Wow, pow, holy cow (or rather sheep), look whose a big boy now!!

Timmy 

Our Timmy, stellar ambassador of ovines everywhere! Whether he is rubbing shoulders with politicians or kissing small babies, Timmy always does us proud. Happy 8th Birthday Timstar, you are a rockstar of the ovine world, rock on buddy rock on.

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Kindness in Full Bloom

Petunia

Every day we walk to Petunia’s stable and slide open the door, this is all the signal she needs to know it’s time to head out for the day. Petunia will amble up and listen for the fall of our footsteps, the sound of which she’ll follow out to the paddock for a day of grazing.

Nearing the end of the day we stand near Petunia and gently touch her to say it’s time to go in. Similar to you or me, she’s excited by the prospect of bed soon and eagerly sharpens her senses. Oh that warm soft straw is beckoning. Again, Petunia will listen for those foot falls and follow the grassy crunches all the way to her stable.

Before she came to settle at Edgar’s Mission Petunia was a breeding sheep. After years of loyal servitude her age was going north and her health heading south, which was enough to mark her as useless in the eyes of some. Luckily for Petunia a kind heart helped in her moment of need and we were alerted to her plight. Continue reading

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69 Hens

Spent hen: A layer that has reached the end of her economic egg laying life.

69 Chickens

But not her life as nature intended it. Yet, in their millions, ‘spent’ hens are killed at around two years of age within the commercial egg industry as it is more economically viable to replace a flock with new ‘point of lay’ hens than keep current hens with their diminished rates of egg laying. And that is exactly what our recent influx of 69 ex commercial laying hens were deemed. Yet within this group of many, personalities as unique as yours or my own are beginning to emerge and friendships are being forged. There is ‘Eagle Eye Eagle’ who can spot a human carrying a tasty treat from a mile away and is the first to reach you, chattering at your feet for a tasty tidbit of what she sees as rightfully hers. Continue reading

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Bow Tie Day

Bowtie Day

It’s time to get spruced up for Bow Tie Day, the 28th of August 2015.

Who do you think enjoyed wearing a bow tie more, Jessica kitten or August turkey? Jessica put on the bow tie without much furore, as if to say: “yes, I’m wearing a bow tie, hooray. I’m tired meow.” August, on the other hand, gave us a riveting display as he fluffed up his feathers, fanned out his tail and strutted proudly. Continue reading

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Stick ’em up!! Meet Butch Cassidy

Butch Cassidy

Where would Butch Cassidy be today without Sundance the Kid? We perish the thought, to be honest. Frightened and scared, with no place to turn, little Butch Cassidy had fast run out of options, but certainly not luck. For dear little Butch, his reprieve came just in the nick of time.

Butch Cassidy

Piecing together the little fella’s chequered past has not been easy. But his circumstance and undeniable smell of Eau de male goat point to having jumped ship, or rather livestock transport, ferrying wild goats to their untimely end. Found roadside and wayward when a posse of rangers took him into custody, Butch was holed up at an outer Melbourne pound. Things truly looked bleak for the little unwanted, unloved and unclaimed kid. But that was all about to change as we heard of his plight and made his bail. However, despite our best intentions, Butch initially refused to accept our white flag of kindness. Thankfully for his sake (and ours) he quickly made firm friends with cheeky Sundance the Kid and Smiley Goat. And from these confident two, he is slowly taking his lead, realising that we are indeed the good guys after all.

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Will you still love me when I’m 64?

64

Paul McCartney wrote the music to this whimsical song when he was 15. A year later he penned the words in honour of his father’s 64th birthday. So we could think of no better name to call a roughly 12-year-old (64 in human years) blind sheep who just entered our care, than ‘64’.

64

While cute little lambs touch the hearts of many, sadly, geriatric sheep don’t find themselves on many must-have playlists, and sight-impaired ones even less so. While we will never know the circumstance for his loss of sight, nor his reason for abandonment, we do know 64 wants to live. He has quickly worked out where his water bowl is placed and the corner in which his hay and feed can be found. He is resilient and brave, and he has commanded our respect. And we most certainly feel that 64 has many good years left, in fact we feel the best is yet to come for this dear boy. Never will he be forced to march up a gangplank for live export, nor does a crowded trip to an abattoir await; only grassy fields, kind words and loving humans will share the winter of his years. Continue reading

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R is for….

