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.
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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.
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