Update on Oscar

I have wanted to provide an update on Oscar for a long time but have struggled to find the right words to say. I started this blog right after we brought Oscar home because I was having trouble finding information about day-to-day life with a mini pig. Although I had done my research on mini pigs, I had no idea what to expect when we brought him home. I loved writing this blog and sharing about Oscar because he meant the world to me and also because it helped connect me to other “pig people”, many who were amazing resources to me as a new pig parent.

Although I knew I wanted a mini pig and was excited about bringing Oscar home, what I didn’t expect was how hard it would be at times and, at the same, how much I could love a pig. Oscar became my world. He is funny, charming, incredibly aware, sweet, cuddly, and so much more than I ever expected. I hope that my love for Oscar came through in his blog, and I also hope that it still shows as I write this update.

One of my goals with the blog was to be completely honest about life with Oscar. I didn’t want it to be a “highlight reel” of only the best moments. I wanted to be open about the tough days too. My reasoning was that, while pigs are amazing animals, I wanted people to know what they were getting into when deciding whether or not to bring a mini pig home. It doesn’t help potential owners orΒ pigs if I only share the good and leave out important information about the struggles and harder days of owning Oscar.

In remaining true to the reason I started this blog, I want to update on why I stopped writing and where Oscar is now. It has taken me so long because I needed some time to decide where I stood on mini pig ownership and the message I wanted to send.

One of the biggest struggles we had while owning Oscar was his relationship with our dog, Rylee. Although they started out having a decent relationship, that changed over time and as Oscar outgrew Rylee. I wrote several posts on their relationship and our challenges with it, which you can read in this previous post. Their relationship grew more and more tense, with Oscar challenging Rylee any time they crossed paths in the house. Since Oscar was eventually so much bigger than Rylee, it became a real issue we had to deal with. Oscar would charge at and corner her while trying to bite, and Rylee was small and old enough that she would occasionally fight back but couldn’t sufficiently stand her ground. Eventually, she started spending almost all day under our bed because it was the only place where Oscar couldn’t get to her. When she did come out, she would sneak around the house trying to avoid him. Ultimately, we decided the risk to her safety was too high and her quality of life was quickly decreasing, and we had to make a decision. This was a horrible decision and took several months for me to finally make. I loved Oscar to death, but Rylee was already 11 years old and I had made a commitment to her that I felt I needed to keep.

We looked for a long time for the right place for Oscar which was an excruciating process. I only wanted him to go somewhere he would be happy. After talking with several families and nothing being the right fit, I contacted Hog Haven Farm in Colorado to see if they would be the right place for him and to see if they had space. Erin at Hog Haven was so helpful and answered all of my questions, and we decided that was the right place for him.

Oscar taking over the guest bed at Hog Haven Farm.

The day we packed Oscar up to take him to Hog Haven was one of the worst days of my life. I absolutely did not want to give him up. I loved him so much, and he just made my days brighter. Cuddling with Oscar was hands down the best part of every day. I had full intentions of keeping him forever, so I was devastated and heartbroken and extremely embarrassed to be taking him to a new home. I knew he would be loved at Hog Haven Farm, but I wasn’t sure if he would adjust well or if he would get along with other pigs or if he would even be okay without us.

We arrived at Hog Haven to a warm welcome from Erin. She was helpful and compassionate as I stood there bawling and trying to figure out how I was going to be able to say goodbye and walk away from Oscar. Oscar wandered around a bit with one of the other pigs, Morty, and seemed to be doing okay for being in such a new situation. We got in the car to come home, and I felt so empty. I felt like I was doing what I had to do for Rylee, but that pig had come into my life and had changed it. Yes, we had hard days and struggled, but I also had no idea how much I would come to love and adore him.

That was back in January, so how is Oscar now? He is doing amazingly well. Actually, within a day of us dropping him off at Hog Haven, he found a “girlfriend.” Her name is Annabelle, and she was also new to Hog Haven. They quickly bonded, and Erin and her husband, Andrew, have actually decided to keep both Oscar and Annabelle as their own instead of adopting them out. As Oscar does, he wiggled his way into Erin’s heart as well. He is a therapy pig and goes to nursing homes with Erin and performs his tricks for everyone. He has made other pig friends, loves the mud, and is living like a king there at Hog Haven Farm. So, although the decision was so hard, I am at least content that he is happy and we made the right decision for him. He was also a star on the Denver news when Erin took Oscar and Annabelle to show them off for National Pig Day and, more importantly, to educate people about mini pigs. Here is the link to see Oscar on the news.

