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

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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?

Miss Piggy & Kermit Longest Celebrity Romance

March 17, 2010 at 12:41 am | Posted in My Pig Collection, Pig News, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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According to ROFLRAZZI blog, Kermit and Miss Piggy are officially the longest lived celebrity couple. Not bad considering over half of marriages end in divorce in the U.S.

In other news, my best friend Scotty J, accomplished rock poster artist, just did a screen-printed poster for the Muppet Movie showing at renowned San Francisco movie house The Red Vic. The poster kicks ass. My first instinct was to buy the whole lot of posters and wallpaper my entire cottage with them, but instead, I’m going to do the mature thing and have one framed, then place it prominently on my living room wall.

Check it out; you can purchase your very own from Scotty J’s website, while they last. (He only printed 100, and each one is signed and numbered.)

Have you seen the wedding of Kermit and Miss Piggy? What a hoot:

Happy Thankspigging

November 26, 2009 at 7:18 am | Posted in My Pig Collection, Pig Gift Ideas, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It’s Thankspigging time, and I’m giving thanks for 4 things that made me smile this year. Oh, and I promise, no more puns.

1) I love Queen + I love the Muppets = I LOVE this video!          

2009 Fair Trade Calendar

2) This year I volunteered to help put together the first annual Fair Trade calendar. 100% of proceeds benefit the Fair Trade Federation and Fair Trade Resource Network, two great organizations working hard to promote Fair Trade and educate consumers about the importance of ethical shopping. Thousands of copies are now on sale nationwide.

The best part? Since I dedicated so much of my own time to this project, I felt justified in sneaking my favorite holiday in; National Pig Day March 1st. (It’s also my Mom’s birthday.)

3) Despite some pretty serious close calls this year, my dog Henry is alive at 15. Here he is resting comfortably on my homemade pig & cow quilt given to me by KCBS anchorwoman Rebecca Corral.

Henry rests comfortably on pig quilt.

4) I bought a certain someone his first piggy bank this year. Welcome to the world, Henry Shaw Gelbach!

Happy Thankspigging everyone!!!

Pig Gift Guide 2009

November 22, 2009 at 1:06 am | Posted in Pig Gift Ideas, Uncategorized | 9 Comments
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It’s holiday shopping season, in case you haven’t noticed. Below are some pig-themed gift suggestions to help you serve the needs of your swine loving pals.

In lieu of collecting these pig finds myself, I’m hoping that sharing them with you will help purge my need to actually own them.

Friends and family, please note: This is not my holiday wish list. Those who don’t know me, here’s the deal: Despite constantly reminding friends and loved ones that I am not actively seeking to add to my overly abundant pig collection, I receive numerous pig related gifts each holiday. I’m sure you fellow pig collectors can relate.

The caveat I’ve placed on receiving pig gifts is this: if it has a practical use (like the hand-blown glass pig vase my friend Laird hand delivered to me last week) or is a vintage find with lots of character, I’m willing to make exceptions:)

Side note: I realize that my caveat is rarely adhered to, as reflected in the glutinous assembly of pig tchotchkes in the creaks and crevices of my too-small cottage.

Check out these unique pig gifts, and if you find others, share them in the comments field. I’m sure my 5 blog readers will appreciate the recommendation:)

Pig earphones. Talk about practical! http://www.spoonsisters.com $12.95

Set of Mini Pig Notecards. Say what? http://www.etsy.com $3.25 for 5

Fair Trade crocheted pig. Designed and handmade by a Mom in Thailand. http://www.globalexchangestore.org $18.50

Fair Trade Piggy Bank. Pottery crafted by artisans in Chili. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com $16.00

Pig Pals Infant Outfit. Profits go to Pig Pals Sanctuary, a non-profit dedicated to the long term care of pigs. http://www.cafepress.com/pigpals $11.99

Organic cotton stuffed pig toy. Hand-sewn fabric scraps, filled with recycled fiber & eco-friendly dyed. http://www.kidbean.com $15.00

Veg Starter Kit. Encourage friends and family to Go Veg. http://www.farmusa.org FREE!

Flying Pig Art Sculptor. Made of recycled parts by artist Fred Conlon. http://www.snappyturtletrading.com $165.99

Vegetable-based Pig Soap. These “Trois Petite Cochons” come in a handmade gift box. http://www.uncommongoods.com Set of three $20.

The Humane Farming Association T-shirt. A great organization to support! www. hfa.org $12.00

 

Set of Mini Pig Notecards. Say what? http://www.etsy.com $3.25 for 5

My Green Eyed Pig

August 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Posted in My Pig Collection, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
In the morning with my Green Eyed Pig

In the morning with my Green Eyed Pig

Check out the newest addition to my pig collection. It’s a handmade crocheted pig I found on Etsy. It’s really well made and full of character. The maker? Marie Segares, Proprietress of The Underground Crafter. She’s been crocheting for 25 years!

Marie is a Craft Yarn Council of America Certified Crochet Instructor and Certified Crochet Teacher.  She specializes in teaching individual and small group crochet classes for beginner and intermediate students.  So if you’re in the New York City area and want to learn how to crochet, well, you know where to look!

In addition to teaching, Marie makes handmade items like my green eyed pig and sells them on Etsy. She also does special orders on commission.

I’m a huge fan of handmade items, and it’s always nice to find people making a living doing what they love. Go Marie! If you or anyone you know is a handmade entrepreneur, check out my other blog DoGoodBiz.com, a place for fans of socially responsible business to learn and get inspired.

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