Our animals

 

At last count, we had over 120 animals at the farm, most of them rescues (apart from some chickens, ducks and our livestock guardian dog Monty the Maremma!) Most of our animals came via the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry OSPCA in Cornwall, Ontario, although some of them were beloved pets brought here by owners who could no longer care for them. Several of our seventeen cats were dumped at the farm, something we absolutely do not encourage!

 

Come meet our cast of characters...

 
EMILY It was 4:45 am on a bitter January morning in 2012 when I woke from a dead sleep to the cries of a kitten outside in the snow (Gordon says I hear kitten cries the way some women hear baby cries!) The temperature was -20C and the windchill -29C. Clearly Emily had been dumped at our farm. I spent 24 hours chasing this wily feline around the garden before my friend Rosemary helped me corner Emily in the woodpile in the granary. Rosemary held up the piece of wood Emily was hiding under, and with a gloved hand, I pulled out the screeching kitten. Five minutes later, we were cuddling in the warm house.  Emily loves to walk along the bathtub edge between the shower curtain and liner while you are showering, meowing until you finish and wrap yourself in a towel, at which point she demands you pick her up, hug her against your chest, and tell her how wonderful she is.

EMILY
It was 4:45 am on a bitter January morning in 2012 when
I woke from a dead sleep to the cries of a kitten outside in the snow (Gordon says I hear kitten cries the way some women hear baby cries!) The temperature was -20C and the windchill -29C. Clearly Emily had been dumped at our farm. I spent 24 hours chasing this wily feline around the garden before my friend Rosemary helped me corner Emily in the woodpile in the granary. Rosemary held up the piece of wood Emily was hiding under, and with a gloved hand, I pulled out the screeching kitten. Five minutes later, we were cuddling in the warm house. 

Emily loves to walk along the bathtub edge between the shower curtain and liner while you are showering, meowing until you finish and wrap yourself in a towel, at which point she demands you pick her up, hug her against your chest, and tell her how wonderful she is.

HENRY A truly awesome pig, Henry was born in 2010. He was previously living in an apartment in Cornwall (like Jersey!) He used to sleep in between his owners in their bed. When they split up, the husband couldn't take Henry to live with him due to by-laws in the city he was moving to, and the wife didn't want him, so Henry was surrendered to the OSPCA shelter in Cornwall. Of all the pigs, Henry had the hardest time adjusting to living here. Pigs get very attached to their owners, and are smart, sensitive creatures. After five years, Henry suddenly had to go from living in an apartment to living with a bunch of other pigs. It would have been nice if he could been adopted out as a house pig, but no one but else would take him. This is not surprising given the endless supply of unwanted pet pigs in this country. After he arrived, Henry was depressed for months, as much as we tried to make him happy. But finally the darkness lifted, and he befriended Rudy the boss pig. Henry is thrilled with life these days and has slimmed down nicely (he was overweight with overgrown hooves when he arrived.) He is a perfect example of why you should consider the long-term needs of a pig if you think you need one as a pet. He now likes to spend his days grazing, sunning himself, soaking in his piggy pool, and hanging out with his piggy pals, our Maremma dog Monty, and our cat Emerson.  

HENRY
A truly awesome pig, Henry was born in 2010. He was previously living in an apartment in Cornwall (like Jersey!) He used to sleep in between his owners in their bed. When they split up, the husband couldn't take Henry to live with him due to by-laws in the city he was moving to, and the wife didn't want him, so Henry was surrendered to the OSPCA shelter in Cornwall.

Of all the pigs, Henry had the hardest time adjusting to living here. Pigs get very attached to their owners, and are smart, sensitive creatures. After five years, Henry suddenly had to go from living in an apartment to living with a bunch of other pigs. It would have been nice if he could been adopted out as a house pig, but no one but else would take him. This is not surprising given the endless supply of unwanted pet pigs in this country.

After he arrived, Henry was depressed for months, as much as we tried to make him happy. But finally the darkness lifted, and he befriended Rudy the boss pig. Henry is thrilled with life these days and has slimmed down nicely (he was overweight with overgrown hooves when he arrived.) He is a perfect example of why you should consider the long-term needs of a pig if you think you need one as a pet. He now likes to spend his days grazing, sunning himself, soaking in his piggy pool, and hanging out with his piggy pals, our Maremma dog Monty, and our cat Emerson.

