The 8th of August marks Happiness Happens Day. If you’re not smiling already, let us bring joy to your jowls with some infectious happiness.
A day in the life of the pigs at Edgar’s Mission begins with rousing from a straw-filled barn slumber, stretching limbs atop dainty trotters and readying the snout for some hearty digging. After an early morning mud muzzle and short slouch alongside a best friend or two, it’s breakfast time, and not a moment too soon.
Humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy sharing a meal with friends, Albert Einswine, Delores De Pig and Captain Jack always leave those pesky manners at the door for such an occasion. These three have a close bond, which is no surprise considering before being rescued by Edgar’s Mission they all tried their trotters at life on the run and wound up in suburban pound lock-ups.
With eyes to melt the coldest of hearts, Leon Trotsky so graciously asks: “are you having that carrot?” If you haven’t been introduced to Leon before, you wouldn’t know that when he was a tiny piglet he sustained injuries to his delicate developing hind. Leon was brought to Edgar’s Mission for lifesaving veterinary care and spent his first few months recovering in a bespoke cart. Now Leon spends day after day foraging for mud-covered treasures on all four trotters.
Stealing away with her scrumptious catch, Thumbelina might seem small but is just as much pig as her 200-plus kilogram friends. The popularity of ‘mini’ pigs has triggered a surge of little piggies, often growing into bigger-than-expected piggies, being abandoned or surrendered into suburban pounds. Pigs do make lovely family pets, but they have unique welfare needs that must be considered before making the commitment. Thumbelina is happiest when she sleeps snout to snout with her best friend Leon.
Gentle, smart and with lashes to die for, Hip-Hop Bob is a pig ambassador for the Edgar’s Mission outreach program. She must have inherited her intellect from mother Eliza, who pregnant and along with buddy Emma, escaped their lives as confined breeders on a commercial farm and set about causing thousands in damage to neighbouring gardens. Hip Hop Bob is always on top of the world, but she’s just that bit more satisfied when her belly is full and she’s teaching people far and wide how great pigs really are.
With ears the envy of all he meets, Wilbur really is a handsome gent. As is the all too common verse in the ‘mini’ pig story, Wilbur wasn’t who was promised. When the budding boy started to grow at an unexpected rate he was surrendered to the local RSPCA and ended up in a couple of unsuitable homes before finally settling at Edgar’s Mission. Wilbur now enjoys days of pure happiness and is a constant source of joy for all who have the pleasure of meeting him.
Having polished off all the carrots in reach, Burpy devours his sunshine infused butternut. Happiness waved its luck-laden wand when he was just a wee piglet. Not one to let fame go to his head, he was a child star and walked the red carpet with Dakota Fanning for the Australian premier of Charlotte’s Web. Although Burpy’s happiness doesn’t come from reminiscing over time gone by, it comes from living in the moment.
Marley chomps her carroty spoils with a wholehearted happiness impossible to deny. Her happiness is the sweeter because her start to life was most certainly on the harder side. After escaping from a commercial farm she found herself in a series of situations equally unsuitable for piggy happiness. Especially heartbreaking is the scar on her snout, a visible reminder of a metal ring used to inhibit digging. Marley has now found happiness in regular belly rubs and living the rich life she rightly deserves, muddy snout and all.
Mary teaches Hip-Hop Bob a thing or two about trough manners: “Now my dear, there is no such thing as trough manners.” After a spate on the loose with her mother, Mary was found in a wildlife carer’s shed tucking into some stolen treats. With a smile fixed on her merry face, Mary uses her tremendous sense of smell to locate buried gems here, there and everywhere.
Licking his lips at the just the thought of tucking into that golden-hued smorgasbord, Tarzan is one very special pig. Or not really a pig at all.
Heave-ho, look out below! Tarzan and best buddy Cheesecake are primed for the incoming feast. Tarzan goat and Cheesecake pig, while an unlikely duo, became an inseparable pair when they met at an outer Melbourne pound. Their mutual admiration was instantly apparent and to this day they eat, play and sun together. Happiness happened when they found each other.
Happiness does happen, but not on its own. It’s undeniably connected to quality of life and freedom; from hunger, from pain and of movement. Most of the pigs, goats and other animals who call Edgar’s Mission home come from sadder places and have made the journey to rediscover their happiness. Now it comes naturally with simple pleasures, like mud and carrots. These carrots were generously donated, if you too would like to spread some happiness among these perfect piggies (not forgetting Tarzan) and support our work, please take a look at our website for instructions on how to get involved.