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Henry Hawg–Part I

August 22, 2009
Henry Ball

Henry with his ball--8 wks. old

A potbelly piglet at 2 weeks old.

A potbelly piglet at 2 weeks old.

One Saturday, Rick came home from working a half day and told me to get dressed for town. He wanted to take me to a really cool place but wouldn’t tell me anything else.
We drove into the Faytown–the big city down the road about 25 miles. He pulled up and parked in front of a house and we walked around the back. There, in the fenced backyard, were 7 little potbelly pigs!

Oh my god, they were so cute! The lady that lived there bred them for sale for $50 each. But she was very picky about who she sold to. She said before we could buy one, we had to go to the pet store and buy the “Raising and Caring for Potbelly Pigs” book and to read it thoroughly. She said we could come back after we’d read the book. She wanted new owners to be aware of everything that pertained to the pigs to ensure they were taken care of properly.

We bought the book and went home and read it through and through. They require pig feed with a certain amount of protein in it and to be fed once in the morning and once at night. They need old blankets or rags to ‘root’ under and hide. They love unsalted popcorn and can have that at anytime and is used for training purposes as a reward. They need a large litter box with pine shavings to potty train until they’re big enough to go outdoors. They need a doghouse of their own for when they’re big enough to stay outdoors. The doghouse must be layered with straw for insulation and rooting under. They need something for water play and cooling off, we had the pond so that was already taken care of. They loved to play with balls of all sizes. We learned a lot that day!

The next day, we went back to Faytown and bought all we would need and went back to the lady’s house. Out of the 7 piglets, there was only one black and white male. The rest were pink or white and females. They were already spayed or neutered and had their tusks removed ( a small bone on each side of their back teeth). I wanted the male. The lady asked us many questions and I was able to answer all of them correctly. We paid her the money and put the piglet in a box for the ride home. He wouldn’t let me hold him and he hated being picked up! He would squeal like he was dying! The lady told us all pigs had a fear of heights so we would have sit on the floor and let him come to us. So, into the box he went and we got to listen to pig screams for the entire 1/2 hour drive home.

When we got home, we unloaded all the supplies. I put a large pillow on the floor, behind the couch under the kitchen table, for his bed and an old towel on top of it for him to get under.  I figured he would feel safe there tucked back out of the way. I set up his food and water bowls and put his litter box in the kitchen near his bed. Then, we turned the box he was in on it’s side so he could come out when he was ready, and we left him alone. We gave him his space so he could get used to his surroundings. He slept in the box all night and never came out to potty, eat or anything. He was scared, a little tiny 5 pound scaredy pig!

I named him Henry–Henry Hawg. Stay tuned for Part II…….

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2009 1:26 pm

    Oh, how cute…I hope you post again soon!!
    Want to know what happened next!!

  2. August 22, 2009 1:33 pm

    :)))) Can’t wait for the next installment.

  3. August 22, 2009 2:06 pm

    Too cute!
    More info how long did you have him, how big did he get and how did your dogs react?

  4. August 22, 2009 2:18 pm

    Thank you Jonie, Judi, and Nancy!
    Nancy, you have to wait until the next post! 😉

  5. pioneerjo permalink
    August 22, 2009 7:54 pm

    OMG! How cute! A potbelly is one animal I have wanted but never owned. They are adorable and very smart! Good to have you posting again!

    Joey

  6. August 22, 2009 8:17 pm

    Thanks Joey! There’ more to come eventually! I loved my Henry and have many tales to tell!

  7. August 23, 2009 2:37 am

    He looks so so cute, I never heard of anyone having one, look forward to hearing more!

  8. August 23, 2009 11:20 am

    Thank you Kate. There’s more to tell. Be patient. 😉

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