Mini Pigs as a service pet

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Icuras with DeanYes, we hear all about service dogs and how they are allowed to go everywhere with their owner. But did you know that people are actually allowed to have  a service pig?  Studies have shown that having a pet in your life can help you live a healthier and happier life.

” Pets can ease loneliness, reduce stress, promote social interaction, encourage exercise and playfulness, and provide us with unconditional love and affection.’ Provided by Helpguide.org in their post  The Therapeutic Benefits of Pets.

Not everyone realizes the benefits of pigs though. Their are a ton of people out there trying to bring awareness to the public about the benefits of having a pet pig, but there are even more trying to convince you that a pet pig is just a smaller farm pig .  I am not going to try to convince you that pigs are the perfect pet for all people, but I will tell you you that mini pigs can be the perfect pet for many. Some people are allergic to dogs and cats, so that pet is totally out of the question. There are tons of people that need some kind of pet for emotional support, which is why it is important to advise them of the benefits of mini pigs. I have read stories and have contributed to petitions from families fighting to keep their child’s pet pig in the home. This is a huge challenge for apartment and subdivision dwellers because  their neighbors are not educated enough. Mini Pigs can be trained to do almost anything and have proven to be a huge emotional support for people in need of that. That is why more and more mini pigs are becoming certified service animals.

Trying to bring awareness to the world is a difficult task which is why I am asking everyone to help. There is a perfect way for people to get involved and help others understand how truly rewarding a pet pig can be.  Icarus ( the pig) has become pretty popular with the Supernatural fans and they would like to see him in Burbank, Ca for the Salute to Supernatural convention.  Unfortunately, he lives in Dallas, Tx so he needs a little bit of help getting there.  You can read more about him and help him get to BurCon by going to HERE.

PigGear and his handler have a special outfit for him to wear. You don’t want to miss it.

If you are a supernatural fan, then you will really enjoy the picture below. Many of my Facebook friends have seen these before, but for those of you that haven’t, enjoy.

I can not take credit for any of the photos taken at this event.

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I have been making pig clothes for a couple years now and love seeing the results of my work on all the cute little piggies out there.  Most people go to PigGear to buy a harness for their mini pig, but once they get to the site, they see that PigGear has more than just pig harnesses.

I have to admit, the color combinations that my customers pick, kinda blow my mind. I think ” OMG that is going to look horrible together” but then when I put the outfit together I am totally surprised. I guess my customers know more than I do. That is why I just give everyone the option to choose the colors themselves.

Here are a few pictures of customer created cover-ups.

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As you can see, the color combinations are unlimited. This is just a small sample of the many pictures that are sent to me. You can see more pictures and custom clothing orders that I have done on my PigGear FaceBook Page too.

Please contact me if you are reading this and you would like you piggy featured on this page with his/her PigGear. I LOVE to see the pictures and so does everyone else, so please share.

 

Looking for mini pigs for sale?

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Look no further, we have re-designed our pet pig directory. We used to have a plain ole directory listing page where you could find all the breeders in one place, but now it’s even better.

Mini Pig breeders are being added all the time, so you should really book mark this site and come back often. We have advanced the site and are now allowing pet pig parents to rate their breeder and let everyone know how their experiences have been. All listings and comments are monitored and will not be approved until verified. Our rating system is only available to those that are registered to prevent abuse. We are not brokers or anyway associated with any of the breeders listed on this site. We are only trying to help the good ethical breeders and legit rescue facilities.

Some of the breeders/ Rescues listed here have offered some articles to get the truth out about pet pigs. I know that there are farms promising the smallest pigs around, and they also claim that they will only get to be 10lbs when full grown. Some of those breeders might even be listed on this site.  If you personally have one of these pigs, please comment on the breeder and provide pictures so that we can see a healthy 10lb 3 +year old.

What people don’t seem to realize is that a mini pig may be 50 lbs, but is no bigger than a bull dog. I believe that people have it in their head that a 50lb pig is huge.

That is not the case at all. The picture on the right is one of my babies at approximately 40lbs. as you can see, she is very healthy and very small.

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The gate in the back show this. Yes, she did fit in a teacup when she was a baby, but so do all piglets. So what I am saying is, don’t scour the internet looking for the smallest pig you can find, instead look for the healthiest and the breeder that goes the extra mile to make sure that you are prepared for the adventure that follows.

I really have to stress the fact that this is NOT a case where ” you get what you pay for”. I have seen breeders charging thousands of dollars for a pig that ended up being over 100lbs where some of them charge 300 for the ones that stay around 50 lbs. I do understand the cost involved in raising them and vet bills and all of that, I should, I did if myself. But to charge 3k to 5k for a pig is just ridiculous to me.

