life at Gut Aiderbichl Eslarn! Meanwhile, Samira has made a big name for herself in Henndorf. The season will soon get going when kid goats and new lambs arrive. Maybe Samira will touch peoples's hearts...
Good that Kid Goats Can't Divine What's on the Internet
There was more dreadful news recently from the "killer zoo" in Copenhagen. Four healthy lions were killed at one go - due to lack of space. We can only hope no animal lover sets out to visit a zoo again. Because if you do, you're expressing tacit approval. Should humans behave in that uncivilized way?
At Gut Aiderbichl we think differently. We're approaching Easter from 4 April without any cruelty to animals. We're looking forward to new arrivals - kid goats and lambs. They can stay with us until the end of their natural lives. We respect and love them.
Report dated 23. March 2014
Same Every Year: Aiderbichl Wild Animal Rescues
Only Guests: Rabbit Orphans
You should definitely help field hares when they've been orphaned. Every year Gut aiderbichl accepts lots of orphaned baby animals, including field hares. While fawns, especially when they're injured, can move to our spacious outdoor enclosure at Gut Aiderbichl Carinthia, that only works out occasionally for field hares... Video...
New in Henndorf: Ronja and Ellie, our two female donkeys...
Spring is Dangerous for Many Animals
If you visit our Gut Aiderbichl sanctuary in Henndorf you'll notice that on either side of the roads there are fences to protect the toads. Animal lovers build these every year to prevent traffic accidents. Now the frogs and toads are on the move! The fences are also being put up right now in Deggendorf. But young field hares, now an endangered species, are also in danger as newborns. Hares are vulnerable to other wild animals, accidents and loss of their natural habitat.
Maria Gmachl, Aiderbichl's vet, and her colleague are bottle-rearing our four orphaned hares. They're at her home and vet's practice, as they need milk all day long.
We've often tried to keep the hares fenced in at our sanctuary estates. But they love wide open spaces and also the option of hiding and meeting their own kind. In captivity they're usually unhappy and die young. We've cultivated copses and hedgerows so that the young hares can hide awae if they need to. But that's no guarantee they can safely enjoy their lives. But we're giving the orpahns a new start in life right now!
Please help us with your donations and animal sponsorships - so we can always accept animals if they need a place!
A warm welcome to our Aiderbichl newcomers thanks to the animal insurance scheme! Ronja (6 yrs., left) and Ellie (8 yrs., right). Their owner planned ahead for them, as she had to change her life plans. We wish them both a great life at Gut Aiderbichl Henndorf!
Report dated 20. March 2014
New Video of ex- "Devil's Stallion"
Pony Lusi - "Scary for Kids"!
We're always accepting dogs considered especially difficult. This is now a growing trend with horses and will soon mean we're compromised on space. Now, the 13-year-old Shetty mare, Lusi, has arrived at our sanctuary. Instead of going riding with the kids, she loved chasing them - that's what her former owner told us! However, he tried to understand her. Maybe Lusi learned to scare the children at her former owner's - a riding school for ponies.
Without the kids there'd probably be no ponies, but...
Our pony and donkey family in Carinthia looks on with mixed feelings at the new arrival, self-confident Lusi. Winnetou, the little donkey (fr.l.) had already pulled in his tail as a precaution. But then...
Susi is well groomed, has a wonderful mane and good hip joints. All this suggests her woner only wanted the best. But he was faced with a difficult decision. What if Lusi were to hit out at one of his children or a local child and to injure them? The young farmer (36 years) is also an Aiderbichl member and knew that if he were to part with Lusi she would be transported to the slaughterhouse in Italy. He tried to find her a home for four years. Lusi loves grown-ups, but something must have happened when she started at her former riding school. The ponies often get used to the days when they're left totally in peace. Then, at the weekend and during the holidays, when the children arrive and are stressed. Not every horse has the nerves to stand this. Legolas is the same age and has already found a friend. Lusi is also extremely intelligent. Early in the morning on the walk to the spacious meadows, she good-naturedly joins the others. But only to return in the evening on roundabout routes that she finds herself. She is simply an individualist and at Gut Aiderbichl Carinthia she can stay true to her nature!
The job wasn't done when Maurice, the dangerous Haflinger, was rescued. He also wanted to rebel against humans - not towing the line. Sooner or later that would have been his death wish. Since 31 January 2014 he lives under the protection of Gut Aiderbichl. Benno was on hand with the camera when he was let out onto the open meadows. And Maurice could't be happier and better behaved. That certainly has something to do with other horses giving him the sign that there's no stress at Gut Aiderbichl. And Lusi should feel as happy as this, too!
Please support our foundation sanctuaries. Gut Aiderbichl Carinthia is among them. You can become a "Plus" animal sponsor supporting our equine projects or make a donation so we can help as many animals in need as possible.
Their Situation Changed At One Go
Stjarna (28 yrs.) and Birti (29 yrs.)These two have had a new lease of life! You could call it a second birthday. And for the owners, the search for a new place couldn't have ended better. Life is beautiful! We helped out thanks to the generosity of countless Aiderbichl members. Please carry on supporting us, so we can lend a hand - to humankind and animals - in cases just like these.
If Birti and Stjarna are lucky, they have at least another ten happy years living at our sancutary.
