Together we can change the world…

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And together with our Five Dollar Friday community, we have well and truly changed the world for one exceptionally brave and fortunate goat, who we have aptly named Together. Having arrived into our care some months ago after experiencing an horrific dog attack, it has been a long road to recovery for Together. Daily management has seen us able to gradually heal many of Together’s injuries, which included one ear having been completely torn off, another partially removed, a fracture to the delicate bone surrounding her eye and multiple bite wounds, one of which came frighteningly close to claiming her vision. Yet there is one thing veterinary care, wound management and medications cannot treat and that is the healing of Together’s spirit. Continue reading

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These boots were made for walking…

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Or in Saturday’s case, they were made for wheelin’ and what a fine job they do! This week, our unending thanks go out to our Five Dollar Friday community for keeping Saturday rolling around the farm in comfort and style. You may know Saturday, the beloved sheep who came into our care some years back suffering congenital spasticity, which sees her unable to use her hind legs. However, these days, that doesn’t slow Saturday down one bit and a specially made cart sees this resilient girl exploring far and wide around the sanctuary each day. Making sure no stone is left unturned when it comes to keeping Saturday mobile and well, a special boot is fitted to her hind hoof each day to reduce the chances of damage if it were to drag along the ground.

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Never, ever, stop trying…

Over the three years Fanta has been with us here at Edgar’s Mission, the one thing she has taught us time and time again is to never, ever, stop trying!

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Today we are brave….

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Today we are brave because a little hen we came to know and love is no more.  Despite her courage and bravery to fight on, multiple tumours that had wickedly coursed through her intestines and liver commanded us to say no more.  But we will be brave because we know all too well that the condition she endured was not hers alone, but one that repeatedly claims the lives of so many hens purposely bred for exponential egg production – a predisposed malady our society must be made aware of.  And so as we ask ourselves how now can we go on, we can because a little hen was brave too. How Now, you will be forever in our hearts, and never, ever forgotten.

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The Sky is Falling!

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Or so it seemed to Chicken Little, the barnyard crier in beloved children’s tale of the same name. Unaware of the fact it was indeed an acorn that had landed atop his head and not, as he perceived it, a piece of the sky, Chicken Little’s view of events went on to cause mass hysteria and the ending  to this story (as well as the moral) varies, depending on the source.

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Billy Neigh Cyrus is a little hoarse… 

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Why? Well he’s been busy celebrating all horses’ birthday here at Edgar’s Mission. As a means of standardising the age of a horse, August 1st was determined as a common birthdate for equines born in the Southern Hemisphere. This date was chosen because it coincides with the natural breeding season of the horse. Horses generally live for around 30 years, although the hardier, smaller pony breeds can look forward to a life span of 35 years.
So, as Billy Neigh celebrates ‘til his Achy Breaky Heart is content, we wish a very happy birthday to all horses from Team Edgar!
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Fanta – 3 years on

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so she goes on flying anyway.”

We dubbed her journey, The Flight of the Bumblebee because with the multitude of obstacles before her, dear little Fanta lamb was never meant to thrive. Found in the middle of the harsh Victorian winter, in a paddock with the body of her mother and her ovine companions strewn as far as the eye could see, punctuated by the words of the farmer, “She’s not going to make it,” the odds stacked against Fanta were dire indeed. This was even before taking into account the condition which saw the dear lamb unable to balance, stand or coordinate her limbs. But noone told Fanta this. Armed with our industriously designed shopping bag sling, the words of Mary Kay Ash in mind, an army of kindness and the determination and bravery of the little lamb named Fanta who we all came to know and love, the rest, as they say, is history. Continue reading

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We’re half way there!

On the 10th of February 2018 we launched Five Dollar Friday – because we know that small change can make big differences. Our goal – to have 1000 generous supporters join our Five Dollar Friday community by pledging to skip a Friday latte, and help animals like Lemonade instead.

As you know we here at Edgar’s Mission we go the hard yards to help our rescued residents, but it does come at a cost: $249,728 to be exact. That’s what our veterinary expenses for 2017 were alone.  However now powered by kindness and our wonderful Five Dollar Friday community we are so excited to announce we have just passed the halfway mark! Over 500 people have signed up to Five Dollar Friday with the funds raised going towards our veterinary care of Lemonade and his cool kicks and all of his buddies. And what a year it’s been already – from sheep dentals, to shockwave therapy, prosthetics to emergency surgeries, specialist hoof trimming to CT scans – and that’s all because of you. Georgie Girl, How Know, Saturday, Bendigo, Jewell, Tilly and Hip Hop are just some of the animals who have benefited from your kindness. From them, and us, thank you!

If you too want to be part of something big, please consider joining our Five Dollar Friday community today.