Lets break it down a bit. Yes, a breeder has to search around and purchase the best breeding stock they can find to get started. Then pair them up and wait 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days for the babies to be born. Feed for the mom goes up ( If you are a good breeder) during the time the sow in pregnant and while she is nursing her babies. She will nurse them for around 6 weeks ( different breeders have different timelines) I personally kept my babies with their mom for 6 weeks unless the mom decided she didn’t want them around her. They should be starting to eat on their own by this time.

The vet bill can be around 200 to have the pig spayed or neutered. Some vets won’t do this that early, but most will spay/neuter at around 8 weeks. If you are purchasing a piglet that has not been spayed/neutered, make sure that you do this as soon as your vet allows. The boys can usually be neutered pretty early, but to spay the female is a lot more invasive so some vets like to wait awhile. Just because your pig has not been spayed, does not mean that they are coming from a bad breeder, it just means that they or their vet do not believe it is safe for the the girl yet. Most ethical breeders will make you sign a contract saying that you will have this done on your own within a certain period of time. If you do not get this done, you will have a very unruly pet pig.  Unfortunately this is when most of the pet pigs end up in a sanctuary. Instead of being educated, people are fed up with the behavior and decide that maybe a pig wasn’t their best choice for a pet. Most of the pigs in the sanctuaries get spayed/neutered as soon as they can and would be an awesome pet for for someone. But since everyone is out there looking for the little bitty babies, these discarded pigs are feeling like an orphan that nobody wants. Don’t get me wrong, the shelters give them as much love as they can, but there are so many of them that one on one attention is almost impossible. I put shelters on the pet pig directory in the hopes that people will choose to adopt some of the pigs there before they spend thousands of dollars on a pig that might just get to be the same size as the ones in the shelter.

So why 3k to 5k for a baby? I have no clue.

Now, back on the subject of the directory. We are trying to bring together all of the ethical breeders, shelters, and vet together in one place as well as providing you all the information you will need to provide for your new pet pig. I really hope that you find this site useful.

 

VISIT OUR DIRECTORY HERE

 

 

Fourth of July is coming up quick


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I just want to remind everyone to think about their little pigs when you plan you 4th of July party or event. Please make sure that you baby is locked in a safe place before setting off your fireworks.

I know that everyone likes to show off their new baby during big parties and events, but PLEASE think about your baby at this time. Your friends and family can visit your baby at any time after the event. Piglets are nervous by nature and to add to their stress could be devastating.

Lots of pets end up missing and scared during the excitement of the popping and banging of fireworks, and I would hate to see anybody loose their baby and worse for their baby to loose them. I can only imagine how horrifying that must be for any pet.

 

Ongoing fight for pigs

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I am so sick of hearing the stories about people having problems with pigs as pets. There are tons of posts on Facebook asking for people to sign a petition so that they will be able to keep their pet pig in their home.  This is really sad to me, because it seems like the people that are bitching the most are the ones that either don’t have any pets at all or they are the ones that have little tiny dogs.

I worked in the cable industry for 15 years visiting multiple houses per day in all kinds of different areas. I have to say that I have NEVER been hurt by a pet pig. I have been bitten, scratched, clawed, and charged, but never by a pig. I hated going to houses that had those little yippy dogs, because honestly they scare me. Three out of the four times that I was bit ( where customers actually admitted that their dog bit me) was by small dogs. One time 2 Yorkies jumped on my leg and kept biting my until the owner finally came over to help. Another time it was a Chihuahua that bit me just for walking in the door (while in the owner’s arms). And I can’t tell you how many times a small dog bit my ankle when I walked in the door. The thing that always bugged me though is I ALWAYS got the same response from their owner ” Wow, he/she has never done that before”. I find that very hard to believe in most cases because of their highly aggressive nature. Cats are another story, they can be loving one minute and then just change because you touched them in the wrong place. I can’t even begin to count how many times I  walked out of a house with cat scratches. And last but not least, I was actually chased out of a yard buy Geese. I know, this one is pretty funny, but I was paying too much attention to the barking dogs that I didn’t even realize that the Geese had cornered me on the porch.  I really didn’t realize how mean and fast Geese could be until I made a mad dash to my car and ended up with bite marks on the back of my legs.

So I guess my question is, Why are people so against having pigs as pets? I have never been bitten,scratched or chased  by one. They are very clean and do not bark at all hours of the night. They do not run around the neighborhood getting in to people’s trash. Chances are that they are not going to break out, and even if they do, it only takes a few Cheerios to get them to come back.