Latest News: Young Horses Die at England's Cheltenham Festival
Our Conor (5yrs.), Akdam (4 yrs.), Steck The Deck (5 yrs.), Raya Star (8 yrs.)
Just recently we reported on horrendous horse races in Europe. That was because we accepted the horse "Il en Rêve" - twice a starter in Pardubice. Please register your protest and write to the organzizers, or write to us - and we'll forward your letter!
But the cruellest horse racing takes place in England. Since 2007, at the Cheltenham Festival in England there were 51 fatalities among racehorses. The organzizers give the excuse that the races create 6,000 jobs.
Report dated 10 November 2013
SOS for Our Stray Dogs Project!!!Our new project since autumn: we’re now lending a big helping hand to stray dogs in eastern and southern Europe! To continue our support, we need everyone who loves animals to get involved. Street dogs Bella and Mary-Linda gave birth to 24 puppies at our sanctuary. Watch our video (no shocking pictures!) and see how wonderful their lives can be. No dog deserves to be stoned, kicked or gassed. The young puppies are trying to show everyone what sensitive creatures they are.
Aiderbichl’s New Project for Stray Dogs is Long-Term
Urgent Appeal for Donations – Action Aid Babis’s kneecaps ... Glika is covered in injuries Daisy has heartworms
Since we launched our new Gut Aiderbichl project to help stray dogs (in autumn), we’ve already supported 150 dogs on location and at our sanctuaries. Please give us your support so we can continue to help these dogs and many more! This is a new initiative and has to be self-funding. Gut Aiderbichl already cares for more than 5,000 animals – they’re under our protection for always. But we cannot leave stray dogs in dire need to fend for themselves. If we all work together, we can continue to prevent this suffering and injustice.
Our Work is Worthwhile
Bella was already pregnant when she arrived at our sanctuary. A young Aiderbichl member, Laura (aged 10), discovered her on a busy road in northern Greece. Because Laura was young, Bella trusted her and tolerated a car journey. But Bella’s story made us very worried. Dog carer Juliane is highly experienced and organized a day- and night-support service when the puppies were born. Their temperature had to be just right – to avoid the risk of herpes. Juliane, her team and Aiderbichl voluntee
rs fed the dogs every two hours. Twelve puppies – that was too much for Bella. They all survived. If they had been born at the roadside, they wouldn’t be alive today.
Baywatch in Henndorf where Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff already paid a visit!Little Oprah has two different coloured eyes: Greek blue and Austrian blue! She was the smallest puppy when she was born and we had plenty of trouble keeping her alive. The puppies have play quarters with thick glazed walls. If you visit us in Henndorf, you can experience Bella’s puppies close up – without disturbing them!
Gut Aiderbichl doesn’t find new homes for the animals. That said if anybody can give a Gut Aiderbichl rescue animal a loving home, which is true to the animal’s nature, there’s an opportunity to apply for a place as a special carer and to give an animal the option of a good home. This can become a lifelong arrangement for the animal. And because Aiderbichl animals always remain Aiderbichler, if needed, they can always return to Gut Aiderbichl at any time.
Please think about sponsoring an animal – or help us by making a donation! That’s the only way we can continue helping so many animals in need.
Remember: on Sunday, 8 December the repeat of the 2007 Christmas show will be screened at 15.15 on HR3.
Donations from Germany:
Gut Aiderbichl Foundation Germany
Reference: “Fund for Stray Dogs in Need”
BANK CODE: 70 120 700 • ACCOUNT: 8041102867
Donations from Austria:
Gut Aiderbichl Foundation Austria
Reference: “Fund for Stray Dogs in Need”
BANK CODE: 15 090 • ACCOUNT: 121 358 006
Donations from Switzerland:
Gut Aiderbichl Foundation Switzerland
Reference: “Fund for Stray Dogs in Need”
IBAN: CH59 0070 0110 0029 3234 4
Donations from other countries:
Gut Aiderbichl Foundation Austria
Reference: “Fund for Stray Dogs in Need”
IBAN: AT11 1509 0001 2135 8006
Report dated 03 December 2013
Magical Sponsors’ Event in Iffeldorf
Carmi Can See Again ... BUT ...
Carmi’s story couldn’t be more tragic. A year ago she went blind. Thanks to an operation, her sight is now restored in one eye and she can tell light and dark using her other eye. But there’s another bad diagnosis.
Introducing alpaca Laika! Aiderbichl members celebrate the first day of Advent in Iffeldorf and Henndorf reports 3,000 visitors on the same day!
Carmi is Now Happy – She has No Idea how Sick She Is
After seven years as a lab research dog, Gut Aiderbichl succeeded in arranging her transfer. Carmi lived for five long and happy years at a wonderful Aiderbichl care place in Italy with a friend of Michael Aufhauser. Because of her diabetes she went totally blind last year. Now her “mistress” passed away and she returned to us and moved into Michael Aufhauser’s home. First it was important to find the best eye specialist for her. He advised an operation. This enabled Carmi to see again – like a miracle!
Carmi after her arrival from Italy and just photographed. The grey veil has vanished.
That’s the good news and this brave dog really earned it. But before her operation she had an examination at a clinic. The specialist’s parting comment was, “Give her a good life.” Carmi is suffering from cancer and it would be too painful to expose her to chemotherapy or an operation. Like Kiara and Daisy, we’re putting our faith in happiness hormones – they’ll probably help her the most.
