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“Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
I’d like you to meet my buddy, Opie. Opie is a wether (castrated ram) who lives at New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary.
When I volunteer at the rescue on Fridays, Opie is usually eager to rub his head against my thigh for as long as I’ll let him. This is okay when I wear pants, but in the summer I have to tell him no. His wool is just too abrasive against bare legs!
Like the ocean– I’ve learned to “never turn my back” on Opie. If I do, he’ll run up and try to butt me in the rear. If I do turn my back– and then see him running toward me– all I have to do is turn around and put my hand out. He stops right in his tracks! Opie could do some damage to me if he wanted, but the truth is, he’s just a lover. Enjoy these pictures of my fluffy friend.
Opie is safe, but too many of his brothers and sisters are not. Here are some ways that you can help:
- Don’t eat sheep (lamb, mutton).
- Don’t eat cheese made from sheep’s milk.
- Don’t buy items made from wool. Learn more about the wool industry.
- Don’t buy personal care products that contain lanolin. Don’t buy products tested on animals.
- Learn about vegan sources of Vitamin D (that don’t contain lanolin). Buy Vitashine Vegan Vitamin D3 or Global Health Trax Plant Based Vitamin D3.
- Go VEGAN.
Today was bittersweet. I’m happy…It’s my 4th veganniversary!
It’s also a very sad day, because today I lost my best goat friend, Bubba.
Every animal has inherent worth, but Bubba was extra special to me. He was sweet as pie, but in a regal and so very dignified way. Often, I would stand close to him and just savor his presence. He wouldn’t walk away for several minutes. I cherish those memories.
I felt a unique connection with Bubba. I loved to crouch down in front of him, hold his face in my hands and just stare into his eyes. What can I say…I love him just like I love my kitties…past and present.
I’m happy that, from now on, I’ll associate Bubba with my veganniversaries…
It is because I went vegan 4 years ago that I sought out the opportunity to work and play with the animal residents of New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary. I started volunteering at the farm within the first couple months of going vegan because I wanted to help “farm” animals in a direct and tangible way.
I’m sure that the animals at the sanctuary have helped me a lot more than I’ve helped them. When I’m alone with the animals, I’m grounded. The serenity of the barn and the pasture is immensely therapeutic.
If I hadn’t gone vegan, I wouldn’t have known Bubba or any of the other goats, sheep, dogs, cats, horses and donkeys of the farm. I also gained a wonderful human friend there. Veganism has blessed me in a thousand…a million…a gazillion ways.
I’m very sad that I won’t ever stand beside Bubba in the pasture again, but I’m happy that he was infinitely loved and so well cared for. Too many animals are not so lucky. If you really think about it, there is really no difference between the animals who are consumed and the animals who are rescued.
I’m vegan for all of the animals. Until my last breath I will use my voice to help liberate innocent animals from unjust servitude.
Bubba is a 13 year old Nubian wether (castrated male goat) who lives at New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary. Before coming to the rescue he was attacked by dogs, which injured his hind legs. He walks more slowly than the rest, but he still gets around. Bubba is too sweet for words. No one can resist his charm!
When I went vegan in August of 2008, I was compelled to also help “farm” animals in a direct, “hands-on” way. I was so fortunate to discover New Moon Farm right near my house. I think the animals benefit me more than I help them! I encourage everyone to get involved with your local animal sanctuary.
A bold squirrel came into my house on July 16, 2011…