 

 

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Baby it’s cold out there!!!  

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With the temperature currently hovering around 5 degrees celsius here at the sanctuary, it sure is chilly indeed! But fear not for our animal residents as our wonderful Five Dollar Friday community have ensured they are warm in their cosy winter jackets. And it’s not just little lambs like Ray Ray benefitting from the warmth an extra layer or two can provide.

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There’s cheeky Monty pony looking rather dapper in his new winter coat and old Bucks Fizz, our gentleman Boer goat who benefits from his psychedelic special ‘goat coat’. Also sporting a peace love and harmony vibe is dear old Catwoman, who came to us after a promise was made many years ago that hers would be a life worth living. Catwoman receives daily laser therapy and joint support supplements to assist her aging body, along with a coat that never fails to bring smiles to the faces of all who spy her.

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We cannot thank our kind-hearted Five Dollar Friday community enough for their generosity that enables this arm of our work. If you too would like to bring warmth to our animal residents, please consider making a $5 donation each Friday and join our Five Dollar Friday community.

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Look again its Smokin’ and Jo

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Causing us to do a double take recently was the arrival of two orphan kid goats. Whilst their circumstance of rescue (found poorly directing traffic on a busy country freeway) caused our hearts to skip a beat, it was their similarity to our funky little kid goat duo, Cheech and Chong, that caused us to believe that everyone really does have a real-life double.

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Dental Day!

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It’s smiles all round for our elderly horse trio after they received dental treatments yesterday, thanks to our Five Dollar Friday Community. With our local equine vet examining, cleaning and filing away, our minds are at ease knowing Brian, Dianne and Beryl are receiving the very best treatment and the preventative care they deserve throughout their golden years.

Our Five Dollar Friday Community is a kindness army of compassionate supporters who, for the price of a soy latte each week, enable this arm of our work. If you too would like to be a part of the team keeping our animal residents smiling, please check out www.fivedollarfriday.com.au today.

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And then there was Ray Ray….

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This photo means so much to me for so many reasons.  Let me explain. It was a day I had planned to be a quiet day (that in itself a rare thing indeed), spent inside catching up on tasks, reading a bit and maybe, just maybe, watching a movie.  Alas, I hadn’t read the tea leaves very well for it was anything but.  Due to some unexpected circumstances, the warmth of my bed and Jessica Kitten cuddles were replaced by the chills, biting wind and rain that are typical to a midwinter’s day here in Lancefield. Wrapped up in my woes, my day just kept heading south. Along with the temperature, I must add.  None of this was helped when I misjudged the protection my gumboot could offer versus the depth of a puddle by a millimetre as cold, muddy water soon enveloped my sock and inched its murky way between my frozen toes.  Adding yet another degree of delight to my day was my runny nose that saw me devoid of a tissue, although it probably would not have mattered that much as my tingling hands were frozen into the most useless of positions.  “Chocolate, I need chocolate,” my soul cried, as I limped my way back to the house to oblige, granting myself the smallest of mercies.  And then there was Ray Ray. And it all just melted away.

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They go together… Like Broccolini, Tahini, Bambini and Bikini

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Well, at first it may have sounded like the ingredients for a good recipe but this ‘ini’ quartet will never end up on anyone’s plate. Stepping tiny hooves into our nursery and our 2018 Lamb Clan are dear little Broccolini, Tahini, Bikini and tiny Bambini.

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Found by neighbours, suffering from dehydration and a bad case of entropian (where the eyelids turn in and lashes irritate the eye) was Bikini. With mum nowhere to be found and the owners not wanting the day-old lamb, the call to our sanctuary was made.

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Courageous by nature… and now, Courageous by name!

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Making good his escape from a grisly fate recently was a handsome Merino whether we have christened Captain Courageous. Whether he had escaped from the abattoir by which he was found or leapt from an abattoir-bound truck we may never know, however one thing we do know for certain is whatever made this dear boy flee a situation that was unlikely to end well for him indeed sealed his fate. Some may say it was instinct as, being a prey animal, a sheep’s defence is often to flee. However, those who know sheep as we do, as individuals with unique characters and an intense love of life, may call it something different. They may call it bravery. Or courage. And after meeting this dear boy we would have to wholeheartedly agree.

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Elvis Pigsley… We Can’t Help Falling in Love With You!

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There was no Return to Sender note left alongside a wayward young pig who found himself on the doorstep of a kind-hearted Samaritan recently. Asking, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and bundling the dear boy up like a Teddy Bear, our porcine pal then made his way to a nearby animal shelter.

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This kind-hearted Samaritan could well be this little piggy’s Good Luck Charm because he was then bidding his neighbouring Hound Dogs goodbye as he was on his way to Edgar’s Mission and into our Lovin’ Arms.

