Inspiring Kindness and Compassion towards Animals, Our Planet, and Each Other
Inspiring Kindness and Compassion towards Animals, Our Planet, and Each Other


Our pig, Lilly, was rescued many years ago from being put down at an animal shelter. She had been used as a breeder pig her whole life, where her food was thrown to her and her babies taken away from her. When she could not get pregnant anymore she was sent to the pound to be put down. She had never known kindness or friendship and when we saved her we could not pet her at all and she had wild, fearful eyes. We promised Lilly that we would take good care of her and one day she would know what a tummy rub feels like. It took us a year and a half but one day we finally got her to trust enough to roll over and receive the first tummy rub of her life. Of course that was not the last and we have spent the last several years giving her treats, love and belly rubs every day.

A few years later, Lilly developed a tumor and the vets said it was malignant breast cancer, she had about three weeks to live and that she was too old to survive surgery. That was two years ago. We have been supporting Lilly with Sun Chlorella Super Food to boost her immune system and slow down the cancer, as well as energetic healing and tons of daily attention. The cancer has grown very slowly and she has been comfortable and happy.

Recently however, Lilly’s growth started bleeding and we were very concerned. The same surgeon who successfully operated on Lacey examined Lilly and said that, with his anesthesia, Lilly would be safe to have her tumor removed. So last week Lilly went to have surgery. It was a very difficult procedure because her tumor was entangled with her intestines and it took several hours for the vet to be able to successfully remove it. Lilly recovered from surgery nicely and is back home at the barn, in quarantine, getting spoiled. She is on pain meds and antibiotics which we give her mixed in banana baby food; her favorite (as seen in the photo above)! She is such a great patient and we look forward to her having her stitches removed and joining her friends in the barnyard again. Lilly is now twenty four years old and each day is such a blessing that we get to have the company of this brave, kind, gentle creature. Come see her this Sunday, bring her a yummy treat and help us pamper her. Lilly loves bananas, apples, grapes, oranges, watermelon and peaches.

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