Monday, October 26, 2015

Welcome Henry!

Well, we have a new addition to the farm, our 34th animal adopted from the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry OSPCA Branch.

Welcome Henry!

Henry is a 5-year-old FIXED male pot-bellied pig. He's a sweetheart!

He used to be a house pig (and slept in his owners' bed!) so things will be a bit different for him now but we hope to ease his transition to life as one of the herd. 

Keaton was checking him out yesterday!

His hooves were terribly overgrown when he arrived at the shelter, but the vet has since sedated him and trimmed his hooves, so he's more comfortable now.

Hopefully he'll get along fine with the other piggies. He's a really nice boy. This is pig #10 for us!

Buttercup and Emerson were hanging around Henry yesterday too!


...Finney scored a pumpkin yesterday, but Saul soon noticed!

Finney politely shared!

These two have become good friends and often play together. So nice to see!

And Saul and Emerson just adore each other. It's so cute. They run to each other when they spot each other!

And this morning, I was up at 5 am (damn jet lag!) and saw the beautiful conjunction of Jupiter, Venus and Mars.

Unfortunately I did not have my act together enough to get out my tripod, but that's Jupiter at top, Venus down to the right, and reddish Mars at lower left.

Although this is a blurry photo, you can see the colours of the planets in this shot, taken around 5:30 am.

45 minutes or so later, things were a lot brighter and the planets were higher in the sky.

Sometimes it's worth being up at the crack of dawn, even if it's not by choice.

We got home from Ireland on Thursday and I already can't wait to go back....


  1. Sorry you had to tear yourself away from Ireland, but happy you're both back safe and sound.
    I'm sure the rest of your family was glad to see you. At this point,you might as well put up a sign labeling your place as an official branch of the OSPCA.

  2. So much happiness in the photos, but I wondered how you were feeling about Ireland now that you're home. Have you checked into the cost of moving all the animals yet?

  3. One of the vineyards where I buy my wine had a pot bellied pig called Maurice. He just wandered around like anyone else, went where he wanted, and was made a fuss of by all their clients. He recently died of old age.

  4. I always love your photos and beautiful posts!

  5. Congratulations on winning 1st place in your category in the Pets + Us Champions contest! Best wishes to you and Gordon for all you do for the animals and especially for sharing them with all of us!

  6. That pig looks huge! (Thanks to many illustrated children's books, I always picture pigs as small and pink.)

  7. I cannot imagine having a pig that big sleeping in my bed. Perhaps that was when he was smaller. We hope he gets along well with his piggy friends. Nice that he's already neutered for you.

    Looks like you need more pumpkins ;-)

  8. I should have lit right into typing my approbation and appreciation, and then read the comments to see everyone else has expressed all my sentiments. You love everyone of those animals as if they were the only one you have.

  9. You're a very focused photographer to get up early ad get photos. I have noticed these two but didn't know what was going on.

  10. I swear when I saw the title, I thought that horse from Ireland came home with you :)
    welcome Henry!!!!

  11. I missed the planets, but it would probably have been too cloudy anyway. Boo hoo! The weather has taken a turn for the worse since you left!

  12. Handsome Henry ! Glad you both enjoyed your trip and got home safely ! Lovely photos . I didn't get any photos of Jupiter and such but I did get last nights moon coming up over the valley and tonight's full Hunters moon . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

  13. Welcome to Henry and welcome home! Glad you had such a wonderful trip.

    I saw the planets the last couple of mornings, the sun doesn't rise until after I leave for work at 6:30 a.m. but I assumed the brightest one was a I guess I've been wishing on Jupiter! Yes, I still wish upon a star...

  14. "and slept in his owners' bed"

    Give him a try this winter - he'd probably be warmer than Gordon.

  15. Anonymous3:28 pm

    i've seen the planets a couple of nights, too, but on my way home from work (i work nights). thanks for mentioning - i was going to look up which ones i was seeing, and now i won't have to. like your new farm addition, and look at those kitties getting up close to welcome the new guy. --suz in ohio

  16. I'll just bet Henry loves your place and fits right in, like all the other animals you two have brought home. You're simply wonderful!

  17. I love all the cats in this not really about cats post.. :) and I love the 'fireworks' looking photo of the planets.. it made me smile

  18. Henry slept in his previous owner's bed?!! Dear lord …

    Love all of these photos for different reasons. Also your trip to Ireland … just gorgeous!

  19. This is so delightful! I love them.
    (ツ) from Lanark County !


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