 

OPHELIA Ophelia came to us from the OSPCA in February 2014. She is a pot-bellied pig, born in 2011. What none of us knew when she arrived was that she was pregnant. We started calling her The Floozy after that. (Yes, I know, pig-shaming!) She gave birth to seven adorable piglets on April 20, 2014... Easter Sunday. Sadly, despite our vet's best efforts, the little runt we named Wilbur succumbed to pneumonia a couple of week later. But the other six are thriving. Ophelia was an excellent mother to them, and they grew hugely fat on her milk.  

OPHELIA
Ophelia came to us from the OSPCA in February 2014. She is a pot-bellied pig, born in 2011. What none of us knew when she arrived was that she was pregnant. We started calling her The Floozy after that. (Yes, I know, pig-shaming!)

She gave birth to seven adorable piglets on April 20, 2014... Easter Sunday. Sadly, despite our vet's best efforts, the little runt we named Wilbur succumbed to pneumonia a couple of week later. But the other six are thriving. Ophelia was an excellent mother to them, and they grew hugely fat on her milk.

 

CORDELIA One of Ophelia's piglets. She has a very nice smile but is a little shy. Unlike her sisters, she has a pure pink nose on top, with just that one little black spot on the side.  Cordelia loves to get down and dirty in the mud. She is the piglet who looks most like her mama.

CORDELIA
One of Ophelia's piglets. She has a very nice smile but is a little shy. Unlike her sisters, she has a pure pink nose on top, with just that one little black spot on the side. 

Cordelia loves to get down and dirty in the mud. She is the piglet who looks most like her mama.

OLIVIA Another daughter of Ophelia. She has lovely black "freckles" and half of her snout is black on top. She has a gorgeous grin. Enjoys belly rubs and mud facials. She thinks apples are the best treat on earth.

OLIVIA
Another daughter of Ophelia. She has lovely black "freckles" and half of her snout is black on top. She has a gorgeous grin. Enjoys belly rubs and mud facials. She thinks apples are the best treat on earth.

MILLICENT This sweetheart of a cat sticks her tongue out and drools when you pet her. Millicent was abandoned at a nearby farm when her elderly owner was sent to a nursing home. Sometime after that, another neighbour noticed a starving cat at the empty property and began feeding her. Over the next three months, this woman (a senior citizen herself) fattened Millicent up nicely, but she couldn't offer her a home, so she asked a mutual friend of ours if Gordon and I would take Millicent as a barn cat. She kindly offered to pay for her spay surgery as well. So now Millicent moved in. She is very shy but she is also very affectionate, and loves to be cuddled. She has been slowly coming out of her shell, but when humans have left you to starve, it takes a while to trust them again. We couldn't be happier having Millicent with us. She was born sometime in 2015 and that mark on her forehead is a patch of grey, not dirt. We adopted Millicent on September 9, 2016.

MILLICENT
This sweetheart of a cat sticks her tongue out and drools when you pet her. Millicent was abandoned at a nearby farm when her elderly owner was sent to a nursing home. Sometime after that, another neighbour noticed a starving cat at the empty property and began feeding her. Over the next three months, this woman (a senior citizen herself) fattened Millicent up nicely, but she couldn't offer her a home, so she asked a mutual friend of ours if Gordon and I would take Millicent as a barn cat. She kindly offered to pay for her spay surgery as well. So now Millicent moved in.

She is very shy but she is also very affectionate, and loves to be cuddled. She has been slowly coming out of her shell, but when humans have left you to starve, it takes a while to trust them again. We couldn't be happier having Millicent with us. She was born sometime in 2015 and that mark on her forehead is a patch of grey, not dirt. We adopted Millicent on September 9, 2016.

