Merrily and Harper Tipster
As you know, when Harper became a PPN foster pig he and his companion Merrily had an undiagnosed
medical condition, which caused them both to shake, fall down and have difficulty walking. Merrily was also pregnant and while in our care, she gave birth to a litter of five piglets
Two of her piglets did not survive, but the three that did are doing very well. They too have the same
condition as their parents, which to this day, even after consultation with numerous pet pig veterinarians, some leaders in their fields, remains undiagnosed! One piglet “Nod” has a permanent new home and is living indoors and loving life. With this writing we are happy to report, both Merrily and Harper too have had Happy Endings.
In the Summer of 2001 a woman named Joan came to visit Ross Mill Farm to satisfy her curiosity about pet pigs. Joan immediately fell in love and decided she wanted to adopt pigs for her small “farmette” in Maryland. Joan was very much attracted to Merrily and Harper, despite their disabilities, she saw through to their hearts and bonded with them. She sat in their pen until they were comfortable enough to
come and visit with her. She was immediately hooked and set her sights on doing whatever was necessary to adopt these two special pigs.
Throughout the summer and into the fall, Joan and Susan, our foster mother, communicated regularly.
Susan has loved and cared for Merrily and Harper for quite sometime, and she knew they could only go to a VERY special home one where they would be extremely well loved and cared for. Joan demonstrated that she was to be that special person.
Joan has a beautiful home in Maryland where she also has a special needs horse and some other well
loved animals. Joan is truly a wonderful woman with a heart of gold!
After deciding to adopt these special pigs, she began to construct a “Piggy Palace”. The “Palace is custom made, taking Merrily and Harper’s disabilities into mind. The house is insulated with plenty of
space for the pigs and Joan’s frequent visits. It also has a ramp with rails on either side to help guide Merrily and Harper in without falling.
Joan is thrilled to have these special pigs and reports that she spends a lot of time with each of them
every day. She works from her home, so she is able to provide them with lots of one on one attention. Joan reports the pigs are becoming incredibly friendly with her, she gives them ear scratches everyday and belly rubs. They are also making friends with the horses, goats and sheep.
Thanks to PPN, Merrily & Harper were both truly given a second chance at life. Merrily was able to give
birth to her piglets, they were both provided with the best vet care and both found a wonderful new home where they will be loved and well cared for -- for life. They are only two of the lucky pigs and stories like these are what make our volunteers continue to do the work we do.
Thank you for helping PPN to save all the pigs mentioned
and to provide them with such a