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We have returned to volunteering at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary! As you can see, we’re very excited about this. So we thought we would share some photos of our first day back with our animal friends.

You can come out and meet them yourselves on May 18th (this Sunday) from noon to 4 pm. Admission fee is $10, kids 5 and under are free. Tour the farm, hang out with the animals and hear their stories, and tasty vegan food will be sold by Shimmy Shack.

Rambo the goat demands love, dignity be damned.

Rambo the goat demands love, dignity be damned.

Billy Ray naps because being adorable is a full time job.

Billy Ray naps because being adorable is a full time job.

Emu squats.

Emu squats.

Petey and Stripes soak up some rays.

Petey and Stripes soak up some rays.

Dawkins strolls in like a pimp daddy.

Dawkins strolls in like a pimp daddy.

Everyone should have a good dirt bath.

Everyone should have a good dirt bath.

Mostly everyone just wanted to snack on some sweet green grass.

Mostly everyone just wanted to snack on some sweet green grass.

 

A few days ago I lost a very good friend. He was a tall, dark and handsome fellow. He had a tendency to be shy but he was always sweet. He walked with a limp like an old time pimp, but he was never mean to anyone. People gravitated towards him because he had such a welcoming presence.

His name was Feten and he was a horse.

He wasn’t just any horse though, he let me pretend that I was the horse whisperer. In fact, it became somewhat of a nickname for me on Sunday mornings at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary where he lived and I volunteered. (Volunteered being past tense due to vehicle issues.) I’ve always been incredibly fond of horses since I was very young but never did I have a relationship with one like that of Feten. Really, I think he just humored me but that’s okay.

I’ll never forget my first serious conversation with Feten, yes I said conversation. It was morning grain time for all the horses and while all you had to do to get everyone else out of the pasture to come and eat, was yell “Come and eat!” However, Feten just stood there watching the rest of the herd run for the goods. When he didn’t attempt to come I walked out to meet him part way. He just stared at me. I told him, “Come on, it’s time for breakfast!” He just stared. I was at a loss, how did one convince a horse to come eat? I crossed my arms, “I feel stupid whistling at you because you’re not a dog.” He continued staring. If he didn’t get there soon, there wouldn’t be any grain left for him. In a last ditch effort, I patted my thighs and said, “Come on buddy.” He strolled right up to me and then walked the entire way with his head over my right shoulder, keeping pace the whole time. He had no halter or lead rope on, but he just kept walking right next to me until he saw that glorious bucket of goodies. This is forever ingrained into my memory it meant so much to me. Why, I could probably never describe. This is but one story in our two years of friendship.

My heart hangs heavy with his loss but also rejoices in his life. He had such a beautiful soul. He frequently encouraged me to scratch his belly for him. He was an ex-race horse that was injured and then surrendered to the sanctuary where he spent the remainder of his life, naked, free, loved, and catered to daily. I know how much love and attention he received, not just from myself of course but from other volunteers and the owners of the farm as well. He would never again be tossed aside because he couldn’t bring in the money. He knew only love and understanding for all the rest of his days, and I am thankful that he shared his love and life with me.

Feten, the handsome fellow that he was.

Feten, the handsome fellow that he was.

Please take the time to volunteer or donate money and goods to sanctuaries. I know that Feten would greatly appreciate people giving a second chance to someone like himself.

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So it just so happens that March 1st is a day to celebrate our hoofed friends of both the swine and equine variety.

National Pig Day:

Evelyn being playful with a stick. :)

Evelyn being playful with a stick. 🙂

If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to get to spend some time around pigs, you’ll know just how intelligent, funny, and awesome they tend to be. We’ve both had the pleasure of getting to know some of the pigs through volunteering at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary, and let us tell you, they’re some real characters! A lot of people are surprised at just how smart and affectionate pigs can be, but they really are a joy to be around.

Louie the potbelly when he was just a little baby!

Louie the potbelly when he was just a little baby!

Louie all grown up and still adorable.

Louie all grown up and still adorable.

