The longer I have the fosters, the more I dread having to say goodbye to them, especially Cookie. Although she's still scared, she's really started to look for human contact and affection. She loves to sit on my lap and let me pet her, as long as everything's quiet and I don't make any sudden movements. Faye is still her crazy self, always on the move. She's a great pig, but I think she's going to have a harder time finding a home. She's started biting when she's being carried. I've tried a bunch of different ways to carry her to try to make her more comfortable, but nothing works. She doesn't break the skin, but it definitely hurts, and she's going to need a more experienced home without kids. I've been talking to people I know, trying to see if I can find a good family that's interested in her before she even goes up for adoption. I do have a couple of people who really like her, but nobody who's really looking to adopt another pig right now. I can't take in any more pigs right now, which was originally why I started fostering, but these girls are testing my limits on the adoption front. I can already hardly imagine my house without them.
There is also a pair of PEW boars at the shelter I foster for, and they've been there for almost a month. I've dropped by the shelter multiple times with the excuse that I'm just going to "pick up some more hay", and have found myself spending 15 minutes at their cage. Because they have red eyes, and they're both boars (lots of people think they'll start fighting if they're together), and one of them is a texel who would need to have someone brush his fur, nobody wants to adopt them. It makes me so sad, and I wish that I could adopt them, but I really can't.
The shelter has a single female who needs to be on pregnancy watch that we might start fostering, but we don't have any exact details on her yet. Another long term foster might not be the best right now, as the holidays are coming up, and we still haven't figured out our plans. Early winter is also a super busy time of year for me, so we'll see what happens when we know a little bit more about what exactly the foster would need.
- Supporter 2016-2021
I admire what you do! I know I could NEVER do it! I'd have a house full of piggies! Sending hugs across the miles and oceans to you!
Here are their Petfinder pages, if anyone is interested. As of right now, they don't have any pictures or information up for them, but they will update it once they have a chance to take photos and write a description.
https://www.petfinder.com/small-furry/little-fole-46545136/m ... center-ma38/
https://www.petfinder.com/small-furry/golden-cookie-46545137 ... center-ma38/
Cleo and Charity, on the other hand, are doing well. However, they've seemed a little bored lately. Charity gets mental stimulation from the occasional trick training session, but since Cleo hates learning tricks, I've been struggling to figure out how to keep her mind stimulated. She's a particularly lazy pig, but the good thing is that she loves veggies. The girls have an all-natural woven ice cream cone toy that they recently (after it hung on the side of their cage for weeks) decided they wanted to rip up. Part of the toy was two woven vine balls, with openings on one side. I've been cutting their bell peppers up into smaller pieces and stuffing them into the vine balls. The girls have to push the balls with their noses to get the veggies to fall out, and I've definitely noticed that they've seemed much happier.
A few years ago, I heard from a friend about another way to have them work for their veggies. She used a shoelace and tied it tightly to some grids, high enough that the pigs wouldn't be able to reach it. Then, using small binder clips, she hung their pieces of lettuce from the shoelace, so they would have to reach up to eat the lettuce. I haven't tried it myself, but I thought I would mention it to see if anyone else has.