For our movie night last night, we watched a special on television about miniature pot bellied pigs. It was fantastic! We learned exciting things. I thought I would share some with you.
Did you know that miniature pigs were first introduced into the United States in the 1980’s? See, we haven’t been here that long.
Did you know that the standards for a miniature pot bellied pig for a full peidgreed are: after fully grown can not be more than 15 inches tall and has to be under 55 pounds. I am classified in this category. I am a miniature pot bellied pig.
Did you know that pigs like to play and blow bubbles in water. As soon as mom and dad saw this in the show, we all started laughing. I’m known for doing this in the tub. I just think its fun and the bubbles around my snout tickle.
Did you know that pigs love to be snuggled. We don’t much like to be picked up. We like for our hooves to touch the floor – we feel safe that way. When I was little, I loved for mom to snuggle me when I was a baby. These days, sometimes I feel like it and will walk into her arms. Most times though, I want the security of the floor beneath my little hooves.
Did you know that piglets are usually adopted out at 12 weeks. However, mom adopted me at a mere 3 weeks. I was what they called a runt. You know “a member of the litter that is smaller or weaker than the others, faces obvious disadvantages in competing with its siblings for survival”. There’s lots of us famous runts out there: Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web; Clifford the Big Red Dog; Cadpig from The Hundred and One Dalmations; Babe; Seabiscuit (a famous racehorse); and Darwin from G-Force.
Mom and dad raised the purr things from three weeks and bottle fed them. They had confidence that they could take care of me as well. I think they did a pretty good job at it, don’t you?
Being adopted so young, I didn’t learn how “to be a pig”. I learned how to be a human. That was my formative time between 3 and 12 weeks. I learned how to act based on mommy and what I saw her do. I guess that’s why I’m so ‘humanized’ if you will. Me and mom have a special bond.
I hope you learned some new things about my breed. Have a great one! XOXO – Bacon
02/24/2013 at 5:24 am
Bacon, we learnt a lot from this post, thanks. We do know that pigs don’t like to be picked up. We took two babes to France and they were most unhappy should their feet meet the air 😉
02/24/2013 at 9:30 am
🐷 🙂 for me, I think it’s a lot of pressure on my pot belly when you pick me up. Mom does it real gentle but I still am not a big fan. XOXO – Bacon
02/24/2013 at 10:27 am
Ah, hadn’t thought that that was the reason but that does make so much sense.
02/24/2013 at 6:46 am
Thanks for sharing. Does that mean you like baths? Aww are there any baby piggy pictures?
02/24/2013 at 9:28 am
Baths are okay once I’m in the tub. Mom is the only one I somewhat let pick me up. I still squeal but she can do pretty much anything to me.
This is a pic of me at 3 weeks when I first came home https://piglove.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/love-and-trust-my-mommy/
I weighed 1 pound. XOXO – Bacon
02/24/2013 at 8:08 am
thats why you’re a fun loving guy Bacon,xx Speedy
02/24/2013 at 9:31 am
Aaww. Thanks Speedy. I am kind of set in my pig ways. XOXO – Bacon
02/24/2013 at 8:48 am
WOW – we learned a lot to day about mini piggies. Stella doesn’t like to be picked up either. Maybe she is really a mini pig instead of our baby kitty. Noel protests, but once Mom has her in her arms she is happy. Nine, well, he is Nine and will take every bit of attention on the ground or in the air that he can get. Great post. Happy Sunday.
02/24/2013 at 9:33 am
Thanks and happy Sunday to y’all too my friends! I have been know .. Okay a lot .. To get on the couch with mom and walk into her lap like when I was a baby. I love to be held and cuddled. I guess I’m a little pig headed. I just want it on my terms. XOXO – Bacon