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.

 

 

 

 

WOW! More piggy Jewelry

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Vickie has been pretty busy. We have just posted some more of her jewelry on PigGear.

If you love pigs, then you will love the bracelets and necklaces that Vickie makes. Beware though, it might be pretty hard to choose one so you might have to pick a couple so that you can match your attire for the day.

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She has necklaces for men too, so don’t worry. Vickie doesn’t want to discriminate again all of you pig lovin’ men.

The Women’s chain is 20 inches, Men’s chain is 23 inches. Chains are silver plated.

 


There are multiple bracelets to choose from, and no two are the same. Vickie shows pride in her work, so no cheap stuff here.

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See More at PigGear.com

 

Are your taxes done? Mine aren’t


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So now that tax time is coming to an end, and of course I am still not finished with mine, I was wondering something. Since pigs are still considered livestock in most places, does that mean that I can claim their feed, enclosures, blankets, etc… as farm expenses? My guess is that knowing our government they will say no because my pigs are pets. so why is it that if things work to our benefit, it isn’t ok but if it works to theirs than it is?

My problem is, we have to fight tooth and nail in order to convince our local government to allow pigs in residential areas because they are “Still considered Swine” and then we have to fight again if we want to claim them as swine on our taxes. It’s kinda funny to me how people ( us included) try to bend every rule that we can when it benefits us.

I guess since I am not a fan of audits, I should stay clear of this one.

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.

 

Fleece Cover up @ PigGear.com

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Style your mini pig in the fleece cover with fringe. This will this keep your mini pig warm on the cold days.

Include your mini pig’s measurements with your order for a more custom fit.

I can add your pigs name on the back in jewel for an additional $5 or embroider it for $10.

We have multiple colors to choose from, so create your own style.

 

Visit Pig Gear to More information

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Style your mini pig in the fleece cover with fringe. This will this keep your mini pig warm on the cold days.

Include your mini pig’s measurements with your order for a more custom fit.

I can add your pigs name on the back in jewel for an additional $5 or embroider it for $10.

We have multiple colors to choose from,  so create your own style.

Visit PigGear.com  to purchase.

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Visit Pig Gear to More information