Yesterday was a big day for the new boy: he hung with the herd and even got a little muddy.
We are talking about the white potbelly pig. He came to The Farm Way four weeks ago with the name Hank and a couple of nuts (and we aren't talking about the kind from trees). Prior to taking him in, we had our dear friend and healer, Cynthia, check in with him. She said he was excited to come to the farm but was nervous about fitting in. Well, after meeting him and realizing he wasn't neutered we absolutely understood his concerns. At nearly a year and a half, he was all hormones. When we say he tried to mount everything here on the farm, we are not exaggerating!
During this chaotic hormonal time for him he did not respond to much of anything, especially his given name. So we tried out some other names - Frank, Frankie, Francis, Boris, Horndog, Joey, etc. Frankie was close. And then one day about two weeks after he was neutered, Himebaugh was chatting away with him (yes, we talk with our animals all the time) and out came the phrase: Frankie goes to Hollywood. The pig perked up and paid attention for the first time. We have been calling him Hollywood ever since.
He still prefers to keep on a paved path and scratch against vehicles (he did come from Chicago). However, each day he is becoming more and more a part of The Farm Way's herd. We are super grateful that we have the means and the space (thanks to the support from our human herd!) to take in this boy and allow him to live a life that is as close to his natural state of being as possible. Just think about it: by no fault of his own, his alternative was a small second bedroom in a small Chicago apartment.
In our experience, we have found that there is no such thing as a mini pig, mini as in micro. There are breeders saying their pigs will stay 45 lbs or less. This is only possible if the pig is starved. Hollywood is considered small. He weighs in at 86 lbs.
In the fall of 2011, Mike and I moved to a small farm in Central Illinois where we immediately found ourselves rescuing horses. The rescue was not part of our original plan, but we felt the calling while doing a search for a pair of ponies we did plan on caring for on the farm. Since childhood, my entire extended family and I have been horse owners. Mike and I wanted to continue this tradition. Upon searching the internet for a pair of ponies, we were overwhelmed with the number of horses that needed a rescue and/or a home.