This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites. And a reminder, please make a pledge in our Indiegogo campaign!
This is the story about how a completely unplanned addition to their family became a 530 lb gentle giant that changed their lives forever. Unwilling to give her up, they decided to alter the course of their lives; sending them down a path they never could have imagined. Little did they know this little piggy had a power unlike anything they had ever experienced. They call it “the Esther effect.” Because of the impact Esther made on them, they have decided to completely change the course of their lives dedicating theirselves to sharing their story, and improving the lives of farmed animals. They have an accepted offer on a farm, and your contribution will help them bring Esther’s sanctuary to life. You will help them secure the property and make the required improvements they need to start saving the lives of the countless animals that desperately need them.
You’ll help them build a place you can visit and interact with these amazing animals in a breathtaking environment. This won’t be your average barnyard either. Your contribution will help them create an environment where they can show pigs living in clean barns with slip resistant hard floors and blankets for bedding. They’ll have a space more like a “living room” than a barn so they can demonstrate their intelligence and abilities to be toilet trained. It will be unlike any sanctuary you’ve seen before with a huge community garden and free cooking classes to show you how to use your harvest in simple but delicious ways. The whole space will be designed to break down barriers and level the playing field between their companion animals, and those they see as products. It’s a huge task but if anyone can do it, they can. They’ve spent the last two years learning from Esther and applying these training techniques to their new pigs will help make this all possible. They’ve done it with Esther, and they’ll do it again but they cannot do it without you. The sanctuary used to be a dream but it is so much more than that now. It has become their mission and they will move heaven and earth to make it happen.
As of June 25th, this project has raised around $319,000 of their $400,000 goal. This project only has 6 days left to raise the $400,000 or it might not be funded! For a pledge of $10, you will get the Esther ringtone and be entered into a drawing to meet Esther and it’s owner via Skype or in person. For a pledge of $50, get the $10 pledge plus a shout out on their thank you video! To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/esther-the-wonder-pig-farm-sanctuary
I would call this post a feel good story! Ragland Alabama is sadly a dumping ground for many pets. Some people have no care for animals in this world and when they don’t want a pet anymore, they drive somewhere remote, release the animal, and drive away. For the past few weeks someone abandoned a black dog near the Neely Henry Dam along AL-144. Some people have left food so the dog would not go hungry. And someone even put out a shelter for the dog! But this dog was a danger to the driving public.
This black dog would at times go out and chase a car in the middle of the road! So you know if this continued it would not be long before this dog was struck and killed. So on Sunday I decided to attempt a rescue of this dog. I used my mom’s dog Georgina so this dog would feel comfortable with me. And it worked! Enjoy the video of the rescue below!
It took some time for the dog to get comfortable with me and Georgina. But after a little while the dog climbed into the back seat of my car and I was able to shut the door. This black dog is a boy and it sure looked liked he wanted a play mate! The dog was barking and raising his paw because he wanted Georgina to play with him. The dog never got aggressive or tried to bite me and I was able to pet him many times.
Yes, my mom was a little surprised that I was able to rescue this dog from the side of the road. The car ride from my mom’s house to the Animal Shelter of Pell City was good. The dog was a little nervous but he handled the car ride very well! I was petting him here and there to make him feel comfortable.
When we got to the animal shelter we put on a leash and took him to the cage. It was a struggle as the dog was not used to a leash so we had to stop at times to let the dog catch his breath. While we were at the shelter there was another puppy who was just left there. The facility is surrounded by a fence and you have to enter through a side gate and take your pet to a cage and fill out some paperwork if you want to abandon an animal. This person just put the puppy inside the fence and left. Thankfully the animal shelter has cameras so they can find out who just leaves animals without properly putting them in a cage.
After putting both dogs in cages which had plenty of water it started to rain and get cold. So I thought I did an awesome thing by getting this dog to safety before the rain and cold set in. I am hoping someone was maybe looking for this lost dog but I do think someone just abandoned it! And this is a huge problem in the state of Alabama. Hopefully someone will adopt this dog if it’s not claimed. He would make a great dog for a family and he has lots of energy because he wanted to play with my mom’s dog Georgina.
Alright Geek Alabama readers I need you to vote for someone who really deserves it. YouTube is holding the On the Rise program. This means the YouTube channel Gone to the Snow Dogs has the chance to be featured on the YouTube homepage for 1 day. Being featured on the front page of YouTube is huge for anyone. This channel would benefit from the extra viewers seeing the lives of three Siberian Huskies named Shiloh, Shelby, and Oakley. Here is a video from the channel talking about the vote.
I love seeing animal videos on YouTube. Animals should be respected and loved! Sure some people in Alabama view animals as property and mistreat them. But YouTube channels like Gone to the Snow Dogs show the beauty of animals and dogs. You have until September 19th to vote and you can click on the link to vote! https://www.google.com/moderator/#15/e=1fe067&t=1fe067.40
Just click on the check mark beside Gone to the Snow Dogs. And to inspire you to vote; here are two videos I have made with my mom’s dog Georgina. Learn more about Gone to the Snow Dogs at: http://www.gonetothesnowdogs.com/.
Tonight I wanted to share this viral video from ASPCA. It shows a cat becoming a hovercat! Some great camera and computer techniques went into this video. And if ABC News Nightline anchor Dan Harris can adopt; you can too! Go to your local shelter and adopt a pet today!
And while we are on the pet topic. This funny photo going around on the internet has gotten everyone’s attention. This magazine cover from Tails Magazine shows Rachael Ray with her dog and the reasons why she likes to cook her family and dog. Wait where are the commas? The magazine has come out and said this cover was photo-shopped. But it sure gave everyone a laugh.
My mom’s dog Georgina is so spoiled they have to take her outside at night with a flashlight. That’s right; they shine a flashlight at the spots Georgina likes to sniff and then she uses the bathroom. The dog will not go outside at night without someone carrying a flashlight. Just watch the video below and see what I mean.
Dog Going Out by Flashlight
Georgina loves seeing me coming over to mom’s house. I have to love her for hours on end. And when I go over I usually brush her. And she has a lot of hair that comes out.
You have to wonder what Georgina is thinking when I come over. She loves the petting and treats I always give her. So what is going through her head when she sees me.
Give me a treat!
Come on; Love me!
That love feels good!
Yep! My mom has one very spoiled dog! And I think she knows what a camera is. Because I always get great dog pictures!