Our Animals

Sheep | Goats | Pigs | Equines | Bovines | Camelids | Cats | Dogs | Ducks | Geese | Chickens | Rabbits

Sheep

Meet Bart!

Bart was born in October of 2016 to a momma who had no milk for him.  To add insult to injury, he had a birth defect, a congenital condition called Kyphosis, an upward bowing of the spine like a camel.  He also had an inwardly rolled eyelid (Entropian).  Poor little dude! But things are pretty good for him now! [read more about Bart]

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Kimiko the Sheep

Kimiko’s story is very painful.  We only know that very kind and responsible animal control officers responded immediately to complaints about the abuse of this ewe, and acted promptly to take her immediately for medical care.  She is now in our care and receiving lots of good food, love, and attention.

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Rachel the Sheep

There is something quiet and mature about Rachel that none of the other sheep have displayed; sometimes I worry that she isn’t feeling well because she is so quiet, but other times she will go hopping and jumping through the fields with the Fred Astaire side-kick movement that all lambs do. Rachel is just so sweet and soft and gentle, she could melt anyone’s heart.

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Madison the Sheep

Madison is a mama’s boy. He was raised as lone bottle baby and so didn’t bond as much with the other sheep as he did with me. He is one of the most friendly sheep here on the farm, and routinely follows me around, trying to go wherever I do (even into small spaces). During the winter he looks distinctly like a buffalo.

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Huckleberry the Sheep

Huckleberry has changed personality from a retiring, somewhat abstract philosopher to the leader of the sheep flock. In fact, he will head-butt any strangers who come too close to his family. When not protecting his sheep, he is a bit of a loner, and seems to prefer the company of horses.

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Angel the Sheep

Angel is not only game to ride in the passenger seat of our sedan to go and meet people, she has a lot of moxie! She’s told Derry the dog off on several occasions, and hangs out often with the horses (a sign of status amongst sheep).

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Gruff the sheep

Gruff is a naughty rascal but so endearing! He has been known to ride in the cab of our pickup truck to attend educational and fundraising events, and he’s quite the ‘meeter and greeter’. He also makes extremely beautiful wool, and we’ve woven shawls and rugs from his beautiful fleece.

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Goats

Little Di the Goat

Would you like to sponsor Di? Little Di is a miniature silky fainting goat.  She was born extra extra small and with a birth defect – wry mouth.  She was living on a breeding farm, and she was much too …

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Joey the Goat

Joey is a big boy with a little boy temperament. He and Burrito lived together for their entire lives. It seems that Joey used to be a bit hard to handle – weighing in at 300 pounds and shy, but a little strong with the horns, he wasn’t such an easy goat. But we bribed him endlessly with treats and he quickly became a 300 pound teddy bear.

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Mr. Newman Goat

Newman is indisputably the boss of the farm. He decides who eats what and when, and from his round belly you can tell he takes the choicest pieces of hay, flowers, and wood off the house for himself. He is handsome, charming, terrible: everyone’s quintessential bad boy and you’ve gotta love him! And when he lays his soft head against my cheek, or leans up to give a kiss, all the destruction is, momentarily, forgiven.

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Pigs

Waldo the pig

Waldo is an easygoing potbellied pig whose cheerful countenance always makes our visitors smile!

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Equines

Mehitabel the Donkey

Mehitabel lived at a farm for over a decade with no attention from a vet or farrier. Her feet grew so long that they looked like elf slippers. Animal control seized her and her other donkey friend and charged the owner with cruelty.

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Dee Dee Donkey

Dee Dee is incredibly affectionate, and will lean against you asking for butt and head scratches. Her age is estimated to be in her late twenties or early thirties, but no one really knows. She shows no obvious signs of aging, and can really move fast if she wants to.

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Bovines

Brandy the Angus cow

Brandy was originally rescued by a lady from a very bad situation where she had been abused as a young calf.  She then lost her next two homes and so came to her final home here at Star Gazing Farm …

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Bullwinkle the Steer

Bullwinkle was naughty from the time he popped out of his mother. He loves to go up to people and lick them all over with his rough, sandpaper-like tongue, but you have to watch out – despite his steer status, he is an amorous kind of a guy.

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Camelids

Marguerite the Alpaca

Marguerite is only 2 years old and is the daughter of Delphine. She has startlingly blue eyes! She was rescued from a miserable existence in a dark barn.

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Senna the Alpaca

Senna is a very small alpaca; she is 17 years old, which is getting on in years for an alpaca, but she is doing beautifully.

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Louisa the Llama

Louisa is still very shy with people, but seems quite comfortable with the sheep, and has learned that this farm provides good food and shelter and is now a happy llama! She loves Jean-Claude and the two of them tour the farm together every day.

