Thursday, June 21, 2012

Annoyingly smart pigs

My pigs have caught on to the fact that they will receive an hour long brushing before they are let into the house if they go roll in the mud first. Sometimes I wish they weren't so smart. If they keep it up they are going to realize their worst fear...being left outside for the night (yes, even after it's dark Tanner!) I don't think my front door would hold up, and I know my neighbors wouldn't get any sleep, but one of these days..............

Speaking of smart, I remember when Tucker was little and I was trying to teach him to come to the door when I called him. Every time he would come into the house, I would give him a grape. It took him TWO times of doing this before he caught on to the fact that every time he came through the door, he got a treat. He would come to the door, squeal to come in, come in and get his treat and then turn right around and ask to be let out. I would let him out and he would squeal to get back in and then expect a grape. He would do this for hours!

Man, I miss that guy. </3


  1. Oh boy do I hear ya on the annoyingly intelligence of pigs. My Tulip (who died in 2008) was cunning. I will never ever forget her sneaking food and hiding it under my bed. I couldn't figure out why I was missing things like a box of oatmeal, box of cereal. That is until one day I was taking a nap. She did not know I was in my room. I woke up to the sound of rustling. I looked over and she had taken out some of her stash and was having a snack. I looked under the bed and was I in for a shock and surprise.

    Three years after Tulip died, I was finally emotionally able to bring another pig into my life. Her name is Kosha. Unfortunately for her, I am up to speed on many of pig tricks. She, however, has trained me to give her treats. I trained her to go potty outside and when she did, she got a treat. Now she'll stand by the door to go out to go potty and she will strain herself to produce at least one pig berry just so she can have a treat.

    We think we're training them but in reality, they are training us.

    I understanding missing Tucker. Even three years later, I can get teared up when thinking about Tulip. I don't think I can post pictures here in comments otherwise I would post a picture of Tulip and I would also post a picture of Kosha.

  2. That is hilarious! I have never met a more intelligent animal in my life than a pig. They drive me crazy every single day...but I could not imagine my life without them. They always make me laugh.

    I don't expect that I will ever be able to think or talk about my Tucker without tears. He was my best friend and I miss him so much. I would love to see a picture of Tulip and could send me a request on FB if you want. I'm easy to profile picture is of Tucker.

  3. Yeah, they are pretty darn smart. I have a severe macaw that I rescued. He's 24 years old, I'm his fourth home. He's been with me nine years. Anyway, he also shocks me with some of the stunts he pulls. Pigs are very, very food oriented but so is my macaw. You know those plastic bins that have handles on the side that lock into place to keep the lid on? I actually watched him walk over to one, climb up on top and unlock one side, then unlock the other side. He knew that's where I kept some of the animal food. One day, I walked into the bird room and all the birds were out of the cage flying around having a ball. After this happened a few times, I finally caught my macaw going from cage to cage letting out the birds. Pain in the hind quarters trying to catch them so I didn't bother. They eventually went back in on their own when it was time to bed down for the night.

    Unfortunately, my macaw (Ducky)does not like my potbelly pig (Kosha). Kosha was snoozing with her head on my lap, Ducky was on my shoulder. Ducky climbed down and before I knew what happened (it was that quick), he grabed hold of Kosha's snout and bit. YIKES. I've been bitten so I know how much it hurt. I now keep them separated.

    Now that I been able to get another pig, I can't believe I went as long as I did without one.

    I'll see if I can find you on FB. I'm not real savvy with FB since I rarely use it.

  4. I've heard that about birds. I've changed my profile picture on's now me with Bryan Adams (met him last week!!!) You could also email me (my email is at the top of the page).