Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lead Me Not Into Temptation

by Deb Baker
Meet Izzy. She’s a micro potbelly pig living in Fish Creek, Wisconsin at Trendy Tails where she greets customers.
At one time, my four-person family had twelve sled dogs, two border collies, and two cats. All at one time. Since then, the kids moved out and my husband and I are reduced to taking care of each other and one aging cat. We’re enjoying our freedom. No more cold noses in the middle of the night, nudging us awake for a run outside. No more dogs in the yard howling at coyotes in the distance. We miss them. And we don’t.

My strategy for resisting is simple. I avoid puppies and kittens. And now micro potbelly pigs.

Isn’t she adorable? Izzy wags her tail like crazy when someone new comes into her pet store. She doesn’t really like the top of her head stroked, but rub under her chin and she’s your best friend for life. Izzy is very clean and uses a litter box like a cat. She is easy to train like a dog. She walks on a leash, sits for treats, and can shake hands. Here's a picture of me asking Izzy to sit.



Izzy has spent her life around dogs, so she is pretty sure she's one, too. When her buddies come into the store, they play chase. She's faster than any of them. And when she isn't playing, she's hanging with people because she's a social animal.

Yes, all I have to do is avoid temptation. This time temptation found me. But after 24 hours I came to my senses. I'm just not sure what to do about my husband.

26 comments:

Laura/Readerwoman said...

ROFL. You sound like we used to be in our child-rearing homesteading days! We did manage to resist household pigs though! 2 years ago, when I was quite sick, we adopted a year old Dachshund. (My husband was weak...I mean here was his poor, sick wife, longing for another dog...willing to give a homeless dog a home...you get the picture) 1 year ago, we adopted ANOTHER dachshund. So we are retired hubby and wife ad two wiennies! LOVE your blog, and all the Cozy Chicks!

Bettyann said...

Deb..resist, resist.lol

Melanie said...

Giggle..giggle!! This sounds like me when my girls were invited to a birthday party AT THE ANIMAL RESCUE CENTER!! They let them play with the animals there (several puppies, kittens and bunnies) I wanted to bring them all home but resisted, until.... My son brought out this sad lazy looking puppy. I asked what it was..oh it's a Beagle Lab mix. Cool. How big will he get? Only about 30 pounds or so. Great! He's adorable. Well(hanging my head in shame..lol) He is now 70 pounds and extremely happy. BUT he's a Blue Tick, Red Tick, Walker hound mix!! lol.. Buddy is a good dog...but why oh why did I cave???

Linda said...

My husband & I resisted getting a dog for for 20 years then as myu son-in-law puts it we "rushed down the slippery slope." We started with one precious American Bull Dog then added an adorable Catahoula Hound then an incredibly sad-looking Lab mix and finally a homeless Golden Retriever puppy! Help! Four dogs--four wet noses--four very verbal animals who want to go outside early in the morning. We're crazy about them though.

Aurian said...

Lol. My 8-year old nephew is completely mad about pigs. The best day of is life so far was when he spent a day at a pig farm. And he has been saving his money for over a year now, to buy one of those pigs. My sister was kind of ok with that, until she found out, that unlike their guineapigs and rabbit and such, they live about 20 years! So now she has to discourage him from buying one after all. Not an easy task, as my nephew is stubborn, like a ... piglet.

Deb Baker said...

What fun stories. We really do try to resist and then one day, in a weak moment... Years ago, my kids were invited to a birthday party, where 2 litters of kittens just happened to be ready for adoption. When I pulled into the driveway to pick them up, they each had a kitten in their arms. That's how we got the 2 cats.

Bella said...

She's so adorable! I'm not sure I could resist, and I know my husband couldn't. We have two kitties (one kitten, one adult cat that behaves like a kitten), two toddlers, and my husband wants more pets! Every time he suggests a trip to the animal shelter I cringe with worry about what he might want to bring home with us. I adore pets, but a family of four little ones under three (furry included) is a lot for me to handle.

Rural View said...

Oh my! I don't dare let my husband see this post. He'd be out of the house in a flash to get one. Loves pigs. I'm more than happy with my stray cat who still won't let me near her but who I feed every day. She has survived this awful winter in a barn across the road which still has hay in it. I have hopes that this summer I'll win her over. Her name for now is Scaredy Cat. :-)

Linda McDonald said...

