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Every now and again I glimpse an insight into my future old age (which doesn’t seem as far away as it used to). Anyway I see myself gumboot clad, wandering around rain, hail and shine tending animals. I often wonder whether I will be viewed as “that crazy old woman with all the animals” but if I am, it won’t bother me. Passion is something that is sadly lacking from most people’s lives and I feel blessed to have a passion. I also see myself focusing on the welfare of one animal in particular (although I will always be devoted to all animals). The animal that I feel a real connection to is the pig.

There is something about the face and in particular the eyes of a pig that I find haunting. They display such emotion (sadly most times, despair) that they seem to reach out into my heart. That coupled with the fact that they are extremely intelligent (often compared to a three year old child) makes me so sad when I think about how they are treated. Most pigs are housed in deplorable conditions, tiny steel pens with concrete floors, their days filled with monotonous boredom. Their only escape, the butcher’s knife that slits their throats at their final destination, the slaughterhouse.

For a long time I have wanted to have a pig, to really get to know what they are like and to help other people realise that they are not stupid or dirty. The other accusation often levelled at the pig is that they are greedy and gluttonous but hey, I share my life with a Golden Retriever and a Shetland pony so that isn’t that unusual. Many people also exhibit this trait. People describe their pet pigs as having the most amazing personalities, including a sense of humour. They are extremely clever and can learn as many or more commands as the average dog. They are also very affectionate and loyal and there have been many anecdotal accounts of pigs saving the lives of their owners just as cats and dogs often do.

Well I am pleased to announce that I have taken the first step to becoming a “crazy old pig lady” with the imminent arrival of our first pigs – Patches and Simon. They are two miniature pig brothers (although miniature maybe conjures up slightly the wrong image). Miniature pigs mature to an adult weight of 70 – 100 kgs but that is still considerably smaller than their 300kg cousins. I thought maybe starting out with mini pigs might be a good idea as I have no experience with pigs. However smallness does not necessarily mean calmness and placidity. If I think about horses and dogs, often the larger ones are the ones who are gentle and relaxed with the smaller ones displaying much more energy and vigour. But I suppose I will find out soon enough and one thing for sure is, my life is unlikely to be the same again.

Sometimes when I am warm and comfortable in bed my mind turns to the millions of pigs, lying on cold, concrete floors, probably wondering what it is they have done to deserve such treatment and hoping for a reprieve that will never come. Will my nights now become even more restless? Probably so but that is better than denying something so vile that it makes me sick and ashamed.

I’m sure though, the pleasure, the fun and the wonder that these two little guys will bring into my life and my families lives will far outweigh any negatives. We are about to gain two delightful family members who will bring their own special personalities and characters into our already eccentric mix. They will be eight weeks old when they arrive on the 16th April and though weaned, I am going to bottle feed them to strengthen the bonding process and provide some comfort for the major upheaval that has just happened in their lives. My son Kyle is especially excited, having desperately wanted a pig since he was three years old (he is now seven) so it looks like I’ll have a partner in my old age just as crazy as myself.

I am looking forward to writing about their arrival, their antics and helping you get to know them in the coming weeks, months and years. I hope you find it interesting…

Pig Pen

Our piggies’ newly completed night barn.

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  1. sue lobsey said on 16/04/2011 at 2:04 am

    I myself always wanted a pig, so I looked up the trading post and saw miniuature pigs for sale they were from Tasmania, they said they ship them all around Australia, i spoke to the owner of the piglets and next thing I knew I had two pigs waiting for me at Sydney Airport, I feel in love with them immediately. I named them Banjo and Dottie. They are not blood related. Dottie is carmel with black dots and Banjo is a scruffy black and white. They were so petrified when I first got them, it took weeks of love and care before they started to trust me. We have a lovely shelter area for them and really good fencing. After 12 months Dottie was in pig, and on the 15th of February Dottie was the proud mum of 10 piglets. 6 girls and 4 boys. What a great mum she was, she didn’t lose one baby, she doted on them 24/7
    We had to keep Banjo away from the babies. When the babies were about 6 weeks old I put a ad in the Gazette, Diana was one call I received and immedatley I felt at complete ease with her, I didn’t want to sell any of Dottie’s babies to anyone who wanted to eat them. Diana and her beautiful children came to my place and put a deposit down on two boys. Today they came and picked them up. It was a happy and sad day for me. They were the last two to go. Dottie is running around the paddock in the rain trying to find her two babies. Banjo doesn’t really care, he has Dottie back to himself. Banjo has now been de sexed so no more babies. It was so upsetting to see my babies go I couldn’t do this again. I loved each little piglet, they all had there little personalities shining through. I hope they all enjoy there new homes. Good luck with them Di. Your children will adore them.

  2. Rosina Saunders said on 19/04/2011 at 10:46 pm

    It was through the sale of these little piggies that Sue met Di and gave me her contact details. GO THE PIG as Ambassador for Animal Lovers!!

  3. Diana said on 22/04/2011 at 12:26 am

    I think it’s great that Simon and Patch have brought two new friends into my life already – Sue and Rosina. I must admit I have high hopes for these little guys – that they may increase people’s understanding of pigs and also their compassion for them. If anyone else has any pigs in their lives, we’d love to hear your stories.

  4. Bronwen said on 23/04/2011 at 11:45 pm

    I had just written to Di to say there are 2 sister mini pigs living up the road at Mt Tomah. One is my girl Flora and the other is Blossom who lives at a nearby farm. They are a year old and both are the apple of their mothers’ eyes.
    Yes, there is something about pig eyes, shy, intelligent and so aware. I find out girl to be extremely gentle and sweet. She is friends with every single animal we have. We have 2 mini horses who have attitude plus and they treat her appallingly but every morning when she sees them she rushes up to them and touches her snout to their muzzles. They brush her off but she doesn’t mind. Her joy in life is a great thing.

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