(Not everyone appreciates the privilege of having their picture taken. Looking at you, Soup.)
We get so used to seeing animals around here that it is easy to forget that one of the distinctive things about E1V is how pet friendly we are. We have around 50 human beings here, and at very least 18 dogs and 7 cats. We also get visits from geese and raccoons and have a mating pair of killdeers who live here, and at least one chocolate colored ferret or mink depending on who you ask.
In terms of current residents, both populations combined, you might say we have 80 villagers and here’s the kicker:
At the moment we are only occupying a quarter of the four acre site.
Translation: The future will be busy, possibly even hectic.
One of the reasons we are so pet friendly is to fill a need. Many other shelters and communities don’t allow animals, and homeless folk love their pets as much as everyone else, so we made the fur people part of our mission from the start.
If you think of community as the working out of the needs and desires of everyone without trampling on the same in others, sharing this space with our pets is an excellent method to practice community.
You might even call it BootCamp.
But you don’t want to hear about the challenges. You want a picture gallery.
That’s it for now. Turns out many animals are very skilled changing position the instant a photo is snapped. Some are still too shy to be photographed, and a couple prefer their privacy. One insisted he didn’t want to be a poster boy for homelessness. Think that was a cat.
Here’s hoping there will be more portraits to come. Tried to take a photo of the killdeer nest, but the mama tried to lure the cameraperson away by pretending to have a broken wing. Idea rejected as too stressful to a single mother.
Special shout out to Brandy and Jasper who lived here before we did, before E1V was even an idea in someone’s heads. They had the run of this place for years and graciously allowed the rest of us in, even going so far as to curtail their own freedom by living life on a leash.
Would we all had that sort of patience and tolerance.