Gut Aiderbichl Iffeldorf – the Magic of This Place Michael Aufhauser invited Aiderbichl sponsors to a meeting in Iffeldorf on the first day of Advent! We were prepared for two or three time slots for his session on the upper level of the building. It’s winter, after all, and everyone likes to keep warm. Then, the usual sponsors’ event miracle happened: the sky cleared and it warmed up! You could even see the whole Alpine panorama and the Zugspitze! So we only needed one session for all our sponsors. All attendees will confirm that it was a wonderful and harmonious occasion. Photographer Kerstin set out looking for snapshot opportunities: Homemade decorations live and wonderful wreaths at the small Christmas market
Hansi always manages to make boar Oskar talk!
Enjoying meeting the animals, happy children or the tower brass group! It’s Advent at Gut Aiderbichl Iffeldorf. Even if you have already visited Henndorf, or you’re planning a visit there, you should also come to our sanctuary at Iffeldorf.
Report dated 24 November 2013
Magical: Snow on Sunday in Henndorf!
Anti-Bull Fighting: Leo and Gustl
November blues? Not at Gut Aiderbichl Henndorf! As if to order and right on time for the Christmas Market, today it snowed for the first time. But the roads are still clear. Two bull calves were spared the fattening regime. Our unique “conditions”: we ask them to join our campaign against bull fighting as World Cultural Heritage, and to be happy!
Two Bull Calves Meet Our Visitors …
A torero has the chance to practise the cruel handiwork. What many people don’t know is that they’re allowed to practise on innocent calves at slaughterhouses.
Gustl (l.) and Leo (r.) a few days ago in Henndorf
Leo (l.; 22.10.2013) and Gustl (r.; 09.10.2013)
You can also arrange to sponsor our two calves Leo and Gustl on location. Or naturally, online. These two are ideal as lucky adoptees! Gustl was born on 09 October and Leo on 22 October – under the star sign of Libra. As bull calves either they would have been slaughtered as “veal suppliers”, or else they’d be kept as “fattening bulls”. But now they can spend the rest of their natural lives at Gut Aiderbichl! Of course this involves considerable costs. Plus, with over 470 bovines living under our protection, they’re unlikely to get the chance of another mention. Finding sponsors won’t be that easy. So we’re appealing for your support to make sure their lives are never endangered again. Please sponsor Leo and Gustl.
It’s Snowing at the Christmas Market in Henndorf
Bella’s puppies are among the highlights at this year’s Christmas Market in Henndorf. They’re almost going wild in the animals’ living room and for the first time out on the dogs’ exercise meadow! We’re now working on a video that we’ll upload over the next few days. Our visitors’ interest in this year’s Christmas Market in Henndorf couldn’t be better. “Even more tasteful and cosier …!”
Outside for the very first time! Bella’s youngsters born at Gut Aiderbichl. You remember Bella – she arrived from Greece as a pregnant stray dog. We’d welcome anyone who would like to offer a special care place for the young puppies. Please find out more in our latest Gut Aiderbichl Magazine. Online, or – we’re also happy to post you a free copy!
Report dated 15 November 2013
Gérard Depardieu, Kathi Glock and Auma Obama
Fernando and Diego: Their Big Day
The same as usual – the starting signal for Gut Aiderbichl’s Christmas Market was a special moment! But two Freiberg foals had the best day of their lives when instead of arriving at the slaughterhouse they came to Gut Aiderbichl France. Touching words about Aiderbichl from Gérard Depardieu.
Best Day Ever for Two Freiberg Foals – Fernando and Diego. Their Second Birthday.
Diego and Fernando, two young Freiberg foals, were destined for the slaughterhouse. They didn’t make the grade for the stud and we humans classed them as ‘second-rate’. This is the kind of classification you’d usually apply to porcelain.
But how could we explain that, if Fernando and Diego could understand us? “Your life should end because you’re second best.”
We’re indebted to Aiderbichler Beatrice Bürchler-Keller for allowing both foals to relocate to Gut Aiderbichl France. Instead of bleeding to death on a meat hook, they can enjoy the open pastures of our Gut Aiderbichl sanctuary in France. We’re hoping for Aiderbichl members to come forward and sponsor them both.
Fernando (left) and Diego (right) at Gut Aiderbichl France
Celebrity Traffic Queues on the Road to Henndorf
Out of breath – Claudia Jung, Patrick Lindner, DJ Ötzi, Dr. Christine Esterházy, Dunja Rajter, the Meggles, Gräfin Franziska Fugger von Babenhausen and Mauro Bergonzoli, Linda Tellington-Jones, Karl Moik, Karl Merkatz, Jutta Kammann, Christian Wolff, Christa Clarin and Manfred Karremann escaped the traffic queues on the motorways near Gut Aiderbichl. Arriving by air were Kathi Glock, Gérard Depardieu with his daughter Roxane and new Aiderbichl member Dr Auma Obama (her half-brother is US President Barack Obama sen.). Dr Obama campaigns for children in need, and gives lectures on ecological and social sustainability and is a German studies specialist.
