Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Don't always believe what people tell you when getting a pig!

What continues to amaze me is that I am still shocked by what some people will do and say when it comes to pot bellied pigs. I KNOW BETTER...SHAME ON ME!!! We found out a couple of weeks ago that MacGyver, my rescue pig who was being sold as a butcher pig because he was neutered and therefor of no use to the owners who wanted to breed MORE pigs into this NOT neutered. I've had my doubts all along because he just looks (slightly...which is what threw me) different from my neutered boys, but because I have not had any experience with adult boars, I didn't know what I was looking for...and he was not displaying any of the normal boar traits. Over the last few weeks...maybe because spring is in the air, or maybe it has something to do with my other little rescue female...he has been showing me his true colors. For those of you who have not had any experience with boars, believe me when I's NOT something you want to have to deal with (and it starts very young). Needless to say, tomorrow afternoon, after months of building trust with him, we have to load him up and take him to be neutered. :o(

Once again, I will send my husband to do the dirty work. He trusts me now and I don't want to damage that trust. He's a bit of a man hater anyway (no doubt he has good reasons) and still doesn't quite trust Scott. If Scott moves into MacGyver's space, he will bark at him and back away. He doesn't do that for me. Scott will have to start from square one with him again I am sure. Maybe that's not fair of me...but it's the way it's going to be. I spend more time with them so I win the discussion! Besides, I tend to cry during these things. There's not much out there that breaks my heart like the cry of a terrified pig. :o(

The frustrating part is, we would have taken him even if he wasn't neutered. We would have had him fixed right away and it would be over and done with now. It wasn't necessary to lie. So often this happens with pot bellied pigs. The truth of who and what they are and will become is hidden and people often do not realize what they are getting into. If the truth were told, there would be much fewer people rushing out to get one of those adorable little pigs on Kijiji. We were also told that he was 1 and a half years old. It was obvious just looking at him that he is at least 5. We knew this as soon as we saw him, so what was the point in lying?

Just be aware that ALL pot bellied pig breeders are in it for the money. If they weren't, they would be aware of what is happening and they would not be breeding anymore. They will tell you whatever you want or need to hear to get you to reach into your wallet and pull out the cash. They don't care that you will not be prepared for what is to come, and they don't care what becomes of the pig they sell you. They don't care that adult pigs are almost impossible to rehome and that is what you will be faced with if and when things don't work out for you (because of their lies). I have 5 pigs here now and know of hundreds of others who prove this is true. When I contacted Piper's breeder, she offered nothing. The pig...that SHE brought into this world...was no longer her concern. This is a breeder from Camrose who often advertises her pigs on Kijiji. Her website "looks" very good. Unfortunately, her ethics are not.

PLEASE don't buy from a breeder just because the pictures they post are adorable. Bear cubs are adorable too, but they are not the pet for the average person. Pigs are no different. Those babies grow up fast and don't look like that for very long. Buy from a  pig rescue if you are sure a pot bellied pig is for you. A pig rescue won't lie because they truly care about their pigs, even though they are not the ones responsible for bringing them into the world. You will get the truth, be able to make an informed decision, help the under funded rescues and save a life in the process. What could be better?

Remember...a pig is a pig is a pig is a pig. If you bring a pig into your home, you are getting a pig in your home. Don't expect anything different or let anyone tell you that is not the case! Spend some time observing pigs in the wild doing what pigs do. Don't expect that these things will change once you bring them into your home.


  1. Lorrie, I just found your blog and it is super informative...We are "considering" getting a potbellied pig, but still have not found a rescue around where we live...Also, our concern is our three I learn more about pigs, I worry that the dogs could be an issue, even though they are not agressive, as noted, they are predators and a pig is prey...Something I read bothered me too, even if penned up and protected, dogs have been known to run piglets to death from outside of the pen..Are these real concerns that should prevent us from considering adopting a pig?

  2. Hello...and thank you! Getting information out is why I created this blog. I just found that a lot of the information I found out there did not in any way fit what life has really been like with my own pigs. It was more "designed" to make it easier for breeders to sell their wares.Very frustrating!!!

    Also, thank you for taking pig ownership seriously. Too many people get caught up in how sweet piglets are and jump into the decision without finding out what it's like to really live with one a few months down the line. It's always the pig that sufferes in those cases.

    As for your is definitly a concern. Pigs and dogs should NEVER be left alone. You are right, pigs are prey and dogs are hunters and you never know when that instinct will kick in. On the other side of the coin...I'm not sure if you read my post entitled "Pop Bellied Pigs...Throw Away Pets" or not, but after several years of getting along great, one of my pigs attacked my dalmatian for no reason, and she ended up with $660 worth of stitches. I do believe he could have killed her if we had not been there. I always stress that it is a very big well as pigs and children. As for a dog running a piglet to death from outside a fence, I've never had this problem, but do believe it is true. Pigs don't handle stress well at all. There is a condition where a pig can actually die from stress...and they do get stressed quite easily.

    Hope this helps with your decision. If you are still interested in adoption (and thank you too for wanting to go that route!!!) there are several rescues listed on this page and you can also contact me personally (

    Take care