Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bacon, the troubled pig!

Hello dear readers and friends!*grin*

Everyone thinks that a farm is not complete unless you have pigs, right? well.. NO!
Let me explain:

8 years ago, for some "unknown" reason my DH came to me and said " Hey baby lets get some baby pigs?"
I was so surprised that he would ask that, but then again, He ( my DH ) is from Miami and "I" am the one to turn him into a farmer....*grin*
I did grow up on a farm and we did have pigs. It was not easy for my parents and the smell... goodness... it was awful!*grin*
Yes, yes, I know ... one CAN raise clean pigs-but I've never seen one!;0

Any now... this is what happened;

My husband 's grandmother (she is now with the Lord) lived in NJ, and eight years ago we thought it was a good idea to do a car trip to visit her.

Mark had bought 6 piglets and the children named them as they thought they should- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Bacon, Porkchops, and Ham... I know that may sound weird, but when children ages 4, 5 , 6 and so comes up with such names, we laugh and let it be. The children absolutely loved taking left overs to the pigs for their meals, and we soon found out that our piglets did NOT care for peas and beans......*grin*

They were adorable!!!!

About six weeks after we purchased our piglets, we left for our trip.

I am smiling as my mind goes back to that day... yes ...the day that we returned from the trip!:O

Well... our trip took about a week .We hired someone to feed the animals while we were gone.

As we were arriving and driving through the drive way , at our first pasture we saw the cattle running very strangely .
We stopped the van and ran to see what was going on. Apparently the pigs did not want to wait for us and I have a feeling that the young man did not feed them THAT day....
The pigs dug holes around the pen and escaped!!!

I had never seen mad cows before this time... oh boy! Cows HATE pigs, I can testify to that! The cows were acting so crazily , running trying to step on the pigs. I panicked!

Immediately I was delegating everyone in what to do. The children were chasing the pigs and as one would grab one , it would slip out of their hands and all would start all over again.
I was dying laughing holding my youngest , at the time only 2 , because he too seemed to want to run and take part of the fun.

I kept yelling at my husband " grab the pig" but it did not look right... it was hilarious.

After about 3 hours of chasing, the children and my husband were exhausted and so dirty , I could not tell the difference between them and the pigs...hehe and of course , they smelled terrible.....:)

We realized that day that we would have to build new pens which had deeper foundations, and I also learned that day while farmers add rings to pigs nose... so they can't dig!

We did not keep the pigs for too long, as the smell would come to my kitchen door every time we opened the door... but I do have some fond memories- and the most important to me , was the memories the "we" made as a family!

Here is my pig.... he is just like Bacon... well... I was tempted to name him but collectors may not understand why as i did not write about it on my listing....;)
He is a charming pig , and in his eyes you can see he has some interesting stories to share.

Good night... sweet dreams!*grin*


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

What a GREAT story Pat!! I just laughed myself silly... yes, there are some really good memories for the family to share.
I think your pig is magnificent!
Great work dear friend...
Love and blessings,

BlacknickSculpture said...

That is a great story Patricia! And (as always) your pig sculpture is wonderful! :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OMGOODNESS. Dearest, you are unbelievable. He even appears to have mud on his SNOUT!!! OK, off I go to work....I would so love to stay at the farm and just relax. LOVE! Nita

Eliana said...

Oinc, Oinc... eu sou cor de rosa! :)
Ele é lindo, Patricia!

CWPoppets said...

That's funny. We could make a pig family. Because I just finished a sow with her two piglets. They are just waiting for the pig maid to be finished ... :-)
Wish you a lovely week.

Ilona said...

OMG, I had laughed so much that my belly aches, Tita!! What a great (family)story! Your lovely pig is anyhow a masterpiece. Hugs, Ilona

Ascension said...

Una gran hitoria para un gracioso cerdito, te ha quedado tan real que parece que se revolcara en el barro en cualquier momento jejej
besitos ascension

Maria Ireland said...

Wonderful funny story thank you for sharing. Your pig is amazing.
Hugs Maria

Basketcase Miniatures said...

You've done a wonderful job on Bacon - he's gorgeous! Sounds as if you all had a wonderful time rounding up the pigs!