Asked if he knew anywhere else like Gut Aiderbichl, Gérard Depardieu replied, “This place is unique!” Although he’s not a vegetarian, Gérard Depardieu was still surprised by the meal specially prepared by our Aiderbichl chefs. “This tastes fantastic!”, he remarked and ordered the Aiderbichl soya Schnitzel twice for himself and his daughter.
Gérard Depardieu with dog Cedar and Kathi Glock
Gérard Depardieu with daughter Roxane
Christa Clarin with Dr Auma Obama
Today, celebrations are also going on elsewhere – in Munich, for instance. Victoria Beckham has arrived to launch her new accessories and bags collection. Lizards –skinned alive! How do we know that? It was featured in yesterday’s TZ newspaper. This was a highly critical review – thank you for this type of journalism! Maybe there are some Aiderbichl members who have the time and can turn up to the event to remind people of these poor animals?
Report dated 10 November 2013
Dear Aiderbichl Friends,
Are you joining the petition to UNESCO to stop bull fighting as World Cultural Heritage?
Aiderbichler see bulls just the same as dogs and cats –there’s really nothing to tell them apart. Bulls need our love and protection. If they get aggressive at all, it’s only for the purpose of procreation! Young Charly is a typical example – he arrived at our Gut Aiderbichl Kilb sanctuary because an animal lover had noticed him. It’s incredible that bullfighting is now supposed to be part of our world cultural heritage …
All Bovines Urgently Need Our Help Now!
Mini-bovine Iwana (l.) and Charly (r.)
Charly was to be fattened and then slaughtered. An animal lover established a special relationship and begged us to accept him. She recognized what we deal with every day. Bovines are sensitive and bulls are no exception. But plenty of people respect or are even afraid of large animals. So they accept their fate with a shrug of the shoulders. They don’t know that bovines are mostly tortured creatures. Performance breeding and extremely cramped stalls and brutal transport condition their lives – in many cases even in our country.
If we see a picture like this, we’re horrified and suffer along with the maltreated bull. We don’t know anyone who protects animals and looks after a herd of 470 rescued bovines. We know the animals and let them be true to their own nature. 50 farmers care for our larger animals on a daily basis. Then there are the animal keepers, stable hands and vets. Who else – apart from everyone at Gut Aiderbichl – can offer so much accurate information about the nature of bovines?
Moms of Parsifal (l.) and Athos (r.) – rescued from the floods – gave birth at Gut Aiderbichl. Egon was the only one of 173 bulls from his stall to survive the flood. He swam to an island.
If there were no hierarchy among bulls and the associated controversies, they would die out due to incest. But otherwise they’re so peaceful that we never have to use sticks or chains at Gut Aiderbichl.
Michael Aufhauser recalls his time in Spain and an animal shelter right next to the bull ring. The bulls arrived in total panic the day before – they arrived in darkness and were tormented until the moment they appeared in the arena. Their nerves were already on edge. The rest is no secret. It’s part of the everyday torture in front of spectators. Bullfighting couldn’t be more primitive and cold-blooded. The EU funds bullfighting using our taxes –sometimes directly, and sometimes from tourism revenue. Countless millions are spent every year. Spain’s parliament has now taken the first step and passed a law giving bullfighting special protected status. The next step will be UNESCO’s recognition of bullfighting as World Cultural Heritage.
Please sign our petition, which we will submit to UNESCO, to prevent Spanish bullfighting being included on the UNESCO list of Intangible World Cultural Heritage: https://www.change.org/petitions/unesco-international-spanischer-stierkampf-ist-kein-weltkulturerbe
The Bravest Kitten in the World: Agapi
Corradina, the Beautiful White Mare
Compassionate people brought little kitten Agapi to a Greek vet. The kitten had suffered an accident and broken her lower leg, while fracturing her femur on the other side. The vet didn’t want to euthanize Agapi, but kept her going with painkillers – until legal papers arrived for her transfer … You rarely see a horse with a head as beautiful as Corradina’s. But that was little help for her.
Unfit for Sport, but Healthy: Mare Corradina
The Bavarian crossbreed white mare was only seven years old. She showed great promise as a “show jumping” horse. But then she had back problems and her legs stopped working as well. Her owners and their vets tried all sorts of things. But now they wanted to stop their efforts.
When we decided to accept Corradina, she went through a check-up with our vet and passed with flying colours. Obviously, we didn’t check whether she could jump without any pain. Our vet confirmed she could enjoy the pasture, playing with her own kind and leading a happy life.
Corradina – born on 23.3.2006 under the star sign of Aries – might be lucky and live until she’s over forty years old. So it’s understandable that despite our joy at being able to help, we’re concerned about raising the funds to support her future. Please help us and arrange a sponsorship or make a donation. Perhaps there are others with the star sign Aries, and even sharing the same birthday? Corradina could be a good omen and also bring you the same good luck!
Hope Almost Ran Out for Agapi
We have no idea when Agapi was born, only that she comes from Greece and as a stray cat knew dire suffering. She was badly injured when she was handed in to a vet. At least that was a blessing. But the vet didn’t want to risk the complicated operation on two badly broken legs. After weeks of waiting, Agapi was finally allowed to travel. Gut Aiderbichl arranged for her transfer to the University Clinic in Munich. Would it still be possible to operate on the old fractures?
