There are Pigs …

… and then there are PIGS.pigs and sheila

The little pigs look so big and chubby until you put them next to Sheila the Big Pig. Then the Little Pigs look like little pigs again.

 If you have a moment and want to see Sheila off for a walk – there is a very short instagram video screening on my instagram page. The blogs little instant sister: cecilia_thekitchensgarden.

Alex stood at the gate and stared out at the field yesterday and in the end I gave in and let her have a couple of hours out in the big field. There is no grass yet but it was a good walk for them.


Txiki. Txiki

Of course this is a NoNo. I will have to keep them off the grass or they will nibble at all the young shoots and we will never get any good growth. But it was just for a few hours. And they were so happy.


BooBoo had to stay on the chain and watch yesterday – his limp was pretty bad. He has good days and bad days and this was one of his bad days.

He does not mind being tethered unless someone starts throwing a stick for TonTon then he REALLY minds.  But since he was a pup he has been trained that being clipped on the chain is a good thing – he gets lots of praise when he is on there and he can still watch me.

I hope you have a lovely day.



61 Comments on “There are Pigs …

  1. Love your video of Sheila! And Alex’s hair, well bad hair day or what! Poor Boo, what a good boy. 😊

  2. Sheila is looking quite slim and trim! She must be sticking to her diet plan! xo

  3. Standing next to Sheila sure cuts the others down to size. Loud thunderstorms and more rain here again today. Enjoy the sunshine. Laura

  4. Your sunshine makes me a bit envious. Heading to the grocery store as soon as the sun comes up to stock up. Snow coming in tonight. Won’t stick long but it will be the only dry time this week. 😦 Everyone looks happy out in the sunshine.

        • Hope you got your supplies ok. Our Krogers has this new thing – you order all your groceries online then drive to a special spot in their car park, give them a call on your phone and they BRING THE GROCERIES OUT TO YOU. You pay them through the window of your car and they load your stuff in the back and off I go! I never have to step foot in a dreaded grocery store again. If I can’t walk about tiny european style stores with my basket then I just want to skip the shopping altogether. I love it! Maybe there is something like that there so you too can avoid the crowds. c

          • Yes, they have that here. I just prefer to pick out my own produce and I needed a birthday card. It doesn’t take long and sometimes I meet a neighbor there.

          • And here we have, where I order my groceries online and the next day a nice man brings them all and deposits them in my kitchen…. and I pay with my debit card! How’s that for service? I love it, and the delivery fee is just $10, which is less than a taxi to and from the grocery store.

    • No, the tendons are torn. The best we can hope for is growth of cartilage around the torn area which would strengthen the area – but for that to happen he really needs a brace and they are HUNDREDS of dollars. There is an operation but the after care includes up to EIGHT weeks in a crate. Boo has never been crated – it would be beyond cruel to do that to a big dog who has never been caged and I believe the experience would change him forever. Plus the op is THOUSANDS of dollars. I could sell a cow to buy the brace but for the op I would need to sell everything and then still be short. – So, he limps and takes pain meds when he tells me the pain is bad. Poor wee fella. c

  5. I wonder at what goes through Boo Boo’s mind… if indeed anything. I felt this way as my house dogs have aged and I had to keep them in areas they could no longer jump on furniture so that they didn’t aggravate injuries and old age issues. I wonder what we will feel like when we can no longer do all that we do? Will we push on and take risk? Or will we succumb to a different way of life?

    • No question in my mind that dogs embrace their ‘senior’ years with a great deal more grace than us humans. Their ability to live in the present is magical. Our elderly GSD, Pharaoh (my gravatar image), will be 14 this June. His rear hips cause him much trouble but every day he does his best without a hint of complaining.

      • I agree, i don’t know that it is cognitive but Boo will not even attempt the jump onto the truck now – he knows it will hurt. So I imagine that pain trains them to do less. And i can tether Boo and he is happy as long as he can see me – so I will devise different dog stations for this summer – with the water and the link at the ready. That way he can move from place to place but still be close to the action.

        • I think that’s the key for a great many creatures, including lots of the human variety: feeling they’re still part of the action. It’s what my mom longs for most as she’s become quite limited in her physical resources over the last number of years—three spinal surgeries, a hip replacement, her 30 years of Parkinson’s taking its gradual toll, etc—she needs, more and more, to simply have Attention. If it can’t be got in positive and natural ways, she’ll press for any kind she can get. Dad’s amazing about the whole thing and does all he can to provide what she needs, but a two-creature universe is not enough for almost anyone. So glad Boo has a smart companion in you who knows that he’s better off being where he can watch and vicariously interact with you and the other denizens of the farmy! It’s the perfect gift for one who has his nanny instincts and big heart. I will have to think of more ways that Mom can have the same gift without all of the pressure falling on Dad. Thanks for the inspiration!
          PS—I promise, I’m not thinking of putting Mom on a tether, just getting her enthroned in the middle of the Action, wherever it might be. 😉

      • I totally agree. I just lost my little Bear last week. For years he dealt with a deteriorating body, and even up until last week, enjoyed the best of his life – begging for food! He was resilient and accepted the hand dealt him. I hope I can do the same as I age! 🙂

        • Sorry for you, to hear that Bear’s days ended—but you gave him such a rich end of life that I’m sure he couldn’t’ve wished for anything better! (And I do suspect I’ll be looking for tasty handouts until my last breath, too!) You were a gift to him, as to all of your rescued friends!