There are tons of people opposed to having pigs as pets, but they never actually say why they are opposed. Is it because they think that they are smelly and dirty? Or maybe because they can’t imagine eating their bacon in the morning while looking next door at the pig in the back yard.

I would love to hear the reasons that people are giving for not wanting pigs in their neighborhood. So please comment below. Maybe we can help people understand instead of fighting constantly about the issue.

 

 

 

 

Creative Woodburning

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I  have to share this incredible portrait that I had done of a piglet that I lost a couple years ago. He was very special to me because he fought so hard to stay alive and also because I tried sooo hard to save him. I knew that it was going to be a fight since he was so small and frail from birth, but I HAD to try. I managed to keep him alive for only a few days, but then his little body couldn’t handle it anymore so he gave up. We had this connection that I can’t even explain. I know that there are tons of people that have lost a pet ( not just a pig) and  would like a special way to remember them. Well, Vickie Craig from Creekside Farm Tiny Oinkers  is a very talented artist that has created the perfect way to do that. All you have to do is send her a picture and she will transform it in to a beautiful work of art. It doesn’t have to be a pet that you lost ( like me), it can be any animal picture that you want on wood. Doesn’t even have to be your pet.

Here is what she did for me.

If you would like to see some of her other work visit her Facebook Gallery Here

Or Visit her website at CreeksideFarmTinyOinker.com

PRISCILLA VALENTINE ON “THAT’S MY BABY”


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I am so excited that I found this video by Priscilla and Steve. Even though they are no longer with us in body, they will always be with us is spirit as we continue their desire of having pigs as pets.

Many of you have read about Priscilla,Steve and Nellie, but putting a face with the words brings everything together.For those of you that don’t know who I am talking about, take the time to watch and learn.  This video will take you in to their world and show you some things that are absolutely amazing. Sit back and watch as the miracle of life unfolds before your eyes.

A whole show devoted to Valentines Performing Pigs! See them performing, living at home, and giving birth. Animal Planet’s That’s My Baby, this video is over 20 minutes, mp4 version so I hope you don’t have any trouble seeing it. It is well worth the 20 minutes believe me.

 

Their book is still out there though. You can get it at Amazon by clicking the link below.

Potbellied Pig Behavior and Training: A Complete Guide for Solving Behavioral Problems in Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs, Revised Edition
You can get a great this great  book  from Amazon. I have this on my self as a “go to” book for all of my questions, especially behavior problems.

Got Questions about mini pigs?

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So many people have questions about pet pigs that we decided to open up a Question and Answers page. Hopefully you will be able to find the answers to your questions there. If not, ask away and one of our members might be able to help you answer them.

There are tons of experienced pig people out there and instead of searching all over the internet trying to find the right answer, you will be able to bookmark this page and keep coming back

Visit our Q&A page HERE.

 

Pig Facts

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Tons of people research on the internet every day looking for the truth about pet pig ( mini pigs, micro pigs, teacup pis, etc..). But who can you trust? Where can you get the truth about these sweet little creatures?

You have come to the right place.  Vickie Craig from Creekside Farm Tiny Oinkers ( Well known on Facebook to pig owners) has offered her expert advice and facts so that I could provide you with a ” GoTo” Place for all of the questions that you may have about your pig(s).

Creekside Tiny Oinkers Breeds Juliani/Potbelly cross pet pigs. All of our stock is under 14 inches in height when full grown at 3 years of age, making these a great house pet. Although we do encourage Adoption, we also have babies to sell. There are many pigs in need of a home through your local rescue groups, one of which is Animal Haven in Asheville, NC. We usually have around 4 litters a year, all of our babies come with birth certificates and instruction sheets on how to care for your new baby. We try to educate potiental buyers in what it takes to raise a pet pig and to make sure this is the right pet for you. All of our breeders are available for potiental buyers to see and to make sure they know what size their pet will be when fully grown, We encourage people to make more than one visit with us before purchasing one of our babies. We want the best for our babies and want to make sure they are going to a good forever home. The lifespan of these pigs is 15 to 20 years. These pigs are very intelligent, 4th on the intelligent list with humans being 1st. They have feelings and develope strong bonds with their new owners. Trying to rehome after you have purchased a baby is like tearing a child from its mother. They can grieve over their owner and some can develope bad behaviour problems. Also you need to check and see if your location is zoned for owning a pet pig, as zoning laws consider them to be livestock. Our moto is : If you can raise a child, you can raise a pig.

Make sure you visit and bookmark our Pig Facts page HERE.

You will want to keep this handy. 

