Sunday, November 1, 2009

Pig do's and Donts Tips to help Keep Your Pigger Family Healthy

SO I wanted to help you know what to do for your piggers and what to not do to the piggers so this might be a long one here we go.
First question I am getting a lot would be "Winter is coming what should I do to help my pigger stay warm". There are 2 ways to help outside piggers stay warm and safe. You can use Hay in the pigger houses or you can use blankets and heat lamps. now NEVER mix the two. If you use hot lamps do not use hay because of the risk of the hay catching on fire from the heat lamps. Hay works very good because the piggers own body heat is insulated in the hay NEVER use wet hay or moldy hay mold is bad to breath and wet hay takes heat away from the pigger. having more then one pigger in a house allows them to give each other body heat. But as you might kow not all pigs get along. ;8)
Next I get lots of questions about what is god to feed piggers and not feed piggers. Now when it comes to plants pigs seem to know what is very bad for them but please if you know a plant is toxic do not plant it where the pig can get to it. It is not worth the risk. A piglet under a year of age can eat a 1 cup twice a day, This includes the snacks and but you will want to decrease this as the pig ages and doesn't get up and move as much. The most important thing to remember is that your pigs are very intelligent animals and if they are not enriched with things to do they will be come board and start sleeping a lot. This will cause them to put and keep the weight on. So in a days time your piglets should not get over 2 cups of anything to eat. If they graze you have to calculate that in as well and cut back on the pelletsNever free feed a pig, they will eat until the throw up. Make sure they get plenty of exercise to keep them fit and trim. A fat pig is really an unhappy pig and it causes all kinds of health issues.
DO NOT for any reason let your pig get Moth Balls They are very dangerous to you and your piggers they cause cancer in humans and will kill your pigger.
mushrooms can be toxic in a pasture, melarmine from the recalled pet food, any tomato leaves Tomato plants like pepper plants are part of the night shade family they are very toxic to humans and piggers the fruits are fine no plants please.
Not to much starchy foods and limit fruit because of the sugar content. I can tell you I found out the hard way about the fruits. Fruits are jam packed with vitamins HOWEVER the sugar content rots teeth and very fast there is now why to brush there little teeth so the sugar stays on he teeth. I have a pigger that had to have 6 teeth removed (all my pigs are rescues from bad lives so this stuff sadly happenes) a couple weeks later I brought that pigger back to the vet because her face was stil swollen. They had to remove part of her jaw because it died. she is doing fine now and looks great, so please give your piggers veggies not much fruit.
I cannot express how impotant it is to have fresh water for piggers to drinka nd bath in. Besides drinking water (use flat bottomed shallow pans made for watering small stock and put out multiple dishes in case they tip one over.) they need water for cooling off.
A stream, a pond, a wading pool, or a mudhole can all provide the necessary hot weather relief. Pigs cannot sweat or pant; they must have water they can immerse in to cool off. This is essential. Heatstroke is common. And they must have mud. Just water is not enough. Mud provides insect protection, sunscreen and lubrication to prevent scaly skin. For the best pool money can buy go to PAHeartland for their specially manufactured piggy pools. They have soft sides for easy entrance and napping, are low and skid proof so pigs aren't afraid to step into them and are virtually indestructible. Easy to empty and clean every day as well. (

Monday, October 5, 2009

Swirled Green Leaf, Wire Wrapped Polymer Clay Pendant by EmilyClaireCreations

Hand-formed copper wire leaf wraps swirled green and brown polymer clay. The leaf is sealed with a satin gloss polymer glaze, and embellished with copper glass seed beads.This generous leaf pendant measures approximately 3 1/4" in length, and 2" in diameter.Unique and lovely one of a kind pendant, just like a leaf found in nature. Black satin cord included with purchase (not shown) for more of these awesome items please visit:

Farm Sanctuary’s annual Adopt-A-Turkey Project!

Give thanks this Thanksgiving by giving the gift of life to a turkey in need! It’s easy as pumpkin pie when you sponsor a turkey, or a whole flock, for your loved ones through Farm Sanctuary’s annual Adopt-A-Turkey Project! Or, why not treat yourself by sponsoring some feathered friends of your own? For a one-time donation of just $25 per turkey sponsorship, we’ll send you, your friends or family members a special Adopt-A-Turkey certificate complete with color photo of and fun details about the turkey you choose.
Since 1986, our Adopt-A-Turkey Project has saved countless innocent turkeys, and given thousands of people an opportunity to treat them with compassion. Sponsorships not only help us care for the rescued residents at our shelters, but also enable us to educate and advocate for turkeys — and other farm animals — everywhere.
Please join us in making this Thanksgiving a happy one for all by sponsoring one, or all, of the rescued turkeys featured below.
Meet Our 2009 Adopt-A-Turkey Participants!

Lil Critters Handmade Lampwork Beads by DerondaDesigns

I found these while playing around online. The pigger stole my heart.