          • I hope we all keep our passion about what we love to the very end! Ha ha, somehow I might have guessed it would be all about the food for you too!! You crack me up!! 😀

  6. Aw, sweet Boo. It’s good that you trained him well to like being tethered. I crate-trained my young pup (nine months old) in much the same way, and now she loves going into her crate to sleep at night. She knows she gets treats when she goes in!

    • That was good thinking.. I don’t even own one – but my sons dog has his under the desk and it is so funny seeing him put himself to bed in there. c

      • Mr. Mac loved his crate. When we got Eli as a pup I’d have to evict Mac at night so I could put Eli to bed in it.

  7. Ah, pretty Alex and that special “Please Miss C” expression. I’m not surprised you couldn’t resist. Sheila truly is magnificent, the Grand Duchess of Pigs. Give her a few more years and she’ll be Shetland pony size, almost rideable. Not that you’d contemplate such indignity, but I can envisage Miss C at moments of extreme weariness draped over Sheils’s back as she steams for her home harbour…

  8. Would be Very hard to say ‘no’ to that adorable cow face! Nose kisses for lovely Boo x

  9. Do you think dogs need to feel useful and needed the way people do? Does Boo have tasks he can still perform for you that give him a sense of doggy satisfaction? I imagine he is still a top notch babysitter. Always will be Nanny Boo to me. Dear Sheila. She is the Queen Mary of pigs.

  10. Boo’s pic and your words remind me that we are fortunate that our Diesel-Dog appears to have been chain trained by his previous people. He knows when he’s chained it’s because for a short while [in our case] he has to wait… no chewing, digging or following. It saves him from himself. And it doesn’t stop him expressing his opinion via the odd bark..
    I hope with time & restraint Boo’s condition with improve. Much as they’d be immediately [ish] effective the brace or operation then crating sounds almost like the cure is worse. Because of the lesson from Boo, where I can, I try to limit, practically, jumping down off things & extremes but Diesel like Boo is an active working breed and loves running, games and acrobatic feats ☺

    • Yes, I agree, if he were a couch potato dog like my sons in Wellington but Boo HATES to be left to sleep in the corner when we are off doing something. he simply has to be wherever I am even in the house – he is too old to train to a crate now. But something must be done – almost time for another vet visit anyway.. c

  11. From what you said, Cecilia, I understand the brace would work just fine for him–as an alternative to surgery and crating. With the brace he’d be free to walk about. Right? And it would give his leg time to heal. How many hundreds of dollars?

    • My vet did say that a brace would stabilise the area so the surrounding tissue could grow around the damaged tendon. but it appears that once the rope like tendon itself is torn it cannot heal.

  12. OMG I just I think figured out for the first time how to access Instagram. I am surprised to see how Tonton sticks with Sheila like he doesn’t want her to move one single bit–and she couldn’t care less–totally ignores him. Very funny!

  13. Well, there is ‘geography’ and ‘geography’! We have had ‘click and collect’ shopping from even the smallest supermarket [and many other stores] for years and years. Since you do not have the time nor enjoy ‘doing the aisles’ yourself, I am SO glad you now have the opportunity!! Someone further up said they wanted to check all what they bought: well, I have bought first on phone/fax and then on line for some 15+ years and the shops, wanting your continuing custom, give you stuff of a quality that does not even show on the shelves. And the longest use-by dates!!!! I remember one omission [quickly rectified] but no low quality food ever, ever, ever!! Just about to put my own list in 🙂 !!

  14. When we were kids in NZ it was someones job once a week to call in the grocery list – then Dad would pick it up after work. In fact, here , the tiny store in the next town will deliver things (free) to anyone who cannot get to the shop. It is not a service as such more a community understanding. They just would and do. Do you remember the boys on bicycles with those huge baskets in the front. Yes it is a very old fashioned idea and I am very happy to see it return out here. And my first pick up certainly had the freshest of produce – no argument there.. c

    • ‘Course I remember . . . When we first arrived in Australia it took awhile to get used to the daily bread and the daily milk and the daily ice blocks for the ice chests at the door and the fruit/vegetable guy once a week 🙂 ! It made for a very relaxed living style and a lot of street ‘gossip’ we may not have liked but later somehow missed . . . smiles Celi 🙂 !

      • Makes me miss my English childhood; the milkman delivered to the door, the bakery had a delivery van that wafted wonderful smells of fresh hot bread and buns three times a week, the little grocer a mile away would deliver your order, and include things they knew you liked without being asked if they were in season. Things are less personal now, and I regret it…

  15. The picture of Boo smiling on his tether : another lesson for the rest of us who live with animals in our homes — train early, through praise and rewards. If only we could learn!

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