Pigs in art

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I’d like to wrap up the week with some wooftastic artwork. Pigs are wonderful, intelligent & emotionally complex creatures. They require a special kind of human to care for them. They get big, very big. If you’re considering adopting one, do your research into their care & your local bylaws. Don’t be fooled by unscrupulous breeders selling, “Tea Cup, Micro, or Mini pigs”. They don’t exist. I’d also like it if you didn’t feel the need to eat them.

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Pig Sanctuaries Revisited

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I have spoken before about pig sanctuaries. It is a wonderful thing that there are humans out there who care for these amazing animals but it is also a terrible thing that sanctuaries are even needed.

Let’s be blunt. There is no such thing as a micro pig, mini pig or tea cup pig. Breeders lie, telling unsuspecting buyers that the baby pig they are selling will remain small & make a great apartment size pet. Some people are even foolish enough to starve their pig to keep it small. I’ve heard of a pig that was fed nothing but cheerios.

But pigs grow. Within a few months the little tea cup has grown bigger than most dogs. Pigs are not at all like dogs. As much as I hate to admit it, they are much more intelligent, they can reason & solve problems & can be quit a handful if bored. Their instinct to root can become destructive in a home. Pigs require special food & care. For example, trimming a pigs nails isn’t as simple as trimming my dog nails. Simply put, pigs are not a good choice for a companion unless you have done your research, checked your bylaws & have plenty of land (that you don’t mind being dug up) for grazing.

Far too often, people don’t do enough or any research. They don’t even check to see if having a pig is legal where they live.  So sadly, after a few months the pig is given up to a shelter or a sanctuary.

It’s now a crisis. Pig sanctuaries are overwhelmed & the need keeps growing. Pigs have large litters & the supply outweighs the demand. Yet these breeders, greedy for a few dollars continue to breed pigs & lie about the mythical “Tea Cup Pig”.

Next I will be speaking about the sanctuary where we got my late pig bro Miggy from. I’ll close today by saying my huMom did a lot of research & lives rural. She knew what she was getting into when she rescued Miggy, GG & Moss. I just wish more humans were like her.

I’ve included an informative video but I think you need to be logged into Facebook to view it.

 

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Pig Sanctuaries

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We’re going a bit off topic today. As you may know, I have two pig brothers. GG & Miggy are Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pigs. Both of them were rescues & my huMom knew well in advance what she was getting into living with pigs; she did her homework.  GG came from the Quinte Humane Society but Miggy came from a sanctuary for pigs & that’s what I want to touch on today.

Pig sanctuaries. They very fact they exist is a warning sign that something is wrong. The fact that they are overwhelmed is even more cause for concern. The problem is this, the “tea cup” or “micro pig”. Unscrupulous breeders take advantage of people & sell them these “tea cup” pigs as adorable pets. But here’s the thing, “tea cup” & “micro” pigs are a myth. The pictures you might see are of baby pigs being presented as full grown adults. The famous Esther the wonder pig was sold as a “micro pig” & she’s over 500 lbs. now.

People who have done too little research buy a pig thinking they’ll have a cute little piggy as a pet. Pigs require special food & needs. Often people don’t even check to see if having a pet pig is legal where they live. Too often, after a few months the pig is given up to a shelter or a sanctuary.

Miggy came to us from the Ruby Ranch Sanctuary which is run by my huMom’s friends Sherry & Bob. It seems every day Sherry is on the phone trying to accommodate yet another pig that an owner can’t keep or handle. It’s a terrible situation & breeders just keep breeding pigs to sell as pets.

Pigs are wonderful but they are a huge commitment. They can live 20 years or more, & make no mistake, they get big. Some breeds are the size of say a German Sheppard but most are much bigger & the little “tea cup/ micro” pig that you can hold in your arms, is as I said above, a myth.

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If you want to help, please consider a donation to the Ruby Ranch Sanctuary or any pig sanctuary near you. Sadly, they are popping up all over because they are needed. And if you think you may want a pet pig, please do your research.

Ruby Ranch on Facebook

Esther the wonder pig on Facebook

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