Collection Pig Replaces Collection Plate This Thanksgiving

November 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Posted in My Pig Collection, Pig News, Pigs with Other Animals | Leave a comment
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Giant glass “Collection Pig”

Yes, Thanksgiving is a fine time to count your blessings, single out those you are thankful for, and stuff your face. But it can also be a prime time to help those less fortunate than  yourself.

So this year, as I play co-host to my very first Thanksgiving in our new home, I’m inviting a special guest to the table; a giant glass “Collection Pig” that my friend Danielle gave me many years ago. (I knew its purpose would eventually become clear to me!)

Between our afternoon feast and the post-Thanksgiving-meal party we have planned, our guests will have an opportunity to donate what they can to the Collection Pig.

All proceeds will go to two local organizations in NYC doing great work to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy;  Red Hook Initiative  and Reaching-Out Community Service.

Both organizations come highly recommended by my friend Ruby in Brooklyn who has been volunteering and raising $ on her own to help those impacted by Sandy. (You can read more about her efforts and how she raised thousands on her own from friends all over the world here.)

Here’s what Ruby had to say about these organizations:

Red Hook Initiative  and Reaching-Out Community Service are two organizations that I absolutely trust to do the right thing. They were already servicing the communities that were affected by Sandy so they know who needs what and are there for the duration!

So moving forward, here’s what I’m hoping will happen:

1. Our Collection Pig raises a decent amount of $ on Thanksgiving to help victims of Sandy;

2. That after reading this, you will choose a cause that speaks to you and do the same thing at your Thanksgiving feast. If you don’t have a giant glass pig, let your creative juices flow. It could be a collection ice-bucket, teapot, flower pot, etc.

3. That people reading this will share this idea with THEIR friends, because obviously, the more the merrier!

We may not be able to raise thousands like Ruby, but when lots of people give a little, great things can happen.

Thanksgiving in the US has long been associated with over-indulgence, but who says having a full stomach precludes you from having a full heart?

If you’d like to contribute to one of the organizations doing Sandy relief work, here are links to their online donation pages:

P.S. For Pig Lovers Eyes Only: (Since this is a Pig Lovers blog, I want to take a moment to address my fellow pig lovers): I love pigs in part because they are compassionate, smart, loyal creatures, like the piglet who instinctively dove in to save a stuck goat from drowning. That’s how pigs role. Let’s spring into action and help those who need us most. Happy Thanksgiving!

Canadians Share Their Love For Pigs

July 31, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Posted in Pig Gift Ideas, Pig Rescue Organizations, Pigs with Other Animals, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Ruby Ranch Pig Sanctuary namesake "Ruby" Photo Credit: http://www.rubyranch.ca

The other day I got an email from Sherry Burnett. She’s Canadian, eh. She and her husband run a pig santuary in Ontario, Canada called Ruby Ranch Pig Sanctuary. They named the ranch after their very first potbellied pig named, you guessed it, Ruby!

Sherry emailed me:

We love pigs here in Canada too. My husband and I run a small sanctuary with 19 resident pigs, 2 sheep, 2 bunnies, 3 dogs and 3 cats, all rescues. The pigs are definitely our favorites, and have been since we got our first potbellied pig, Ruby, about 8 years ago.

Oooh, I’d love to see some pics with all those animals milling about!

I went on their website to learn more about Ruby Ranch. Here’s how they started:

Ruby was our very first rescue. She was born at a pseudo-sanctuary (a sanctuary that breeds, and has too many animals to properly care for) and when we first set eyes on her, she and her brother were in a bird cage, in a dark and smelly barn. We asked if we could purchase her, and she was sold to us for $50. She was the inspiration for Ruby Ranch. Soon after she joined our family, we reached out to other pig parents, and rescuers. We realized there was a great need for a safe haven for these very misunderstood pets.

I guess the rest is history. Way to go Sherry!

Get Involved:

Visit http://rubyranch.ca to learn more about Ruby Ranch Pig Sanctuary. (You can sponsor a pig, which makes for a super cool gift for that special pig lover in your life, even if that pig lover is YOU!)

Contact Info: email Sherry@RubyRanch.ca

Woman Threatens to Shave Head to Save Pigs

May 25, 2010 at 6:32 am | Posted in Pig News, Pig Rescue Organizations, Pigs with Other Animals, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Pigs Peace Volunteer Donna with a pig friend

Forget bake sales and silent auctions, raffles and gala events. When it comes to non-profit fundraising, one animal activist has a different strategy; baldness.

