Pigs have feelings too! Perhaps after a few weeks of March of Pigs you may have noticed that pigs are actually quite expressive. That’s because they feel a wide range of emotions, just like humans. Pigs can feel joy and happiness as well as suffer from negative emotions like sadness and grief. Pigs are not only emotional creatures, but have been observed to show compassion for others, and feel distress at seeing their animal and human friends suffering. They have distinctive personalities, some are shy and some are gregarious just like us. In addition to having excellent memories, it is very likely that pigs have complex feelings and thoughts, and are even able to understand symbolic languages similar to higher primates and dolphins. Amazing!
It may seem like a strange thing to say, but during this time of social distancing, isolation and lockdowns make sure to rest. It is easy to think now that you are bound inside that you can get loads of work done, learn new things, and accomplish all sorts of things when the outside world was accessible. All of that is great, and I encourage you to challenge yourself, just so long as you take care of yourself as well. Keep washing your hands and stay safe.
Think of something happy and wonderful today. It may be hard, but there is always SOMETHING. Even if it’s as simple as you enjoyed a wonderful meal, had a good cup of coffee or saw something funny on the internet.
You can never go wrong with kindness and compassion.
I usually like to post about hero goats who have been valiantly eating underbrush and growth to prevent wildfires. The science is clear that the increase in prevalence and intensity of wildfires in the western United States and in Australia are caused by the climate crisis and general warming of the planet. However, the climate crisis effects different regions in different ways. For example, over the summer the southeastern United States suffered a terrible drought. What does this have to do with goats? Our friend Otis from The Haven Zoo has been dealing with a zinc deficiency due to over-dried, nutrient lacking hay caused by the drought. For Otis, this means that he has lost some of his hair and has to see a veterinarian regularly to care for his skin. Sometimes it’s easy to think that the climate crisis only effects far away corners of the planet, but the same mechanisms that are causing the horrific wildfires are causing problems everywhere. I still believe that with the right collective energy, humanity and its animal friends can mitigate some of the worst effects. Small changes to your lifestyle can make a big impact, as well as supporting policy-makers committed to a greener future.
There are only TEN DAYS left in the entire decade? Can you believe that? Where did the time go? Think about where you were ten years ago and take in all your accomplishments and leave the rest – enjoy the last ten days of the last ten years!
Art is in the eye of the beholder, or in this case, the eye of the horn holder. That is right, our friends at The Haven Zoo created some fantastic paintings of the horn imprints of Boone, Otis and Bernie’s horns. The Haven provides a wonderful place for rescued animals including a herd of goats and now offer the opportunity to sponsor the goats and ensure their high quality of care is maintained. Help keep the Haven goat herd happy and healthy and if you sponsor before Thursday (December 19) you will be entered in prize-draw to win one of the paintings created by the goats seen below!
Take extra care of yourself as the holidays approach – this can be a joyous time of year but also a time of year that stirs up all sorts of things. Be patient, practice self care and don’t feel bad about eating an extra cookie or two.
Unfortunately, it is inevitable that sometimes people say or do unfortunate things. You have no control over the actions of others, but you do have control over your own actions and reactions. As challenging as it can be, always choose kindness and compassion.
Illegitimi non carborundum
If you are ever feeling overwhelmed just give yourself a gentle reminder that you are enough just as you are.