In honor of the thousands of animals CAPE has rescued over the past 25 years, we checked in with several past CAPE dog adopters to see how life is for their families. Each few days, we will bring you a new story and update. Walk with us down memory lane as we bring you the story of Oscar, now Piggy.
Oscar aka Piggy: From Trash Can to Comfy Couch
When Anna Roton and her family adopted a small boy from Korea, the child was horrified when he first laid eyes on their dog Piggy. Anna explained, “Our little boy had never interacted with dogs before, but Piggy calmly won him over.”
Five years ago, Piggy, aka Oscar, was the victim of abandonment. Someone had heartlessly dumped him into a garbage can at Pinto Lake in Watsonville. Luckily he was rescued and placed into a CAPE foster home with Anna and her family. It didn’t take long for them to realize Piggy had found his forever home.
While Piggy was being neutered, the veterinarian discovered he had a grade four heart murmur. Anna says, “He is on medication for his heart and is doing so well!”
Since that horrible day when he was tossed away like a bag of trash, Piggy has shown himself to be a little love bug. He gives kisses liberally, loves children and is especially attached to his fellow dog family member, Vinnie.
Howard has moved into the CAPE Animal Sanctuary bringing with him his sweet personality and some very endearing traits.
On day three at his new home, the weather was wet and rainy. Howard decided he wanted no part of these outdoor events, so he stayed put in his warm, cozy stall. But Howard is house trained. His stall is immaculate. So we knew he would definitely need to go outdoors sooner rather than later. Sure enough, during the next coaxing by CAPE staff, Howard was eager to find his way outside. "He is a very clean pig," remarked JP Novic, CAPE executive director.
Howard now gets first priority each morning when the barn doors are open allowing the animals outside. And his stall has remained squeaky clean.
Unlocking the Cage, an award winning film touring the US, will be the final film screened at CAPE's 4th annual Animal Film Festival. Don't miss your chance to see this ground breaking film about the courtroom battle to bring basic rights to animals. All day tickets are $25. For $5 off, use promo code: AllDayPass. You can also choose to purchase an Evening Session ticket to see Unlocking the Cage and some wonderful short films. The Evening Session is from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Delicious vegan food will be available in the lobby that you can take back to your theater seat to enjoy! The 4th annual Animal Film Festival is Saturday, February 25 at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Doors open at 9:30 am and the films begin at 10:00 am. Buy your tickets by clicking here. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT CAPE ANIMAL RESCUE PROGRAMS. See you at the movies!
Yesterday morning CAPE staff discovered our 14 year old goat Lulu, laying down in her stall whimpering. She was cold and could not be coaxed to stand up. We immediately called our wonderful veterinarian Dr. Jen, who gave Lulu fluids and suggested we put Lulu next to a heater vent. That's when the bathroom turned into a hospital room!
Many years ago, CAPE rescued Lulu from a backyard slaughter operation. She has always been a very shy goat, but in recent years since living at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary in Grass Valley, she has shown another side of her sweet personality.
Lulu is already showing signs of improvement nestled in her blankets on the bathroom floor.
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Even though the thermometer is pulsing at 100 degrees, the animals at CAPE have their own way of finding the joy of living despite the heat.
Rafi, CAPE's rescued horse from Mexico, enjoys standing in the shade of an old oak tree grazing on dried grasses. He also likes to sneak into the hay barn to see what treats are within reach that he can nibble on.
Tabby, a goat born with a cleft palate, settles near the salt lick making sure it is within easy reach. In this heat, moving as little as possible is the name of the game.
Speaking of not moving very much, Rootie the pig basically just lolls around in his mud puddles all day. There is no happier pig than Rootie bathing under the hot sun.
Yesterday while visiting the animals at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary, I was lucky to catch sight of Billy and Platero (Pippy) grooming each other. Like a classic Yin and Yang, their two heads
intertwined as they vigorously scrubbed each other's necks. I wondered at these two friends who mutually engaged in this fun and meaningful pastime. See for yourself how these two burros spend their lazy afternoons in the pasture.
When Kim Midboe clicks the gate securely behind her, a pig and several goats come running. During Kim's visits to the CAPE Animal Sanctuary, she brings them something so unique yet so desirable that even Bogie the turkey sidles nearby.
Rootie the pig does not even let Kim pass. He flops his large body onto the ground, presenting Kim with his extended, pink tummy. She gets down to business, professionally kneading and pushing Rootie's muscles and tendons. He lets his eyes droop, and he wuffs with contentment. In a few minutes, Rootie is sound asleep.
Later, Kim is surrounded by a group of goats. Tabby is the lucky client, with Kim rubbing her reddish, gold coat while the other goats wait their turn. Even Bogie is standing nearby in case he decides to give this experience a try.
Kim is studying to be a professional animal masseuse. Her practice sessions at CAPE have given her hours of concrete experience, and the animals a profound new pleasure.
As Tabby is finishing up with her session, you would think another goat would take her place. But no, Rootie has pushed his way to the front of the line, and settles in for the soothing, magical touch of Kim's hard-working hands.
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace."
~Dr. Albert Schweitzer