Maybe three weeks ago, Josée asked me about adding another animal to our growing menagerie. We talked about another dog, perhaps additional farm cats – even more chickens (see John 15:13). Our long-term plan includes sheep and possibly beef cattle but more than likely that is a 2011 project. Anyway, I figured that one more pet wouldn’t really make a huge difference; we have lots of space, we enjoy our pets and they have a good life with us.
A week or two passed and the subject wasn’t raised. Early this week, I found a link in my inbox: “Pot-bellied pig looking for a good home”. Strange, I thought, why would she send a link on this topic. We planned to raise pigs for meat but to my knowledge I didn’t think pot-bellies were meat pigs. I was right.
Monty, a 5 month old pot-bellied pig, lived in Victoria and as his owners were being asked to leave the home they were renting and could not find another pig-friendly abode, they had to put him up for adoption. And the lucky winners are/were? You guessed it; we now have a pig wandering around our house.
Surprisingly, I’ve quite taken to Monty. He is very clean, house-trained, inquisitive and friendly. He’s quite a smart pig too – IQ rates above most dogs! Charlotte and Oliver, my brother’s kids, absolutely love him and I think he will become a nice friend for them over the years. He lives up to his namesake, Bernard Montgomery, hero of El Alamein and massively decorated British veteran: bold, unafraid of Great Danes and Mastiffs (both of whom outweight him by 100 pounds) and not afraid to exert his personality.
Stay tuned for more Monty updates….