Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I never got off the acreage last week-end to get grocery's so i went
after work tonight. This would take valuable time and i thought
hopefully i will still have time to let Roscoe out for a run before it
gets dark and I have to feed everyone.
When i pulled in the driveway i heard the excited ooofs of a little pig out towards the big pigs and wondered who had got out. All the pigs are in there yards when i
am work during the day.
I looked over and saw a little black pig i have never met before and clearly all worked up from landing admits all these girly pigs that live here. About 4 months old i guess and for sure not neutered. I grabbed a bag of apples calling out to him to see if i could get his attention. He raced down pasture and around back and
into my yard with me quietly and slowly coming up behind him. Every body was excited here , all the pigs were up and all of them including the horses were watching me from there fence lines. I walked into the carport and got a sheet of plywood and walked up to where he was visiting Flower and placed the board now confining him. A few nails tacked into the posts to secure the plywood and into the house i go to
call for help. Then out to the barn i go with another piece of plywood too close up one of the horses stalls as this is where this little tiger has got to spend the night. Paula and Jim got here to help and put a crate together and we talked about our strategy and we spent more time on putting the darn crate together then we did on catching him.
He is all black except for his nose which by the way has the most perfect pink heart on it i have ever seen. Its 8:30 i have to put grocery's away , feed the dog child and make something to eat. Our little nose is deep in a bed of straw after eating his dinner and must be exhausted from his big adventure .
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
As you know by now pigs live for food and that is the quickest way to a pig’s heart. It is up to you as there prime caregiver to understand the degree of their intelligence and the metabolism of your pig to keep that heart happy and healthy.
The life you set for him or her if you don’t moderate what your feeding them could cause severe medical problems stemming from excess body fat such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure , and arthritis to name a few.
Who wants to lie around too heavy and be miserable and depressed because it is too hard to get around from being over fed? You have seen over weight people on TV who are trapped in there homes from the inability to emotionally regulate what they eat. This is not the case with pigs as your the one who is feeding them so you’re the one who has the control of what is going into there mouths. It is your responsibility as there caregiver to make the correct choices for them. Sure you can over feed a pig and sure you can misunderstand there reluctance to get up or be cranky when asked to go out. As long as you push the feed bowl under his snout why would he have to get up? And this highly intelligent species will work that “feed me” here button with you if you don’t understand pigs and enable this type of behavior.
Can your pig see? Excess body fat will turn into fat folds above his eyes shutting off the air and his sight out. A painful transition to blindness as his eyeballs infect under the skin and deteriate. As in all species it is up to us to determine the fine balance for them so that they are healthy and active. I have never met a pig unless medically compromised who will not spring to his or her feet with snout in the air and a waggy tail at visitors here who may come bearing treats. No matter what condition they come in, they are eager to meet new friends. In more cases seen today an over fed pig will be reluctant to get up, is cranky and is now medically compromised from being over fed.
An over fed pig will eventually not want to get up, not want interaction from any one new near him or her and is reluctant to get up for any reason unless to relieve themselves. There only active sense left is scent and if you’re not the feed wagon then its get away from me. They fall into depression because sight is poor and there inability to move freely may now hurt little legs because (possible arthritis now) they are carrying far too much weight. The heavier they are the smaller there world becomes and they will simply lie down and wait to die day after day as there existence is nothing more but being fed.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
November 1st Fund Raiser!!!!!!!
Hearts On Noses is a registered, not-for-profit society in Maple Ridge that rescues, rehabilitates and cares for unwanted, injured, orphaned, abused, neglected and abandoned mini pigs.
Currently there are 27 Vietnamese Pot Bellied pigs , farm pigs and horses residing at HONS.
We’d love and appreciate your support!
DATE: Sat. Nov. 1 2008
WHERE: The Golden Spike Pub
3224 St. John’s, Port Moody
TIME: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
PRICE: $15.00 per ticket
MENU OPTIONS: A choice of 1 of the following 3 veggie plates:
1. Veggie burger with fries or tossed green salad
2. Veggie stir fry
3. Veggie pasta in marinara sauce with garlic toast
For tickets contact Wendi @ 778-882-9247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Email Janice see my email under my profile secion ;o))
HEARTS ON NOSES
Pub Night Fundraiser and Celebration of World Vegan Day
Tons of Prizes , 50/50 draws
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
There are 15 different piggy yards here and when i am home all the gates are opened so pigs can be free to explore the acreage. When i am not they are safe behind fences , from roaming wildlife. The morning i want to share is one where I had just watched another pig go into Barneys yard. ( i don't call them pig pens) . I glanced over just in time to see Barney herd that pig out, and then Barney put his snout to the gate and flipped it closed.
I kind of giggled and out loud I asked Barney " so what are going to to do now Barney, stay in there all day?" Barney then responded to my question by going up to his gate and putting the tip of his nose under the bottom of it. Very slowly did he move back wards taking tiny steps at a slow and steady pace so his nose did not come off the bottom of the gate. When he got it so far he then flipped it with his snout and opened it and came out.
Closing the gate could of been a fluke, but his responding the way he did after my question by opening it was no way by chance. He heard me and comprehended what i said to him, and his actions then answered my question.
When you meet a pig , know this!!! They understand everything your saying to them.