It was an eau de parfum that will stay with us for all of ‘Eternity’ and it was one that we most definitely will never develop an ‘Obsession’ with. The news of our latest goatee arrival hit our nostrils far before we had even spied him but as our eyes watered even after this brief ‘Encounter’ his name came to us in a moment. It may be somewhat of a ‘Contradiction’ but it was love at first sight (or rather, smell) for us and our new friend Calvin Klein. Having found himself holed up in an outer Melbourne pound, his only ‘Escape’ route was one that saw him led into our Kindness Van and through our sanctuary’s farm gates. And yes, while the non-castrated Calvin Klein is currently a little on the nose to us, his male-goat cologne puts him at Adonis level in the goat world. In fact, scientists at the University of Tokyo have identified a single molecule in male goat pheromones which activates the neural pathway that regulates reproduction in female goats. And while perfume manufacturers would love to find the elusive pheromone that has the same ‘Euphoria’ generating effect in humans, the ‘Truth’ is that this discovery may still be some time off. In the meantime our friend Calvin Klein will be surgically castrated (with the use of anaesthetic and pain relief) and yes, his odour will diminish somewhat. However, he has already stamped firm his place in our hearts and there he will stay for our new buddy Calvin Klein is ‘One’ goat you just can’t help but love.
Footnote to this story – Whilst our new goatee pal’s slightly tongue-in-cheek name suits him to a tee, please be aware that not all perfumes and fragrances are cruelty free – even the most popular and expensive ones may be tested on animals or contain animal-derived ingredients. For a great list of cruelty free perfumes and other products, please check out choosecrueltyfree.org.au Continue reading
Over and over we are touched by the kindness of our supporters. Whether it be a surprise package of wheetbix for Treasure, a doggy pram for our recuperating ET or much needed veterinary supplies and many welcomed gifts in between, we give thanks to you all because we love your awesome kindness.
Good, better, best…
“Good, better, best. Never let it rest until my good is better and I’ve built the best pig barn possible”. This interesting take on this oft-quoted rhyme is now my mantra and with your help we can make it happen. Since Edgar Alan Pig trotted into my life in 2003 every single day has been committed to making the world a kinder place for both humans and our animal friends.
With the acquisition of this most picturesque property, which would not have been possible without the amazing, generous and loving support of kind hearts such as yours, my sights have now turned to creating Piggy Paradise. A place where our rescued pigs can romp until their hearts are content, complete with an amazing barn to house them in and protect them from the elements.
This grand design comes complete with stables for snoozing, storage areas for the sweet smelling hay and soft spongy straw and a special animal husbandry area for the safe completion of piggy pedicures and delicate dentals (all necessary to ensure the wellbeing of our porcine pals). We even plan on having a special coolroom for storage of vegetables and fruits to prevent spoilage and, at little Leon Trotsky’s insistence, a sensor activated piggy shower!
Leon and I are just so excited about the prospect of creating piggy paradise, the benefits of which are many – not only for our porcine pals but to inspire much-needed change in the way pigs are viewed in our world. And as a token of our appreciation of your support for this exciting project, we have some ‘wheely wheely’ cool perks lined up for you including a beautiful limited edition coffee table book (with a limited EARLY BIRD SPECIAL) which captures the beauty, sensitivity and splendour of our amazing pigs. We are sure this book, titled “Perfect Pigs” will one day become a much sought after collector’s item.
So trotters up, are you in? Leon and I sure hope so!
With hearts breaking over shocking images of ‘men turned in monsters’ as they tortured helpless animals as part of live baiting that has been occurring in the Australian greyhound racing industry and celebrated sportsman reviled as images surface of this famous cricketer ‘proudly’ standing over an innocent dead elephant they had shot in cold blood, we could be forgiven for thinking the world is a terrible place.
But every now and then, an act of pure selfless human kindness emerges to remind us of the goodness of the human heart. Yesterday saw one such occurrence. Taking the call from a most masculine voice, we learned of two tiny kid goats in absolute peril. Found only moments before by this kind heart were the victims of either a fox or bird of prey attack. Bloodied, bleeding and crying the little babies had been bundled up in a jumper and lovingly ferried from danger and no doubt imminent death.
