written by: caroline
I realize that I have been living with mini pigs for 7 years and I still love it! As I sit here in my hammock with a sweet baby pig who is being socialized, I realize it's time for me to really share what it's like to live with a barn full of mini pigs.
Sure there are a lot of mini pig owners out there in the world who tell their stories, but even in multi-pig households there are only a few at work together.
The stories I have on a daily basis are amazing. These pigs keep life lively and entertaining and even frustrating at times. Let's be honest - they can be very frustrating.
A little about me first... I am an administrator at an arts school and work with children and teachers all day long. Then I come home to my ridiculous toddler pig school here in my barn. It's not much different than my day! Education is the key to success. Understanding the piglets is the only way to get through to them. I have to communicate effectively or they don't retain what I am teaching or they learn it all wrong.
Raising pigs is 100 percent like raising children. Mini pigs are excellent readers of who they can manipulate and how to test the waters with each person they encounter.
So enough about the basics that we all know.... let's get into storytime!
SO in my family - I am in charge of the pigs and no one else... lol
Last week at about 7am, my husband turns on the lights while I am still happily in dreamland and announces one of YOUR pigs escaped and the neighbor is downstairs.
Well, good morning to me! haha I jump up and quickly get dressed and head downstairs to find out what today holds for my morning without coffee...
My next door neighbor is sitting on my front steps looking as tired as I am. She informs me that I have a pig who is out and is a few houses down from here. Apparently she is the neighborhood animal patrol - unofficial of course. She informs me that everyone calls here when there is an animal question.
However, whenever I say neighborhood that is a loose term here in the country. As we all own 5-10+ acres each, our neighbors are a hike down the road.
After a few questions, I guessed immediately that my escapee was Chunky. Chunky is looking for a new family as he was brought back here after he was evicted from his first home. They were very said to loose him, but their housing situation had changed due to a loss of income, and they could no longer care for Chunky. I have yet to find him a home, and I don't know why. He's amazing! If he has to stay here with me - I am okay with that because he is super cool. He gives kisses, loves adventures, is a sucker for tummy rubs and is just really cool looking. He is super tall with a mega long nose, and I have to say he's melted my heart. However... he is clever and strong!
SO... back to the story...I quickly head to the barn and grab my food bucket, because I know that the only answer to Chunky to the food bucket. He's a big enough guy that picking him up just makes him holler. Getting a cage out for the car is just such a hassle and I wasn't about to carry him all the way home, which is at least a 1/4 mile. I have done this with other pigs before and trust me, I have regretted it the next day!
My neighbor took me down to where he was now being pampered in the front yard. He had cat food and carrots being fed to him while he politely sat for his treats. They said Chunky tried to go in their house and make himself at home. TOO Funny!
I asked them if they wanted a pet pig, but they declined. However, now that Chunky know that these are good people who serve his favorite... Carrots... they are in trouble!
Everyone looked at me, my bucket and Chunky and asked how I intended to get him to go home. I just smiled, shook my bucket, and said, "Chunky, Let's Go!" and I started walking down their 200 foot gravel driveway with Chunky trotting at my heels. Everyone was laughing at the site of him just following me home. Every few hundred feet, I stopped and gave him a few piggy pellets to reward his good behavior and encourage him to continue. It only took us a few minutes to make it down the main road back home.
Once I put Chunk back in the barn, I finally got to head inside and have my morning cup of coffee and just laugh at the ridiculous beginning to my day!