R is for

R is for Ralph, Reggie, Roxanne, Re-anne and Roseanne, and ‘R’ is for right. Which is kind of appropriate because this sheepy quintet just happened to be in the wrong place at the right time. This then saw them thrown the greatest lifeline to be Edgar’s Mission bound. With a distinct hint of Dorper in their breeding these low maintenance sheep would have otherwise been destined for the dinner table.

R is for

Dear Ralph, the elder and most cautious of the group and more than likely the father of Re-anne and Reggie is showing the effects of a tough life with a stiffened gait and sore front leg. Pretty mum, Roxanne is very protective of her ‘teenage’ offspring and has an ever-growing tummy, which suggests more are on the way. And dear sweet Roseanne, the most intrepid of the group and already boldly strode forth and developed a liking for wheetbix. When not spying her new human friends she can be found tagging along with friends much like a cherished aunt. With medication given to dear Ralph and an appointment with Dr Snip on his dance card, life holds good things for he and his clan. For they have certainly found themselves in the right place at the right time. Continue reading

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Where are they now – Peaches, Melba, Betty, Betsy, Barbara, Blondie, Curly and Little John

Friends come in all shapes and sizes and Katherine, the latest addition to our Edgar’s Mission extended family, is discovering that those ‘shapes’ include pigs and goats after adopting rescued Betty, Betsy, Barbara, Blondie, Curly and Little John as well as Peaches and Melba from Edgar’s Mission. As always, it warms our hearts to hear stories of our former residents settling in to their new homes and causing their new families to ponder just how life existed before they shared their world with a farm animal. But we think Katherine says it best when she told us, “No book, no research on the internet, could possibly prepare me for the love and friendship I have found with my new family members. Sharing your life with a goat (or six!) or a pig will enrich every day in ways that you may not have imagined.” And Katherine, we cannot imagine a better outcome for our dear animal friends. Read on to hear more about how Katherine’s new animal family have changed her world for the better and if you too have the commitment, love, space and more to welcome a rescued Edgar’s Mission resident into your home, head on over to our adoption page to find out more about our adoption program.

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Imagine my excitement when I learned that I was to become “mum” to 6 goats; Betty, Betsy, Barbara, Blondie, Curly and Little John and two pigs; Peaches and Melba. Little did I realise how my new family members would become such an important part of my life! Of course I did all the research on dietary requirements, environmental needs, hoof care – yes I was an expert. I knew my Barley from Oaten Chaff, the percentage of dolomite and seawood extract to add to feed, food to avoid. Fences were completed, shelters were built. I was ready.

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What I wasn’t prepared for, was the companionship – the sheer joy of skipping across new grass, the simple delight in a tummy rub. No book, no research on the internet, could possibly prepare me for the love and friendship I have found with my new family members. Continue reading

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Work like a Dog

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

Ruby

Dogs and their humans have an unquestionable bond. Dogs enrich our lives in so many ways, that’s why we’re thrilled to be celebrating Dog Day!

Unfortunately, in some people’s eyes a dog’s worth is determined by how they look or how well they work. Meet Ruby, a pure bred Kelpie with no interest in rounding up sheep, just keen to love.

Ruby

Ruby was purchased for a pretty penny to be a working sheep dog. When she failed her training her previous owner came to the conclusion she was worthless and packed her in the car with the intention of making it her last ride. He was taking her to a friend’s place where the friend was to shoot her. Pointing the gun at the trembling dog, something in Ruby’s pleading eyes pierced his soul and he laid down his gun. The choice to spare her life then came easy as she was then surrendered into our care. Continue reading

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Book Week

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss

Gift of Kindness

Book Week is upon us, starting the 22nd of August until the 28th. Books have long been sources of entertainment, education and enrichment. They are the unsung heroes opening our minds to realms of wonderment and different ways of thinking.

