Party Pig!

So Leon, what do you want for your birthday?

Your very own orchestra? Tick

Your very own Birthday cake? Tick

People to dance around and have fun? Tick

People to realise pigs are for lovin, not the oven? We’re working hard on that one…

People to donate $10 to your Birthday Bucks Bash?  Your answer goes here J

Please help little Leon celebrate his first birthday, something so very few farm pigs ever get to do.  And in true Leon style, he will ensure that all his piggy pals here at Edgar’s Mission enjoy the spoils.

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Project Piggy Paradise (Updates)

And so it begins!

Help make Project Piggy Paradise a reality!

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Done, dusted but not quite time for bed!

Kind Critter Care

A huge shout out of thanks to all those who attended Australia’s first ever conference for rescued farmed animals – Kind Critter Care.  With comments such as “expected it to be fantastic but it was waaaaaay better”, “well run, kept to time, great content” and “can I live here?” we breathe a sigh of relief.  Meeting new people, reacquainting with others and above all else coming together to make the world a kinder place for animals, left everyone inspired and Ruby Dog worn out.

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Our sincere thanks to Bede Carmody of A Poultry Place in Murrumbatemen for making the southerly trek and delivering powerful, insightful, engaging and honest presentations.   You can view Bede’s TEDx talk here. Ron Prasad, Life Coach, handled the delicate subject of ‘Dealing with Burnout’ with compassion, insight and wisdom, our thanks to you dear Ron.  Our sincere thanks also to the legends at Half Pint Dairy for all the delicious food that threatened to upstage the speakers and to the amazing guys and gals that make Edgar’s Mission rock, you did us proud.

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Oh My Cuteness!!

Last week we brought you The Happiest Video EVER and this could very well be The Cutest Video EVER! Sit back relax and enjoy as Penelope Sue and Ballet Bob show you some of their cutest moves!

We sincerely thank all our supporters, volunteers and kind donors. If not for you animals like Penelope Sue and Ballet Bob would not a reason to race about with gleeful abandon. If you would like to help us to continue giving animals reasons for hope, please donate today.

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What can you do in nine days?

Did you know it takes 300 days to reach Mars? It takes 66 days to form a habit?  And it takes 30 days for our nails to grow 3 milimeteres? Pretty cool stats, don’t you think? But hmmm,  what can you do in nine days?  Why you can help us reach our target of $100,000 to create the Perfect Piggy Paradise right here at Edgar’s Mission, that’s what!

Right now as we type, little Leon Trotsky and his band of merry tradesmen are trotting about, hammering here, spirit leveling there as his piggy nirvana is slowly taking shape.  But the little guy needs a hand to reach his final goal to ensure his barn will be complete with a lofty loft for storing sweet smelling hay and golden straw, a coolroom to ensure fruits and vegetables do not spoil over the hot summer months, and a piggy day spa shower to keep everyone cool and comfortable.  And of course, we need lights, action, power and plumbing to keep it all humming!

So as we inch closer to April 2nd, we welcome your kind (and tax deductible) donation to make a world of difference for Leon and his buddies!

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Happiest Video EVER!

If you’re happy and you know it… watch this short clip, aptly dubbed, “The happiest video EVER!”!

Why not spread some cheer by sharing this adorable video with your friends and loved ones. With bouncing baby goats, happy lamb tails and snoozing piglets, it is bound to bring smiles aplenty your way.

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Operation Capricorn

For over three years the goats had free roamed paddocks in the Cranbourne area, but with encroaching residential development they had become trapped by security fencing. With the impending leveling of their sole water source for construction works, the plight of these hapless animals looked bleak. ‘Nobodies’ goats they had become, living by their wits and breeding over the years only to be slowly picked off by predators, accidents and passersby. Their numbers had whittled down to around 20 or so.

But their story does not end here. Whilst several of the goats will remain forevermore at the sanctuary due to their health conditions, we aim to matchmake the remainder of these gentle creatures with loving homes that can offer them the care, attention, knowledge and devotion their lives thus far have been lacking. If you think you fit this lofty bill we would love to hear from you – info@edgarsmission.org.au

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Eye spy with my little eye….