Just for fun we have these 3 little critters. A little pig, a chicken and a fun turtle will be ever so fun to use.All made on 5/64" mandrels, they come in various sizes, but are about 30mm longBecause each bead is handmade, you will find variances from bead to bead even within a set.Beads are made in my little studio one at a time and are annealed in a digitally controlled kiln to give you well finished beads. for more item by this artist please visit:

In Defense of Dogs: An Evening on Animal Welfare

Date: Fri., Oct. 23, 6pm-10pm (doors open at 5:30pm)
Location: Plant Zero, 0 East 4th St., Richmond, Va.
Admission: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on the Ring Dog Rescue website or at a number of locations listed on the website
In celebration of National Pit Bull Awareness Day, Ring Dog Rescue is hosting a public event intended to provide insight, education, and a place to network for animal welfare advocates.
"In Defense of Dogs: An Evening on Animal Welfare" will feature notable speakers in animal advocacy along with more than a dozen animal friendly vendors, food, and a beer and wine bar to facilitate networking and mingling between local animal lovers. There will also be a special appearance by Gracie, one of Michael Vick's former dogs.
For more information, a list of speakers, and event sponsors, visit

(And for information on Cinnamon pictured above, who is a sweet and shy pit bull-shar pei mix, visit article provided by Voices for Animals.

Vampire Fleece Halloween Cape for Dogs by spoiledbratz

This is just to cute not to show everyone
For your little vampire this comfy fleece cape simply ties around the neck to fit most small dogs up to 25 pounds. Double collar is black with red inside and stands on its own and measures 3.5" tall. Cape is single layer heavy fleece and measures 12" long. Neck is adjustable with single layer fleece tie from 8-16"Decorative topstitching in blood red thread finishes it off nicely.See all of our dog costumes and Halloween hatz in the studio.Larger sizes available, just ask. for more of these awesome items please visit:

Recap of the 13th Annual Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival

Despite the generous rain, the 13th Annual Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival attracted several hundred attendees and received a lot of publicity in local papers and on television.

In the chaos of packing up in a downpour, we didn't get our usual tally for the Adoption Fair, but we do know that two of the participating rescue organizations adopted out three deserving animals each. We hope the other organizations had similar success! And Georgie, the rescued potbellied pig from Gallastar Equine Center, was a great ambassador for his species. With his super-affectionate personality and constantly wagging tail, he charmed everyone he met.

We greatly appreciate the support of the Festival sponsors and exhibitors, the dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the event happen, and the intrepid souls who came to Lee Park to celebrate a humane and healthy lifestyle.

If you'd like to be on the planning committee for next year's Festival, please email Cavell at THis artiicle was provided by: Voices for Animals

Weaving Rainbow

This shop has some really awesome items. I spent a couple hours going through trying to decide what items I wanted to blog about it was very hard to decide.
Yet another easy clothing pattern to knit for your favorite critter. This 2- button vest was knitted using Froehlich Die tolle Wolle, a variegated worsted weight yarn. You may want to experiment with a solid color vest, then crochet a narrow border around it using a complimentary color. Time to use your fuzzy imagination!

Helping Community Cats Workshop

Sponsored by Voices for Animals and Alley Cat Allies Date: Tues., Oct. 13, 7pm-9pm
Location: Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA training room

For the first time ever, Alley Cat Allies -- the national feral cat advocacy organization -- will bring its popular Helping Community Cats workshop to Charlottesville.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided.
Learn how you can help stray and feral cats in your neighborhood, expand your knowledge, and get your questions about feral cat issues answered by national experts. This workshop is geared for animal advocates, animal shelter and control staff, cat caretakers, and anyone interested in humane, progressive solutions to pet overpopulation.
Topics will include:
safely trapping and handling feral cats
the science of trap-neuter-return: how TNR programs reduce populations of free-roaming cats
tips for ongoing care of outdoor cats
how to tell the difference between a tame stray and a feral cat
and more!
All participants will receive packets with information on resources for helping feral cats, including low-cost and free veterinary services. This article was provided by voices for animals

Monday, September 28, 2009


I wanted to take a second to show you this awesome artist and just one of her awesome shops.

Huckleberry Arts makes so many awesome items to I like. For example this painting.
Say Hello to Mr Whiskers.And his Crow Griend they go everywhere together. Seems the crow has found a perfect place to be. Mr Whiskers is a creation of mine, he hasnt popped into my head in over a year last night he appeared and boy what an appearence he made.Completely Free Hand Painted. With a Whimsical Primitive fill to him.Painted on Smooth Watercolor 110lb weight CanvasUsing Acrylics Signed Dated numbered 1/1A Fun Kitty to add to your collection to add to your Collection. He is one to put a smile on your face. for more of these awesome paintings and much much more please visit: is having a special sale

For the next days I am running a special on all Christmas card orders.All card orders received by Oct, 10th will receive a 10 percent discount. Go to and check out the wonderful holiday cards.