Don’t let Book Week pass you by without doing some brain-aerobics and diving head first into a brave new world. We’ve put together a selection of creative and visionary books on our website: cookbooks chock full of scrumptious vegan sweet and savoury recipes, healthy lifestyle tips, discussions on ethics and stories from Edgar’s Mission in our own The Gift of Kindness book.

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My belle, meet Annabelle

Annabelle

We cannot help but love this dear young sheep. In a word she is meek, add some more and she is vulnerable, innocent and brave. Surrendered into our care one frosty morning with a temperature barely registrable, we feared our help had come too late. Warm water bottles blanketed her frozen form, hydrating drips pumped fluid into her almost lifeless body and our thoughts willed her on. As our intensive care room began to heat, her little body began to thaw and young Annabelle blossomed into life. Quickly chowing down the grass we had picked for her yet still unable to support her body, she had nevertheless given us the inspiration we needed to press on. Annabelle wanted to live and we were committed to the same goal. By the time afternoon came around, she was able to stand with assistance, by the next day she could do so on her own.

Annabelle

Surprisingly for a flock sheep such as she, Annabelle has readily placed her trust in we humans and we are determined to show her that it is not misplaced. Sadly, her ordeal has left her with a withered front leg that refuses to bear its load. The reason for this, we suspect, is the length of time she had been down before she was found. Whether this will be a long disability that will plague her or a short-term hiccup, we are yet to find out. However, what we have found out is that Annabelle has a firm friend in another of our special-needs sheep, dear Yellow. Yellow arrived as an equally young sheep ailed by an earlier bout of joint ill that has compromised the use of his back legs. Yellow is protective of his little friend and she devoted to he; together they move as one. It is so touching to see the two of them eating from the same food bowl or curled up together in the paddock. They remind us of the old saying, “A problem shared is a problem halved”.

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Runaway goat no more

Sunny

Apprehended in Sunshine over the weekend, a frightened little goat was taken in for interro-goat-ion by Victoria Police. Released into the custody of the Brimbank Council it was quickly found that this adorable kid was not baaad at all. Out on bail, she has just arrived at Edgar’s Mission although we do think she will be guilty of stealing a heart or two. Will one of them be yours?

Sunny

We thank Victoria Police and the Brimbank Council for ensuring a happy outcome for little Sunny.

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Glissade Assemblé and Arabesque

Arabesque

Ballet is an art form that celebrates the movement and beauty of the human body. Gifted, dedicated and mesmerising best describe its performers. Ballet as an art form sees softness and strength woven together with stories that are as magical and exciting as they are thought-provoking, inspiring and dark. And we can think of no better name than Arabesque for our sweet new lamb, graceful and soft, yet whose tale is dark and haunting. A celebration of all the beauty of lambkind.

Arabesque

Arabesque sprang forth from the most inhospitable of conditions, at an abattoir that claimed the life of her sweet mother. Out of the darkness of the tragedy a little lamb cried, touching the heart of the only human there who could save her. A chain of events saw sweet Arabesque passed on to the hands of a heart equally as pure as her own. But sadly circumstance meant this would only be a short Act One of her life, as a busy work schedule meant little Arabesque would not receive the round the clock care this kind heart knew she so desperately needed.

Cradling little Arabesque in our arms for the first time we were yet again reminded of the sweet smell of newborn lambs, their sheer beauty and grace. Continue reading

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A Week of Kindness

Week of Kindness

If you’ve been looking for one good reason to feel inspired, we’ve gone above and beyond to provide no less than seven. Here they are in a pretty row, seven winter babies, one for every day of the week. Named Monday through to Sunday, these lovely lambies arrived on our doorstep from different worlds but all have come to show us dreams most certainly can come true.

A Week of Kindness

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Sparkle had a Twinkle in her Eye

Twinkle

Hey, have you seen our handsome Boer goat Homer lately? He was last seen proudly strutting the paddock with what looked like a cigar in his mouth. And the reason you ask? His lady friend Sparkle just gave birth to the adorable ray of sunshine we have christened Twinkle.

