Monday, November 1, 2010

Pigs Who Need US!!

What a brutal couple of weeks its been here with all this rain! We have moved 60 yards of gravel to create a solid base in some of the wetter areas and still have 20 yards left to go. And with this when you raise the ground in one area you create water problems in another, as the water travels to the next paddock. Drainage is needed big time and i pray we get our grant request from the Vancouver Foundation to help us with this.

The gravel is a sand mix which is giving some solid footing however it is also where i am feeding some of the pigs. My concern is the sand they will get on there noses , i don't want any obstructions caused by sand being swallowed. I have got to get the bark mulch down.

The SPCA contacted me regarding a neglect case. A little pig with out adequate shelter has been seen huddled up next to the house under eaves trying to get out of the weather. She dug her self a barrow trying to create a nest for herself and if she hadn't arrived here that hole would of been nothing more then a wallow by now. Suzy is here and is in an emotional mix of depression right now and is resting warm and comfortable for the first time in a long time. She is refusing food left in her bowl but the sprinkled do-nut was met with enthusiasm as was the hand fed sliced apples last night. One of her rear legs may require medical care as she is favoring it and cries from her house had me race outside but it is her trying to right herself from laying on her side. She needs a bigger shelter and one i can throw wall to wall carpet under her hay so her hooves have something to grab onto to make it easier to get up. I do this for the senior pigs too as hind ends weaken from old age.

Two more pigs need new homes and both here in the lower mainland. One little girl after being attacked by dogs was brought into be euthanized. But good people at the clinic nurses her back to health and her rescuer reaches out to me now to find her a good home. This Delta Piggy sporting her Princess garb at the clinic here.

Then there is Lenny who has gone from a house pig to a farm not far from here who simply needs more then his new family can give him. He gets up to potty, eats and then goes back to bed. He is a big boy that needs someone special too work him out of his depression and spend some time with him and show him a new world.

Well off to do a pumpkin run, wish me luck!!


Jean said...

Welcome, Suzy - can't say I blame you for preferring sprinkled donuts over piggy food! Settle in, eat well, you are safe now.

Janice, that Delta Princess is just too funny - what a great picture. I sure hope she finds a great home.

How sad that there are so many pigs in need, so many people who get drawn into buying piglets from breeders who advertise untruths, and then the pigs get abandoned as they grow older, bigger, more mischievous.

I wish I'd kept the name of that pumpkin farmer in Yarrow who delivered a whole truck load to me after Halloween a couple of years ago. Good luck on the pumpkin search! Maybe try that pumpkin farm at the corner of Stave Lake Rd and Ferndale?? They were good people and are animal lovers.

Lorrie Smith said...

Oh you realize how bad I want to come get Lenny and Piggy?!? The thought of her being considered nothing more than a gag gift absolutely breaks my heart. Has Lenny been checked by a vet? His squishy face is so adorable. Good friend for MacGyver??? Maybe it's good that you live so far away! :o)

Good Luck with the drainage problems.

Colleen said...

Reading/knowing about homeless pigs makes me so....pissed off.

I see ads in online papers for people wanting them and people wanting to dump them. A vicious circle. As with all animals. The human race is, for the most part, foul.

Welcome Suzy! You are safe and loved and acknowledged. rock!