Last week we read about this sweet senior named Ginny. She is nearly blind and had bumped into another dog in foster care and a fight ensued, followed by a need to have her eye removed. She’s been with Homeward Bound Pug Rescue for over a year after being dumped at a local shelter.
We donated $50 to support this emergency surgery and are happy to read that they raised almost $1,000 more than their goal!
If you’re in the Midwest and able to welcome a pug into your home, check out their available rescues (all three of ours have come from there) or consider donating to their work.
Sweet Merida was found wandering the streets nearly starved to death in Houston. The bottom photo shows her two weeks later after receiving lots of love and care through PugHearts Rescue in Houston.
Pigs & Pugs Project donated $50 to PugHearts to support their efforts. If you’re on the prowl for a pug, please check out their available dogs and consider a donation to their work.
We’re delighted to announce that on March 1 (National Pig Day) we’ll be hosting a film screening of The Last Pig at Atlantic Plumbing (807 V Street, NW).
We’ll also have Farm Sanctuary’s co-founder Gene Baur and activist Ryan Phillips with his potbelly pig, Charlotte, at this special event.
Please save the date and watch for more information on tickets coming here shortly.
For more insight into the film, have a listen to interviews with the filmmaker Allison Argo and farmer Bob Comis on the Tranquility du Jour podcast.
See you in March!
After an hour and half drive from DC, Tim and I returned to Whispering Rise Farm & Animal Sanctuary for a yoga and volunteer experience one crisp fall day late September. While I did yoga with potbelly pigs wandering about, Tim biked around the area. Truthfully, I was so distracted with petting the pigs and snapping photos that the yoga practice was secondary to the experience (see first pic).
Next was a tasty vegan lunch followed by volunteer time. We chose one of the many tasks needed by the sanctuary owner, Jeff. Tim and I took on the glamorous job of cleaning out the straw in the aluminum pig houses set about the property. With pitchforks and brooms in hand, we headed to our first huts to pull out all the old straw. The pigs had pulled in lots of twigs and branches so we hauled that out, too.
Then we hauled fresh bales to the huts, broke them open, and sprinkled the straw inside. After a couple hours of this, we were at our last hut. In the second to final photo you’ll see me trying to lure out a senior pig with food so that I could freshen up her straw. She wasn’t having it.
In the final photo, we’re saying hello to Hank—the first potbelly we met during our last visit.
Supporting the sanctuary through Pigs & Pugs Project donations and volunteering has been a real treat. We look forward to returning!
Last month we donated $45 to support the spay of Millie, a potbelly pig activist who, along with her sisters, is hitting college campuses this fall. I met her step sibling Charlotte (see below) at the Animal Rights Conference early August and may have fallen in love—as did all the attendees!
Pigs such as Lilou the therapy pig at SFO, Millie, and her sisters Pumpkin and Charlotte are out and about sharing their sweet spirits with the world. We’re happy to support the work of introducing others to the magic of pigs.