I am an On-site Manager for a Material Handling Equipment Company. I am happily married to my soul mate, who had passed away in April. I am a proud mommy of a 1 beautiful daughter, 2 mini pigs, a dog and a chinchilla.
I got my first pig on a spur of the moment vacation to Texas when I was visiting family. Back then I thought they would only get to be about 20 pounds max. Little did I know at that time, that wasn’t the truth. The girl I got my pig from was very honest, and Leine was a foster pig probably only 10 days old and weighed in at 2lbs(never should have been away from his mom). He melted my heart when I picked him up and fed him. Now on the other hand, my husband being the wise guy he always was asked if she had full grown “mini” pigs so that I could see if I could handle taking care of it. Once I saw them, I knew that I could do this…It couldn’t be hard, right!!!! Boy was I wrong. We had to fly him home from Dallas to Chicago…that was a nightmare, he was treated like livestock loaded in the cargo area of the plane….He was 2 pounds and so small, I feared he would be dead when we landed back home. At that moment I realized, pigs were misunderstood animals and it was my goal to fight for their rights.
I have a lot of friends who consult me when they want to buy a pig. I love being able to educate people on them. They are not the easiest animals to care for or even deal with some days, but the love they give is unconditional. I had no idea that having a pig would help my anxiety and depression, but that pig gave me a purpose in life and a reason to keep going. He depended on me to take care of him and showed me so much love.
I met the members of Perfectly Pigs in one of the support groups. I knew when I met them that I wanted to part of the organization. With teamwork we can educate people, help fight abuse and unethical breeders. It is my duty to help educate people before they buy their first mini pig, so it doesn’t end up in foster care or taken for slaughter, because they got too big and the breeder swore it would only be 20lbs for the rest of its life. Education is key.