Sunday, February 28, 2010

Busy Sunday Feb 28 2010 and then came Hector

Jill, Toni and Sue came for a visit today.
Belle got her ears rubbed and Charles got his bottom scratched.
Lexi always wants to say Hi.
Nancy and Bill came by to bring more bedding and cuddle a goat or two.

This morning I sat watching Jim holding two of the baby goats who have quit eating. Since they received no colostrom at birth from their mother, they have no natural immunity for viruses, etc. They may die, even though we have done everything possible for them. We will cry for these sweet babies who were born male and are of no use to the dairy goat industry. We will cry for all the babies-goats and cattle- who are disposable. They are taken away from their mothers at birth without any food or care. They are thrown alive into trucks, trailers or dumpsters. These are living, breathing, feeling bables and they are left to die.
If they live long enough to make it to the auction yard, they may or may not be sold. Bought calves become veal calves-a horrible life of confinement before they are brutally slaughtered. Goat kids that are not bought are left in a pen to die. These babies have not been fed nor watered nor cared for at any time in their lives.

These babies are by-products. Their mother's colostrom is stripped from the females and thrown away. The dairy industry makes no excuse for this cruelty. They don't want to take the time to let the babies eat.

During the day the two sick babies stood with their backs hunched grinding their teeth in obvious pain. When Jim held them in his lap, they would snuggle down and sleep. Do they still hurt? Probably, but having someone hold and pet them seems to let them relax enough to rest. They need contact and care. They don't need to be thrown away to die cold, starving and suffering. Their pain is real. As friend Margaret says "Their life is as important to them as our life is to us."
Now that you know about the cruelty what will you do? The industries have not responded to our requests that we work together to save the calves and kids. We wanted a Happy Cows-Happy Calves (and Happy Nannies- Happy Kids) program, but the industries are too busy making themselves "look" good to "do" good. Maybe we can all help them "do the right thing." Do we need to change the laws to make them more responsible? The babies enjoyed an afternoon sun bath and naptime on the back porch.
When Beth came back from her visit she brought her mom and brother and Hector. The first thing she did was say Hi to Fiesty.
Little Dale had a great time looking for rocks. And he found rocks!!! And then came Hector the turtle. Hector will be living with us for a few months. What's one more tiny mouth to feed? Thank you Jill, Toni and Sue for your donation and the time you spent with the animals. They love it.
Thank you Nancy and Bill for your donation of bedding. We are using a lot with the goats.
As of tonight the babies are still alive. We have been giving them all the extra care we can.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Feb 26 2010

The little guys are doing well. We three are sooo allergic to them- sneezing, coughing, stuffy noses. Oh well. What's a few sniffles for babies so adorable?
If you would like a baby or two the next time NorCal goes to the auction, give them a call to reserve one. 877-588-4677 or 530-282-5565

It's rainy again. What to do after feeding?
I know! I know! Let's leave our mud and go play in NorCal's mud.
We piled in to Silver Jimmy - as opposed to silver haired Jim.
Up we went on Hiway 70. Everywhere we go it is wonderful.
On to the Hardware Store, Post Office and general meeting place for Yankee Hill and Concow.
Jim waxed poetic about the beauty of the clouds, saying they looked like waves at the ocean. He kept on long enough that I got seasick.

This is Home At Last from Hiway 70. What a great place to live!!! We drove the infamous dirt road to NorCal. It is bumpy. rutted and a real challenge to drive.
NorCal has mud, but we have more. Lots more.

Jack is the official NorCal greeter.
Jim and Tawnee had lots to talk about. They talked under the trailer
And in the barn. One of the biggest discussions was about the dairy (cow and goat) industry and the cruelty to the unwanted male offspring. The babies are taken from their mothers, not fed nor cared for and then thrown away. Those that survive go to auction. If no one buys them they are left in a pen to die. Is this any way to treat babies?
Parrcy is getting big.
This is Trixie. She's going to make Home At Last her new home. We're also taking another mare, but I didn't get her picture. Tawnee loves it when we come because we seldom go home without a horse or two. I would take all the ones who need a home, but would need a few more regular donors. Anyone interested in helping Home At Last give a forever home to some unwanted horses? Call 530-514-1439 for more information. It's tax deductible and would make a big difference to the horses. Trixie was covered in ticks and needed surgery. She's untrained and no one wants her. The other mare is old, but very sweet.

We looked at the horses who need homes. Norcal has so many wonderful critters who would make someone very happy. Do you have room for one or two?

If you are looking for a horse. please, check out NorCal Equine Rescue. Their website will show horses available for adoption. There is no need to breed, as there are young horses needing a home. savethe
There will be no blog tomorrow as we will celebrate our 45th anniversary with a day out. Friends are doing the feeding chores. Thanks Carolyn, Art, Margaret and Carol.

Thank you Carolene for your generous donation and to anonymous for the chicken feed.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thurs Feb 25 2010

Good morning, babies. Who's hungry?
A beautiful morning greeted us. Feeding was done with clearing skies and warmer weather.
Lady Bug mule and Sweetie Pie are quite a pair. They move all over the huge pasture from back to side to front. Today they waited at the upper area and demanded to be fed first. Both are gaited. We expected it of Sweetie Pie since she is a Hackney Pony, but we were really surprised to see Lady Bug's beautiful gait. Maybe Lady Bug's mother was a Hackney, too. Sweetie Pie is super friendly to people but Lady Bug is shy.
Jesse is always polite, but is getting more verbal when he sees the food.
Breezey's lusty nicker always greets us when the food is on the way.
The contrails were spectacular after feeding was done.
Princess watches the goats from the safety of the table. The cats are not sure what those little things are. Mac dog is sure they are something fierce and he is sleeping outside. He says a firm No Thank You when we invite him in.
To keep myself out of trouble and to make sure I stay busy I work a little each week at Butte County Fire Safe Council. There is a wonderful program for 6th grade students.

Anna and Val were waiting for me. Hi Ho Hi Ho It's off to work I go.
After work it was time to volunteer in Beth's school. Then home to the critters.

The babies are tucked in for the night.

Good night little kids under the sheet in the playpen. Sweet dreams.
The bag of goat milk costs $46.00. Can anyone help feed the kids?
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