Month: January 2016

Meet Ziggy.

We all know the saying, “Good things come in small packages.” When it comes to this itty-bitty bundle of love, I need to modify those words to say, “really, really, realllllly good things!” Ziggy was born last month. He is almost almost 8 weeks old and weighs in at a whopping 1.5 pounds. Ziggy is blind. PE🐽NY: Can you please describe your family? We live in Fallbrook, California. Our human family consists of mom, dad and three children: Ashley (13), Ethan (11) and Lucas (8). Our wild kingdom consists of: 4 goats, 3 ponies, 7 chickens, 1 giant sulcata tortoise, 3 dogs, 4 leopard geckos and 3 beta fish. Ziggy has ONLY played with our smallest dog, Zoey. She is a maltese-yorkie mix.  PE🐽NY: Have you always wanted a pig? Our small farm here in Fallbrook is always growing. My husband and youngest son were wanting a pig for quite some time. I was a little slower to warm to the idea because of how smart they are and I wasn’t sure I was ready to own one. One day I decided. We decided. …

Meet Ellie.

When I think of sweet things, I think of babies, huge rainbow lollipops, sprinkles, smiles and one of the cutest pigs I know, Eleanor VonPinkSnout. This 20 pound bundle of sugar is six months old and comes to us from Gilbert, Arizona. Ellie lives with her mommy, daddy, brother (7 years), sister (2 years) and Pepper, a Coopers Hawk, that her daddy recently acquired for his nature sport, Falconry. PE🐽NY: Have you always wanted a pig? I wanted a piggy for a year or so before getting Ellie. At that time, my husband and I both worked full time, which was tough enough with two kiddos, so it was just unrealistic. Neither of us have ever owned a pig before, but I had read a lot about them and was aware of the commitment. PE🐽NY: How did you finally decide on getting Ellie? We had two dogs and found out that our daughter was severely allergic to them (cats too). We tried everything to treat her allergies, but we ended up having to re-home our …

Meet Missy.

County fair. County barn. Yorkshire. Hampshire. Grand Champion. These are all common words when you live in the world of show pigs. This story is about Missy, the (now) 600 pound former show pig, and her family (Bill and Bethany, and their son Blane) from Blairsville, Georgia. PE🐽NY: How did you ever start showing pigs? We began showing pigs in 2009 when Blane, our son, was in the sixth grade. Our County Agent (a U.S. governmental official employed chiefly to advise farmers on farming and marketing techniques and to promote educational programs fitted to the needs of rural people) asked him if he would be interested and so it began.  Kids show the pigs through the clubs 4H and FFA. PE🐽NY: What is 4H and FFA?  4H and FFA are youth organizations that promote life skills.  Students in these clubs are the ones who show the pigs. The 4″H’s” in 4H stand for: HEAD to clearer thinking, HEART to greater loyalty, HANDS to larger service and HEALTH to better living. FFA stands for Future Farmers of America.    PE🐽NY: What is the process? …