Oscar with his adorable “girlfriend”, Annabelle

In fact, I truly think Oscar is happier at Hog Haven than he ever was with us. This was hard for me to accept for a while, despite how happy I was that he loved being at Hog Haven. I felt like we did everything we could for him, including giving him tons of time, attention, and training. However, one thing I’ve struggled with is seeing how happy he is with his pig friends and especially with his girlfriend, Annabelle. Pigs don’t always get along and that’s one of the reasons we never got a second pig as a friend for him, but he has really thrived around the other pigs there.

Oscar hanging out with Annabelle

I am incredibly grateful for Hog Haven Farm and for the work Erin and Andrew are doing. As I’ve had a chance to get to know Erin more, she is such a kind, compassionate person. She truly is just one of the “good people” in this world, and I am forever grateful to her for being able to give Oscar such a good home. He is happy, and that’s all we wanted for him. If you are looking for more updates on Oscar, I encourage you to look up/like/friend Hog Haven Farm on Facebook and Instagram. Erin shares pictures of Oscar every once in a while and, if you followed his blog, I know you will enjoy seeing pictures of him happy in his new home. Also, his teeth are still ridiculously adorable.

I’ve also learned a lot from Erin throughout this process. We are not alone in our struggle with pigs and dogs. People talk a lot about how pigs are often rehomed or given up due to size, but dogs are the second biggest reason for surrender. Some pigs and dogs do fine together and some don’t. However, as two different species, they really don’t coexist well. Although Oscar was bigger than Rylee and was causing a risk to her safety, it is more commonly pigs who are harmed by dogs. Pigs are prey animals and dogs are predators, and that can result in tragic situations if not carefully watched. Erin currently has three pigs at Hog Haven who are missing ears from dog attacks, and unfortunately situations between dogs and pigs can end up even worse. Β When things go wrong, pigs just aren’t able to defend themselves. In our case, things were fine between Oscar and Rylee until they weren’t. I was that animal lover who said I would never give up a pet, but in this case it was one pet I loved and made a commitment to versus another.

Oscar in his mud pool at Hog Haven

I’ve considered making this a space to share more about what I’ve learned and provide occasional updates on Oscar, but I haven’t decided for sure yet. I have had a lot of time to think about what I wish I would have known and what information about mini pig ownership still needs to be shared so that people can make informed decisions about mini pigs.

What I do know is that I still believe pigs are amazing creatures. I still love Oscar dearly and still miss him every single day. We have a lot of “Remember when Oscar used to…” moments in our home, and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about him. We had our struggles and frustrations, but I had no idea the lasting impact he would have in our lives that day we brought him home.

Oscar exploring and enjoying rooting around in the mud at Hog Haven.
Oscar getting extra special rooting and exploring time at Hog Haven for his 2nd birthday.
  • All photos in this post taken and provided by Erin Brinkley-Burgardt at Hog Haven Farm

23 thoughts on “Update on Oscar”

  1. Thank you for sharing Oscar’s story. You are not alone. I have given serious consideration to re-homing my pig after being bit and gored twice requiring stitches and lots of antibiotics. They not only bully other animals, but also their owners occasionally. Fortunately, his behavior improved over the years–he’ll be four next week.
    I appreciate your honesty, and I will continue to look for Oscar’s sweet smile on Hog Haven’s Instagram page.

    1. Hi Amanda! Thank you for sharing that. We also had our challenges with aggression and bullying. We worked with and handled everything we could until the situation with Rylee became too serious to ignore. I know that aggression is a common issue with pigs, and it’s such a hard one to work through. As you might have read, we tried Move the Pig and then I stopped that technique and tried some others when MTP wasn’t fixing the issue. We were able to manage his aggression a bit, but a lot of it was with behavior change from us or putting him away when family came over in order to keep him from charging. I’m so glad to hear the behavior has improved for yours and hopefully it stays that way and continues on a good path. It’s something that people don’t talk about enough and can be a tough issue, especially for people with kids or senior/less capable pets like in our case.

      Definitely continue to look for him on Hog Haven’s page. Oscar still has those ridiculous teeth, and they always make my day when Erin posts pictures of him. Thanks for your kind comment! It’s helpful for people who stumble on the blog to read about other experiences and not just mine, so thank you for sharing.

