Behind the Barn
We took a closer look at how the barn and its other residents were getting on. There were Kune Kune pigs which were a critically endangered species of New Zealand boar that Clara was able to adopt and are now doing quite well.
The three sheep were a small but fluffy flock that were eager to relax on the hills behind the barn. They were never more than a few feet apart from one another.
The chicken’s were quite a lively bunch. It was eight chickens and Rudy the rooster who rules the roost. This golden boy was fiercely protective of his hens and even bruised our cameraman when we got too close.
There were also two rescue ponies that were adorable and about the size of a large dog. They weren’t as docile as they looked, though. One bit us while were shooting and the other was real eager to be let out of his pen.
The stars of the show were the horses, particularly one stunning stallion named Bart. He was a super curious about everything, always had his face poking out from his pen to look at what was going on.
However, Carla and her partner Steve weren’t the only caretakers of the herd. Tracy Bisser is an emergency nurse at Vancouver General hospital who is Bart’s primary caretaker and comes to the ranch almost daily for her own therapy and mental health.
There was also a dynamic duo of furry ranch hands, Zora the dog and Batman the cat, who were always watching the other animals and were quite attuned to the schedule of the day.