While you are there check out the new blank card assortment as well as the all new 20 card assortment pack that will always have you prepared for those special days for the special people in your life.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Pig Santa Candle by DeesCandleDeelites

Now the fisrt candle I saw in this awesome shop was the santa pig candle on the left I email ed deescandle and soon found out that there are many many pig candles some not even listed at the moment on this awesome site. I have tons of pig stuff but have never seen these candles before. The quality on these candles is just awesome. Go and check out deescandle shop for yourself:

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hungry Henry Candycane Holder christmas ornament/decoration

I love this shop Aunti Franni always has the most awesome stuff. This machine embroidered pig is a cute way to hang a candy cane on your tree, also a cute ornament without the candy cane. Great gift for your child's teacher, coach, newspaper boy etc.3.89"(w) x 3.76"(h) (98.9 x 95.5mm)Want different colored stitching than what I have just let me know. for more of these awesome items please visit:

The Medicine Chest by SHepherds Green

Recommended pig care items to have on hand
Peroxide with a spray top. Very handy for cuts that he won't let you touch.
A water based antibiotic spray such as spectomycin and water. Ask your vet for the antibiotic and the solution strength. Great to have hanging on the fence and handy.
Antihistamine (like Benedryl or Zyrtec). As with any animal, breathing difficulties from allergies can occur. If he is unable to take a pill, mash a Benedryl in a little water to make a paste and smear it in his mouth. Use human dosage. There is a chewable Benedryl that tastes like grape soda for kids.. most pigs will take it.
Aspirin. If he gets a hurt leg or foot or other obvious painful condition aspirin can be used for a day or two . Longer use can be dangerous to the stomach. Never use any other human pain relievers like Ibuprophens. For long term problems like arthritis and other bone and joint problems see the section on Arthritis All PBP vets now recommend that if you use any kind of pain killer, steroidal or non steroidal, you should give a stomach acid reducer such as Prilosec or Ranitidine (both available over the counter) at the same time.
SMZ is the number one used antibiotic on the farm here. Easy to crush, easy to feed in any sandwich, its very effective for a wide range of ills. Tetracyclene and Amoxycillin are two other common antibiotics that are used frequently. Have them on hand and call your vet for dosages and recommendations at the first sign of infection. Another handy drug is Doxycyclene which is a once a day antibiotic which can make medicating a lot less complicated for a pig who hates taking pills.
All pills can be crushed and put into a pill sandwich with mayonnaise or ketchup or jam. You may have to get creative if he decides he doesn't want to take it and vary the sandwich content. Worst case, crush the pill or open the capsule and mix with a tiny amount of liquid, pull it up into a syringe (be sure to remove the needle!!) and just squirt it in his mouth. There are handy feeding syringes for this purpose (See link of the Essentials" page. )
Other sure fire ways to get him to take a pill:I have found most all my pill refusers will change their mind if I roll the pill in a nice big hunk of sugar cookie dough. Buy the refrigerator roll type and it keeps a long time. Other good taste teasers for the finicky medicine taker: Pumpkin pie mix, turkey stuffing mix, and gorgonzola cheese. Or >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Crush it and mix into eggnog or Gatorade Or >>>>>>>>>>>Break into tiny bits and put each bit into a canned peach halve or a fat jelly bean. Or >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Hide pill in hot dog bites ( there are vegetarian hot dogs available, but pigs are omnivores and eating meat does not harm them)
(Be sure that you NEVER give a pig any pork products. The risk of returning hog cholera to our country is very real today with so much pork coming from Mexico where it is rampant. Ingesting a tiny piece of ham from your plate or a left over slice of pepperoni pizza could bring back this disease that was eradicated 50 years ago. ). Any meats your pig eats should be fully cooked. Ham, pepperoni, salami, and many other pork products are not cooked.. just smoke cured..

Fire Hydrant Doggy Bucket Organizer w/bath towel and mat by Charspirit

Doggy Organizer Bucket Cover that goes on any 2 qt paint bucket (the one shown in picture) made with pre-washed fabric to prevent shrinkage with assorted pockets on side to keep all your doggy needs of medications, shampoos, brushes, clippers or whatever it needs all in one place.Includes regular size bath towel pre-washed & binded with matching material. Along with bone shaped pre-washed mat for your doggies food and water. For more of these awesome items please visit:

Adding a second Pig by Shepherds Green

Adding a second Pig.
Pigs are herd animals and it is best that they have one of their own kind for companionship. It has no effect on their relationship with you. But it gives them a buddy to sleep with, argue with, and just be with. It increases the quality of their life greatly.
If you already have a pig and decide to add another there are a few things to consider.
First, what is the size and attitude of your pig? If large and aggressive he will be very rough on the newcomer. If large and shy he will still fight but won't be as rough. In general, a young pig is the best choice to add as it is not as threatening to the resident pig and pigs will not hurt a youngster like they will another adult pig.
Almost all meetings between strange pigs result in a fight. Usually it is harmless, a few scratches down their sides and then they become friends. Occasionally they will rip an ear or a lip. Pigs with large tusks should not be mixed without having the tusks cut first. It doesn't seem to make much difference between introducing males to males or females. (Providing they are all neutered; never introduce two unneutered males). The least fighting will occur if the pigs can be put together in an area which neither has claim to. A neutral space. After they have been together for a day or two, then move them back to the regular living area. Do not introduce them INSIDE the house.
One pig will end up being "boss" and from then on there will be no more fuss. If you adopt from the us we will try to make a match that will be agreeable.
Many of a pigs woes can be cured by the addition of another pig. It is a natural condition for them. People, dogs and cats are fine, but another pig is a true kindred spirit. They sleep together and pal around together and fuss with each other, getting many emotional needs filled that we can't fill for them any other way.
If your new pig and the original pig refuse to sleep together at first, give them time. They may need many months before they feel comfortable enough to share their most vulnerable and private space. Plan to accommodate separate sleeping areas if needed. visit for more info:

SALE - J A D E and C A T S E Y E Necklace by CatchAShiningStar

The jade aventurine and cats eye beads cascade beautifully over the larger jade aventurine nugget (a healing stone for the chakra) This necklace represents the many layers of healing that may occur in ones life. The AB crystal bead at the bottom represents enlightenment.I used black leather cording which measures 21 inches with a lobster clasp closure.Comes gift wrapped in a handy felt card holder. to see more of these awesome pieces please visit:

Proper Pig Housing by Shepherds Green

A tight, well insulated house is necessary in cold climates. These pigs came from a sub tropical environment. Young pigs have little fat to protect them; older pigs, especially in groups or two or more sleeping together can tolerate much more cold. Build a large enough house to accommodate your pig comfortably, but not a lot of space for heat loss. A 6'x6'x4' high makes a good size for one to four pigs. In colder climates where temps drop below 0, insulate all walls, floor and ceiling with standard 3-1/2" fiberglass insulation. Interior and exterior plywood walls. A solid floor of 1" boards or plywood. The door should be faced away from prevailing winds and have 2 heavy rugs for doors, one outside and one inside.
A reflective heat lamp can be suspended or a ceramic light fixture installed for use in heating should temperatures be below zero. Use standard 150 or 200 watt light bulbs, not heat bulbs. Keep light at least 2 feet above the pig.
WARNING. Any kind of light is a fire hazard. To be safe use the special heaters made especially for pigs instead. These are available on line from ENasco and from Jeffers Pet. (See link of the Essentials" page. ). Pig heater, installed on wall so it doesn't get overheated under hay, is shown at right.
Fill the house with straw or hay and keep it 16 inches deep. They will bury themselves under it and be nice and warm. Bedding won't last long as it becomes pulverized and flat so keep a check on it. Add a blanket to the bedding for extra protection. If you live in a severe climate where sub zero is common, it is best to plan an indoor sleeping area. If you live in a farm setting and have a barn, build a house inside the barn and throw hay over it as well as in it. Or give them access, in the dry, to a roll or big pile of hay and they will burrow into it. With multiple pigs no heat is usually required in a good barn with plenty of hay. visit:

Correspondence for All of Life's Occasions by DawnCorrespondence's

Cute mini square Fall harvest cards (approximately 3" square) are great for a quick note. Could also be used at the table setting in place of a place card as a special note for each guest! Set includes 10 cards and handmade envelopes. LArger qunities available . Please visit:

Walk For The Animals by Farm Sanctuary's

For more than two decades, Farm Sanctuary’s annual Walk for Farm Animals has helped spread the word about the treatment of animals on factory farms and raised vital funds for our rescue, education and advocacy work. The Walks are an important part of Farm Sanctuary’s history and our outreach and fundraising efforts. They are also a great way for supporters to help send a positive message of compassion and hope for farm animals. Each year, the Walks are more successful, attracting more participants and raising more money to help abused animals. They are positive events that bring together people who care about what factory farming is doing to animals, people and the environment. Walks occur across the U.S. and in Canada in September and October. If you are interested in participating in a Farm Sanctuary Walk for Farm Animals, please check out the Find a 2009 Walk page to see if there is an event in your community. You can register either online, or through the mail by contacting your local Walk coordinator. If there is not a Walk scheduled in your area and you would like to organize one, please visit the Coordinator Info page or email
Not able to join a Walk? We still need your help! Please donate to our 2009 Walk for Farm Animals to help us meet our fundraising goal. More than ever, farm animals need your support.

