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

A Gesture of Kindness Leads to Pig Sanctuary Discovery

July 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Posted in My Pig Collection, Pig Rescue Organizations | 2 Comments
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Ironwood Pig Sanctuary card

Yesterday my work pal Drea walked up to my desk and handed me an envelope.

No, there was no cash in it. (We work at a non-profit!)

It was a pig card that she bought at a shop in Phoenix, AZ called Blueberry Deluxe Boutique where she sells some of her handmade accessories.

The card inside read: “Hey Tex-I couldn’t resist thinking of you when I saw this :)”

Do I work with swell people or what?!

I love my new card. On the back is a cute little pig drawing with the words “Ironwood Pig Santuary” so of course, I had to investigate, and boy am I glad I did!

Thanks to Drea’s good deed, I discovered Ironwood Pig Sanctuary, a wonderful place located in Arizona that “provides shelter and care for unwanted and abused pot bellied pigs.”

Their website is great, filled with helpful information about pot bellied pigs,plus what the non-profit organization does, volunteering and visiting opportunities and a whole lot more. The only thing I didn’t see was a place to purchase their cute cards online. Oh well, perhaps in the future.

If you want to learn more about this pig sanctuary, check out their video below. My favorite part is when co-founder Mary lays down the important law: “There is no such thing as a teacup pig.” You said it Mary!

I may be crossing the country later this summer. Who knows, perhaps I’ll stop by Ironwood for a visit. Thanks Drea for your random act of kindness, and Ironwood Pig Sanctuary co-founders Ben and Mary for all you do!

If you’d like to support Ironwood Pig Sanctuary, good for you! Just click here you awesome person!

Piggy Bank Goes Wee Wee Wee, All the Way to Plane Crash

July 11, 2011 at 5:12 am | Posted in My Pig Collection, Pig Gift Ideas | 1 Comment
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Piggybank maker proudly showcasing his wares

Last weekend on the way to Sausalito for what turned out to be quite the adventure across the bay, I happened by a stand of piggy banks amongst the artisan street vendors across from the SF ferry building. After chatting with the bank maker, I bought one. Granted, it was my boyfriend Chris’s birthday, not mine, so buying myself a lil something did feel a bit…gauche, but the surprises I had in store for the birthday boy kept would-be pangs of guilt from emerging. And well, you know how it is. This little piggy bank really spoke to me:)

My new piggy bank

The bank was handmade by JONOVAN, sort of a grown-up version of paper mache, with thoughtfully placed funny pages decorating the outer shell of my new coin collector. And as a cute little touch, each JONOVAN bank comes with a (lucky?) penny in it.

If you want one of your own, simply email Don3Jon@aol.com or call 415-863-9384.

So what’s this you read about a plane crash? Well, after my spontaneous purchase, we hopped a ferry to Sausalito where a vintage 1908 tugboat awaited us. Part of the birthday surprise was that we would be bunking on a posh little tugboat overnight, after cruising Richardson Bay with captain David for a champagne sunset cruise.

Chris and I in front of the little tugboat that could

What I didn’t plan on was witnessing a small plane crash before our very eyes, or helping David and Chris pluck the plane pilot out of the cold bay as his airplane sunk, or having my photo of the plane end up on ABC. You can watch the whole story as told through pictures here.

What is the moral of this story? I have no idea. But I have a new piggy bank and my boyfriend got to feel like a hero on his birthday. All in all, a happy ending.

A Pig Stand-in Covers for Birthday Girl

June 11, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Posted in My Pig Collection, Pig Gift Ideas | Leave a comment
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Global Exchange staff with banana bread and pigs

I turned 41 a few Thursdays ago. I work for a human rights organization called Global Exchange on Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays so on my birthday, I was elsewhere. Well, in my absence, my co-workers celebrated my birthday, sans moi.

They huddled around homemade banana bread with a candle on it (and bourbon, my fave, in it!) and used a little pig they borrowed from my desk to stand in for me (plus a pig pitcher also grabbed from my desk.) A video of the occasion showed up on my Facebook page that very same day, with the description “Global Exchange sings Happy Birthday Tex, featuring a candle-blowing pig (or two) in the role of Tex Dworkin.”

The mastermind behind this thoughtful act was my good pal Bergen. I’ve worked (and drank) with him on and off for years. What a peach. The next Monday I came into work and saw the email he sent out that started this plan into motion:

OK, so I just learned Tex isn’t here on Thursdays, but it IS her birthday, and she IS maybe my favorite person I’ve ever worked on a really, really hard project with (we built the gx online store together when we were kids)… SO……

I made banana bread with Jim Beam sauce and am putting birthday candles on it and am going to blow them out myself in the front of the office while drinking too much coffee. I have no idea if it tastes any good, but come’n’get it!
Love you Tex!
– in your absence, Bergen

I’m sharing this with you because it was such a thoughtful act, I felt I needed to tell someone. Thoughtful acts can really make someone’s day. On May 19th, my co-workers made mine. Thanks GXers, you’re all a bunch of peaches. Juicy, sweet peaches.

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