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Marvellous Mildred!

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Benefitting from the kindness of our Five Dollar Friday community is Mildred, a brave ewe who found sanctuary at Edgar’s Mission a little over four years ago. Dear Mildred’s back still bears the scars of the Mickleham bushfire which saw her and her companion Mavis on the run, with nowhere to call home in a country town devastated by the inferno. Since her rescue, Mildred has lived a life filled with love, friendship and, of course, wheet bix treats in our sheep flock.

However, we recently detected an abrasion on Mildred’s nose, which did not respond to treatment. We had no history of this area of Mildred’s nose being scarred from her past experiences and when the skin took on an appearance that healthy tissue never should, a biopsy was performed by our wonderful vet, Sabine. We soon received the news we were fearing as the sample returned a positive result for squamous cell carcinoma.

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In A World of Darkness, Would You Be Brave Enough To Jump? 

Little Ray Ray, a lamb born without eyes, shows courage where few would. Despite having no sight, her vision remains firm; to explore the world and all of her magic.  And this is something we delight in seeing each day, as Ray Ray jumps for the sheer joy of it – with wanton abandon.

Removing darkness from the lives of farmed animals and replacing it with hope, love and kindness is something we do every day here at Edgar’s Mission. We couldn’t do this life-saving and life-changing work without people believing what we believe- that every animal deserves, at the very least, a little ray of sunshine. We ask if you can, please support our work today with a tax-deductible donation. And if you do, it won’t only be Ray Ray jumping for joy.

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Thank Goat it’s #FiveDollarFriday

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Reaping the benefits from our Five Dollar Friday Community’s kindness this week was our beloved Parker goat. Parker, a gentle giant Anglo Nubian cross has become a firm favourite among staff, volunteers and visitors alike with his cheeky personality, his unmistakable ears that often seem to have a life of their own and his perfectly executed, “Please Sir, can I have some more?” look whenever the rustle of a wheet bix box is in the vicinity of those aforementioned ears.

Over the years, Parker has been the recipient of multiple life-saving surgeries to correct issues within his urinary tract, which if left untreated or undetected, would likely have led to a most painful death. Regular checks and treatments are now part of Parker’s ongoing care regime to ensure his redirected urethra remains functioning and allows him to live a comfortable and pain-free life.

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Lessons in Friendship

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Every now and then we experience those moments of realisation that things, events and experiences have brought life around full circle. Often, these realisations come at a much later date, during times of reflection rather than at the actual moment they occur for those moments are often too painful, too demanding of our energies or too all-consuming to ever contemplate the bigger picture.

One such moment we experienced recently here at the sanctuary was the passing of our beloved Vincent van Goatee. Even the typing of his name brings tears to the eyes, still so real is the pain of losing him.

I have no doubt that each one of us has a desire to be remembered for something when our days on this earth come to an end. Were we brave and courageous, kind to a tee, intelligent, accomplished, rich and famous, did we achieve great things, right a wrong or all of the above? The list goes on. And if there is one defining quality that comes to mind when we reflect on the life of dear Vincent it was most certainly this: friendship.

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Guess Whose Mum’s Got A Whirlpool?

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Promoted as getting your clothes whiter than white, the hit media campaign of the 70s (yes, that’s the 1970s—some of us folk are that old!) by whitegoods manufacturer, Whirlpool, saw the catchphrase “Guess whose mum’s got a Whirlpool?” enter the Australian lexicon. With the essence of family, caring and responsibility at its heart, we could think of no more fitting name than “Whirlpool” for a whiter-than-white little lamb who tumbled into our world one recent evening. She was found only hours earlier by kind hearts, who quickly realised that had they not intervened, Whirlpool would have tumbled from this world. With two tiny teeth threatening to erupt from her baby gums, we could safely guess this hapless lamb was but two days young.

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We Don’t Give Up On Those We Love

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“We don’t give up on those we love. We fight like hell until there is nothing left to give. This is how we should love each other.” Kiana Azizian

To which we wish to add, “And then we dust ourselves off and fight some more.” This is what all gentle, emotional and intelligent beings like Hip Hop Bob deserve. It’s been another intense week of rehabilitation for our beloved Hip Hop, who underwent surgery to relieve pressure on her spinal cord and although progress, as can be expected, is still slow, Hip Hop is most certainly taking some steps (metaphorically speaking of course) to recovery.

Two hourly rehab sessions in which Hip Hop is carefully lifted whilst ‘scratch foot’ exercises are performed on each hind limb are beginning to bring back some movement to her legs. We can now feel her placing pressure on our hands as this exercise is performed and every now and again a twitch of the hoof or a lift of the leg of her own accord has us feeling this may just be one obstacle our beloved girl can overcome.