Chrisstmas Camoe by Elegancebymode

Elegance by Mode Makes some of the most elgant and original Cameos I have ever seen. The quality and Details in her work are awesome.
2 Christmas Cameos encased with red and clear swarovski crystals handwoven together. It has 70 red swarovski crystals and 48 clear swarovski crystals. You can wear it as a pendant or hang on the tree for a Christmas ornament.
For more on these awesome cameos please visit:

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Oliver The Pig by Noahs Ark Pot Bellied Pig

I thought this wasa good example of the awesome work Noahs Ark does everyday:
This is Oliver Before

He is only one year old and had lived in a 8' by 8' pen all his little life. Filthy dirty and spilling his water all the time.......peeing in the water and then drinking it. The food we saw in the bowl had soured. Oliver had called the attention to animal control as they were called out because Oliver had been attacked in his pen by the neighbors pit bull dog. Animal control asked that the owners call a vet and have Oliver checked out as he was mauled pretty good. The owners never did call a vet. Oliver sat out there with flies all over him and open wounds for 11 days till I got involved . I really could not take in anymore pigs but what could I do........I got the owners to relinquish Oliver and I took him home. The owners said they could not afford vet care for the pig because SHE was PREGNANT. It is a shame that an animal has to endure things like this. Oliver was not his name. The owners called him Stinky.........why would he want a name like that.......of course he smelled with the awful way the owners kept him. That soon changed. Oliver as he is known now received a good bath which he enjoyed and his wounds were cleaned real good. He was put on antibiotics and scheduled for an appointment to be neutered. After his neutering he continued to gain nice weight with some nutritional pig food. Clean water which he was not used to. After a few weeks of isolation to heal his wounds and take the time for his neutering to calm his hormones Oliver was let out and never fought with one pig........he seemed so happy to the Life he had come into. Oliver today is a very friendly and happy pig......comes when called and loves to just hang out with you while you are doing chores. He looks quite different today . His ears still show what he endured ......the other bites and rips have now healed. by Lynne Noahs Arkpbp Sanctuary. now Noahs Ark is in despirate need of donations please visit:

Eight Handmade Polymer Clay Buttons by gundowerks

Ok I just fell in love with these HOW AWESOME:
This set of eight square buttons come in two sizes and are funky and fresh.Each is made of a cool mottle of color: pinks, purples, blues and greens. Stamped with a star pattern and finished to a high gloss, these beads are carefully drilled and ready to attach to your finished art piece.Three beads measure approximately 1.25" and five measure .75". Garments finished with these buttons should be carefully handwashed and handdried to preserve the beauty of the clay. Treated well these beads can last for many, many years on your wearable art.I am available to create buttons for your art pieces - contact me and I will create a listing with your work in mind! for more of these awesome items please visit:

Rooterville, A Sanctuary Inc. Mission Statement Encouraging compassion for all animals

Rooterville is a beautiful place, providing safe haven for over 100 rescued animals. We provide medical treatment and proper nourishment for unwanted, abused and abandoned animals of all species, particularly pot bellied pigs, as well as assist in the rescue, transport, placement and spaying/neutering of rescued animals. We have helped with many large rescues including the placement of hundreds of abused, neglected, abandoned or unwanted pet pigs. Believe it or not, there are way too many unwanted pot bellied pigs and we are one of only a handful of rescues that will help them. While there are many more rescue options available for dogs and cats, there are few for pigs. This is why the work we do at Rooterville is so very important and why we strive to educate the general public with respect to the true nature and characteristics of the potbellied pig and pigs in general and stress the importance of spaying and neutering them to prevent the birth of even more unwanted pets. Rooterville has many wonderful spayed/neutered pet pigs available for adoption to loving homes. Animals who do not get adopted will live their lives out here at the Sanctuary.
Often, we have helped pet pigs stay in their homes by providing adequate fencing, shelter and spay/neuter for those animals who, with our assistance, are then able to stay in their current homes. We also spend many hours providing education and support to pig guardians to help them cope with health and behavioral issues in an effort to keep animals in their current homes, as long as they are loved and will be properly cared for with our intervention and follow-up.
A large part of our time is dedicated to educating the general public on the nature and sentience of all animals as well as their need for compassionate treatment, particularly pigs, in comparison to modern factory farming, circuses, entertainment, etc. and we provide information and resources free of charge.
The BEST thing that you can do for your health, for the animals, for the planet and for the future is to adopt a plant based diet. At Rooterville, we believe that the most important thing we can do is to encourage the compassionate lifestyle of a vegetarian/vegan through: example, education, exhibiting, tabling, peaceful demonstration and outreach events whenever and wherever possible.
Through our network of other friends and rescues, we provide a means by which those interested in helping pot bellied pigs or other species of animals, can share information and join in common activities to help achieve the goals of no more homeless animals and the elimination of animal suffering at the hands of human kind.
Please join us as! The animals need us.