GIGI This little cutie also came to us from Jamaica via The Animal House Jamaica and Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue. Gigi was found wandering the streets of Ochos Rios as a very tiny puppy, separated from her pack. She was scooped up and taken to The Animal House, from where she made her way to us! We were only supposed to foster Gigi, but within 24 hours, we'd decided to keep her. Her Gotcha Day is December 27, 2016. her nickname is Fruit Bat, a reflection of her magnificent ears. She is the most loving, easy-going pup you can imagine, and was born around the end of July, 2016. Gigi loves cats, playing with Chloe and Dodger, sleeping on heat vents, cuddles, and living the good life!

GIGI
This little cutie also came to us from Jamaica via The Animal House Jamaica and Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue. Gigi was found wandering the streets of Ochos Rios as a very tiny puppy, separated from her pack. She was scooped up and taken to The Animal House, from where she made her way to us! We were only supposed to foster Gigi, but within 24 hours, we'd decided to keep her. Her Gotcha Day is December 27, 2016. her nickname is Fruit Bat, a reflection of her magnificent ears. She is the most loving, easy-going pup you can imagine, and was born around the end of July, 2016. Gigi loves cats, playing with Chloe and Dodger, sleeping on heat vents, cuddles, and living the good life!

ALEX Born in 2007, Alex was adopted from the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry OSPCA in the fall of that year. He has three legs, because some idiot put out a leghold trap in the city of Cornwall and Alex wandered into it. A kind soul rescued Alex and brought him to the OSPCA, where his maggot-infested rear left leg was amputated. He sucked us in six weeks later. His very favourite sleeping place is the upstairs bath mat. Nothing fazes Alex, but then most things seem trivial compared to the suffering he endured in that trap. Alex's one true love is Naomi. He took her under his wing when she arrived in 2008 and their love affair is still going strong.

ALEX
Born in 2007, Alex was adopted from the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry OSPCA in the fall of that year. He has three legs, because some idiot put out a leghold trap in the city of Cornwall and Alex wandered into it. A kind soul rescued Alex and brought him to the OSPCA, where his maggot-infested rear left leg was amputated. He sucked us in six weeks later. His very favourite sleeping place is the upstairs bath mat.

Nothing fazes Alex, but then most things seem trivial compared to the suffering he endured in that trap.

Alex's one true love is Naomi. He took her under his wing when she arrived in 2008 and their love affair is still going strong.

LOUISE I write the OSPCA Pet of the Week ads published by our local paper. Gordon's business regularly sponsors these ads. In September 2013, one of the ads featured an adorable kitten named Louise... guess who adopted her before the ad even went to print? Louise likes to sleep on the kitchen windowsills, which is why we can't have pretty things there anymore. When she's ready for a cuddle, she will meow incessantly at your feet until you oblige her. She has the most beautiful thick grey fur. If you pet Louise the way she likes it, she drools. A lot.  

LOUISE
I write the OSPCA Pet of the Week ads published by our local paper. Gordon's business regularly sponsors these ads. In September 2013, one of the ads featured an adorable kitten named Louise... guess who adopted her before the ad even went to print?

Louise likes to sleep on the kitchen windowsills, which is why we can't have pretty things there anymore. When she's ready for a cuddle, she will meow incessantly at your feet until you oblige her. She has the most beautiful thick grey fur.


If you pet Louise the way she likes it, she drools. A lot.

 

LUTHER This guy doesn't fit in my lap anymore! He is Ophelia's only son. He is a sweet, mellow guy who is always up for a belly rub. He has the nicest piggy smile! He now has a nice set of tusks and manly forehead wrinkles. His sisters like to boss him around. He's a lover, not a fighter.  

LUTHER
This guy doesn't fit in my lap anymore! He is Ophelia's only son. He is a sweet, mellow guy who is always up for a belly rub. He has the nicest piggy smile!

He now has a nice set of tusks and manly forehead wrinkles. His sisters like to boss him around. He's a lover, not a fighter.

 

BUTTON Daughter of Ophelia. Hell on wheels, er, trotters. Likes to escape into the garden, especially when it's muddy, resulting in humans flying through the air and landing face-first in the dirt. Has also made the farm vet do a faceplant in the pig pen. Notorious.

BUTTON
Daughter of Ophelia. Hell on wheels, er, trotters. Likes to escape into the garden, especially when it's muddy, resulting in humans flying through the air and landing face-first in the dirt. Has also made the farm vet do a faceplant in the pig pen. Notorious.

