Potbellied Pig

Have I mentioned that we have a potbellied pig that lives a few houses away from us? In a very short time, he has grown from an adorable, itty-bitty, squealy baby piglet into a full fledged, big fat snorty pig. I don't know what he weighs, but I bet it's a lot. And I mean A LOT.

He is a happy pig.

I usually love when Mr. Pig (yes, that is his name) comes to visit us. It totally cracks me up that you can hear him coming before you ever see him. He is constantly snorting (loudly!) and his tail wags all the time. It really is the cutest thing. EVER.

Last winter, he started visiting us pretty regularly. At first, every few days he would appear on our back deck and he would stand and just look in through our glass door and windows. Then he started showing up more and more frequently until eventually just about every day. Once in awhile he would even stop by twice a day. (he really likes dog biscuits apparently!)

One day I even found him sleeping on our deck. Here he is last winter lounging on our back deck.

Potbellied Pig Sleeping on Deck

Yep, he's a big boy. And it is hilarious to look out your window and find a pig sleeping on your back deck (although we've found a goat on our back deck before too -- I'll have to write about that soon!)

Mr. Pig usually stops by only during the late fall, winter, and early spring.  We just don't see Mr. Pig during the summer. And, since he seems to eat everything he can, that is just fine with me.

Caught on Camera

We use an infrared motion detector camera to keep an eye on our garden and to see what is passing through and what might be eating our garden. We usually see crows, deer and the occasional bunny on the camera.

However, a few nights ago I was surprised (and horrified!) to see Mr. Pig appear on the camera we have pointed on our strawberries and squash. I guess he either jumped the garden fence (I've seen him jump, so I know that's possible, although probably not likely) or walked right through it (more likely the case). But there he was on film walking right down the path next to our strawberries.

Pig in the Garden

Stopping to give them a sniff or 2 between snorts and trying to figure out how to get through the netting to the berries!

Potbellied Pig

And, then he was gone. From what I can tell, not a single thing was eaten in the garden. WHEW!


Guess I need to get out there and reinforce our fence!!

Jul 27 2013

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