It’s been a long battle with my piggy therapy. I’ve cried. I’ve shared my deepest feelings. I’ve laughed. But at last, my therapy is over. I’m not going to lie. It was hard – really HARD – coming to grips with my anti-nature status.
See, I’ve never really been ‘outside’. What you’ve never done, you are afraid of doing. I was a runt so my caretakers at that time took me inside of their home and bottle fed me. I stayed with them until the time my mommy adopted me at three weeks. And of course, I was too small to roam the great outdoors at that time – I weighed only ONE pound. Hard to believe huh?
So therapy involved baby steps. First going to the back door. I knew something was on the other side of the door – I could smell nature. Then, the door got opened and it was just me and nature with nothing in between. I could watch Journalist Rocky the Squirrel playing in the back yard with all of his family. I could see the rabbit family playing and eating. I could hear the birds singing their songs. This took several weeks to overcome knowing there was nothing between us but air.
Then, mommy persuaded me onto the deck – of course with food. Darn this belly!
Then, it was the final step into nature and the grass. So, I pigged up and took the step.
It wasn’t easy. The grass felt weird under my hooves. The smells of nature was overwhelming. The grass had just been cut and had a strong smell. But I continued to pig up and venture around the back yard of the Hotel Thompson. It really wasn’t that bad… but it wasn’t that great either. None of the stuff in the yard was familiar to this little oinker. My television, my air conditioner and my toddler bed were no where to be seen!
But I ventured on until it hit me. I *had* to go potty. I looked up at mom with this fear in my eyes. My tail was shaking. She knew what I needed to do. She told me to go ahead. What? Outside? Really? So I got in position – legs stretched out, tail straight up and whizzed… right there in the back yard for God and everyone to see. WOW – What a feeling of exhilaration. Mom praised me and laughed – I think I might have actually smiled back at her.
I admit it – it is really an experience outside. Do I want to do it again? Can’t really say right now. I’ve done it. I can now cross this off of my bucket list. I have stepped out and into nature.
Aren’t you proud of this little piggy?
07/26/2013 at 3:27 am
I am VERY proud of you Bacon. You are are obviously a very intelligent and sensitive young porker and I am glad your Mom found you. It must have all been very confusing and don’t go too fast but you are getting there. A lovely surprise and I love the expression “pig up” I think I will use it when I am motivating myself. 🙂
07/26/2013 at 3:32 am
Aaww – piggy blushes. Thank you so much my wonderful friend. It has totally been a work in progress on going “out there” in the great beyond. My backyard, as you have read, is such a magical place. I see now what all of the fuss is about in nature. It really was an experience. But as you said, baby piggy steps a little at a time. Hogs and snout kisses my friend. XOXO – Bacon
07/26/2013 at 5:02 am
Even though I’m a recent follower I’m proud of you too! Being outdoors is often scary but hopefully you want to go out again!
07/26/2013 at 6:16 am
Thanks very much! It’s been a battle for me in going outside in nature. It’s just not something I’ve wanted to do. I’ve done it now and I have survived until another time. XOXO – Bacon
07/26/2013 at 6:28 am
I agree this is very brave my new friend..everybody has things that they find scary and if we understand then the fear is less..fear is just the unknown..what a brave piggie you though!!
Hi Bacon..we iz very purroud of you..when we first moved to our new house we waz scared and a bit at a timez we got confidentz ..of course now we iz really full of ourselves MOL MOL..
kitty hugs Dinnermintz xxxxx
07/26/2013 at 6:30 am
Snorticles. I’m going to have to take notes from y’all. It’s been a long journey of piggy therapy to get me here. Actually – it’s been 21 months. 🐷 But I’ve done it! XOXO – Bacon
07/26/2013 at 6:32 am
Bacon..you have gottenz over your piggraphobia!
APAWS APAWS APAWS…:)
07/26/2013 at 7:02 am
PLOL (pig laughing out loud). It’s definitely a hoove in the right direction. XOXO – Bacon
07/26/2013 at 7:09 am
Bacon..it’s a dance you put your left hoof in you put your left hoof out MOL MOL..