Each day we spy with our wide open eyes four adorable little kittens. Squinting at the world with feline cuteness are Ohana’s four wee babies.  Despite four-time daily treatment, their eyelid agenesis still plagues them.  But they now only have a matter of weeks until they are old enough and strong enough for surgery that will provide a lifetime of comfort.  And no doubt plenty of more antics for us to spy with wide-eyed glee!!

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You scratch my back, I’ll build you a barn!

Well, we sure know that if she could she would. Build us barn that is. Our affable and obliging pig, Marley, just loves making us happy and showing her appreciation for our kindness. Every day we indulge Marley in a piggy spa treatment and we are never quite sure who gets the biggest buzz. And we know that given the chance she would love to make our dreams come true, just as we have hers. 

So please, help Marley, Leon Trotsky and all our piggy friends dreams come true and support our Project Piggy Paradise, we’re so cloooooooose to making it happen.

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Yawns Are Contagious

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You’re the Voice

DruidWe here at Edgar’s Mission don’t have favourites when it comes to our animal friends but we must say, Muscovy ducks are one of the most wonderful creatures we have ever met! From their unique red-masked faces, to their distinct and often hilarious personalities, one truly can’t help but smile when watching a Muscovy merrily going about his or her daily business. And perhaps one of the most distinguishing features of the Muscovy is their lack of a distinct ducky voice. Yes, that’s right, despite being quite chatty in their own special way, Muscovy ducks do not quack, rather they make a ‘huffing’ or ‘hissing’ sound that is quite unique indeed.

And our latest arrival Druid Duck, could well have done with a voice we humans could understand as perhaps this would have alleviated some of the suffering in which he formerly resided. So bad was the situation in which this dear boy once called home that he was seized by animal welfare authorities who then set about treating the many health issues from which Druid Duck was suffering. And today, whilst we continue to treat his ailments, it is already a far happier and healthier handsome Muscovy boy who greets us with his distinct ‘huff’ and ‘hiss’ every morning. Continue reading

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Stamp

Stamp

Gerbils do it to signal territorialism, seagulls do it to imitate rainfall and trick earthworms into coming to the surface, rabbits do it to signal alarm or annoyance, humans do it when they are catching some cool ‘beats’ and sheepies do it to show a threatening gesture –foot stomping that is and as you can see it can mean many different things, depending on just who the stomper is.  

From large wooly merinos to cheeky self-shedding dorpers and all sorts in between, sheep make no bones about showing their determination to survive. Little Stamp, a merino cross wether is no different.  Despite his very shy and nervous persona and his affliction with hip dysplasia he  regularly shows the customary, ‘stand there and hold your ground’ sheepy signature.  But we are confident that as days roll on Stamps defenses will wane as he comes to see that we really are the good guys and that we have his best interests at heart.  Placing him in our special needs flock to ensure he gets all the love, and extra attention he needs has just been the start.  So while Stamp is now taking this all in, one thing is for sure, we have already given our new buddy our stamp of approval!

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I Wool Always Love Ewe

Dae

Those are the words we are now whispering into the ears of Dave, May and Belle, three gentle dorper sheep who found their way through our sanctuary gates after a property sale that initially did not work out in their favour. Whilst health experts, as well as the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale rate a change in residence or living conditions as one of the more stressful situations a human can experience, a thought must also be spared for the animals who are effected by such change. More and more often, we are hearing stories of animals being left with nowhere to turn after the sale of their former home and while some are able to be cared for by the new property owners, sadly not all find such a happy outcome. And whilst Dave, May and Belle had somebody looking out for them, not all of their kind are as fortunate. Their situation reminds us of the importance thinking about how and where your animal friends will live should you ever need to relocate. Having such situations factored into a plan, means that all family members can be taken care of during life’s more stressful situations, should they ever arise and will ensure that there will always be someone to coo, “I wool always love ewe,” into the ears of a creature who needs to hear it most.

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Ballet Bob? What kind of a name is that?!

Ballet Bob

Why it’s a perfect name for our new little piggy friend, who comes with all the hallmarks of our very famous Hip Hop Bob (porcine extraordinaire).   Hip Bop Bob, was fortunate enough to be born at the sanctuary, having arrived inside the tummy of her heavily pregnant mumma.  Smart, affectionate and cute, are all words which perfectly describe both Hip Hop Bob and Ballet Bob.  But what really sets our hearts racing is the way these two love to tear around the yard then do the sit, drop, flop for belly rub routine.