  2. We, too, have had “growing pains” with Lulu (Desilu_the_mini_pig). I had posted something on IG last Saturday & realized I had not seen or heard anything about Oscar in quite awhile. We, too, are experiencing a negative change in the relationship between Lulu & Otis, our Basset Hound. The biggest problem we are having is that she is aggressive toward anyone that comes in our house or hangs out on our back deck. She charges unexpectedly & tries to nip and sometimes outright bite adults or children. Lulu was 1 in May and is 50 lbs. She is obsessed with her daddy & insists on being in his lap anytime he’s sitting down. Because of the aggressive behavior, we have talked about finding a more suitable home for her. Everytime I think about her not being here on a daily basis, it makes me so sad and I feel like we have betrayed her trust. I waited 3 years in deciding to get her & felt like we were prepared to add her to our family. I still don’t regret our decision & I do feel like Mini Livestock in Cleveland, Georgia was a reputable source. It gives me hope to hear Oscar’s update and I’m thrilled that Erin decided to keep him & Annabelle and give them a worthwhile purpose as Therapy Pigs. I look forward to more updates & will follow them on their website & IG. As hard as it was, it sounds like you made the right decision for everyone involved!

    1. Hi Jamie! Thank you for commenting about Lulu! I feel like I could have written most of your comment myself because it’s so similar to what we experienced with Oscar. The issue with Rylee was the one we eventually couldn’t handle as the stress/fear was taking a serious toll on Rylee’s health. However, we also had issues with aggression and charging when people came to our house. I got pretty used to Oscar’s charging and learned to stand my ground, but we had grown men run from Oscar when he would charge at them. I completely understand the feeling like you’ve betrayed their trust. Ugh, I felt that so much during our last few months with Oscar and still do. We made the choice (also after waiting years like you did) to bring him home and into our family, so it was awful to take him somewhere else and leave him after getting him used to us and our routines and our home. We loved him so much and still do, and I can tell you really love Lulu. I’m hoping it works out. I’ve heard from other commenters and from more experienced pig parents that the aggression can calm down with time and tends to ease a bit once they are older. For us, the only consolation is that Oscar is happy and Rylee is much happier these days as well. I’m also thrilled that Erin decided to keep Oscar and Annabelle and that he is continuing to bring smiles and happiness to others through his therapy program. Thanks for your comment. I wish I had answers on the aggression, but it can be really hard. I just hope things improve and work out with her because I can tell Lulu is really loved! πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks for sharing, we only had our pig for a few weeks. She bonded with and loved me but was very jealous of my husband and other guests. When I would leave the room she would charge and bite my husband as well as guests. I think she would have made a great companion if I was single….but I’m not.

    1. Thank you for sharing that! I love when other people can read experiences on here from other pig parents, both positive and negative. My story is just one, and the site is a stronger resource when others share. That’s a tough situation, and it would have led to a really hard situation in your home with her loving you but charging and biting your husband and guests. I hope she found a great new home and is happy! πŸ™‚

  4. I’m so sorry….it sounds like you did the right thing though. Sometimes I think my Elliot would be better off on a small farm. I’m a little worried about my dogs with him. My smaller dog now avoids Elliot- no fighting but they don’t play anymore and they used to play all the time- Elliot is 6 months old. My Boxer he respects, but if he stops, I don’t think she will put up with him and that scares me. She is almost 80 pounds and 9 years old. She mothers him!
    Sibling piggies can be terrible to each other as well!

    A lot of people selling these piglets DO NOT educate buyers and that is really sad for both.
    They are a handful even for an animal lover. I think you shouldn’t get one if you don’t have someone home all day. I love him but he is very demanding like a bratty 2 year old at times. I’m being really honest here. I have 4 grown children!
    They should be your only pet, unless you live on a small farm.
    I enjoyed this site, even though for a short time. Thank you for starting it. Maybe someday when your dog crosses the rainbow bridge, hopefully not soon ❀️ you can rescue a piggy. Good luck to you & thank you.

    1. Hi Rosanna! Thank you for your comment! I 100% agree about a lot of people selling piglets and not educating buyers. One of the things I was pretty shocked to learn when I took Oscar to Hog Haven was that many of the pigs there are also from Oscar’s breeder. That signals a big problem to me. Some breeders these days are embracing education and doing a great job, but they are few and far between in my opinion. I get upset with the breeders who aren’t educating, but it’s even more important for the rest of us to do it if the breeders aren’t going to. Someone said in a comment to me once that pig parenting isn’t for the faint of heart, and it’s true. We spent tons of time and energy with Oscar and loved him so so much, but we couldn’t overcome the hurdle with Rylee. I know not everyone will agree with or understand our decision, but I know how much we loved him and how hard we tried to make it work.

