Archive for June, 2010

Pot Belly Pig Sanctuary Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

June 25, 2010

The Happy Rails Farm and Animal Sanctuary houses over 1,300 animals, including pot belly pigs, horses, chickens and goats.

According to Cleveland.com, Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Sunday June 27 from 12:00pm-5:00pm. The Ravenna sanctuary was founded by Annette and Ross Fisher and has taken in over 1,300 farm animals over the last 10 years. The couple, along with about 100 volunteers raise money and care for the animals’ needs; treating injuries, malnutrition and emotional stress. Volunteers also take animals to visit nursing home residents.

The Fishers have rescued animals ranging from pigeons to pot belly pigs and provide each and every one of the rescued critters with plenty of tender love and care. They’ve taken in animals from Scioto County, Brimfield Township, Deerfield Township, Trumbull County, Ross County and just recently rescued eight horses from Orange. They also rehabilitate former Amish plow and buggy horses and teach Amish farmers how to take better care of their horses used for such activities.

This Sunday, tour Happy Trails Farm and Animal Sanctuary for a donation fee of $10 for adults or $5 for children between 6-12 years old. Younger kids are free. Visitors may pet the goats, ponies, chickens, sheep, pot belly pigs and horses that reside on the sanctuary. Happy Trails will also provide free cruelty-free vegan desserts and beverages to guests.

For more information, read the full story on Cleveland.com or visit the Happy Trails Web site.

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7 Things You Can Do Today to Better Care for Your Potbellied Pig

June 17, 2010

Give your pot bellied pig a wading pool to cool off in during the summer.

Owning a pot bellied pig is definitely a commitment. However, caring for your pot bellied pig doesn’t have to be hard. All it takes to successfully raise a pot bellied pig is some tender love and care. If you’re a new pot belly pig owner and you’re feeling a little lost, these 7 tips can help you care for your new pet.

In the beginning, decide if you want you’re pig to be an indoor or outdoor pig. Pigs can be trained to use a litter box or go to the bathroom outside, so decide which you would like to teach your pig. Many people little box train pot belly pigs when they are very young and then teach them to go outside when they are about 6 months old. As your pig gets older, you can tell if he or she is an outdoor or indoor pig by nature just by noticing how often your pig wants to be let outside.

Pig-proof your home. Pigs are very smart, this makes them naturally curious, which could get them into trouble. Restrict access to electrical cords, cleaning chemicals and anything else you don’t want your piggy getting into that could harm him or her. Use toddler gates to block off parts of the house that you don’t want your pig entering.

Make a personal space for your potbellied pig. It could be either a whole room, or just a large bed (pile of blankets) for your pig. If you have an outdoor pig, he or she needs a waterproof shelter, such as a shed. Pigs are private animals and like to have their own area to sleep and eat.

Spend time with your potbellied pig every day. Since pigs are very smart animals, they tend to get bored easily. Provide toys for your pig and spend quality time playing with him or her every day. If it’s nice out, let your pig go outside. Even an indoor pig needs to spend some time outside to exercise and root in the dirt.

Provide the proper food for your pot bellied pig. There is specially designed pig feed to give your pot belly as well as fruits and veggies. Don’t give your pig dog, cat or human food.

Find a qualified veterinarian that can see your pig for regular check-ups and shots. Make sure they’ve had experience with potbellied pigs before to ensure they’ve had the proper training.

Get a wading pool for your pig to go in outside. Pigs only sweat on their snouts so it’s very easy for them to get overheated in hot temperatures. A pool will let the cool down and feel more comfortable.

As you can see, owning a pot belly pig does take work, but the kind of companionship your pig provides is unlike any other reward. Enjoy each other’s company, spend time together and provide your pig with the proper food and shelter and he or she will enjoy a long healthy life.

Searching for the Truth About Teacup Pot Belly Pigs

June 11, 2010

Teacup pot belly pigs are adorable, but don't be fooled, they aren't available in the U.S. yet.

Teacup pot belly pigs have been seen as a new craze lately, especially in the celebrity world. The Today Show did a segment about teacup pot belly pigs in England. These pot belly pigs weigh only about 9 ounces when born and grow to be about the size of a small dog and weigh about 65 pounds. If this is true, they do stay a lot smaller than standard pot belly pigs that generally weigh between 120-150 pounds. However, these teacup pot belly pigs are not available in the United States yet. As of today, the rare mix between the Tamworth, Kune Kune and Gloucester Old Spot breeds are only available in England.

Although the “real” teacup pot belly pigs, also called micropigs are only available in England, many breeders in the U.S. still claim they are selling micropigs. However, according to Pigs4Ever, a pot belly pig gift and information site, these breeders are telling customers that pigs will stay small if they are not fed a lot. Pigs4Ever calls these “backyard breeders” and states that this scam will cause serious health problems and deformities in pot belly pigs and often lead to a premature death. The site also says that although many breeders claim to have a special line or breed, they don’t. As of now, all pot belly pigs in North American and Hawaii come from the same line.

So what is the truth about teacup pot belly pigs, do they actually stay small? Lifelong pig lover and book author, Priscilla Valentine said in a Zimbio magazine article that she knows of many people who thought they were buying micro or teacup pot belly pigs and found out the hard way that as they grew into adults they exceeded the promised weight. Some people were told the pigs would only weigh 25 pounds and in reality they ended up weighing over 100 pounds. This happens to many people and sadly results in the pig’s abandonment, whether they are left on the street or dropped off at a shelter. The moral of this story? Do your research! Real teacup pigs are not available in the U.S. yet, so do not expect to get a pig that will only grow as large as a small dog from a breeder in America. Research reputable breeders, or consider adopting one of the many abandoned pigs if you are looking for an addition to your family.