This SUPER CUTE – pig and dad – model duo come to us from Greenville, South Carolina. Pickle joined his dad, Max DiNatale, in April 2015. Pickle, weighing in at 23 pounds, and his handsome pop (weight unknown, HAHA) are living the bachelor life and this is their story.
PE🐽NY: Have you always wanted a pig? I have always thought that pigs were cute, but really started wanting one over the past few years when I started learning how smart they were. I mentioned to friends at work about wanting one, and the more and more I kept talking about it, the more I really wanted to do it – and eventually it just became a reality!
PE🐽NY: Where did Pickle come from? I did tons of research on my own because I didn’t know anyone personally who had ever had a pig. I wanted a breeder close enough so that I could pick up my pig (I didn’t want to have to ship across the country). I came across Orange Grove Farms in Florida. They were the one place that consistently answered all of my questions. Also, they ended up bringing Pickle (he was two months old) to Greenville for me! They are the best!
PE🐽NY: Pickle’s photo shoots are so cute! Are you having success with them? Yes! It’s been really fun! He is actually super good when it comes to staying still for the camera. Treats are usually involved – lots of Cheerios and raisins. My photographer friend, Lindsay Curgan, is super talented and is great at coming up with interesting set-ups and making them happen! Lindsay loves working with him. Pickle is such a good boy in front of the camera – he is actually signed with a modeling agency in North Carolina.
PE🐽NY: I love all of Pickle’s photo shoots, but the birthday cake one is my favorite. Did you let him eat that whole Cheerio cake? What a great idea! Haha! That was for Pickle’s half birthday. He LOVED his Cheerio cake. It was carrot cake topped with Cheerios. No, he wasn’t allowed to eat the whole thing. He DEFINITELY would have, but he was only allowed to have a little piece.
PE🐽NY: Where does Pickle sleep? He sleeps in the laundry room in his bed (it’s a big walk-in room). It’s basically become his bedroom!
PE🐽NY THE PIG: What are Pickle’s favorite things to do? SLEEP! Eat. Sleep more! He loves cuddling in warm places and loves to get curled up under my arm.
PE🐽NY: What does Pickle eat? What are his favorite snacks? Pickle eats dry pig food in the morning and tuna/lettuce/veggies at night. Snacks are at random times. Raisins are for sure his #1 favorite snack!! He eats anything – loves fruit like watermelon, strawberries, grapes, etc. The only thing he hasn’t liked so far has been raw carrots and some other raw things like yellow squash; he will eat carrots and squash, but they have to be cooked!
PE🐽NY: Does Pickle have any silly habits? Yes! He walks around snorting a lot! Not sure if that is normal, but just walking through the house, he is pretty noisy. He has running spasms a lot, where out of no where, he will just take off. Thankfully that’s never happened outside – he is too occupied with eating grass whenever we are out there. He also used to wake up in the middle of the night like 3, 4 or 5 AM and go CRAZY!! I started feeding him food to keep him quiet at that time, but stopped because I didn’t want him to get used to that. So, that ended, and he seems to get up just a little before I do every morning (if it’s earlier, I am too sound asleep to hear it I guess).
PE🐽NY: Do you work? What does he do during the day? I do! I imagine he does a lot of sleeping when I am not there. By the time I get home it’s usually dinner time, so he is ready for that, but on days where I come home in the afternoon or just earlier than normal, he’s always snoozing.
PE🐽NY: What is the best part of having a pig? They are so cute and lovable! I am the worst at reprimanding him because of his cuteness. Sometimes I have to break the water bottle out, and then I feel soooo bad (I just give him a little spray and he generally stops whatever he was trying to do). He is very loyal to me and loves the attention.
PE🐽NY: What is the biggest challenge? When he was little, he was a lot more “scared” of certain things like being picked up, baths, etc. Now he is fine (as long as it’s me – if others pick him up the wrong way he still doesn’t like it). Walking on a leash has been a small challenge too because once he starts eating grass, he doesn’t want to move unless I persuade him with a better treat!
PE🐽NY: What is one surprising fact about pigs? Pigs CANNOT eat avocado. If you have a pig, please do NOT feed them this. Avocado is toxic to pigs.
PE🐽NY: Any advice for those wanting a pig? They do not stay small forever! But . . . neither do children!
PICKLE!!!!! Your sweet little face makes me melt every single time I look at it – and I know my Mommy has videos of you saved on her phone! Your instagram is one of our favorites and you always make us smile! You bring joy to not only your daddy and his friends and family, but to all of us too! You’re awesome, and thank you so much for being my Outstanding Pig of the Week. Love, PE🐽NY