Archive for March, 2010

How Did You Celebrate National Pig Day?

March 26, 2010

How did you spend National Pig Day with your pot belly pig?

National Pig Day was March 1st, it has been celebrated every March 1st since 1972.

The holiday was started by a North Carolina woman, Mary Lynne Rave, and her sister Ellen Stanley of Texas. In 1980 the ladies explained to the Virgin Islands Daily News that the idea behind the holiday is “to accord to the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.”

According to the brief, celebrations were held in which pink pig punch was served and pink ribbon pigtails were tied around trees to honor the pigs.

This year, according to the LA Times, a pre-pig day party was held the Friday Feb. 26, by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The group invited the public to make a giant fruit salad for three pot belly pigs at a local shelter.

If you missed National Pig Day this year, why not make your own fruit dish for adoptable pot belly pigs at your local shelter? Popular National Pig Day activities also include, pigging out on your favorite foods, baking pig cookies or cupcakes and watching Charlotte’s Web or Babe on DVD.

What did you and your pot belly pig do to celebrate National Pig Day?

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Rules for Taking Your Potbelly Pig on an Airplane

March 19, 2010

Delta is the only airline that allows animals to fly without their owners.

It is not uncommon for people to bring their pets with them on an airplane. How else are you going to get your furry friend to Disney World with you and your family? Although it’s not unheard of to bring pets on board, there are different policies for each airline as to where your pet is allowed to ride and it’s no different for your potbelly pig.

Delta Airlines has a strict policy of no potbelly pigs allowed in the cabin area. Although dogs, cats and household birds are allowed to travel in the cabin with you for a one way fee of $125, potbelly pigs do not get that option, most likely because of their size (they usually weigh between 120-150 lbs).

Pot belly pigs are also not allowed to ride as checked baggage at Delta Airlines. This option is reserved only for cats, dogs, household birds, guinea pigs, rabbits and hamsters. All other animals, including potbelly pigs must be shipped as cargo. Depending on how large your potbelly pig is, this could cost between $178-$689.

Shipping your potbellied pig as cargo might make you feel uneasy, but Delta assures pet owners that their Delta Pet First Service will treat your potbelly pig with care and make sure he/she will arrive at your destination safe and sound. However, to make sure everything goes smoothly, you must book your pet’s U.S. flight at least 24 hours in advance. International pet shipments should be booked at least 3 days in advance and a maximum of 30 days in advance.

Your potbelly pig will travel from origin to destination with Delta DASH shipments in a climate-controlled, pressurized environment. Upon arrival of the destination city, your potbelly pig will be carefully delivered to the Delta Cargo Facility within an hour, which is where you can pick him/her up when your arrive.

Although shipping your potbelly pig as cargo is safe, it can be a stressful experience for your pet. To make sure your pet is comfortable and save, Delta offers these shipping tips:

  • Make sure your pot bellied pig is familiar with the kennel it will be traveling in.
  • Take your potbelly pig for a long walk before the flight and keep him/her as calm as possible prior to boarding. Don’t put the leash in the kennel with your pig.
  • Make sure your potbelly pig has identification tags with your home address and phone number.
  • Don’t put a muzzle or choke collar on your potbelly pig before the flight. It can be dangerous for your pig when he/she is alone.

Following these tips along with checking the weather and health requirements will allow you peace of mind when your potbellied friend is traveling. Have a fun and safe trip!

Pot belly Pigs Given Away to Celebrities at the Golden Globes

March 12, 2010

Vouchers for micro pot belly pigs were given away at this year's Golden Globe Awards.

This year at a 2010 Golden Globes swag suite, guests were given vouchers in their gift bags to receive a free miniature pot belly pig. To accompany this, they had a cute live miniature pot belly pig at the suite for celebrities to play with. The company offering the vouchers, Patty’s Royal Dandie Miniature Pet Pig, usually sells the miniature pot belly pigs for about $4,500, but for celebrities who take a class on how to care for them, they are free.

Pot belly pigs are wonderful pets, if you are someone who has enough time to care for them. They are highly intelligent (the 4th on the intelligence list) and usually sweet, sensitive, clean and odorless. However, because of their high intelligence level, they can easily become bored if not given attention and become destructive. Also it can be difficult to find a vet with health care knowledge to treat pot bellied pigs and many zoning laws do not allow them as pets. Every year hundreds of pot belly pigs are abandoned or die because owners do not know how to care for them.

It is probably for these reasons that P.E.T.A. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is opposed to pot belly pigs being kept as pets. They have publicly spoken out against celebrities such as Paris Hilton for owning one.

Other celebrity fans of pot belly pigs include, David and Victoria Beckham, Rupert Grint, George Clooney and Charlotte Church.

At least there is a small level of responsibility in the swag suite, after all, potential celebrity pot belly pig owners must take a care class before redeeming their voucher. But with the busy lives most stars have, is it really a good idea for them to be owning such high maintenance pets?