      I am now conflicted on exactly how I feel about mini pigs as pets. I definitely think they are amazing and can make great pets, but we have also seen how much Oscar has thrived in more of a farm environment with other pigs in his life. It’s something I am honestly still sorting out and trying to process. Despite the challenges, pigs are amazing. I have never had a pet so aware and sweet and cuddly (when he wanted to be…haha) and who brought so many laughs and so much joy to my life.

      I am hoping things all stay smooth with Elliot and your dogs. It sounds like Elliot has a really loving home. πŸ™‚ I definitely agree about the bratty 2 year old comment! I don’t have kids, but I feel like I got a taste of what parenting would be like with Oscar.

      Thank you for your kind comment. Hopefully more of us can educate since so many breeders aren’t and can continue making the world better for pigs. πŸ™‚

  5. Thank you for sharing this post with us, I was getting worried about you and your pets since the last update in January. I know it’s hard to surrender a pet, especially when you bonded so well with them, but you’ve honestly done the right thing for both Oscar and Rylee. I’m sorry you had to go through this though but know that you have support. Oscar and Rylee are much happier now because of your decision.

    I know a lot of people often look down on other people surrendering a pet but often times it’s actually the best for the animal themselves. Always put your animal’s welfare in mind when it comes to keeping them or not. If your pet is unhappy most of the time, doesn’t get along with other animals in the house, is endangering them and/or other people then it’s time to get them a new home. You’re not a bad person for doing this, in fact this is a very responsible thing for a pet owner to do.

    1. Thank you so much for your supportive comment. You’re absolutely right about surrendering a pet being so hard. I thought I would never ever do that, but sometimes things don’t work out as planned. Although I knew Oscar would be well cared for and loved at Hog Haven, I really wanted to turn around and go back and pick him up the day after we dropped him off. Fortunately, my husband talked me down. I’m actually glad now that I didn’t go get him because he is so happy and loved there, and Rylee is much better off as well. Thinking about him waking up each day to Annabelle and all of his pig friends there makes things easier.

      I have really struggled with knowing how people look at others who surrender pets. I was definitely one of those people before, but of course now I have a different view on it. I know the transition was hard on Oscar, but he is still loved and Rylee is so much less stressed. We tried so hard with him to make it work, but things between them just kept getting worse. Thank you for sharing this perspective and for understanding. Aside from a few, I’ve been met with overwhelmingly compassionate responses from this post and I’m so grateful that people understand. Oscar is happy and is still doing his tricks and making people smile which is what matters. πŸ™‚

  6. I have a very big bratty six year old piggy girl named Penny, she is very aggressive towards anyone who isn’t me or my boyfriend and even us sometimes we can only touch her on her terms which is so odd cause the first two years she was a lap pig but just changed, well we live with never being able to go away because no one can watch her, and never being able to have family or company over because of her behavior but I still love my huge bratty she makes things very difficult but when I think of trying to find somewhere else for her to go I get hysterical because even though she is mean half the time I know it would kill her to not be here as we are the only ones she tolerates plus she is blind so it makes it even harder. Ok I’m done venting and thank you for sharing your story. Glad all worked out please pray for us lol

    1. Hi Cherilyn! Sorry to hear you’re having some struggles with Penny! I wish some of the things you are experiencing were less common, but I’ve heard from so many other owners with similar situations. Fortunately for the pigs, we become so attached and bonded that we deal with all of the behavior things that come with them. πŸ™‚ We had trouble finding someone who could watch Oscar, so I feel your pain on that especially. He head swiped a lot, especially if touched on his right side near his face, and we didn’t feel like it was fair to ask someone to watch him because of that. For people who haven’t been around pigs and aren’t used to it, head swiping is terrifying. If things had worked out with Oscar, we had just found someone who could watch him so we could go out of town. She is a lady not far from us who has several pigs. When I asked her about head swiping, it didn’t even phase her…haha. So, I wonder if you could ever find another pig owner nearby who you felt comfortable leaving Penny with while you got away on vacation. I’m sure it’s something you’ve thought about already but wanted to mention it since it was a struggle we had as well. We will be thinking about you and Penny! Despite the challenges she brings it sounds like she’s very loved. πŸ™‚

