I adopted my very first potbellied pig in February, 2004. Gracie. She’s the Matriarch. The one that started it all.
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What I originally wanted was a full-fledged farm
pig for a pet. However, the more research I did,
the more I realized that might not be so practical
since their life-spans are short, they are prone to
many health issues since they are bred to be
slaughtered by the age of 6 months (and that
was not my intent), their genetically-engineered,
morphed size (topping out at 800+ pounds when
full grown) all had to be considered.
A friend of mine told me that her neighbor had
this cute, lonely potbellied pig that belonged to
his ex-wife who moved away and left the pig
behind. Gracie would cry out for attention and
when I went to say hello to her through the
fence, she flopped over for a belly rub. She
instantly stole my heart. For days, I
contemplated the idea of adopting her.
“Some of my best friends are pigs!”
This time, I ventured inside her pen to say hello and she started chasing me and jumping up on me.
At that point I changed my mind thinking I’d be taking on more than I could handle. She was
scary! But Dave, my husband, insisted. “We said we’d take her and we’re not going back on our
Yikes! Now what!?
I knew nothing about pigs nor how to care for them. I jumped onto the World Wide Web and
started doing some research. www.pigs4ever.com was one of the first of many sites I stumbled
upon and spent much time studying. From there I was introduced to other, very helpful links
(which you will find on my website). I asked tons of questions, joined group lists, etc. The people
were great; they were honest and supportive and helpful. I soon learned that Gracie was going
through her heat cycle because she was not spayed. Females go through this every 21 days for
about 3 days. Some are not too bad; most often they are though. Female pigs are not only prone
to uterine tumors that can and often do claim their life, but they can become aggressive and
obnoxious and downright intimidating; which is why it is so important to spay them at a young age
– not to mention the fact that over breeding and negligent breeding has lead to an epidemic of
orphaned, neglected and abused potbellied pigs. THIS IS HOW I GOT STARTED IN
We ventured forward and after finally coaxing Gracie into her crate, home we went. Pigs are
highly intelligent and very sensitive. I was concerned that she would become depressed and die
from a broken heart. Instead, she blossomed! She had the company of other animal friends, a
yard in which to roam, her own piggy house with plenty of fresh, clean blankets, a pool of her
own, regular meals, lots of attention and of course, routine veterinary care.
The bald patches (caused by mange) filled in to a full, luxurious coat and her flanks filled out. We
bonded quickly and to this day, she is still “mama’s little girl - my shadow.” She is a very docile,
easy going pig.
About a year after rescuing Gracie, there was another “stray” at a shelter that we brought in, had
spayed and found her a home. Then there was another, and then another. As the months and
years went by, I went from telling people that “I’m not a rescue” to having to convince myself that
quite possibly, maybe I am. The fact is, I consider myself to be more of a Piggy Social Worker.
These pigs all have their stories and most of them are quite sad. Some of the ones we have taken
in have since been placed, some are awaiting placement and some will never leave. There are no
guarantees in rescue and each one we bring in is always a gamble. Most of my placements are
done by networking and thorough screening.
Unfortunately, there are more pigs that need
homes than homes that seem to want pigs.
Our many successful placements are the
motivation that keeps me going. Some days
are harder than others, but the pigs have no
voice of their own. They need us. Can we
match you up with the pig of your dreams?
My husband, Dave ~ without whose support and back-breaking, tireless effort, none of this would
have been possible.
Thank you also to my friends that consist of a very dedicated and supportive network (many of
which are listed on our links page).
Donations (blankets, comforters, sleeping bags, large dog houses, crates) are always welcome
and appreciated and are often shared with other rescues or sanctuaries. We are in this together!
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