When we arrive at the barn, first thing in the morning, Lady is usually close. She hears the four-wheeler and starts heading over, or some days she waits for her personal invitation and moseys on down. She enjoys her food rewards and seems more than happy to come in for her morning foot soaks and mini treatment. When she is done, she’s also ready to explore and wander. In the afternoon, usually around 3, she lets the caregivers know she is ready for her afternoon rewards and her foot trimming. If she doesn’t come, we feel she is choosing to take a day off, and we respect that. Missing one day of trimming isn’t the end of the world at this point, and we want the elephants to understand they have a say in what happens.
For those who have enjoyed a spa-style mani-pedi, there are some similarities to Lady’s treatment. There are numerous additives to her water, products applied to her cuticles, sprays to her toes, different sprays to her pads, and sometimes clays and fillers used as well. It is a process which is a luxury for humans, but for Lady is needed to ease her pain and extend her life. That is why we have chosen to dedicate the Big Payback fundraiser towards Lady’s foot care. The Big Payback is a 24-hour event starting May 6 at 7 pm eastern.
Giving through the BPB page helps us win prizes, but we wanted to give people a better understanding of what it costs to take care of an elephant who arrives with feet in dire condition. This page has a list of most of her treatments and the cost incurred with their use, per month. Overhead, salaries, and things like that are not included; this is just the cost of all of the products used and her food/treats. Transparency matters to us, so we wanted everything to be comprehensive and clear.
Thank you to everyone who has followed along on Lady’s journey and sent her love and support along the way. Please check out her page for an even more thorough understanding of her situation. And, as always, feel free to ask questions, and we will do our best to answer.