How to Become a Pet Pig Foster Mom

February 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Posted in Pig Rescue Organizations | 3 Comments
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Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about following through on one of my life long dreams; to own a pet pig (*). I’ve had many questions about pet pig ownership, some already answered through simple researching. But I still lack the confidence to move forward.

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Here’s me pondering pig fostering

This Wednesday I am actually trying out dog fostering for the first time through Wonder Dog Rescue, a terrific San Francisco-based organization that goes to high kill shelters and saves pups, matching them up with foster parents until the dogs find their forever homes with adopters. (I won’t even know what doggie I’m getting until Wednesday. Exciting, huh?!)

The system really seems to work; folks who cannot commit to adopting a dog can help the cause by fostering (or donating, of course.) Dogs who were once set to be euthanized are saved, and the mobile weekend adoptions match the rescued pooches with new families. Win Win!

The organization provides foster parents with food, collar, even puppy training pads, eliminating restrictive costs from the equation.

Wilbur at 3 months, the day I adopted him

Wilbur at 3 months, the day I adopted him

I chose to foster a dog because, like many people, dog euthanasia really bums me out. But also because I have one dog already (Wilbur, whom I adopted from Wonder Dog) and I want to make sure having a second dog will fit into our lives in a positive way. So fostering seemed like the perfect solution.

So back to my questions; are there any pig rescue organizations in the US (preferably in Northern California) that have foster programs? Or is the very idea of this not a good one for reasons I’m unaware?

Please chime in if you are:

  • aware of any organizations who offer pig fostering;
  • from a pet pig rescue organization with an opinion about whether or not fostering is a viable solution to the problem of unwanted piggies;
  • a pet pig owner who has any advice for a gal considering pet pig ownership.

Thanks Pig Lovers!

*Full disclosure: The truth is I DID own a pig once, but it was not a pot bellied pig. In fact, it was not bred to be a pet pig at all. It was gifted to me when I was a teen by a couple of friends and I only had him for a few months or so before finding him a proper home at a local farm. It’s a long (and funny) story perhaps I’ll share with you one day. In the meantime, for the record I do not count that fleeting moment as pet pig ownership:)

I Found My Kermit!

June 11, 2012 at 4:15 am | Posted in My Pig Collection | 4 Comments
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Hello fellow Pig Lovers,

I have not blogged in a long, long time, but I’ve been meaning to:)

I know you can relate to that. We’ve all got things we’ve been meaning to do, right? I figure, we do what we do when we do it. Why be hard on ourselves?!

Since I last blogged, 2 major things happened in my life:

1. I bought my first house. Oh boy, that was a roller coaster of a ride, but I made it through and now have a home to call my own with plenty of room for my pig collection.

2. I got engaged. I’ve been with my boyfriend, er, fiancee (ha!) Chris for almost 5 years and during a weekend getaway to Carmel, CA he popped the question. It was ridiculously romantic; we were standing in the crashing waves, he told me he loved me and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, and then he said these words, which still cracks me up:

“It’s time to lock this shit down.”

Of course I said yes.

For many, that wouldn’t be a very romantic thing to hear at that particular point, but for me, it was perfect. And that’s what makes him perfect for me. We get each other. What more could you ask for?

Since I’m sharing this news on my Pig Lovers blog, I suppose I should tie this into pigs somehow. Well, here goes:

Suzette and Wilbur enjoying play date

A few days ago my dog Wilbur and I met up with our friend Danielle and her ridiculously adorable daughter Suzette for a little play date by the Bay. Danielle gave me a belated birthday gift, a charming ceramic pig. Later that afternoon, the new pig addition was on my dining room table amongst the clutter; a vase with fresh-cut flowers, some planters, a notebook, an old toy car discovered under the flooring of our new house, a laptop and other random items.

Ceramic white birthday pig peeking out from the mess that is my dining room table

Chris comes home, and within seconds, walks into the kitchen, peers into the dining room, and says to me, “what’s that?” pointing to the white ceramic pig.

Me: “My new pig. Danielle gave it to me.”

Chris: “I think I’ve inherited your pig radar.”

(Pig radar is what I use to describe my sixth sense that enables me to locate pig items in close proximity any time, any where.)

Yep, I’ve found the man for me!

Do you have pig radar?

New Facebook Page and RSS Feed, Time to Go Hog Wild!

July 31, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Posted in Pig News, Pig Rescue Organizations | 1 Comment
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New Pig Lovers Facebook page

Well after a flood of requests (ok, well, 5) I created a Facebook page for pig lovers. It has zero fans as of right now, but there’s only one way to go from here, right? Hopefully it will become yet another happy place for pig lovers everywhere.

(The first one to click “like” is certainly not a rotten egg!)

Oh, in similar news…you can now subscribe to this blog via RSS feed! Thanks to Sherry from Ruby Ranch Pig Sanctuary who emailed me about not being able to subscribe to my RSS feed, I added RSS subscribe buttons. Duh, why I didn’t do that sooner I have no idea.

Ok that’s it for now. Time to get likin’ & subscribin’!

Take Action

To “Like” the Pig Lovers Facebook page: Click the “Like” button towards the top right there, or click on this link;

To Subscribe to RSS feed: click the RSS button (comments or posts) located on the top right, just below the search box and above the Facebook box.

Canadians Share Their Love For Pigs

July 31, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Posted in Pig Gift Ideas, Pig Rescue Organizations, Pigs with Other Animals, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Ruby Ranch Pig Sanctuary namesake "Ruby" Photo Credit: http://www.rubyranch.ca

The other day I got an email from Sherry Burnett. She’s Canadian, eh. She and her husband run a pig santuary in Ontario, Canada called Ruby Ranch Pig Sanctuary. They named the ranch after their very first potbellied pig named, you guessed it, Ruby!

Sherry emailed me:

We love pigs here in Canada too. My husband and I run a small sanctuary with 19 resident pigs, 2 sheep, 2 bunnies, 3 dogs and 3 cats, all rescues. The pigs are definitely our favorites, and have been since we got our first potbellied pig, Ruby, about 8 years ago.

Oooh, I’d love to see some pics with all those animals milling about!

I went on their website to learn more about Ruby Ranch. Here’s how they started:

Ruby was our very first rescue. She was born at a pseudo-sanctuary (a sanctuary that breeds, and has too many animals to properly care for) and when we first set eyes on her, she and her brother were in a bird cage, in a dark and smelly barn. We asked if we could purchase her, and she was sold to us for $50. She was the inspiration for Ruby Ranch. Soon after she joined our family, we reached out to other pig parents, and rescuers. We realized there was a great need for a safe haven for these very misunderstood pets.

I guess the rest is history. Way to go Sherry!

Get Involved:

Visit http://rubyranch.ca to learn more about Ruby Ranch Pig Sanctuary. (You can sponsor a pig, which makes for a super cool gift for that special pig lover in your life, even if that pig lover is YOU!)

Contact Info: email Sherry@RubyRanch.ca

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