Why?

Why

Over the past 24 hours I have been consumed by a numbness, a numbness that has both protected and prevented me. Whilst is has protected me from a tsunami of pain, it has prevented me from writing this piece and only now in its subsiding can I type the words Frostie the Snowgoat has passed.

In the early hours of Monday morning the little champ told me he was not well as a rapidly expanding stomach screamed bloat. With Frostie’s attending vet alerted and the administering of medications and massage commenced, the race was on to get my little buddy to her care and expertise in time. But alas this was not to be. As the little guy made his last gasps of breath he looked into my tear filled eyes as I begged him to stay, I told him I loved him and would do so forever more. It was not until I knew his spirit had passed that I would scream ‘why’ at the top of my lungs and sob inconsolably into his warm, sweet smelling white fur. Continue reading


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Meet Sean Connery –shaken not stirred.

Sean

Veterinary staff enlist in their profession due to their love of animals, dedicating their lives to helping animals in need, restoring them to good health and ensuring good management strategies are adopted for the day to day care of all creatures great and small. Ending the lives of healthy animals is not something that comes easy for them, and neither it should. Yet this was the very real prospect they faced when a lovely young abandoned rooster, whom we have christened Sean Connery, came to their clinic. Knowing full well loving and safe homes for these hapless Casanovas are few and far between and uneasy in their thoughts they were of what would follow.

Perhaps it was his distinctive masculine voice that melted the heart of the vet nurse who made the call, or maybe it was the cute and distinctive ‘ear muffs’ of this beautiful lavender Araucana rooster that won her heart. Whatever it was Sean Connery is certainly lucky he got to live twice!

Stories such Sean Connery Rooster, we sadly hear all too often. They leave us disturbed as we beg the question – how can society not be stirred into action? If puppies or kittens were routinely being killed simply because of their gender there would rightly be outrage, yet everyday gentle, happy and healthy roosters like dear Sean Connery meet such a grisly fate.


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Think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Ruby

Think again! She may not yet be ‘old’ but our beloved Ruby dog has spent today filing reports, answering emails and sending off postal orders from our Online Store as our newest Office Assistant! Well, maybe not quite, but she has been keeping the human contingent of Edgar’s Mission company as they carried out all of the above everyday jobs here in the office. Why? Well, because today is Take Your Dog to Work Day, which has seen much loved pooches descend upon offices worldwide in a bid to celebrate all that is wonderfully canine. And while many four legged friends have today taken up residence in corporate boardrooms, please spare a thought for those less fortunate, who are without a home or a family to call their own. If you would like to make the world a better place for our canine companions, why not consider volunteering at a local animal shelter and if you are ever in a position to welcome a pooch into your home, please remember to adopt, don’t shop. From us here in the office, and of course from dear Ruby, Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day 2014!

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I feel better now!!

George Clooney

Feeling very much better now is our new friend George Clooney. You may recall George Clooney recently made his way to our sanctuary via a country Victorian pound.  Severely underweight and suffering a skin condition but the worst of his woes was a wickedly overgrown and neglected tusk that had curled back and had lodged into the side of his cheek!  This painful condition would have been several years coming and clearly visible to anyone who stood near the poor, albeit, friendly chap.  Once the tusk was removed, under sedation, it became clear that some 2 plus cm’s had punctured his cheek and logged in his jaw.  No wonder poor George was so underweight!

George Clooney

Tusks are a characteristic of sows (female pigs), boars (male pigs) and barrows (castrated male pigs), although the tusk of the females never reaching anywhere near the dizzy lengths of their male counterparts.  What allows for the continual growth of the male tusks is the non-closure of their root tip, although growth does tend to stop in very old boars.  Whilst we will never know exactly what lead dear George Clooney to be in the sorry state he was, one thing now of which we are sure is that there will be nothing boring ever more about his life as we whisper in his craggy hairy old ears, “we love you very much dear George Clooney”.