For the hapless black buck, Midnight it was literally minutes before midnight that his first rescue came. Found traversing a horse agistment property in the company of a heavy metal chain, it was more than his pungent odor that was not welcomed. Coming to his aid was a local animal sanctuary and here the dear boy found kindness as he was befriended and began to learn that not all humans were bad. However, with a past as checkered as his, it was always going to take a lot of love, patience and the company of his own kind to win Midnight over. Alas all good things did come to an end with the sad closure of this sanctuary. Goats indeed present many challenges in rehoming, even more so for large untrusting boys whose cute and cuddly days have passed them by.
Yes, little Mister Truffles has many reasons to smile:
- He is at Edgar’s Mission
- He will never end up on anyone’s plate, and
- He is now as happy as a pig without a nose ring!
There can be no doubt that all farmed animals are cognizant, however anyone who has worked with pigs will be able to attest that these animals are particularly sensitive when it comes to the way they are treated. Pigs get particularly offended when harm comes their way and long hold onto the memories of bad experiences. The practice of nose ringing presents many welfare issues for pigs, such as the pain of the initial piercing of the sensitive cartilage (which over time will abate), as well as is the ongoing severe discomfort the ring will cause. And as Professor John Webster, Professor Emeritus at the University of Bristol and Former Head of the Bristol Vet School notes, a red flag is raised by the “denial of foraging behaviour,” that “is profoundly frustrating,” for the pig. Thus, nose ringing is essentially akin to preventing a pig from being a pig
Anyone who is considering sharing their heart, home and world with a porcine pal and is considering opting for a nose ring should take the undeniable suffering they cause seriously and weigh it up against any uprooting that could potentially be done to your paddocks. And if you do find yourself coming down on the side of nose ringing, please opt for a pet rock instead, Mister Truffles certainly thinks you should.
Penny Henny’s arrival at our sanctuary was one laced with sadness for her former carer. Having lost Penny Henny’s friend to tragic circumstances beyond their control, this dear Isa Brown’s human family were then faced with one of the hardest decisions those of us with animals in our lives can ever make. You see, chickens are inherently social animals and thrive with at least one or more companions of their own kind. In fact, we here at Edgar’s Mission often say that one of any animal is very lonely indeed and this is obviously a fact of which Penny’s family were aware. And so, these kind-hearted humans soon found themselves asking if a life in their home, albeit filled with as much love and care as a chicken could ever hope for, was the best option for Penny. Showing the incredible capacity of their hearts, Penny’s carers decided that a life at our sanctuary surrounded by dozens of henny friends was the best option for her, no matter how much it hurt to no longer have her in their lives. With a phone call made and an emotion-filled drop off complete, we witnessed firsthand just how loved this little girl was. And so, we have made it our personal mission to ensure that the difficult decision made by Penny’s family was not in vain and that she truly enjoys every moment, as we whisper in her ear each day, “Your family still loves you very much.”
To the kind lady who just approached me in the supermarket carpark of Aldi in Seymour and handed me $20.00 for the animals, here’s the spoils. Thank you so much for your kindness, I really appreciate it on this hot day. I hope the rest of your day it awesome, because you are!!
It should have been a routine visit to the dentist with a stop off on the way home for a much-needed washing machine. The saga to get a wretched washing machine is now taking on proportions bigger than Ben Hur as we are yet to manage to conquer the battle to even make it to a store. This time it was a call from a distressed member of the public about an unfortunate turkey who had recently been the victim of a dog attack that naturally took precedence over the washing machine. With the turkey safely taken onboard the Kindness Van, plans for the much-needed white goods were put on hold as lunch was shared with a very appreciative, albeit frightened turkey.
Have you ever noticed that the colour of a turkey’s head can change? The normal colour of this fleshy skin is anything from pale pink to bluish grey but should they become frightened, agitated, excited or sick, the color will change to bright red, white or blue. The fleshy flap of skin on top of the male turkey’s beak is known as a snood. He will use this to show his manhood; extending it to its full length when he is feeling very proud or seeking to impress the ladies or his latest love interest!
Blondie is an affable and sweet little two-toned blonde goat who recently found sanctuary at Edgar’s Mission. Now while her history is certainly nothing to sing about, it is something certainly worth knowing. On learning about Blondie’s plight of abandonment and then facing certain death at the local abattoir through no fault of her own and knowing we were her one last option, all we could utter was, “I want that goat.” With a community growing increasingly aware of the emotional world of farmed animals, it could be said ‘the tide is high’ when it comes to their protection and treatment. But one could certainly argue that it is not high enough. We are sure that many more would become en’raptured’ with these gentle creatures as we have if only they had the opportunity to meet them ‘in the flesh’ and not on their plates.