Agapi now lives at our Gut Aiderbichl sanctuary in Deggendorf in the care of our animal keepers.
Prof. Dr Meyer-Lindenberg, the Director of the Animal Surgical Clinic, personally took care of Agapi. And now we have great news! Shortly after the operation Agapi could put her weight on all four legs – so it was well worth it! And it’s always worthwhile helping another creature in distress. Whoever questions that and suggests it’s too much trouble has no heart.
For Agapi, we can’t appeal for a “lucky birthday” sponsorship. But you know we’re not really concerned about where our animals were born. It’s true – Agapi is a stray, but she’s worth just as much as an animal with pedigree. They’re all connected by the same destiny: they would not be alive today without the generous support of all Aiderbichl members!
Report dated 04 November 2013
First Pictures from Christmas TV Show –
Heart Attack Playing with Timmy
Little Maltese dog Timmy (10 yrs.) was the apple of his owner’s eye. There was a daily ritual before going to sleep. His owner lay down on the floor and the day drew to a close with fun and games! But that was to be the last time for them both …
Flood rescue cats Peter and Muckerle collected by their owners …
Timmy’s Owner was an Aiderbichl Member ...
It was 22.00 on Saturday evening in Ravensburg. Timmy’s master was lying lifeless on the floor beside him. His 93-year-old mother lives in the same apartment. Several years ago Timmy’s owner organized Aiderbichl pet insurance. He died suddenly at the age of 67. When the late owner’s brother contacted us on Sunday morning, he asked us to collect Timmy as soon as possible. The little Maltese dog is suffering incredibly and the world seems alien to him. Bianca Pöckl jumped in the car and drove to Lake Constance. She arrived to find a sad situation. The mother was even reproaching herself for outliving her son. Timmy was hiding away.
When a travel bag was handed over, he willingly went with Bianca. Today, he has the first night at Gut Aiderbichl Henndorf behind him. We’re sure he will soon settle in well here. Every pet owner should think about a moment like this. Family members cannot always take on the responsibility for a pet. Please contact us to find out how to arrange insurance for your pet. If you’re resident in Austria, you have the option of arranging insurance with Wüstenrot. But all Aiderbichl members benefit from our basic offer for pet insurance regardless of their country of residence.
The owners of two cats Peter and Muckerle were overjoyed to hear that their pets were rescued from the flood and are now living at Gut Aiderbichl Deggendorf. They collected their cats at the weekend.
This year’s Christmas show will already be broadcast on Saturday, 7 December, at 20.15, and exclusively on ORF 2. Aiderbichl members, who haven’t got ORF 2 pre-set on their TV menu should have time to do this. The show will now be broadcast as “Advent at Aiderbichl”. Francine Jordi and Marc Pircher continue to host the show and details can be found under ‘Entertainment’. But this year more than 50 per cent of the time is devoted to animal stories. Filming is now under way at Gut Aiderbichl Iffeldorf and yesterday (on Sunday) at Gut Aiderbichl’s Sanctuary for Traumatized Chimpanzees and other Primates.
Report dated 30 October 2013
Dog Glikamu Covered with Scars
Projectile Found Inside Our Lina
Do you remember the dog tied up in front of a Munich department store? Now she’s living happily among other dogs we rescued from the USA. She recently underwent an operation to sterilize her, but the vets discovered something shocking.
Glikamu from Greece is over the worst ...
Lina was abandoned in an underhand way
Glikamu lived a neglected life and must have been badly maltreated
Which Rules Did These Dogs Break?
Dog Lina (2 yrs.) gets along with everyone. During an operation to sterilize her, the vets discovered a projectile from a shotgun inside her stomach. That came as a big shock to us. Her suffering is worse than we had imagined. Her story must have been really cruel.
She’s been living with us for over a year. She couldn’t be more sweet-natured – she gets along brilliantly with the American dogs in her group. And she wants to make everybody cheerful. Who had the heart to tie her up in front of a Munich store? In the middle of the night. And who had the heart to take a shot at her?
Glikamu was outlawed and had no rights when we took her under our protection. Her tongue is almost split to the middle and she’s covered with scars. We rescued her from Greece. Once her papers were ready, she was allowed to travel. She has now undergone a thorough examination. Was she in the hands of a sadist? She’s over the worst. She’s pulled through! She never need suffer again … A big thank you to everyone for supporting us!
Perhaps a sponsor will soon come forward for Glikamu? Or you can support us by making a donation. Your help allows us to continue our animal rescues.
Report dated 29 October 2013
Boar Hugo (1 yr.) relocates to Iffeldorf
Cute But Unpredictable: Dog Billy
Animal lovers noticed 10 year-old Retriever Billy because of his bad behaviour. They managed to secure Billy’s transfer. But it’s still a mystery why Billy sometimes snaps without warning.
Boar Hugo is even more of a puzzle! Both are now Aiderbichler!
Puzzle of Suffering ...
All pigs suffer – it’s a fact. But sometimes we’re directly confronted with suffering like the Aiderbichl members who became acquainted with a pig with a broken leg, according to her keeper. The Aiderbichl Friends couldn’t relax because of this information. They enquired whether we could accept sow Magdalena. Nothing stood in the way of her relocation to Gut Aiderbichl Iffeldorf. But we were amazed when this turned out to be a boar – and now he’s called Hugo! In fact, he probably didn’t have a broken leg, but suffered a back injury. To our delight yesterday we noticed he could walk without any pain. He strolled to the paddock and lay down in the sunshine.
