I was invited to be interviewed for the TV programme, Paws for Thought, on Face TV (Sky 83), and Trixie (one of our dogs) and I were on TV tonight :)
We talked about the setting up of the sanctuary, the roosters, and also the pigs. The main focus of the entire programme was to emphasise the intelligence and needs of pigs, who are treated so cruelly in factory farms in New Zealand.
Here is a link to the programme
June was a very busy month, with the arrival of Monkey and Ralph, the kune kune piglets, taking care of the new donkeys, being interviewed for a local rural lifestyles paper and dealing with lots of rain and mud!
Monkey, the blind piglet, is doing very well and he and Ralph have become great friends. They have a lovely warm, dry house, and when it isn't raining they get to spend time in the big paddock.
When the new donkeys arrived we drenched them because they looked like they were suffering from internal and external mites, worms, etc. Unfortunately they passed some of it on to Prune who lost hair around her muzzle, eyes and ears. After a visit from the vet, all three donkeys were drenched again and we are starting to see an improvement.
We were contacted by a reporter for a local rural lifestyle paper called Valley Voice and we were happy to tell our story. These are some of the photos that may be used for the article which is due out very soon.
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Grant Ainsley, the father of our latest volunteer Emily, from Edmonton, Alberta, in Canada, has very generously offered to sponsor Ralph for the next ten months! The sponsorship is in memory of Grant's aunt, Edith Gordon, who passed away recently.
Thank you very much for your generosity.
Our equine dentist, Rebecca Bush of www.equinedental.co.nz came to check our new donkeys yesterday, and she was amazed that they were able to eat anything, given the shocking state of their teeth! She has done what she can for them, and I was able to reassure her that they do manage quite well eating grass, hay and mashed gumnuts, and they even manage to eat apples when they get the chance! Rebecca very kindly made a donation of her services, which was greatly appreciated.
One of our sponsors, Karina Jex, brought her partner, Adam, to meet Peggy and Sue, the two pigs that she sponsors. They also met Celeste and Harmony, the two sheep that Karina has also offered to sponsor. It is always a pleasure to welcome our sponsors here, and to witness their joy in spending time with the animals.
We realised after a day together that Timothy really didn't want to be in the smaller enclosure with Monkey, so we decided to find Monkey a smaller, younger companion. And here he is - Ralph - a 9-week-old kunekune piglet who was hand reared from 3 days old. He appears to have mange or something similar so he will have to endure a few medicated baths and a drench and hopefully his skin condition will clear up.
Monkey's foster mother Shanez gave Ralph the seal of approval and the two boys bonded very quickly - it looks like they will be inseparable friends! Here is the link to a video clip of Monkey and Ralph's meeting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwDXhSU0a6U&feature=youtu.be&safe=active As you can see, food took priority :)
We are very happy - Monkey, the blind kunekune piglet, moved in today!!! We have set up a house for him in the sheep yards and Timothy is going to keep him company. Monkey won't be able to graze in a paddock until he is quite a bit bigger, so we will have to provide all of his food (and also for Timothy), so we are asking for sponsors for Monkey. If you haven't already sponsored an animal here, please think about helping us out with this beautiful little boy. If we could get six people sponsoring $10 a month each, that would be a huge help towards paying for Monkey's feed and care. And for NZers, you can claim back a third of your donation. Please let us know if you are able to help. Thanks
We were thrilled to meet Monkey, the blind kunekune piglet, today! He seemed to enjoy having a wander in the paddock and meeting some of the other animals, especially Timothy, the first pig he has met since leaving his mother at just a few days old. His foster mother rescued him when his real mother rejected him and there wasn't much hope that he would survive. Monkey has been living in a small townhouse in Auckland and now that he is getting older, he needs a bigger home. We hope he decides to come and live here!
Napoleon and Winston and their friends needed a new house. Their old one was too small and falling apart - manageable over the summer but not suitable for the colder and wetter winter nights. So, Malcolm decided to build them a new house! It's very flash - more spacious, with two perches and a dry floor.
Last night they had the choice of their old house and the new one and when we went and checked on them after dark .... they were all in the old house! It looked like they would need some persuading to move.
Today Malcolm demolished the old house and moved the new house onto its site and when I went to check on the boys at sunset, none of them were in the new house! Three had settled on the roof of it, one on top of the fence, two on a branch and two still wandering around. I put three of them in the house, two followed, and then after dark I went back out there and found the remaining two and put them to bed. What a drama!