Author: Peony the Pig

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? …

Meet Olive.

Australia may be known for its Outback, Great Barrier Reef, kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses, but I am officially adding pigs to that list. This 7kg (15 pound), four-month old little princess comes to us all the way from Sydney, Australia. She lives there with her beautiful mum and dad, and their fur family.  Their beautiful family, on an acre of land lives Alfonse the Boston Terrier (2.5), Matilda Pearl the British Bulldog (2), Lola the Frenchie (5-6; she was adopted so not so sure), Murray, Ruby and Chester the goats, and three chickens- Harriet, Henrietta and Delilah. PE🐽NY: Have you always wanted a pig? YES! I have always loved the idea of owning a pet pig! It wasn’t until we moved to acreage about 18 months ago, that it even became possible.  I have followed Prissy and Pop on Instagram for some time, and have given my love to dressing up my animals.  I could really see a pig fitting into my little posse! I put the hard word on my husband from day one, and …

Meet Pickle.

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. …

Meet Jamon.

This charming and very handsome three year old, 90’ish pound “micro pig,” who dons the hashtag #oinkmygod and takes pig photography to another level, comes to us from São Paulo, Brazil. Jamon is living the South American dream with his mom, dad and brother Nero (who is also a micro pig). PE🐽NY: When did you get Jamon?  We got Jamon in June, 2013, when he was only a little cuddle bug. He was three months old. PE🐽NY: Where did you get Jamon?  Jamon was born in the countryside of São Paulo, in a tiny city called São Roque.  We did some research on breeders of micro pigs in Brazil (there are not very many) and found Flavia, the owner of a very special farm.  Her farm only raises mini animals for domestic pets (mini goats, mini cows, some chickens, ducks and micro pigs). PE🐽NY: Have you always wanted a pig? I have always loved animals, all kinds.  I suffered a lot after my dogs passed away from old age.  As a result of that, I researched animal life spans and learned that pigs …

Meet Harper.

This blue-eyed, 50-pound, 10-month old baby girl comes to us from New York and is something special.  Her mama, Ariel, is an angel and loves to rescue exotic animals.  Her piglet, sweet Harper is just like all of our amazing and extraordinary pigs, except for one thing – Harper cannot hear. PE🐽NY: Tell us a little about your household. Who does Harper live with?  Harper lives with my boyfriend and I – and . . . . I have a 46-year old Blue & Gold Macaw that was surrendered over to my care two and a half years ago because she wasn’t cared for properly and had plucked out most of her feathers (still naked to this day).  She is jealous of Harper, so she is not the nicest to her, but has never hurt her.  I have an albino hedgehog, age unknown, also wasn’t being cared for properly and I have had her for one year now.  She is Harper’s “ouch-y” sister, and Harper knows it.  She will no longer go touch her, LOL.  She flinches every time …

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, …

Meet Bacon.

Cancun is known for its white sand beaches, near-perfect weather and bright-blue waters. As of today, I am officially adding Mr. Bacon the PigStar to this list.  There is no way you can look at this blue-eyed, extremely handsome pig and not smile. Bacon, born and raised in Mexico, will be turning one at the end of December and weighs in at around 39 pounds.  He resides in Cancun with his loving parents. PE🐽NY: Have you always wanted a pig?  I have always wanted a pig, but for my husband the idea of actually having one was absurd.  When I went from looking at them on the internet to actually thinking of getting one, he told me that I was being ridiculous, haha.  After some time and a lot of work, I managed to convince my husband, and now he is crazy about the pig!  Sometimes I think he loves Mr. Bacon more than he loves me, haha. PE🐽NY: What finally inspired you to get one?  I have always been an animal lover.  When we moved to …

Meet Chewy.

On September 10th, 2015, in New Jersey, a 700-pound pig went into labor, nine days early. The labor was very difficult and only five babies were viable at birth. One survived. Here is the story about Chewy, a miracle pig.  All the odds were against her survival, but the love and dedicated commitment of Linda and Rebecca (mom and daughter), gave this piglet a chance at life. PE🐽NY:  How did Chewy become so lucky to find you, and vice versa? Rebecca (Chewy’s human mom) holds an Animal Science degree and works on a unique farm that is focused on education.  Rebecca was present the day of the birth, and assisted in the labor.  Post delivery, Chewy had a lot of fluid in her lungs and Rebecca spent a lot of time clearing them, trying to get her to breathe. Upon arriving to work the next day, Chewy was the only little piglet to survive the night. Since it was a Friday, and Chewy would need round-the-clock care to survive, Rebecca decided to bring her home for the …

Meet Norman.

Two years old and weighing in at 89 pounds of pure love, Norman, from Kemp, Texas – is “not just a pig.”  After 17 years of wanting a pig, Norman’s sweet Mama, Misty, finally had her dream come true in January of 2013.  Norman is a Certified Therapy Pig and here is his story. PE🐽NY: How did Norman come into your life? I have wanted a pig for 17 years. 17!! I knew from research it would take lots of work and dedication.  We had four dogs. After two of them passed from old age, I knew I was ready and had the time to devote to having a pig.  I did tons of research, and I had already liked and read up on Les Petite Pigs, from Moscow Mills, Missouri.  I really liked Dawn (the breeder) and her ethics and how she treated all her piggy babies and adults, and decided that this was where I would get my piglet from.  Dawn had Norman (five months old at the time) and a little girl piglet that …