Tane Mahuta

You will remember that Tane has been having bad back problems and whether you walk on two legs or four having back and hip problems makes your life difficult to say the least.

He had a miserable winter.

Most of the winter he rested, he did not walk far, standing, swinging his back legs in the air and pivoting on his front ones having a god deal of trouble moving forwards. And grinding his teeth. The walk so slow and messed up that soon he would just lay down and wait until I brought his food to him. I gave him his occasional pain pills, (he cannot have too many as they are harmful to his stomach) his daily turmeric and Boo’s bone building pills.   My biggest job was his therapy, keeping his muscles strong and moving;  I made sure he still had this strange little walks every day and kept his joints moving.  Sometimes I put a sling round under his belly to take the weight while he walked along with a straightened back. He hated that exercise.  And he is not a dog, he is a pig, he does not want to walk beside me- he wants to chase the food. 

But we never went far, just getting out his barn door was enough. And his back was always so hunched. But in the last few weeks a dramatic change has overcome Tane. It is as though his own body has suddenly remembered how to trot. He still starts out with this strange hunched stagger, his front feet doing all the work, his back legs wheeling in mid air, achieving purchase in a ramshackle staggered kind of way a three legged kind of way.  Moving forward painfully slowly and never in a straight line.

Now,  suddenly he will find his gear, and it all clicks into action, all four hooves will hit the ground, his back will stretch out, his head will even up and he will run after me and my bucket. All his legs working in unison. Beautifully. Grunting happily. Like a wind up toy he will speed along in this strange mechanical movement. And he is not grinding his teeth as he runs.  I have attached a sound a call to this new forward motion. He has been doing this in short random bursts over the last few weeks but now in the last few days, I can call  him – it is a special and rather excited sound – and his legs hear the call and after a few tries he is off and running to me. 

His body cannot remember how to walk but it remembers how to run.  And we have attached that run to a call. And the call is attached to food – as I said before he is a pig after all. I am very heartened by this magical change.

So once again he is able to get down the drive and into the hay field with Tima so he can graze there.  And yesterday evening when I went to bring them in he was already in the barn. He had brought himself back up the drive as well. Good boy Tane Mahuta. We must be careful to go slow though and strengthen  the muscles that run along his back.

This bodes well for his summer.

You know it is getting warmer when the cats start climbing the trees again – here is Marmalade.

The peahens are on the wander again too. As a pack. A marauding pack. I have been sowing seeds in the garden and they have been staring at the plastic cloches wondering what that’s all about.

I am working on the rat house this week to turn it into a big Peacock Palace. They have outgrown the one in the barn. And once the salad bar field is sown in oats and field peas, the rat-house will be closed off to the cows until next winter so the peacocks may as well take it over.  My work entails putting in large long pretend windows made from hog panel so they get lots of sun in their new house. There are so many places to hide in there I hope they may nest this year.

In a week my first worker comes and a week after that we will begin to plant the gardens and fields in earnest.  The peafowl, who LOVE their leafy greens, especially when they are tiny, have taken out entire gardens in the past.

I hope you have a lovely day.


ps. It is 48f/8c  as I write in the early morning. The forecast is for: cloudy skies with occasional showers this afternoon. High near 60f/15c. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

36 Comments on “Tane Mahuta

  1. Marmalade strikes quite the pose in the tree. Glad Tane is improving. Happy that it is warmer! Have a good day.

  2. Oh my… what a relief! I was afraid when I started to read that I was starting to read an obituary for Tane. What a joyful thing that he has rediscovered a turn of speed, thanks to the contents of your bucket. The more he runs, the less stiff he’ll be and the better he’ll feel.
    Reading your weather report prompts me to give one of my own: Approaching Category 4 Tropical Cyclone, winds gusting to 85kmph rising to 125kmph by morning, horizontal rain, temperature 27°C with 90% humidity, storm surge at sea due approximately 10am, with seas rising to flood levels of up to 2 metres across the city. Wish us luck, it’s going to be a big Blow.

    • Oh dear, Kate. You all hunker down & hang on tight. I hope the flood does not come to you & you will be safe & dry. I too, thought i was going to read of the end of Tane. How wonderful that he has made a breakthrough to enjoy The Bucket Run.

