Friday, August 31, 2012

That Pig is Not Pink!

We were lucky enough to be invited over to a friends house for a Bar-B-Que the other day. Weren't we surprised when we got there and discovered they had a pet potbelly pig named Charlotte. She is only 5 months old! Little Mister would toss her an apple slice and say, "There pig"! He wouldn't get too close but kept wanting to go back out and see her! I also answered tons of questions, like: what do pigs eat? where do pigs sleep? does she swim in that pool? what is that noise? where is all her hair? It turned into a teachable moment for him and me. I had to come home and look up some facts about pigs!
When it was time to eat, I had to ask our hosts . . .  Is that Pork Ribs on the grill?


Of course we had to come home and do some "piggy thing", as I was told! Too funny! We had a fun day with good food and friends and a meeting a pig named Charlotte!


Random Piggy Facts:
* A pig will live an average of 12 -18 years, estimates range up to more than 20 years.
*Although often called miniature pot bellied pigs, the term miniature is relative - they are smaller than most pigs kept for food production, but they still usually weigh 125 pounds or more when fully grown.
* Pigs are very intelligent. This is usually a positive trait, and in fact pot bellied pigs are quite trainable, much the same as a dog (i.e. can be house trained, leash trained, and will learn a few tricks).
* Original specimens brought to the United States in the 1980s were black. Now several varieties are available including grey, white, tan and red. Spotting (or ”pinto”) seems to be a preferred variation to many owners.
* Temperament of your pet pot-bellied pig will vary. Males tend to be more aggressive and ”pigheaded” as they mature, especially if they are not neutered. Females can become territorial when they are pregnant. Most pigs will go through ”teenage” years as they mature. This stage is when they test their boundaries and see where they can put YOU in their pecking order. It is up to the owner to ensure that the pig learns its rightful place in the ”herd.” The owner should make the pig ”earn” his food and treats, thus enforcing the fact that the owner is the ”alpha.” During this phase the pig may develop ”selective” hearing and ignore commands from owners. It is up to the owner to consistently and uniformly enforce each action of the pig. If left uncorrected the pig may become unruly and this is, unfortunately, the time when most pigs are abandoned to shelters and rescues. It’s not the pigs fault; it is the lack of education on the owner’s part. Please be sure you are prepared for the responsibility of pet ownership before you purchase your pet. His life depends on you.


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9 comments:

  1. What an awesome educational opportunity. And thanks for the facts about pot bellied pigs. Never knew that stuff.
    I wanted to thank you for linking up with Lovin' the Weekend at Tots and Me. I just wanted to let you know that you have been randomly selected to be this weekend's Featured Host. I would love if you could email me a little blurb about yourself/your blog. Things like, how long you have been blogging, what you blog about, why you started blogging and any other information you feel is important. I will include it in the post and email you back the html code for Lovin' The Weekend Blog Hops Friday afternoon.
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  2. One of my good friends just got a pig for a pet. I think it is called a miniature pig. I know I could never handle a pig as a pet, but she sure is fun to see every once in awhile. : )

    Following you from That Weekend Blog Hop. Hope you can stop by. Julie from Stlavonlady - a cat, girl, man and me!

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  3. Great piece! We have pet chickens so I can relate to the many questions having an unusual pet brings!

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    1. Thanks! If you lived close we would have to visit and learn all about poultry! LOL

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  4. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post with the Weekly Kid's Co-op. I'm Pauline and I blog over at http://lessonslearntjournal.com. I will feature this post as part of my roundup of this week's linky party and also pin a picture from your post onto our very popular Weekly Kids' Co-op Pinterest board :).

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  5. OH, how fun!! I love when there are teachable lessons about animals. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  6. How fun! Thanks for linking up to The Sunday Showcase.

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