JERSEY This little piggy was born May 24, 2014. The SD&G OSPCA shelter manager sent me a message asking if we knew anyone who wanted a piglet, knowing full well who that "someone" would be. Jersey has been a wonderful addition to our little herd. She used to live in an apartment in Cornwall. Now she lives with 11 other pigs and has three acres of pasture! Her best friends are Henry and Patrick.

JERSEY
This little piggy was born May 24, 2014. The SD&G OSPCA shelter manager sent me a message asking if we knew anyone who wanted a piglet, knowing full well who that "someone" would be. Jersey has been a wonderful addition to our little herd. She used to live in an apartment in Cornwall. Now she lives with 11 other pigs and has three acres of pasture! Her best friends are Henry and Patrick.

PATRICK In July 2016, we adopted Patrick from the Société protectrice des animaux de l'Éstrie in Sherbooke, Quebec (along with Bert the Alpine goat kid.) Patrick used to live in a house, until he was attacked by a dog and as a result, stopped using his litterbox. He was labelled "dirty" and went through several failed attempts at rehoming. Finally he was surrendered to the SPAE, and eventually taken into foster care by one of their wonderful volunteers. But her trio of rescue pigs didn't like Patrick, so he really needed a forever home. And now he's here! Patrick is a very friendly, kind pig who has fit into our herd very easily. Here he can be as "dirty" as he wants. Really it's a myth that pigs are dirty animals; they are actually very clean, will poop in only one area of a pen, and wallow in mud to cool off when it's hot, as they don't have sweat glands. We have plenty of mud, lots of pasture to eat, and dirt to root around in. We're happy to let pigs just be pigs, and Patrick is one of the herd now.  

PATRICK
In July 2016, we adopted Patrick from the Société protectrice des animaux de l'Éstrie in Sherbooke, Quebec (along with Bert the Alpine goat kid.)

Patrick used to live in a house, until he was attacked by a dog and as a result, stopped using his litterbox. He was labelled "dirty" and went through several failed attempts at rehoming. Finally he was surrendered to the SPAE, and eventually taken into foster care by one of their wonderful volunteers. But her trio of rescue pigs didn't like Patrick, so he really needed a forever home. And now he's here!

Patrick is a very friendly, kind pig who has fit into our herd very easily. Here he can be as "dirty" as he wants. Really it's a myth that pigs are dirty animals; they are actually very clean, will poop in only one area of a pen, and wallow in mud to cool off when it's hot, as they don't have sweat glands. We have plenty of mud, lots of pasture to eat, and dirt to root around in. We're happy to let pigs just be pigs, and Patrick is one of the herd now.
 

CHLOE Chloe came to us from Jamaica via Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue. A wonderful lady name Dionne rescued Chloe and her brothers after their Mama was hit and killed by a car. Chloe was tiny and emaciated, and Initially they thought her legs were broken because she was unable to walk, but it turned out she was just malnourished. With medical care and TLC, she has recovered completely from her rough beginnings and now runs like a whippet. We adopted Chloe along with her buddy Dodger on October 29, 2016. She was born in April 2016.

CHLOE
Chloe came to us from Jamaica via Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue. A wonderful lady name Dionne rescued Chloe and her brothers after their Mama was hit and killed by a car. Chloe was tiny and emaciated, and Initially they thought her legs were broken because she was unable to walk, but it turned out she was just malnourished. With medical care and TLC, she has recovered completely from her rough beginnings and now runs like a whippet. We adopted Chloe along with her buddy Dodger on October 29, 2016. She was born in April 2016.

PEPPER and SALT These two delightful Pygmy goat boys joined the herd on January 18, 2017. Their owner couldn't keep them anymore, but they were well cared-for and well-loved. The boys are brothers born on Valentine's Day, 2012. They have calm, sweet personalities and beautiful markings. Pepper is bolder than his brother Salty! They have befriended Bert the little Alpine goat and like to hang out with him around the hay feeder.

