The first thing I saw when I arrived at the sanctuary this morning was Wilbur hanging out with the sheep near the gift shop. It was exciting, because he’s really getting around more, and it was hilarious because when one of the sheep (Clover, perhaps) tried to say hello, Wilbur warned him off. They were around the same height, so on first glance Wilbur seemed to fit right in. Later Wilbur went down to the goat yard to check things out there. Hannah was curious, but wouldn’t get close enough to sniff noses when Wilbur put his nose close to the gate. It was cute, like they were both trying to figure out how the other fit into their view of the world!
The first person I saw was a fellow volunteer, Amy, and the first thing she said was that Izzy and Morty were doing great.
I felt like I let out a breath I’d been holding all week. We poked our head into the gift shop, where they were chilling out, and saw for ourselves. Morty had grown a ton, was 3 or 4 times the size from last weekend. Izzy is not growing as fast, and in comparison to Morty doesn’t look like he’s growing at all, but that’s just an illusion. He is growing, and he’s been doing great. He’s still a little wobbly, but he really is doing great.
Morty is already a big fan of belly rubs. There is something incredibly precious about this tiny miniature pig rolling over for a belly rub.
It was a fairly crazy busy day. The goats have had pink eye running through the herd, and I helped Terry give them their ointment. My job was to hold them still. Goats are strong, and it was quite a workout!
The Open House is tomorrow, and somehow all these little chores, which weren’t actually so little, took up large chunks of time and effort. By the time we were done with chores, it was 3pm. 3pm!! On our really slow days we’re done by 1pm.
But at the end of the day we got to see Morty and Izzy running around outside, exploring bits and pieces of their world.
Morty’s world is a bit bigger than Izzy’s. Izzy sticks close to Terry. 30 minutes of excitement, and they were down for the count. Just like the babies they are.
I will put in about a 12 hour day tomorrow, not including travel time, but that’s nothing compared to the work of those more involved in the event planning. I get exhausted just thinking about everything they do to get an event like this off the ground!