Selina, a young animal lover, discovered a Golden Retriever tied up most of the time as well as not being challenged enough and depressive. She asked the owners for permission to take care of Billy. She got the go ahead and Billy became an Aiderbichler. But he couldn’t stay at Gut Aiderbichl Iffeldorf where he first arrived.
Billy tends to snap without much warning and even his dog handler, Paul, experienced this. Because the Gertraud Gruber Osterseehof is open to visitors, it would have been too dangerous to keep him there. There could be plenty of reasons why he sometimes snaps at animals and humans. But as we don’t really know much about his history, we have to be patient and find out why he behaves like this. Often this kind of behaviour is due to pain or a reaction to movements that we make unconsciously and he associates with some kind of threat.
Meanwhile the building work at Gut Aiderbichl Carinthia is progressing so well that Billy was able to move here. Dalmatian Dillon also lives here and his behaviour was similar to Billy’s. But since he’s been living here, his erratic behaviour has stopped.
Dillon (10 yrs.) loves life and he’d never bite anyone again. Back in 2010 he was banned because of his unpredictable behaviour …
Please give us your support so we can continue working on behalf of animals in need. Why not arrange a sponsorship for Billy? Or for one of our other animals.
Report dated 22 October 2013
Ex-Lab Dog Carmi and Her Final Mission
Carmi Lost Her Mistress
Beagle Carmi, twelve years old today, spent seven long years in a human medicine research lab. After Michael Aufhauser’s visit there, he was allowed to take her with him. It was soon obvious that the best solution for Carmi is a special care place. Aiderbichl member Uta offered to take her in – these two got along well together. But all happiness is finite. Two days ago Uta passed away after a serious illness.
Carmi – Biggest Support for a Critically Ill Friend
Michael Aufhauser got to know Uta back in 1972. She was the director of the Munich City guided tours and Michael Aufhauser helped out as a tour guide. Over the next few years they kept in touch, and when Uta was diagnosed with chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), she applied for a special care place for the ex-lab Beagle Carmi retired in 2009. The costs for a special care place including guaranteed right of return to Gut Aiderbichl are all arranged. Since 2009 and several evenings ago, Uta and Carmi were inseparable.
Uta contacted us countless times to describe how happy she was. Carmi gave her strength and everyone who cared for Uta also took Carmi to their hearts. The Beagle was involved in a series of lab experiments. Her spinal cord was damaged due to radiation – that’s why her fur is so light. Then her healthy spinal marrow was transplanted from another Beagle. This was a pioneering experiment and today helps many humans suffering from cancer. Carmi has no knowledge of what happened to her back then. She only realizes she can’t go for long walks like other dogs or cosy up to another affectionate human being and much more.
Back in 2009 many other Beagles arrived at our sanctuary from the same series of experiments. That included the two sisters Kiara and Daisy. They were both considered severely ill dogs and had got to the end of the line with cancer treatments. Both were to be euthanized. Michael Aufhauser requested and promised they could live in his room at home, so in the worst case there could be a quick response, so they continued treatment. Kiara survived pain-free until 7 September 2010 and then she peacefully passed away. It’s incredible what happiness hormones can do! Daisy died in July 2013. On the photo below, you can clearly see that Kiara, and Carmi too, was affected by radiation and Daisy was the spinal marrow donor.
Kiara (l.) and Daisy (r.) 2009, shortly after their retirement from the research lab
On Monday 21 October. Michael Aufhauser reported:
After a long journey from Italy, where Uta lived, Carmi arrived at my home yesterday evening. Meanwhile due to diabetes she has gone blind. I was informed about this. She has settled in and couldn’t be more alive! She doesn’t show that she’s sad at the moment. Things are too exciting at my house. Except ex-lab dog Snoopy all the others warmly welcomed her. Snoopy was not really bad mannered. She recognizes her own kind and only showed her she’s not ready to share her basket with her. Terrier Jacky missed that, so it soon turned into a house sit-in by Carmi. Jacky was horrified and decided to vacate his place and slept in my room overnight!
Tuesday, 22 October:
What a stress!! Never has a dog made such a mess as Carmi. But otherwise she was quiet all night and is now looking forward to a new day. Carmi and I will always remember the last message Uta sent us, an SMS, the final one:
“Dear Michael. Thank you for everything. You’re such a fabulous friend. I will watch out for you and all the animals from above. I would have loved to visit Aiderbichl with Carmi. Our friendship lasted for over 40 years. Don’t forget me and please enjoy a cuddle now and then with the little mouse. You are and were always in my heart. Uta”
Carmi this morning
Report dated 19 October 2013 Stablehand Fights for Her WardEx-Racing Horse Rüdiger Can Live!
Thoroughbred gelding Rüdiger’s owner was a stablehand with first-hand experience of horse racing. When she left her profession, her ex-racing horse Rüdiger joined her. It took a long time before he calmed down and became an excellent riding horse. Then, in May she discovered a tumour...
