Dyrenes dag & Esther the Wonder Pig

4. Oktober er Dyrenes dag og hvilken måte bedre å markere på enn med litt griseprat?! Jeg snakker naturligvis om Esther, et av verdens mest berømte svin, bare slått av Nasse Nøff. Hun er sannsynligvis den eneste grisen i verden som har både egen FB-side, oppskriftsside og bok.

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Esther ble adoptert av canadierne Steve og Derek da hun var bare noen uker gammel. De ble fortalt at hun var en såkalt minigris – men da hun fortsatte å vokse og veterinæren fortalte dem at hun var docked (halen var kuttet av) – stod det klart for dem: Esther var en kommersiell gris som egentlig skulle ende opp på noens tallerken.

Da foreldrene (eierne) til Esther så hvor intelligent og sensitiv hun var, og hvor mye oppførsel hun delte med hundene, snudde det verdenen deres opp ned. Historien deres, fra de møtte Esther for første gang, til livet på Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, kan leses i boka Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time.

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Introducing Esther!

There’s little point to a life that lacks excitement. But there’s excitement, and then there’s a freight train hurtling toward your bedroom at 3 a.m. on a fairly regular basis.
We call it the Piggy Parade.
It sounds tame, but in reality there is nothing tame or serene about being startled awake by a 650-pound commercial pig barreling down your hallway. It’s something you feel first: There’s a vibration that starts to rumble through the mattress into your sleepy consciousness and you have just moments to realize what’s happening and make room for a mammoth being who fully intends to make herself at home on your bed.

Over the din of pillows flying and humans and dogs and cats alike all scrambling to get out of the way, comes the sound of hooves racing across the hardwood floor, gaining momentum with every step, getting louder by the second. Once you’ve heard that sound, it’s embedded in your psyche, and your response is Pavlovian. (The term Pavlovian, having originated in reference to dogs, means that Reuben and Shelby, our beloved canines, also know what to do. Our cats, Delores and Finnegan, are on their own.)

The sound is thunderous; the house practically shakes with each step – and there’s the crash of the occasional piece of furniture getting knocked over. You hear it coming, you feel it in your bones, but there’s nothing you can do.
Our darling princess comes crashing into the room, most likely spooked by a noise in the night. She launches into our bed the same way she launched into our lives and while it might be a mad scramble to make room for her, it’s also a whole new, wonderful level of exhilaration. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Hva er Dyrenes dag?

Dyrenes dag startet i 1931 for å sette fokus på kampen for utrydningstruede dyr. Siden har markeringen vokst til å omfatte alle dyr. 4. oktober ble valg som markeringsdag for dyrene siden dette også er en høytidsdag for St. Francis of Assisi, helgenen for alle dyr. Kilde: Dyrebeskyttelsen

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