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Meet Pumpernickel.

Sweet itty-bitty Pumpernickel comes to us from Orange County, New York.  At five-months old and weighing in at a whopping six pounds, this little guy will make you smile.  Pump lives with his lovely mama, Alex, and her family (mom, dad and brother). Here is their story as they learn the piggy way.

PE🐽NY: What inspired you to get a pig?  Honestly, I don’t even know how I arrived at the idea of wanting a pet pig!  I think it was after I watched the movie Uptown Girls. That movie gave me high expectations of having a pig (lol), and for sure planted the seed.  I was ready for a new pet, and so, on July 27th, 2015, Pump joined our family.  

PE🐽NY: Where did you get Pumpernickel?  He came from a breeder called NY Teacup Piggies. We waited about a month for Pump.

PE🐽NY: Do you have any other pets? Yes, I have a dog, Penny. She has been a part of our family for years. Penny and Pump don’t really get along that well, and for the most part, we have to keep them separated.  We are working on it though.

PE🐽NY: How does the rest of the family do with him?  Great. My mom, especially.  She adores him!  She holds him, sleeps with him, kisses him, takes him out, bathes him, etc.  She’s not really an “animal person,” but she can spend a whole day with Pump.  He has totally won her over!

PE🐽NY: Where does Pumpernickel sleep?  Pump has multiple spots to sleep in.  He sleeps either in his bed in my room, his kennel downstairs, my parents bed (lol), very rarely my bed, or he’ll be sneaky and use Penny’s bed in the kitchen.  When he sleeps in his kennel downstairs and hears somebody coming, he starts grunting and he makes this really deep grunt/moan and its really, really funny! We’ve all come to learn that it’s actually a noise he makes when he’s mad and wants food! Ha! I love it!

PE🐽NY: How often does Pumpernickel get bathed?  Pump gets a bath once every two weeks.  In between, to keep him clean, we wipe him down with baby wipes.  When his skin seems a little dry, he gets a coconut oil rubdown. He’s not the biggest fan of the water.  Bath time can be a little tough, but he loves his warm and cozy blanket at the end!

PEONY: What does Pumpernickel eat?  Pump eats a pellet feed and his snacks.  His favorite snacks are cucumber, papaya, pineapple and my dog’s food (lol – he always searches for it, but never finds it).  He also knows the sound of the refrigerator door opening.  He gets up from his bed and waits, lol.  To be clear, he doesn’t always get his way.  

PEONY: What does Pumpernickel like to do?  Pump is easily entertained!  He likes to sleep or go outside and sleep in the sun. (Ha! He even sleeps standing up!!!)  He loves cuddling too.  He likes to go out with my mom and I, and loves the attention.  Sometimes when we are out walking, he will randomly stop and stare at me.  I’ve come to learn that he does that when he wants me to pick him up and of course, I do!  Sometimes Pump wakes up at 2:30 AM for unknown reasons. I’ll take him outside and he does nothing. LOL!  Silly pig.

Pump sleeps standing up!

PE🐽NY: What is the best part of having a pig?  It’s amazing being around such a unique animal and learning his particular ways.  He depends on me to take care of him and knows that I love him very much.  

PE🐽NY: What has been the biggest challenge?  The first couple of weeks were really hard.  He screamed and screamed and did NOT like being picked up.  He doesn’t really scream that much anymore, but won’t let a lot of people hold him.  He really only comes to us when we have food (haha) or to be picked up.  He used to bite me a lot, too, but I taught him that wasn’t okay and he stopped.

PE🐽NY: Any pig facts that pig owners (and non-pig owners) would be surprised to hear?  Pigs have their very own schedule.  They love being outside in the heat, but dislike the cold and rain.  Pump screams when it’s cold outside.  They’re always looking and observing, and get random freckles (lol).  Pump sleeps A LOT too!  He doesn’t smell (at all) and he’s just the cutest bundle of joy, EVER!

PE🐽NY: Ha! Tell me about these random freckles?  They came out of nowhere!  I think they came from the sun, but I’m not sure. He doesn’t wear sunscreen, but he never stays out that long (10-minute increments).  I think it’s funny . . I have freckles on the left side of my face, and one day little freckles came out on the left side of his face!

PE🐽NY: Any advice to someone wanting to get a pig?  Pigs have different temperaments.  I have a little “divo” on my hands, but I’m confident that after he gets neutered, he will be a little easier.  Get them used to a harness and a leash early, and don’t over-feed them even if they look cute staring up at you.  They require A LOT of patience and time.  I am still learning myself.   

Pump! You are so adorable and definitely on your way to being a well-mannered sweet little boy.  Ya know, us piggy’s can be a handful sometimes, and with a little patience and a loving family, we will always find our way.  Sounds like you are gifted with all of that, and more! We love being your friend. Follow Pumpernickel’s cuteness on Instagram!  Thank you for being my Outstanding Pig of the Week!  Love, PE🐽NY

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