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Flip, Flop and Flap

Meet Flip, Flop and Flap!! Three very lucky little ducklings indeed! Dumped in a box unceremoniously outside a vet clinic they proved a surprise package for unsuspecting staff when they arrived for work. And thankful are we that their hungry quacks didn’t attract the attention of stray dogs , neighbouring cats or ever present foxes. Dumping animals is not only illegal but irresponsible and cruel, whilst it has been a happy outcome for this trio not all dumped animals are quite so lucky.

We thank the Green Cross Veterinary Clinic in Williamstown, the amazing Liz Dealy and the ever on hand to help Ruth Parramore for stepping in a seeing Flip, Flop and Flap on their way to their new home at Edgar’s Mission.


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Blossom

Blossom and Ash

Blossom (verb):
to change, grow, and develop fully, to come into one’s own.

And what a fitting name to be bestowed upon a once tiny, fragile and lonely week old orphan calf who has today grown into a healthy, confident and gentle young heifer before our eyes. Entering both our world and our collective hearts just over 15 months ago, today it is almost impossible to reconcile the image of our Blossom now with the little calf lost that she once was. But no matter how many days pass us by, it is Blossom’s heartbreaking and tragic story, along with the memory of her looking up at us on that first day with those enormous big brown eyes, innocently seeming to ask, “Where’s my mummy?” that will remain with us always. You see, at just days old, dear Blossom found herself in the wrong place at the right time – a dire situation that eventually proved to be her saving grace. Lying out in a paddock all on her own, as temperatures soared and dehydration set in, it was a Good Samaritan who stumbled upon the abandoned calf and decided to take action. Determined to not bear witness to the painfully slow death of an innocent creature, a call was made to the farmer. “You can have ‘er, she’s no use to me,” came the gruff reply. Bundling up the precious brown and white girl who still smelled of her mother’s milk, Blossom was Edgar’s Mission bound and the rest, as they say, is history!

Back to the present day and dear Blossom has most certainly come into her own; making the very most of her second chance at life. A special bond has formed between her and our dear bushfire survivor Ash, another ‘beef’ calf who had found himself alone and confused after his mother and the remainder of her herd had been trucked off. Whether it is their shared experiences that have drawn them together or the scientific fact that tells us cows do indeed from strong and meaningful relationships, we cannot be sure, but one thing is for certain on this Where Are They Now Wednesday – Blossom and Ash will never be alone, lost or forgotten ever again.


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“Just living is not enough, one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ― Hans Christian Andersen

Little Miss Sunshine Anniversary

And now, Little Miss Sunshine and her pals, Tina Turner, Little Bo Peep, Raggedy Anne, Rhonda Perchmore and Marilyn Monroe have all of this and more. Today we celebrate one whole year since we gently lifted each and every one of these girls, along with 1002 more of their battery hen sisters, from the cages that had imprisoned them for 18 long months as we whispered into their ears, “You are safe now.” Each day that they are with us gives us cause to celebrate, but today we celebrate just that little bit more as we say, “Happy Anniversary Little Miss Sunshine and friends!” We love you all so very much.


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And a little voice inside Paula’s head said, “Let’s get more chickens!!”

3 Chicks

Well, that’s actually not how, Amethyst, Emerald and Topaz came to be at Edgar’s Mission, but Paula is still as excited all the same. After mysteriously appearing inthe yard of a suburban household, all attempts to locate the previous family of these feathered wonders proved fruitless. Calls to the local animal control officers advised the kind homeowners that poultry fall outside of their jurisdiction and suggested a call to Edgar’s Mission should provide the feathered trio with a new place to roost! And so it has, welcome the beautifully bejewelled Amethyst, Emerald and Topaz!

