This book is funny yet heartwarming. It all started with one message- that one message changed their lives forever.
By Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter with Caprice Crane. (Photo cred goes to whoever supplied Amazon with the photograph.)
I always thought Steve and Derek was vegan- so it shocked me when Steve cooked burgers with cheese and bacon. I stopped reading and flipped through the handful of recipes- all vegan- continued to read. Steve and Derek had to start somewhere- just like the rest of us did, because of Esther they went vegan.
Esther- oh my- she’s like any other animal or child for the matter. She has her own personality, her own likes, and like a child she gets curious. She gets herself into trouble. I was telling my kids the other day about The Wonder Pig. I told them that, Steve or Derek had left a bag on the stove. She stretched up to sniff it, decided whatever was in the bag was hers. One of the guys startled Esther- she squealed- took off with the bag of noodles. But as she was taking off she knocked over the stove. Running down the hallway, bag half open- noodles went FLYING everywhere. She’s also gotten into rice, little rice pieces showing up in places it shouldn’t have. I’m trying to control my laughter of the memory I read, after all I was driving the kids’ home from school. The minions laughed. Not a giggle or half assed laugh, but a full on belly laugh as I was telling the story.
Of course Steve and Derek faced many challenges. The litter box, potty training, Esther’s growth, they didn’t have a big house. Speaking of housing, there was a little issue with the bylaw. No one was permitted to have an animal with hooves living within the city/town limits. So, the real challenge began- how would they handle things? Well, they were not about to give up Esther. So, they had to find a new home. With the help of others- they found their dream home and a new calling in life. Happily Ever Esther Sanctuary came to be. The guys still take rescue/ abused farm animals in Campbellville Ont.
I can’t say enough about this book. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it gives you insight about what it’s like to live with a pig. If you have no idea who Esther is, visit her facebook fan page. The guys’ video random things that she does throughout the day. I showed my son some of her videos today- he was laughing, or watching intently wondering what Esther would get up too next. It was funny, because I was also telling them that Steve and Derek couldn’t keep anything in the freezer because Esther would get into it. Well, we came across a video showing how she does it- my son just laughed saying ‘THIS IS WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT!!!!’ in between gasps of air.
If you are ever near the Campbellville area, see about their tour times, go say hi. Esther will change your life forever.
I was given permission to share Esther Approved Cherry Cheesecake. Enjoy!
I was given a copy for review, and now here’s your chance to win a copy of Esther The Wonder pig by Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter with Caprice Crane, for yourself. Let us know what your favorite Esther approved meal is. Click here to enter. Must be 18 and older and a Canadian resident. Good luck. You’re going to enjoy their story🙂 Now, I’m off to make some Esther approved Mac N Cheese.