Cancun is known for its white sand beaches, near-perfect weather and bright-blue waters. As of today, I am officially adding Mr. Bacon the PigStar to this list. There is no way you can look at this blue-eyed, extremely handsome pig and not smile. Bacon, born and raised in Mexico, will be turning one at the end of December and weighs in at around 39 pounds. He resides in Cancun with his loving parents.
PE🐽NY: Have you always wanted a pig? I have always wanted a pig, but for my husband the idea of actually having one was absurd. When I went from looking at them on the internet to actually thinking of getting one, he told me that I was being ridiculous, haha. After some time and a lot of work, I managed to convince my husband, and now he is crazy about the pig! Sometimes I think he loves Mr. Bacon more than he loves me, haha.
PE🐽NY: What finally inspired you to get one? I have always been an animal lover. When we moved to Cancun, my husband was starting a new job, and was gone for hours upon hours. I started to feel down. We decided to get a pet to keep me company while he wasn’t home. Since I always wanted a pig, this was the perfect opportunity.
PE🐽NY: Where did Mr. Bacon come from? We got him from a breeder called Mini Pigs Mexico, located in Mexico City. I saw a capsule on Animal Planet where they showed a pig from that breeder and so I looked them up.
PE🐽NY: Did you have to wait long for him? We waited for two weeks to see the new babies. When we met Bacon, we knew right away he was the perfect one for our family. It was love at first sight. After we chose him, we had to wait about one more month until they would send him home. Bacon was around 2 months old when he came home, and only weighed about 2.5 pounds. He was the cutest thing ever. He still is.
PE🐽NY: Does Mr. Bacon like to swim? When he was younger he hated the water, but one day he discovered how refreshing it was and now he loves it. Bacon is an excellent swimmer, but he prefers to swim in a shallow pool or somewhere he can stand. He loves going to the beach and getting wet from the ocean. Bacon also LOVES the sand! He likes to run, root and wallow all over the place. He is the happiest pig in the world when he gets to go to the beach.
PE🐽NY: Living in Mexico, do you have to put sunscreen on him everyday? No, because he spends most of his time in a a garden which is partly covered by trees where he can hide from the sun. When we go out to the beach, he definitely needs to wear sunscreen even though he HATES it. I have to chase him down every time!
PE🐽NY: What are Mr. Bacon’s favorite things to do? Bacon LIVES for and loves to eat, haha. He also likes to play with plastic bags, rubber bands and shoes. He likes to take long walks and to chase me around the house. When he gets really excited, he barks! His favorite snacks are grapes, pasta, Cheerios, cherry tomatoes and cucumber, among many other things.
PE🐽NY: Where does Mr. Bacon sleep? He sleeps in our room but he has his own bed full of blankets next to ours. He also likes to sleep in the closet from time to time, haha.
PE🐽NY: What are some of his silly habits? Bacon wakes up at 7AM sharp every day. He doesn’t care if it is Tuesday or Sunday, or if we stayed up late the night before. He is up and he wants our attention! He eats three times a day and it seems that he has a clock inside, because when it is time to eat, he starts yelling like crazy until we serve his food. He loves to stick his snout on the fridge every time someone opens it, and if he sees something he can reach, he will grab it and run like crazy. Paper cannot be left unsupervised in our house because we will find it all chewed up. If we are doing something, and he wants our attention, he will go to the things that bother us the most like pulling the cables of the lamp or pulling the sheets on the bed, just to get our attention. Bacon also has selective hearing. We can be next to him and call his name but if he doesn’t want to go with us, he will suddenly go deaf. Now, if we dare to open a bag of chips or open the fridge, he will hear it from a mile away and come running as fast as he can.
PE🐽NY: Does Mr. Bacon do any tricks? Bacon is very smart and he learns tricks pretty quickly. He knows how to sit, shake hands, give kisses, do turns, stay and to recognize some colors. Right now he is learning to push different buttons for treats!
PE🐽NY: Do you work out of the house? I do not, so I spend most of my time with him. When we have to go out, we either leave him at home if its only for a few hours, or if its going to take longer, we take him to a daycare for animals.
PE🐽NY: Do you personally eat pork? No. We used to, but after living with Mr. Bacon we just couldn’t eat it anymore. They are too wonderful and intelligent to end up as food. They have too much more to give.
PE🐽NY: What is the best part of having a pig? I love his snout and his little hooves. I love to see how he acts like a human. Sometimes I swear there is a child in there. When we get home, even if we were gone for just a few minutes, he greets us so loud!! It is the best sound in the world!! I love how he smells, and all the sounds he uses to tell us different things, even though I don’t always understand what he wants (but he will keep trying!). When I get down on my knees and try to talk in his language, he actually responds. It is really amazing.
PE🐽NY: What is the biggest challenge with having a pig? They are not like dogs, cats or any pet you can think of. They have a rare personality, so you have to get used to it. He is very independent but at the same time depends on us to live. They have schedules, and you have to stick to them because they know them by heart and get crazy if something is different. A big challenge has been to entertain him without getting him fat, because pigs lose interest on new things very easily and the only thing that seems to work every time is food! Haha.
PE🐽NY: What is one pig fact that pig owners (and non-pig owners) would be surprised to hear? Pigs love soap. Every time someone bathes, Bacon gets into the shower hoping we have accidentally dropped a piece of soap he can eat!!
PE🐽NY: Any advice for someone wanting a pig? Get very well-informed before getting one. Listen to people who already have pigs, ask them questions. There are also some Facebook groups you can join before deciding. You can see all the good and the bad things that can happen when you live with a pig, and ask all the questions you have. Pigs will grow big, or at least most of them will grow to be at least 50-55 pounds. Very few pigs stay as small as you imagine when people talk about “mini pigs.” Having a pig can be very satisfying, you fall in love with them immediately and they make your life very, very happy. BUT- they take a lot of work and dedication. Pigs live between 15-25 years, so please be committed for that amount of time.
Oh, Mr. Bacon. What a light you bring to this world and to your family, and smiles to the faces of those who get to enjoy you (from near and far). Your sweet soul can be felt by the way your mom talks about you, and the happiness you radiate in all of your pictures! Thanks for making us smile every single day with your funny Instagram videos and pictures @mr_bacon_the_pigstar! You are another solid example of why pigs are so amazing. Thank you so much for being my Outstanding Pig of the Week. Love, PE🐽NY