Ballet Bob 

Pigs truly are natural anti-depressants and their happy, matter of fact way of viewing the world is something we could well emulate, so too their ability to make the best of the most inhospitable of situations.  Such was the lot of the once abandoned little Ballet Bob.  Despite bearing the scars on both her head and front legs of a none too pleasant encounter, her opened mouth enthusiasm for life is something to behold. How fortuitous it has been for her to arrive just as we were scratching our collective heads, posing the question, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we had a friend for Penelope Sue?’  And the universe delivered. Now if only she could hear our plea for kindness and tender mercy for all creatures….

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URGENT-Your swift action is needed to speak up for animals.

Speak Up

Today is the last day for public comment on proposed legislation that would make the exposure of animal cruelty in a range of animal based industries illegal. The ‘Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015’, which is touted as animal welfare legislation, is far from this. Instead, harsh penalties will apply to those who expose cruel practices and fail, in the first 24 hours to surrender information, thereby tipping off industry and halting any further evidence being obtained. Should this proposed legislation pass, the recent graphic footage depicting heinous cruelty in the Greyhound Racing Industry would not have seen the light of day and countless more animals would have suffered unspeakable acts of horrific cruelty. Please add your voice to that of every major animal protection organisation in this country and compassionate politicians who have already voiced protest over this draconian piece of legislation, which has no place in the 21st century.

Remember today before 5.00pm is your last opportunity to make your voice heard. Please contact the Senate Committee rrat.sen@aph.gov.au

Our friends at Voiceless: the animal protection institute, have prepared an extensive submission which you can view here.

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Operation Capricorn

17 Goats

For over three years the goats had free roamed paddocks in the Cranbourne area, but with encroaching residential development they had become trapped by security fencing.  With the impending leveling of their sole water source for construction works, the plight of these hapless animals looked bleak.  ‘Nobodies’ goats they had become, living by their wits and breeding over the years only to be slowly picked off by predators, accidents and passersby. Their numbers had whittled down to around 20 or so.

17 Goats

Desperate actions by concerned individuals and groups saw the goats rounded up and sent to the local pound.  From here they hitched a ride with our kindness team all the way to Edgar’s Mission earlier this week.  Jostling nervously in the stock crate, with the smallest kids placed in carry cages riding up front in the car, this goatee clan, with wided eyed fear, were still oblivious to our whispers, “You’re safe now, you’re going to Edgar’s Mission.”  Indeed they are among the most terrified animals we have ever witnessed but it is the crippled legs that afflicts several of the goats, along with their grotesquely overgrown hooves- no doubt the legacy of a lack of care and attention over the years, that sent our rescue team into overdrive.  Hooves trimmed, hoof conditions addressed, antibiotics administered, consultations underway to address the terrible carpal contracture of the nannies and the good ‘tucker’ at hand, is just what the doctor ordered and is exactly what we are delivering.

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Something I had to do…

Something

Whilst it could never be described as a panic attack, it was more of a heightened sense of anxiety that would swell, threaten to engulf me and then subside as quickly as it sprang forth.  For several months now something has been eating away at me, causing me to move uncomfortably in my thoughts and distracting me throughout my days.  It has been tugging at my conscience, waking me at night (when I do manage to catch a few hours’ sleep) and building to make me more anxious each day; because there was just something I knew I had to do.  For some time I have been able to keep this nagging feeling at bay, knowing all was well but with the imminent sale of my old farm, Edgar’s Mission Mark 1, crunch time was nigh.  Because I knew full well that once I closed that front gate for the last time, there would be no way of going back.  No way of ever again stealing a silent moment under a starlit sky, taking in the wonder of the universe and seeing the crystal clarity of just what I need to do in the company of my Edgar.

Of course I know he will always be with me in spirit but the heartache of knowing that his bones would remain there in the ground, to be walked over each day by hearts that never knew of, or even cared about his glory, was too much for me ever to rest in comfort.  And the horror I would feel if I were to one day learn that the ground in which my buddy had been laid to rest had been dug up, and his bones tossed aside as garbage. And so I knew just what I had to do, my only challenge was how. Continue reading

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Wheely Wheely Excited

Yipee!!