Pig rescue organization volunteer Donna Gonder is offering to shave her head to raise funds for Pigs Peace Sanctuary, a non-profit safe haven for abandoned and abused pigs in Stanwood, WA. The rules are simple;

  • If Donna reaches her fundraising goal of $180,000, she will shave her entire head. First snip goes to whoever donates the most.
  • If Donna raises $20,000, an anonymous donor has agreed to match it with another $20k
  • If you donate $10,000+ Donna will let YOU shave her head. Pigs Peace reps assured me that if they receive more than one $10,000+ donation, they’ll happily seek out other heads to shave. (Um, not it.)

What would a pig rescue organization do with $180,000 dollars? I’ll get to that, but first, you may be wondering why there’s a need for a pig rescue organization. Because despite being blessed with the gift of common sense, many humans still believe there is such a thing as a full grown pig the size of a teacup. So they buy these “magic” pigs and abandon them once the reality of size sets in. Animal shelters won’t accept the unwanted pigs so voila..pig rescue organizations to the rescue!

Here are five quick facts about Pigs Peace Sanctuary:

  1. This organization really has its you-know-what together. Scratch that. That’s opinion, not fact.
  2. Pigs Peace Founder Judy

    Judy Woods (pictured left) founded Pigs Peace Sanctuary back in 1994, and they’ve been providing medicine, nutrition and care to its pigs ever since.

  3. You may find Judy’s son Nathan working at the Sanctuary; he comes across (in their documentary) as a compassionate vegetarian animal lover and a great son. Oh, AND he’s cute. What’s not to like?!
  4. Pigs Peace Sanctuary doesn’t just cater to pigs; they also cater to other abused animals including horses, dogs, llamas, cats and sheep.
  5. The sanctuary offers the public an opportunity to visit and learn about animals, farming, and the foods we eat. I’m glad someone is teaching our next generation about where their food comes from. (I met a 5 year old once who tried to convince me that there was in fact a fruit roll-up tree. Scary stuff.)

If this isn’t enough to impress you, then watch one of the Pigs Peace videos to see for yourself. There’s a 30 minute documentary and some shorter videos as well.

So about that $180,000. Pigs Peace Sanctuary will use the money to purchase more land for pigs to roam free, plus fund a new education center where people can learn about animals. Additional land would enable the sanctuary to hold fundraising events on site without disturbing the animals or wasting money on outside venue costs. As Donna explains, every single penny that comes in is used for the animals and educating the public on how wonderful these creatures really are.

If Pigs Peace Sanctuary had a dollar for every idiot who buys a cute tiny piglet thinking it would stay that way, perhaps they wouldn’t need creative fundraisers like Donna.

Animals are not the only ones who stand to gain if volunteer Donna reaches her fundraising goal. If she shaves her head, Donna plans to donate her hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

I don’t have a lot of blog readers (yet), so if you are in the minority and reading this, please consider donating as much as you can to help Pigs Peace Sanctuary buy land. Get to know them better by visiting their website. You’ll find profiles of the sanctuary pigs with photos and stories of how each one was found. Plus they do a great job of showcasing what it’s like to live (and visit) there.

Here’s how to donate if you know George Clooney:

Do you know George Clooney? He lost his beloved 18 year old pet pig Max back in 2006. (RIP Max.)  I assume George is loaded, and clearly he has good taste in pets, so I’m thinking he might be willing to donate to Pigs Peace Sanctuary in Max’s name (there’s a ‘donate in honor of a loved one‘ feature on the Pigs Peace website), so if you know George, do me a favor and pass this post on to him.

Here’s how to donate if you don’t know George Clooney or if you ARE George Clooney:

  1. Log onto http://pigspeace.org/main/donate.html
  2. Choose your donation amount and method (Check or Paypal)
  3. Write “head shaving” in the donation notes OR email atumnnn@gmail.com  a heads up (no pun intended) so they can keep track of all head shaving related donations

For questions or to help with this fundraising project, email pigheadedgirl@gmail.com or call (206) 289-0957.

Popular Blog Dogster Becomes Hogster?!

April 29, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Posted in Pig News, Pigs with Other Animals, Uncategorized | 9 Comments
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Photo credit: Funnyanimalsite.com

So there’s gullible and then there’s what I am. What’s beyond gullible? Stupid? I don’t usually engage in public displays of self deprecation. I leave that to professionals like Conen O’Brian who do it for laughs. But in this case, I’m calling myself out. Here’s why:

About a month ago a friend forwarded me a blog post announcing that the popular dog lovers blog Dogster was switching formats completely. Instead of covering content that’s “up-to-dog about everything canine” they decided to re-focus their attention from dogs to hogs. Here’s an excerpt:

Dogsters, sit down. I have an announcement that might surprise some of you. Dogster will soon undergo a major change. Because of the growing popularity of pigs, Dogster is shifting direction and becoming Hogster.

Growing popularity of pigs.” Made sense to me!

I pride myself on being both a dog AND hog lover. (Exhibit A: I named my new puppy Wilbur.)