PEPPER and SALT
These two delightful Pygmy goat boys joined the herd on January 18, 2017. Their owner couldn't keep them anymore, but they were well cared-for and well-loved. The boys are brothers born on Valentine's Day, 2012. They have calm, sweet personalities and beautiful markings. Pepper is bolder than his brother Salty! They have befriended Bert the little Alpine goat and like to hang out with him around the hay feeder.

NAOMI She showed up at our back door late one night in September 2008. She was a tiny kitten then. She is a tiny perfect cat now. I was lying in bed reading when she heard a kitten crying outside. I ran downstairs, and Naomi charged across the driveway straight to me, hungry, skinny and crying for attention. Naomi is Alex's one true love, and he feels the same way about her. Her sweetness fills a room. She also disproves all that nonsense about Torties having attitude! She's a little love bug who never gives us any trouble.  

NAOMI
She showed up at our back door late one night in September 2008. She was a tiny kitten then. She is a tiny perfect cat now. I was lying in bed reading when she heard a kitten crying outside. I ran downstairs, and Naomi charged across the driveway straight to me, hungry, skinny and crying for attention.

Naomi is Alex's one true love, and he feels the same way about her. Her sweetness fills a room. She also disproves all that nonsense about Torties having attitude! She's a little love bug who never gives us any trouble.
 

EMERSON This cutie showed up in our barn on May 10, 2014.  Now he's neutered and living the good life. He was between 6 - 8 months old when we found him. Super adorable cuddle-monkey with the biggest, er, cat family jewels we've ever seen. Until his neutering, we called him "Mr. Giant Nut Man." We are sure he was dumped here. He has made himself right at home! We once saw Emerson nail a giant rat in the barn, take it to a box stall, and eat the entire thing in ten minutes. Yes, even the tail. Emerson likes to suckle fingers. We think he was taken from his mama too young. When he is in the mood, he will pester you until you give up and offer him your pinkie, at which point he will close his eyes and blissfully nurse in your arms. I suppose we should have broken him of this habit, but he's very insistent, and it's such a little thing to do to make him happy. He prefers lady-fingers to chubby, hairy man-fingers!  

EMERSON
This cutie showed up in our barn on May 10, 2014.  Now he's neutered and living the good life. He was between 6 - 8 months old when we found him. Super adorable cuddle-monkey with the biggest, er, cat family jewels we've ever seen. Until his neutering, we called him "Mr. Giant Nut Man." We are sure he was dumped here. He has made himself right at home! We once saw Emerson nail a giant rat in the barn, take it to a box stall, and eat the entire thing in ten minutes. Yes, even the tail.

Emerson likes to suckle fingers. We think he was taken from his mama too young. When he is in the mood, he will pester you until you give up and offer him your pinkie, at which point he will close his eyes and blissfully nurse in your arms. I suppose we should have broken him of this habit, but he's very insistent, and it's such a little thing to do to make him happy. He prefers lady-fingers to chubby, hairy man-fingers!

 

GERTRUDE SWINE Gertie is one of Ophelia's five daughters. She has lots of attitude and likes to lord it over her siblings. She was an adorable piglet and has grown up to be a beautiful pig. She has a little black on the top of her nose. Gertie is confident about her place in the herd, and her right to steal apples away from the other pigs.  

GERTRUDE SWINE
Gertie is one of Ophelia's five daughters. She has lots of attitude and likes to lord it over her siblings. She was an adorable piglet and has grown up to be a beautiful pig. She has a little black on the top of her nose. Gertie is confident about her place in the herd, and her right to steal apples away from the other pigs.

 

DAHLIA Another of Ophelia's offspring. Small, sweet, no trouble at all. The antithesis of her sister Button. Enjoys hanging around in the mud with the other black pigs!

DAHLIA
Another of Ophelia's offspring. Small, sweet, no trouble at all. The antithesis of her sister Button. Enjoys hanging around in the mud with the other black pigs!

