Sorry we have been so quiet on here - it is not that we don't appreciate you, we confess that we have lost track of time and not realised how long it had been since we last posted. The photo is of our beloved Blossom, long time resident of Big V. She is suffering a bit with old age (aren't we all!) so we are making sure her home with us suits her changing needs and keeps her safe and comfortable. It is only through having regular support like Teaming that we can commit to her and our other 150+ residents. Thank you xxx
A tale of two cows
Bridget (front) and Penelope (back) came to the sanctuary last summer, two lucky survivors of a horrendous abuse case.
Bridget was so weak that she couldn't stand for more than 10 minutes at a time, and Penelope (whilst physically healthier) was the one who had been broken mentally by her experience.
Despite all our best efforts, Bridget sadly passed away last week at the age of 15. She was only with us for a short while but during that time she knew love, safety and comfort. Unfortunately we were unable to undo the impact that years of abuse did to her poor body, and she passed away peacefully in her barn with us by her side. The only comfort we can take is that she did not suffer in her death as most other cows do.
Penelope is fighting fit - literally. As she has gained in confidence and weight, she has become incredibly unpredictable and dangerous. She will randomly attack any human that comes near her, but we can't blame her as she has not known humans to be nice. We are currently caring for her at a safe distance, and hope she soon realises that all we want to give her is love and ginger cake xx
These two lovely ladies are Bridget at the front and Penelope at the back. Both have just joined Big v Sanctuary having been rescued from an awful neglect case. Their rehabilitation will be long and difficult, but they will be allowed to live out the rest of their natural lives under the care of the sanctuary. It is clear from their current health and mental state that they have never known any kindness from humans - your continued support is needed to cover the ongoing food, vet and equipment bills. If you visit Big V Sanctuary on facebook or instagram you can learn more about other ways to help the new residents. thank you x
Some of our lovely sheep to brighten your day! These cheeky ladies LOVE to have the occasional biscuit treat, and your continued monthly support helps us to make it happen - your donation may only be €1 a month, but it all adds up - thank you xx
This is Blossom - she thought you might enjoy seeing her lovely pink nose to cheer you up on a dark and wet Saturday evening! She has a particular fondness for biscuits, and your wonderful monthly donations help feed her habit. Thank you! xx
These little bundles of fluff are a few of the many, many guinea pigs currently living at the sanctuary. They came to us from a hoarder who had no idea how many she had, didn't not look after them at all, and was just going to release into the wild if we didn't take them. Of course, many were pregnant when they turned up, but we have become experts in identifying their gender and keeping them separate! Thanks to your support they have a safe, warm home with plenty of good food! Thank you x
Welcome new teamers! Thank you so much for taking the time to sign up to give €1 a month. Hopefully it doesn't feel like much to you individually, but it makes such a massive difference to us when you add it all together. We cannot survive without a regular income, so from all the garden folk in our care - THANK YOU!
This is the magnificent Duchess. As previously shared with you, she has cancer and we were very worried about her after she stopped standing. After a lot of (expensive) medication, 24 hour care, physiotherapy and help with a hoist, she finally got to her feet. She then took the opportunity to escape the barn and take a walk around the village! She is now back in the meadow with her friends, enjoying the autumn sun. Your continued support helps us give this level of intensive care to our animals to allow them to live their lives out free of pain, fear and misery. Thank you!
Voici la magnifique Duchesse. Comme nous vous l'avons déjà dit, elle a un cancer et nous étions très inquiets pour elle après qu'elle ait cessé de se tenir debout. Après de nombreux médicaments (coûteux), des soins 24 heures sur 24, de la physiothérapie et de l'aide avec un palan, elle s'est enfin remise sur pied. Elle en a ensuite profité pour s'échapper de la grange et faire une promenade dans le village ! Elle est maintenant de retour dans la prairie avec ses amis, profitant du soleil d'automne. Votre soutien continu nous aide à donner ce niveau de soins intensifs à nos animaux pour leur permettre de vivre leur vie sans douleur, sans peur et sans misère. Nous vous remercions !
