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March 9, 1998

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Squiggly, the Pet of the Day
Name: Squiggly
Age: Four years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Mexican Pig
Home: Terra Cotta, Ontario, Canada
   Squiggly is a four-year-old Mexican Pig. She is similar to a Pot Belly Pig except that she is slightly larger, has big pointy ears, and is completely hairless. Squiggly lives with us on our hobby farm in Terra Cotta, Ontario, Canada. This picture was taken in the summer. Squiggly doesn't like to come out much during the winter. Squiggly thinks she is a dog! She plays with our dogs when they run around the front yard chasing each other. There is one exception, Squiggly always comes when she is called, the dogs don't.

    Squiggly was given to us by a young couple from Ottawa, Ontario. They purchased her when she was just a little wiener. She was the runt of the litter and very small. However, she eventually grew too large for them to keep. They heard that we have a number of animals that we have rescued over the years and offered her to us. They drove Squiggly here in the back of their pickup. The drive took them about six hours each way. And they have returned several times just to visit!

    Squiggly vocalizes a great deal. She mostly grunts but also squeals if she is upset or excited. She is always excited at feeding time. A pig is a very noisy pet!

    Squiggly is fully grown and weighs about 130 lbs. She tends to put on weight unless her diet is restricted (don't we all). In the winter she eats a mixture of commercial pig food, dog kibble, corn, bread, apples, carrots, melons and grapes. A particular favorite is pineapple but as it is so expensive she only gets it if the local supermarket has some on sale. In the summer she eats the above plus all the grubs she can root from the lawn and the top of any flowering plant she comes across.

    She also gets treats with the dogs. If she feels that she has been shortchanged she butts against your leg with her snout until she gets her fair share. The dogs don't seem to mind her presence but we have had some doggie visitors that practically lose their minds the first time that Squiggly comes trotting along.

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