We are very excited and thrilled to announce that our Volunteer Spotlight for the month of April is Ann Greig. She has been an exceptionally dedicated, reliable and valuable volunteer on Tuesday mornings since November of 2015.
Ann has always liked working with and interacting with all kinds of animals, she was very excited when she found out about Clementine Ranch and the volunteer opportunities. She didn’t come to us with a lot of experience with farm animals, she considered herself a city girl, though she did have two previous jobs working with horses. One of her jobs was on a Thoroughbred racetrack and the other was at an Arabian horse ranch. Ann is a great asset in our Uppers area with our horses; Katie, the Percheron draft horse, Nick, Tuki and Duke as well as our mini horses and mini donkey.
When asked who her favorite animal on the ranch is, she answered, “This is an unfair question! My answer could go on and on, I have too many favorites!” She does love the emus because they are so different. She loves the way the geese parade around in their own “clicks” and hiss when you walk by. She is also very fond of the West Valley Hens because they are so friendly and inquisitive. When they came to us, after having been abandoned and left without food or water, they were very unhealthy, but now they are happy, healthy and safe. She is very fond of our young turkey Suzette, Hammie the pig, because of his gentle personality, pigs Copper and Ron. Clark the sheep is becoming her friend and she’s discovered the way to his timid heart is through his stomach. She misses the Bobs, the Yucatan pigs who lived out their long lives at the ranch. She says, “I really appreciate the chance to be near horses. Over the years I have been especially endeared to some of our sadly departed horses, Pam, Jackson, Duke Black, and Sweet Mabel, for those who remember them. I dote on our current Duke, he is so lovely.”
We just have to ask about our spotlight volunteer’s most embarrassing moment. This is what Ann had to share about hers, “I used to be quite terrified of Norton (the pig). One day I was doing waters and he came after me. I dropped and spilled my bucket and went over the fence faster than I thought I could but not very gracefully. My landing on the other side was a complete face plant! I don’t think anybody saw me except Norton and maybe some geese but I felt pretty silly. Norton just stuck up his snout at me. Norton seems so much nicer since her got his new deluxe house. I think we’re even sort of friends now.”
If you want to make Ann her favorite dish, make TACOS!!!!!! She loves tacos. She also loves oatmeal!
When Ann isn’t spending time at the ranch she is a busy lady doing many other interesting things. She not only volunteers at the ranch helping farm animals she also volunteers for a parrot rescue and rehoming group (WAES) every week. Ann also has a variety of birds of her own at home. She’s an amazing bird mom. Her birds have an indoor aviary and they get to fly around and have big windows to look outside. They are some very happy and well cared for birds. She also has a giant rabbit, Greta aka Bad Buns, who is litter box trained and lives in the house with her two dogs, Daisy and Lola. The rabbit actually thinks she’s one of the dogs. It’s a menagerie of furry and feathered friends. Ann grows an abundant vegetable garden each year, she likes to play video games and she also plays the acoustic guitar.
We are so fortunate to have this hard working, genuine and compassionate woman coming to the ranch each week to share her joyful spirit and unique perspective with us and the animals. The animals and people like Ann, who care for them make this ranch the special place that it is.