Connecticut is known for its beautiful 250-mile shoreline and housing the prestigious Yale University. This state is also the home of John Mayer, Mark Twain and the ever-so-perfect and smile-inducing Abby. A year and a half of precious life and 60 pounds of pure love, I introduce to you, Abby, the pink piggy.
PE🐽NY: Can you please describe Abby’s family? Abby lives with her human Mom, Dad, 3 adult children (2 girls, 1 boy), 4 dogs, a cat, and Pablo (our other pig).
PE🐽NY: When did you get Abby? We got her November 30, 2014. She was born October 13, so she was about six weeks old when we got her.
PE🐽NY: What was the inspiration in getting her? We had a potbelly pig for 15 years. Once he passed away (at 18), it just felt weird not having a pig around. Everyone LOVED our pig, Arnold. Friends, family and even our UPS/FedEx delivery guys would always ask about him.
PE🐽NY: Where did Abby come from? We had rescued a pig who came from Miami, Florida. Frankie. Sadly, we were his 8th home and he was sick needing to have emergency surgery because his abdomen was full with gas. It was a 50/50 chance going into surgery and unfortunately he did not make it. The vet knew how sad we were and put us in touch with Abby’s breeder in the event we were interested in getting another pig. They had one female left, but when we called they advised she was already spoken for. Two weeks later they called and told us Abby was available and ready to go! We picked her up the next day.
PE🐽NY: Have you always wanted a pig? Always, since I was a little girl. When we moved to the house we live in now, and we had enough land, I asked my parents if we could get a pet pig. They didn’t object, and we found Arnold through a friend.
PE🐽NY: What are Abby’s favorite things to do? Favorite snacks? Silly habits? Eat everything! She especially loves acorns, Cheerios, carrots, strawberries and coconut oil. She loves to snuggle, get her belly rubbed and go to the neighbors house. When Abby is happy she grinds her teeth and loves to scratch her tooshie on the porch steps!
PE🐽NY: Where does she sleep? Abby has a bed in the laundry room where she sleeps every night. When she’s really tired she’ll go to bed by herself and even cover herself right up. She also has a bed in the living room where she takes naps during the day.
PE🐽NY: What does Abby eat? 1/4 cup of pig food in the morning and 1/4 cup at night. During the day she’s usually outside grazing and we also give her snacks.
PE🐽NY: Is Abby home alone during the day? Everyone has different schedules, so for the most part there is always someone home. If everyone is going to be gone (for more than a short while) we will lock Abby in the laundry room with a baby gate. If not, she has been caught terrorizing the house a time or two!
PE🐽NY: What is the best part of having a pig? Abby is part of the family. She loves to snuggle, she’s very smart, and we can count on her to clean up any food accidentally dropped on the floor!
PE🐽NY: What is the biggest challenge? Potty training was a challenge. We litter box trained her when she was younger, but now that she goes outside she will go to the door when she has to go out. It’s the most difficult to get her outside when it’s cold, snowy or rainy. We often times have to bribe her with treats. Also, keeping her in our yard is a challenge. She likes to venture off to the neighbors to eat their acorns.
PE🐽NY: What is one pig fact that non-pig owners (and maybe pig owners) would be surprised to hear? Pigs have three sets of teeth. Their adult teeth finally come in once a pig is about 18-22 months old.
PE🐽NY: Any advice for those wanting a pig? Do Your Research! Make sure you have a lot of time, patience and room for them. Know they are a long commitment. Pigs can live up to 18-20 years.
PE🐽NY: Abby has quite the following on social media? 94,800 followers. How did this come about? Last year, on National Pig Day (March 1, 2015), Instagram featured Abby in their #WeeklyFluff post they do every week with a new animal. I had just made Abby’s account a few months prior, and one night my phone started going crazy with Instagram notifications. I had no idea what was going on! Abby was getting tagged in a bunch of pictures and friends started texting me telling me she got featured by Instagram. It was VERY exciting to see that. Since then, she’s gained thousands of followers from all over the world.
PE🐽NY: She is an NBC star too? Last winter during one of the snowstorms, the weatherman told viewers to send in pictures of their dogs playing in the snow. We decided to send a picture of Abby. The news crew LOVED it! They put her on the news and said they’ve never seen a pet pig playing in the snow before. Ryan Hanrahan, one of the weathermen at NBC Connecticut, loves Abby. He follows her on Instagram and if I post anything of her on Facebook or we tweet about her he always retweets it or shares the post. Just a few weeks ago we sent him a picture of Abby playing in the snow and he put it on the news again!
PE🐽NY: It must be nice to share the joy she brings to you and your family? I play on an adult kickball league in the summer. Last summer, when we brought Abby to one of the games, people recognized her and couldn’t believe she was there! It’s pretty cool to see that people know who she is and how many people from all over the world follow her and love her as much as we do!
Amazing Abby! If only you knew the joy and smiles that you bring to others . . to be the cause of such love and light is a gift. Thank you. Pig by pig, the world will begin to see how special we are. Grateful to be on the same team as you. Thank you, Abby, for shining so bright and for being my Outstanding Pig of the Week. Love, PE🐽NY
💜 IN LOVING MEMORY OF ARNOLD AND FRANKIE 💜