Her name is Juliet
She loves to eat
She's very sweet
So, let me tell you the story of how we acquired such a peculiar pet.
One evening, my husband and I were driving through downtown Hampton, a place that has an old-fashioned attractiveness with it's archaic homes, charming gardens, historic train station, and old town buildings, when we came upon a man selling a tiny piglet in his front yard.
|Scratching her ear after her first mud treatment|
We gawked and aww'd as we drove by.It was so cute, tiny and pink. The man had it on a rope leash and people were standing around in the yard adoring it. Possible buyers I'm sure. We just continued on down the road. What would we do with a pig? I said to my husband. We both thought it was so neat. We found ourselves still talking about it down the road. Wouldn't it be cool to have a pig as a pet?! The kids would love it! He agreed. With tears in my eyes, I looked over at my husband, who was driving and said...I want it! Let's go back and get it! So we turned around and went back.
We were hoping no one had bought it from the man yet. There were still a few people standing around admiring her absolute cuteness when we got there. We politely stood around the circle, making small talk, asking if it was a boy or girl, what to feed it, how old it was...giving the others a chance to speak up and say if they wanted her or not, and debating if we ourselves could take on the responsibility of caring for such an unusual and interesting animal.
|She's always smiling|
Finally, everyone left and it was just us, the man and this mini potbellied piglet. After going back and forth for about 30 minutes, we finally decided to buy the tiny pig. We paid $50.00 for her and she was so small that we took her home in a milk crate. We named her Juliet and she spent her first night inside the house.
|Juliet & my daughter Jorja about 3 months old|
We gave her baths and took her outside to potty. We had planned on raising her inside the house and she did very well using the restroom outside for a while...then she started getting bigger and naturally her accidents became larger so we made her home inside the garage. We fed her powdered milk and cereal for the first 2 months we had her, then began introducing her to pig feed. She had 3 meals a day and when she ate, she dove into her bowl and acted like it was her last meal on earth.
|On the back porch|
She was a bit of a handful when she was little. She learned how to nudge the backdoor open with her little snout and would come inside to hang out with us during school.
Sometimes she would run around and around the house, oinking as she went. Kinda like a dog does after having a bath. She ran so fast for a pig. She has one blue eye, one brown eye and a happy curly tail that wags constantly. She is happy but she doesn't like being picked up. She squeals...well like a pig when we try.
|Invading the schoolroom|
|Getting a tummy rub by my son Joel|
She loves to have her tummy rubbed. Everyone can rub Julie's tummy but me. (We nicked named her Julie.) Just as a nursing child behaves around their mother, Julie, would behave like that towards me. If you have ever nursed a child, you know what I'm talking about. I was nothing but the milk lady to her. All she knew was this lady gives me milk in a bowl. So whenever I would try to pet her or if I even got close to her, she would wake up, stand up and start oinking for food, nudging me with her snout.. It was comical.
|Exploring down by the creek|
We tried weening her off of the milk and cereal and put her on the pig feed but, she just wouldn't have it. It seemed she preferred eating the dog's food instead. (Peaches & Molly) They all live together, in harmony, inside the garage. So, that's what we began feeding her.
|Taking a nap underneath the blue truck|
She grew bigger...
|Napping in some cool dirt this summer|
This is a picture of Julie today.
I woke her up to take this photo. She was sleeping in the garage on a blanket, which is what she does most days. Sometimes she likes to walk down to the creek and take a dip or get a drink. Sometimes she'll go on a jog with me in the mornings. It's been a while since she's done that though. She's been sleeping late and I think she prefers to run in the evenings anyway ;) So, that's Juliet! She's a very sweet pig and we all love her very much. It was fun introducing her to you :) I hope you all enjoyed meeting her as well :)