The man behind the scenes! My Husband Eddie Griffin, what a blessing he is. He keeps me going, loves me, gives me support, gives me a shoulder to cry on, and always has my back! Together we have worked very hard to provide a wonderful place for families, & children to come enjoy.
I am Janice Cockrill-Griffin.
My husband Eddie, and I are the owners of Cockrill's Country Critters.
I have always enjoyed working with children. At seventeen I was hired at Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, and worked in Respiratory Therapy. I loved working in pediatrics and with Cystic Fibrosis patients. I spent years at Childrens Hospital as a Respiratory Therapist, working in the NICU.
I have four wonderful children, an amazing husband and a lot of animals. My desire to educate children with animals began when a friend of the family brought me three baby pigs from the deer woods. We had to bottle feed them, and they were precious.
My daughter had just finished reading the book "Charlottes Web" in her 3rd grade class. It was just in time for the children to get hands on experience, with three little pigs. So off to school we went! It was so rewarding to see their faces and the excitement. It wasn't too long after that in my daughters backpack were special letters, and drawings of the pigs that her class had made. Each child had thanked me for bringing the pigs to school. Most of the children had never seen a tiny pig, or held one. It was great!
That is when Cockrill's Country Critters was started.
Many of my friends and family think I'm crazy, but I love every minute of it!
This is a wonderful way to introduce them to some of God's most precious creations, and I am so blessed that he chose me to be their keeper.
What an amazing, crazy life I have been given!
Thank you Lord for your many blessings that have been shared on our farm!