I was introduced to John Mottern- owner of Gallery 55- by my old HS friend Meg (McGuire)Randa. Meg and her husband Lewis founded the Peace Abbey in Sherborn. What a cool place. I had never been there before. I met Henry and many other rescues. Henry is actually the offspring of a pig that fell off a truck in transport to the slaughterhouse. He is gigundo- please note his ear is larger than my head. He was ecstatic when Meg scratched his tummy. Well, scratching is too subtle a word for what went on there! There is quite a story at the Abbey of Emily the cow. Emily escaped from the slaughterhouse waiting to be the next cow to get killed. She scaled a 5 foot wall.. 1600 lbs over the wall, while the workers took lunch. That in itself is utterly amazing, but then she eluded capture for 40 days, cold snowy winter- hiding in Sherborn-people leaving her hay to eat- until Christmas eve Meg was able to lure her to the Abbey where she had already arranged w/ the slaughterhouse to buy her(they were getting a LOT of publicity at this point.) Anyway, Emily has become an symbol for compassionate living, even though now she has passed on from cancer after many years happily living at the Abbey. This story was in People...twice..and 100's of articles have been written, and a book The Story of Emily the Cow, too. Buy here! (That's my pretty HS friend on the cover with pretty Emily)
If you missed my interview on Pawsitive Thoughts, WSCA Portsmouth and wish you hadn't, heres the link. Just fast forward 15 minutes past the news. I was so happy to be asked to come back by Jean Proulx (thank you!) and talk more about my artwork and animals. Here's a picture Marc Dove took in action.