I had a few spare minutes last night so I thought I’d build a few permanent steps for the pets to get into their little house. It was a fairly quick project – just put together a form, levelled things and added concrete! I’d finished things but then I thought I’d add Monty and Jack into the mix – another little memorial – so I jotted their names into the wet concrete before it set!
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….