All posts tagged: potbellied pig

Meet Nahla.

Welcome to Austin, Texas! It is the state capital, home to The University of Texas, an influential center (politics,technology, music, film, great food), and is reputed as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” It is also the home of Nahla, a miniature potbellied piggy. Nahla and her family (mom and dad) live near Lake Austin. It is not a rare sight for neighbors to see this 3-year-old diva pig sunning or playing by the boat dock over looking the lake. PE🐽NY: Have you always wanted a pig? I come from a ranching family on my mom’s side and a farming family on my dad’s side. (What animal have I not cared for and literally brought into the house while growing up?!) My grandparents sold pot-belly pigs in the 90’s when the pet pig craze first began. I loved going out to my grandparent’s house and catching one of the piglets from the litter. I would bring it inside to bathe and play with for a day before returning it to its mom. We also kept a couple …

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 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 Olivia Pignewton John.

Olivia is a 400 pound’ish, 5-year old Vietnamese pot-bellied pig rescue. She was rescued by her Mommy, Amanda, and lives in Mississippi.  She has two piggy sisters, Lola (12) and Jazzy Bell (3). PE🐽NY: Where did you get Olivia from? We rescued Olivia on July 11, 2015, from Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  My sister saw her on Facebook and knew that she needed lots of love and that we could help her.  Our 3-year old pot-belly, Jazzy Bell, is also a rescue. PE🐽NY: What are some of the hurdles you have to overcome with Olivia? Long and short-term goals? Our biggest issue is her weight. Her legs hurt her daily due to all of the extra weight and the years of being sedentary.  She needs to lose about 150-200 pounds. We give her Osteo Bi-Flex daily with an NSAID (Osteo Bi-Flex is a joint supplement. It will help heal cartilage and lubricate her joints.  We give her the NSAID when her legs hurt her really bad).  She also does not drink regular water because her previous owners gave …

Meet Peony.

Hello friends, old and new! Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy the “pig”tales and laughs of our silly pig world, like we all do.  I am sure this blog will evolve into whatever it is meant to be. My name is Peony, and I am a pig. I am a female, miniature, Vietnamese potbellied pig, in case you were wondering.  No, I am a not a teacup pig or a micro-pig. I am a mini-pig. People have so many different names for us.  There are pigs smaller than me, and pigs bigger. My family loves me just the way I am. Currently, I weigh in at 22 pounds. I love to eat. I love to snuggle. I love to root. Wear bows. Make funny sounds. Do tricks. Make my family laugh. Make strangers smile and.. most importantly, educate those who don’t know how special us pigs really, really are. I was born on December 13, 2014 (12-13-14 …how cool is that date!?) in Oregon. I currently reside in Scottsdale, Arizona, with my family …