        • Batten down the hatches and don’t go out to play with Nasty Debby 🙂 Laura

      • Am just watching the horrendous floods and 260 km winds with the cyclone still way to cross in Mackay. 25,000 evacuated – wish you were amongst them Love Eha

  3. Good to hear about Tane. Your efforts are paying off in tandem with his resilience. Your garden and soon to be be mothers are full of promise. I guess that’s what spring is all about?

  4. Tane probably better due to warmer weather, even if today doesn’t look great 🙂 Laura

  5. The other day your life sounded like Noah's Ark…today it sounds like SuperVet!  How clever you are with your animals, each one receives individual attention, each one gets full care and most of all each one gets plenty of love.. What a magical lady you are!!!  

    Sent: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 2:35 PM

  6. No matter how many times I read today’s title, my brain kept saying “Hakuna Matada.” A nice reminder for the start of the day.

    So glad Tane is feeling a bit better. Spring is wonderful for people and pigs.

  7. Happy news about Tane! I know they do chiropractic on horses, wonder if a chiropractor would help Tane further.

  8. OMP! Love me some Tane but Marmalade in the tree – I’m losing my piggy oink here laughing so hard. Too funny my friend. XOXO – Bacon

  9. I am practically in tears. I’m a bit of a sap that way, but this story just got to me “right there.” As you were righting I was waiting for the big “but” and the “but” I was expecting was not a happy one. And, lo and behold, what I expected was completely and udderly (that’s misspelled to amuse the cows) wrong. He is doing better! I am beyond happy. Knowing that your funny little pig has found his running legs is exactly what I needed to give my very frustrating day a bit of unbridled happiness. Joy!

  10. You are so ingenious to figure out how to get Tane to run to you and get him moving again. Now if someone could figure out how to get me moving again with food as a reward, all would be well. 🙂

  11. Oh my goodness, I’m so happy about Tane! Don’t tell him, but he’s my favorite. I feel a kinship with him. Like Tane, a pesky knee issue I’ve been dealing with is suddenly doing much better after a treatment last week. Spring is here!

  12. Yippee. I’m glad Tane is better and glad I can see comments and write them again. This function was blocked to me on WordPress yesterday.

    You sound as devoted to your animals as I am to mine, and you have more of them to tend to. I admire and respect your energy for tending to animals and plants. It is not easy, and it’s especially hard to see an animal in pain and not know what to do. I don’t know about chiropractic, but I’ve heard many vets practice acupuncture. I’d be curious to know how much alternative treatments work. Love seems to be the best cure of all.

  13. Phew! Good news about Tane. Like some of the others, I thought I was opening the paper at the obits and was feeling really down, but his progress is to be celebrated.
    And Marmalade up in the tree, especially the first photo, looks like a big cat, as opposed to a house cat… she looks like she could be most fierce. Love your photos today… but then love them everyday. Hope you have a lovely day too. ~ Mame 🙂

  14. Ditto to others – I thought the worst when I saw his full name. WHEW! Good for Tane.

    Comment about when you ‘fix’ a stray – I say it’s been way long enough. I go with 60 days max before you fix them. Of course I have luxury of having a spay/neuter center near my home that will fix cats for $20 and dogs $30. You can contribute more if you like to help them, but it is very affordable. I think SPCA or the Humane society sponsors them. One advantage to city living I guess.

  15. Good on Tane, and you. It’s a bugger when they are lame. Diesel-dog picked up a hind injury when we left him with a family member the day of the G.O.’s knee op, a fortnight ago. So we’re working through that too. Love the Marmy pics ♡

  16. Tyne’s experience is nothing short of a miracle. Like everyone else, I was holding my breath thinking I was reading an obituary…all in the past tense. But what a relief.
    Also, I just showed my husband Marmalade in the tree–he thought he was a tiger maybe : )

  17. I’m so glad Tane is doing better getting around. He must be feeling much better. It being spring helps and the winter’s rest probably didn’t hurt anything.

  18. I set out to comment on Tane’s good news, but scrolled down too far. Came upon the video of Tima going all wobbly down the porch steps, couldn’t stop laughing long enough to congratulate you for inventing that call. I mean what was Tima doing in the house, having a party for Tane all by herself? And those little noises . . . burping? Ahh, perfect ending to a very happy and well-told and -photographed day!

  19. Wow! Tane feeling better, earthwormies in your soil, pregnant piggies, pregnant cows, fields pregnant with ripeness for planting, and hopes that the peahens nest – quite the fertility farm you’re running there, Ceci! It MUST be Spring! Have fun!!

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