Saturday, May 24, 2014
Rob Ford and the Lost Animals of Far Enough Farm
Well although he personally believes that crack addicts should be jailed not pampered, I see Rob Ford is finally in rehab.
His monstrous Fordzillamobile is in the pound.
Earlier this week, Ford's Cadillac Escalade was impounded after a 36-year-old woman, Lee Anne McRobb, was charged with impaired driving in Bracebridge while behind the wheel of the vehicle.
And no doubt that "man of the people" is suffering terribly.
But of course the real victims are the people of Toronto, who have had to put up with the depraved behaviour of that brutish bigoted bully for so long. The people of Canada, who he embarrassed in the eyes of the world.
And in my little world, some of the humble animals at Far Enough Farm...
I've written about this beautiful little place before.
And how Ford tried to close it down, for no good reason.
And how I was worried about what might happen to the older animals, like Boot the magnificent retired police horse...
Or my absolute favourite, the old donkey Jake...
Who was an amazing character, totally adorable, and probably the farm's most popular animal...
He made me laugh with his comic book antics, helped me forget that I live in brutish Harperland.
And helped me recover from the shattering loss of this old friend...
I also told you how the farm was saved at the last moment, when the city foisted it onto the owners of a small vintage amusement park next to it, in return for extending its lease.
And I was happy with the way things had worked out, until I returned a couple of weeks ago, and found the place looking strangely empty...
And then I saw this...
All the horses and donkeys had been "retired" to this place.
The people at the farm say the animals were old, and since there is nobody at the place at night, there would be nobody to care for them if they got ill. So it was better for them to be sent somewhere else.
Or maybe they just shipped them off because it was cheaper to run the place without them. And some things about Hagersville make me fear the worst.
So although I am grateful they saved the little farm, so the poor people of the city could visit it with their kids, I can't help feeling that something isn't right. When you commit to taking care of an animal it should be for life.
An old donkey like Jake should have been allowed to spend his last days in the place that was his home for almost thirty years...
And I blame Rob Ford for what has happened. A man who never could do the right or decent thing.
And I'll always miss Boot, Willow, Blueberry Muffin, Cecelia.
And my old friend Jake...
You know, they told me that Jake was abused as a young animal before he was brought to the farm. And he never really lost his distrust of humans.
He was friendly but wary.
And as magnificently stoic and stubborn as only a donkey can be...
But I understood that. And of course he was right.
Humans can be beasts. And it is a cruel world.
And really what more can I say eh?
Except that you can NEVER put lipstick on a Con hog.
And when can we FINALLY retire this one?
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