The only way to have a friend is to be one… Meet Casper the friendly goat.
Whilst it could well be successfully argued to anyone with even a hint of a nose that he is a smelly one, and pungently so, this was to prove no barrier to our friendship. For true friends do not care how one looks, or even the form they have taken, as they see deep inside to who one truly is. And, moreover, they help us through the worst of times to cheer us through to the best, urging us on and believing in us, even when we don’t.
And so begins the story of Casper the friendly goat.
Found wandering the streets of a small country town, the young and unwanted buck roamed. Coming up empty time and time again in his attempts to find someone to strike up a rapport with. All of which was to land him and his sometimes crazy and overzealous antics in the lock-up of a rural pound – with the days ticking down on his future.
For, just as important as good food and exercise are those who step in when the rest of the world steps out. And although Casper may not have realised it then, he had entered what could well have been his darkest chapter. The abattoir across the road providing an ominous clue.
Yet through this all, Casper remained a friendly goat, as he too was to prove a lucky one as his plight came on to our radar and we were in a position to assist. Whisking him away to a place where animals are always valued for who they are, not what they can produce.
A place where his loneliness shall be stemmed, his good health ensured and a sense of belonging will descend, for that is what good friends are for.
And so, inspired by Casper and his good fortune, we give you these sage words. The hardest and most challenging way to be a friend for animals is to run a not-for-profit sanctuary for them.
Yet the simplest way to be their true friend is not to eat them; not to incarcerate, hurt or harm them or their habitats; and to always choose kindness for them.
Blending tragedy with hope comes Nepal, a sweet little Merino lamb, born one of triplets, who sadly became separated from his family.
While logic tells us he did not fall from the sky, he might as well have, for from where he has come, we cannot ascertain. It is as if he is nobody’s cat. And here now, he most certainly is.
Few things in life tug more at the heartstrings than when you see the life draining out of the eyes of an animal. And when that animal is but a youngster, the tug becomes an all-consuming wrench.
Found wandering on a highway that homed no sheep, it is believed that dear Jump did just that.
They have been declared the comedians of the barnyard (goats, that is) and proving this statement is not a work of fiction come Frick, Frack and Applejack.
It was the message we prayed we would never have to send – well, not for many a year anyway – to our team.
As a young first-time mum, having barely hit puberty, Margaret found herself in the direst of situations. Recently having given birth, and suffering a life-threatening prolapse, she did not know what to do.
Meet Annie Yokely and Mary Poopins! A community Facebook post was to prove the lifeline for two plucky and adventurous hens. It, too, was to prove just how maligned, disregarded and poorly protected their kind is.