  7. The most loving action toward a pet is to do best by your pet- you did that for Oscar, forsaking your own desire- never feel guilty about your decision to let him go. You went in committed to him and gave it your all. I learned so much from you the last couple months as I adjust my life for Bacon-Bit, our 4 month old baby. Biggest lesson- it is a learning curve on both sides, but much more for Mommy and Daddy than piglet. Second lesson- as soon as you think piggy and you have pattern set, get ready for change. Challenges aside, we are lucky so far. He is our only pet and has distinct routines with me and my husband. But, he is still young, leaving me cautiously hopeful we can make the long haul with him. Thank you for the time and dedication given to your blog. Glad Rylee back to her safe place in your home.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. We definitely only wanted the best for Oscar. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out with him and Rylee, but I do think he still has the best at Hog Haven. We sure miss his funny antics and cuddles though. I’m so glad the blog has been helpful with Bacon-Bit. It might be good that he is your only pet so that you don’t have to worry about the dog/pig struggles we had. It’s also good that Bacon-Bit has settled into a routine with you and your husband. Oscar really thrived with routine and got grumpy when we had a day that was off of our normal schedule and he didn’t know what to expect (or, heaven forbid we weren’t home at his exact normal meal time…haha). Fortunately for him, we are pretty routined as well and I think pigs really do well with that structure. I hope things stay great with Bacon-Bit. I like that you said “as I adjust my life for Bacon-Bit” because that’s how it usually goes. πŸ™‚ They come into our lives and it’s amazing how much we change for them but do it because we love them. Thank you again for your comment!

  8. Why didn’t you just put him outside and bring him in on certain occasions? I have 4 pigs (2 oopsie piglets) outside and they’re doing great. I first had only one at 9 weeks old then when she turned about 6 months old I got another female for a friend and at the time didn’t realize that this new 7 month old was pregnant. She gave birth to 3 piglets and only 2 survived. The piglets are now 5 months old and doing great. I was going to sell one of them because the piglet would do nothing but squeal loud when it was feeding time, but now she has quieted down a lot. I have all of them outside because I live in a travel trailer and it’s too small for all of them. They all have pools and get hosed down during the hottest part of the day. The mama pig likes to charge at my girlfriend, but I told her “you need to stand your ground and bop her on the nose if she tries to bite you” and it seems to work a bit. I would bop her lightly on the nose if she tried to bite me and tell her NO and since then she has never tried to bite me again. She was very skiddish when I first got her (mama pig Malyutka) but she seems to be doing better now. I do play with them and see them everyday so I’m not one to neglect my animals by any means. My animals are spoiled in their own little ways.

  9. Thank you .I have a big pot belly pig named Daisy may .I noticed she was loosing her teeth.I told my husband something was wrong with her .He looked it up and you had a post on oscar .Made me feel better .I posted the article to Facebook.And Erin said do you recognize who that is .I asked if that’s oscar she said yes.I volunteer at hog haven so I can learn more.To take better care of my daisy.It such a small world but thank you for being honest.and your blog on oscar teeth falling out.

    1. Hi Kristine! I’m so glad you found Oscar’s post on his losing teeth helpful for Daisy May! It’s a little scary the first time they start losing teeth, but it’s also kind of a funny thing about pigs. Once I knew Oscar losing his teeth was normal, it was adorable when he lost the front two. πŸ™‚ That’s so awesome that you volunteer at Hog Haven! I wish we were closer to there. :-/ Erin is a good person, so it’s great that you’re helping out and also learning more for Daisy May. Erin has taught me a lot about pigs just in our process with Oscar. Give Oscar a big hug for us when you see him!

  10. Thank you so much for your site and especially for your videos. I am a first time pot belly pig owner. My girl is almost five months old. Your training videos have been THE BEST on YouTube for teaching tricks.

    I’m sorry to hear you had to give your pig up, I’m sure that was difficult. One of my fears has been that as my girl gets older she might become aggressive. She does a head swipe sometimes, which makes me concerned about a future escalation. She has never bit anyone, and so far has been fine with our two dogs (25 and 40 lbs). But I know as she gets older that may change.

    I’ve been scouring the web for any information that may help to prevent this before it happens. But, having never raised a pig before. I’m concerned about the unknowns of what may lie ahead. The more I read the more concerned I get.

    I am fortunate that I can take her to work with me, and she is exposed to meeting many people throughout the day. Everyone she meets loves her. I hope that this will make her less likely to become aggressive toward people. I read stories about some pigs challenging guests that come into people’s homes. Obviously this would not be acceptable if she does this at work. I don’t have enough experience with pigs to know how often aggression becomes a factor. Do you know if biting and charging at people and dogs is a behavior that is common to most indoor mini pigs? Or is it with less than most? It’s been weighing on my mind lately.

