The Pig's Sunscreen/Skin Fund 2013
Contrary to some chatter, I did not use styling gel on Rosie, she does her own hair and make up, thank you very much.
We started a new tradition for Rosie the pig - an Annual Sunscreen Fund!
Every year in mid summer, Rosie loses all her little bristle piggie hairs and is bald. Besides the fact that she has very scaly skin even with hair, without hair she becomes burned and her skin suffers. She often rubs it and it scabs. I have kept the scabbing at a low with the help of Destin, a diaper ointment with cod liver oil [a wonderful product for many skin ailments I must say!]. On a good day, I can go through 1/3 tube of sunscreen. on a hot day, more.
My regime with Rosie is to massage her with baby oil at night. Then in morning I add Destin in, and the left over baby oil on her body helps spread out the thicker Destin. I use sunscreen all over her throughout the day. I also find the Destin doesn't tickle or sting her. The spray on screens are great for coverage- but I can't get it near her eyes.
If Rosie is in a grumpy mood - a 50% possibility - covering her in sunscreen can be quite a challenge- but she is much more accepting of it now that I do it all the time.
How to help:
Every summer, Rosie personally uses her nose to snort out one of the donators' names and sends a Rosie art print [by none other than me].
Donate a small amount to the sunscreen fund - scroll down for "Buy" button.
Rosie is accepting all forms of sun screen 30 SPF and over, including spray on versions which she tolerates and allow thorough coverage. I think I go through a 6 oz tube every few days for Rosie until her hair comes back in autumn.
Desitin Ointment - accepted year round
Rosie's skin chafes and I use this year round to sooth her skin and keep her scabs from rubbing to a minimum. "Desitin" is a diaper rash ointment found in the baby section at the store, made with cod liver oil - I also use it all the time for the other animals when skin issues arise.
So while the donkey gets aprons, the old goats get cookies, Rosie would like sun screen.
Send your sun screen to:
Rosie McDonald McDermot c/o Apifera Farm
14710 NW Tupper RD, Yamhill, OR 97148