Izzy is adorable! If I lived anywhere near that store, I would be one of the regulars who comes in to visit with Izzy. We have one dog who we adopted from the shelter 9 years ago. She's a love of my life. I can totally see her playing with Izzy. She would love to have a little pig as a friend.

Aryn said...

Oh, she is precious, but I know I could resist! Maybe I am many of you 15-20 years ago, but right now we have two boxers and 4 cats. And we have a 3 yr old son and I am 5 months' pregnant with #2. I love all of my animals, but I do yearn for the day when I only have one or two. And who knows, that might be a pig!

Sharon B said...

Wow, she is really cute. If you get your own little pot belly, then you would have George Clooney to have something in common with. Maybe he would become your new best friend.!!!!! Neat!!!!

Erika Chase said...
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Erika Chase said...

Izzy is really adorable. My question is, where would she sleep?

And, speaking of George Clooney...that's one temptation I wouldn't resist.

Gayle Carline said...

My friend had a potbelly pig once (not the micro kind). What she found out was that: 1) pigs are smart; 2) "smart" doesn't mean easily trained, it only means smarter than you; and 3) when you've been their companion for all those years, it breaks your heart when you have to say good-bye.

I have a cat, a dog, and two horses, so I'm not immune to the fuzzy-four-legged bug.

Katreader said...

What a sweetie! But if I had a little piggie, I'd feel soooo guilty whenever I ate bacon...and I love bacon. I currently have 3 cats, 9 rats, and a horse. My dogs have crossed the rainbow bridge, but I've been tempted to add a dog to my family. It's easier without one, but...

Deb said...

Izzy sleeps in a little bed on the floor, kind of like a tent so she can have privacy whenever she wants it. And the store owner told me she figured out the litter box in about 2 hours. I had border collies. Sometimes smart comes with its own problems!

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Linda O. Johnston said...

I had so much fun researching potbellied pigs for my Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery Never Say Sty. Now my new Pet Rescue Mystery series has led me to volunteer at a shelter... and it's hard not to adopt every pup I meet there!

NoraA said...

Well, aside from the Co-op board not allowing dogs, I doubt very much a micro pig would make the cut. I don't think it would happen anyway.. My partner keeps the house STRICTLY KOSHER. LOL

signlady217 said...

I love kitties, but hubby is allergic. Plus neither of us wants to deal with cleaning up the yard/litterbox. And they are just like kids, as in needing doctor visits, babysitters, etc., so no thank you. We don't have kids, either! Many of our friends do, so I love them, spoil them, and then send them home! Works out great! :)

Heather Webber said...

Izzy is so sweet! I'd love to meet her one day--I've never seen a little pig up close. Adorable.

Ellery Adams said...

I would get one in a heartbeat if we had room for another pet. I adore those sweet, smart little pigs!

Michele L. said...

Aww...how sweet! Love the pictures! My husband would love to have her and I am sure I would too. Just never had a pig for a pet so it would take some getting used to. I have friends who own animals such as pigs, goats, chickens and they treat them like they are family.

Shushan said...

Izzy sounds adorable! It is hard to resist cute new pets, but honestly a pig isn't as likely because all our pets have always been rescues.

My husband came back with peach-faced lovebirds from one of his maritime assignments. The captain needed someone to give them a good home as they weren't happy on-board and his wife wouldn't let them in their house. They could be very sweet or very loud, or even both at once. lol

Most of our pets here have been cats, though. People drop off cats in the neighborhood and sometimes they stay with us for a season (or ten.) However, all our current cats all came from the same junkyard (and lineage!) My husband worked at the tow company associated with it before all his medical problems finally reached their worst point and he had all that surgery.

Most dogs that wander by here really do have an owner.

:)

Andrea C. said...

Awwww..she is super cute!!!

Mandy said...

Don't resist, you should most definitely bring her home! I would love to have a little piggy, but my husband refuses to even consider it. I have a thing for pigs, always have...one day, I will have one...it's going to be a while though. She is just too cute!!