Happy Ending from a “Truly Different World”
Horseracing has its own rules and regulations. The sport is sub-divided into different disciplines: show jumping, dressage, carriage racing, polo, military, trotting and racing. In most cases it’s a hobby and plenty of money is involved for top professionals. Rüdiger was born on 15.03.2006 near Berlin. As Aiderbichl Friends, in our view he got into racing too early: he was just two years old. That’s normal in this discipline. Thoroughbred horses are fast developers – as it is often said.
Rüdiger’s arrival at Gut Aiderbichl Henndorf Report dated 04 October 2013 Commentary On World Animal Day
A trainer mostly supervises horses in racing sport. A routine starts which means lots of work for man and horse. So is it really appropriate to call this a “hobby”? Racing horses are driven by the goal of winning. They’re generally well cared for. Only a few have the option of experiencing life on the pasture. Their owners often worry that their horses could get injured. The horses are then tied to a routine of stable, feeding and work. It’s hardly relevant to claim a revolution in this sport, even if it’s only permitted to use the whip in racing seven and not five times. That’s only the case in our country. We’re not aware of any international regulations.
After one race Rüdiger suffered bleeding from the lung. His owners allowed Ariane, his stablehand, to look after him. She felt a strong bond with Rüdiger, even though there was a tough time ahead. “Racing horses” generally need a full year to “calm down”. After his first time on the pasture since he was a foal, Rüdiger realized that Ariane meant to treat him well. He became a well-behaved riding horse. In May a tumour was discovered between his foreleg and trunk. That was the end of his riding career – Ariane looked for somewhere he could retire to. This was so difficult that she turned to us … And became a member of Gut Aiderbichl!
Rüdiger can now enjoy his retirement at Gut Aiderbichl – thanks to many generous members and supporters of Gut Aiderbichl! But don’t forget – being an animal lover is not the only thing that counts for horses. Keeping horses is expensive. And if the owners can no longer cover these costs, the horses are in danger. Now all’s well that ends well for Rüdiger! And we hope plenty of willing sponsors will love to follow his progress.
Pet Insurance SchemeGenuine animal lovers think deeply about what will happen to their pets if they pass away or need nursing care. Wüstenrot insurance now offers a pet insurance scheme for all animal owners resident in Austria. A joint initiative with Gut Aiderbichl.
Now Everyone Can Insure Pets
The joint initiative with the insurance group Wüstenrot Austria was preceded by months of meetings and intense discussions. From today – World Animal Day 2013 – every pet owner living in Austria can take out pet insurance. That’s a massive step towards animals at last being treated as fellow living creatures!
Eyko the Kerry Blue Terrier arrived at our sanctuary in May 2010. The pet insurance scheme available to all Friends of Aiderbichl was his biggest stroke of luck – his owners had made provision for him. Last week, he was diagnosed at the clinic with Lymphoma. He will be treated with mild chemotherapy to prolong his life and quality of life – that’s due to the type of tumour. It was similar for dogs Ali and Sedar. Both are doing brilliantly after their treatment.
Now everyone can insure his or her pet with Wüstenrot Austria. In the worst case scenario, if an owner needs special nursing care and cannot look after his or her pet, or even passes away, cats, dogs and other animals can continue living at Gut Aiderbichl until the end of their natural lives.
(fr. l.) Wüstenrot Deputy CEO Franz Meingast, Wüstenrot CEO Dr Susanne Riess and Michael Aufhauser
This project does not stop our work for animals in distress. On the contrary. Insured pets will arrive at our sanctuary with the necessary funding. No costs will be involved. If an animal requires less than the insured amount to stay at Gut Aiderbichl, the surplus will help rescued animals in need. Wüstenrot’s contractual partner is the non-profit Gut Aiderbichl Foundation Austria. As the name suggests – no profits are allowed and only animals benefit under this agreement.
Both Labradoodles Lazy (l.) and Milo (r.) arrived last week with Aiderbichl pet insurance. Their mistress is gravely ill – she’s relieved her favourite pets are doing well at Gut Aiderbichl.
All Aiderbichl members still qualify for pet insurance, as before. This is generally arranged permanently. Please contact us for more details.
World Animal Day by Michael Aufhauser
On 27 September the World Climate Council published its report. This basically proves we humans are mainly responsible for global warming. The consequences are dire – for us, too.
The worldwide increase in meat consumption is largely responsible for this – over 20 per cent. Meat production is associated with high emissions. The sea level is rising. Our climate will dramatically deteriorate.
These insights are the context for this week’s two big days around the globe. On Tuesday, we celebrated World Vegetarian Day – about 1 billion people are vegetarians out of a world population of 7 billion. That’s actually fabulous news for our planet. But that’s not enough to prevent the climate catastrophe. Even if in Austria, boys are particularly turning veggie, it will still take a long time to find out whether this is just a craze or a real change of nutritional health. Besides, worldwide more than 1.3 billion tonnes of food land in the trash, as the World Food Programme determined.
Today – 4 October – is World Animal Day! This is also closely linked to our planet’s survival. Today there’s no need to remind politicians about keeping their electoral promises for animals in Austria and Germany. There were none for animals and their needs.
World Animal Day 2013 is no real cause for celebration this year. But there are key issues on the animal welfare agenda.
For one thing there’s Romania’s decision to join with other countries that euthanize stray dogs after they’re handed in after just a short waiting time. There are plenty of other much more updated solutions. Numerous online petitions campaign against this policy. Today, on World Animal Day everyone can take a stand.