RUDY The boss pig, no question. Rudy was seen running loose in a ditch in Lancaster, Onatrio in February 2015. Some kind OPP officers noticed him and managed to catch him by throwing their coats over him! One officer put the pig in his squad car and phoned our OSPCA shelter in Cornwall to let the manager know he was bringing in a pig, but that the pig looked hungry, so he was stopping at Tim Hortons first to get him a cheese bagel... which he did! Later we were told that Rudy had been on the run for several weeks, with numerous pig sightings, all this in the dead of winter. Talk about a survivor! Rudy had to stay in foster care until spring, when we were finally able to take him in. It was bitterly cold that February, and Rudy suffered frostbite to his ears and tail. Sadly, the end of his tail dropped off soon after we got him, but it didn't take him long to establish himself as top pig in the herd, even with just half a tail! He loves belly rubs, but does not suffer fools gladly. He was born sometime in 2014.

RUDY
The boss pig, no question. Rudy was seen running loose in a ditch in Lancaster, Onatrio in February 2015. Some kind OPP officers noticed him and managed to catch him by throwing their coats over him! One officer put the pig in his squad car and phoned our OSPCA shelter in Cornwall to let the manager know he was bringing in a pig, but that the pig looked hungry, so he was stopping at Tim Hortons first to get him a cheese bagel... which he did!

Later we were told that Rudy had been on the run for several weeks, with numerous pig sightings, all this in the dead of winter. Talk about a survivor!

Rudy had to stay in foster care until spring, when we were finally able to take him in. It was bitterly cold that February, and Rudy suffered frostbite to his ears and tail. Sadly, the end of his tail dropped off soon after we got him, but it didn't take him long to establish himself as top pig in the herd, even with just half a tail! He loves belly rubs, but does not suffer fools gladly. He was born sometime in 2014.

BERT In July 2016, we adopted Bert the Alpine goat kid from the Société protectrice des animaux de l'Éstrie in Sherbooke, Quebec (along with Patrick the pot-bellied pig.) Bert and his buddy Ernie had a horrible start to life. When Bert was a week old and Ernie a day old, they were literally dumped on the shelter's doorstep in terrible condition. The shelter's awesome vet took them home and nursed them back to health. They were also able to suckle off the vet's lactating goat. We were going to adopt both kids, but sadly little Ernie died unexpectedly a few days before we were to get him. But Bert is one tough little dude and is doing great here at the farm! He follows us everywhere and is strong, smart, and fearless. He has an adorable personality. Bert was born sometime in May 2016, and has fit in well with our existing herd of rescue goats! He is an excellent climber and we sincerely hope he won't start vaulting over the fences anytime soon.

BERT
In July 2016, we adopted Bert the Alpine goat kid from the Société protectrice des animaux de l'Éstrie in Sherbooke, Quebec (along with Patrick the pot-bellied pig.) Bert and his buddy Ernie had a horrible start to life. When Bert was a week old and Ernie a day old, they were literally dumped on the shelter's doorstep in terrible condition. The shelter's awesome vet took them home and nursed them back to health. They were also able to suckle off the vet's lactating goat. We were going to adopt both kids, but sadly little Ernie died unexpectedly a few days before we were to get him. But Bert is one tough little dude and is doing great here at the farm! He follows us everywhere and is strong, smart, and fearless. He has an adorable personality. Bert was born sometime in May 2016, and has fit in well with our existing herd of rescue goats! He is an excellent climber and we sincerely hope he won't start vaulting over the fences anytime soon.

DODGER This beautiful boy was left for dead in a ditch after being hit by a car, his rear left femur shattered. You can see the long scar on his leg in the photo above! Fortunately, some kind person rescued him and took him to The Animal House Jamaica, where he underwent surgery to insert pins in his broken bone. Dodger needs more physiotherapy and may possibly need more surgery at some point, but right now, things look great. When you see him tearing after Chloe, you would never know he'd suffered such a traumatic injury to his leg. We adopted Dodger along with his friend Chloe on October 29, 2016. He was born in February 2016.

DODGER
This beautiful boy was left for dead in a ditch after being hit by a car, his rear left femur shattered. You can see the long scar on his leg in the photo above! Fortunately, some kind person rescued him and took him to
The Animal House Jamaica, where he underwent surgery to insert pins in his broken bone. Dodger needs more physiotherapy and may possibly need more surgery at some point, but right now, things look great. When you see him tearing after Chloe, you would never know he'd suffered such a traumatic injury to his leg. We adopted Dodger along with his friend Chloe on October 29, 2016. He was born in February 2016.

 

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