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And, because three more chickens just isn’t enough, our newest little trio recently welcomed the beautiful and elegant Sapphire-Louise into their midst. Sapphire had been rescued from a fate less fortunate, however her carer soon came to realise that the dear little girl was spending far too much time on her own rather than integrating into her flock. Selflessly putting her emotions to one side Sapphire’s carer realised that a home with our bejewelled trio, one in which she could make friends and feel part of a family was the best option for her beloved hen. And so, this is how Sapphire-Louise came to call Edgar’s Mission home. And why the two names? Well, because just one name isn’t enough for a lady as elegant as she!

Welcome Amethyst, Emerald, Topaz and Sapphire-Louise to Edgar’s Mission. We will love you always.

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Miracle

Miracle – noun- a remarkable event or development that brings very welcome consequences

Miracle

Miracle came into the world in the early hours of this morning – a beautiful happy and healthy baby girl born to our Bridget Bardot. As the gentle ewe licked at her baby and tenderly guided her to a teat, we realised we had truly witnessed a miracle. Bridget not only survived the terrible fiery inferno that raged across Willowmavin earlier this year as part of the worst bushfire to hit Victoria since Black Saturday, but she was then to sustain a horrifically broken leg not long thereafter. Whilst a bullet could have claimed her life, as is often the prescription meted out to ‘farm’ animals with such an injury, a kind heart stepped in and threw Bridget her lifeline, making the call to Edgar’s Mission. Over the weeks as we have nursed Bridget’s broken leg, the farmer’s wife’s words rang in our ears, “She may be pregnant too.” And so, we have acted accordingly. At 1am this morning those words were confirmed and what else could we call this tiny bundle of joy but our own Little Miracle.

Miracle

Miracle – noun- a remarkable event or development that brings very welcome consequences, a tiny little lamb and a reason for hope! Continue reading


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Back to the Future

Back To The Future

Picture this, a courtroom somewhere in France in the early 16th century.  A sharpwitted lawyer struts across the floor, waving his hand nonchalantly in the air as he eloquently champions the defence of his client.  But his client, or rather clients are nowhere to be seen.  Yet due to his clever ‘wordsmithory’ and ingenious legal tactics, Bartholomé Chassenée was able to convince the learned judge his clients fears for their life were justifiably held and as such that they could not attend (the presence of neighbourhood cats proving far too threatening).  That those on trial in this instance were rats, was not particularly unusual, for at the time medieval courts were well known to put animals on trial for crimes.   What is on note is that it has taken several more centuries before we have revisited the idea of legal representation for animals. Continue reading


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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s Super Sheep!!!

Super Sheep

Meet Clark Kent, now he may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and his running prowess certainly doesn’t match that of a speeding bullet, but it could well be said that our new woolly friend does have amazing powers.  The greatest of which being his charm!  Clarke Kent, a white dorper wether (castrated male sheep) is just so Super friendly.  He, along with his ovine pals; Andrea (cheeky and inquisitive), Agnes (she’s the one with the very overshot jaw) and Arnold (he’s a black faced Suffolk) all found themselves hurtling through space looking for somewhere kind and welcoming to land.  Okay a bit of an exaggeration, but they were in an outer Melbourne pound looking for a kind and welcoming place to call home nonetheless.

Super Sheep

Sadly for animals, having the prefix ‘farm’ thrust upon them is their kryptonite. It strips them of legal protection from many acts of cruelty and causes them to fall under the kindness radar of many.  But should it be a job for Superman to ensure that all animals have a life worth living? We think not! All it takes is for each and every one of us to stop for just a moment and see these gentle creatures as a ‘someone’ not a ‘something’. And that we are sure is something with which Superman would agree!!