Twinkle

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Myrtle, an olde-world charmer

Myrtle

A once popular girl’s name is Myrtle; it is also the name of a plant with pink or white aromatic berries. Ruled by Venus, that plant is associated with love, peace, fertility and youth. And we can think of no more fitting name for this most elderly ewe who was recently surrendered into our care. With pleas to save the downed sheep’s life, we set into overdrive. Her engorged teats suggested the grand dame was pregnant, and twin lambing disease was suspected as the culprit for her ills. Running drip lines and medications, our spirits are buoyed by Myrtle’s desire to eat the chaff, grains, hay and boiled barley she loves.

Myrtle

Each day Myrtle spends some time in her sling, making strong her weakened limbs, then she is carried, Queen of Sheba like, on her stretcher outside to catch some welcome winter sun. Nibbling on grass, sharing her food with roosters, and being a climbing mountain for lambs, Myrtle drinks in the kindness of Edgar’s Mission. We still do not know how Myrtle’s story will end, but we take great heart that this ewe, possessed of an olde-world charm, is getting stronger each day. So who knows what from this will blossom? Continue reading

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Lemonade Day

Today is Lemonade Day and we’re so delighted to be celebrating this lovely lamb’s thirst for life, why not join us by becoming Best Buddies with the bubbly little chap. As a Best Buddy you’ll receive beautiful pictures of Lemonade and quarterly updates on what he and his friends have been up to. Head to Lemonade’s Best Buddy page to sign up for yourself or for someone else as a gift.

As you may remember, when Lemonade first arrived at Edgar’s Mission he was unable to walk more than a few steps. He’s never been one to let such things get in the way and his absolute determination has payed dividends, today he can be seen joyously frolicking with the rest of the lamb clan. But don’t think anyone can get out of the lambs’ paddock without giving the affectionate lad a cuddle or two.

 

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Lemonade

Lemonade Day

One little man has rocketed his way into the hearts of so many that he has had a special day created in his honour. Today, the 20th of August, marks Lemonade Day! While the truth of the matter is Lemonade Day was intended in appreciation of the effervescent drink, we can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate our bubbly little friend.

So without further ado, here is a week in Lemonade’s jackets. We’re sure you’ll agree he is one fashionable dude.

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Lochy

Lochy

It’s only 11.00am and already the day is gone, the result of a night that never ended. Weary, bleary-eyed and both physically and emotionally exhausted, we limp towards a mournful afternoon. Despite giving us strong signs and reasons for hope in the days prior, things went decidedly pear-shaped at around 11.00pm last night. Unable to take his suppertime feed due to sudden-onset breathing difficulties, Lochy and we battled throughout the night to see him through. Whilst oxygen could help him sustain his breathing, it was not enough; his little body had given up and told us it was time to do so also. Holding him tenderly in our arms, we kissed him farewell and whispered in his little lambie ear that a better life lay ahead.

Lochy

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Pigs Just Wanna Have Fun

Little Squeak and Vet Nurse Ruby playing is guaranteed to start your week with a huge smile on your face! Please take a minute to read Little Squeak’s story here.

 

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Harry the Bear-Faced Lamber

Harry

Forget Harry Styles, Harry lamb and his teddy bear features are setting hearts aflutter at Edgar’s Mission. Just one look at his plump cheeks and those hairier than thou brows and all succumb to his charms.

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Look at ewe!! Meet Elly and May

May and Ellie

For two days it was thought the ewe was dead. But then she moved. What wildlife rescuers found when they were called out to end a sheep’s suffering saw them put down their gun and pick up the phone. Although gravely ill, unable to stand and pitifully thin, the ewe, who had recently given birth to a lamb, was refusing to succumb.

May and Ellie

We named the ewe Elly. Inching closer to living throughout the night, she saw the sun rise the next day, and so did our hopes of Elly one day running free with her baby, May. Surprising us less than 24 hours later, the once critically ill Elly rallied and was able to stand. Eating and walking now all on her own, her indomitable spirit is a true reminder to never ever give up.

Whilst we still do not know which way this story is going to pan out, we are doing everything in our power to save them both. And while Elly is most certainly not out of the woods just yet, she and her sweet baby, May, are most certainly in a far better place now.
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Heaven is a place called Edgar’s Mission

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Random acts of kindness.