 

 

What is wrong with Mini Pig Breeders?

My Little Heart Break
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Looking through my emails and messages today, I came across one that really needed my attention. I got so caught up in responding to her dilemma that I totally forgot to comment about it on my blog. Truth is, I was pretty pissed off .

These breeders don’t take in to consideration the feeling that get hurt when they lie to their customers. People are getting their hearts broken and spending tons of money in the process. Ok, let me start over now that I’m done with my little rant.

The Message I recieved

I won’t give any names because I don’t want to hurt her any more than she has already been hurt, but I will quote parts of her message for you so that you will understand the rant above.

She wrote:

“I am due to get a mini piglet baby but she told me it was going to be 10 day’s old and it is eating warm milk and bread is that good for them and how many time’s a day do I feed it?”

WHAT!! I have never heard of giving a baby pig bread. sure it will eat it, but there isn’t any real nutrition in it. All that will do is fatten the “Micro Pig” up. Keep feeding it like that and it won’t be micro for long. And why on earth would a reputable breeder send a 10 day old piglet away. I know, they wouldn’t.

A reputable breeder will keep the baby with it’s mom for at least 6 weeks. Before anyone gets too pissed off at me for saying that, let me clarify.  I used to breed pigs of all sizes and I know that sometimes the mom will reject them or worse. But what I am saying is there are too many people that LIKE to take the baby away at a few days and start bottle feeding them because they claim that they are friendlier that way. I have personally found that not to be true.

My very first mini pig (Phebe)was 8 weeks old when I got her and she is just as friendly as any of the other ones that I have ( I currently have 4 ). One of the babies that I kept was from a litter where the mom tried to kill them and that was horrible. I have to bottle feed the babies and I have to tell you, that is not an easy task. They all want to eat at the same time and are all starving to death. Kudos to the people that have twins, triplets, quads or more.

Anyway back to my story: After recieving this message, my advice to her was to get Unimilk and add some baby cereal to it. We use  Earth’s Best Organic Whole Grain, Rice Cereal because we try to do everything as Organic as possible. But you can just pick some up from your local grocery store too. With the baby being only 10 days old I suggested that she feed him every 2-3 hours the first couple weeks and then just start spreading it out to 3-4 hours and so on. By the time he gets to 6 weeks he should be eating twice a day ( with treats in between of course lol).

Second Message Came with Happy News

Thank you so much for getting back to me I wanted to let you know he is doing great and eating good and is already going potty outside He loves to be cuddle up in are blanket’s on are bed I have been giving him soft milk Mauzai food mini youth pig feed and baby cereal I only give him a bit at a time so that i don’t hurt is belly I have been keeping him warm in a nice pet taxi and blanket’s inside and i cover the top that has been keeping him warm. He is 16 day’s old now.

I was so happy to get this message from her. She is doing a great job taking care of this piglet that she really shouldn’t have had yet. One of the hardest things I have had to do is try to keep a baby pig alive when it is taken too early or rejected.

Third Message Came With Great Pain

I am very sad to say that he has passed away at 3 am. I was up with him all night until he went I have no clue why or how he got so sick so fast but he has been placed in his blanket he loved so much and now he is resting in peace and is no longer hurting.

My Little Heart Break

RIP Little Angel

I cry every time I get messages like this. She did everything she could to care for this baby. And after 6 days, if you are any kind of animal lover, you get so attached to the baby. And no matter how much they try and how much they do, I still get the same kind of message from them “I am so hurt and so upset I feel like I did something wrong”. I have had a couple pass as well, so I really understand how much pain she is feeling.

I am happy to say that she did end up getting another baby a couple months later and is very happy with her new healthy baby girl.

I hate that people have to go through all of that pain and I can only help them so much. I can’t even tell you how many messages I get on this type of situation. That is the key reason that I set up a directory so that people can comment about the different breeders that they have come in contact with. I searched all over the internet and didn’t come up with anything that could help people find a reputable breeder. I was actually amazed because there are directories for everything else.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject and possibly anything that would help the next person ( and there will be a next person) that I get a message like this from.

 

 

 

Mini Pig for sale under 10lbs – I don’t think so!!

