NEWS - June / July 2015
Hero the Lamb
This little blind chap has put on so much weight he's getting too heavy to carry in and out of the barn. When we take him and his companion Derpy out into the garden to play and graze during the day Derpy gallops on ahead, but as Hero can't see her we're training him to go in a small dog harness so that we can lead him. He's very quick to learn, nothing much seems to phase him, like all our sheep he just gets on with life without fussing and seems happy to walk along shoulder to shoulder with The Small Dog.
Too hot for long wool!
Following the first few days of warm weather the three Lincoln Longwool sheep, JUNO,VESTA and LUCKY were beginning to look uncomfortable. Their thick heavy fleeces were making it difficult for them to maintain a comfortable temperature even when they found a sheltered and shady spot to lie beneath. Sheep, particularly those with dark fleeces have been known to die in hot weather if they're not sheared. Relief arrived for the three in the form of Lee, a neighbour, who came in the cool of the evening and relieved them of their woolly burden. They skipped back out into their paddock like frisky lambs, weighing several kilos lighter.
Colin the boar
COLIN, our handsome friendly boar has been enjoying playing with his tyre and his ball, but most of all he looks forward to lying half submerged in his wallow, looking like a very hairy hippopotamus. If he's given the chance Colin will remove the hosepipe which is filling up his water container and drag it into his wallow to give himself a shower. We're hoping soon that he might be joined by GLORIA, our recently arrived rescued Gloucester Old Spot Sow. Whether he'll allow Gloria to share his mud bath we'll have to find out, but as they're both amiable, good natured animals we have high hopes.
GLORIA arrived a few weeks ago.
She was a Smallholders sow and was used for breeding. Gloria hadn't been producing enough piglets in her litters, and although still relatively young was seen as "non productive", and therefore not worth her keep. Fortunately people living in cottages close to here Gloria was kept had grown attached to this friendly, talkative sow, and heard that she was destined for the slaughterhouse. One of Gloria's admirers was Vegan. Gloria's owner agreed to sell her to go to a good home and not send her to the slaughterhouse. A case of a smallholder going soft perhaps?
WE COULDN'T LET things pass without some sort of Celebration, so an afternoon was arranged here at the Sanctuary for everyone involved with the farm purchase to meet and get to know each other. Joanna arrived early bearing gifts, she helped and gave advice on hanging a new picture, and helped Josie to prepare lunch. Our benefactors arrived bearing gifts of Rich Tea biscuits for the sheep, friends Ann, David and Carol and Trustees Janet and John arrived bearing big smiles on their faces, all of us still in awe at our good fortune. Tilly the Basset joined in, enthusiastically throwing herself upside down and grinning at everyone, The Small Dog remained incontinent, Ruby The Big Dog managed to cover most of us in slobber and Rocky the parrot bit Carol which resulted in poor Carol having to make an unscheduled trip to the Hospital. So it all went well. Joanna helped to feed lambs Hero and Derpy and we took the opportunity to make a short Video which can be seen here and also on our newly launched Crowdfunding appeal.
We have been amazingly lucky that the farm will now belong to people who have true compassion and commitment for all animals. It's now our job to keep funds coming in to keep these lovely animals in the manner to which they have become accustomed since finding us. We need to raise £2000 per week, we can do it with your help. Spread the word,use social media, tell your friends, visit our new Crowdfunding site, the animals now have a safe home, now we just need the funds.
Pay Roll Giving
We are constantly in need of donations to help with our running costs. Pay Roll Giving is a good way to set up a monthly donation. If you would please consider this take a look at www.payrollgiving.co.uk. Thank you.