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Campaign Action of the Month

Buttercup

Well the mercury has dropped here on the southern side of the globe and, although it may well defy common logic, this means it is lambing season in Australia. While many of us stoke the fire, rug up and bunker down for a wet and wild winter, it is estimated that 15 million lambs die each year in Australia alone in the first 48 hours of birth, many due to hypothermia. This shocking statistic is equivalent to one third of all breeding ewes in Australia all losing a lamb every year. We cannot help but wonder just how accurate this estimate may be, given the sight of so many dead lambs in paddocks at this time of year, perhaps the real figure is far higher. This is something we are sure would not be accepted if a domestic pet such as a cat or a dog were involved. But as our affable ambassador Timmy, the loveable Raymond and the cheeky young Nellie show us every day, sheep are just as unique and individual as the animals with whom many of us share our homes and they are most certainly just as worthy of our love and kindness. And so, with this in mind, our Campaign Action of the Month comes to you on behalf of lambs, with three simple actions you can take to help make our world a kinder place for our wooly friends.

  1. Well the first one’s a cinch; leave lamb off of your plate! But this needn’t be difficult, why not whip up this hearty, cruelty free Shepherd’s Pie from http://thekindlife.com/blog/2013/03/vegan-shepard-pie/ and share it with a loved one. (Pssst, Borg’s puff pastry is also cruelty free if time is of the essence and you want to have this ready in a flash!)
  2. Leave that wool jumper on the shelf. With so many warm and fleecy fibres available these days, thick woollen jumpers and scarves aren’t your only option. With painful procedures such as mulesing, tail docking and castration still allowed without pain relief and with many sheep shorn not long before the cold of winter sets in, it can be difficult to know the real price of your warmth.
  3. Learn about the emotional world of sheep and their farmyard friends in Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson’s enlightening read, The Pig who Sang to the Moon. And when you’re done with it, why not lend it to a friend!


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That’s the way we all became the Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch

That’s the way we all became the Brady Bunch

Here’s the story of a lovely lady,

Who was bringing up three very lovely girls…

The Brady Bunch

Now not all of them had hair of gold, however the youngest one was in curls. Meet the Brady Bunch, the newest additions here at Edgar’s Mission. Now there is sweet and petite Carole, friendly Jan, innocent little Cindy and strong and stoic Alice. But what about Marcia you ask? Well, as Jan would put it, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia,” for this is one goat who thinks it is all about her! But a dear and loving girl is she. Of course, there is also handsome Greg, affable Peter and adorable Bobby.

The Brady Bunch

Now this friendly, happy-go-lucky goatee family may seem not to have a care in the world, however like their sitcom namesakes they too know of a past that is not all smiles. Having wound up in an outer suburb pound due to no longer being of use to their human carer, the future for this octet looked bleak at best. And when we met the affectionate and inquisitive bunch, our hearts broke knowing that they had clearly once experienced human kindness only to then have it taken away.

The Brady Bunch

However, everything is now coming up roses for the Brady Bunch here at Edgar’s Mission and they will be able to live together as a happy family for the remainder of their days. And what about Mike you ask? Well, there is not currently a Mike on the scene but who knows, perhaps one day in the future a Mike Brady goat may come on the scene and sweep our Carole off of her feet!

The Brady Bunch

But for now, that’s the way they all became the Brady Bunch! Continue reading


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Bucks Fizz – It’s Time for Making Your Mind up!!

Bucks Fizz

It’s moments like these that you can thank your lucky stars computers don’t come complete with ‘odorama’.  Sniffing the air, we quickly realise that the potent odour assaulting our nostrils was not in fact coming from any human in the office (phew), but rather remained from our last encounter with our new goatee friend, Bucks Fizz.  An entire male Boer goat, wise in years and an obvious Casanova of the ovine world, our Bucks Fizz does for perfume what Attila the Hun did for table manners!

For those unfamiliar with the ‘pepe le pew’ like scents of male goats, they are as strong and distinctive as they are, in two words, overpoweringly bad.  Once on your clothes or skin, the scent is decidedly difficult to remove.  The strong mucky odour for which entire male goats are famous comes from both the scent glands located near the base of their horns and their urine, which they will gladly spray upon themselves or any unsuspecting human who gets too close.  The smell tends to be at its peak (read, worst) during the mating season also known a ‘rut’, which sadly for our nostrils is right now – late summer through to winter. But in keeping with our strict ‘no breeding’ policy here at Edgar’s Mission, dear Bucks Fizz has an important date with our vet.

