OK, Pigs are not horses. But, I used to have a pig. In fact, I had two pot-bellied pigs. Fanny and Pearl. Pearl lived to be 15 and Fanny was 17 when she passed two years ago.
Aladdin, my favorite gelding, loved Fanny!
So, that is why I’m writing about pot-bellied pigs today… and because it is a holiday weekend and most of you might like a little vacation fodder.
The first story is about an Agility Pig. Reminds me of BABE.
The pig that’s top dog: Pot-bellied porker outshines the canines in agility team
By Liz Hull
Trotting through tunnels, leaping over jumps and weaving between poles, Louie would be
a valuable member of any dog agility team but for one thing.
He’s a pig.
The nine-month-old pot-bellied crossbreed is a non-showbusiness version of Babe, the movie pig that thinks it’s a sheepdog.
Like any faithful hound, Louie already walks to heel on a lead, responds to his name and even plays fetch.
He will tackle the toughest of agility courses on command – so long as there is a ginger biscuit for him at the end. And such is his aptitude that owner Sue Williams hopes he will one day perform in her Cheshire county dog display team at Crufts.
Mrs Williams, 42, an animal behaviourist, said Louie had joined her eight-strong pig collection at the age of three months. Because the others were so much bigger he had to be kept separately for his own safety and was given the freedom to roam the grounds of her home in Porthmadog, North Wales.
‘One day, when I was training my dogs, I was trying to get one to run through a tunnel,’ she said.
‘Louie decided to zoom through the tunnel instead. I was really taken aback. I thought, “Hold on a minute – the pig’s doing a better job than the dog”.’
According to Mrs Williams, Louie has been accepted by his canine colleagues because he has earned his place in the team.
Together they have appeared in half a dozen agricultural and talent shows and, once Louie is granted an official animal exhibition licence from the local council, Mrs Williams hopes he will be able to compete in real dog shows and even Crufts.
‘He retains information quicker than a dog so, once he’s done a trick a few times, he knows what he’s doing. Plus, he absolutely loves his ginger biscuits.’
This one came from the California Pot-Bellied Pig Association, Inc.
I love this idea of the pigs creating art to help themselves… even if it is food motivated!
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