Thursday, April 2, 2009

Retired Show Girls

All our heavy snow is gone now. It lasted a little more than a day, and now it seems like spring again. The cold was a bit hard on the grape hyacinths in the yard. They are looking straggly this morning.

But the American Beauty wildflowers are springing up everywhere! Grandma-Great used to call them Good Morning Spring flowers.

It's been a bit tearful on the farm this week as we say goodbye to some of our piggies. It's time to send them to Uncle P's farm for breeding so we'll have some fall show babies. The pigs look on this adventure as a trip to the spa because they get very spoiled and pampered at Uncle P's place. Since My Girl is a senior in high school, this was her last show season. She is retiring from the show ring, and when our sows come back to us this fall, My Girl will be away at college and won't see them much. She is giving Happy the Hamp a hug. Happy wasn't worried, though, she's been through this trip before and she likes to travel.

Twiggy is very anxious to load in the trailer and is squealing to be turned out. She will run and hop in, just like she did in her show days. My Girl is telling her to be patient and let the other girls load first. All of our sows are retired show pigs and are very gentle and sweet.

Okay, My Girl, we're ready. Release the hounds! (I don't know what that means, but I always wanted to say it.)

Asta the cow is looking on. She can't believe pigs go to a spa and wonders if there is room in the trailer for her, too. Oh, that's right. We have a cow named Asta (no offense, Asta NY and Asta Down Under, she's a very nice cow).

It will be quiet on the farm now, with no squealing to be fed in the morning. Pigs are a bit noisy. Now, if I could just sneak that pesky rooster onto the trailer, too, I can sleep late in the morning...


Noah the Airedale said...

Aww the piggies are so cute. No wonder you're sad to see them go Tell.


Eric said...

Oh I LIKE your piggies Tell. Specially Happy. I hope they have a super time at the Spa. Um.. Tell.. they do go to Uncle P's don't they?? (not to that other place... I whispered that in case they were listening)
Asta the cow is cute he,heee! Bit like those other Asta's we know.

Good luck with the Rooster...if you can't get him on the trailer what about taping his beak up?!!

Wiry wags, Eric xxx

Wry wags

Princess Patches said...

We hope all the piggies enjoy their time at the spa! Asta, the cow, is pretty cute! Does she give you milk?

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Molly the Airedale said...

Our mom has always had a thing for pigs, ever since she was a teenager! She thinks they're just so darn cute! Mom says that she never knew that piggies could be that friendly!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Agatha and Archie said...

Hee hee Twiggy the piggy.... and release the hounds ho ho You are a card !! Love and kisses A+A

The Black and Tans. said...

Hi Tell

Glad to read your snow has gone and Spring is well under way.

Molly and Taffy

Linda said...

Awwwh, your piggies are cute! and so is cow Asta. We got your icky snow on Saturday & Sunday. What a mess. It's melting away now thank dogness. Have a great week.
Luv & Wirey Hugs,
Butchy, Snickers, Ruby, Sylvester & Scuby