Meet Petunia, a grand old dame is she. With her lawn mowing services no longer required she found herself between a rock and a hard place, actually it was more like caste on her side and unable to stand. But thankfully for this gentle ewe it was a kind heart and not a cold soul who came to her rescue. With an ultra-sound confirming Petunia’s portly belly was more than the takings from her ‘day at the office’ we are soon expect budding new life to spring forth. And what a lucky young lamb that will be.
Well, perhaps we aren’t all in the gutter but our new pal Boris most certainly was, found recently alone, injured, frightened and in need of a good dose of TLC. However, there were most certainly stars in his eyes, in the form of both the Good Samaritan who ferried him to an inner Melbourne Veterinary Clinic and the kind-hearted Vet Nurse who not only cared for Boris throughout the duration of his stay but who took him into both her home and her heart in an effort to bring him back to good health. It took much expertise and dedication, along with regular medication for Boris’ carer to bring him through the other side of his ailments and, despite finally finding kindness in the form of his saviours, a misshapen leg and a definite limp tell the tale of a past best forgotten. Continue reading
With Boots the goat fancying himself to take out the Best Director gong at next year’s Golden Globes and with Parker, Toby and Miss Chief all nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, it is easy to see why this next video is sure to be a hit in homes across the country. So, on this first day of Year of the Goat, sit back, relax and enjoy watching goats doing what they do best – climbing, jumping and having a bleating good time. No kidding – it’s sure to put a smile on your face!
What has gotten Chrissy Goat jump jumping about her paddock in glee this evening? Why, the Year of the Goat of course! Today marks Chinese New Year, the longest and most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. Goats are recognised as kind, peaceable and thoughtful by the Chinese Lunar calendar and we here at Edgar’s Mission know them to be all of these things and more, such a special place in our hearts they have claimed. If you too share our love for goats you can help them by:
- Leaving them off of your plate. Goat meat is the most widely consumed meat in the world and while Australia is a relatively small producer of goat meat, we are the world’s largest goat meat exporter.
- Becoming a Best Buddy to a rescued goat. Support our life-saving and life changing work and make a friend in the process by sponsoring a rescued goat like Boots. We’re not kidding – he may be the best pal you ever had!
- Welcoming a rescued goat into your home. Now this isn’t for everyone, and that’s ok, but if you have the space, facilities, means, ability, and love in your heart to provide a rescued goat with a forever home, we would love to hear from you! Please note – it is our duty to these animals to ensure their ongoing welfare and as such, our application for adoption procedure is a three stage process, beginning with the submission of the Prospective Adoption Form, which can be found here.
Albert Einswine and Delores De Pig give us a helpful slooooooow motion guide on how to keep cool this summer!
‘I still love you Teddy’ baaed Neo, ‘but I think Petunia is pretty neat’. Neo, once again reminds us that Charles Darwin was on the money when he said the difference between minds of humans and animals was in degree not kind. Graduating now is Neo now from his first love, Teddy Pig, as he has just discovered girls!!!! But one thing is for certain we will always love Neo.
If you too were shocked at the horrific level of animal cruelty featured on the ABC Four Corners Program, please take a moment to speak up for animals. We thank the brave investigators at Animals Australia and Animal Liberation Queensland who uncovered these barbaric training practices in Australia’s greyhound racing industry.
f you missed the show you can watch it on iView.
Animals Australia have prepared an action plan for you to take here. Please also take a moment to thank the ABC Four Corners team for shining a spotlight on this terrible activity.
Clarabelle’s behaviour told us something was amiss. Although her baby was not expected for another week, something was odd. A firm favourite to be first to feeding, on this occasion Clarabelle was not. Apprehensively she walked up the paddock, every now and then casting a quick glance behind. A rather engorged sole teat was our first hint this 8-year-old Jersey cow had something to hide.
But where? With a clear view of the paddock, no little calf lay. But an enchanted forest that claimed the tiniest section of the rear part of this field offered an answer. With sleuth like precision, we made our way towards it but nothing looked suspicious. Nothing until we almost stood on a tiny bundle of brownness, ever so carefully hidden in the tall grass and camouflaged by fallen logs. We believe there are few things on this earth more precious and innocent than a baby calf. This little heifer, as she lazily blinked at the world with big bug eyes could surely have melted a polar ice cap. But this was no newborn calf; fully clean and dry was she, along with her umbilical cord – no afterbirth in sight.