Hugs Dinnermintz xxx
07/26/2013 at 7:33 am
I think I know that dance…and shake your hoove all about. Snorts. XOXO – Bacon
07/26/2013 at 7:45 am
MOL ..That’s it Bacon 🙂 🙂 Dinnermintz xxxx
07/26/2013 at 6:30 am
Aw, what a brave little piggy you are 🙂
07/26/2013 at 6:31 am
Thanks my friend. It’s all from piggy therapy and support from friends like you. XOXO – Bacon
07/26/2013 at 6:56 am
YAY for you! You are really super hero – even without a cape. I’m so glad you are a globetrotter ( or backyardtrotter) now. Now the world is waiting for Super-Bacon!
07/26/2013 at 7:03 am
It’s been a long journey but I’ve had a wonderful support system here my friends. Do you think this qualifies me for my cape now? XOXO – Bacon
07/26/2013 at 6:59 am
I knew you could do it Bacon,Like I said in your own sweet time,Keep at it Bacon soon you’ll be ready for an adventure with me and the gang,xx Speedy
07/26/2013 at 7:04 am
Yes! You got that right my friend. I can’t wait to have fun with y’all. XOXO – Bacon
07/26/2013 at 7:17 am
Well done you, I do hope it becomes a regular hang out of yours!
07/26/2013 at 7:37 am
Me too Basil. It was really a nice experience for the first time. XOXO – Bacon
07/26/2013 at 9:24 am
What a huge accomplishment Bacon! Congrats a thousand times!! Celeste 🙂
07/26/2013 at 9:34 am
Thank you ma’am. It has been a lot of hard work and support from my friends here. XOXO – Bacon
07/26/2013 at 9:30 am
Ahhh Bacon, I remember the first time I peed outside. It was not as successful as your venture. Two legged creatures like me usually have too many clothes to mess with to make going potty outdoors efficient. But I’m very proud of you and don’t you feel accomplished…and a bit naughty at the same time?
07/26/2013 at 9:37 am
snorts – yes I felt a little naughty. I kept looking at mom like where do I go. I guess she could tell because of my tail being at full staff that I *needed* to do something – PLOL. It was strange going ‘outside’ instead of my box in my room. Kind of invigorating but scary at the same time. I’m not sure if I liked it or not yet. XOXO – Bacon
The Dancing Rider
07/26/2013 at 12:27 pm
Bacon! So proud of you, for making the journey, and exploring. So happy for you! And you are just so, so cute. Hugs!
07/26/2013 at 12:38 pm
aaww thanks my friend. I really appreciate your support and encouragement in my journey to the outside. XOXO – Bacon
07/26/2013 at 4:14 pm
Chester sends you a big sloppy kiss along with his congratulations on your first journey outside!
07/26/2013 at 5:00 pm
aaww thanks Chester! I really appreciate that. It was a HUGE move on my part. Maybe – 🙂 – I’ll do it again soon. I really appreciate your encourage in getting me outside. XOXO – Bacon
07/26/2013 at 5:13 pm
I see you did go out in the grass! Good for you!
07/26/2013 at 6:31 pm
Thank you. It was my first time. And it was spectacular. XOXO – Bacon
07/27/2013 at 8:54 am
So proud of him for putting his “Big Piggy” panties on and venturing forth! ❤
07/27/2013 at 8:58 am
PLOL (pig laughing out loud). As mommy said, I finally pigged up. Grass feels weird on my little hooves. It’s a big world out there Parker. How do you ever so it? Hogs and snout kisses my dear friend – XOXO – Bacon
07/27/2013 at 11:44 am
Yay Bacon well done!! i hated going outside at first too but it wasn’t long before I made some friends and they told me not to be scared, Now I love being outside 🙂
07/27/2013 at 12:33 pm
It is an adventure. I wouldn’t say love yet. There is a mild fascination. I may go back out again later today. We will see. Mom mentioned grilling hamburgers. You know where there’s food, my pot belly will be. XOXO – Bacon