And another thing is really important for animals today. A new EU law should pave the way for even more experiments with animals. Only citizens’ direct action can stop this: www.stopvivisection.eu/de Sign here to add your name to the petition! We need one million signatures. You still have time to sign the petition until 31 October 2013.
Report dated 28 September 2013
Glimpse of our keeping a unique trio:
Dog, Cat and Bambi
It might be a poor street dog or an abandoned animal – which animal it is at Gut Aiderbichl our care is always exceptional. It’s obvious this doesn’t happen at the click of a finger. We think carefully about how we can help. Find out what happened this year to young deer Klausi, Alois and Benni and what’s in store for abandoned dogs and cats …
We Rely on Good Rescue Places
Friend of Aiderbichl Brigitte lives close to Gut Aiderbichl Carinthia. After highly experienced rescue organizations for young fawns and deer, like Birgit’s, make sure the fawns handed over to us can survive, they relocate to stay with Brigitte. Here they’re part of the family. Alois has long forgotten how painful it was when a sickle bar cut away part of his abdomen. And little Klausi’s chances of survival were as good as zero. Only thanks to the help of everyone who finds the fawns, the relief organization and a dream special care place like the one offered by Brigitte is it possible to give long-term support to young bambis in distress. After several months of dedicated care by Brigitte, the young deer relocate to the spacious sanctuary at Gut Aiderbichl’s wild game enclosure in Carinthia. That’s their home until the end of their natural lives.
Final stop for big game: 40,000 square metres of the Aiderbichl wild game enclosure
Read more about our care for Aiderbichl cats and dogs here:
Last Minute Rescue: Four Galloways
Khan, Via, Liv and Lia
It should be public knowledge that bovines are still being exported to third countries. The EU – in this case Germany – still sends bovines to other countries before they’re slaughtered without tranquillizers. This would have been the fate of 4 Galloway bovines. Their story is illuminating, tense and frustrating.
These Exports – No Real Ban
Bull Khan (his new name) was originally born in Scotland. That almost became his downfall. In German mass farming there are a few simple ways for German-born bovines to be sent for slaughter. That’s not the same for a bull born elsewhere – so the keeper explained to a farmer who’d taken an interest in Khan’s fate. Khan’s sale was allegedly postponed due to Ramadan – a clear sign where he would have ended up.
Waiting for death
500 bovines live at Khan’s farm. Trading is big business. Three cows that didn’t fall pregnant were with Khan and to be sent for export. Transport to a German abattoir wouldn’t have been worth it – not for three cows, according to their keeper. By rescuing these four bovines, we gained a direct insight into the modern practices of exporting bovines to third countries. We’re searching for more clues. When bovine exports to the Middle East practically no longer existed due to lack of funds, the general view back then was accepted that they’d stopped happening.
Departure to freedom and to Gut Aiderbichl. This moment almost became the start of an apocalypse for the rescuers.
Newcomers – under Aiderbichl protection
The four candidates for slaughter are now Aiderbichl animals! But our work continues. Thanks to their history and facts about them, which we’re constantly updating, we’ll soon be able to document new methods of the cruel animal transports to third countries.
Maurice Blissfully Happy, But Somehow Forgotten ...
Three years ago the charismatic tomcat was handed in to us at Henndorf. He now lives happily at our Gut Aiderbichl sanctuary in France. Benno’s new photo is evidence (above). His owners thought he couldn’t get along with his own kind, but we’ve found no signs of this. After all, at Gut Aiderbichl France he lives with more than 100 rescued cats and has long since proved things are different. We mentioned him again today so our cat lovers have a reminder of him! And maybe somebody would like to sponsor him?
Report dated 9 September 2013
Caesarean for Ludmilla
“Murderer Cow” Accused in Court
Joy and sorrow sometimes come close together. Yesterday, the labour pains started for our flood-rescue cat Ludmilla – she was found heavily covered in oil in Deggendorf. During the afternoon she gave birth to two small kittens, but the pains didn’t stop … After an X-ray it became clear that one baby was in a diagonal position – a life-threatening situation! Cow Verona’s former owner in court this week for manslaughter. Is Verona “guilty”?
We reported how we took in cow Verona almost two years ago at the request of the owner and many Aiderbichl members. Verona was the main suspect for the fatal injuries to a dog owner who had been walking near the pasture. Along with Verona we also accepted her young calf Victoria – born in the meadow around the time of the tragic accident – and only a few days old.
Verona and Victoria shortly after their arrival at Gut Aiderbichl
Nothing was ever proven, but insurance only pays the relatives of the deceased if there is a court decision against the former owner of the cow. Cow Verona lives at one of our many sanctuaries not open to visitors with many of her own kind – she couldn’t be more peace loving. She’s never shown aggression or an irascible temperament like Yvonne or Bärbelchen.
In the eyes of the bovine world she’s innocent if she was defending her young calf against a dog. This is instinct inbred in bovines for millions of years. The court proceedings are not over yet, and even if Verona is threatened with an expert appraisal – we’re treating this in a relaxed way. Of course our full sympathy goes out to the relatives of the lady who died. There are still no witnesses – but we think it isn’t possible for Verona to have attacked the deceased lady.