Many who knows cows will vouch they have an ancient knowing, a wisdom beyond their form. They are like elephants in their memories. Renowned animal behaviourist and cattle expert, Dr. Temple Grandin, is credited with saying that the fear memories of cattle can never be deleted. This fact was borne out by the kindly dairy farm worker (from where Clarabelle came) who told us that the cows remembered which vehicle came and took their baby away shortly after birth. On subsequent occasions when farm vehicles would drive past they would behave no different, no different that is until the one vehicle that took their baby would return. At this point, the cow would become nervous, anxious and edgy, looking for the baby she would never see again. Continue reading
He has girlfriends everywhere! And what better day than this day of love to share with you a heart-warming story about our dear little Humphrey L Lamb. You may recall just last year, this dear little man bursting onto the scene with one of the most adorable little lambie faces we had ever seen. And if his teddy bear- like appearance wasn’t enough to encourage many to emit squeals of joy upon spying him, his one in a million demeanour saw people from all over the world falling head over hooves in love with him, us included. It is with great fondness that we recall writing, “By far the quietest in our nursery, barely a peep have we heard from Humphrey, only stopping to call out ever so quietly on the odd occasion when a bout of focussed grazing has taken him out of sight of his buddies. It is as if this dear little man, wise beyond his years, doesn’t wish to cause any hassle and we can almost imagine him saying, “Don’t mind me, I’ll just look after myself until you’re ready. I don’t want to be any trouble”. And boy, we love him now just as we loved him then. Continue reading
The names for our animals are as original as their circumstance. Take our new feathered friend, Highway Bob for instance. Why Highway Bob you ask? Well this dashing young Araucana cross was found recently by a kind heart ‘bobbing’ in and out of traffic on a busy Melbourne highway. To further add to his woes, the mercury that day had soared to a scorching 41 degrees, leaving dear Bob exhausted and simply spent. Grateful are we that Good Samaritans chose to stop and wrangle the distressed Bob when they did, for who knows how much longer he would have survived in such inhospitable and dangerous conditions. Our guess is not long at all.
Meet our new pal Snoopy. Now this little gal is indeed sweet, petite and cute to boot and we are certain she is set to melt your heart just as she has ours. However, little Snoopy also has a big story to tell on behalf of her kind. You see, Snoopy, a teeny tiny palomino filly is a miniature horse; a breed that is sometimes referred to the ultimate game of Russian Roulette due to the high risk of birth defects that can result from breeding small with small.
As renowned author and Professor of Animal Science, Temple Grandin states, “If you over-select for a single trait, you are going to cause problems in the animal.” And unfortunately for dear little Snoopy, she is a living example of this in action, displaying the effects and characteristics of dwarfism.
Dwarfism is “underdevelopment of the body characterized by an abnormally short stature often with underdeveloped limbs and other defects” and is most prevalent in the Miniature Horse breed. For example, in the US it is estimated that around 60% of Miniature Horses carry and/ or express some form of dwarfism. And while it is undeniable that Snoopy’s big bug eyes and knock knees endear her even more to all who spy her, this condition is the cause of a number of health concerns.
Whilst there are four recorded types of equine dwarfism, each varying in their severity, all can lead to serious, if not fatal consequences. Arthritis is the most common complaint, whilst ligament disorders, obstructed nasal passages, misaligned jaws, shortened life expectancy and organ damage are all very real for animals suffering different stages of dwarfism. And whilst Snoopy’s complications are relatively mild in comparison to some, along with our dedicated veterinary team, we are prepared to care for her and keep her comfortable for all of her days to come. Never will she be bred with, be asked to pull a cart or be put through any form of undue stress. It is love, kindness and all the TLC she could ever care for from here on in for dear little Snoopy.
Critics are giving this video 5 stars! This is what some of them had to say: Hip-Hop Bob Pig said its the cutest video she has seen all year! Boots Goat said he is worried this video is cuter than his! And Chrissie Goat said she will be watching this all night!