Leon Trotsky is wheely wheely excited about our latest Project Piggy Paradise milestone and simply insisted we share our wonderful news with you all today. Just one week ago we launched our Project Piggy Paradise campaign, and we have been overwhelmed by your support so far.  We simply love the fact that you too love the idea of creating a perfect piggy paradise right here at Edgar’s Mission.

When it comes to the animals who call our sanctuary home, we believe that just living is not enough, we must provide them with lives truly worth living that are a far cry from the factory farm environments so many of their kind still reside in to this day. And this is what our piggy paradise barn hopes to achieve, with its interesting and enriching environments, treatment room and more, as well as challenging many long-held perceptions about just what a pig’s lot in life should be. We are delighted to announce that we have just surpassed the $45,000 mark in our Project Piggy Paradise fundraising total, which now takes us less than $5000 short of our halfway point!

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Well hello Piggy Sue!!!

Penelope Sue

You may recall our recently rescued sow Piggy Sue.  This kindly girl, with a sad look in her eye arrived at our sanctuary with a past hidden behind her battered body.  And now we have learned there was something else that was well hidden beneath her thin and frail frame as her new carers report the birth of nine baby piglets!  Amongst the tiny babies is an even tinier one, little Penelope Sue.  Being a ‘runty’ little girl she needs a bit of a hand, so that is just what we have determined to give her.

Penelope Sue

Since her arrival at the sanctuary it is not only Penelope Sue who is oinking out squeals of delight.  And already the little one, at just five days old is reminding us of just how clean piggies are as she demands to be taken outside for ‘toilets’.

We sincerely thank Kim and her family for the love and tender care they are showering upon dear Piggy Sue and her babies.

Penelope Sue

Love pigs? Well imagine a beautiful 200 page photo book filled with gorgeous piggy photos just like these! Edgar’s Mission ‘Perfect Pigs’ photo book is coming! Be the first to order here. Plus your support will go towards helping Edgar’s Mission build a magnificent new Piggy Barn for all the piggy residents to live in.


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Mister Truffles – a not so mini problem

Mister Truffles

You would be hard pressed to find someone in today’s day and age who has not heard of the term ‘miniature pig’. But how many people really know what this term really means, or indeed, the enormous animal welfare issue this ‘craze’ is creating? And this is one ‘craze’ our latest arrival, Mister Truffles is intent on snuffling out.

The miniature pig phenomenon in our country is, in comparison to the US, a relatively new one, however the problems created by this industry are the same the world over. The reality is that there are no true ‘miniature’ pig breeds in Australia, just littler than average individuals who have been created by breeding ‘small with small’, with no true way to predict future weight or size. Whilst some ‘mini pig’ breeders do advise this fact, unfortunately many do not, with some unscrupulous breeders even offering commercial piglets for sale as ‘miniatures’ in the name of making a profit. In Mister Truffles’ case, he was purchased from a miniature pig breeder who advertises pigs in teacups and, whether intentionally or not, leads people to wrongly believe that these piglets are freakishly small ‘teacup’ pigs. This, however is not the case and sadly, Mister Truffles paid the price. However, when it comes to miniature pigs, the buck doesn’t stop at size, for this craze is an issue that is anything but ‘mini’.

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He’s about to have the time of his life!

Patrick Swayze

Meet the handsome, adorable and endearing Patrick Swayze, a young colt who was down on his luck and who never deserved to be ‘put in the corner’ at a rural council pound. With no one coming forth to claim the dear boy, his fate looked grim at best, especially with a local horse auction just around the corner that could have spelled his end. However kindness intervened in this boy’s story and Patrick is now set to have ‘the time of his life’ here at Edgar’s Mission. And his elegant mane tosses and prancing step tell us he’s ‘never felt this way before’. But kindness is here and it is here to stay and we have the slightest inkling that for many who spy this adorable little boy ‘this could be love’.

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Nine

Nine

How old do you think he is? we enquired. “About nine,” came the cautious reply.  This was our introduction to a kindly aging goat who recently found sanctuary at Edgar’s Mission.  Nine, we learned, despite being a much loved goat had haplessly found himself beyond the means of his human carer’s ability to look after him. His goaty antics were no match for the fences that had once contained him and the daily grind of providing food, water and shelter had become a challenge.  And so a life on a chain became this dear boys lot.   Continue reading

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