I was in the chicken yard last Saturday, near the fence bordering the cow/horse/mule pasture, when I heard the thundering hooves of…pigs? I looked up to see Patsy run by on the other side of the fence. Patsy, the pig, followed closely by Truffles.
“The pigs are out!” I called.
Luckily it was just Patsy and Truffles who had gotten out, and luckily getting out of the pig yard just means they’re going to explore the horse/mule/cow area. There is a fence around the entire perimeter of the sanctuary, so it was a minor escape on all levels. An adventure for the pigs.
Truffles and Patsy headed straight to the hay feeders that are in the woods for the cows, and then they headed to the creek. They were having a great time exploring! After they made their way back up from the creek, Dave and Leesa herded them back to the pig yard.
It is hard to believe that it was barely more than a year ago that Patsy and Truffles were rescued from that small family farm, where the majority of the animals had already died…and that the judge awarded all the animals back to the farmer despite the neglect. The farmer allowed a few of these animals to be rescued only because they were sick enough he didn’t think they’d live anyway. Patsy was so weak from malnutrition and freezing temperatures she didn’t even move. Truffles had a wound that wasn’t healing.
Vet care and some TLC had them on the mend, and it wasn’t long before Patsy was displaying her spunky personality, and Truffle’s wound was healed. We described Patsy as a street-smart little piglet, because she would scoot in and out around the big pigs, grabbing food, but moving too fast for them to bother to put the smack down on her. I think that’s how she survived as long as she did under the harsh neglect of the farm she was born on.
Knowing their history, and that they survived the small family farm against all odds, it makes me smile to think of their little Saturday adventure. What they want is simple: food, water, shelter, grass, mud, companionship. Life.
We can give that to them. At the sanctuary, of course, but also as individuals with our everyday choices.
Almost everyone, if asked, affirms that they are compassionate, and that they love animals. We can put this compassion and love into practice when we go vegan. Colleen at Compassionate Cooks has some great resources to get the aspiring vegan started.