Kindness

Random acts of kindness are described as selfless acts by a person or persons wishing to brighten the lives others. Every day we have at Edgar’s Mission are truly fortunate to be the beneficiary of someone’s generous random act of kindness; a thoughtful donation, some warm waterproof jackets for our lambies and today we were greeted by this treasure at our front gate. Whilst we do not know who you are we know what you are, thank you kind stranger.

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Un.der.stand

Un.der.stand – noun – interpret or view (something) in a particular way.

Un Deux

And there are no questions as to how our two latest crowing arrivals, Un and Der were viewed as they found themselves holed up in an outer Melbourne pound. By a stroke of good luck, on that very same day we were travelling in their direction to take in some other wayward animals and Un and Der were able to hitch a ride back to our sanctuary.

The twosome are what we call typical school hatching project offcasts, we have seen it often enough. The somewhat nondescript white roosters with brown wings, just finding their voices and learning to crow (whilst at the same time stamping out any hope that they may indeed be egg producing females), the way our society views their kind as a whole is nothing to crow about. Continue reading

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Fanta – Flight of the Bumblebee

We have named her Fanta, but we should have named her Bumble Bee. For in the words of Mary Kay Ash “aerodynamically the bumblebee should not be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it, so she goes on flying anyway”. Little Fanta was found by a kind heart who spied her whilst driving. The paddock was strewn with dead bodies, live sheep and a little lamb somewhere in between. Contacting the farmer to inform him of the plight of the wee lamb, this kind heart was told gruffly “she’s not going to make it”. Refusing to accept such a terrible fate, the wee lamb was soon Edgar’s Mission. With a mind refusing to accept her body’s inability to stand, little Fanta tries to soldier on with all the determination of the bumble bee. So that is just what we are going to help her do.

Borrowing young Soda Pop’s now discarded shopping bag, training sessions have commenced, all the while massaging her tiny eyelids to address the debilitating entropion that has taken hold. Only time will tell how far we are able to help this young lamb fly.

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A Piggy Tribute to Happiness Happens Day

Happy Pigs

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.

Happy Pigs

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. Continue reading

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Lovable Lochy

Who could not fall in love with dear little Lochy’s sweet face? Sadly his condition is critical and has been so since arriving into our care only days ago. Around the clock care is provided and blood has been taken for testing. We are thankful we have vet nurse Stitch on had to assist. Hang in there little buddy, an entire world of kindness awaits.

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Don’t Ever Give Up

We have named her Fanta, but we should have named her Bumble Bee. For in the words of Mary Kay Ash “aerodynamically the bumblebee should not be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it, so she goes on flying anyway”. Little Fanta was found by a kind heart who spied her whilst driving. The paddock was strewn with dead bodies, live sheep and a little lamb somewhere in between. Contacting the farmer to inform him of the plight of the wee lamb, this kind heart was told gruffly “she’s not going to make it”. Refusing to accept such a terrible fate, the wee lamb was soon Edgar’s Mission. With a mind refusing to accept her body’s inability to stand, little Fanta tries to soldier on with all the determination of the bumble bee. So that is just what we are going to help her do.

Borrowing young Soda Pop’s now discarded shopping bag, training sessions have commenced, all the while massaging her tiny eyelids to address the debilitating entropion that has taken hold. Only time will tell how far we are able to help this young lamb fly.

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Home is where the lambs are…

Home

Just this winter we have swung open our barn doors to 28 rescued little lambs. Without the intervention of kind hearts and our assistance, these precious little babies would have perished, cold, motherless and all alone. Now we are pleased to say they are happy and getting healthier by the day. Many are now ready to stamp their little hoof prints in new forever homes. If you think you have what it takes to make a lamb’s life worth living we would love to hear from you.

Home

Here are a few things you need to know first. It’s certainly not a fleeting commitment, sheep can live for up to 15 or more years. Humanised lambs like these guys and gals make wonderful companions, however they do yearn for the company of their own kind and we are not able to split up existing friends (we know you wouldn’t want that either). You will also need a well-fenced paddock with shelter and be prepared to supplement their feed at different times of the year (especially in these formative years).

If you think we might just have your next perfect match in waiting, please complete our prospective adoption form available here. Continue reading

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