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A little Ray Ray of sunshine just came into our world …

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Driving almost halfway across the country to find a safe haven for a little lamb is not something everyone would do. But that is exactly what Alex did to save the life of little Ray Ray, a sweet little lamb who was born without eyes. This condition, known as microphthalmia, afflicts lambs whose both parents carry this recessive gene. It is characterised by either very small or absent eyes; in Ray Ray’s case, her eyes are absent. But that does not stop her in her desire to experience the world and all of her magic. Showing courage where few would, Ray Ray loves nothing more than to jump with wanton abandon at any opportunity. Slowly too she is learning to gravitate to the sound of our clapping hands, and her “seeing eye buddy” is growing accustomed to wearing a bell.

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Sometimes getting lost is the best thing you can do …

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Who would have thought that getting lost could save a life? Well, that is just what happened recently when two kind hearts set off for a trek that was to last several hundred kilometres to deliver a little blind lamb to Edgar’s Mission. But with a GPS with a mind of its own (and don’t we all know and love those!), our heroes were directed down a road most certainly least travelled and right into the path of a little lost lamb.

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Together we can …

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Coming together to help the most vulnerable and least heard amongst us no doubt brings out the best within us, and that is just what happened in the rescue of Together. One can only imagine the terror that coursed through the veins of this gentle goat as the dog latched his teeth onto her face. Ripping one ear completely off and part of the other, it was the left side of her face that bore the most severe brunt of this trauma. But battered and bloodied, she had survived, as nothing had been able to extinguish her will to live. Thankfully in the days after her rescue, as her fear began to subside, so too did the swelling that had claimed her left eye, and it was only now that a sigh of relief could be let out, as it was revealed that her eye remained intact.

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Fettucine and Martini—the makings of a good life!

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Sounding more like a recipe for a good night out, Fettucine and Martini are the names of two of the most recent lamby arrivals to Edgar’s Mission. Each year we take in dozens and dozens of tiny lambs, often newborns as in the case of dear little Fettucine (and no, he couldn’t get any cuter if he tried) or ones whose mothers have passed away (sadly this was the case for the diminutive Martini, although she had struggled for over a week on her own)—and yet more have been found wandering aimlessly beside busy highways or outback country roads.

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Hope For Hip Hop Bob

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They say it takes a village to raise a child and it takes an entire community to save the precious life of an affable, clever, gorgeous and beloved pig.

If you have been following our recent updates, you will be all too aware that our dear Hip Hop Bob underwent surgery earlier this week to relieve the pressure being placed upon her spinal cord in an effort to restore sensation to her rear limbs.

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Good Friends And Great Adventures

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Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.

Very recently, our brave HowNow parted ways with her friends, and as we humans feel pain when relationships break down, dear How-Now was lonely and in desperate need of friendship. Nevertheless, spirited HowNow did not give up, with confidence showing her the way, she became acquainted with a friendly girl called Onesie. The dear girls sleep in the vet room within the vicinity of a warm heater. And as besties do, they chat for hours over dinner, until it’s deep into the night. And when they are not eating or chatting, they spend their days in the yard having a dust bath, as friends encourage each other to take great care of themselves, physically as well as mentally.

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Cal and Bonnet, somewhere between heartbreak and hope …

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With their herd slaughterhouse bound, Cal and Bonnet somehow found themselves on the right side of kindness and instead were Edgar’s Mission bound. That two young lives were spared shows a glimmer of hope in what is that blackest of hours for Boer goats. Introduced into Australia in 1980s from South Africa, the Boer goats have, through their selected genetics for fast growth, become renowned as “meat goats”. However, as we constantly find, regardless of the label we humans place on an animal, nothing can diminish their will to live.

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Hip Hip Hooray for Ray Ray

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It’s been a week since Ray Ray’s epic road trip to Edgar’s Mission and not a day goes by in which we aren’t blown away by this dear little lamb’s ability to thrive despite seemingly insurmountable odds. Born with no eyes, Ray Ray is a lamb many would discount as being able to live a full and rich life. But not kind-hearted Alex, who saw hope where others might see none and who left no stone unturned to secure Ray Ray’s future.

This week Ray Ray was back on the road, albeit this time for a far shorter trip to our trusted friends at Animal Eye Care, Malvern for a thorough ophthalmologist examination and expert opinion on her condition. You can imagine our delight when we received the news Ray Ray indeed has every chance of leading a full and happy life and is experiencing no current complications as a result of her condition. We now have a care plan in place and regular check-ups as Ray Ray grows will ensure we can identify any issues if they arise and provide prompt treatment.

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Ray Ray Jumping

Little Ray Ray – what she lacks in sight she more than makes for in courage and her vision that the world is something to be explored for all of her magic.

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