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Piggie tales 2 … by Tina

Posted in: Di's diary2 Comments

I’d always wanted a pig and when my boyfriend and I split up I thought “what a good time to get one LOL”
I got Pagan from a lady just outside Ballarat when he was 8wks old. That was Sept 2010 he will be one on 23 July. He is an Australian miniature not a tiny, tiny pig like the teacup pigs, but not pig like the pink sow stall pigs. I met both his parents and they were the same size as he is now so he won’t get any bigger. He is a wonderful pet. Pigs are very intelligent – fourth in line. First you have primates, dolphins, whales, and then pigs.

Baby Pagan

Baby Pagan

He has several different noises he makes for different things, so I now know what they all mean and deal with them accordingly. He is very friendly & gets on with all the other animals I have which are 2 dogs a cat and chickens.

A piggy kiss

A piggy kiss

When he was a baby he even slept in my bed with me for a while, while I was bonding with him. He used to nudge the palm of my hand with his nose that’s how I knew he was tired & after several nudges he would fall asleep. I made a pen in the lounge room for him till he was a bit bigger then he went outside with the chickens. When he was about 7 months I got him desexed as he was getting a little boisterous. He still comes inside sometimes but soon lets me know by standing at the back door that he wants to go back outside. He has a big shed with fresh clean straw where he makes his bed by arranging the straw around him so he sleeps in like a glove of straw. LOL so cute. So much so I sometimes go out with the torch and try and catch him sleeping but he must hear me, as he gets up by the time I’m there. There is a pic of him just getting up from his bed. Pigs can’t sweat so need a wallow in the summer to cool down and they use the mud as sun screen. Pagan goes in his wallow everyday when it’s hot.

A hint of a smile

A hint of a smile

They are very clean animals and will not go to the toilet where they sleep they have a special spot for that. They can also be toilet trained. Pagan goes in the top left corner of the chook pen. I can use his and the hens manure for my garden, there is no smell as he is mainly a vegetarian and boy does he love his food. I feed him veggie scraps which I get from the local IGA & stuff called pollard that I mix with warm water to a sloppy mixture he loves that he also eats rolled steamed barely & the RSPCA chook grain I give the chooks. In fact he would eat just about anything. He plays ball and sits, he just has a wonderful personality and is a much loved part of the family which is just as well because they can live to be 10 to 15yrs.

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I really want to thank Bronwen and Tina for sharing their stories about their pigs. I have learnt a lot, being new to pigs myself!

I also wanted to emphasise that these two posts have not been about promoting pigs as pets. Pigs are complex creatures, they have very strong wills, are noisy and can be destructive. They are definitely not for the suburban backyard. But as you can see, in the right environment, pigs are great companions. They are intelligent and affectionate and have a wonderful sense of fun. Do you know pigs have been taught to manipulate a joystick to move a pointer to objects on a computer screen? The only other animals that can do this are primates!

I suppose what Bronwen, Tina and myself would like you to think about in light of Flora and Pagan, is society’s treatment of pigs. Currently they are simply components on a huge mechanised assembly line with the end product being pork. They are housed in an appalling way, with concrete floors, small pens where they are unable to turn around and receive absolutely no mental stimulation. They are castrated without pain relief, have their eye teeth viciously ripped from their mouths as babies and often their tails are cut off. I do not think any animal should be subjected to this treatment, least of all an animal as intelligent and gregarious as the pig.

I’m sure the pork industry would prefer the general public didn’t get to know what pigs are really like however people who spend time with them and appreciate their quirky, clever and vibrant personalities will always speak out on their behalf. We owe it to them!

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  1. Bronwen said on 25/06/2011 at 11:06 pm

    Love it Tina. Pigs are wonderful!

  2. tina said on 26/06/2011 at 12:58 am

    Thank you bronwen they sure are , and I hate how they and every other animal is treated for the meat industry factory farming and cruelty to animals must be stopped

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