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Fiona: A Life Continued (Part 2; read Part 1 here)

If you’ve read Part 1 of Fiona’s story, you’ll know that this very strong girl suffered some difficult setbacks early in life. But Fiona persevered through illness, the loss of her young piglet friend Linus, and later the passing of Angie, an elderly pig with whom she and her friend Tim formed a special bond.

With Angie’s death, Fiona had suffered another loss, but this time, with Tim at least, it seemed that she would not be alone. But sadly, that was not the case once Emily pig, after leaving the sanctuary temporarily to have surgery on her foot, returned to be with Tim (and by default, Fiona).

When Emily returned — and was none too happy about the new pairing of Tim and Fiona — Fiona was once again on her own.

Emily attempted to get so close to Tim again that a desperate Fiona would squeeze between the two, only to get kicked out completely by the grumpy Emily.  

With yet another loss — that of Tim’s companionship — we made a decision to place her with one of our adopters, who was looking for a piglet to join her small herd. The pigs were all young, so it sounded like a good plan. But fast-forward to 24 hours after leaving our Watkins Glen property, and it was already clear that this too would not work; the adopter wanted to return our girl. Seriously???

So now what is a gal to do???

It was time to meet the big herd. Fiona was finally old enough, and had gone through so much in her very short life that we felt she could handle it. And handle it she did.

Fiona meeting Violet and finding it not too bad.

No longer was she frightened of the big pigs, but instead walked right up to them, including the second in command, Violet. This was true bravery. And that bravery paid off.

Fiona made the closest friendship with who doppelganger Joan Jett, and the two have continued to be the best of pals over the past seven years. 

She also fell in love with Kim Gordon, who arrived a few years after her and just like Joan, needed a friend.  

Girls’ club: Kim and Fiona chatting it up, with friend Joan in the background.

She became a great outdoorsy pig and spent most of her days wandering the pastures with her new pals. She loved spending time out and about and rooting, rolling in the mud, and wading in the pond.  

Out and about — growing up in her new herd.

She has some health issues, including a mysterious head tremor which she is still treated for daily. Like all the farm pigs, she also has times when her legs and feet get sore, but treatment usually only lasts a short time and she responds well to pain management. She loves getting her daily meds in a peanut butter sandwich! Delicious!

Fiona loves her daily sandwich with meds and would be devastated if they were discontinued.  

She is only close to a few people, and is known for being a grump if you wake her from a nap or attempt to make her move or do something she doesn’t feel like doing. She has a pretty loud warning grunt, but this girl’s bark is far worse than her bite, although when her tremors began she did nip a few people. We assume this was due to fear or a visual change that she needed to adjust to, which has since improved. She is back to just being slightly grumpy.

Always looking for love from someone she knows well, Fiona has never showed me her grumpy side personally, but I am very aware it is there.

At our recent Hoe Down event, her grumpiness was pointed out, and many kept their distance — but Fiona was really just hoping for a belly rub, which thankfully she did get eventually.  

Waiting to scare someone away — Fiona ignoring people at the Hoe Down.  

And despite her occasional grouchy behavior, most of the time this gal is all smiles and loving life. And each day she brings all who know her — pig and human — such joy. 

Big smiles from our sweet seven-year-old girl.  

And despite all the loss Fiona suffered when she was young, she has grown up strong and happy. And like Angie, this pig grew up to accept the young and make sure that they, too, find their place in the big pig herd.  

Please share Fiona’s story. Together, we can increase awareness that every pig is someone, not something. With your support, we can continue to promote compassionate vegan living through rescue, education, and advocacy efforts. A compassionate world begins with you!

anonymous asked:

What would the pasta's favorite tv shows be like i feel that sometimes they would totally not care about anything they had to do that day and flop onto a couch to chill

Ben loves those shows like RuPauls drag race or face off. But he also loves the walking dead and Dexter ((he probably watches it with Toby or Jeff)) also he watches separate house wives with Jane. He’s also watched way too much anime

Toby LOVES the walking dead and also arrow. But mostly the walking dead

Jeff is into anything ncis or csi related but he also likes American horror story ((even the newer season))

Liu likes Cartoon Network a lot. Stuff like regular show or Steven universe. Idk he still watches cartoons and he’s happy with that.((hell watch them with ej or Jeff sometimes)) But he’ll also watch stuff on fox sometimes.

Eyeless Jack prefers comedies and light hearted stuff. He absolutely adores bobs burgers it’s his favorite. He gets Brian to watch with him late at night sometimes. ((Brian low key likes it too))

Laughing Jack only watches old black and white horror movies probably

Jane lovessss American horror story. She breathes it. Also scream queens.

Otis is a fuckung weeb and is completely caught up with naruto

Dina obviously watches judge Judy and law and order

Tim probably watches stuff like breaking bad.

Brian just watches whatever is on tbh. He just likes to take breaks and chill. He also likes to watch tv with who ever he’s with and he’ll just let them pick what they want. But I could see him crashed on the couch in his boxers watching adult swim or something

anonymous asked:

This is probs stupid and I don't even know if you watch Supernatural but replace Dean, Sam, and Charlie (who technically isn't blood related, but is still considered Dean and Sam's little sister) with Tim, Curly, and Angela. I THINK THAT WOULD BE THE FUNNIEST SHOW EVER.

BRO I DO WATCH SUPERNATURAL AND I LOVE THIS OMFG DEAN IS SO TIM SO HARD AND SAM IS LIKE WHAT CURLY COULD BE AS AN ADULT AND CHARLIE IS A BADASS LIKE ANGELA OHMYGOD THANK YOU

I was in a band with Pete as he was starting Fall Out Boy and I was starting Rise Against. It was called Arma Angelus. I was the bass player. Let’s be fair: I was, like, the fifth bass player. It was just crazy, dark metal.” When McIlrath announced he was leaving to form Rise Against with Joe Principe, Wentz was cool with it. “He was like, ‘Cool. I got this kid who can sing his ass off. We’re going to start a band with Andy Hurley from Racetraitor. We’re going to play poppy songs and we’re going to become the biggest band in the world.’I’m like ‘Sure you are, Pete.’
—  Tim McIlrath

But!!! Imagine curly coming home stoned af and like having to pretend to be sober when he runs into tim in the living room and he’s like trying not to laugh and not show tim his eyes which are bright red and he’s just like making awkward small talk while tim is just like …… kid I know you’re high, don’t try to play me like this, I’ll kill u in the morning when you’ve sobered up