Daisy came to us from a concerned family. They received her as a baby when she was nice and little and told that she was a mini pot belly pig. As she grew older and bigger, they became concerned that they may have gotten in over their heads. When they fell on hard financial times, things just went downhill from there. After 4 years of being a beloved indoor pet pig they decided it was time to seek other options. Even though this was not an easy decision, and Daisy was very adored by her owners, they knew in the end it was what was best for her. When we met Daisy she was severely overweight and had a difficult time walking. To their surprise, Daisy is in fact a mini pot belly pig. This is such a common mistake. The word "mini" makes people think that they are going to remain small. However, these pigs are "mini" in relation to their pig cousins the farm hogs. We transported Daisy to our farm and started her on a diet with proper nutrition and allowed her to live outside to encourage movement and exercise.
With an overdue nail trim and exposure to a new environment, Daisy started to make HUGE improvements! She discovered her love of water and fresh grass, along with an insatiable love of acorns!
After just a few months, her physical transformation was astounding. She dropped weight and started a daily routine of taking morning walks around the farm. It was such a pleasure to watch her interact with all the other animals on the farm and actually enjoy being a pig. Even though she came from a very loving family, this is all too often what happens. We have the best intentions and unfortunately get in over our heads. The animals prevail when we recognize the need for help and reach out for it.
Peggy has quite the story! Peggy is a very large 3 year old female pig, that was won at a local fair pig scramble. When the family brought her home, they realized quite quickly that this was not an ideal situation. Even though they had the best of intentions, this is yet another example of how a situation can go from good to bad in the blink of an eye. She was kept for 3 years in a very muddy area where she out grew her shelter and was not fed appropriately. She struggled thru 3 winters without a proper enclosure and not enough food energy to stay warm. She quickly became overweight due to poor nutrition and lack of mobility. When a local family came to visit Peggy's home for an unrelated matter, they were immediately concerned for Peggy's situation. This began a year long search for a new home for her. Unfortunately due to the nature of pigs on farms, her future was an undetermined one. What they wanted was a home that would take her in and show her that life didn't have to be one of struggle and survival. They wanted her to experience affection and joy, and warmth on those cold winter days. What they were being offered was an end of life solution. For this amazing family, that had no responsibility to her, that was not an option.
When I received a phone call from this wonderful concerned woman, I knew we had to help. I went to visit Peggy and saw the conditions she was accustomed to. It was a very bitter cold day with freezing rain coming down. Peggy lay outside under a door that had been propped up in a corner of her pen. It was not enough of an area to cover her entire body, so most of her was exposed to the freezing rain coming down. She was so overweight that lifting up just her front half was a struggle. We decided that we would take her in asap. The next problem was transportation. How do you move an almost 1000 lb pig that has almost no mobility. After a week of ideas being tried and failing, we were all getting discouraged. I was starting to think that the best option for Peg was in fact an end of life solution. We didn't want her to suffer and the trauma of what she was experiencing could put her body over the limits of what it could endure. However, the perseverance and unrelenting determination of one woman and her husband would not allow that to be the end that Peggy was destined for.
A horse trailer was set up with hay, food and water in the hopes that Peggy would be encouraged to find her way inside of it. After 3 days that is just what she did! Peg was immediately brought to the F.A.R.M. where we again set up the trailer in front of her new stall where we hoped she would find her way out. It took just a few hours for her to find her heat lamp set up in a nice and dry warm stall with fresh water and food. I can't even begin to describe the amount of relief that was felt by everyone involved. After a year of complete dedication and love for this pig, the Turner family made Peggy's life possible. How many people would go out of their way on a daily basis for a year to take care of a pig that wan't theirs? How many of us could say that giving up was never going to be an option?
I am so grateful for people like the Turner's that refuse to take anything less than what they know is possible.
Peggy is now happy and WARM on our farm. She has started to stand on all four legs and actually take a few steps! When spring comes we will open up her area and encourage her to make her way in this world. She has become such a bright light in our daily lives here on the farm and I am sure she will be a great addition to our educational experiences at camp.