Wilbur the Puppy

But between the two, pigs are the clear underdogs, er, underhogs. So I was delighted by Dogster’s announcement. It’s about time pigs got the attention they deserved, I thought.

I shared the news with friends and loved ones, completely convinced of its authenticity and credibility. Next I planned to do a blog post about this exciting change to share with my small but dedicated readership. After re-reading the post I made my way to the Comments section:

Ha ha! Good one! Happy April Fool’s Day, everybody!

Nice try guys – but WE were not fooled. Happy April Fools day to you too!

You almost had me!!!

Almost had me, nice try, happy what day? It finally dawned on me; I had been had. 30+ commenters managed to figure out that this was just a roust. But me? My mother has repeatedly assured me that I do in fact have a very high I.Q. At that moment, I begged to differ.

To my defense, I read the blog announcement after April Fool’s Day, and didn’t think to check the date. But I’ll be the first to admit, that’s no excuse. If life is a competition, then let me graciously accept my loss by congratulating writer Maria Goodavage who penned (er, keyed?) the original post Dogster Becoming Hogster.  Whoever you are, wherever you are, you got me. You win.

Moving on, I searched for the silver lining in this dark cloud, and here’s what I found:  I didn’t publish a post about this exciting announcement before coming to my senses.(Consider yourself spared:) And who knows, perhaps this is just life’s way of telling us that someone SHOULD launch a hog blog for pig fans to network, share and learn. I can see it now. Hogster, up-to-hog about everything porcine. Any takers?

What’s New With the Dachshund Nursing Piglet?

August 3, 2009 at 1:11 am | Posted in Pig News, Pigs with Other Animals | 4 Comments
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Mama dog nurses more than her pups

Mama dog nurses more than her pups

Remember internet superstars Pink and Tink, the infamous dachshund dog who nursed a piglet? Keep reading to get an update with a side of conspiracy.

If you are one of the few who hasn’t heard about this dynamic duo you can view the original story and pics here.

Since news broke back in early 08 and forwarded photos began flying around cyberspace, there have been some interesting developments in this piglet pooch saga.

For one, some doubters started questioning whether the photos were real! Come on people. Sure, Photoshop can do some amazing things. But I’m gonna go with….WHY? Why would anyone waste their time Photoshopping photos of a piglet nursing from a dog?

One such theorist who shall remain nameless (unless you click here) at least fessed up to his temporary bout of paranoia and contacted the owner. Good for him! He posted the owner’s reply along with new (also unaltered) photos.

There are some juicy updates about Pink and Tink in the owner’s reply. In it you’ll learn that Pink was born premature and lives on a 4 H farm, and will remain with his wiener dog family and not be adopted. Trust me, it’s a fun read!

Lastly, would you believe there’s a book about Pink and Tink called The Pink Puppy: A True Story of a Mother’s Lovebook If anyone’s read it, please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Question: What’s Cuter Than a Pig?

July 29, 2009 at 12:56 am | Posted in Pig News, Pigs with Other Animals | 4 Comments
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Proud unknown member of the PNBNP family.

Answer: A pig interacting with a member of another animal species.

There’s nothing quite like watching animals from different species interact, especially if one of the animals is a pig.

One particular niche of this pig/other animal segment I like to refer to as the “PNBNP,” which stands for Pigs Nursed By Non-Pig.

Some are internet superstars, some local heroes. Here are a few PNBNP’s:

Pink and Tink Snuggle Between Feedings

Pink and Tink Snuggle Between Feedings

More than likely you’ve heard of internet superstars Tink and Pink, the dachshund mom who nursed an ailing piglet. If not, you can see photos and story here. Pink was born premature and too weak to milk from its own mother.  Tink had milk to spare, with only one surviving puppy in her litter. So the owner put 2 and 2 together and the rest is internet history. You can read more about them in my What’s New with the Daschund Nursing Piglet blog post.

Tequila and a Six Pack

Tequila and a Six Pack

Next is celebrity PNBNP citing out of Weed County, Florida. Introducing Tequila and her adopted six pack of piglets; Snowball, Junior, Mud, Freckles, Spot and Wilbur, born July 22nd, 2009.

Check out Tequila and her adopted six pack:

Apparently it works both ways. In the Greek village of Vritta, a generous sow does the nursing after ‘adopting’ four puppies who were abandoned by their mom. Watch them here.

Similarly, back in 2008 a mama pig in Laos nursed one lucky doggy as you can see in this video:

(Side Note: I was actually in Laos in 2008, but was not lucky enough to spot such a miracle:)

So there you have it, just a few examples of this inter-species nursing phenomenon. Imagine how many go unreported each year. If you know of others feel free to share with us all in the Comments.

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