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Has anyone heard of the breeder from mytinypigs.com?
Got an email from someone that isn’t very happy with them. Their pigs are very pricey. One of them says “Spotted MALE will be 10 pounds $3500”. Now I really want to see that. A full grown pig at 10lbs, heck ya. $3500 HELL NO!!!
The lady that contacted me said that her pig is 2 years old and 92lbs. That is slightly larger than the eight to 12 pounds as promised.
I wanted to bring this to everyone’s attention to see if anyone has a pig from this person that has stayed under 20lbs and let you know that
I added them to my directory ( www.minipigfarm.com/directory ) if you would like to write a review on them or anyone else.
I really want to stop breeders from ripping people off. I am not saying that they are doing that, I am wanting to find out more about them first lol. People get really attached to their pigs and I believe a lot of breeders depend on that. So once they get over the desired weight, they keep them ( with any luck) and the breeder never pays for misleading the customer.
Please help me stop the bad breeders by commenting on the my directory or allowing me to use your comments from here.

Tell us about your mini pig experience

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3Do you have a story that you would like the world to see? Are you ready to share your experience with other pet pig owners? We are actively searching for like minded people, with experience in mini pigs, micro pigs, teacup piggies, etc, who want to tell their story. There are a lot people that buy mini pigs as an impulse buy; and we really want to stop that. Because new pig owners don’t do the research necessary before they buy a pet pig, hundreds of teacup pigs end up finding a new home at a pet pig sanctuary. Unfortunately, the pet pig shelters are only able to accept a limited number of mini pigs due to space and feed costs.
With that said, I really want people to be able to see the pros and cons associated with buying a mini pig, as well as suggestions as to where they can get one, AFTER, they learn what is involved. We can only contribute our experiences, which for the most part have been awesome, but there are hundreds of pet pig owners that haven’t had their voices heard.
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Mini Pig Breeders

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I get a ton of emails from people looking for good mini pig breeders in their area. I put a breeders directory here  and hope to have enough reputable breeders listed so that my visitors won’t have to search forever looking for someone they can trust. I have also included some mini pig vets and pig rescues.
If you happen to know of a mini pig breeder/vet/rescue that you trust, please contact me so that I can add them.  I will contact every one of them before I add them to my site and ask them a few question to determine their validity. I will not list piggy mill type operations. Or people claiming to be a rescue just wanting a hand out. Please make sure the rescue facility is a  501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation.

I have included a rating/review  system on the directory, so please offer your opinion. Even though someone has a great review on my directory site, that does not mean that they are actually honest reviews ( people lie to get your business).

Ask them the following questions before committing to your purchase:
  1. Do you have the parents on the property? ( See how big they are full grown to get an idea of how big your pig will get )
  2. How old are the parents? ( Not full grown until age 3 )
  3. Are your pigs vet checked and up to date on shots? ( Most people don’t use a vet and don’t’ give shots. )
  4. Are they bottle fed or do they stay with their mom for at least 4 weeks. ( It is healthier for the baby to get the nutrition from their mom )
  5. If something happens where I can’t keep my baby, will you take it back (most of the time they will but you won’t get your money back)
  6. Do they offer support if you have a problem. ( Get a phone number )
Hope this helps
If you happen to find one in another state and it needs to be shipped to you, please read my post “When Pigs Fly“. Most people use Delta to ship their pigs. Read that post and you will see why I will never use them again.
Once you get your pig, you should start harness training instantly. I have custom line of pig harnesses, cover-ups and accessories I call Pig Gear.
if you are interested, please visit my site at www.piggear.com.

 

Breeds of mini pigs

Archie Our Micro Pig
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Yes there are different breeds of mini pigs. That doesn’t mean that mini pigs, micro mini pigs, teacup pigs, etc… are the different breeds. All that means is that some people are pretty creative in the way they categorize them.

The below two breeds are the most popular in the states and crossing them has allowed breeders to come up with some pretty unique colors and sizes.

 

  1. Miniature Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs –  These pigs are the most common and the kind that we have bred. Their pot belly is a true sign and that doesn’t mean that they have been over fed, that just means that they are healthy. With that being said, I have seen some that ARE over fed and reach to weights of over 100 pounds. But the normal healthy  weight of a Miniature Vietnamese Potbellied Pig is around 50-60 pounds. They are on average 14-16 inches tall. These piggies also have cute little smooshed up noses.
  2. Juliana – other names for this breed is Juliani and mini painted pigs. One thing that makes this breed so popular is the fact that they stay smaller than the miniature pot bellied breed. Don’t be fooled though, some breeders will claim that their piglets  are Julianas but if the entire  is not spotted, then they are not pure bred.  A healthy weight for this breed is  15-30 pounds and about 10-12 inches tall.

 

We bought a male Juliana/Potbellied cross to breed to our mini potbelly sow in the hopes of raising a smaller more apartment friendly piggy. Unfortunately our little guy couldn’t do the job so he just kinda hangs around now. He is still pretty small weighing in at aprox. 38 lbs and is 13 inches tall.

 

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