Welcome to the Ruby Ranch Pig Sanctuary blog! Not a lot happening at the sanctuary in the frozen winter. The pigs prefer not to be out in the snow, and I can’t say I blame them. On sunny days, the bigpigs will go out for a few minutes, but only if we go with them.
They all had a nice Christmas, with a special feast of popcorn, carrots, spinach, lettuce, apples, canteloupe, sweet potatoes, pears, and gingerbread man cookies.
Winter is a time of catching up on sleep for the pigs here. We all dream of spring, and can’t wait for it’s arrival. For the humans, it’s a dreary time of longer commutes due to the weather, leaving before the sun comes up and getting home after sunset. The morning feed is a hurried affair, but the evening feed is more leisurely, and we get to spend some time with the pigs, dodging the serial rooter, Doc, watching Wuzzle and Penny the dog play and lick all the bigpig bowls, sitting in the hay with Harry, Willa, Rosie and Delilah, and watching Georgie and Ted savour a second bowl of warm water and grape juice, and laughing at the antics of the wee babies, Stormy and Truly.
The 4 house pigs don’t care for the cold at all. Ruby and Bart are strictly litterbox babies in winter, while Stannie and L.J will brave the subzero temperatures for a few minutes to do their business outside, but only if one of us goes with them. Mostly they sleep, with a keen ear out for the tell-tale sounds of someone entering the kitchen. Kitchen=food in their minds. L.J likes to curl up beside me on the loveseat as I type on the computer, and Ruby lays with her Dad on the couch, letting him know if she feels he is taking up more than his fair share. Bart likes to lay on his blankies, and Stan is usually in the bedroom, burrowed into his blankies, and whatever clothing, newspaper or bags that he can find he incorporates into his “nest.”
We are all more than ready for spring!