On January 9th, our dearest Brandi made her transition with the assistance of her vet. We had made an appointment for a later date and hoped to have a final celebration with her. However, life doesn’t always work like that. We had been closely monitoring Brandi’s quality of life for months. That Saturday morning was time to set her free. In her last hours, our Staff reminded her of how much she was loved. She was wrapped in her electric blanket and had a big piece of cake. Mark and I were with her in her final moments and she went peacefully.
Brandi and her siblings (Erica and Isaac) were part of our founding five residents, along with Annie and Andy. The five of them became a closely-knit family almost immediately upon meeting in November of 2013. After her passing, we gave her pig family time to acknowledge that she was gone, and say their final words. Each pig came and touched their nose to her nose and Andy, her “little” brother had the most to say. It was one of the most beautiful things I have seen at the Sanctuary —- and a far cry from the lies we’ve been told about pigs and their relationships. After they made a couple of passes inspecting Brandi’s body, they all became very playful, even the next day they continued to be visibly playful. They knew she had been in pain and that it was time for her to move on.
Brandi was so sweet with her caretakers, but not so much with her pig family. She was so vocal when she was holding down her favorite spot in the straw and her brother, Isaac, came anywhere near her. She was as headstrong as they come, and her signature drop for a belly rub is something I will never forget. She was loved so much by her adopted brother, Andy. She loved, loved, loved pineapple. She would wake from a deep sleep every evening to take her medicine bread ball, ever so gently.
While there is a hole in our hearts, we are so grateful that Brandi lived her best life and we were able to manage her pain for years. We’re grateful she grew up with her family. She knew love, safety, and comfort.
Thank you, Brandi, for teaching us so much about who pigs really are, family, and friendship. We love you and you will never be forgotten.