Fountain of Youth Goats Milk Soap on a Pouf by AmbientLights

Fountain of Youth A luxury Spa type scent that is unique and wonderful! Based on fresh, clean scents with a just a hint of Japanese Grapefruit and soft florals. Everyone who smells this loves it, me included!
Soap Poufs are made with high quality glycerin Goats Milk Hand and Body Soap and a nylon shower pouf. This soap is great by itself but I've added a couple more good for the skin oils such as castor oil and soybean oil, which contains natural vitamin E.Each Pouf is embedded in 3oz of soap. Ambient Lights Goats Milk Soap rinses wonderfully from your skin and leaves you feeling extra clean and silky smooth, the fragrance will fill your shower and will linger softly on your skin afterwards.The added bonus of Soap on a Pouf is once you've used all your soap, you still have your pouf to use! for more of these awesome products please visit:

Practical Tips for Dealing with your Potbelly in a time of Disaster

Practical Tips for Dealing with your Potbellyin a time of Disaster ~ By Jacque, Proud Owner of Lily the pbp
Fire! Fire! The skies are filling up with black smoke everywhere. It was time to get thinking what we would do with our animals in case of emergency. The biggest question was could we deal with our animals in an emergency? It does not matter if you have a pot belly or just a wonderful old dog; the question is what would you do? This mind set was a thought after the last huge fire that ran through the Yorba Linda and Brea area just recently.
I set out to ask some questions. Patty Williams, agriculture teacher for Orange High School, was a wonderful resource. She has assisted in the evacuation and rescue of large livestock with Hurricane Katrina and our local Santiago Fire. Her live stock area at the high school is deemed as an official rescue site for large livestock for the Orange County area and she has trained her students in the assistance for this. Most recently she opened up the live stock area at the high school for the Yorba Linda Fires. Her most practical advice is to create a grab and go bag. It should consist of food, water, health essentials, bedding, and vet info if needed. Next is to practice, practice, and practice the loading of the animals. Have a disaster drill! In this most recent fire they were expecting four potbelly pigs but the pigs did not make it to her shelter because they would not load.
What is your emergency plan? Where will you take the animals? Many people do not have a way to transport them. It is the owner’s responsibility to evacuate them because animal control and other rescue groups most likely will not be able to get to everyone. For example, last year several horses had to be left in the back of Dove Canyon because the owners did not listen to the evacuation warning.
I am new to being a potbelly caregiver. I have to ask questions of everyone. It’s like having a baby and not knowing what to do. I do know this…..I’m planning on taking the dog and the pig for a ride in my truck on a regular basis.
for more on this subject please visit:

Friday, July 10, 2009

Save The Piggies Giveaway

This is a very special giveaway. I was given this save the pigs pendant by patsdesign. This will be the main item given away for this giveaway. sooooo cute, I had a great time trying to create this little piggy.. It is on a 3/4 copper disc. I added a 16inch sterling silver box chain, if you want it longer please let me know. A great way to create a cute little animal with letter stamps. I can add anything you want to it! OINK by .

Here is what makes his giveaway so special.

Noahs Ark PBP Sanctuary in Port Richey Florida is having a really bad year. They have a lot of residents that are getting up there in years and are starting to have major health problems. wanted to help so on top of donating a pendant for the giveaway she desided she would donate $3.00 of every pig pendant sold to noahs ark pbp sanct. Is that awesome or what.

okay here are the giveaway rules:

First go to Pats designs shop and find something you like and post comment with link to the item on this giveaway comments section. Extra chances: If you purchase item let me know for extra chance to win item. Twitter and/or Plurk about this item. Follow this blog. or You can enter multiple comments about different items or post for more chances to win. Each comment gets you another chance to win.
I will pay to ship the items to you no charge.
How am I going to pick the winner you guys are going to love this. I am going to carve the numbers into apple and let the pigs pick the winners. we are going to try and get it on video for you to watch and also I am going to take pigtures. The piggers will be doing the drawing on July 25th
As always I will be giving away extra prizes. ;8)
P.S. if you have not figured it out already I give out extra free prizes.
please feel free to add your shop links to the comments section


The BHR crew is gearing up for a weekly throw down! That's right... we just love goodhearted competition and talking smack to each other.Each member of the crew will be picking a little something something to feature every Monday in the Face Off and we need you to vote for your favorite item!How does the crew pick? Each featured item is something that has caught a crew members' eye. With such a diverse crew and tastes that run a huge gambit, things are bound to be interesting....Why? Completely for fun and because any BHR host just loves to beat another host! Bragging rights, baby! It also helps us to achieve the BHR mission of exposing indie artisans to the world!The featured selection that gets the most votes will get hooked up with several plugs on the air, some linkage on the BHR page, and an invitation to call in and tell us a bit more about themselves and their craft!Of course the crew is counting on your votes too. Who will be the first to get their bragging rights? So you wanna see what pigatopia picks check it out and vote for my pick hehehe oink. ;8)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Piggies looking for awesome homes

tell me these 2 piggers are not the cutest little pigers you have seen before. they are just some of the many pigs is trying to find homes for These two little ones are now about 12 weeks old and are ready for a loving "forever" home. To adopt them, contact Sue at 321-726-0916.6/18/2008 for more pigtures stories and ways to help please visit:

