Newsletter December 2019
New arrivals: Gibbles & Nettie
Gibbles, a goat, (pictured above), was brought to us in October by a woman who rescued him from a meat farm. The now 8-month-old is so sweet, and really soft. He’s best buds with 3-month-old lamb Linus, which is perfect, as they’re both babies growing up together. But Gibbles can nowhere near keep up with Linus and his energy!
Gibbles arrived with a torn acl, and has always been lame in his front leg. We’ve seen 4 vets and tried antibiotics and x-rays, but the little guy is still limping and uncomfortable. We are determined to solve this so he can be a sparky, hopping little baby!
We also just got Nettie, a Swedish Blue duck. She’s the same type as our last duck arrival, Boots. Langley Animal Protection saved her and brought her to us.
We are well on our way to building the new barn. This large barn will be for our cows and pigs. It will be warmer for them and keep them out of the rain and wind.
Theprovided the funds for the steel and rafters for the roof. The lumber for the barn was given to us by . We are so thankful for this.
Special thanks to volunteers Zach and Ryan for their time building the barn. It’s almost done!
Never a typical day for a Happy Herd volunteer
Connie, who’s been regularly helping out Saturday mornings, recently described what a typical day is like volunteering at Happy Herd (spoiler alert: no day is typical!).
Read her hilarious take on the. It’s a 2 min 46 sec read.
Wheely good news!
Karen and Ainsley, and an anonymous donor, donated funds to purchase a van! The 2016 Ford Transit Connect carries a lot more grain and produce for the animals than Diane’s Mini Cooper! The van has already been used successfully to take Walker to the vet. And as you can see above, Mo and Leonard and Linus approve!
Speaking of Walker, he’s still going through issues with his autoimmune disease. But he still wants to be helping out the Herd and still greets visitors.
We also received a speedy little golf cart from the mister Blake foundation. The golf cart allows us to tour people with mobility challenges. Diane and many visitors have had the luxury of using it.
Percy the potbellied pig
It is with great sadness we lost the lump in the middle of the living room. Percy had been with us for more than 15 years. The house is sure quiet without him.
We’re on tv!
So exciting! The Happy Herd will be on an episode of a new tv series called Healthy is Hot. The series premieres January 10 on. We’ll be on episode 2.
To the future – 2020
And that has been 2019. Thank you for coming along with us for the ride. We hope you are having a lovely holiday season and may all your hopes and dreams come true in 2020!
Our hope is that we can one day expand so we can provide a loving and forever home for even more abused or at-risk farm animals.