Bucks Fizz

Despite this tumultuous time for Bucks, he remains a friendly and dignified chap, although somewhat aloof at times. However, given his checkered past, this is something for which he can certainly be forgiven.   It is through the stories of animals like Bucks Fizz, who have through no fault of their own become forgotten and abandoned, that we are caused to stop and reflect upon what direction we as a society are heading. Are we heading toward a future that is kind and that gives all creatures a chance, regardless of species, size or, indeed, smell? Or are we heading toward a future that is as bleak as it is unwelcoming for dear creatures like our Bucks? The path we choose is up to each and every one of us and is determined by the choices we make each and every day. Which path will you choose? For indeed, the time has come. It’s time for making your mind up.


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Meeting Dr Jane Goodall…

Jane Goodall

Celebrating her 80th year, leading humanitarian, conservationist and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr Jane Goodall has travelled to Australia for a series of talks.  Our very own Kyle Behrend, photographer, farm hand and EM Ambassador for Kindness recently had the chance to get up close and personal with Dr Jane, and even presented her with a copy of Edgar’s Mission’s very first book – The Gift of Kindness!!


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Meet Loveable Larry

Larry

Now Larry really is a loveable guy, handsome and sweet and now very protective of his new lady friends. But sadly life wasn’t always so peachy for Larry as it seems the love for him was not forthcoming from the neighbouring household in a tiny rural country town.  With a mediation hearing set down to determine Larry’s fate, his loving family knew the writing was on the wall and a new safe forever home was needed for Larry.

Larry

What is of great concern to us here at Edgar’s Mission is the fact that all too often we are hearing the words, “Can you take my rooster?”  With our ever-growing population of roosters and given the fact that ‘boys will be boys’ we simply cannot respond to every request.  So this is where you come in.  Please help! Now you do not have to take a rooster into your fold to help these handsome, sensitive and intelligent creatures.  All you need to do is think.  So many people say they care about animals and would never knowingly cause them harm, yet so many of the choices people make in life are not very kind to animals.  Chicken hatching programs in schools cause untold suffering, sometimes even death of the hapless chicks and poor educational outcomes result.  For every laying hen, nature dictates that a rooster too will be hatched. As they are unable to produce eggs, there is no happy ever after for them. Sadly millions upon millions are killed within the first day of life once their gender has been revealed.

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Joining the Dots in Box Hill

Kingswood

On Friday May 30th, perky Polly pig oinked her way into the hearts and minds of the year 8 students at Kingswood College in Box Hill.  Accompanied by her human companions from Edgar’s Mission, the trio rolled out their “Joining the Dots’ humane education program to the enthusiastic decision makers of tomorrow.  Encouraging the youth of today to develop their own sets of values by way of critical thinking along with exploring the values of compassion and justice, has become the cornerstone of this exciting and popular program.

Kingswood

“These kids were amazing, their keen attention and manners were not only a credit to their teachers but a testament to the valuable contribution they will make to our society,” said Pam Ahern, Founder and Director of Edgar’s Mission.  “I think it is essential that individuals are empowered not only with knowledge but also with the courage to make our world a better place for all. Learning that the world we live in is really the result of the choices we make is a great place to start.”

Kingswood

Through telling the stories of the many animal residents of much loved sanctuary, Edgar’s Mission, a grave picture is painted about how our animal protection laws have been guilty of playing favorites.  But a story of hope emerges that each and every one of us can have an enormous impact not only on animals, but upon the state of our environment, working conditions in foreign countries and our own health by choosing wisely and kindly.

For more information about ‘Joining the dots’ please contact Pam on 0408 397 301 or email [email protected]

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