    1. Hi! Thank you for your kind comments about Oscar. Giving him up was incredibly hard, but I like to remember he’s really happy at Hog Haven. πŸ™‚ Aggression with pigs is a tough issue, and I can relate with your worries about aggression becoming a problem. I think it’s awesome that you can take her to work with you so that she’s out and about and meeting people. Oscar was always better on other territories and worse about his aggression at home. I’m sure being in “his” space made him territorial in that area, whereas he was sweet as could be when we took him to the vet or to his grandma’s house.

      One thing that’s interesting is, from what Erin mentioned to me once, Oscar has not been aggressive with people since he went to Hog Haven. With us, he head swiped daily as he got older. At Hog Haven, not at all. So, my theory (which is just a theory based on only Oscar) is that being around other pigs where he could work out his hierarchy with them (rather than humans) helped settle his people aggression. His behavior change once he went to Hog Haven was immediate, and being around other pigs is the main thing that changed. I know people who get a second pig have mixed results, which is why we didn’t get a second pig (among bigger issues with Rylee of course). Pigs often fight with other pigs at first to settle hierarchy. Once that’s settled, many of them bond closely and become best friends. Others seem to never really settle the hierarchy and it becomes a really difficult situation for the owner. But, just to say, I don’t know if it was being around other pigs or being outside more for sure, but being at Hog Haven made a huge difference in Oscar’s aggression.

      We tried Move the Pig for a long time with Oscar, and then I read some other behavior approaches that countered MTP. One of those is The Animal Behavior Center, which addresses pig aggression specifically. I recommend checking out their information and looking at their approach to see if it resonates with you. Again, nothing we did here “fixed” Oscar’s aggression with us, but it’s worth reading up on the different approaches to handling it before it could become an issue. Here is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheAnimalBehaviorCenterLlc.

      I hope you don’t have an issue with aggression and that everything continues to stay good with your girl. I completely understand the worry of pig aggression because it’s hard to deal with, but just read up on some different approaches and see if there is anything you can do to help keep her head swiping from escalating. Also, thank you again for the kind comments about our website! πŸ™‚

  11. Hi there! We have been following life with a mini pig, I want to reaffirm how helpful the blog has been for our family. We are sorry that you had to part with Oscar – but we really appreciate your transparency and telling your story, and where you found a home for him. I wanted to ask you that no matter what you keep your blog up online – it is one of the best resources out there for mini pig owners. Thank you so much.

    1. Thank you so much for such a sweet comment! It really does mean a lot to know that the transparency helped and that his story, although not perfect or ideal or what we wanted or expected when it started, continues to help others. I will definitely keep the blog up. I would love to continue helping other mini pig owners if I can because I know the love that comes with these pigs and also that mini pig ownership can come with some hard days too. Thank you for taking the time to write your kind comment. I appreciate it!

  12. If nothing else, I can appreciate your honesty with regards to this blog. Hog Haven Farm is an awesome place and Erin is amazing. You have done such a fantastic job in documenting the journey; I have several of your links posted to the Mini Pig Info website. Sometimes, situations simply do not work out as well as we hope or expected. There is no doubt how much you love Oscar, and sometimes keeping them in a potentially dangerous situation is not the best thing for them. He is very lucky that he’s had you as his mama for so long and I know you will be checking up on him often. Having that bond with a pig is like no other animal. The decision was difficult, I’m sure, but it sounds like you made the right decision for YOUR pig and YOUR situation. Thank you for always being truthful and honest in your posts and I am so glad that Oscar is settling in and loving his new life.

    1. Thank you, Brittany! Your website is such a wealth of information, and I really appreciate your kind comment. That’s so true about situations not always working out as we hope or expect. As I continue down the path of life, I’ve sure learned not to judge others as much because we just never know. Sometimes the best we can do is make the next best decision, and I believe we did that for Oscar and for our dog. We keep in touch with Hog Haven, and I’m SO incredibly grateful to Erin for being so willing to update me and just for providing a life for him that we couldn’t. That place is amazing, and he is so happy with his pig friends. We looked for a while to find him the right place and, while I wish things would have worked out because we miss him tons, I have no regrets about taking him to Hog Haven. Thank you for your compassion and for understanding. He has learned to love water and mud and of course Hog Haven has the occasional produce donation day, so I have the comfort of knowing he’s living life like a king there. πŸ™‚

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