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This is what we use your money for! This will feed some of our animals - 5 cows, 3 horses, 9 sheep, 1 naughty goat, 12 pigs and 30 birds - for 2 weeks. This doesn’t include hay, fresh food, or what we use to feed the dogs, guinea pigs or hares. Thank you for joining our teaming group, this makes a real difference to us xx
The beautiful Duchess (white cow) is not well at the moment. Blood tests shows her liver is failing, probably because of the cancer we know she has. She is on strong medication, is comfortable inside the barn with her best friend Princess and is eating well. She was our first resident - a victim of the dairy industry - and taught us so much about how wonderful cows are. She may not have long left, and we will make sure she does not suffer. Your kind monthly donations ensure we can do whatever we can to give animals like Duchess the life and love they deserve. Thank you
La belle duchesse (vache blanche) n'est pas bien pour le moment. Les analyses sanguines montrent que son foie est défaillant, probablement à cause du cancer dont nous savons qu'elle est atteinte. Elle prend des médicaments puissants, est à l'aise dans la grange avec sa meilleure amie Princesse et mange bien. Elle a été notre première pensionnaire - une victime de l'industrie laitière - et nous a beaucoup appris sur les merveilles des vaches. Il ne lui reste peut-être plus beaucoup de temps, et nous ferons en sorte qu'elle ne souffre pas. Grâce à vos dons mensuels, nous pouvons faire tout ce qui est en notre pouvoir pour donner aux animaux comme la duchesse la vie et l'amour qu'ils méritent.
Thank you to everyone who has joined recently. As you may have seen Big V sanctuary is in trouble, but having regular support will make a difference. Please share and support in any way you can xx Merci à tous ceux qui nous ont rejoints récemment. Comme vous l'avez peut-être constaté, le sanctuaire de Big V est en difficulté, mais le fait d'avoir un soutien régulier fera la différence. Merci de partager et de soutenir de quelque manière que ce soit xx
Duchess is still undergoing medication for cancer. She has shown a small sign of improvement, we are trying to remain level headed and not get our hopes up. She is not particularly fond of us coming and prodding and poking her everyday, but she is doing her best to ignore us.
Because the cancer is in her eye, we have to keep her in the barn for the forseable future, as sunlight will exacerbate the problem. So that she doesn't stress too much, the other cows have been kept inside with her. This means our straw and hay remain at wintertime needs and costs.
Can you help us to support our cows being inside? Are you in the position to sponsor one of them? No amount is too little, we really are desperate. The hording case has turned into a financial nightmare. The extra costs of keeping our herds inside are frightening, and of course we didn't know Duchess was going to get cancer. Nor were we able to predict what would happen with the outbreak. All of our cows are in need of sponsors. Duchess, Princess, Rupert, Dick and Jack. Please, please get in touch.
Here Teddy is doing a great impression of nearly every human around the world - hiding. If only it were that easy to not take responsibility for our actions. All Teddy has done is pinched Bess and Little Beans apples and is now pretending to be invisible. He is an amazing little character.
Jerome giving Luna her first hourly session of physio today. Luna is in need of sponsors. If you would like to learn more about how Luna's came to be with us and her journey you can find it on our website, http://www.bigvsanctuary.com/cows/luna/ and in more detail on "The Big V Blog" tab at the top right of the page. For more information on Luna's care needs and progress please contact us at email@example.com
After a long day of caring for the garden folk, the human folk closed the end of the day together. Jacket potatoes on the fire and log sparklers ; archery, hide and seek and tall tales of phantoms and werewolves. Listening to the frogs start to call for mates in the lake while watching the super moon. Bats dipping above our heads, while the owls hoot and the peacocks call out their melancholy goodnight.
The lockdown doesn't change our human lives ; we are used to being isolated. From one month to the next we don't go out to bars or restaurants. Our lives revolve around the needs of the folk in our care, from the smallest to the large, we listen and watch. Our days start before dawn, in the darkness and finish on or after the sun dips below the horizon. The children aren't phased by what may come, or if the shops run out of food. As parents and guardians of so many, Jerome and I are only concerned with everyone's wellbeing.
We are enjoying the extra quietness of the world, the skies left undisturbed. The growing confidence of the wildlife around us. The air is cleaner, sweeter ; a noticeable lack of chemical spray and noxious car fumes. Our dream is that lessons can be learned and that compassion can be awakened, while people are locked away. May the human animal set forth again into a world, more quietly than before, with more reverence for the beauty of the home they depend on and all that inhabit within.