Peace Ridge Matching Grant

Peace Ridge Matching Grant

Peace Ridge Sanctuary has mounted a fundraiser to supplement money received from me and other sources to build a more substantial barn for rescued pigs. Click on the link to learn more: http://www.peaceridgesanctuary.org/matching-grant-help-us-help-more-pigs/

Mud Season

Mud Season

Any New Englander will tell you that their least favorite season is Mud Season. Here on the coast of Maine, Mud Season can span mid-March through April depending on how fiercely winter decides to express itself. (Last year, for example, March was cruel on the coast of Maine; if my memory serves me, after a …

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Mr. Squeals

Mr. Squeals

You know you’ve come up with a good name for a pig when it’s impossible to say with a straight face. Looking forward to this summer when I’ll be saying goodbye to my pig friends, I thought I should buckle down and name them before they start their new life at Peace Ridge Sanctuary. Mona …

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Shaking On It

Shaking On It

The pigs are back in their front pasture enjoying the field mix I planted there at the beginning of the summer and fattening themselves up for the long winter.  They were ready.   What had been a cool and shady spot to spend the summer was getting cold and dark in October.  Besides, as I’ve already …

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Summer 2019 Pig Roast Fundraiser!

Summer 2019 Pig Roast Fundraiser!

Just hold on a minute and let me explain.  The Summer 2019 Pig Roast Fundraiser is not what you think.  Here’s the idea:  Beer from our neighborhood brewery, maybe some music, an exquisitely prepared vegetarian feast, and, then, a pig roast at which I stand up and make fun of my pigs.  Good idea, right?

End of Summer Update

End of Summer Update

My pigs had a decent summer enjoying the deep shade of tall, majestic red oaks.  Even though it was on the hot and dry side for a summer on the Maine coast, they didn’t spend nearly as much time wallowing as they did last summer.  They did, however, shed their thick winter coats, and spent …

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods

The pigs were finished with their old pasture.  They’d snuffled and rooted and then snuffled and rooted again, and it was past time for something new to explore.  Today, not knowing exactly what would happen, I opened their gate, and Michelle and I led them, without fanfare, to their summer home, a couple acres of …

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Industrious Pigs

Industrious Pigs

As soon as there’s daylight, my pigs are out there working the soil.  On a Sunday morning such as this one with a 5am temperature in the mid-20’s, one would think that they’d choose to sleep in.  (Like the rest of my family.)  Perhaps, after a long, cold and snowy winter, they’re making up for …

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Christopher Hogwood

Christopher Hogwood

I just finished reading The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery.  Christopher had been a runt marked for death who ended up leading a charmed and long life, tipping the scales at something north of 700 lbs and achieving fame on television and in print.  Everyone loved Christopher; he …

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