Tilt Creations Clearance sale make room for a new direction this summer.This roomy bag can hold more than your everyday basics. I made this bag before I began designing my own. It was based on the McCalls pattern 4936d, with changes for the flap and straps. The exterior is made from a sturdy outdoor canvas fabric with a vinyl flap. It closes with a zipper and the flap shuts with a magnetic snap. One stone pendant adorns the front flap. Inside the bag there is a back wall zippered pocket and one open pocket on the front wall. There is a swivel clasp on a tab inside to keep your keys handy. The lining is a thick poly cotton fabric with a little shine.Specs: 14"w x 7"h x 5" deep24" vinyl strap with metal O-ringsconical metal feetinterface used to give some shape and stabilityRecommended washing instructions: spot or dry clean. If wash, do by hand or cold water gentle cycle: iron will be needed due to interfacing. visit: for mroe awesome items


Larry Hamm over at Chelsea Lynn Designs on Artfire is a friend of many in the world of handmade, he is also the voice of The Crazy Train on Blockhead Radio. Larry has a fantastic wife Janet, and an 8 year old son Jacob who live with him in Lansing, NC deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Larry is a friend to everyone and just an all around swell guy. He is most definitely the "shirt off your back" kind of friend. Right now, all of Larry´s friends and Blockhead Radio are teaming up to help him out in a tough time.
Larry is a disabled diabetic who currently has lost his health insurance. His medication alone monthly is over $2,000. Larry is not receiving disability, he has not been approved yet. His wife is the only source of income and she doesn´t make enough to cover his medications. Larry´s doctors have given him an outlook of only 18 months to live if he doesn´t receive a $17,000 gastric bypass surgery as soon as possible. Larry and his family need all the help from their family and friends they can get! Jacob and Janet need Larry to hang around here with them as long as he possibly can! All of his friends surely want Larry to stick around too!
All of us at Blockhead Radio are gearing up for the biggest Radiothon you´ll ever be a part of! July 24th at 6pm until July 26th at 6pm, Blockhead Rod will be live on the radio for 48 hours straight raising money for our friend Larry. A silent auction of donated handmade goods will also be going up on the home page of Blockhead Radio with 100% of the proceeds going to Larry.
If you would like to be a part of this wonderful event, please email DeDe Sorensen at: Please donate any handmade items you can for the silent auction have your emails in with your donations by July 22nd. If you would like to donate cash for Larry’s prescriptions and surgery please visit Blockhead Radio July 24th through July 26th. There will be plenty of ways to get your donations in.
Keep listening to Blockhead Radio for fantastic indie music, and how you can help Larry Hamm of Chelsea Lynn Designs.
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Fuzzy Baby Blanket by Love To Stamp

I just love this blanket. what an awesome shop. This blanket it so soft. It's got a fuzzy side and a soft flannel side. Nice to snuggle up to. The size is 36inx27in.I have pre-washed to start the softness. for more of thsese awesome items please visit:

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Crystal Giveaway - kuberacove

I am loving these giveaway aern't you? here is the subject of my next giveaway: these crystals are so awesome they are Angelic Celestite Crystal ClusterDimensions: 1 1/2 inches x 1 1/2 inchesCelestite is said to be an angelic stone. It can connect you to all aspects of the angelic realm, and to angels themselves. It is said that celestite was given powers by angels to raise consciousness, and to bring guidance from the angels. Emotionally, celestite is excellent for emotional protection and to end worry, fear, and anxiety. & Inner Mystic of Selenite Crystal SlabDimensions: 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inchesSelenite is a crystal form of gypsum. It occurs as either natural colourless clear crystals, needle like crystals or white tabular crystals. The selenite we use for the wands is usually of the latter form i.e. the white tabular form. Selenite is often known as the light bringer, due to its linear crystal structure it behaves like a natural fibre optic.
Now for the rules:
Fellow artist please enter your shop links in the comments section ;8)What you have to do to get a ticket is go to my blog and read a post then tell me what you liked about the post.I need you to post the comment on this giveaway comment section, so I can find it. You have to leave me some way to get back in touch with you if you win.You can enter multiple comments about different post for more chances to win. Each comment gets you another chance to win.You must really read the post and post a good comments please, because I am going to hide a extra chance to win in a couple of the post. I will be moving that extra chance to win from post to post. you will need to comment on THIS GIVEAWAY post when you find the extra chance to win and tell me what post you saw it on, and on what day, once the extra chance is moved you have missed your chance for that one. If you purchase somthing from one of the etsy shops I have listed on my blog put that in the comments for another chance to win. You need to show me which item you purchased for this extra entery. If you follow this blog you get another chance to win. You must tell me in the comment that you are following the blog just so I do not miss it. I will pay to ship the Charlie print to you if you are one of the winners.How am I going to pick the winner you guys are going to love this. I am going to carve the numbers into apple and let the pigs pick the winners. We are going to try and get it on video for you to watch and also I am going to take pigtures. The piggers will be doing the drawing on June 25 please check out this fellow artist shop and show support:

