Happy National Pig Day!Posted: March 1, 2013 Filed under: pets | Tags: Juliana pigs, micromini pigs, National Pig Day, pigs as pets, potbellied pigs, teacup pigs 13 Comments
Yes, it’s National Pig Day, and at our house, that’s reason to celebrate. What’s it all about, you ask? It’s about sweet piggies like ours.
Created in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave, this day gives us an excuse to party and, according to the holiday founders “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.” Hear, hear!
Our entry into the world of all things pigs started about 10 years ago, when my favorite girl could barely walk & talk. Bypassing the usual little-girl favorite animals of kittens and horses, she fell in love with pigs. It wasn’t long before she started asking for a pig, and every time she brought up this seemingly crazy subject, we’d tell her sorry, baby, but people don’t have pigs as pets. Problem solved, right?
Not so much.
Once my favorite girl realized she could look things up on the Internet, probably in 1st grade, she discovered that why yes, people certainly do have pigs as pets, and fine pets they are.
We were in very big trouble.
Every year, my favorite girl would have a pet pig at the top of her wish list for Christmas. When the blessed holiday came and went without a piggie under the tree, she began asking for a pet pig for her birthday. We put her off as long as we could, but knew that eventually, we would have a pet pig. When she made this list
we knew the deal was done.
My girl did her research (again), contacting local breeders via email with her list of preferences and inquiring as to whether they had a pig that met her criteria (her words, for real). She wanted a female, preferably black & white (in the pig world, this is called a tuxedo pig). She set her sights on this little beauty
and it was all over.
Piper joined our family right before Christmas last year, and it’s been a wild ride. Wild and wonderful.
but quickly warmed up once she realized we were the keepers of the cherry tomatoes. That remains one of her most favorite foods, followed closely by wasabi peas. Yes, you read that right: our pig LOVES wasabi peas. She will be sleeping the sleep of the piggie dead, dreaming piggie dreams and snoring in her piggie way but will bolt upright the second she hears the can of wasabi peas being shaken.
We were rather uneducated about her love of tzatziki, and were shocked when she literally dove right int the container and had to be wrangled and wrestled to get her to turn loose of it.
She also loves beets, and lucky her: so do I! Roasted beets are a staple in my life, and she always helps me dispose of the peels.
She sleeps in my favorite girl’s bed, under the covers, by the way, and snuggles up with me after she’s had her breakfast, at 5:30 a.m.
Mealtimes are taken quite seriously by our little piggie, and she seems to be able to tell time. As breakfast and dinner approach, she lets us know it’s time to eat.
Naptime is serious business, too, and she has several favorite spots. The couch is good, with a pillow, of course.
The dog bed — er, pig bed — works mighty nicely.
As is a sun ray by the front door.
Curling up with a canine buddy is cozy.
Some napping spots are stranger than others.
Being outside is a favorite of Piper’s, whether in a mud puddle
Grass is delicious!
Hanging by the pool is fun, too
as long as it’s just by the pool and not in the pool!
Cleaning up birdseed spilled by the birds is important work, and Piper is always up for the challenge.
Our little piggie may be bossy
but we love her and are happy to celebrate her day.
Happy National Pig Day, Piper!
GONK!! That pig is nearly as charming as your favorite girl.
“nearly” being the operative word here, Ed. As you know, both girls are charming in their own, distinct ways. GONK! right back at ya.
Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I will have to wish Milo many happy returns of the day when I get home. BTW, Milo now weighs in at 59 lbs. Is it polite to ask a female pig what she weighs?
I do hope Milo was feted properly and gushingly. It may not be polite to ask, but when have you ever known me to shy away from what’s impolite? Answer: her weight is unknown bc her handlers don’t want to know! I would guess though that the 40-lb mark is a distant memory.
These pictures are absolutely unbelievable – and the look of joy on your little girl’s face with her pig is priceless. I deeply regret the two pieces of bacon I had for breakfast this a.m. Really I do.
Sheila! Yikes! Bacon is verboten in our house. After getting to know our sweet, funny, smart, mischievous pig, it seems so weird to think of her as a food source! But, I don’t eat any meat bc I find it so gross, so I’m not exactly unbiased!
Oh my goodness. She is adorable!
She really is, Catherine! We had no idea how much fun she would be and how much we would enjoy having a pig as a pet!
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All kinds of cute going on here, Nancy!! ADORABLE!
You forgot to mention how much she likes toes!! 😉
Oh yes, her insatiable appetite for tasty toes!
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