National Horse Protection Day:

Rain being super cute and fuzzy.

Rain being super cute and fuzzy.

Nobody likes to think about a horse being abused or neglected, or even sent to slaughter, but unfortunately, horses often fall victim to those very things. National Horse Protection Day exists to bring such injustices to the public’s attention and educate people on how they can help. Horses may not be able to speak out against those that would do them harm, but we can and we should. We know how it goes, wanting to help but knowing that adopting a rescued horse just isn’t a realistic option at this time. But there are also plenty of other ways you can help. Some of things you can do include:

  • Volunteering your time at an animal sanctuary or horse rescue. (Trust us, it’s just as rewarding for you as it is for the animals you’ll be helping!)

  • Helping spread the word, simply by helping raise awareness, or sharing news of horses in need of adoption in your area.

  • Donating to a horse rescue (aside from money, rescues are always in need of food and supplies. You can often find wish lists of the items they need right on their websites.)

Some horse rescues in Michigan include:

Starry Skies Equine Rescue and Sanctuary (Ann Arbor, MI):

http://www.starryskiesequinerescueandsanctuary.com/

 

Northern Michigan Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation (Gaylord, MI):

http://www.nmhrr.org/

 

Beyond the Roses Equine Rescue & Retirement (Emmett, MI):

http://www.beyondtherosesequine.org/

 

SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary (Manchester, MI):

**This one is a sanctuary for all kinds of farm animals, with several horse and pig residents!

https://www.facebook.com/sashafarm

Feten, one of the lucky horses who get to live out the rest of their days at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Feten, one of the lucky horses who get to live out the rest of their days at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary.

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Upon feeding the pot-bellied pigs at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary, we discovered one pot who had had his fill and was now napping, joyfully, next to his food tray. We could not stop laughing, but that didn’t wake him. He just smiled while napping with a full belly, the happiest of happy.

 

Breakfast and then a nap.

Breakfast and then a nap.

Come visit SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary on August 11th!

Many activities to keep yourself and the kids entertained while you explore an animal sanctuary in action! Meet the animal residents as well.

It is always a good time and you’ll be helping raise money to continue rescuing animals in need!

Catered vegan lunch. 🙂

As Easter approaches this is a friendly reminder to please refrain from getting your child/children any live chicks/ducks/bunnies. Sure they’re tiny and cute and do adorable things, but they grow quickly. Suddenly, your adorable baby chick is on his way to becoming a full grown rooster. Crowing at the crack of dawn to signal a new day has arrived. Obviously this can become a problem at lightening speed for a variety of reasons (angry neighbors and city violations being just a small sample) and you’re left trying to find a new home for him frantically. Most people are not going to lend a hand and take on a rooster or any other poultry for that matter. And let’s face it, farm animal sanctuaries are few and far between. (Not to mention usually full from this very situation!)

Chickens, ducks, and bunnies all poop a LOT. They’re basically feces machine guns. If you think picking up after Fido and Ms. Kitty gets exhausting, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Bunnies have a life span of approximately 10 years. You should consider it like adopting a dog. They also need to be spayed or neutered to prevent overpopulation and marking problems.

Now I know the kids promised they’d take care of them but they also promised to stop picking their nose and THAT hasn’t stopped yet either. You should pretty much count on all the responsibilities falling back on you. Let’s face it, kids have short attention spans. They’re kids, it’s not their fault.

Be the responsible party and don’t bring a live animal home for Easter. (Unless you’ve thoroughly researched said animal and feel they would make a great addition to your family.) Stick to stuffed bunny toys and candy this Easter. It saves lives.

These roosters are lucky enough to live out the rest of their lives at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary.

These roosters are lucky enough to live out the rest of their lives at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary.

I don’t know about everyone else in Michigan but I’m ready for sunny skies and green pastures once again!

SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary

A mule named Johan and a couple horses enjoying nibbling some grass in peace.

A mule named Johan and a couple horses enjoying nibbling some grass in peace.