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rose Works Jewelry

If your looking for simple, yet beautiful and elegant, this is the bracelet for you! This bracelet is made from a bead weaving technique known as "St. Petersburg Chain," and it has been around for a long time! I used some sparkly purple and clear crystal seed beads in fashioning this bracelet. This bracelet is approximately 8 inches long and closes using a toggle clasp.I love doing custom orders, if you'd like this bracelet in a different size, or if you'd like something in different colors, just let me know! for more of these awesome items please visit:

Jackie O, Ambassador for Animals

Jackie’s voice is heard daily on 2Day FM in Sydney and across the Austereo network nationally as part of the hit Kyle and Jackie O show. Jackie has always cared deeply about the welfare of all animals and now intends to use her public profile to assist Animals Australia in highlighting animal welfare issues in this country. The treatment of animals in factory farms is the issue that Jackie feels most passionate about.
“Most people don’t know what goes on behind the closed doors of factory farms, and it wasn't until recently that I discovered the ugly and extremely upsetting truth for myself — that in Australia some 11 million hens are still confined to battery cages and over 250,000 mother pigs endure lives of abject misery treated as breeding machines.
“It’s hard to believe that anyone can justify confining animals that are as intelligent as dogs for weeks on end in sow stalls where they can barely move, or that in this day and age we still cram hens in cages where they cannot even stretch their wings.
“It is appalling that these animals are denied legal protection from acts of cruelty when their ability to suffer is no different from the dog or cat that we have at home on our couch.
“It is my aim to assist Animals Australia to provide these animals with a strong voice and to highlight the simple choices that we can all make that will help create a kinder world.
“My plea to all Australians is to say no to animal cruelty by refusing to buy factory-farmed pork products and caged eggs. All eggs, bacon, ham and pork that is not labelled free range is produced in a factory farm.
“And please remember that if you love animals and don't want to see them suffer, the most effective choice of all is the one that I have made — to seek out the many healthy delicious vegetarian alternatives available. By doing so, you will be lodging an important vote for a kinder world.” This article was provided by -

Cameos by Elegancebymode

I love elegances cameos. I purchased one for my grandmother it is so awesome what time and detail she puts into these cameos and they are just breath taking.

The Cameo is surrounded by a hand woven case. The total size of the case with the Cameo inside is 1 3/4 inches wide and 2 inches tall. The necklace is 3 stands of beads that are attched to a chain and a bar and circle clasp.

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Jungle Mini Quilt by Sewhappydesign

I just love this awesome item: Sewhappy made a jungle quilt with this fabric for a little baby named Noah. I loved the fabric and have few pieces left, but enough to make this little lovely. It’s big enough to cover a little one, but small enough for him/her to drag around. The back of the quilt has fun monkeys, making it reversible.The quilt front and back are a soft pre-washed cotton flannel fabric. The inside is a low-loft poly batting that gives it the look of a mini comforter. It measures 23” x 27” and would be perfect for a stroller or car seat.My children loved having a little satin ribbon on their quilts to rub as they fell asleep. I have added a soft gold ribbon near the top for just that purpose.Don’t be mistaken on the size, this is a sturdy wash and dry quilt. To see more of these awesome items please visit :

Come Join Us On Artfire

Artfire is a new and awesome way to sell your wares. Artfire is running a deal get a acct now and lock in the $12.00 a month for life. This is a awesome deal you pay $12.00 no matter how much you list or how much you sell. Why should you get an artfire acct now you might be wondering well that is because artfire will soon be raising the monthly fee to $20.00 a month. to find out more about this dea or register for an artfire shop please check out this link or copy and paste it:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Charlie Pig Giveaway have ended here are the winners get ready here comes the next giveaway

Pebbles pig seen in this pigture picked the first winner : nfmgirl. she is the grand prize winner.

Now for the fun part I have let the piggers pick a couple more winners for the extra prizes hehe.

okay here is the extar winners. they were drawn by mama and the twins. what I am giveing away to these 3 winners are one gets a an original "Heart" card made by kathy Morton-stanion. and I am giving away 2 of my aceo art print never before released to the public "July Pigs in Blanket" the heart winner is pink flamingo. The next winner is of july pig is the lovelyteaspoon. and the last winner is patsdesign. I want to thank everyone for entering I am about to add the new giveaway so if you did not win this time keep trying.

A Sock Monkey Named James by Mamas Little Monkeys

I'd like you to meet James. James is a nice little sock monkey who enjoys lounging in the grass, jumping on the trampoline and hanging out with Mrs. Monkey.James has a fun little crooked smile, crazy yarn hair and is approx. 14 inches tall. James is both machine and hand sewn and although there are no plastic or metal parts on James the Sock Monkey, due to the yarn hair that is hand sewn on, it is not advised this monkey be given to children under the age of 3. All my monkeys are unique, even if the same pair of socks are used!! Each monkey takes on it's own personality as I make them!Thank you and have a great day!!**This monkey is named for James/Closet Creature from Please go check out his lovely wife's shop!!** for more aweome stuff made by mamaslittlemonkeys please visit:

Swine Flu Song

okay I had to show everybody this please watch the video it is funny.