Treasure came to Edgar’s Mission many moons ago. A severely emaciated elderly ewe was she. Terrified of humans, (which is highly understandable given her previous encounters had never come bearing an olive branch) yet her broken body was so weaken she was unable to flee. Barely able to stand, with just about every spark of life extinguished. Every, except the very one she needed that was determined to live. And live Treasure did, opening a treasure chest of love for life, wheetbix and her new sheepy buddies. I think we even rate a mention on her list of favorite things. But that is only because we are, after all, the wheet bix dispenser! Continue reading
If you are reading this you no doubt care deeply about animals. And more than likely are looking to see how best you can advocate on their behalf. The next most frequently asked question we receive after, “Can you take my rooster?” is, “How can I start an animal sanctuary?” The answer to this latter question is as complex as it is challenging and is most certainly something that cannot be answered in a 5-minute telephone conversation or a quick FAQ answer. It is for this reason we here at Edgar’s Mission will be hosting our first ever Kind Critter Care Conference on Sunday 29th of March 2015 from 8.30am – 5.00pm.
I have a confession: I am a collector. Now some may call my habit of collecting various memorabilia ‘hoarding’, however I protest. I am a collector and I am a meticulous one at that. This fact was painstaking obvious during the recent relocation to our new farm, which not only involved moving 350 plus animals but also my 50 odd years of collecting and its associated umpteen boxes of ‘stuff’!! I have just about every diary I have ever written in, every pay slip ever received, stamps from way before I was born, (my specialty was Australian pre-decimal and Papua New Guinean)- sadly the advent of a not for profit sanctuary for rescued farmed animals put paid to buying any more stamps. I have a wonderful collection of matchbooks (little match boxes from all sorts of places), a tie collection, a flag collection, countless horse magazines and newspaper clippings. And I must confess, I have a collection of pig tusks but please don’t panic as they all have been ethically removed from our boy piggies in the name of good animal husbandry. I am really not sure how that collection started but I don’t have the heart to end it or to throw the tusks disrespectfully away. Oh and books! Don’t start me on books! I have made it my personal mission for my library to be called home by just about every book relating to farm animals, their health, welfare and behavior, along with just about every animal rights book published. I cannot pass a second hand bookstore or jumble sale, least a bargain pass me by. And an avid currency watcher I have become, waiting to pounce when the Australian Dollar is good against the ‘green back’ and then to amazon.com I jump. Oh and there is my collection of piggy treasures – made up of pig statues, trinkets and all sorts of things porcine. There’s horse show ribbons, prize cards and trophies, school reports and birthday greeting cards. And there’s collector cards- supermarkets love me for whenever they bring out an animal card series I am there! Their clever marketing ploy is most certainly not lost on me. Continue reading
As many of you may recall our little champ, valued team member and all round good pup ET has not been too well of late. The ravages of old age and an earlier life on the streets is now something little ET cannot outrun. Another difficult breathing episode saw him again raced to emergency care over the weekend, but once again the little guy rallied and is back home. Now it is he who is showing his appreciation to his much loved nurse, Suni Cat.
Perhaps Boots the Goat or little Sunday Lamb? Or how about a ‘something’ to love, with gorgeous necklaces and earrings now available in our Online Store. With Valentines Day just around the corner, Edgar’s Mission is your one stop shop for that special someone in your life, with Best Buddies and our brand new merchandise the perfect way to show that you care. And, what’s more, your gift will not only win your loved one’s heart, it will also win ours as all profits go directly back into advocating and caring for farmed animals in need. Can anybody find me somebody to love? We can indeed!
Not a day goes by when we here at Edgar’s Mission do not receive a call to assist a farmed animal in need. But sadly, despite our hearts being huge, and no matter what way we look at it there is only so much room at our ‘Inn here of Kindness’. And so we are turning to you, our trusted supporters to see if you have room in your world, a place in your well fenced and sheltered paddock and resources to dedicate, to help a rescued farmed animal have that happy ever after they so richly deserve. At present we are receiving an overwhelming number of requests to assist goats, sheep and pigs.
Now caring for farmed animals is not for everyone, and it is a commitment for the lifetime of the animals involved. But it is a commitment that will be as richly rewarding for you as it will be for your rescued new friend/s. To find out more about our farmed animal adoption program, ‘Will you be there?’ please email [email protected] or take a look at our dedicated page. If you know of someone who fits the lofty bill to be a forever friend to a rescued farmed animal please share this post with them.