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Jean Claude the Llama

Jean Claude is a man of the world, and has developed a romantic interest in Dee Dee donkey, occasionally chasing her wildly through the fields,but always returning to his ever stable Louisa Llama.

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Cats

Tabitha the Cat

One of three sisters, Tabitha was the “runt” of the litter, and quite delicate. She is still slender, but very athletic. She is also the most affectionate of the kittens, always finding a lap to cuddle in.

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Evelyn the Cat

Evelyn is full of personality. For a while, she has the reputation of “the bad cat”. However, she has mellowed with age, and has turned into a tremendously loving and loyal cat.

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Maria Christina the Cat

Maria is the shyest of the cats, although she can be seen being carried around by some of our volunteers who simply love her. She is dainty and sleek, but quite an active mouser.

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Tigger the Mouser

We found Tigger at a cattle farm crying his head off – all alone! He was just a tiny little thing, but smart enough to know to set the “I’m an incredibly cute kitten, take me home” spell. He’s both a home and a barn cat, and performs remarkably well as a mouser.

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Dogs

Nicole the Great Pyrenees

Henry and his friend Nicole were found wandering loose in Montgomery county and picked up by animal control. They were in pretty bad shape and very mistrustful of people. Happily we were able to work with animal control and found …

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Henry the Maremma

Henry and his friend Nicole were found wandering loose in Montgomery county and picked up by animal control. They were in pretty bad shape and very mistrustful of people. Happily we were able to work with animal control and found …

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Welcome Sullivan!

Sullivan is a 9-10 year old black lab who was rescued by the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. He is an incredibly sweet and loving dog, and so grateful to now have a farm to call his own!

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Sam the Anatolian Shepherd

Sam was rescued from a farm in Texas where he and his sister were working with goats who were all about to be sold. He came here in 2010 and soon became the Farm’s new Guardian Dog, keeping a watchful eye on everyone who calls the Farm home.

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Ti-gba the Haitian Street Dog

T-gba is the farm’s little fighter. She survived the streets of Port-au-Prince to find a forever home in the loving embrace of Star Gazing Farm.

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Ducks

Charlie the Duck

Would you like to sponsor Charlie? My name is Charlie and I am new here. I am a Khaki Campbell duck.  Someone bought me for Easter and then threw me and my family away on a lake when we got …

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Harriet the Duck

Harriet was abandoned at the Black Hill Regional Park by her previous owner. Unaccustomed to the wild, she was unable to fend for herself, and we were called to come help out.

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Geese

Louie the goose

Louie is a Toulouse goose born approximately 2002.  He was found on a golf course alone, after his wild Canada geese friends left him for the winter.  A fox was hanging about. A goose expert and rehabber came to help …

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May May

May May is a White Chinese goose who came to live at Star Gazing Farm in 2016. Her original owner and rescuer lost her farm and was desperate to find a safe place for this girl goose who had already …

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George the goose

George was rescued from an auction where he was going to become Easter dinner ….  He is now master of the farm!

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Layla the Goose

Layla has had a very nice life here.  Her best friend is Harriet the duck. Together, they wander about the farm, go swimming in the stream, and forage for bugs and grubs.  They stay in the chicken barn at night to protect them from predators.

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Chickens

Mr. Pickles

Mr. Pickles was picked up by DC Animal control along with Mama B and Mrs. Pickles (who turned out to be a boy, and divorced Mr. Pickles but that is another story for another day).  It became apparent rather quickly …

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Goldie Hawn the Hen

Little Goldie Hawn was found by Montgomery Control all by herself. She is a Brahma chicken – quite fancy, and friendly as well. Her feathered feet are particular to her breed, and very beautiful.

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Rabbits

Bob the Bunny

Hello, I am Bob the bunny otherwise known as Bob the Slob. Oh, I know, it is a terrible nickname, but there it is. It is mine. And I am a slob. But not as much as I used to …

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Oreo

Oreo is the most ornery rabbit you are likely to ever meet.  She has reason, although we do feel she might have mellowed a bit over all this time now. Oreo was brought here as a boarder.  She was a …

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George the Chinchilla

George the Chinchilla was brought in with our Partridge, Anya, by Arlington Animal Welfare League. He settled in well to his new home in a special four-story Condo, and enjoys living the luxury life in peaceful solitude.

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Mae West

Mae West was such a perfect match for Juancito, who had been widowed the summer before. She is a big, busty girl with a lot of love to give. She is an English spot mixed with Lionhead rabbit – she is quite distinctive looking, and Juancito is simply crazy about her.

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Juancito the Rabbit

Juancito was brought here undercover as a duck (we had agreed to take two ducks, but not a rabbit!). He has doubled in size to a normal weight since he has been here, and though not especially fond of people, adored his mate Adelaide until she passed away. We are hoping to bond him with another bunny soon so that he can have company again, groom each other, and share bunny naps.

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