Welcome to quaint Willintgton, Connecticut. 41 acres of undisturbed pastureland and forest is the serenity that sweet ‘almost’ 3 year-old Daisy gets to call home. Daisy is an 80-pound princess/farm-foreman/house pig – living the dream. She’s a lucky pig and here is her story.
PE🐽NY: When and where did you get Daisy? We picked Daisy up when she was about nine weeks old. We bought her from a breeder (newenglandteacuppiggies.com) in Buzzards Bay, MA. She is a veterinarian who raises piglets and spays/neuters them before they go to their forever homes. We were lucky and only had to wait a few months for Daisy. She was expecting a litter and because of our recent loss of a piglet, she let us have pick of the litter.
PE🐽NY: Recent loss of a piglet? I’m so sorry. Please share. Daisy is our second piglet. We had Ruby, she was a miniature potbelly. Ruby was eight weeks old when we got her. We decided to get Ruby because my daughter suffers from allergies and we researched that a pig would be a good fit. Ruby was so nice and loving, but she was not spayed. A piglet in heat is not fun for anyone, so I looked for a vet who was familiar with exotic pets. I even asked if he had performed this procedure before and he said yes. Poor Ruby suffered for two months after the spay. After many, many vet visits and beyond comprehendible tears and lots of money, I returned to the vet (who spayed her) and asked him to please put her down so the suffering would stop. I requested that an autopsy be performed once she was at peace, so that families in the future could avoid experiencing grief like this. The vet asked me to PLEASE LET HIM PERFORM SURGERY to attempt to save her life, and give her a chance. Of course we obliged.
PE🐽NY: How did the surgery go? Ruby had a strangulated intestine. The vet said he was able to remove the bad spot, reconnect it and that it all looked great. We were so happy! Unfortunately, when Ruby came to, she took one big breath and passed away. She was too weak. So, so, so sad. To make a bad situation even worse, he admitted to never spaying a pig! Horrible.
PE🐽NY: So, you found Daisy? We did, and we searched for a long time. After losing Ruby, we didn’t know if we could love another piglet like we loved Ruby and we committed to finding a reputable breeder who would spay/neuter before finding their forever home. Daisy is not Ruby, but she is her own wonderful and beautiful personality.
PE🐽NY: 41 acres. Wow. What happens there? We have a 41 acre farm in Willington, CT. Our farm is named Bluebird Farm. We pasture raise chicken, duck, lamb, turkey and guinea hens. In addition, we started a jam company a few years ago, and it was only natural to incorporate Daisy as a part of it. She is on all of our jars with labels saying, “Daisy Approved.” We also thought it would be cute to sell toy stuffed piglets. They’re known as, “Daisy’s Piglets,” with unique names and different personalities. We have a website, newenglandspreads.com, where we sell our made-with-love treats. We are in five stores and two ‘bed & breakfasts.’ So very blessed.
PE🐽NY: Where does Daisy sleep? She has a real wooden baby crib that we cut down so she can walk in it and be cozy with her blankets.
PE🐽NY: What are Daisy’s habits? Every morning I sit on the floor with my coffee and she lays by me while we watch the morning news. At 7:15 AM, she asks to go outside. I always ask her if she wants to go and see her “friends” (farm animals), so she goes out with me to take care of them. We have baby doll sheep, Nigerian goats, chicken, ducks, rabbits and guinea hens. She likes to root around and graze for about an hour than asks to come back in (we always say she doesn’t feel like she belongs out there). She repeats this cycle at noon and at 4PM. After this, she is in for the night.
PE🐽NY: What does she eat? Daisy eats a handful of mini pig grain in the morning and at night (plus the grazing she does outside). Throughout the day she gets a few treats of carrots, grapes and apples. She will do tricks like sit and dance for cherries.
PE🐽NY: Do you work out of the home? I used to, but almost six years ago my father was diagnosed with Dementia (Alzheimer’s) and he needs round-the-clock care. I quit my job to do this. This has been a journey that is tough but very rewarding.
PE🐽NY: What is the best part of having a pig? Having Daisy has been a Godsend. Truly. She is my angel sent from above. Daisy knows when I need a little support. She will come up to me and give me a nuzzle or simply nudge me with her snout. SHE IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST. I cannot imagine my life without her in it.
PE🐽NY: What is one pig fact that non-pig owners (and maybe pig owners) would be surprised to hear? Pigs are really sensitive and they do NOT have any defense against enemies. They need interaction with people everyday and can get depressed if left alone.
PE🐽NY: Any advice for those wanting a pig? Make sure you can make the long commitment if you are thinking about bringing a piglet into your family. Please find a reputable breeder who will spay or neuter your piglet before you bring them home. Mini pigs are not cheap pets. Also, make sure you never feed your piglet from your refrigerator or they will know real fast where food comes from and than you will need to put a lock on the door or their powerful snout will learn quickly how to open it. I speak from experience, LOL.
Daisy! Wow! What a blessing you are to your family, and them to you! What a beautiful and precious piggy life you are blessed live. I’m so sorry about your sister Ruby, and the pain your family had to endure losing her. Rainbows come from rain, they really do, and you are exactly that. A rainbow. As soon as I publish this post, I am logging on to newenglandspreads.com and ordering a stuffed piggy and some jam. I can’t wait! Thank you for being my Outstanding Pig of the Week and I look forward to beautiful stories from your amazing journey. Love, PE🐽NY